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Starting your career as a fresh graduate

Here at SpareStaff, we are huge supporters of your careers and success. As a SpareStaffer, you can access career guidance that can aid your job searching journey. In this series of SpareStaffer Stories, read and get inspired by some of the experiences that our very own users have had. This time, we have a story about a fresh grad looking for her first graduate role in Sydney, Australia.

Meet Lina. Lina has just graduated from Macquarie University, finishing with a Bachelor of Commerce. She came to us during her job hunt, looking for career advice and ultimately, to get a job. As an international student from South-east Asia, she is currently on a 2-year post-study work visa. Hoping to kick start her career as a Business Analyst, she thinks Australia is a great place to begin.

So why was Lina struggling to find a job? Here are a few problems that she’s come across.

Problem #1: Employers want people with relevant experience in Australia.

Lina focused on her studies and extracurricular activities while she was in Uni, and didn’t have the time to work on her career. While she does not have relevant experience in Australia, she spent a few semester breaks at admin positions in her home country.

The current job market is getting more and more intense, and a lot of people consider an early start crucial for their careers. For job sectors like management and finance, having a competitive edge would certainly help you succeed.

Still, Lina has experienced life in a workplace, and carries herself well within it. She sees herself as someone who pays attention to detail, and is a great communicator. We just need to help her find her way into something that can get her that edge.

Problem #2: Employers usually want candidates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Lina came to Australia as an international student, and is now on a two-year work visa. She is unfortunately neither an Australian citizen nor a permanent resident.There’s not really a way around this, unless…

Nope, that seems enticing, but no. The issue right now is that employers won’t know Lina well enough to consider her for long term positions. Since Lina’s work status in Australia is temporary, employers might not find hiring a migrant worker worth it for their company. This gives Lina a limited time frame to find a job before she runs out of time on her visa. What we can try for her is to find something where she can demonstrate her commitment to the position and the company. That way she can build on her future with the company and her career as she goes on.

Problem #3: Employers look for adaptability

Lina isn’t all too familiar with the Australian job market, nor the hiring process. Sure, it might essentially be the same everywhere else: you apply, you interview, maybe interview again, then you either get hired or not. But the culture and the whole process would need a little getting used to. You don’t know what other people are like, and how you should be acting as a candidate among many others.

That’s where Lina is lacking a bit. She’s finding it hard to present herself on her resume and cover letters in the way that employers want. With this unfamiliar environment, Lina needs to learn what she’s worth and how she can show employers her best.

 

Here’s what we know about her. Lina is eager to learn, and adaptive to new surroundings. She was passionate about her studies and worked hard to reflect that. Outside of work, she is a great lover of nature and frequents the many bushwalks that Sydney has to offer. She reckons that Australia is a great place to start off her career, wherever that leads her to in the future.

So how did we help?

We offered a few tips as a solution to Lina’s work search struggles. First, we provided her with some profile building guidance that could really make her stand out. This profile is essentially her resume. With her free profile on SpareStaff, she learnt to create a great profile that matches with the desired skills for jobs that she’s looking for.

Creating a profile that reflects your strengths and weaknesses is a great way to present yourself as an outstanding candidate to employers. Highlighting your technical skills is also something you should do on your profile. Know what you’re capable of. Then turn that into information that employers can catch immediately. Equipped with this career advice, Lina better familiarised herself with the job searching process and optimised her profile.

The Verdict:

Lina put herself out there, and got 3 interviews by matching with employers. She eventually managed to get an internship where she’s able to learn and enrich her skills.

At SpareStaff we are dedicated to helping your job search, whether you’re looking for full time work, flexible work, or if you’re thinking about a career change. We can offer career guidance to build an attractive profile.

A lot of people in the job market experience similar problems that Lina did, and we have some tips for when you’re looking for your next job. Here’s our tips on how to manage your job hunt.

Shift your focus by keeping busy

Job hunting is, to say the least, stressful. You constantly feel like you’re on an immediate deadline to your doom. Waiting for replies and going to interviews can definitely put a toll on your emotions and wellbeing. With that said, you might want to use your free time to take care of yourself. It might sound a little cheesy, but self care is important.

Rather than obsessing over your job applications or whether the interviewer liked you or not, why not enjoy other things. Maybe start a new hobby! Of course you should be putting an effort in your job search, but doing something that can take your mind off all this job search stress can be quite beneficial. So when you’re not writing a cover letter or preparing for an interview, maybe watch some movies, or learn to bake or cook. This could really help you stay in touch with yourself and take a break from all the stress.

Connect with others

Another important thing to know about job hunting is that you’re not alone. Tons of people are on the same journey, in all kinds of industries as well. Maybe you have friends who are also looking for their next job. Connect with them and share your experiences. Share your woes and struggles in your job search, learn to accept that these are things that many people go through.

In the same way, you might be able to gain or share some tips or helpful advice, so you both come out of this stronger and more confident. Staying connected is also a crucial step in keeping yourself sane in the whirlwind of job searches.

Work on your other skills

Now that you have a bit of downtime, consider working on your other skills, or mastering some new ones. It’s always a good thing to have new skills, especially technical skills that could benefit you as a job seeker. Technology is always evolving, there’s always some new software or apps that might come in handy.

See yourself as a lifelong learner for the pursuit of knowledge and self improvement. Not only does this sustain your personal development, it can also give you that competitive edge and enhance your employability. That’s what winners are made of.

Put yourself out there

Most of us enjoy the safety that our comfort zones give us, which makes them hard to get out of. It usually comes out of this fear of rejection that often comes out during a job search. Rejection is undoubtedly hard to face, especially when you’re trying to present the best form of yourself to people. Simply because of this reason, having the confidence to step out of your comfort zone could be quite beneficial.

Applying to opportunities that you’re interested in is great and all, but why not put yourself out there and post your profile for employers to see. Let yourself be known and show people what you can do.

On SpareStaff, you can post a job profile for free and let employers come to you. We are dedicated to creating a convenient and safe work community for both job seekers and employers. Once you’ve created your profile, all you need to do is list your skills and experience, along with anything you want employers to know about you. This is the first step to your next job! Sign up for a free account today.

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3 workplace bad behaviours to weed out

We often talk about the good qualities of an employee within the workplace, but not so much about the bad habits that should be avoided. Obviously, we know of the actual bad stuff like workplace harassment and disputes. But what we’re talking about are the qualities that often create an unproductive environment. Certain mindsets to our work can definitely affect the way we work. Depending on how you approach your work, you could be moving ahead with ease, or frustration.

These qualities or attitudes may make things harder for you, or even the rest of your team. You might not even be aware of the things that you do, but they could already be holding you back. By getting rid of these negative mindsets, you could improve your work productivity and efficiency. This could even make things easier for your team as well.

Here are three examples of negative mindsets to avoid at work. If you’re guilty of some of these, you might want to reconsider your approach to your work.

1. Negativity

This one’s pretty obvious. In terms of navigating through the workplace, it’s important to keep an open mind. Remember, certain obstacles are unavoidable, and must be dealt with when they come up. This sense of ‘glass half-empty’ perspective can make you easily frustrated and unable to make the right call. You don’t exactly need to be a ‘glass half-full’ person, it’s not about being optimistic about anything. It’s more about recognising opportunity in a bad situation.

Negativity can affect your decision-making abilities, and you may struggle to deal with or adapt to new events that arise. It can also put a stopper on your critical thinking. Pessimism makes us think everything has gone wrong or will go wrong at some point. Then you’re not motivated anymore to deal with any problems. Pressism is also pretty infectious, and can definitely bring down the mood around you. No one likes a downer.

To fix this, try taking small steps to overcome your preconceptions about a situation. Take a second to look closely at the problem at hand. There could be ways to adapt and adjust to an abrupt change. It’s a good thing to be able to recognise events that are not ideal, but there’s no need to focus on them. Examine the problem, and set out a game plan to find new solutions and opportunities.

2. Not being open to collaboration

This can become a huge problem if you work within a team setting. Whether you work in an office or in retail, team dynamics can play a huge part in the workplace. Good teamwork delivers results.

If a project requires a certain level of collaboration and teamwork to complete, everyone needs to be on board and committed to the project for it to succeed. Don’t let your ego take over. This can actually divert your attention away from the task.

It can sometimes be hard to work with people who disagree with you, or have different work styles. You still need to maintain a level of respect for everyone in your team. This requires empathy to understand your differences and learn to accept different opinions. Try to understand that not everyone has the same background and beliefs as you do. This can help you see where they’re coming from, if you find yourself disagreeing with them. Knowing how to deal with someone who isn’t so accommodating is also a great soft skill to have.

If you close yourself off to new ideas and keep pushing for your own ideas, it can keep you from achieving your collective goals. Even if your idea is in fact the better one, it’s crucial to listen to others first. Then you might even combine everyone’s input to formulate a better plan.

3. Constantly doubting yourself

Something employees, especially those in entry level roles, often do is constantly apologising or even doubting their own abilities. They sometimes lack the confidence to really take charge in their work.

It’s normal to feel somewhat anxious or nervous about your own work. But this mindset could also be keeping you from stepping out of your comfort zone. There’s no room for personal growth if you keep doubting your abilities. Your work is a space for you to explore and learn, but not without looking

If you still feel insecure about your position and ability, try reaching out to your supervisor or other colleagues for some guidance. Bounce some ideas off each other. With a little bit of guidance, you might feel more confident to prove yourself in the workplace.

You might not even be aware that you practice these not-so ideal attitudes at work, but now’s the time to recognise them. The first thing is to learn to communicate your thoughts effectively, and to maintain good relationships at work. You don’t have to be best mates with everyone at work, unless you want to. It’s just best to keep things friendly and easy-going.

Also, keeping a tight-knit relationship with your peers can always help. Sharing stories and experiences from work can help you vent out your stress. In the same way, listening to other people’s stories can help gain a new perspective on things.

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7 key skills for customer service jobs

Types of customer service jobs

Customer service itself can mean a variety of things. Job types can include customer service representatives, receptionists, or call centre operators. A lot of jobs in hospitality like guest services also revolve around customer service.

