The best job advice of 2018 may come from one of the most famous companies in the world, but if you’re a new recruit, the job search is still the most daunting.
For some people, this may come as a shock.
“My biggest regret was not taking more time to apply for jobs,” says Jodie, 25.
I realised I wasn’t the only person in my career who felt the same way.” “
I also learned a lot about myself and my career as a job seeker.
I realised I wasn’t the only person in my career who felt the same way.”
Jodine’s first job at a tech company, an IT-related role, lasted less than two months.
She says she’d rather have taken more time and worked with a company that wanted to help her than one that only looked at her skills and didn’t offer her a job.
Jodina’s story isn’t unique.
More than 70 per cent of jobseekers report that they have felt pressured into taking a job they’re not interested in, according to a study from the Centre for Applied Research in the Behavioral Sciences at the University of NSW.
In her research, she found that jobseekers who were encouraged to pursue their interest in a job with less “personalised” work experience or a more “marketing-focused” company often left with less than they’d initially intended.
It’s why job search advice has changed from being a simple message to a much more nuanced advice.
A better approach A job search can be frustrating and stressful for anyone.
Job seekers, however, often don’t realise they’re in the middle of a job search until they’ve started to fill out job applications and are asked questions about their qualifications and personal preferences.
“If you want to make a career change, it’s very important to take time and put yourself in the position to do it,” says Mark, 35, a software engineer from Sydney who has worked for a company in Melbourne.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than going through a long process where you’re making the job offers, but you’re not sure if you can actually get a job.”
When asked to share their biggest regret of 2018, most jobseekers shared a feeling of “not taking enough time”.
“When you’re young, you might feel like you’ve just got to wait it out, and you’re thinking, ‘Oh, that’s it, I’ve got to get a degree now’,” says Mark.
“You might even feel like the longer I wait, the more I’ll regret it later on.”
One of the biggest mistakes jobseekers make is that they focus too much on their own skills.
“When they’re young you might have all this focus on your own abilities, or you might think that the more you work, the better you will be,” says Lisa, 25, who works in the health and wellbeing industry.
It can take months to even find a suitable job for someone with a new job, says Mark of the stress he felt at the start of his job search. “
At the end of the day, you’re just going to look for work.”
It can take months to even find a suitable job for someone with a new job, says Mark of the stress he felt at the start of his job search.
“I had to stop myself from thinking that and just focus on the things that I did well, rather than what I did badly.” “
It’s a similar story for Jodia, a freelance writer in Melbourne who says she’s had to struggle to find a job at her current company because she’s been working for so long. “
I had to stop myself from thinking that and just focus on the things that I did well, rather than what I did badly.”
It’s a similar story for Jodia, a freelance writer in Melbourne who says she’s had to struggle to find a job at her current company because she’s been working for so long.
“For a long time, I had to do what I was told, which was to focus on being a good writer and a good editor, and not worrying about the day-to-day of the job,” she says.
“But now, I don’t need to worry about the work.
It feels great, I have a great company and I feel like I’m getting the job done.”
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