Find Jobs Through Facebook

An article published by careers.govt.nz which is also relevant to UK job hunters.

Due to COVID-19 disruption, you may be wanting to find jobs wherever you can. Facebook is a good platform to use for job hunting because it’s an easy way to scroll through jobs and connect with people in the work area you’re interested in. Many recruitment agencies use their Facebook pages to promote jobs and Facebook itself has its own job search feature.

We spoke with Tony Cutting from Kumara Vine to find out how Facebook can help with your job hunt.

Building Communities Through Facebook

Kumara Vine is a website that celebrates Māori and Pacific people’s success in the workplace by sharing stories of achievement and promoting jobs to their whānau and friends.

Tony Cutting from Kumara Vine explains why they turned to Facebook to promote employment opportunities.

“Māori and Pasifika are known to be strong users of social media, and given that Facebook gives you the ability to build communities, we thought it would be a good vehicle to promote our jobs.”

With Facebook allowing the on-sharing of posts, many other people and organisations can easily be contacted and connected.

Clean Up Your Facebook Account

Most jobs promoted through Facebook will link you back to another website where you can find more information about the job and apply. However, it’s always important to check that your social media accounts and online behaviour are appropriate – especially if you’re using Facebook directly to job hunt.

“It makes good sense that your social media accounts are maintained to high standards as many employers will check them before deciding whether to interview you or not,” says Tony.

The public version of your profile can be seen by employers, but you can choose who sees your posts. Facebook also has a feature that lets you see what your profile looks like to people you aren’t connected with.

Check the Groups or Pages Before Joining

Despite Facebook being a great platform to find jobs that you’re interested in, you should be careful to avoid any dodgy pages or job advertisements.

“It’s important to make sure that any groups or pages that you join or follow are legitimate. That’s why at Kumara Vine we always link our social media jobs back to our website so people can see we’re the real deal,” Tony says.

Make the Most of Facebook’s Job Search Feature

Facebook has a feature just for job searching. Similar to other job recruitment websites, you can filter your job search to suit your location, industry or job type.

Get Your Free Job Hunters’ Workbook
July 3, 2020
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A free job hunter’s workbook from Careers.gov.nz

Are you wondering how to get started again in the job market?

NZ Careers has created a workbook packed with helpful information and tips on how to search for, apply, and get the job you want.

Download the eBook now

Five Transferable Skills That Make Every Graduate More Employable
April 28, 2020
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The following ‘hints and tips’ may be of interest to any graduate looking to apply for their first job post-university. 

We’ve all seen the maxim: no job because no experience; no experience because no job.

But whoever created that maxim clearly didn’t think about transferable skills.

Transferable skills are the abilities and competencies that accompany you with every career transition. You developed a great range throughout university that are highly sought-after by employers.

Here are the most desirable transferable skills you have gained throughout your degree that can help you throughout the job application process.

Writing and Communication

As emojis, Snapchat and Instagram stories become a preferred way of speaking, 44% of hiring managers feel that a solid writing ability is lacking in many new recruits.

However, as a recent graduate, you have writing and communication skills in abundance.

Not only have you spent the last few years refining your language to hit that 2,000-word word count, you’re familiar with spelling and grammar basics and can write both formally and colloquially, too.

Employers don’t want the next Shakespeare; they want someone who can write efficiently, clearly and concisely via reports or emails, for example. Therefore, highlight your writing proficiency on your CV to show you’re a master of communication.

Teamwork

All employers expect their staff to be team players, regardless of whether they prefer to work independently or not. And this applies to all roles and industries.

Throughout your studies, you will have worked in a team, perhaps in a seminar task or in a society, for example.

Group tasks also develop a range of other skills such as active listening, collaboration and cooperation, commitment, negotiation and a positive attitude, which all employers seek in new hires.

When listing teamwork as a skill on your CV, make sure you explain how you obtained skills and precisely and concisely as possible, rather than what your team did collectively.

Presenting

The majority of professionals will present at some point throughout their career.

While it’s more common in client-facing sectors, such as sales, it’s also an increasingly common part of the interview process when you reach management level.

Even if you didn’t give a full-blown presentation during your degree, you will have exercised your communication skills by speaking up in lectures, seminars and workshops.

When discussing your presentation skills in the job application process, don’t limit yourself to being able to communicate effectively and channel nervous energy into confidence and enthusiasm. Remember that there was plenty of planning, preparation and organisation involved too. Present yourself as a well-rounded candidate.

Project Management

The ability to manage your time and workload effectively is imperative in the workplace. You will have your own tasks to take care of, but you will also be part of wider projects, sometimes spanning various departments and plenty of people.