So what happens in a customer service role? A lot of it is interacting directly with people. Whether it’s in person, on the phone, through email or online chat, a customer service rep listens and attends to a customer or client’s needs.

As a customer service rep, you’ll need to relate to others on a personal level. This shows that you are attentive and care about the customer’s needs (even if you don’t actually care). You represent your company, and this applies to any member of the team. As the face of the company, offering a good experience and interaction for the customer is what you should aim for. This gets the customer to trust in the company more, and your great service can help build customer loyalty.

Because of how much human interaction you’ll be doing, this makes the job require mostly soft skills. You’ll probably need some tech and computer admin skills here and there, but it’s mostly focused on interpersonal skills. Here are 7 skills required for a customer service job. These include soft skills that help you work better with people, both people on your team and customers you meet on the job.

1. Listening skills

When you’re attending to a customer, it’s important to listen and show that you’re listening as well. By knowing exactly what they need, you’ll be able to find the right solution to their problem.

The other thing is showing that you’re listening. One thing that customers definitely don’t love is being ignored or feeling overlooked when they’re trying to find help. That’s why you have to use your body language and verbal responses to demonstrate that you’re actively listening. Nodding, making eye contact, asking questions are all good communications habits to keep. If you’re talking to someone on the phone, you could make small verbal acknowledgements and ask questions to keep the conversation going. Only small ones though, as you don’t want to rudely interrupt the person on the line.

2. Communication skills

A conversation is only made better with good communication skills. And clear conversation is crucial for customer service. Your communication skills can help you efficiently express yourself to the customer, and offer them the help that they need.

Communication skills are especially important for phone conversations, even for email and online chat too. Because the customer can’t see your body language, you’ll need to pay attention to the language that you’re using. Speak loud enough and choose your words carefully to convey a cheery tone.

For email and online chat, you may want to use appropriate words and phrases in proper length sentences. Being polite and attentive is the key to nailing online communication.

3. Positive attitude

Sometimes it’s quite daunting to deal with customers who are upset or even angry. But keeping a positive and upbeat attitude while carefully dealing with their problems can really help.

Positivity can be infectious, so your customer’s mood could improve by interacting with you. Of course, you should also focus on how you can help them. A solution to their problem would be the best mood booster. Just don’t appear to be too cheery, as that can come across as fake and pretentious.

Maintaining a positive attitude requires a level of emotional intelligence and adaptability to new events. You can work on this by being observant and try to pick up on other people’s nonverbal cues to understand. Having a sense of humour can certainly come in handy with this as well.

4. Conflict resolution

Being a creative problem solver is a very big part of a customer service job. You have to find ways to fit the certain needs of a customer to solve their problems. You’ll also need to be prepared to deal with angry or difficult customers

Sometimes the situation is out of your reach and the solution is beyond what you can do for the customer. You have to be able to utilise your conflict resolution skills to come up with something to keep everyone happy. In these scenarios, you might have to try to stand your ground as well.

5. Empathy

The ability to recognise and understand someone’s emotional state is what you need to understand the customer’s perspective. This way you can better tailor your attitudes and behaviour to give them the ideal experience.

Having empathy allows you to think in the customer’s perspective. Think about what they would want, and how they would want to be treated. Then you can figure out how you can offer a better customer service experience.

6. Proactivity

In terms of customer service, proactivity involves anticipating the customer’s needs. Now this doesn’t mean trying to develop clairvoyance, it just means that you should try to provide something that the customer might also need. This comes hand in hand with knowing the product or service well enough to be able to use it well. By doing so, it shows that you are willing to go the extra mile for the customer, which can really elevate their experience.

Also, try not to seem passive or timid. This comes off as indifference or low confidence. Customers may think that you are not capable enough, and you may be met with the dreaded “can I speak to the manager?”

Speak confidently in a steady tone, loud enough for the customer to hear you. Direct communication and strong eye contact is key.

7. Sense of responsibility

Take charge of your work. Having a strong sense of responsibility to your work not only shows how dedicated you are to the job, but also the customer. This sometimes involves owning up to mistakes.

Mishaps do happen from time to time, and you’re lucky enough to be the first point-of-contact when a customer has a problem. Even if it’s not your fault, you still have to apologise on behalf of the company. It’s really all about making the customer feel validated, after all.

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7 fast growing jobs that you don’t need a degree for

Job searches have become more challenging these days, with all that change that’s been brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Still, things are slowly changing for the better while we all adjust to this mess of a year. We’re seeing growth in different sectors, where people are needed in various roles. Here are 7 jobs that you don’t need a degree for.

1. Retail Salesperson

A retail salesperson is someone in a store who sells products or supplies directly to customers. You could be selling things like cars, jewellery, or electronics. 

A typical day for a retail salesperson would usually include greeting customers, helping them find the right products, and most importantly provide enough information to help customers make a decision. To succeed as a salesperson, you’d need to provide great customer service and have sufficient knowledge of the products that you’re selling.

To become a retail salesperson, you don’t really need formal education and you can usually get on-the-job training from your employer. Some experience in customer service should also do you good in this role.

Because of how much human interaction you’ll be facing as a retail salesperson, the role requires a lot more from your soft skills rather than hard technical skills. These soft skills may include things like communication and problem solving skills, empathy, and adaptability. 

People skills would really come in handy when you’re dealing with customers. You’ll be able to easily relate to them and figure out the best way to help them. Ultimately, we’re all about the sale itself, so good persuasion skills are also a must.

If you see yourself as a people person who enjoys making a connection with people, getting a job in retail could be the way for you. Organisation skills and attention to detail are also the ideal qualities of a retail salesperson.

2. Customer Service Representative

Jobs in customer service are pretty varied. While retail staff usually work in a store location, a role in customer service could put you anywhere. You could be working as a customer service representative at a physical store or business, an operator at a call centre, or guest services in a hospitality setting. Quite a few call centres have widened their capabilities to allow employees receive customer service calls from home, as part of their pandemic-induced work from home measures.

Similar to a retail job, a role in customer service involves directly interacting with people. A customer service representative listens and responds to a customer or client’s needs. This is where your soft skills really come into play. Customers will usually come to you with a problem or question that needs to be resolved, and you’ll need to help them as much as you can.

There’ll be on-the-job training opportunities that mostly cover your day to day responsibilities, how to use different tech systems. Your supervisors may also give you specific directions to different scenarios, so you can better perform as the face or voice of the company. 

After that, your success as a customer service representative all depends on having a winning smile on your face and a positive attitude. Unless there is a university degree that teaches you people skills, you don’t need formal education for a customer service role.

3. Sales Representative

This one’s another type of job that requires soft skills more than hard skills. Not to be confused with retail sales, sales representatives promote and sell products and services to retail and wholesale clients, or to business professionals. 

Instead of regular consumers, sales representatives reach out to potential business clients to sell them products or services. It involves quite a bit of cold calling and networking to get more buyers interested.

You don’t need much formal education to get your foot in the door, as most companies offer on-the-job training. Once you’re in, work on your selling and persuasion skills to maintain long-lasting relationships with your clients. But if you want to get into certain specific industries that require specialised industry knowledge, getting Cert qualified could be useful. This applies for sectors like the automotive industry.

4. Web developer

If you’re a highly organised person interested in technology and enjoy solving problems, then a role as a web developer might be for you. It’s possible to work as a web developer without formal education, many web developers are actually self-taught.

Web developers create the code that determines how a website works. They implement specific designs that provide a user-friendly experience for the users. Fluency in a number of programming languages is essential to accomplish this. These programming languages include HTML, JavaScript, C++, Python, and more.

Along with the programming languages, building a website is also separated into three parts: front-end, back-end, and database technology. While they may be confident in all three aspects, some developers choose to focus on one particular area of the site.

To become a web developer, start with familiarising yourself with the basics. There are many free online resources that can help you learn the most common programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Practise your coding and become confident enough in your skills. Web development is something that’s ever changing, so you also need to be flexible and open to learning new things.

Then you can start with some of your own projects or freelance projects to gain some experience. Setting up a profile on GitHub would also be a great place to upload your work. Just like designers, employers consider the portfolios of web developers when they’re hiring. So you better have something to show off. With a little bit of networking, you’re surely on the right track to moving onto bigger projects.

5. IT Systems Administrator / IT Support

IT Systems Administrators take care of all things hardware and software in companies or various organisations. The role requires computer and IT skills, to install and provide support for network systems within an organisation.

If you have strong computer, problem solving, and critical thinking skills, this might be the job for you. The profession has had a significant amount of growth recently, with the coronavirus pandemic bringing people in to work from home. With this big change, companies needed their IT Support Staff more than ever before.

While some employers prefer to hire job candidates who have a relevant bachelor’s degree in IT, you might still be able to get a job without a university degree. Getting certified in IT software such as Cisco, Microsoft, or Juniper would also be useful. Then you can start out as an IT Helpdesk Support Technician and move up to bigger roles.

6. Warehouse Storeperson

In the past few months during the pandemic, we’ve seen a huge boost in online shopping while we’re all hunkered down in our homes. That pretty much put more pressure on warehouse and shipping staff, where they had to deliver results safely and efficiently.

If you are physically fit and able to move things around, this in demand job might be right for you. Working in a warehouse requires you to work as part of a team to organise, store, and deliver goods. Get yourself job-ready by getting a forklift license as well.

7. Delivery Driver

Naturally, this comes after warehouse staff. Similar to the growth within Warehouse staff, delivery drivers are also in demand. Delivery truck drivers bring goods to businesses or directly to customers, and are often required to load and unload items.

There are no formal requirements to become a delivery driver, only the right driver’s license and safe driving skills to drive a truck. Being responsible, trustworthy, and reliable are all great qualities to show.

Getting in the door without a degree

Whether you’re a student looking to gain some experience in the ‘real world’, someone thinking about a career change, or looking to get started on your career straight away, there’s a pathway for you. Here are a few things you can do to be prepared to join the workforce.

