Job tips to get you hired
We’re MatchWorks, national employment experts with more than 20 years experience supporting job seekers of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to lead better lives. If you’re looking for job tips to get hired or are considering a career change, you’ve come to the right place.
Our experienced teams support people from all ages, backgrounds and abilities including mature age job seekers, young job seekers, people with injuries or disability, Indigenous Australians, and migrants and refugees. Check out our job tips below or contact us today.
Getting to know your strengths and unique skills
Identify your strengths and transferrable skills
- What are you good at? Write down what you enjoy doing and skills that can applied to all jobs.
- Listen to what others say you’re good at or ask a trusted person to share what they see as your strengths and skills.
- Take a free strengths-based test like the VIA Character Strengths Survey and Character Report.
- Think about which roles and industries would use these strengths and skills to your advantage.
- Consider different industries who are hiring now and if your skills and strengths are a good match.
Upskill or reskill to boost your employability in the job market
- There are many great free or low-cost courses to boost your skills and confidence.
- Digital skills are especially relevant now so find courses that will boost your digital confidence and capabilities.
- If you’re out of work, it’s a great time to upskill or even consider reskilling with short courses from training organisations like genU Training. They offer training across multiple industries including health and aged care, mental health, hospitality and retail, construction, disability and business support.
Preparing to present your best self
Write a resume like a pro
- Develop a resume that is simple and clear in layout with white space, headings and bullet points.
- Tailor your resume for each role by thoroughly reading the position description and thinking about how your skills match the requirements.
- Filter key words throughout your resume to ensure it lands on the desk of the employer and not in the bin.
- Check to ensure your resume has no spelling and grammar errors.
- Include your contact details.
Cover letters still matter
- In a competitive job market, a cover letter can help you stand out from the crowd.
- Make sure it’s addressed to the right person and tailored to the role.
- Highlight your key strengths and skills.
- Show that you have researched the company.
- Include your contact details.
- Check to ensure spelling and grammar are correct.
Preparation is key to interview success
- Research company to show interest and understanding.
- Think about what the employer is looking for – how can you weave in past experience to highlight the skills needed to perform in the job?
- Prepare for common interview questions (including the tough ones).
- Write down your questions for the interviewer.
- Practice, practice, practice!
Staying motivated over the job journey
Bouncing back from rejection in a competitive job market
- Rarely do people get the first job they apply for – it’s not uncommon for it to take time and several interviews before you nail it.
- A lack of response to a job application or a post-interview rejection can be tough but try not to take it personally. Set-backs may be due to external factors rather than your qualities and asking for feedback upon rejection can help you learn from the experience. Shifting your perspective, can also help you maintain motivation and self-belief over the journey.
- Self-reflect on how the interview went and ask for feedback to keep improving. Did you show your best self? Was there a skill-gap or more experience needed for role? Could you have answered a question differently to highlight your skills?
- Find a support crew who can help you keep motivated and reiterate your strengths and ability to keep going. This could be a mentor, family member or friend, or an employment professional who can help you fine tune your job search efforts and connect you to new opportunities.
Landed the job! Next steps
A fresh start
- Celebrate with your support crew!
- Review the written offer including the benefits, hours and other conditions. Once you’re happy with it, sign all the relevant paperwork and return to the relevant contact.
- Send your future employer a simple thank you note to express your excitement.
- If you were interviewing with other employers, send them a courtesy email to let them know that you have accepted another job offer.
- Plan for your commute so you arrive on time and make a good impression.
- Review your job description and set some personal and professional goals.
- Organise your first day at work outfit.
- Think about how your best days start so you can plan to make day one a great one.
Every year, MatchWorks helps thousands of Australian job seekers find the right job. Our employment services support the careers of people from all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and enable businesses to build productive and diverse workplaces that reflect the local community.
We’re also part of genU, a national not-for-profit organisation with a rich 70-year history of bringing people together to build inclusive communities. Contact us today – together, we can achieve your career goals.