And you don’t want to be the one that drops the ball.

As a graduate, you’re no stranger to the concept of project management after the tight ship you ran to meet coursework and exam deadlines. Explain to employers how you’re organised your resources and prioritised your time to achieve the best results possible. Also, delve into the obstacles and issues you faced and how you overcame them to prove that you’re a problem solver too.

Research and Critical Thinking

Like any course, the purpose of a degree is to understand and explore the subject matter in more detail. As a result, you’re a pro in the art of research and critical thinking – which are in-demand assets amongst the workplace.

The process involves thinking about abstract concepts and sources, evaluating them and then forming conclusions and making decisions. As a result, critical thinkers can present coherent reasoning around projects and proposals.

While you may have been a critical thinker when writing essays, professionals do the same every day, such as when planning a marketing campaign.

Therefore, draw on your critical thinking skills in your job applications and interviews, discussing how you evaluated, reasoned and made decisions throughout your studies and can bring this skill to the workplace.

Book Review: What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
March 27, 2020
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With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world’s most popular job-search book is updated for 2019, tailoring Richard Bolles’s long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers.

In today’s complex job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever.

Recent grads facing a changing economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies workand which don’t.

This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics.

Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

The book walks you through every step of the process, from designing your resume to networking and figuring out which careers make sense for your personality style.

Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Declining a Job Offer
February 26, 2020
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The following article By Suzie Finch. Founder of The Career Improvement Club may be of interest to clients who are uncertain if a job offer is for them.

Searching for your next big job can be a wild ride—exhilarating one moment, discouraging the next.

Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Declining a Job Offer

Between scouring CV tips and CV designs, attending loads of interviews and negotiating over salaries, it’s easy to get swept up in the moment.

We spend so much time agonising over finding somewhere to work—often because we need it. We have bills to pay, people to support, food to eat.

But what if you’re lucky enough to get a few different job offers? You can’t accept every one, obviously. There aren’t enough hours in the day, and even if there was—no thanks. You’ve got to find a way to let the rest of the other guys down.

Turning down a job might seem daunting at first, but don’t let it feel like a bad breakup. You’re not disappointing anyone, breaking anyone’s hearts or wasting anyone’s time.

Got the Job-Declining Blues? Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t stress about turning down a job for something better.

Remember, an interview is not a promise

Interviewing is a lot like a first date. You exchange some small talk. You discuss your goals. You introduce yourselves, get a feel for each other and try to figure out how you’ll fit into each other’s lives. And if things don’t go as well as you hope, there’s no contract that says you have to see them again.

The same goes for a job interview. There’s no promise that you’ll be chosen for the job you interview for, no matter how amazing your CV looks. So it only follows naturally that there’s no promise that you’ll take that position you interviewed for. Don’t make it out to be more than it is.

Hiring managers don’t lose sleep over candidates

Sometimes turning the tables is the easiest way to put things in perspective. Hiring managers interview many candidates—and of course, they can’t hire them all. Rejection is a natural part of the process, and we can pretty much guarantee they don’t break a sweat when they call you to let you down—or don’t even contact you again.

Don’t stress over someone who wouldn’t do the same for you. Just keep things respectful, professional and keep it moving.

You have to do what’s best for you

When you’re assessing whether a position is going to fit well into your life, there’s plenty of things to consider. Will your work/life balance be good? Is the workplace culture one you can fit with? Does it come with a pay cut that will leave you in a tight spot? Is the commute simply too long? Is the position different from what you thought before you applied?

Collect the answers to all these questions (and more!). With all that info in mind, does this job meet your needs? We spend an awful lot of time at work—so if you’re going to be there, it better be good.

Never feel guilty about prioritising your needs beyond just needing to pay your bills. And understand that it’s okay to value yourself above all else. No job is going to do that for you.

Making the wrong choice could come at a price

Never let yourself get pressured into taking a job that just isn’t right for you. Maybe you don’t have the luxury of multiple offers; maybe this is the only one being offered but it still doesn’t feel right. Sure, you’ll be employed if you take it—despite all the cons. And sure, it will be uncomfortable and hard to decline a job offer after going through the process of interviewing. But ignoring your intuition can come at a high cost, even if it gets you ahead in the short term.

If you get yourself into a situation you know isn’t right, expect to have that discomfort spill over into other parts of your life. Misery at work can affect the way you interact with family at home, how often you take care of yourself and eventually take a major toll on your mental health.

Is avoiding the task of declining that job worth it? No way.