Job ready preparations

1. Driver’s license

Having a current driver’s license can make things easier for you. A full license would be useful for jobs that require you to travel to different locations. If you’re looking to get into the warehouse industry or to become a delivery driver, you’d need a truck license.

2. Forklift license

Getting forklift certified shows that you are ready to start work as a warehouse storeperson, and that employers can trust that you know the safety regulations around the role. Simply head to a registered training organisation (RTO) to complete a training course, then apply for a license.

3. Related certification training

Most employers hire people based on their skills and experience, so it could be beneficial to show proof that you have the skills that they look for. Institutions like TAFE offer education and training courses that don’t take as long to complete compared to a university degree. For technical skills in IT or programming, you could also consider getting certified in operating different types of software and hardware.

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5 essential soft skills that can help you succeed in the workplace

What are soft skills?

Soft skills are sometimes known as interpersonal skills or transferable skills. Unlike technical skills, are any kind of skill that is related to personality and social behaviour. Technical skills are related to the knowledge needed to perform a job, but soft skills are more about fostering good connections within a workplace.

Soft skills are quite intangible and can widely be described as personal qualities or habits. These are qualities and abilities that employers look for in a job candidate. They reflect your attitudes and intuitions towards the work. We use these soft skills together with hard skills to navigate our work environment, work well with others, and achieve career goals.

They are called “transferable” as they aren’t always fixed to specific occupations. A lot of soft skills are valued for a number of positions, across a range of industries as well. This is especially for graduate programs, where employers often look for these transferable soft skills over professional experience.

Companies can train someone to have the technical know-how for the job, but soft skills have to come from personal growth. That’s where employers can see the candidate’s potential to perform well in the workplace. A job candidate’s soft skills can show that they have a positive and flexible mindset when it comes to work. These skills are valued because of how they can be used regardless of the job position.

Why soft skills are so important in 2020

To cope with the pandemic-induced economic decline, a lot of companies are restructuring their organisations. This brings forward new positions in the workforce that calls for transferable skills. You may find that you match a lot of the desired traits in a job ad even if you’re not that familiar with the responsibilities or the job titles itself.

These new positions on the job market aren’t exactly brand new types of work, think of them as “repackaged” roles that combine the responsibilities of adjacent roles. That’s where soft skills come into the conversation. Adaptability and communication skills are crucial in this new age of change. These skills are particularly in demand today. Companies are changing, and as employees, we have to improve along as well. Sometimes this shift in work can be good too.

Tech and consulting sectors have adopted the human-centered design methodology for better problem solving capabilities. This makes use of a number of soft skills to identify the needs of a client for the right solution. While tech is dominating these days, there is a push for soft skills at the same time.

Having these soft skills are also important when it comes to a career change. Even if you don’t have real experience in another field, you might possess the required traits fit for the role. So when you’re thinking about changing careers, consider what kind of soft skills you have that can help you find your next job.

5 essential soft skills that can help you succeed at work

1. Empathy

People who can work well with others are the most sought after. Even if you only need to attend a few meetings here and there, hiring managers look for people who can get along with others. Your workplace can consist of people from different backgrounds and have different responsibilities. Having a certain level of empathy can help you work with others even if you don’t agree with each other.

In any situation that involves teamwork, accepting feedback is key to getting to a solution effectively and efficiently. Learning to respect people and valuing diversity in a workplace is also a great soft skill to have. Not only does having empathy aid with workplace relationships, it also can get you great results in your work.

Empathy can be described as the ability to step into someone else’s shoes. But a lot of it is also about listening more, and being open to new ideas. Empathetic people are truly present and involved with another person’s feelings and intentions. This makes them highly understanding and are able to inspire others.

2. Communication

So we’re listening, but are we also effectively saying what we think? Communication is not always about the words you’re saying, but it’s also about how you’re putting ideas forward. Convincive communication can really help your team get through problems easily. It can also help to minimise certain misunderstandings between your staff.

At most jobs, you will probably need to talk to people who are not only your colleagues. These include customers, clients, vendors, and more. Navigating through this requires a solid level of communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing. This is particularly true for customer-facing jobs like receptionists and helpdesk support.

3. Critical thinking

The ability to make split-second decisions that are also well-thought out is definitely useful in fast-paced workplaces. By developing this critical thinking skill, you and your team can take action based on all the relevant information you have. By anticipating the possible consequences of all the options you have, the right decision will come to you easy as.

Employers want people who can analyse a situation and make informed decisions. Impulsive and ill-informed decisions might be a quick solution, but acting without weighing up all the options can lead to unwanted outcomes. You need to be adaptive to new environments, whatever the work throws at you. This requires a great deal of logical thinking and a desire to learn. Whether you’re analysing data patterns, or fixing a dead laptop, you need to be able to think critically to solve problems.

4. Patience

Sometimes things don’t exactly go your way and you’re stuck at square one again. Patience is critical when it comes to long projects that are particularly difficult to get through. It also comes in handy when you need to deal with people who are disagreeing with you.

5. Commitment

Lastly, hiring managers often look for candidates who can show their commitment to the work and the company. Candidates who don’t show interest in the role during the interview can usually point to their low work ethic.

Showing that you come to work on time, complete tasks on schedule while staying focused and organised is a great sign of your commitment to the job.

How to highlight your soft skills to a potential employer

When you’re applying for a job, your resume and cover letter is where your skills can shine through. Other than highlighting your technical skills that are job-related, you might want to do the same for your soft skills.

While listing them out one by one in the ‘skills’ section of your resume might look enough, you also want to provide proof of your skills. Consider talking about them in the ‘experience’ section instead.

Provide more details of how you used your soft skills to achieve goals. If you worked well in a team setting, or helped customers find a resolution to a problem, you can highlight these achievements as your communication or critical thinking skills. In your cover letter, pick one or two of these skills that are relevant to the job and expand more on them.

If you’re new to work and looking for your first job, you can mention some previous experiences you’ve had. You’ve probably developed a few soft skills from school and volunteering experiences.

A job interview is also a great opportunity to talk about your soft skills. It’s the easiest way to show that you’re a great listener and can work well with people, just by being friendly and approachable. You might also want to do some research about the role and the company before the interview, to show your passion and commitment to the position. Feel free to ask any questions that you may have for the interviewer about the company as well. This shows your initiative and interest in the role.

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Mastering the Art of Resume Creation

Mastering the Art of Resume Creation

Have a prep work regimen– any individual with a meeting lined up quickly does not require to be informed the vigor of prep work. When you have an objective in mind, you intuitively obtain prepared to deal with any kind of difficulty and also cross it. Start guiding all your interest in the direction of making the needed setups properly, such as upgrading your resume, or obtaining it fine-tuned with the aid of an expert.

It is meaningless to show up for a task meeting if you on your own are not persuaded that you will certainly be able to carry out all the duties connected to it. You need to recognize why you are one-of-a-kind as well as just how you are vital, as well as in order to do that you have to invest some time looking right into on your own, what your idea system is as well as to what restrictions you are eager to go, apart from what is evidently stated in the work purpose.

One important tip for any kind of sort of meeting that you deal with in your life is, never ever to obtain carried away when speaking about on your own; there is an extremely slim line in between offering an understanding to that you are as well as boasting. You are certainly not a follower of a flaunting character; after that you can just think of exactly how it would certainly upset the recruiters that are functioning by the clock. Go with the circulation– it is claimed, “you ought to not place all your eggs in one basket”; in the context of a meeting, this might be appropriate as well. Take points as they come; in various other words, go with the circulation; do not make whatever in your globe depends on this solitary meeting.

Remember it’s a two-way road– do not obtain all worried assuming you need to response to the recruiter’s appropriately, in order to bag the task; in fact, throughout the meeting, the one being spoken with is meant to examine whether the business is right for you. In a method, you can claim that it’s not simply a potential company interviewing you however you interviewing them. Inform on your own this continuously, and also you will certainly observe exactly how peace occurs to you.

As well as established this task meeting as a component of that to do checklist you have, in doing so, you will certainly not be so exceptionally impacted if it does not function out. Otherwise, it will certainly assist you to understand, whether it is this task that you truly desire, or whether this is the kind of company you are looking ahead to functioning in. That is to claim, the anxiety that you experience throughout a work meeting is due to the fact that you are allowing it obtain onto your nerves. And also in no time you will certainly see that you have actually transformed your concern right into enjoyable, which at some point leads you to ace the meeting.

If it does not fit on one to 2 web pages – it’s not worth composing regarding! Make certain you consist of particular abilities that are pertinent to the work you’re using for, also if that implies changing your resume for each brand-new application. Take a pass on unneeded information. This may have been the requirement in the past, however all of this info is currently prohibited for your company to ask you, and also there’s no requirement to include it.

Make it simple as well as clear. Usage basic message in one modern-day, basic typeface that is very easy to review, which every person can comprehend.

Be very discreet as well as specialist. You might still be making use of the very same e-mail address that you established when Hotmail happened in the 90’s, however if it’s anything that looks amateur, it could be worth your while establishing a brand-new one for the objective of your work applications. Prevent utilizing your existing job e-mail address, or telephone number for that issue, unless you intend to obtain right into difficulty! Over all, you will not obtain seen if you do not adhere to all of the particular needs that have actually been advised in the task summary. Frequently both resumes as well as cover letters are asked for in a specific documents layout (doc, pdf, docx, rtt).

When it comes to creating your resume is to connect your most pertinent as well as essential experience as briefly yet properly as feasible, what we would certainly recommend. Companies and also employers just have a couple of minutes to determine whether you are an excellent suitable for the function as well as would certainly a lot instead review 2 well-organised web pages loaded with very pertinent info than one web page that’s illegible as well as packed with material.

