Career Change? Stop Using SEEK.

Are you trying to change careers? The first thing you need to do is to stop relying on SEEK to find your next job. Here’s why:

When you use SEEK to find a new job (the internet job-search) you are competing with hundreds of other applicants. That’s fine if you are trying to get a job that you ┬áhave oodles of experience in – but if you are swapping careers that’s going to make you a tough sell against the other applicants.

My number one suggestion is that if you are trying to change jobs – you need to start networking or cold-calling. Of course you will still apply for advertised positions BUT don’t rely on it as the be all and end all of your job search. I have stacks more tips for you in the video above not relying on SEEK is my number one.

Let’s say you are a Bricklayer looking for a Security Guard role. You don’t have any security experience – but you do have your security qualification – licence. If you apply on SEEK at least half the applicants are going to have practical experience so you have a very very slim chance of reaching interview stage. Instead, you need to have contacted the employer before they go to the advertising stage.

So I would recommend in this situation that you post your resume with a cover letter to security companies in the area – stating that you are looking to get involved in the field and asking that they contact you should a position come up. This way you won’t be competing with other applicants who are probably more qualified than you.

I hope this helps you with your career change or transition. In the meantime, let me know if you would like help with your resume. You can view a sample here.