It has been said that looking for a job is a full time job.
Yes, possibly, however by learning how to use social media and relevant and professional applications you will be well on your being offered a position before too long.
Sourcing Jobs – Don’t ignore the increasing importance of finding jobs on job boards on the Linked In social media groups platform and on business/organisation websites.
If you have found a Job Ad, there may be a contact name of the person responsible for recruiting for the position. Gather the courage and contact that person to have a conversation about the role. Take note of key words used and make notes while you are listening. Then use this language and key words in your application.
Depending on the type of work you have sourced there will be three main documents to prepare:
Resume – a succinct and up to date document detailing your work history in bullet points. Don’t be afraid to mention maternity leave. Be creative here and list all the skills you use as a mother e.g. organisational skills, multi tasking, budgeting, networking, planning, negotiation etc… the list is endless….The best tool to use is a Skills Audit which lists a diverse range of skills that you can tick off and include in your resume.
Ensure dates on your resume link up work backwards from your current role as a mother (Domestic Duties) to previous roles or positions held.
Your Resume should contain information under the following headings:
- Personal Details
- Career Objective
- Personal Attributes
- Demonstrated Abilities
- Educational Qualifications
- Employment History
- Referees- available upon request
Application Cover Letter – this your sales document and done well, needs to grab the attention of the recruiting person. Carefully analyse the job ad- rather than repeating the information in your resume address the job requirements and include positions that you have held previously and how they are relevant to the position advertised.
Use formal language and never use jargon or abbreviations.
Don’t forget to ask for the interview at the end of the letter with a statement such as “I look forward to discussing this application with
you personally at a time of your convenience.”
Statement Addressing Key Selection Criteria – Some positions require a response to a Key Selection Criteria.
When you look at the list don’t eliminate yourself from applying because you may not have experience in one or two areas. You may
have skills or experience similar to those required. Follow the layout of the requirements for example, if there are 5 selection criteria 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 etc follow these numbers and respond to each point. Take note of the language used and stay very close to what is required rather than what you would like to say.
Where you have a skill or experience gap mention what your strategy would be to upskill or learn that particular skill or gain knowledge.
Social Media – Social media is increasingly being used as the tool for professional networking and job hunting.
Linked In is an excellent source of network groups willing to share information and some groups have job boards which advertise positions available.
Interviews – if you have done a great job with your application your interview may be a simple meet and greet exercise to see if you what you have said on paper. If you are interviewed by a Human Resources person they always look for how you will “fit into” the team and organisation. A recruiting manager will always want to know about your technical ability and knowledge and how this can benefit the organisation.
Wherever possible take samples of your work such as completed projects, a list of your achievements and other relevant documents into the interview and produce them if you are given the opportunity and think it is appropriate.
Honesty is always the best policy and remember to always relate your experience to what is required!!!