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How to make the most of your job search
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How to make the most of your job search

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If you’re looking for a job right now, you may be doing so for a whole range of reasons – perhaps you’re returning to the job market for the first time in years, need to make a change or just want to explore your career options.

Whatever your situation, there are ways to make your job search as effective as possible so you can find the right job for you and take your first steps towards landing it.

Here are eight tips for making the most of your job search on SEEK, with links to the tools and resources to help you.

1. Explore possible career options

If you’re not sure where to begin, what options are out there, or you want to clearer picture of what a role or industry is like, the explore careers section is a great place to start.
Here you can:

  • browse by industry to see what kinds of jobs are available in say, Healthcare & Medical, Construction or Marketing & Communications
  • explore careers by interest to see career options aligned with helping people, working with numbers, being outdoors, being creative and more
  • narrow down to a role to see what it entails, how many job opportunities are on SEEK, the average pay and what people say the role is like to work in
  • look at high salary careers and careers with high job satisfaction
  • access resources like our free resume template, plus articles and advice on changing careers.

2. Use your profile to help you stand out 

Your SEEK Profile is a key tool to have at the ready to help you find your next role – or to let an opportunity come to you. Using keywords in your profile can help you get noticed by potential employers, so learn more about the commonly searched keywords here and how you can use them to help you stand out.

You can upload your resume to your SEEK Profile and use it to apply for jobs, plus you can choose to make your resume visible to employers so they can see your skills in more detail. You can also showcase your professional credentials by adding relevant licences, certificates, memberships and accreditations to your profile in the Licences & Certifications section.

3. Manage how you appear to employers

While you’re at it, you can also look over your SEEK Profile to ensure you’re sharing the information you want to with employers. You’re in control of how you present yourself, and you can choose whether you allow employers to view or search for your profile and contact you with opportunities. Find out more about this here then visit your profile to select the settings that suit you best.

4. Use simple tech tools to keep tabs on your search

It’s easy to keep track of jobs, searches and applications with a few handy tools. You can do this through your SEEK Profile – just click your name in the top right corner of the screen when you’re signed in and you’ll see it all there:

  • Save your searches and get notified of new jobs– when you search for a job, you should see a blue 'Save' button to the top right of the search results list. Click this to save your search and get notified when new jobs matching it are posted. Your saved search also means you can easily come back to it so there’s no need to start from scratch each time.
  • Save jobs to apply for later by hitting the star or ‘save’ button on a job ad or the search results list.
  • See what jobs you’ve applied for and when, look back over the details and add notes to each one.
  • Get recommended jobs – each day we look for new opportunities for you based on your profile, search, save and apply activity.

5. Try the practice interview builder

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but one of the best ways to ease that feeling and prepare is by practicing your responses to common interview questions. Our practice interview builder is an easy-to-use tool that lets you create your own custom checklist of interview questions. You can choose from a wide range of questions that employers often ask, add your own questions, then download your list to practice with and boost your confidence for your next interview.

6. Find out how to protect your privacy

When you search for a job, you’re often asked to provide quite a bit of personal information. It’s useful to know what information employers can ask you for and what they can’t ask for, plus the steps you can take to keep your information safe. You can get a quick overview of what you need to know here, so that you can feel confident about your privacy and how you share your information.

7. Check out what a company is like to work for

You might be interested to know more about a certain employer – after all, finding the right workplace for you can be just as important as finding the right role. Company Reviews lets you read ratings and reviews for thousands of companies from real employees. You can use this to help you get a better idea of what it’s like to work for these companies, and you can also see their latest job opportunities.

8. Get in touch with us

We’re here to help, and there are plenty of ways you can connect with us at SEEK. Our Customer Service team is available to take your call, or you can send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you generally within one business day. You can also find answers to common questions in our help centre. Lastly, if social media is more your thing, join the conversation on our social communities on Facebook and Twitter!

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