The major trouble work candidates run into when attempting to create their very own resume is figuring out exactly how to communicate vital elements of their job in brief bulleted sentences without over doing it. The essential aspect to resume creating is obtaining the message throughout to the visitor as swiftly and also painlessly as feasible. Absolutely impactful resume composing takes years of experience as well as self-education, something that can not be shown simply by checking out a couple of how-to overviews or web sites; although, that is an excellent location to begin. Resume creating is an unusual kind of art stemmed from considerable personnels experience, organization administration know-how, knowledge, as well as all-natural capacity to look deep right into one’s job to remove relevant info after that existing it in a manner that is interesting companies. Any kind of excellent musician will certainly inform you that having the ability to illustrate a history in manner in which concentrates on crucial elements in the paint which inform a whole tale in a couple of brief motions is what differentiates the pros from the novices

Resume composing is a craft which can just be really understood via devotion as well as sensible understanding right into the mind of the viewers. This principle applies with any type of kind of innovative writing, truly. To generate something distinct, helpful, as well as effective takes a creative-thinking design as well as severe perseverance which is why resume creating can be so hard for numerous.

Is grasping the art of resume creating difficult for me? Composing design, company of details, layout, correct format, task targeting, critical reasoning, logical abilities, and also reasoning all play a big component in the result of a resume.

Resume composing is extremely challenging for the bulk of work hunters which is why there are points called resume composing solutions. For any person that has actually tried the challenging job of composing a resume, they understand just how annoying it can be. By investing time composing a comprehensive task summary, you will certainly conserve time in the first testing procedure. Utilizing this check checklist, you can conveniently divide the resumes right into teams of indeed, no, and also possibly.

Some resumes transform right into a washing listing of success and also different obligations in previous tasks. A resume that informs the tale reveals that the prospect understands just how to provide herself.

A resume that has actually a customized message particularly for your work opening reveals the prospect’s real prep work in looking for your placement. When using for various placements, severe prospects tailor their resumes. If the prospect has actually consisted of keyword phrases, details certifications as well as accreditations, or various other noteworthy components that you consisted of in the task advertisement, they mean business.

State you have actually developed that you desire a prospect from a specific market. You evaluate the resume of a prospect that has fantastic experience as well as has all the abilities you desire, however they do not have the details sector experience that you are looking for. If you are as well stiff, you might shed out on prospects that have fantastic prospective as well as might truly make a distinction at your group.

The major problem task applicants run into when attempting to compose their very own resume is figuring out exactly how to communicate crucial facets of their profession in brief bulleted sentences without over doing it. Genuinely impactful resume composing takes several years of experience as well as self-education, something that can not be instructed simply by checking out a couple of how-to overviews or web sites; although, that is a great location to begin. Resume composing is an unusual kind of art obtained from comprehensive human sources experience, service administration know-how, knowledge, and also all-natural capacity to look deep right into one’s occupation to remove significant details after that existing it in a method that is appealing to companies. Composing design, company of info, layout, correct format, task targeting, calculated reasoning, logical abilities, as well as reasoning all play a significant component in the result of a resume. Resume composing is extremely tough for the bulk of task applicants which is why there are points called resume composing solutions.

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Online Jobs Australia – sparestaff.com.au

Online Jobs Australia – sparestaff.com.au

Online jobs that allow you to work from home are one of the greatest benefits of technology, providing us with hundreds of jobs that could only be carried out in traditional offices just a decade ago. Another great work from home opportunity is finding work as an online translator. You could potentially be working on a healthcare application provider for home care or nursing homes to troubleshooting a computer hardware or software and a virtual assistant or a social media  or work on website back-end system support on the beaches of Australia.

You can be entitled to working from home tax deductions, which could see you being able to claim expenses that relate to your flexible work arrangement. Working from home jobs aren’t for everyone, and do depend on your work ethic and the environment that suits you the best.

The internet jobs permit you to work from home are just one of the best advantages of innovation, giving us with thousands of jobs that can just be accomplished.  Currently, with rapid interaction innovations, data sources and also the power of the simple laptop computer, the capability to enhance your work-life equilibrium by functioning from residence is a lot more easily accessible. There is a wealth of genuine job from Home tasks in Australia that have versatile hours and you simply require to begin this search from sparestaff.com.au.

Online Jobs in Australia like Web content authors are high in demand and can charge for services like composing content material for sites, social media as well as even more throughout a large selection of subjects. Many web content authors function as a consultant and also make up their very own hours.

One of the brand-new tasks that have actually come to the center is the job of handling companies social media accounts. If this appears like something you do for on your own currently, why not register and get a remote job out of it and also get paid.  Sign up with sparestaff.com.au Now!

Another great work from home opportunity is finding work as an online translator. If you don’t it’s never too late to pick one up!

Another work from home opportunity is becoming an online tutor. The first step is to create a learning plan for your student and work on a business development plan to afford you more career opportunities if you would like to pursue this path.

You can do logo designs,  work as a visuals developer with a substantial service chance. If you are also looking for career progression as many designers struggle to find work in agencies throughout Australia without previous experience, this is a great option.

Whether you’re in regional Australia or basking in beaches of Sydney if you have got an internet connection, you can work as a corporate consultant for a software company by testing their services and products.

Whilst not the most common job title, a transcriptionist can be a legitimate remote work opportunity for someone who possesses lighting fast fingers. Whilst a great work from home opportunity, it can be difficult to keep up with the pace and jargon of some of the speciality fields this operates.

Functioning as a business expert to small companies throughout Australia, is an additional exceptional instance of the selection of on-line tasks that are offered if you would love to sign up with the part-time work-from-home rankings. This is much more than a simple data entry job, as you will be responsible for tracking key business arteries such as cash flow and tracking invoicing.  An accountant is a terrific alternative if you currently have bookkeeping experience or competence.

Flexible job hours are an expanding fad in Australia throughout several markets, so the possibilities are, regardless of the market you operate in; there’s a remote job choice for you.

Being freelance deals the adaptability as well as obligation of being your very own employer, with several local business proprietors selecting to follow this course and also seek their desires. Yearly the variety of self-motivated business owners and also organization growth supervisors are picking to operate in their very own residence consulting as well as gradually developing their very own companies. Even if you presently have an excellent task, this is still something you can consider doing from your very own house.

Working from home jobs aren’t for everyone, and do depend on your work ethic and the environment that suits you the best. One thing you do need to determine, is if you really are capable of working an online job from home in different modes, including communicating via Skype or constantly over the phone.

Australia has a huge market for work form home. Consequently, there’s a high need for remote medical care experts (telehealth) and also various other sort of vital personnel. Australia’s major development markets remain in tourism, construction and healthcare, which all call for assistance and also sales team to maintain business working.

Technology hasn’t just completely changed the way we conduct our jobs, it’s also changed the way we go about getting them in the first place. The more competent you are in IT and technology, the higher your chance of finding a work from home job.  Web portals such as sparestaff.com.au, give you that opportunity.

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Why Register with sparestaff?

Working at home in a freelance job after registering your profile with sparestaff and getting hired , means that you are guaranteed a regular pay cheque and make guaranteed money online.

 

How to get reviews on sparestaff?

To make it successful working from home through sparestaff,  it is important to be professional and complete the task on time which will attract more jobs more opportunities and get your dates and time booked online on an hourly rate and get paid regularly, it is that easy and quick.  There are many opportunities on our sparestaff portal for people like you who are dedicated, skilled and can perform a task well on time.  Through your performance you can get good reviews and therefore get hired for more jobs and book more hours online with sparestaff.

 

Work from Home Opportunities with sparestaf?

Working from home is also becoming very popular with larger businesses who want to employ talent and let them work from home. This allows a lot of savings for the companies especially during this pandemic time.

Opportunities are in abundance, and you can explore them on sparestaff. The dotcom generation today, has delved into the far reaching ends on the World Wide Web. For them, it is like opening a Pandora box and getting into the new world that provides several number of ways to make money online. You can also be earning profound and be a part of the fleet of high earning category on sparestaff while sitting at the comfort of your own home.

When you search for such opportunities with us on sparestaff, you would come across hundreds and thousands of online Jobs.  The search for the legitimate opportunities, the job that pays you enough for living a comfortable life and directly proportional to the effort you put up, the work for which you can set your own time lines on our sparestaff website.

How to register with sparestaff?

Just go to https://sparestaff.com.au/hire/post-a-free-job-ad

and register yourself .

Once you register with our sparestaff online jobs portal , it’s easy to get hired and paid on time.  You can choose according to your time and availability  online.

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Interview tips: Questions you should be asking at the end of your job interview

If you’ve ever been to a job interview, you’re probably familiar with what happens at the end where the interviewer asks: Have you got any questions for us? At this point the ball is in your court, you can ask anything you want about the company. The interviewer has got all they need from you, and now you have the opportunity to learn more about them.

But, a lot of people drop the ball and just say no, and then the interview just ends there. The interviewer thanks them for coming, they shake hands, and that’s that. It’s not that you definitely won’t get the job if you don’t ask any questions. Asking questions at the end of an interview shows that you came prepared, and eager to learn more about the company and the role. When you’re looking for a job, presenting yourself as someone who is excited about the opportunity is very important.

Why should I ask questions at the end of my job interview?

As the final part of a job interview, this is where you can learn more about the role and company you’re interviewing for. It reflects to the interviewer that you are fully engaged with the role. Sure, they probably know that you are applying to other jobs as well, but showing interest and commitment are some qualities that you might want to highlight.

Remember, job interviews work both ways for you and the employer. On one level, employers want a good fit for the role, and are willing to take the time to get to know you before they make a decision. On another level, you want an employer who cares and somewhere you can learn and challenge yourself. You also probably prefer nice co-workers that you can have a good relationship with.

So not only is the interview a chance for you to show your skills and qualities, it’s also your one chance to find out more about the company before you start. A job interview is much more than your chance to why you’re fit for the role. Think of it more of a two-way conversation, where the interview should also represent the company as a place that you’d want to work at.

Things to do before a job interview

Before we get to the different questions you should be asking at the end of your job interview, let’s look at the things that can help you during your interview. In preparation for the interview, you might want to do a bit of research to help you perform your best.

Look through the job description carefully

When you read a job posting for the first time, you’re probably skimming through it to get to the required skills and qualities. That’s fine, everyone does that. But you might want to examine the job description further when you actually apply for the job. You want to be prepared for the interview.

