There are many different reasons why you might be looking for a job, but in the current economy, there are a large number of job seekers. So whether you’re making a career change, switching companies, looking for your first job, or just job-seeking for the first time in a long time, we’ve got you covered. The best way to find a job at any company is to make an impression, so here are our 10 steps to stand out:

Step 1. Start looking for jobs

Check recruitment and job listing websites, social media, and company websites for vacancies, then research the organisations that are hiring. Be specific before you start. Know your skills and experience and filter your search to find suitable jobs only, saving huge amounts of time.

Step 2. Write or update your CV/resume

Your CV/resume needs to be tailored specifically for employers in the country you live in.

Here are some examples:

How to develop a New Zealand-style CV

How to develop an Australian-style CV

How to develop a US-style resume

Step 3. Choose referees

Employers will often ask for two or three professional referees who can comment on your work experience and ethic. Choose professional contacts who are reliable, easy to contact, and can comment on your work. Managers, directors, supervisors or community leaders are good options.

Step 4. ‘Google’ yourself

While it is definitely a bit of an odd exercise, type your name into Google and scroll through the results. Many recruiters report that they will perform an online search for applicants to help inform their hiring decisions. If the Google search looks good to you, great! Make sure to check privacy settings on social media to keep your private life private, and if nothing appears on Google, make a LinkedIn account to raise your profile.

Step 5. Create a LinkedIn account

A LinkedIn account can be a great way to bolster your online profile for potential employers. It is essentially an online copy of your CV/resume, so use the same information, keep it professional, and avoid listing any personal information.

Step 6. Send applications!

Now that you have a CV/resume, two or three professional referees, a positive and professional online presence, and a collection of job listings: start applying!

Remember these three key points:

  • Answer all mandatory questions asked on the application
  • Adapt your CV/resume if needed for each different application
  • Always provide a customised cover letter if allowed or required

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Step 7. Be patient and positive

Getting a job can take a long time, so don’t let the process get to you. Be prepared to send a lot of applications for each response you receive, and remember not to take it personally. Some people may only need to send a few applications, while others will send hundreds, but if you have followed these steps, you can safely remember it is no reflection of you, simply the market.

Step 8. Interview at potential workplaces

When you are invited to attend an interview, remember that this is a chance for both you and the interviewer to ask questions, learn more, and check for a good fit. Get ready by rereading the position description and preparing answers to questions about how you fit the role. If you have any questions for the interviewer, write them down also, and ask them at a suitable time.

Step 9. Getting the job

When you are given a job offer it is a great achievement. Congratulations! Before you rush to accept however, take some time and read over the offer and contract fully. If you need help, seek advice from a lawyer or human resource professional.

Step 10. Celebrate!

Once you have accepted a job, it’s time to celebrate. Use the transition period to learn as much as you can about your new role, so you can start feeling confident, excited and positive. Good luck, and happy hunting!

More resources

For more tips on getting a job in New Zealand, check out by the Tertiary Education Commission.

For more tips on getting a job in Australia, check out Job Jumpstart, a job-seeking resource compiled by the Australian Government.

For more tips on getting a job in the US, check out, an official website of the United States Government.

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