Katie Griffiths, Senior Account Coordinator at Fircroft’s Perth, Australia office offers her ‘top tips’ on getting yourself job ready.
We all know how stressful it is to look for a new job, especially when the due-diligence process following a verbal offer is comprehensive and lengthy. When you find yourself involuntarily out of work and without an income, all you want to do is get started with a new job as quickly as possible. Here are some tips to make yourself ‘Job Ready’ to speed up the process.
1. Create a file or zip folder on your computer that holds scanned copies of all the documents you are likely to be asked to submit during the due-diligence process. This will enable you to locate them easily, quickly and efficiently when requested, avoiding delays in the onboarding process. Common documents requested during the due diligence process are:
• Driving Licence
• Visa (if applicable)
• Driving Licence
• Qualification Certificates
• Licence Certificates/Cards (e.g. Construction White Card/MSIC etc)
• Industry Specific Certificates e.g. TBOSIET/BOSIET
• Medical Results
• Referee Details
• Bank Details
• TFN Number
• Superannuation Account Details
2. Keep on top of your CV. Don’t wait until you are looking for a new opportunity to write your CV. Your CV should be a continually evolving document. As you achieve something significant or take on an extra task, note it on your CV. This will ensure that when you do come to look for a new job, your CV captures all the key information. It is hard to reflect on a past role and remember all the aspects of that role to sell yourself fully if you leave your CV writing to the last minute.
3. Reach out to your referees ahead of time and let them know you are applying for jobs. This will enable them to be ready for any phone calls or emails from your potential future employers and will help speed up the due diligence process. If your referee is away or unlikely to be available then this will allow you to choose an alternative referee. Often the due diligence process is delayed due to the inability of a recruiter to get hold of the referee via phone/email.
4. Be clear on the rate of pay you are looking for. Know what you will and will not accept for the role in question and be sure to have discussions upfront with your recruiter to ensure all parties are clear on expectations. Remember it is important to be somewhat flexible and your recruiter will be able to guide you on the going rates for each role in the market at the time.
You will be surprised how being organised up front will speed up the due diligence process. Follow these simple steps and looking for a new job will become far less stressful.
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