Consider whether you’re a good fit for the position. Think about why you’re interviewing, and how you qualify for the job.

Do your research

During your job interview, you’d probably want to demonstrate a solid understanding for the job and the company. Look up the company that you’re interviewing for, and learn what they do. This may be any type of product, or a service. Get a good enough understanding of what the company does to be able to explain this from both the company and the customer / client’s perspective.

Looking through the social media of the company could also get you an idea of the cultural side of the company. The way companies present themselves on social media can really change how people see them. You may be able to find things like employee or community support on the company social media pages, or just a bit more about the brand in general.

Doing some research on the role itself would also be a good idea. Look into the responsibilities and typical day-to-day duties, so you’re ready to talk about how you’re up to the task.

Look through common interview questions

Preparing your answers for common interview questions is what you should be doing for any interview. Of course, your answers in every interview shouldn’t be the same, they should be tailored to each one. An interview should feel like a natural conversation, and not a scripted question and answer session.

A few common interview questions like “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” or “can you give me an example where you demonstrated your problem solving abilities?” are a good place to start with. Obviously you won’t be able to fully predict what the interviewer is going to ask you, but try to draft out a few key points to each question that allows you to talk yourself up.

You also might be expected to talk about salary expectations during your interview. Looking up the average salary for the role and the industry should help you gauge what you’re looking for, and how you weigh up.

Follow job interview etiquette

Like we’ve mentioned before, job interviews should be like any normal conversation, just with a set agenda. It might seem scary to face, but by keeping it light and friendly, it should be a breeze for you.

Pay attention to your speaking tone and body language when you speak. Receptiveness during a job interview is a great quality to exhibit. You want to make sure you’re listening and not just answering questions accordingly.

Other than conversational things, interview etiquette also involves physical presentation like clothing and appearance. Business casual is always the right way to go in any interview situation, along with neutral plain colours with no patterns.

Video interviews are becoming a bit of a norm these days, with a whole pandemic going on. And there are things to consider with this setting as well. Most video conferencing apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have the option to set custom backgrounds. So if you’ve got a cluttered room that you might not want to show people, you can do that. Just don’t use fun backgrounds that show you on a beach or a rock concert. It does show that you have a sense of humour, but probably not that appropriate for the setting.

Questions to ask at the end of an interview

Now that we’ve done enough of prep work, you should do great in your interview. Let’s move on to the questions that you should be asking at the end of the interview. You don’t need to ask all of them, just ask the ones that seem right in the moment.

1. Will there be clear mentoring or training programs during my time here?

By asking this, you’ll get a clear idea of how the job will start out for you, and how the work environment will be like. You’ll get to know whether you’ll get some guidance, or that the company will simply let you run free on your own.

Depending on the type of work, you might want a level of freedom, or expect help from your superiors. If you are starting out on an entry-level job, proper mentoring is important. The interviewer should be able to map out how exactly this would work out, and how much training you’d be getting to work efficiently with satisfaction.

2. What’s an average day in the role?

In the interview, the interviewer should have already given you a bit of an idea about the role and what you’d be doing. So this question is just a little bit more about that. “An average day” is a little bit different from a basic overview of what you’d be doing, it’s a more detailed account.

Different roles definitely have different types of responsibilities, but by asking this question, you’ll get to know whether every day you’d be doing the same work, or that it varies a lot. If you’re someone who likes a bit of flexibility and newness, you’d probably want a job where no day is the same.

3. How long do employees usually stay in the company?

This one is about the workplace environment and company culture. You’ll get to know the average time of stay of employees. This helps you  to measure whether this place would be a good place to work at long term.

If you’d like, you could also ask the interviewer themselves how long they’ve stayed at the company. It could get you the candid answer that you’re looking for.

4. Are there any hesitations about getting me on board that I can expand on?

Now this is a big question and a bit of a risk. It really puts the focus on the interviewer and puts them on the spot. They could give you a vague answer, or really give you something to try to talk your way out of.

Still, this could be a great final opportunity for you to really talk about your skills and how you’d be a good fit for the role. To prepare for this, you might want to look into possible shortcomings in your job profile. Then you can come up with ways to spin them in a way that benefits you. Or you can highlight your other strengths to prove that you’re up to the task.

5. Less serious questions about company culture

Finally, if you’re just keen to keep the conversation light, you could ask some questions about whether there are social hangouts among employees outside of work. Or about the facilities in and around the office. This still shows your enthusiasm for the role and the company, and you get to know more about whether it’s a good place to work as well.

With these interview questions, you’re all set for your next job interview! Remember, there’s no actual number 1 question that you can ask interviewers. Interviewers simply want to give you the opportunity to learn more about the company before you get on board, so they’re happy to answer any questions that you might have.

So how can you stand out as a job candidate? It really depends on the situation and who you’re talking to. During the interview, try to determine how the conversation is going and ask the right questions. You might not be able to stand out all the time, but employers don’t just look for people who stand out during an interview. They also look for the certain qualities that fit their hiring needs the most. So learn to build and tailor your job profile to their needs.

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5 simple ways to instantly boost your chance of getting a job interview

Today we’ve seen the rise of geolocation-targeted, on-demand workforce like Uber, DoorDash taking over the world. Companies used to rely on courier services to deliver items to customers, or hire their own drivers to deliver meals. Taxi was the main transportation for short distance travel. Not anymore since the likes of Uber, DoorDash came to existence.

In a way, it has opened up a new trend in the market. And this trend is much loved by the market and it is here to stay. The time when taxi companies could sit comfortably enjoying a stable stream of income is long gone. Uber has given taxi companies a run for their money. No wonder many taxi companies were not happy with Uber.

Just like how Blockbuster went bankrupt because of streaming services. It should have been taxi companies who become the innovator and created this new market. They had all the money, the dominance in the market, the resources to do so. But they did not. It was a new player in the market who did it, Uber.

Then it came DoorDash, the new meal delivery guy in the game and they are now the market leader in the US. You wonder what comes next.

FindEmployee and Spare Staff are trying to do just that for recruitment industry. What if employers can find employees based on their geolocation? Isn’t it cool to click a button on your computer or phone and you’ll find available job seekers near you? Not just any job seekers, but qualified ones!!!

It’s 2021, marking one year into COVID-19 pandemic and it’s unbelievable that so many businesses are still reading resumes in Word and PDF format files just to find a few suitable candidates. Well, we did get better than the 90s that we no longer print out a hard copy of the resumes, so HR managers don’t have a pile of resumes on their desk to review. Instead, they have soft copies on their computer. Isn’t this a huge improvement, meh!!!

And you wonder why job seekers are still sending hard copies or soft copies of their resumes to job ads. It’s 2021 people!!! Application Tracking System has existed for years. Mobile phone apps with the power of a computer is now in our pocket. Why do both employers and job seekers are still using Word/PDF files to find each other? It’s counter-intuitive. An online resume, or an online profile with an automatic system to screen and match employers and employees can do this for you.

With that said, it’s not that easy to convince everyone to go for this trend. It wasn’t easy for Airbnb to convince travellers to stay in stranger’s home for their holiday. But I believe that the future of recruitment is clearly through computer or mobile phone app that automatically matches job seekers with employers.

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Frequently asked JobKeeper Questions – Sparestaff.com.au

Question : What do you mean by job seekers?

Sparestaff.com.au – “Job seeker refers to an individual who is actively looking for an employment opportunity/job and has submitted an application to the employer”.

Question : How much does a job seeker get from Centrelink?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “Your maximum payment rate each fortnight includes JobSeeker Payment and the Coronavirus Supplement. You’ll get the supplement at a rate of $250 a fortnight until 31 December 2020. As long as you get $1 of Jobseeker Payment, we’ll pay this with your normal payment “.

Question : How do I get Centrelink job seeker?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “Follow the next steps: Sign into myGov and select Centrelink. Select Make a claim from your homepage.Select Get Started from the Job seekers category. Answer pre-claim questions to check your eligibility. Start your claim and answer the questions about your situation. Review and confirm your claim.”

Question : Can I get job seeker and job keeper?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “Many will be able to apply to recieve both. They will need to satisfy the assets test for JobSeeker, which is being re-imposed from September 25.”

Question : How long can you stay on Jobseekers Allowance?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “6 months.   You can usually get contribution-based JSA for up to 6 months if you: meet the basic conditions. have worked and paid National Insurance during the last 2 years.”

Question : How much money can I have in the bank on JobSeeker?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “The “”liquid assets test”” was removed as the COVID-19 took hold, but will be reintroduced for JobSeeker applicants on September 25. For singles, the test threshold is $5,500. For singles with children, it’s $11,000. “

Question : How much can I earn on job seeker?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “If you get JobSeeker Payment from 25 September 2020 The income free area for JobSeeker Payment has increased to $300 per fortnight. This means you can earn more but still get the maximum payment rate. If you earn above $300 per fortnight, your payment reduces by 60 cents for each dollar over this amount.”

Question : What documents do I need for job seeker?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “Documents you may need, include: Health Care Card claims. medical reports. Centrelink medical certificates….Documents you may need, include:income tax returns.employer separation certificates.PAYG certificates.payslips.profit and loss statements.Taxation Notices of Assessment (NOA), if self employed.”

Question : Can you apply for job seeker online?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink. … If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll first need to set one up. You may need to confirm your identity before you can start your claim. If you can’t claim online, you can call Centrelink on the Job seekers line.”

Question : What is job seeker payment in Australia?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “Financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work. It’s also for when you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study for a short time.”

Question : Who is eligible for job keeper scheme?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “individual’s total incapacity for work. Only one employer can claim the JobKeeper Payment in respect of an employee. The self-employed will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they meet the relevant turnover test, and are not a permanent employee of another employer.”

Question : How do I cancel my job seeker payment?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “How to cancel your own payment onlineSign in to your Centrelink online account through myGov.Select Payments and claims.Select Manage payments.Select Cancel my current payment.”

Question : Is there an asset test for job seeker?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “The assets test exemption for some payments will end on 24 September 2020. As part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) response, we temporarily removed the assets test for these payments: JobSeeker Payment. Parenting Payment.”

