Looking for a new job is hard.  You can easily get frustrated with the amount of effort you have to put into a job search. For those that are employed it has hard to have to put in additional time and hours and for those not working they are fed up with focusing solely on their search and often weigh up the time and resource for what appears to be very little return.

When working with client’s the first thing I explore is how their job seeking falls into two camps – proactive and reactive job searching?

So let’s identify some of these.



  • Picking up the paper over breakfast/on train and browsing through job adverts
  • Logging online to job boards every other day and responding to job ads
  • Meeting recruiters and being registered on their database


  • Logging on to Job Board and creating an email alert that notifies you of a relevant role.
  • Connecting with old colleagues/new connections via Linked In and meeting up for a coffee to find out whom they know that may be interested in your skill set
  • Attending relevant industry or sector networking events for the potential of meeting new contacts
  • Contacting employers directly that you want to work for
  • Uploading your resume on to employer databases

Looking at the list above; what techniques have you used to find a new job?

The market has changed in Australia – there are more candidates and not as many jobs.  So the way you go about looking for a new job has also changed.

Larger companies have in-house recruitment teams managing assignments and may have invested in online filtering programs.  You can upload your details to some company websites and they will contact you if a role comes up.  Optimizing your resume with keywords is a must in this instance.  Your resume could be scanned before being read by a human.

Recruiters have also changed the way they work – they are smart about who they meet and are proactive with the right candidates when many others are simply registered on their database.  They are skilled in managing the process of recruitment, they are good negotiators and remembering that their role is to make a fee – they are great sales people.  They can sell a job to a candidate and a candidate to a client/job.

Sure recruitment companies play a vital role in the job seeking puzzle but what about your own efforts – your own research and exploration.  Which do you think would be more rewarding in the long run – someone finding you a job or you finding your own job?

Time is a barrier when looking for a new role.  How do you start to plan for networking events too?  The expectation is not to be attending one every week – just identify a few professional groups that may be of interest and also think of the audience attending.  You never know there may be someone who knows someone….  In addition networking helps take away those nerves associated to meeting new people as you are forced to enter a room full of people and introduce yourself.

Think about managing your job search as if you are managing a process.  Being proactive, productive and making progress.

Soon you will be a job seeking pro.



Sally-Anne Blanshard is the Director of Nourish Coaching and partners with clients to manage their career path and develop job search strategies that work. www.sallyanneblanshard.com.ausal@sallyanneblanshard.com.au