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Five tips for your job search in 2022

Happy New Year! 

Looking for a new ethical job in 2022? Last year we spoke to some of Australia’s leading for-purpose organisations on how to maximise your impact when applying for a new role. Here are their top five tips for finding your dream job this year.

1. Use examples in your interview

“Make sure you have done your research about the role and the organisation in general. Have three to four examples of your demonstrated experience that you can draw upon in an interview.”

– Tanya Gyatso, Talent Acquisition Manager at World Vision Australia.

“Have some examples prepared that demonstrate your skills and highlight your experience, and feel free to bring your notes to your interview.”

– Karen Kershaw, People & Culture Specialist – Employee Experience at the Australian Conservation Foundation

“Look at the selection criteria and think of examples that demonstrate how you match them. It can help to practice your responses or write down bullet points. This can help with nerves and keeping your answers succinct and memorable.”

– Ali Gore, Coordinator, People & Culture at YWCA Australia.

2. Be clear and succinct in your application 

 “It’s important to have an easy to read, relevant, well-structured resume stating experience, skills and qualifications. Too much detail can become lost and irrelevant, too little detail leaves you less competitive.”

– Melissa Hart from the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

“A well constructed resume is a must – make it easy for the reader to see why you’re the best candidate.”

– Ben Bolt, Talent and Diversity Manager at Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ)

3. Be yourself in the interview

“Most importantly, be yourself and be real. It’s you we want as much as the experience you bring!”

– Lee Grewal, Talent and Recruitment Advisor at The Smith Family.

“We want to know who you are as a person; we want to see what you can do for us and how you can help us achieve a better life for our clients and their important others.” 

– Troy Davis, Senior Manager Human Resources at Mind Australia.

“The most important thing is to be honest and be yourself from our perspective. We do not want someone who is good at interviewing – we want someone who can do the job and do it well.” 

– Janet Wright, CEO at Youth Advocacy Centre.

4. Don’t let nerves get the better of you

“Make sure your nerves don’t get the better of you. We find that this can make people respond either too briefly or go off on tangents without answering the specific question.” 

– Michael Gliddon, Lead Talent Acquisition Partner at Berry Street.

5. Ask smart questions during the interview

“Ask some questions of the panel that demonstrate your knowledge as well as interest in the role and the organisation – having these written down so they are not forgotten also demonstrates good preparation.”

– Brendan Pawsey, Program Manager, Primary Clinical Services at Orygen.

“Make sure you have some questions to ask the interview panel. It’s a great opportunity to gain more insight into the organisation that you want to work for.” 

– Jo Willatts, Senior Manager – Healthcare Access at Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV).

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