Question : How can I apply for a job?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “How to apply for a jobSearch for jobs in your field. Research hiring companies. Ready your resume for submission.Decide if a cover letter is right for you. Submit your resume and online application. Application follow-up. “

Question : How do I sign on Jobseekers Allowance?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “To sign on you must go to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office. If you are visiting an Intreo Centre you should go to the reception area. You will be met by DEASP staff who will check your eligibility for a jobseeker’s payment.”

Question : Do I have to work to get job keeper?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “But JobKeeper isn’t only available for those who are now suddenly without work due to coronavirus. “”You’re also able to receive JobKeeper if you are working and you have got the capacity to work,”

Question : Is Job keeper tax free?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “Businesses enrolled for JobKeeper must pay a minimum of $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight to all eligible employees, withholding income tax as appropriate. … For employees, this means that tax is withheld from payments at your marginal tax rate – so you may receive less than $1,500 in your bank account.”

Question : Is the job keeper payment taxed?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “The JobKeeper Payment is treated as ordinary income for the purposes of social security payments, including Child Support, Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy. You must therefore report your change in circumstances to Services Australia if you are receiving Services Australia payments.”

 Question : Should I cancel job seeker for JobKeeper?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “If you’re receiving or have applied for an income support payment like JobSeeker Payment and your employer starts paying you JobKeeper payment, you must report that income to Services Australia. … If you start to get JobKeeper payment you may need to cancel your JobSeeker Payment to avoid getting a debt.”

Question : How often do you get job seekers allowance?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “every two weeks.  Jobseeker’s Allowance will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or through the Payment Exception Service if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account. Jobseeker’s Allowance is usually paid every two weeks.”

Question : Do I get job seekers allowance if I resign?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “If you resign while you’re in the middle of a disciplinary procedure or being investigated for misconduct, your employer could mention this on any reference they give you. … Resigning while you’re in a disciplinary process could also mean you can’t get JSA or Universal Credit for around 3 months.”

Question : Who gets job seeker?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “JobSeeker Payment is financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age. You can get it while you’re unemployed and looking for work, or doing approved activities to find a job. It’s also for when you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study.”

Question : Are directors eligible for job keeper?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “Are salaried directors eligible for JobKeeper? Yes, provided that the directors were employees of the company on 1 March 2020, have been receiving at least $1,500 per JobKeeper fortnight and satisfy the other eligible employee criteria.”

Question : How many hours a week can you work on jobseekers Australia?

Sparestaff.com.au –  “This is when you’re doing suitable paid work for at least 30 hours a fortnight. This can include self-employment. Your income must be no less than the national minimum wage, or relevant award wage.”

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Online Jobs Australia with no experience

How can I get a job online with no experience?

this is the question at the forefront of several young graduates’ heads. Many of these people hold sheepish ambitions to live in the bustling city, and bag a well-paying job. However, they’re not certain if it’s possible. Well, let me assure you, sure it is! There are many legitimate ways by which you can earn money online, and many careers are open to you. Even without experience, people are earning thousands online, and living life on their own terms. Register at sparestaff.com.au

So how can I make money without having a job?

Firstly, you must be willing to learn. I’m sure you must be looking for training, but don’t think there is ‘one-way’ to start something online. Every industry has its own means of working, and you must grab it. There are a whole bunch of resources, in the form of books, blogs and tutorials, which you must invest time in to learn. I also suggest looking for a mentor, you can always ask about work! Remember, you must be willing to learn, if you aren’t, then you won’t succeed.

Once I learn, where can I apply?

Let’s start with initial steps, after you’ve searched and found a good amount of information (career sections on sparestaff.com.au are very helpful), you’ll have a good overview of the industry. This will give you a sense of direction. At this point, you can decide whether you want to make money from your blog, or by freelancing. Remember, it doesn’t matter how you make money; it matters how much you earn!

I want to make money blogging, but what can I blog about?

You’ll be required to write an article, or at least a blog post. The only thing to keep in mind is that you want to appeal to your audience. Make sure your writing is precise, and not scattered. Don’t be afraid to ask for help on this, we’re here for a reason!

I want to make money freelancing! What can I do for money?

There are two parts to freelancing. First, you must learn the relevant skills that will get you closer to your goal. Secondly, you’ll actually get the job, this is very challenging. Once you’ve nailed the skills, you’ll have a better chance of getting jobs. Make sure that your portfolio is up-to-date, and display your previous work, so the client knows the kind of work you’re capable of.

I work hard, and I still don’t have any money!

I didn’t forget about you guys! While I can’t fully address your hardships, I wanted to inform you (in case your situation is similar, as it was for me) that you must do ‘realistic’ things with your money. The best thing to do is to invest in your future, to invest time and your energy into small goals. A word of advice, don’t spend your first few months making as much money as possible; it’ll increase your stress level, and your chances of failure. Make small steps, but build momentum. After some time, you’ll feel you’re accomplishing things, and it’ll become a habit.  Sign up with sparestaff.com.au, be bold and upfront and transparent in your resume.

So I’m a worker, what are the best tools for looking for work online?

Sign up with sparestaff.com.au and get a Freelancing Profile. This will help you to look for work, and communicate with clients. Also, post up on our Message Board [at sparestaff.com.au] and discuss your challenges with other people. Other websites include Freelancer.com and Upwork.com, these are also great resources.

I don’t know what to do!

If you’re ever feeling uncertain, then simply ask someone, or read articles about freelancing on sparestaff.com.au. I suggest to read the Freelancing Career Guide, and Gather Information. Understanding the technical side and the dynamics of freelancing is important. Communicating with people is important, as well. Sparestaff.com.au has a lot of posts on assistance so you can gain the knowledge that you require.

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Online Jobs Australia Data Entry

You can earn an income from home when you work on data entry jobs Australia. This is a good idea for people who are looking for work from home and want to stay at home. Online data entry jobs Australia are available for people who want to do some easy typing from their own computer at the comfort of their own house. What is online data entry jobs Australia?

Online data entry jobs Australia are work at home jobs that allow you to earn an income from home. You can start earning an income today and there is no need for you to invest in any equipment. This is a great opportunity because you would not be able to spend lots of money on buying office equipment and other stuff that you need in a regular job.

Data entry work Australia is a good opportunity for anyone who wants to be able to earn money from home. It is also an option for people who have been looking for a way to earn money and stay at home with their family and kids. This is a great opportunity because it offers convenience and time flexibility. You are not forced to follow hours because you can start working whenever you want to and you can also stop working whenever you want to. You can earn an income

Data entry work Australia is a great opportunity for people who are looking for work from home. The idea is simple and it does not require you to invest a lot of money. You can start earning an income as soon as you decide to join our network and start doing the work. Online data entry jobs Australia allows you to choose when and how much you want to earn by working on the data entry tasks.

How to get started with data entry jobs Australia? The best way to get started with online data entry jobs Australia is by registering on our website at sparestaff.com.au. Once you have registered you can start completing the tasks that are given to you. You will be paid for each and every task that you complete. The tasks are pretty simple and they do not require any special skills or knowledge.

You must read the instructions carefully before starting to do the work. This is important because you would not want to do any mistakes and end up losing money. Online data entry jobs Australia are easy and convenient. You can start earning an income as soon as you decide to register on our website and start doing the work. The tasks do not require any special skills or knowledge.

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Online Part time jobs in Australia!

Online Part time jobs in Australia! The best ways to make money online while working from home. While there are many people that want to work from home, most of them are usually, not qualified for the type of jobs that are being offered by many companies nowadays. There are very few companies that offer legitimate online jobs and people do not realize it until they try some of the work at home opportunities.

what jobs can i do from home in Australia Most people that have some sort of college degree or at least a high school diploma and have been working in an office and want to make more money are now doing online jobs. Thus, the field of online jobs is very vast and many people are entering it. If you like working from home and you like the type of work that is available for online jobs then this is for you.

what is the best online part Time job in Australia Here is the best way for you to make money from home in Australia!

Am I really going to be making money from home in Australia? You will not be just sitting on your couch and doing nothing all day. Many people continue with their normal daily lives and work at nights, while some people are able to work from home completely. If you want a really good job that is better than what you have today and will make at least increase of $2000/mo.

online part time job Australia Are there enough jobs for people in Australia that want to work at home. What job can i start from home in Australia to make money online? There are many jobs that can be done while working from home in Australia. You will be able to work and earn a lot of money. The type of work that you can do while working from home depends on what type of job you want to start.

Best work from home jobs in Australia Working from home is great and very rewarding as well. The best thing about it is that you can also work a few hours a day and still make great money. There are many people who work at home and do not realize how much money they are making until they quit their normal job and start working from home.

Most interesting part time jobs in Australia There is no better investment than working at home than this. There are many people who are starting to see that the way of working is changing, not just in Australia but all over the world. The home based jobs are becoming more popular because employers and workers alike can benefit from them.

Nursing work from home jobs in Australia There are many people who still do not believe that working from home is possible, thinking that it is a scam or something like that. However, many companies and people are working at home. It is very possible for everyone to work from home and do what they want to do.

Remote work from home jobs in Australia From typing on the computer to answering emails and doing other stuff that an office might require of a person who works in an office, anyone can be trained to work at home. If you have a job you are able to do from anywhere as long as you have internet access then it is very much possible for you to work from home.

work at home jobs in Australia If you can do the work that you can do in a normal office setting then it is very much possible to work from home. However, not all companies are going to allow that and it might even depend on the company itself. Still, if you like what you do then working from home is very much possible.

part time jobs with flexible hours in Australia There are many ways for someone to earn money while working from home. There are many different types of jobs you can start online and they all have different pros and cons. The best type of work that can be done while working at home is that of working from home in Australia.

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Online Jobs Australia Melbourne

Online Jobs Australia Melbourne

No matter where you are in the world, there is an online job waiting for you. If you are a resident of Melbourne and looking for work from home, this article can help.

