Ask The Jobedge Job Doctors - Week 2

  1. Simon from Adelaide has asked:


It's hard to stay positive with lots of job rejections. Do you have any tips on how to keep going? 

Getting a job can be a numbers game. Instead of focusing on the number of rejections (horrible word), focus on the number of applications you send because that is what increases your chance of success. Every application gets you closer. 

Job seeking can take time, so celebrate the little things along the way like completing a job application or finding out more about an employer. 

Change the way you think about a set-back. It’s never failure or rejection. It’s an opportunity to learn or improve so your application is even better next time. 

You don’t have to do this alone. Get help with your job search.  


  1. Marlene from Adelaide has asked:


I tried using the resume template without any work experience, or leadership I’m stuck! 

You don’t need a long resume when you are starting out – and no one really expects you to have leadership experience. Keep it to one-page, with big headings and lots of white space to make it easy to read. 

Most resumes include an objective, education, experience (can include volunteering), interests and skills. When you have less experience, include more skills.  

Search the internet for examples to get you started. 


  1. Debbie from Salisbury


I get really nervous and flustered in job interviews. Any tips on how to stay calm and confident? 

It can be tricky when you feel like your nerves are getting the better of you. Here are 6 of our favourite tips. 

1.  Be prepared and get there early 
Pick out clothes, plan transport or set the alarm. You'll be more relaxed when you are not rushing or under the pump. 

2.  Slow down 
To create calm, slow down your physical movement in the minutes before an interview. For example, you might walk a little slower, breathe slower etc. 

3.  Make notes 
It is ok to make notes or ask for a question to be repeated. This can really help calm the nerves when you feel under pressure or uncertain about your answer. 

4.  Smile 
A smile can make a difference, so notice if your nerves make you frown.

5. Stand tall
Make eye contact, look up and stand (or sit) tall to show confidence (even if you are nervous!). We have shared this before, and it’s a great way to quieten anxiety. 

6.  Nerves are good 
Think about those nerves differently. We see them as a great sign that you want to do well, that you want the job. Most employers expect you to be nervous and will try to calm your nerves. 




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