As the country and our economy begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, so do the chances of obtaining new employment. As a construction recruitment agency primarily servicing clients in Brisbane, we encounter a lot of job applicants on a daily basis, the following are things you can do as a candidate that will separate you from the pack in any industry.
And there is no time like the present to improve your employability; so that when the time is right you will be placed as one of the top 3 contenders, applying for a new position.
1. Training, Training and More Training
Learning new things is not only beneficial to your work life but your life in general. No matter what your profession, there are many training courses both online and in person that assist in developing new skills and enhancing existing skills. Many Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) have modified their training plans to accommodate the changes imposed by COVID-19 and to ensure their courses are delivered anywhere at any time.
Many Industry Funded Groups across Australia also offer subsidies for personnel to undertake these courses at a reduced rate for professional development or even for new starters to enter an Industry. Reach out to your industry-based RTO for more information on subsided and tailored training programs for your profession.
2. Update and enhance your LinkedIn Profile
If you are not already on LinkedIn – you should be!!
LinkedIn is a professional networking site, designed to help people make business connections, share their experiences and resumes, and find jobs. LinkedIn allows you to showcase your professional self to potential employers and industry professionals.
LinkedIn also has a function that advertises new roles directly from companies and allows you as a candidate to apply through that platform using your profile. Ensuring your LinkedIn profile is current with all of your past employment, qualifications, skills and interests will put you in good stead for both recruitment personnel and HR Managers, who browse LinkedIn for potential new employees.
Asking your professional connections / peers to endorse both your skills and attributes within the employment realm will also build credibility and strength to your LinkedIn profile.
3. Use your networks to your advantages
Throughout your working career you would have come across Managers / Supervisors / Company Owners that you had a positive relationship with. These unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. Either give them a call or send them an email, highlighting your previous relationship with them and reaching out to see if they have any openings or know of anyone with your industry that does.
The power of Word of Mouth is extraordinary and if you have left a positive impact on a previous employer, who could be surprised what they may do for you in regards to helping you find a new role.
4. Join Facebook Jobs Groups
There are hundreds of Job Groups Available on Facebook that are specific to both your industry and the area in which you live or want to work. These groups are ran by members of the public and by both liking and following any of these groups, you will receive updates on roles as soon as they become available. Many smaller companies will only advertise on Social Media as it is a more viable option of advertising as opposed to Job Sites.
Implement all or only some of the above suggestions, and we are sure you will start to see the benefits as 2021 comes around.