You will find information on international jobs and employers that offer Australian nationals remote work opportunities, plus some tips to help you find the best fit. The article also includes job sites to explore, tips on how to apply remotely and other relevant issues when it comes to working from home or remotely abroad.

Australian Job Seekers Are in High Demand Online Jobs Melbourne

Working from home has become increasingly popular as technology continues to advance and more global work opportunities become available. A legitimate work at home job is a perfect choice for anyone who needs an additional income source, or would simply like to cut down on traveling time and expenses.

As a population, Australians are well educated (especially in math, English/language arts, and science) and have a strong work ethic. These qualities, combined with the aforementioned opportunities and technology, make online jobs australia melbourne a good option for finding work from home in Melbourne.

Finding Remote Work Opportunities for Australians Online Jobs Melbourne

The internet is full of job sites that offer offshore opportunities to work at home. In most cases, you simply sign up and apply for as many jobs as possible – the employers will contact you if they want to interview you.

Most of these sites work with international employers who hire remote workers in U.S. dollars, which means your earnings will fluctuate as the exchange rate changes. The best way to combat this is to save your money whenever possible, rather than spending it all on material things.

Another way for Australians to find remote/online employment is through career fairs and other industry-focused events. There are many people that attend these types of meetings that are currently located overseas or elsewhere in the world.

This is a great way to meet people, network and learn about what they do and the industry in general. The best part is that a lot of these events are free or relatively inexpensive.

Online Jobs Melbourne Employers and Recruitment

Among the best job sites for Australians who live in Melbourne are:

Most of these sites have international employers – for example, on sparestaff.com.au you will find employers from the Australia/New Zealand (ANZ). You can log on to any of these sites and apply for as many jobs as you want – employers will contact you if they’re interested in you or your qualifications.

Some employers will ask for a resume, while others will let you complete an online application with the possibility that they might call you for an interview or send someone to meet with you in person.Australia. The main advantage is that there are a variety of jobs in a lot of different industries.

However, there are also many freelancers looking for work on the sparestaff.com.au website as well. If you’re interested in earning money from home, it’s a good idea to also consider checking out the global job sites we’ve listed below.

Working from Home as a Freelancer: Is It Right for You?

Freelance work is ideal for someone who is already established in his/her field and has been working for at least a year or two.

The challenge of finding freelance work online is that you have to market yourself and your skills. You have to let people know that you’re available, in other words.

Freelancing does have its perks, however. In most cases, you determine your own hours and projects. You’re only accountable to the clients or companies that hire you – no one else but them will tell you what to do at any given time.

To find freelance work in Melbourne on the sparestaff.com.au website (or any other job site), you’ll have to register for free and set up your profile.

Full-time remote workers in Australia are typically employees of a company whose main office is located overseas. They work in a different time zone, so they do not have to deal with things like time off requests and office politics.

They can set their own hours and usually get to work from home – many are paid a salary, but some may earn commission instead.

When you go to sparestaff.com.au , you’ll need to register as a freelancer or company. After that, it’s a matter of searching through the job listings and applying whenever you see something that interests you. It’s also important to remember that working from home does not always mean you get to work strictly from home – sometimes you’ll have to go into the office to discuss projects, attend meetings or even work for an hour or so in front of your computer at home.

Whether you’re looking for a new career, want to earn some extra money or supplement your current income, working from home or remotely in Melbourne comes with plenty of benefits. Regardless of your situation, there’s a job that is perfect for you on sparestaff.com.au.

These types of jobs are ideal for people who have become frustrated by the long commutes associated with office work or just tired of their daily commute.

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Online jobs Sydney Australia

AUSTRALIA ONLINE JOB, ONLINE JOBS AUSTRALIA, SITES FOR ONLINE JOBS IN AUSTRALIA AND SYDNEY, ONLINE WORK FROM HOME JOBS AUSTRALIA.

ONLINE WORK AUSTRALIA: Online jobs in Australia are the fastest growing segment of the work at home market. There is a huge demand for great workers who can work from home and can be at least 18 years old. The information below will help you begin to work from home in Australia.

Find your dream job online at sparestaff.com.au, by far the #1 website for online jobs in Australia, with thousands of jobs available each day.

INDUSTRY: Online Jobs Australia is easy to access and understand, several industries are represented throughout the site at sparestaff.com.au, including IT, Sales/Marketing/PR/Admin, Customer Service and Virtual Assistance. The industry you choose is up to you and your skillset; all jobs are available to you if you meet the minimum requirements.

TYPES OF ONLINE JOBS IN AUSTRALIA: There are several different types of online jobs in Australia, including full-time and part-time work, seasonal work and temporary work. Online jobs in Australia can be broken down into 4 categories:

  • Data Entry/Virtual Assistant – Work from the comfort of your own home supporting clients such as sparestaff.com.au and other companies. These jobs are available in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.

  • Customer Service – Customer service is one of the best types of online jobs in Australia for people who have a good sense of humor and enjoy helping people solve their problems. It’s also a great way to get your feet wet if you’re new to the online world. We have customer service jobs available in Geelong, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Perth and Sunshine Coast.

  • Online Sales/Marketing – Online sales and marketing is a great way to expand your network and meet new clients. This type of online job in Australia requires lots of hard work and determination but it can result in a nice commission check at the end of the month.

  • Home-based Work – Home-based work is available for anyone who wants a flexible schedule, the ability to have an impact on a local or international company and would like to make extra income from home.

HOW TO GET ONLINE JOBS IN AUSTRALIA: The first thing you’ll need in order to find online jobs in Australia is a computer and an Internet connection. Then you’ll need to register your profile on Sparestaff.com.au and begin searching for jobs by hitting the “Online Jobs” tab at the top of the page.

There are hundreds of online jobs Australia available each day, including many part-time and full-time work from home positions. Finding an online job in Australia has never been easier!

Start your job search today with SpareStaff !

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Welcome!

Hello there and welcome to our blog!

This is, as you already know, the Sparestaff blog, where you’ll find career advice, stories about anything to do with employment. While this will be the spot to get tips to advance your career, we’re also looking to make this blog a place to get inspired for your journey ahead.

Who we are

Sparestaff is built on the shared experiences of job hunting: the hundreds of applications to hundreds of companies, the nerve-wracking phone calls, the anxious waiting… all that. We’ve all been there. It’s a lot of emotionally-draining work, and we get that. We are an employment platform for job seekers made by job seekers, after all.

Sparestaff came about in around 2017, where founder James Nguyen was going through the particularly time-consuming and frustrating process of recruitment. As a small business owner in Sydney, Australia, James has gone through many years of the traditional method of hiring employees. He found the process of going through hundreds of applicants, shortlisting and interviewing them, then calling for references to finally make a hire quite tedious. This became something he wanted to fix.

After months of redesigning his business model, which originally was about to be around an ‘employee sharing’ idea, the Sparestaff we know now was born. It became a platform where employers could search for and hire any available potential employees, not only a shared employee from another company.

What we do

Sparestaff allows job seekers to create their profile to list their skills and experience for new opportunities to come to them. Employers can then find the right person for the job within a few clicks. We are an employment platform that makes the whole process of recruitment much easier and much more efficient.

How do we do it? By turning the employment process into an ‘online shopping’ experience. Job seekers can list their skills, experience, and key qualities on their profile, as well as their availability and expected pay rate. Then, like an online shopping platform, employers can pick out candidates by using our platform’s search filters.

Because of the difficulties that both job seekers and employers face during the recruitment process, we hope to provide the solution by creating a convenient platform to both hire and get hired.

A solution to your job seeking troubles

Job hunting is hard. This isn’t new information to any of us. As we’re also in the middle of a global pandemic-induced recession, the current situation of the world doesn’t make things easier.

With the traditional hiring process, a job seeker normally takes roughly 3-9 months to land a job. We’ve found that job seekers spend almost 70% of this time writing cover letters,  emailing back and forth to set up meetings, and waiting. A lot of it.

The advancement of technology has made us want things faster and easier. These days, with a few taps on our phones, dinner can come to your doorstep in less than 20 minutes. Because of the ease that technology has given us, people expect more. With that said, an update to the hiring process is way past due.

Job seekers may also find it hard to stand out during their job hunt. The current job market is getting tougher and tougher. Job seekers need to find better ways to showcase themselves as the perfect candidate. Writing cover letters and resumes that are attractive to employers can be a tricky thing too. Information and character qualities can get lost in the words, and hiring managers might not be able to catch them immediately.

A welcome shortcut

After a job ad is posted, an employer will most likely get hundreds of applications. These need a significant amount of time to get through. They might not even have the time to go through all of them.

What makes the always tedious process more annoying, is when you find out that some candidates don’t put any effort into their job applications. A lot of job seekers think that they need to apply to as many jobs as they can. That’s their way of ‘putting themselves out there’, so to speak. While this can be a good tactic, but this also brings down the level of attention and care that job seekers put into their job hunt.

When this happens, employers often receive applications where candidates haven’t even read the job description or any research about the company. Time is then wasted on filtering out these candidates who probably won’t get the job.

This is where we come back to the common problem with a job search: time that could’ve been saved. Employers should be able to efficiently find the right people. People that are right for the job that can work well within the company.

How it works

With our employment platform, job seekers can create a profile to list their skills and experience.  Users can highlight their achievements on an easy-to-navigate platform. All you need to do as a job seeker is tell us a bit about yourself, and that’s it! There is a way to get what you want. No more endless applying to jobs, no more cover letters.

So how do we get you jobs? On our platform, employers can search for candidates based on what they need for the job. They can pick from our search filters and find quality candidates that match their requirements. Job seekers can also list their expected pay rate and their availability throughout the week. This cuts the whole process shorter: job seekers only need to list themselves for hire, and employers can find people straight away.

Still, we’re not changing too much of everything. Just like any other job search, job seekers face the challenge of trying to stand out as a candidate. Employers don’t just look at experience, they look at how a candidate presents themselves and their attitudes towards new opportunities. That’s what makes the profile building process so important when you use our platform to find your next job.