Facing slight conflict head-on can be uncomfortable at first. But growth requires uncomfortable moments—so bring them on.

You’re not doing them any favours

Accepting a job you don’t want won’t benefit the employer. You won’t be doing them any favours by forcing yourself into something that doesn’t feel right. Ignoring your intuition almost never pays off in the long run—it just feels bad.

We guarantee that they’d rather have to continue interviewing to find the right candidate. Having you slug through something, only to leave later, is a way bigger pain. Just do the right thing, be upfront and own your decision.

Trust yourself

If you know that this job isn’t the one, say so. If you’re not happy with what they’re offering, say so. You have to be your biggest defender and take care of yourself—because your job is never going to care about you the way you do.

Trust your intuition, listen to your gut and put yourself first. You’re worth it. Never feel guilty about doing what’s best for you.

By Suzie Finch. Founder of The Career Improvement Club, Suzie Finch combines extensive experience in HR and CV writing to help job seekers. Her advice and beautiful CV Designs have helped thousands of charity professionals secure brilliant career moves.

Are You Prepared for Your Job Hunt?
August 13, 2019
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Ask your clients to answer the following 10 questions to discover how ready they are for job hunting.

Are You Prepared For Your Job Hunt?

If you’re well prepared, it makes it easier to apply for your dream job when you see it.

Answer the following 10 quesitons to discover how ready you are for your job hunt.

The 10 Questions

Is your answer yes or no?

  1. My CV is up-to-date.
  2. Someone has proofread my CV.
  3. I know how to write a good cover letter.
  4. I have documents like my qualification certificates, references etc.
  5. I have an up-to-date LinkedIn account.
  6. I have suitable interview clothes.
  7. I know the best way to answer typical interview questions.
  8. I’m happy with what employers can see on my social media accounts.
  9. I make time to search for and apply for jobs.
  10. I’ve told people I know that I’m looking for a new job.

Your Results

If you have answered ‘no’ to any of these 10 questions then talk to your Job Coach to get the help and guidance you need so you can answer a positive ”YES” to them all!

Job Hunting Tips for Mature Workers
April 3, 2019
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The following Honts & Tips, aimed at New Zealands’ mature workers may be of interest to some of your clients.

Mature workers have a lot of offer employers. Here are some tips to help you highlight your skills and experience.

Workforce is Ageing: The population is ageing and people are staying in the workforce longer than they did in previous generations. Mature workers – those aged 55 and over – are expected to play an increasingly key role in the economy.

Mature workers can face barriers in securing a job: As a mature worker, you have a lot to offer an employer. A recent survey of over 500 employers found that most viewed mature workers as an “untapped treasure” and agreed that businesses should take extra steps to attract and retain them. However, mature workers can also face a range of barriers to employment. These include:

  • A perceived lack of transferable skills. Mature workers may have developed skills and knowledge that seem specific to one particular occupation or industry.
  • Inability or unwillingness to compromise on salaries. Because of their skills and experience, mature workers are often used to earning above average wages. This means they may choose to remain unemployed rather than accept a job with lower pay.
  • Hours. Mature workers may want to work part-time hours, which can limit their opportunities.
  • Age-based discrimination. While it’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of age when it comes to employing staff, it may still happen. This can mean mature workers find it hard to get work.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR JOB CHANCES

Develop a marketable identity: A key step when looking for work is to create a marketable identity – a personal brand, which you can use to sell yourself to potential employers. Your personal brand includes everything from your skills and knowledge to your positive attitude and how you dress. For mature workers, it could also include your willingness to share your expertise or mentor younger workers in an organisation. Take some time to work out what your marketable identity might look like and think about how it could apply to areas of work you’re interested in.

Be flexible and realistic: Employers, when surveyed, said the biggest mistakes mature workers made in interviews were:

  • having high salary demands
  • being unrealistic about their own abilities or experience
  • being inflexible about working styles or working schedules.

If you can, it pays to be flexible about the type of work you’re willing to do, the hours you’re willing to work, and the pay you’re willing to accept. If you’re open to negotiation you’re more likely to be able to make the most of the opportunities available.

Consider training or retraining: Research suggests mature workers prefer the idea of immediate employment over retraining, even if it results in lower pay. Whether or not to retrain is a personal choice – it can be expensive and time-consuming. However, if you do retrain it can signal to employers that you’re motivated and your skills are up to date. Options for training now include doing micro-credentials, which allow you to retrain more quickly in areas with skill shortages and could improve your job opportunities.

 

This article has been re-published  from The New Zealnd Careers Service Website