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Kicking off a productive decade: 10 tips for your job search in 2020

Happy 2020!

If you’re looking for a new ethical job to kickstart the new decade, here are 10 gems of advice from our EthicalJobs.com.au community over the last 12 months to help you find and land your dream ethical job in 2020:


1. Work out what you’re working towards

“I’d say to other jobseekers looking for a similar career: Know what you want, know what is out there and work towards it. Any passion you have can give you an income, it’s just a matter of knowing how.” 

Shane Sturgiss, who found his job as Job Ready Manager at National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on EthicalJobs.com.au


2.  When you get knocked back, don’t lose sight

“It can be very daunting trying to enter the job market, and being knocked back from roles you would like can be disheartening. It’s important to not lose sight of what you want to do and keep pushing your career in the direction that interests you.”

–  Benjamin Mulheran, who found his job as Communications Co-ordinator at the Fred Hollows Foundation on EthicalJobs.com.au.


3. Identify your skills gaps

“If you’re passionate about the organisation and want to be a part of what we do, you need to take stock of your own skills, identify the gaps in either your skillset or experience, and start working towards filling them!”

Hayley Wallace, Recruitment Coordinator at the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service Victoria.


4. Gain experience you don’t have by volunteering

“I think you can’t overestimate the power of volunteering. It is so important when working for a not for profit that you have a passion for the cause and volunteering is a perfect way to show that passion.”

Nell Macdonald found her job as Programs Development Manager at Planet Ark on EthicalJobs.com.au.


5. Make sure your resume is polished and error-free

“A resume doesn’t have to be a work of art, but it has to be functional. It has to have dates of employment and it has to describe the roles you have undertaken. Spelling mistakes are a big no-no. It has to be perfect in terms of spelling.”

Paul Ridley, HR Advisor Recruitment at OzChild.


6. Take time on your jobs applications – it’ll pay itself back

“As an organisation, we need to see exactly how the applicant’s previous skills, experience and education relates to the responsibilities of the role being advertised. We want to see applicants who have spent time and thoughtfully completed the application process, ensuring they are aware of the components of the role and what they can bring to the role and organisation. . . . It’s also obvious if someone has not read about our organisation or done any research.”

Laura Esperanza, People & Culture Business Partner at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF).


7. When it comes to interviews, practice, practice, practice

“Practice makes perfect! Spend time with a trusted colleague or friend and do a mock interview so you can practice your own introduction as well as answers to questions that may come up.”

– Caroline Embrey, Talent Acquisition Strategy Manager at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.


8. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself – if you don’t, who will?

“Often, we meet candidates in interviews who don’t sell themselves enough…not everyone knows how great you are, so we really encourage potential applicants to promote their own brand.”

Kirrily Freeson, HR Manager at Anglicare NT.


9. Don’t give up

“If you want to get into a similar line of work, don’t give up. I spent months looking for the right job – and that came with its fair share of rejections. . . . Don’t settle.”

– ” Katherine Morgan, who found her job as National Communications and Operations Officer at Court Network on EthicalJobs.com.au.


10.  . . . And finally, don’t miss your dream job – create an alert

“Job searching can be very time consuming – it’s a daily task making sure you haven’t missed an application opportunity. Waking up to the Ethical Job Alerts while I was actively looking was a huge help and ultimately found me my position at RWAV.”

–  Lexi Economou found her job as Recruitment Program Officer at Rural Workforce Agency Victoria on EthicalJobs.com.au.


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