JOB TIPS

New year new job?

BY: Tracey Mesken02/01/2019

​New Year’s Eve is done and dusted and many of us are kicking off 2019 with fresh new year’s resolutions. But as we head into the year and our busy lives catch up to us, we often find it's just as easy to break new year’s resolutions as it is to make them.​A big goal for many people as they start a new year is a change of job; maybe you're feeling restless, you're just looking for a change of pace, or you want to go in a completely new direction. Whatever the reason, we have the resources to help.Here’s some great tips on writing a resume that stands out and nailing that all important interview, there's also plenty of other posts on our blog to point you in the right direction. Often preparation is the key to success, so making you have all these basics covered before you start applying can help you land the job you're looking for.When it comes to applying for roles, you need to stay diligent. Make sure to check out job boards daily and set up job alerts so you never miss new positions. More popular roles often won’t stay open for long, so doing this will ensure that you're not missing out on important opportunities. WorkPac has 100's of positions available on our site, which you can view and apply for here. To narrow down your results, you can also use our advanced search, which lets you filter jobs by location and job type. You can also set up a job alert with us here.Touching base with a recruiter about the type of work you’re looking for is also a great way to get a bit of guidance. Don’t hide behind a keyboard! With over 40 Business Centres Australia wide we’re bound to have one recruiting in your area, so give us a ring on 1300 967 572 or find your closest business centre here.Most importantly, don't give up! Searching for a new job can be a long and often frustrating process, but the payoff when you land the role you're looking for is always worth it. So keep looking, keep applying, and stay focused on your goals for 2019.

Finding a job with WorkPac: Part Two

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Part One of this post, where we covered the registration process, and the best way to search for roles. For Part Two we’ll be covering the application process and how to set up a Job Alert.*Preparing for your next job interview​Your job alert is separate to your myworkpac account, so you will need to begin by setting that up.​Now that you have an account, it’s time to start setting up your alerts. You create a job alert directly from the from the Job Alerts page, or you can set one up while doing a job search. Here, we’ll demonstrate how to do both.​​

Finding a job with WorkPac: Part One

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​Interested in finding a job through WorkPac but not sure where to start? To make it simple, we’re going to walk you through the process of registering via our website, and the best way to use our job search to find the right role for you. So follow these steps to success!Before you can apply for a role through us, you will need to first register your details and experience via our website here. You can also register from our homepage anytime by selecting the icon from the right hand side:The more complete your profile with us is, the better the chance that you will show up when recruiters are searching for candidates. So complete these steps to stand out.​Now that the basics are in, you also have the option of adding your work history, preferences and documents. These steps aren’t necessary but they are recommended, as the more detailed your profile is the better your chances of standing out.Remember that filling out these details doesn’t guarantee a job. See our job search for the next steps.Once your profile is complete, you’re ready to search for jobs! We’ve set up our job search to make it easy for you to specify what you’re looking for. It’s not necessary to fill out all the fields provided, but the more you input the more specific your results will be.​You have a quick search bar on workpac.com:​Or, you can complete our advanced search​Since you already have an account with WorkPac, you’ll already be set up to easily apply for any of these roles!Now that you’re registered with WorkPac and know the best way to use the job search, stay tuned for Part Two of this post, which covers the application process and how to set up a job alert.

New Year's career resolutions

BY: Tracey Mesken31/12/2015

​Like many of you, we're heading off to a New Year's Eve celebration today, armed with a six-pack, a handful of sparklers and an answer to that frequently asked question of the evening, "what's your New Year's resolution"?Now is the time to start thinking about what you want 2016 to look like and what you want to achieve.The most common commitments for the new year are often career related - "I want to move forward in my career, transition into a new industry, upskill in my current role, secure stable employment, find a new, exciting job that challenges me, get the pay rise I know I deserve"!We've created a list of 10 career resolutions to inspire you on your job journey this year. Tip: Write down your goal and the steps you need to take to reach that goal. Make it your screen saver on your phone. Seeing the non-negotiable steps you must action to kick your goals on a daily basis is a great way to stay on track in 2016. 10 career resolutions to inspire you:1.  Start developing the skills I need for my next career move.2. Take the first step towards completing a professional qualification.3. Join a professional association related to my field in order to expand my knowledge and contacts.4. Initiate a problem-solving discussion instead of stewing in silence when I am upset.5. Master new technologies related to my work.6.  Stop griping about how much I hate my job and create a plan for career change.7. Research resume-preparation techniques and rewrite my resume.8. Subscribe to the WorkPac blog and use the online resources to help develop my job-search skills.9. Have a discussion with my boss about my career goals.10. Start contributing to my retirement plan to help secure my future. 

