The best question you can ask is, “What does success look like in this job?” It is a question full of advantages.
It tells your interviewer you are interested in the job. It says volumes about your intentions to succeed in the job. Crucially, it helps your interviewer envision you succeeding in the job.
Just remember that your interviewer might put this same question back on you at some point too, so prepare additional comments to help paint a picture of how you could successfully add value to the organisation in this role.
To do this, ask yourself what success in the role means to you. Then, prepare examples of your relevant successes in previous roles to demonstrate this point.
Instead of resorting to these clichés and so speaking in generalities about your strengths, think in terms of results you’ve achieved at work to prove you’re the right candidate for the job. For instance, if you are a great team player, share specific concrete examples to convince your interviewer rather than resorting to a trivial “I work well with others”.
Keep in mind that you can give interview answers that are detailed and concise. In fact, the more detailed you wish to be, the more concise you should be. Likewise, the more concise you are, the more detailed you can afford to be.
As our job interview guide highlights, job interview preparation is paramount to land a new job in 2021. After all, by preparing concise answers ahead of time, you have a better chance of replicating them in interview conditions.
When preparing, think of short and snappy descriptions of your successes and results in previous jobs. For each, share quantifiable evidence of your accomplishments. In this way, your results prove your strengths in a succinct and explicit way that’s hard to beat.
One third of workers are reportedly looking to upskill in the next 12 months, research from the Melbourne Institute indicates.
Our Upskilling Matters Report also highlights that the skills we develop now have a shelf life of about five years before they need updating. In addition, almost one quarter (24 per cent) of professionals we surveyed upskill only once per year; 20 per cent do so less, and four per cent never do.
If you would like to upskill more frequently, and we suggest you do if you want to remain a competitive jobseeker, there are time and cost-friendly ways to do it.
Our advice is to keep your portfolio and CV separate. Add links to your online portfolio or other examples of your work throughout the work experience section of your CV to demonstrate your expertise. If you have an online portfolio, add the link under your contact details, along with your LinkedIn profile.
This will help the reader build a better picture of your skills and value. Provided the work you link to highlights the relevancy of your skills for the particular job you’re applying to, it will differentiate you.
Next, be selective about your work history. If you’ve been in the workforce for 30 or more years, you might need to only include the last 10-20 years of experience. Consider the experience that positions you as most relevant for the job you are applying for. Perhaps your early career history was in another field or unrelated industry? If so, remove it.
Strike off the years you earned your degrees. This helps pull attention away from your age and pulls focus to your skills and competencies.
Consider temporary work and upskilling. This will strengthen your resume, build your professional networks and broaden your career opportunities.
As research indicates, mature-age workers can encounter ageist barriers to employment in some organisations. Research organisations to discover those that value mature-age workers.
A significant number of our candidates are reporting they don’t feel confident about finding work because of COVID-19’s impact on the job market. Yet, the reality is that strong opportunities are available as employers return to growth and add to their headcounts. Keeping a positive mindset is vital when you are trying to find a job.
Finally, prioritise your cover letter when applying for jobs. You can overcome a lot of barriers to entry into the workforce right there. Download our cover letter template for great guidance.
If you have a large employment gap because you were a primary parent or caregiver, you should address this on your CV. However, keep this information brief, and remember your CV’s primary purpose is to highlight your professional accomplishments and experience.
If you managed to join a professional organisation, complete relevant short courses or run a relevant side gig while you raised your family full-time, include this information too.
Also consider temp work and further short courses on your road to re-entering the workforce. They are a great way to bridge gaps on your CV and make a gradual transition back into the workforce.
Another important consideration when job searching in 2021 is to be persistent. As we previously highlighted, if you are unsuccessful with a job application or interview, don’t be afraid to follow up with the hiring manager for feedback. It could make all the difference to finding your dream job.
Tim has worked more than 20 years in the recruitment industry. He began his career with Hays Recruitment in the UK and in 1999 transferred to Australia to establish Hays Construction and Property in Melbourne which is now one of the top performing businesses across the country.
Sitting on the Hays ANZ board since 2012 Tim is responsible for Victoria, ACT and Tasmania and plays a key role in strategic planning for Australia and New Zealand.
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