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Noor E Alam

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Step-by-step guide to job hunting
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:29:12 PM »
Step 1: Find out about jobs
Research the types of jobs you are looking for. Things to consider include:

What job opportunities are available in your region?
What skills or qualifications do these jobs require, and how do these match your own?
What organisations have the jobs you are looking for? Use their websites to research those organisations.
Jobs database – look up jobs to find out their entry requirements and your job chances
Step 2: Write or update your CV
Gather information for your CV
Use your research to make a list of the skills you have that match the job requirements.
Record examples of how you have demonstrated these skills.
Find referees who can vouch for your skills and good character.
Figure out your skills - how to identify what skills you have
Write your CV
Writing your CV is a chance to think about what someone reading it, an employer, will think about what you can do in a job.

CVs - getting started
CV styles - find out what style of CV would suit you best
Step 3: Check your social media profile
Regard your social media profile as part of your application as employers may use it to find out about you. Be sensible about the information you post online, or change your settings so your profile is not publicly available.

Step 4: Search and apply for suitable jobs
Searching for job vacancies
Use a variety of search methods to find more work opportunities.

How to find out about job vacancies
Job vacancy and recruitment agency website links
Applying for jobs
Make sure you:

keep a record of your applications
keep your referees informed about the jobs you apply for
send a cover letter and CV.
CV and cover letter templates – use our templates to help you write your cover letters
Job vacancy and recruitment agency website links
Step 5: Prepare and practise for job interviews
Think about what kind of questions an employer might ask you.

Write down your answers to possible questions.
Practise answering interview questions with friends.
Use your research to write down some questions you can ask employers at interviews.

Preparing for a job interview
Tips for answering interview questions
Questions you can ask at an interview
Step 6: Attend job interviews
No matter how hard you try, it is likely that not every application will gain you a job interview. So congratulate yourself when you are offered an interview!

Make sure you:

arrive early for the interview
have your list of questions you want to ask and copies of your CV and the job information
know why you want the job
dress neatly and in clothing that would be appropriate for the job.
Work and Income website - find out about getting a clothing grant through the Transition to Work programme
Dress for Success website - helps disadvantaged women find appropriate business clothes for job interviews
Step 7: Get a job offer
If you are offered a job, your employer will usually make a verbal offer first. They will then send you an employment agreement, which will outline the details of your employment.

Before you sign an employment agreement, look over the details, and get advice if you need it.

Dealing with job offers and negotiating employment contracts - more tips and advice
Find out more
Careers New Zealand website
How to get ideas for your career - get help working out what job you want to do
What's happening in the job market? - Find out where the jobs currently are, and what jobs are harder to get
Job hunters' ebook