Gain an edge in a competitive job market

With unemployment at its highest rate since 1998 and it not looking like it's going to improve any time soon, the job market (as you can imagine) is super competitive.

This week I was working with a client on an application for her dream job. It was posted last Friday and was taken down from SEEK last night after less than a week!

We were planning to submit the application today (cue freak out as we missed the deadline) so have now attempted to submit it direct to the manager after a bit of LinkedIn stalking (and having no luck working out who the recruiter was). It may or may not work, but at least we tried.

They must have received a LOT of applications to remove it from SEEK so soon.

So, what's the moral of the story? There are a few, actually...

Be Prepared

My favourite motto is to be prepared! You need to have your resume up to date and a cover letter template ready to go.

So many clients get headhunted via LinkedIn, or they weren't even looking for a job but their absolute dream job is advertised.

Job applications do take a lot of time, so make sure yours is as up to date and high quality as you can make it. This will help you to apply for a job or send it to a recruiter ASAP.

Submit Early

As per my story above, during this economic climate you need to submit your application early, preferably within a day or two of it being advertised.

In order to achieve this, you need to be ready with an up to date resume and the basics of a cover letter (that you will need to amend/tailor).