Choosing a career can be challenging for some people; not everyone knows what they want to do from the start, leaving them with difficult decisions to make in terms of choosing a field of study. One way to make the decision easier is to look at what type of work you enjoy, and then make a list of possible careers in that field. You can also choose to aim a bit higher and go for some of the fastest growing careers in Australia to increase your chances of securing work in the future.
There are many weird and wonderful things about Australia, from the indigenous animals to how its people speak. Even though the recession hit Australia, its economy has largely recovered. One of the upshots of the crisis has been the emergence of some weird and wonderful jobs on the market.
A recent British study found that people are bored with their jobs and that many are now moving to Australia to find more interesting forms of employment. These jobs are used to lure migrants, and play a positive role on the economy and keep people preoccupied. They range from kangaroo poo harvesters to koala catchers.
We look at some of the weird and wonderful jobs available in Australia.
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Information technology has always been a dynamic industry to work in, especially as there are plenty of jobs which are usually fairly well paid. Areas of work are quite often highly specialised, and niche markets for particular skills are commonly found. The industry as whole moves very quickly, which means that you have to remain up to date with all the skills and particular facets of the niche in which you find yourself working.
There are also various schools of thought, programmes, languages and methodologies, so a developer or programmer in one area might not necessarily be able to work in another. Some systems are vast and have specialist elements built in or added on, and this requires further specialisation. This can make looking for work very difficult, simply because there are so many options.
Creating an effective resume is only the first step in competing in the battle for employment. To win the war you need to perfect the art of a great interview. Qualifications and experience are simply not enough. It is how you handle yourself in the interview that will determine whether or not the job is yours.
Your resume creates the first impression
Your interview solidifies a lasting opinion.
Job interview anxiety can be a huge stumbling block when it comes across in the actual meeting. It detracts from the confident and positive image that you want to create. It can also distract the interviewer and make him focus less on what you say and more on the way in which you say it.
If you’d kinda like to get into sales but you’re not sure that you want to spend heaps of your time pretending to like people, or you like the idea of sales but your true talent lies in statistics then perhaps you should consider a career as a pre-sales consultant.
What does pre-sales consulting involve?
It involves a lot of research, including market research and competitor research.
It also involves a lot of strategising, which means you need to be able to a great problem-solver; a creative problem-solver.
And, it involves marketing.
How important is pre-sales consulting?
Few employers enjoy recruiting new staff. It can be a long process and you can never be sure that you’re going to hire the right person for the job. You have to wait a couple of weeks before you know if they really fit in with the company and whether they really have a good grasp of what it is the job requires. Granted, in some instances it only takes a few days for the mistake to become clear, but it still means that a lot of time and effort has been wasted.
This is why many people test applicants, either before the first interview or between the first and second interviews. They might use personality tests, skills tests, language tests, and sometimes even drug tests. Some employers go the whole hog and throw in lie detector tests and emotional intelligence tests.