On job hunt

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ploy­ers, while a lack of jobs be­ing avail­able in their area or line of work was cited by one in five job­seek­ers.

Sixty per cent of them were aged 55 years and over and 53 per cent of them were women.

Work­ers also find it dif­fi­cult to get work be­cause of the num­ber of peo­ple com­pet­ing for the same job.

Fif­teen per cent of job­seek­ers cite there are too many ap­pli­cants for the avail­able jobs while 10 per cent find not hav­ing enough work ex­peri- ence as their main bar­rier. Roche says work­ers also need to con­sider the com­pe­ti­tion for roles de­pen­dent on salary, which can also af­fect the time it takes to get a job.

There are more roles avail­able at the $40,000 to $60,000 salary mark, for ex­am­ple, than there are at the $300,000 mark, which are more dif­fi­cult to gain, he says.

‘‘ Th­ese peo­ple who have the most mo­bil­ity, from a time po­si­tion, are at en­try-level $40,000 to $60,000,’’ he says.

‘‘ The other pic­ture boils down to level of spe­cial­i­sa­tion.

‘‘ It can work for your or against you – there’s quite high de­mand for peo­ple who have that level of ex­per­tise.

‘‘ You might be in quite a spe­cialised area (but) year-onyear it be­comes less rel­e­vant.’’

He says those that do not spend much time look­ing through ad­ver­tise­ments, net­work­ing or mak­ing di­rect ap­proaches to em­ploy­ers also will strug­gle to get work quickly.

He agrees it can be hard for those work­ing 40 or 50 hours a week to ded­i­cate time but com­pares it to man­ag­ing an in­vest­ment port­fo­lio worth the same amount as their salary.

‘‘ Stop. Do some sel­f­re­flec­tion and anal­y­sis, cre­ate some def­i­ni­tion to what you’re best suited to,’’ he says.

‘‘ Then once you’ve sorted job tar­gets based on anal­y­sis of your­self, make a plan and that will di­rect your time.’’

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