When you make the decision to look for a new job, how you go about that search is very important. Think clearly about what you want to be doing, make a wish list of what type of job, location, responsibilities and salary you want. 

Tips

  • Stay focused
  • Check newspapers and job websites
  • Respond immediately to job advertisements
  • Detail specific experience in your resume relevant to that specific job
  • Seek interview advice
  • Research and be selective with recruitment agencies
  • Register with only one or two for personalised service
  • Be clear with your requirements
  • Ask for advice and guidance on all aspects of job search
  • Ask for feedback after an interview  
Your Resume

A resume is an essential tool to gain employer interest. It can show your suitability for the available position and must provide relevant personal, educational and employment information.

Make your resume stand out! A professional format, simple concise language and information in chronological order is a must. Important points:

  • Use plain white paper, no patterns or graphics
  • No more than 2 typefaces, one for headings and one for body text
  • Keep style consistent
  • Information to be tailored to specific job available
  • Use bullet points to clearly state responsibilities and achievements
  • Accurately represent your experiences

Your resume contains:

  • Personal details
  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Private email address
  • Citizenship or residential status

Career Objectives - There is disagreement regarding the inclusion of a Career Objective as this information must not conflict with the position for which you are applying.

Education/Qualifications - Begin with the highest level of education achieved, name of qualification, date graduated, Institution name.

Employment History - Start with current or last position held and work back chronologically. Each features name & address of employer, job title, period of employment, summary of job (responsibilities and achievements)

References and Referees - Law Staff will (only with your permission) conduct verbal reference checks as will most prospective employers. Supply at least 2 referees with their contact details, eg. name, position, company, telephone/mobile number. Inform your referees they will be contacted.

The important interview

Make a wonderful impression from the moment you walk in the door for your interview. Take a holistic approach to an interview. How you look, how you shake hands, how you stand, sit, talk, how you answer questions as so many factors are important. Remember, we are talking about your professional life, not our private life.

10 Important interview points

  1. Know address and time of interview and the name for whom you are to ask
  2. Research company so you can furnish information or ask questions on the company
  3. Whether male or female, clean hair, clean and pressed business suits and clean shoes are all a must
  4. Turn off mobile telephone
  5. Be absolutely on time for the interview
  6. Shake hands firmly
  7. Continue to make eye contact and importantly be enthusiastic and show interest
  8. Articulate clearly and be concise and truthful with your answers
  9. Ask for more details on the available position, do not discuss salary at first interview
  10. On completion of interview, thank the interviewer for the opportunity and firmly shake hands