Build your Job Application Skills
Use this guide to build your job application skills and help you get your next job.
Employers will check your qualifications match the job they are hiring for. The types of things they look for include:
- education level
- demonstrated industry or job experience
There are ways for you to boost your qualifications. You can contact your employment services provider or check out myskills to learn more about the jobs and qualifications in demand and how to get them.
For some jobs, your level of experience is very important. An employer might not have the resources or time to train you and will need you to hit the ground running.
When you apply for a job take a good look at what the employer is asking for in the job ad. Do you meet the minimum experience level needed? Have you done that type of work before?
On your resume and in your interview you have to clearly outline how your experience matches the job so the employer knows you have what they need.
Get details about the skills different jobs need and how to get them at the find a job blog
Your job interview is normally the first time an employer meets you. First impressions matter. You have to be prepared, dressed properly and show enthusiasm.
To boost your interview skills, practice talking about your work history and your achievements with someone before your next interview. You can also search for practice interview questions on the internet.
You can get more tips to improve your interview skills from your employment services provider or check out Job Jumpstart.
The job market is competitive. Employers get a lot of applications from a lot of great candidates. Sometimes a different person is a better fit for the job you applied for.
Don’t be disheartened. It does not mean you are not right for another job. Pay attention to any feedback you get from employers, your provider and other people you trust. A small change to your resume, application or the way you present yourself at interviews could make the difference next time.
Job Jumpstart has heaps of tips to help you boost your chances at getting a job.
It can take time to build experience and qualifications. Getting the right attitude is something you can do right now.
Employers need to know you want the job. You communicate your enthusiasm by:
- showing interest in the job and the person interviewing you
- being friendly
- making good eye contact
- being prepared
- having good posture and personal presentation
Sometimes nerves can get in the way of showing your great attitude. Before your next interview, practice answering questions with a friend, your provider or someone you trust.
Face to face customer service is common in lots of jobs, so what you wear and how you present yourself at an interview is important.
If you look messy or you don’t smell great, an employer won’t feel comfortable letting you represent their business. Before you go to an interview make sure you:
- shave or tidy up your facial hair
- brush your teeth and hair
- put on deodorant
- wash and iron your clothes
Little details make a big difference. We’ve got some videos that can help you figure out what to wear to an interview.
Employers take about six seconds to decide if they want to keep reading your resume. If the first thing they see is a spelling error they will not keep reading.
Here are some things you can do to improve your resume:
- Ask someone to proof read for spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Make sure it is up to date with your latest work and education experience.
- Double check your contact details are correct.
- Check your format – is your resume set out in a way that makes it easy to read?
- Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for.
You can get more tips from your employment services provider, or check out our job search tips to see how to make your resume and cover letter great.
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