1. What is the first step I should take to look for a new job?

You need to think about the reasons why you are looking for a new job? Is this a decision based on an argument with your manager or did you not get the pay rise or promotion you were expecting? Best to search for a new role with a positive mind set.
Plan out what you are wanting in your career including growth, salary, benefits, location and size of company.

Once committed that you are making the right decision update your CV. Make sure you include your main responsibilities and achievements but keep it concise. Most employers and recruiters will only read the first two pages of a CV.

2. How should I approach a recruiter?

Have your CV ready to go and do some research. Have a look at recruiters that specialise in your industry, Google and job boards can help you with this. I advise to not apply to everything on the internet and make sure it is a role of interest and relevant to you.

However if you are looking to move careers or industries, it is worthwhile to pick the phone up to the recruiter working the role. Unfortunately, if you are applying through a job board for roles which are completely different to your current / last position recruiters will not always call you back as your CV may not show what the vacancy is requiring.

You have already decided you are wanting a new position however make sure you have been clear on the salary from the start. Make sure this is not you trying to get a salary rise when you hand in your notice. Honesty with your recruiter is the best way to avoid disappointment when the offer comes through.

3. Any mistakes to avoid whilst searching for job

• DOUBLE CHECK YOUR RESUME: Make sure all spelling on your CV is correct
• BE REALISTIC: It is great to have ambition but make sure that your experience matches the requirement and seniority level of the job.
• SOCIAL MEDIA: We all like to enjoy our free time but try and keep your profile private and make sure that any public pictures would not be likely to offend any potential future employer.
• VOICEMAIL: Keep your greeting message basic and professional.
• KEEP ORGANISED: Keep track of where you are applying to. If applying direct to a company do your research. Get to know their values and what the company actually does.

4. How to have the best interview with a positive outcome?

• Research the company and make sure you know the position you are interviewing for.
• Do you research on the interviewer, you can find relevant info on LinkedIn.
• Dress to impress. Unless you are told to wear casual then always wear corporate and be well groomed. If you smoke try and not attend an interview straight after having a cigarette.
• Make sure you know where you are going. Give yourself plenty of time. If you can, request the time of day that is best for you. If you are a morning person try and aim for a morning interview. Make sure you tell your recruiter this kind of information. We want you to feel positive and at your best.

5. Should I get the job, how can I resign and still keep a good relationship to my previous employer?

• REMAIN PROFESSIONAL: This can be hard if you are friends with your manager however try to remain professional. Resign face to face in the work place, ideally with a formal letter to hand out.
• PREPARE: It is a good idea to prepare some key points summarizing why you decided to move on and try to anticipate your manager's objections to be able to respond appropriately.
• REMAIN POSITIVE: On the day stick to the facts on why you are leaving such as career growth etc... and try to keep things positive to leave in the best conditions possible.
• DO THE RIGHT THING by your current employer and work colleagues. Stick to any restrictions in place and do not be offended if you are asked to leave straight away.
• SIGN YOUR NEW CONTRACT FIRST: Do not resign unless you have signed the contract with your new company.
• COMMUNICATE: Keep your recruiter updated with and ask for any advice on how to do this. Communication is key.

6. Would you have any advices on how to smoothly transition from my previous role to my new role?

First days can be daunting. Be prepared, make sure you know your start time and arrive 10 minutes early.
Introduce yourself to co-workers if you have not already been introduced. Start to build relationships within the business and get to know the company culture.

During the first three months in a new role, most things are new and you will come across some obstacles. Stay positive, anything you are unsure of speak to your line manager.


*Janine Coppeller
Manager, Sharp & Carter
Ph: (02) 8315 8804 or (02) 8315 8800
Email: jcoppeller@sharpandcarter.com.au

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