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The 6 week job search system developed by Jobweb Australia

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The 6 Week Job System © Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 2 Do you enjoy looking for a job? Mini-Poll No, I hate it! 40% Sometimes, but I would rather be doing something else 21% Yes, I do not mind looking for work 40%

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3 Do you believe the job market has become tougher? Mini-Poll During the past 3 months 29% During the past 6 months 45% No, still good job prospects 40%

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 4 The Changing Labour Market Demographic shifts in the employment market High growth in part-time employment Growth in self-employed persons Shifts in industry sectors Latest Job Market Trends

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 5 “Unemployment in Australia has fallen and is likely to stay below 5.5% in 2013, making it one of the best rates in the developed world” The Age/SMH Employment Forecast Latest Job Market Trends

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 6 KEY CONCLUSIONS Older workers to face greater risk of long term unemployment - between age 45-54 Healthcare, IT , finance and energy sectors to experience skills shortages Accountants, registered nurses, IT Specialist and child care workers to be most in demand Knowledge workers (managers and professionals) set for growth Jobs to decline in manufacturing The Age/SMH Employment Forecast 2013 Latest Job Market Trends

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 7 Finding a Job in 6 Weeks First 6 weeks Energy & Confidence After 6 weeks Reduction in time & effort, confidence and mental stamina after 6 weeks Peak job search confidence in first 6 weeks

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 8 Key Success Factor 1 Successful Job Search Knowledge Ability to tap into the hidden job market Successful behavioural interview skills Good letter writing ability with a marketable resume Strong belief in yourself and mental stamina 5 Key Critical Success Factors

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 9 Key Success Factor 2 Strong Financial Management Initiatives Focus on money management after a job loss 10 tips to manage your money Money matters can be a distraction during the job search process 5 Key Critical Success Factors

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 10 Key Success Factor 3 Flexible and Open Career Re-assessment Analyse your career options Step out of your comfort zone What else can you do besides working for someone else? 5 Key Critical Success Factors

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 11 Key Success Factor 4 Mental Toughness and Strong Belief Systems Be positive and believe in yourself Avoid learned helplessness Increase your energy levels 5 Key Critical Success Factors

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 12 Key Success Factor 5 Manage Your Current Job It’s easier to find a job when currently employed Have you done everything possible to make your current job successful? How well are you “managing upwards”? 5 Key Critical Success Factors

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 13 Least Effective Job Search Techniques Sending resumes by the bucket load Employment Agencies – Friend or Foe Responding to Newspaper Advertisements Seeking Government Employment Services The Hidden Job Market

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 14 Most effective Job Search Technique The Network Approach How many people do you know? Setting up the network meeting Managing the network meeting Targeting companies and industry sector On-line job search The Hidden Job Market

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 15 Setting-up The Network Meeting When calling your contact by phone ask for a twenty minute meeting The objective is to provide your contact with a copy of your resume and to seek their opinion on your skills and industries you may be suited Discuss industry matters at the meeting such as business trends, career prospects and current issues Ask for a referral so that your network of contacts will expand Do not ask for a job or infer that you are looking for a job specifically in your contact’s company. The Hidden Job Market

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 16 The Telephone Technique Use phrases in your telephone introduction as follows: ‘I am sure you can help me’ ‘I am in job search mode’ ‘I would appreciate it if you would look at my resume and make referrals to others in appropriate industries ’ The Hidden Job Market

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©Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 17 The Network Meeting Reinforce your network contact you are there to obtain information, not a job Avoid talking about your reasons for leaving your current or previous job Whilst your network contact is reading your resume, expand on your key strengths and transferable skills Leave your resume with your network contact at the end of the meeting Remember to ask for a referral to expand your network Write a follow-up letter to thank your network contact for their time Ensure the meeting does not turn into an interview Your follow-up letter should project a personal statement Research the company you are visiting and prepare a list of questions Follow-up with your network contacts in one month to advise them of your progress. The Hidden Job Market

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 18 “Networking at 54% is still the number one way job seekers are finding new employment opportunities” Worldwide survey by HR consultancy DBM Latest Job Market Trends

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 Weeks 19 “In a world wide survey, 75% of applicants changed industry, up 3% from the previous year, & 65% were forced to take pay cuts” Worldwide survey by HR consultancy DBM Latest Job Market Trends

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 20 Changing & Targeting New Industry Career transition is becoming a requirement for those that want to stay employed Use information meetings to learn about the industry Use networking principles to make contacts in those industries The Hidden Job Market

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 21 Three key documents Cover letter Resume Follow-up Letter Letter Writing Skills

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 22 How to Structure a Cover Letter Ensure your achievements and accountabilities address the key selection criteria Your letter should not exceed one page Keep your letter simple and paragraphs and sentences short and concise Use bullet points to highlight key achievements and accountabilities Avoid using negative phrases Don't over-sell yourself; reflect balanced thinking Review and re-draft your letter until you are confident with it Check for spelling mistakes and ensure it is correctly addressed Use good quality stationery and prepare your letter on a word package Ensure it is printed on a good quality printer Your introduction should be your strongest selling point, referring to your greatest achievement Ask for a personal meeting as opposed to an interview as your concluding statement. Letter Writing Skills

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©Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 Weeks 23 ‘The follow-up letter is one of the most powerful job search tools often ignored by candidates!’ A method for continued dialogue between yourself and the recruiter An opportunity to restate your skills and experience Evidence that you have considered the position seriously and wish to re-affirm your interest It is a proactive document, providing a vehicle for selling yourself further The ability to offer solutions to key issues and objectives discussed during the interview Letter Writing Skills

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 24 How to Structure a Follow-up Letter Commence your letter with a thank-you statement in appreciation of the recruiter's time Include references to key selection criteria discussed during the interview in bullet-point form Be proactive by offering solutions to key issues and objectives discussed during the interview Re-affirm that you are still interested and challenged by the position Letter Writing Skills

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 Weeks 25 Key Resume Tips You have 20-30 seconds to grasp the recruiters attention View you resume as a marketing tool Resumes should be no longer that 2-3 pages Use plain paper and neatly typed on a word package Check for spelling and grammatical errors Ensure you state your key achievements and not just duties and skills acquired Ensure your resumes is “solutions oriented” If you can not write a resume, get help from a professional Remove unnecessary information such as age, sex, marital status, nationality and birth place etc.. Letter Writing Skills

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 26 An interview technique based on the premise that the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. Gain detailed job related examples Assess past performance Assess competency Confirm achievements noted in the resume Behavioural Interviewing

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 27 Preparing for Behavioural Interviewing Questions will be asked of you requesting detailed accounts of specific events from your work experiences. Generally these questions begin with a phrase as follows: ‘Give me an example of the last time you’ ‘Describe your toughest situation where you…’ Behavioural Interviewing

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 28 Preparing for Behavioural Interviewing The interviewer will probe with follow-up questions that focus on: The situation (what specifically happened) What was the project? What were the circumstances? When did it happen? What brought this problem to your attention? What made the situation difficult? Behavioural Interviewing

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© Copyright 2012 How to Find a Job in 6 weeks 29 Behavioural Interviewing Preparing for Behavioural Interviewing 2. What you did or said Tell me exactly what you did? What did you do next? What steps did you take in handling the situation? What caused you to be so successful in this particular situation?

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