We work with many clients who are new to the job market, including recent high school graduates and university students. We are often asked “what can I put on my resume when I have no experience?”.
The good news is, there’s lots you can do to stand out with a strong entry-level resume.
Outplacement is a service paid for by employers to support members of staff during redundancies and other employment transitions. While redundancies can understandably cause anxiety and stress, offering outplacement support is one thing an employer can do to help you during this challenging time.
What is included in outplacement services?
What is included in any outplacement service is often dependent on the particular employee’s needs, the employer’s budget and what the outplacement service provider offers.
Typically, services include some combination of the following:
We hear regularly from people wanting to apply for a particular role, but they don’t quite meet all the requirements listed in the job ad. Sometimes they’re targeting a role a few steps up within the industry they’re experienced in. Other times, they’re making a career change.
“I know I can do the role,” they often say, or “I don’t have the experience, but I’m willing to learn”. They often ask us: “Should I even apply for the job if I don’t meet all the requirements?”
Just after graduating university, I had secured a contract for a government role, which was due to be advertised as a permanent position in the next few months. When the application opened, I assumed I'd be a shoo-in. I treated it like any other application I'd made (bar work, mostly), and after submitting my resume and selection criteria application, I eagerly awaited the call for the interview.
Imagine my embarrassment when instead, sitting at my desk (actually doing the role!), the ping of my inbox signaled a standard rejection email:
Covid-19 is having a huge impact on the Australian employment landscape. You’ve no doubt heard the figures – the Australian government estimates the unemployment rate to reach 11% in 2020 as businesses struggle to stay afloat.
There are still job opportunities out there, though.
So, who’s hiring?
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