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Finding a job

Whether you're looking for a career change, wanting to earn more money or returning to the workforce, there are lots of ways you can find the right job.

Making the decision to leave your job can be difficult, and during the job search process you can face a lot of ups and downs. In this article we summarise some of the key steps to get you started and give you some handy tips to increase your chances of success.

A wise person once said that “finding a job is a job within itself.” In other words, if you define your goals, have a plan and follow a process, then your chances of finding a job will improve greatly.

Before you rush on to a job search website, it makes sense to do some preparation. Ask yourself some simple questions first.

  • Do I want to work full time or part time?
  • Would I prefer working indoors or outdoors?
  • Is my resume up to date?
  • How far am I prepared to travel to work?
  • Do I want to stay in the same industry, or try something new? (if you have previous work experience)
  • What will be the impacts on my family? e.g. childcare
  • Why am I looking for work? Am I bored? Does my current job not suit me? Do I feel insecure about my current job?

Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s time to think about your job search options. There are many to consider. Some are more suitable than others, depending on your experience and the type of job you’re after. Here are five areas to consider.

  1. Job search websites – these allow you to enter a few personal details, which are used to match you with suitable jobs. Some sites are quite broad in the types of work they promote, while others focus on a particular type of work. Here are a few examples:

  2. The gig economy – you may have heard about this growing sector of the workforce. Workers in the gig economy are more flexible with their work arrangements and do short-term contracts or temporary jobs for different businesses.

    For some people, this may suit their lifestyle. You might be a student, a stay-at-home parent, or need a second job to supplement your income. For others who are looking for permanent work, it’s a way to make some money until something more stable comes along.

    Here are a few websites that connect gig workers with businesses that need someone to do a specific job.
  3. Social networks – these existed long before Facebook came along. They’re called your family and friends. If you’re looking for a job, don’t be afraid to let everyone know. They might know someone who is hiring or see a job ad in a shop window. You can also try social networks online:

  4. Go direct – most company websites have a Careers section on their website. If you’re interested in working for a particular company, or industry, then go direct to the source. They may not have a role available right away, but they might have something coming up in the near future. Here are a couple of examples:

  5. Recruitment agencies – these can be a great way to find a job, especially if you have experience in a certain field and want to continue in the same industry. These agencies are employed by businesses to find suitable candidates for roles that they need to fill.

    A consultant at the agency might keep a list of people that they have placed before, or they may advertise on seek, or even search on LinkedIn. Many agencies specialise in a certain industry, so find the one that matches yours. Here are some examples:

The interview process

Once you’ve applied for a few jobs, you should be invited to take part in an interview. Whether it’s face to face, or online, this is your opportunity to stand out from the rest. To make sure everything goes smoothly, do some preparation beforehand using the checklist below as a guide. 

After the interview, they may offer you the job, ask you to attend a second interview, or decline your application. If you don’t get the job, try not to dwell on the result. See it as experience gained for the next interview.

Finally, don’t forget to organise a few work references before the interview. Choose people who can speak to both your work ability and character as a person. And if you do get asked for references, remember to let them know to expect a call or email soon.

Change of industry

You might be thinking about finding a job in a different industry altogether. Your current industry might be downsizing, or you might be looking to earn more money – whatever the reason, there is help out there.

It’s great if you have transferable skills or qualifications, but most people will need further training when changing industries. While specialised roles may provide on-the-job training, there are many other options outside the workplace. 

  • For apprenticeships, traineeships, courses and training providers, try the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
  • Learn about free or low fee courses, and search for online training options at MySkills.
  • A TAFE course is worth considering if you’re looking for a career change, wanting to upskill, or returning to work. And if English is your second language, TAFE also offers English courses.

Other considerations

When you leave your current job, it’s important that you receive any entitlements from your current employer. The HR or Payroll department should provide you with a final payment summary, including any unused annual leave and accrued long service leave (if applicable).

And when you start your new job, learn about the benefits provided by your new employer. You may be entitled to a staff discount on health insurance or be able to salary sacrifice into your super. You might also consider joining a different union, especially if you are working in a different industry. 

Finally, find out which items you can claim as a tax deduction and keep your receipts. For example, a delivery driver may be eligible to claim tolls, parking, car expenses, safety equipment and insurance.

Your super moves with you

When you change jobs, remember that you can remain a LUCRF Super member, even if you move to a different industry. By not having multiple super accounts, you’ll save money on fees and continue to enjoy the same great service that your fund provides.

  • Combine - if you already have multiple super accounts, it’s easy to combine them and save on fees. Everything you need to know is on our Find your superannuation page
  • Check - be sure that your employer is up to date with your super contributions. Just log in to Members Online
  • Choose - to remain with LUCRF Super when starting a new job, just let your new employer know by completing the Choice of Fund form online
[ Tip: You’ll need to provide your LUCRF member number to your new employer. If you’ve forgotten it, you can retrieve it here]

Checklist

Follow these steps to ensure a smooth job interview.

  1. Visit the company’s website

    Do some reading beforehand and find out more about the company or business.
     
  2. Do some practice interview questions

    Practice answering questions with a friend or family member. This will help you get comfortable with the process
  3. Read the job description

    Understand what the job requires you to do. This will help you stay relevant when answering questions.
  4. Write down a few questions to ask the interviewer/s

    Asking questions shows that you’re keen and gives you a better understanding of the company. Remember, an interview is a two-way process.
     
  5. Look your best

    Try to be well groomed and well dressed. Whether you’re meeting face to face, or online, your appearance is important.
  6. Find a quiet place

    If your interview is online, find a place that is away from distraction. A bedroom with a lockable door is ideal. Wearing headphones is another good way to reduce any outside noise. Also, make sure that your background area is clean and tidy.

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