101 Ways to Get a Job Interview
Full time, Part time, Jobs to pay well and Enjoy!
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about a new career for next year and here is the perfect book to guide you through it all!
Australians have always been active job-changers. In this little book, Grace Johnson looks at where the hot jobs are now and where they're likely to be over the next decade. She also points out a few of the 'dos' and 'don'ts' that successful job seekers have benefited from.
Did you know the federal Government has set up a hotline advice service for job seekers of any age to get help?
Did you know "Hot jobs for the future" include trend watchers, funeral directors and mental health experts?
Did you know there are recruitment agencies focused on mature age job seekers?
Author Grace Johnston knows the employment field from both sides - as a jobseeker and now as someone who works with people looking for work. She is currently Employment Services Manager Victoria for National Seniors Australia, and runs jobsearch and pre-retirement training workshops under the Busy Boomers brand.
101 Ways to Get a Job
Author: Grace Johnston
Interview with Grace Johnston
Question: Why did you decide to write 101 Ways to Get a Job?
Grace Johnston: I have been working with mature aged job seekers for about a decade and although this book covers the broad spectrum, it's the mature end that is of my particular interest. The employment market is changing rapidly and I thought it was a good idea to put some of the information out there, for the general public, in a very simple form. I do meet so many mature aged job seekers who don't have a clue about finding a job.
Question: How will 101 Ways to Get a Job help Australians get a job?
Grace Johnston: There are lots of different sections in the book that contain different clues about what to focus on and how to change your thinking as to where the opportunities are and how to write a CV. The book also tells you, other ways, to apply for jobs that improve your skills. The book also explains how to take a marketing attitude because that's what you are doing, marketing your skills and experience.
Question: Would you suggest this book for people who have a job, but want to change careers?
Grace Johnston: Yes! There are worthwhile tips in 101 Ways to Get a Job for every body of every age.
Question: What are some of the important jobs coming up over the next decade?
Grace Johnston: If you're stuck and looking or thinking about where you should study or put your interest, you need to look at what is starting to happen. In Australia you couldn't go past the health and ageing industry which is booming, booming, booming! There are many little niche jobs on the rise in the health area as well as anything to do with the environment, that area is going to grow very strongly. Of course, at the moment, things in the mining industry are very strong. I suggest people sit down and put on their thinking caps and look at the trends, around the world, and then they can get an idea of where the jobs will arise. Jobs are created when a new need arises or new problems that need to be solved arise.
Question: What tips do you have for people going into job interviews?
Grace Johnston: It is important to be very professional and dress well. You should give yourself time to think when answering questions. My number one tip is to be very prepared; know something about the company where the jobs are, it is important to explore their website. Most particularly go to the job selection criteria and very carefully go back over your own experience and draw examples of where you have done similar things in behaviour, technically and strategically. In an interview you will be asked behavioral lines such as "Tell us about a time where you have shown..." They're not only testing that you have the skills that you say you have they are, in that processes, testing your ability to think and be logical.
If you can't get a job then look at how you can generate income in other ways, by using your skills and developing products or services.
Interview by Brooke Hunter