Let’s do this together

Need tips on how to build the perfect profile? Don’t know how to answer tricky interview questions? Thinking about a career change? You’re in the right spot. In our career blog, we’ll be looking at the different problems that job seekers face during their job hunt. Along with this investigation, we’ll also put together a series of solutions and tips.

In our Sparestaffer stories, we also interview and get to know some of our users on how they managed their job search. We hope these stories and insights can inspire and better equip you for your Sparestaff journey. Take a look at our Help Centre to learn more about how getting a job on Spare Staff works.

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Getting a second job during a pandemic

For today’s Sparestaffer story, we talked to Jess, a single mother looking for a second job. Jess has been in an admin role in the manufacturing sector for 4 years. Recently due to the economic troubles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, her company started downsizing. Employees adapted to a more flexible schedule with reduced hours.

Jess lives with her mother and her six year old daughter, Amanda. When she worked full time, her mother took care of Amanda, so Jess didn’t have to worry about bringing her to childcare. Now that she’s working less, Jess has more time with her family, but knows that she needs to work harder for the betterment of her family. She came to us during her job hunt, looking for a flexible position that can help stablilise her life.

Problem #1: Jess’ primary source of income has decreased

As Jess transitioned to a more relaxed workload, her income went down at the same time. As the sole income earner of the family, this financial burden is definitely stressful. Since her company downsized, she put her mortgage on pause, but she still needs a better plan when that’s over.

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has changed the way we live, and has surely shook things up. Lots of companies deal with this change by downsizing or restructuring their organisation. We are left with an increased unemployment rate, and a higher amount of part-time workers who had their work hours reduced.

Jess sees herself pretty lucky as she still has a job, unlike some of her friends who have been made redundant. She understands that there’s not much she can do about her current job, so it’s time to set out some new goals.

With so much going on, the job market these days is getting tougher and tougher. Still, Jess is open to different options. Previously, she has worked outside her current field, in hospitality. She has experience in event managing

Lots of job seekers are looking beyond their field for work, adopting the “a job is a job” philosophy in the age of coronavirus. So that’s where Jess is headed.

Problem #2: A reduced workload can make paying off a mortgage difficult

Jess can still get by with her current job, it’s just that she needs to pay off her mortgage. The “repayment holiday” that banks offer to borrowers is a great lifeline and all, but Jess still needs to repay her mortgage when that’s over.

Because of the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic, banks have allowed borrowers to defer their mortgage repayments for up to six months. Still, the interest on the loan accrued during this “repayment holiday” adds on to the total loan cost. Jess is hoping to get a second job to keep everything afloat.

During these times, it can seem hard to look for a job. People may have to look beyond what they’re used to and comfortable with, just to find a source of income. On one hand, certain jobs are closing, on the other hand, different new opportunities are on the rise. It’s important to keep yourself in the know while you’re looking for a job. Jess was open to new opportunities, as long as it helped her with managing her life.

So how did we help?

Job hunting in 2020 is getting harder than ever. At Sparestaff, we are dedicated to supporting your career journey, no matter what kind of unpredictable event happens in the world. With our platform, Jess created different profiles for casual work. Our employment platform allows users to list their skills, the hours that they are available to work, along with their expected salary. This saved Jess from the hassle of back of forth emails about her availability and when she’s ready to work.

The Verdict:

With the different profiles she was able to create on Sparestaff, she put herself out there in search for different casual roles. She knew what she was capable of, and let her profile rightly reflect that. Employers were able to get a clear idea of her as a candidate, and reach out to her easily. Jess managed to get a casual barista job, which was something she had done years before, and is still ready to do the work.

On looking for a job in 2020

Things have certainly changed a lot within a few months, and it surely is an unwelcome change for most of us. Companies are restructuring, and working a second job has more and more become a normal thing for some. With that said, looking for a second job comes with its own difficulties. You have to learn to prioritise your responsibilities and commitments. This takes a substantial amount of managing your time well. Keep your goals in mind and set out a plan to achieve them.

Planning your job search

Here are some things you can do to prioritise your responsibilities while juggling the amount of commitments you have. It can feel overwhelming at first, but setting a routine really helps.

Schedule and review your workload

When you’re looking for a second job, it takes a certain amount of planning and setting to-do lists. You have to find the time in your current timetable to manage everything properly. Every week, you should review your workload and see what you can do to balance everything out.

Jess took an hour and a half out of her day to look for jobs, three times per week. Just like any other working mother, she rigorously plans out her and her daughter’s week in advance. This kept her on track with her job hunt.

Set some short and long term goals

Most of us already have some idea about our long term career goals, but short term goals are quite useful too. In fact, they are more important than ever. These days with all this rapid change, your goals may change anytime. So take some time to evaluate what you want to achieve in your career and your life.

Stay relevant in your job hunt

No job hunt is the same, and you’ll surely need to adapt to the shifts in the job market. Keep yourself up to date on industry news. You might find emerging new roles with similar functions that are right for you.

Companies are restructuring, and some of these new roles require transferable skills that you may have. Staying on trend with the industries can help inform you and make it easier for you to optimise your job profile.

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How have job searches changed in 2020?

These days it seems like every article starts with “in these unprecedented times”. It’s getting a bit repetitive I know, but I don’t know what to tell you, these are unprecedented times. The coronavirus pandemic has made us change a lot. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, we’ve had to change a lot. In the way we live, the way we socialise, and more importantly, the way we work.When the way we work is so different than what used to be (which seems so far away now), it also affects our job searches. Obvious things like remote work and flexible hours are what comes to mind immediately, but the evolving structures of work can also be a major factor of such change.To get a better idea on how to adapt to finding a job in 2020, we need to first understand how the work has changed. This change informs the structure and needs of a workforce. In this article, we’ll be looking at how all these changes to the workforce influences the experiences of finding a job today.

In 2020, we are working differently, but how?

Remote work on the rise

Social distancing rules and practices have taken most of us out of the office and back into our homes. Working from home has become quite the norm. We’ve become accustomed to taking zoom calls in our sweatpants or looking into buying barista level coffee machines just because we miss the taste. It’s just our way of life in this “new normal”.Because of social distancing, work from home jobs are gaining popularity. It took a period of time to adjust, but more and more companies are adapting to working from home. This brings things to a digital space, where communications are all done through Google suite or Microsoft Teams. Who knew that a whole in person meeting could’ve just been a few emails?

Companies are adopting more flexible work models

To save money in a coronavirus-induced recession, a lot of companies are taking on contracted workers over full-time workers. If there ever was a theme to 2020, it would be “contingent”. This applies to most workplace situations, with companies switching to more fluid forms of a workforce. This gives the company a cost-effective solution for more flexible work.Different work models have also emerged during this time of change. Some of these include talent sharing, or models where employees work on their own terms and get paid. This offered a different kind of job satisfaction as employees continue to adjust to and manage new routines.

Employers have more social responsibility

During these trying times, a lot of companies are providing more support to their employees. We’re not just talking about technical support for work from home employees, but things like physical, mental, and financial assistance. More specifically, we see companies providing better sick leave, childcare and financial assistance, and general support for the emotional wellbeing of employees.Other than employee assistance, we also see a trend in companies shifting their focus to servicing the community in combating the pandemic. Companies are adding services that aid the community to their usual services. Things like breweries manufacturing hand sanitisers, or clothing stores selling fabric face masks are some examples of this. Some companies may also offer free community services or contribute to pandemic relief funds.With this said, more and more companies have to take on a bigger role to support the community. It’s also a great way for them to positively build on their image as an employer, and altogether as a company. How a company has reacted to the pandemic can greatly affect how their employees and potential employees see the company. Employees want to be involved with a workplace that is adaptive, and a place where they can feel heard.

Companies are restructuring

New work models come with a push for better ways of organisation and collaboration. Companies worked to restructure their process and their usual practices. As a solution to better organisation, new roles have emerged, giving way to better productivity and innovation. Roles like product owner and user researcher are two of these new roles that came out of this process. We also see a push for diversity in this restructuring process, where talent from different backgrounds can foster new ideas.Because of the development of new roles, there’s a growing shift on the focus of skills over roles. It all depends on the skills that employees have that are suited for an opportunity, rather than a specific role that they are looking to do.

So how have job searches changed in 2020?

Job seekers want to work from home

People cautiously social distancing or parents busy with young kids at home are more open to work from home opportunities. It also gives them a level of freedom to work on their own terms from the comfort of their own home.This is also reflected in a number of online job boards, where there are added search options for “remote” or “work from home” jobs. Job seekers are looking for more work from home jobs, and at the same time, employers are posting specifically work from home jobs. It certainly makes things easier for your job search, when you’ve got the option to specify what you need.

New work models to consider

With the new work models that some companies offer, you might want to consider ones that best suit your needs and working styles. It could be a great opportunity to try out something new that could really help you work smarter and more efficiently.During a job search, some companies may be able to offer different work models, or open to negotiating. Do your research and don’t be shy to ask about these models when you’re interviewing for a job or negotiating a job offer.

Employees want more from their employers

Because of the social responsibility that companies have during the coronavirus pandemic, employees tend to expect more from their employers. They’d want to know whether the company supports their employees, from their physical and emotional wellbeing, to specific financial assistance.How a company presents themselves to the public is also something a potential employee looks at during their job search. Whether a company backs up their employees and the community is certainly something to learn about when looking for a job.

New roles to prepare for

The new roles that come out of restructuring may seem unfamiliar to job seekers, but it simply is a change in packaging. New roles add to a more diverse and innovative workflow, where one’s responsibilities are regrouped into a new category for better productivity.So when you’re looking for a job, pay attention to these trends. You might be a good fit for job titles that you aren’t familiar with. These days employers do tend to focus more on the critical skills that one needs for a role. So you might want to do some restructuring of your own. Present yourself as someone who can anticipate needs and cater to them.

The final word

Transparency and adaptability are two key qualities to work on in the current job market. Things are ever-changing and will continue to change, so you might want to keep yourself educated and in the know.Need career advice on how to build the right job profile and find your dream job? We at Sparestaff can help. The Sparestaff blog is where you can advise you on your job hunt to building a career.


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