The Career 101s: Job Hunting

Everything we used to know about job hunting, interviews, applications and practically everything related to a career has changed dramatically.

Despite all these changes, the fundamentals are pretty much the same.

This three part series will dive into Job Hunting, Internships and Understanding the Industry Guide.

Whichever path that you decide to follow in your career journey, it is important to remember that persistence is paramount. 

Job Hunting 

There has been an enormous increase in the number of applications that companies receive for advertised positions. It is important to apply for jobs where you possess the skills that these positions require, as often in the current climate so many employers receive applications that do not have suitable qualifications. This does not mean that skills are not transferable. It means that if you are studying a specialised degree it may be difficult to gain a role that requires other specific practical skills and qualifications.

In addition, ensure you search on reputable sites and also check in with your careers advisors to see if there are job boards specifically on in your area of study. These can sometimes be difficult to find and it will save you a lot of time while narrowing down your search.

Where Will the Best Jobs Be?

Considering the current arena: a job is a job. This doesn’t mean you have to forfeit your dreams, but it does mean that we must be smarter in our career journey. It is not going to be the straight and narrow path that it was before.

Look at companies you would want to work for and see what positions they are advertising; these jobs may lead you into your dream position. The path for the best jobs is long and windy. Keep an open but smart eye out to what is available.

Networks

Ask around within your networks to see if they are aware of any available opportunities. Sometimes friends and other colleagues have connections with people that can lead to surprising results.

In addition, there are community groups on social media and LinkedIn where opportunities are frequently published. Someone posting a vacancy there may be looking for a candidate exactly like you. This part would take a bit of research and investigating but a bit of persistence may just pay off!

Stay tuned for Part 2: The Internship & Entry – Level Guide.

Also, Charles Sturt’s Careers and Skills Hub has loads of information and handy guides to help you unlock your career.