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The office Christmas party: A survival guide

BY: Tracey Mesken21/12/2015

​It's Christmas party season. That time of year when *some* of us over-indulge at the workplace Christmas party, flushing our self-respect and career prospects down the drain. It’s a tricky social occasion to navigate. You want to have fun, let your hair down and celebrate a year of hard work with your colleagues. Fair enough.We've put together a survival guide for the office Christmas party so you can enjoy yourself while making sure you still have a job the morning after.Make sure you #sleigh at the Christmas party this year by keeping these dos and don’ts top of mind.​Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/the-work-christmas-party/'><img src='https://www.workpac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Christmas-work-party.jpg' alt='Managing Workplace Stress' width='540px' border='0' /></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/the-work-christmas-party/'>The Work Christmas Party</a></p><br /><br /><p>

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36 pieces of career advice no one will actually tell you

BY: Tracey Mesken25/11/2015

​Want honest, straight-up career advice from CEOs, authors, recruiters and career coaches? The stuff that no one tells you? BuzzFeed compiled 36 pieces of career advice no one will actually tell you. Get ahead with this list of candid career advice.​Learn hard truths on what really gets you hired, what questions you should be asking plus valuable insights on how to create your dream job.And if in doubt, don't WWDDD (What Would Don Draper Do). Contact your local WorkPac centre for sincere career advice that will steer you in the right direction.See the Buzzfeed listicle on career advice no one tells you here.WorkPac’s Head of Marketing, Tracey Mesken, comes in with number 37 - enthusiasm. "Be enthusiastic about what you do and how you interact with your workmates. Engaged workers look confident and professional. A positive and excited attitude is a key indicator of success". 

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Tips to get to know your Workmates

BY: Tracey Mesken23/09/2015

​Work is a central part of most of our lives.  In addition to being the most important factor in our financial well-being, it is also a place where we socialise and build relationships.  Many of us spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our families, so while you may think that working and socialising don’t mix, our social relationships with our workmates are a vital part of a healthy and productive workplace.​Regardless of the amount of time we spend with our work mates, we often only see one side of their personality. Often we may end up misjudging them simply because we didn’t make an effort to get to know them better.Life experiences and current circumstances shape who we are and how we behave.  While we may do our best to separate our personal and work lives, we often all still bring our own point of views and emotional baggage to work.  Think about someone at work that you have a difficult time with or simply don’t like.  What is going on their life outside of work?  Maybe their relationship is falling apart, maybe someone is sick?  Although it is a lot easier to write a work mate off, building a relationship with them will create a much better working environment and you just might make a really good friend along the way.Here are some tips to get you started;Join in.The most obvious way to get to know your workmates is to attend work related social functions like seasonal parties, nights out and celebration lunches.  You can also get involved in any workplace community events or help in organising them.Listen more, talk less.Listen to your workmates instead of being so focused on get your on point across.  Let them explain their thoughts and opinions.  Listening is just as important as talking.Ask people for advice.Whether it is work related or personal, asking people for advice is a good conversation starter.  Most people will be flattered when they are asked to share their opinions and knowledge.Connect with individuals.Invite someone to lunch, welcome new people and show them around.  When your work mate asks for a favour, do it.Say thank you.Sometimes we forget to be appreciative of our workmates.  Regardless of whether they were just doing their job or even if they complained the whole time, saying thank you can make lasting favourable impression.Resolve Conflict.If it feels like there is an issue between you and a workmate, don’t just avoid them, be proactive and find out what is going on.  Have a professional discussion about the problem and work out the steps you both need to take to fix the situation.Get personal.Put some effort into getting to know your workmates beyond the superficial chit chat.  Share with them who you really are and talk about what is important to you in your life.  Opening up will encourage your workmates to do the same.  You will be surprised at what you can lean when you make an effort to really dig deep and get to know someone.  Building these personal bonds will also build trust and understanding, making your work life and theirs, so much more enjoyable. Genuine friendships take time to develop so don’t expect them to happen instantly.  These tips are just a starting point for you to set up opportunities to meet and interact with your co-workers that will then give friendships a chance to develop naturally.

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