Job Searching

It is important before applying for a job, to carefully look at the job advertisement and description and the company website if possible.  Often only a brief overview of the job will be provided in the job advertisement, so it pays to phone/email the company to ask for a copy of the job description – as this will provide you with more information about the job and the type of person they are looking to employ.

It is also important that you apply for jobs that are a good match with your skills, interests and talents.  There is nothing worse from an Employer’s point of view than receiving a job application that does not relate to the job being advertised and has been mass produced for other job advertisements.  It is vital each job application is unique. Remember, general applications are less likely to be successful.

Job hunting methods

Before applying for the job, ask yourself questions such as:

  • Am I genuinely interested in the job that is advertised?
  • Do I have the skills, knowledge and experience they are looking for?
  • Am I qualified to do the job?
  • What can I offer them?

When you have found a job you would like to apply for, you usually need to send one or more of the following: a CV, Cover Letter and job application form.  
Please see our resources for details on how to write a CV or Covering Letter, attend our workshops or book an appointment with a career consultant. 


Are you on Linkedin?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network with over 175 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.

Linkedin has become popular with business professionals, employers, students, graduates and job seekers in NZ and many recruiters are starting to use Linkedin as a preferred method of sourcing new employees.

Linkedin – How to Maximise your Profile and Use
Linkedin – Job Search Checklist
LinkedIn Profile Checklist – University Students

You can make an appointment with the Career Development Services for help in creating your LinkedIn profile