A guide to managing job loss.
Losing a job is more common than you might think, and it doesn’t define you. We’re here to help.
Preparing for your future job.
Looking for a new job can feel daunting. Below are some tips and resources that can help you be more prepared:
- review your skills and achievements
- look for online courses and seminars to upskill or retrain
- update your CV and profiles on LinkedIn, Seek, TradeMe Jobs etc
- network online with people in your industry
- set online appointments to meet recruiters.
Other helpful resources:
- explore job opportunities on the New Zealand’s job search site, Seek or even LinkedIn
- think about volunteering. To find out how you can volunteer, visit Volunteering NZ.
Tips on how to write a good CV and cover letter
The way to stand out when applying for any role, is with your CV and cover letter. Your CV (sometimes known as a resume) lists your skills and experience:
- in your cover letter, give specific examples of your skills within your previous roles
- use keywords in both your cover letter and CV that are mentioned in the job description and are relevant to the industry
- spend a good amount of time tweaking your CV and writing a personalised cover letter
- you want to tell the employer that you know what they want, and you have the skills that they are looking for
- don’t overdo it. Your CV and cover letter should not exceed more than a couple of pages. Keep it brief and focused.
How to nail the interview
How would you describe yourself in 2 minutes? How would you describe your skills to an employer in a job interview and show examples of them at work? While talking about your experience, give examples of how your contributions made a difference to your company’s or client’s work. Practice speaking at home and don’t forget about maintaining good body language. Eye contact, posture and tone of voice are extremely important during a job interview.
While previous skills and experience are at the forefront of your job hunt, you need to let your personality shine. In an interview setting, employers are most likely going to ask about you, hobbies and your work/life balance. Think about how these traits relate to the role? How would they make you a productive and fun member of their team?