Are you ready for a career job?

If you answered yes, great, you’re confident about your career and you’ll need to be. Does an employer also think you’re ready? Because if they don’t think you’re ready and choose not to hire you, you’re not ready.

This might sound harsh, but it’s not. In this post we’ll give you some tips on what you can do so an employer considers you ready and wants to interview you. Everything you do can help you towards getting your first job.

Does an employer think you’re ready?

Don’t ignore career advisors at TAFE or University, but don’t forget, these people aren’t the ones you need to prove yourself to in job applications.

If your studies aren’t teaching you all the skills you’ll need in your career, you’ll find it hard to get a job after you graduate. Make use of the job readiness services at your TAFE or university. Don’t rely solely on the people there to determine if you’re actually job ready. They won’t be the ones hiring you after you graduate, employers will. If you’re getting interviews and job offers, then you’re more likely to be job ready. If you aren’t, maybe there are gaps you still need to close before the interview offers start.

What can you do?

One of the most common objections employers have about a job candidate is their lack of experience. It’s important to remember that the employer’s opinion of what counts as professional experience is much more important than yours. Your task while job hunting is to understand what employers think is professional experience, and get as much of it as you can.

Build up your portfolio

Creating a portfolio of examples which clearly shows your professional experience is critical to success in your job application process.

If you’re in marketing, show off your social media content marketing skills for your local club. If you’re in IT and you make code contributions to open source projects, show that off too. That might be relevant experience, but if it’s not under professional circumstances, there is still a missing link employers will notice. This missing link isn’t magical or hard to address, it’s just critical you do address it. In many cases, this professional set of circumstances can come from these same examples of voluntary work, you just need to know how to make the link clear.

Showing a clear link to your professional experience

If you want to show a clear link between your experience and professional circumstances, there are many approaches you can take. It can sometimes be difficult to identify the most effective way you’re able to show off your professional experience. This challenge is something that we’ve spent all our focus at Hoodic supporting people in. As a result of these efforts, most of the people we work with get professional jobs within only a couple of weeks or months.

Feel free to get in contact with us for a free consultation or come to one of our free events to understand more. We’ll help you understand how you’re able to create a clear link between the experience you have and the professional goals you’re trying to achieve.