MELBOURNE IS A WORLD CLASS CITY, DUBBED THE MOST LIVEABLE CITY IN THE WORLD BY THE ECONOMIST FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS. WITH A VIBRANT FOOD SCENE, LAID BACK LIFESTYLE, UNBEATABLE COFFEE CULTURE AND WORLD CLASS SPORTING EVENTS, MELBOURNE ATTRACTS TOP TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD. AS A RESULT OF THIS, FINDING A JOB IN THIS CITY CAN BE VERY COMPETITIVE. HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW TO LAND YOUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY:
Update your Resume
Streamlining your Resume so that your most relevant experience has been highlighted is key to having your profile sent across to the Hiring Manager. In some countries, the longer the Resume the better, in others like the United States, any more than 2 pages and the Hiring Manager won’t continue reading it. In Australia, it is acceptable to have at most, 4 pages making sure that your education is on the first page, followed by your skills and experience. It’s best to have this laid out in bullet points rather than paragraphs so that it is easier to read.
Promote your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn offers a free trial for 30 days with different categories, one specifically for job seekers. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, create one! All recruiters use LinkedIn as a recruitment tool as do Hiring Managers. It’s a great way to get your name out there, introduce yourself to companies that you would like to work for and to keep up to date on industry news. Don’t be afraid to use LinkedIn to your advantage by sending messages to recruiters and Hiring Managers and asking to meet up for a coffee.
Reach out to your personal and professional networks. In a city like Melbourne, you never know when you will meet someone who might lead you to your next opportunity! Business in Melbourne is based on longstanding relationships, which means that it is quite common for someone to get in touch with their previous co-workers when they have a job opening at their company. Networking events are also a great way to meet Hiring Managers and recruiters. Some resources that may help you in searching for networking events include Meet Up, Event Brite and City of Melbourne websites.
Be flexible in your approach to landing your next role. Sometimes, job seekers place too much of an importance on pay or permanent vs contract. Have a think about what is most important to you; is it career advancement, company / team culture, easy commute? Take all of these points into consideration before establishing your salary expectations and the type of employment you are looking for. Sometimes there is a fear of obtaining contract work because there is an end date, but it is an excellent introduction into the gig economy, where there is always a possibility of extension, permanency or meeting people who may be able to assist you with your next role!
If you would like a confidential discussion on how to progress your job search or career, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I specialise in Project Services recruitment within the Education industry.
Project Resource Partners
Level 29, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
T +61 3 9949 8100 D +61 3 9949 8169