Frequently Asked Questions
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01 How long will it take to find a job?
How long it takes to land a job depends on how smart and how hard you look. Having a clear career focus and networking effectively is a great start. Start by listing your functional, people and business skills. If you are wanting to make a career change (e.g. to a different role or industry) identify and highlight those skills that are transferable to the new role.
02 I'm too old. Won't age discrimination keep me from getting a job?
Make no mistake – age discrimination does exist. But ask yourself if you are giving employers the opportunity to knock you out of contention because of how you present yourself. Make yourself an attractive candidate – demonstrate the value of your experience, understand the business needs underlying the job, get in shape, dress like it’s the 21st century, update your skills, and be enthusiastic!
03 Can I hire a recruiter to find me a job?
The only person who can land you the job is you. Recruiters get paid to fill jobs for their clients; they do not find jobs for candidates. Connect and build relationships with recruiters. Help them by referring good candidates to them when you are not right for the position and seek their advice. Then, they might think of you for that job they are filling.
04 I've applied to hundreds of jobs online - why don't I ever get a response?
Don’t take it personally – most people hear deafening silence when they apply online. Don’t just send off the application and sit back and wait. Network to find the hiring manager, who will make the decision to hire you. Be transparent with both hiring manager and recruiter.
05 How can a career coach help me in my job search?
A skilled career coach can help you find the right new opportunity sooner than if you are trying to do it alone. Your career coach will help you a wide variety of ways, including: assess the value you bring, identify your career goals, compile powerful self-marketing collateral, develop a networking strategy, prepare for interviewing, evaluate and negotiate job offers, and support and encourage you throughout your search.