Have you been in touch with Centrelink ( I think it is now part of the Department of Human Services). There are various levels of help they can give you in finding work.
yes I have- I am on payments and am seeing one of their recruitment agencies too. The lady trying to help me find work admitted that there is not much around
The very best way of finding work I have always found is personal contacts - just make sure everyone you know (and everyone they know) are aware that you are fabulous and are looking for work. That way they can drop into any conversation that starts with 'we need someone to do...' with "OMG I know a woman who would be PERFECT for that, and luckily she is available right now... "
Then the prospective employer can jump online, peruse your resume and give you a call.
I have found the opposite actually- everyone I know knows that I am looking for work (FB is great for that!). From this I have had friends suggest jobs to me where they work and even talk to their bosses. One was even a manager herself at a store where I applied (specifically looking for mature people too). I have been knocked back by all of them. Yet everyone I know say "they'd be mad not to hire you if they knew how good a worker you are" Lovely for them to say but I need to get my foot in the door first- ironic really.
Sucks, doesn't it.
If you have admin experience, have you signed up at a temp agency? They may be able to find you sort term jobs which may lead to something more permanent.
Yes I am also with a temp agency and have been for 5 months. I contact them but they always say there is nothing out there for me. Apparently something may be coming up- but that's still only a 'may be'.
If possible get a professional to check it over (someone who writes CV's - often listed in the paper) or even someone in the industry to see if anything you could add or improve it.
Yep had a professional check over it- and has made changes. Doesn't seem to help. Yet the two interviews I have had were with my old resume. So I have since reverted back to my old resume and ignored many of her changes!
Most important thing - are you including a cover letter customized for every different job you apply for? If someone couldn't be bothered doing that and we had a ton of applications, we would just bin straight away because it shows lack of effort. Is your cover letter and cv well written and nicely formatted?
Have you been following your application up with a phone call?
Yes a cover letter and person specs with it- yes I am spending about 1 hour on every letter. Each one has been different and relevant to the job. I mention each point they are looking for within my paragraphs yet still try to make it concise. Yes my main uni studies were professional writing and editing so I write very well and have excellent formatting. You just need to often ignore my silly spelling mistakes here on EB!
But no- generally I am not following up with a phone call. What would this achieve? I did follow up with a phone call once, the receptionist answered, she wouldn't put me through to the person responsible for the position and she said "if they're interested, they'll call you". I got the impression I was annoying them.
I applied for two more jobs last night- and the agency put me forward for one this week too. I only applied for one last week. So tedious a task.
Edited by bryce's-mummy, 18 November 2011 - 11:57 AM.