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How to break through a high unemployment rate and get the job – FiveAA Interview with Jodi Walton

Our Co-Director Jodi Walton was again invited into FiveAA radio to speak with Rilka Warbanoff to discuss her views on the current job market in South Australia and how to break through a high unemployment rate in South Australia. Click on the audio link below to hear the interview in full! Additionally, see below to view our top 6 ways that candidates can break through a high unemployment rate.

6 Ways Candidates Can Break Through a High Unemployment Rate and Get the Job

1. Be Specific
When creating an online job profile through platforms such as LinkedIn and Seek, ensure you are precise when detailing your skills, experience, location, background and salary. Recruiters use search techniques such as Boolean searching to search on specific skillsets. Through being specific and providing adequate detail on your online profiles, this will ensure you stand out from the crowd and give you a greater chance of being found and considered for opportunities.

2. Activate Your Network
Let people in your network know through face to face or social media platforms that you are looking for a job. Many opportunities come through word of mouth and thus you have a greater possibility of hearing about both current and passive positions by sharing with your networks that you are actively looking.

3. Target Your Cover Letter
Organisations can receive anywhere up to 500 applications for one position depending on the position advertised. This makes narrowing down the strong candidates challenging, especially when you receive a lot of good applications. To stand out from other applicants target your cover letter specifically to the job you have applied for, with the reasons why you applied, why you would like to work with the organisation and also include a summary of your background, skills and experience. Through providing additional and relevant detail in your cover letter you can ensure you are one step closer to being shortlisted for an opportunity.

4. Tailor Your Resume
Don’t have a one size fits all approach to your resume. When applying for opportunities, ensure you adapt your resume to highlight key roles and responsibilities you have previously held that aligned with the job criteria of the role you are applying for. Ensure your resume is clearly articulated and presented – also don’t forget to include any part time jobs, volunteer work and academic and sporting achievements.

5. Demonstrate Attention to Detail
Attention to detail is absolutely essential when applying for opportunities. It is important to ensure your communication is clear and concise, specifically when it comes to spelling and grammar. If you have been shortlisted and invited in for an interview, it is also essential to ensure you take care, be on time, present yourself professionally and be prepared for the interview you are about to undertake.

6. Follow Up Your Application
It is essential to follow up your application with a phone call or email as this indicates to your potential employer you are interested, shows your motivation and also provides you the ability to make a good first impression. However, you can make a very bad impression if you make this phone call without being prepared! Ensure you prepare for this conversation by thoroughly reading the job advertisement, positions description (if applicable) and viewing the company website. Ensure during this conversation you do not ask any questions that can easily be found via the above sources. Even if you miss out on an opportunity it is great initiative to call the Hiring Manager and ask for constructive feedback on how you can improve your application for next time.

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