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The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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2 NT NEWS. Saturday, November 6, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -N O V -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 4 0 2 C O L O R : C M Y K + CAREERONE.COM.AUI II III III IIIIIII III III III IIIII II III III 111 111 11 11 111 111 111 111 11111 11 111 111 111 11 111 11 111 111 111 11 111 11 111 111 111 11 11111 111 111 111 1111111 111 111 111 11111 11 III III III III II IIIntnews.com.au + + Overseas references must be relevant By KATE SOUTHAM RIVERWAF writes: "Even though I am a citi zen, I have not been in Australia for more than 20 years. Does it make a difference whether I use a local as a referee or can I use someone from the last country that I resided in?" Referees must be genuine and relevant. A reference checker speaks to referees to confirm the claims a candidate has made on their resume and at interviews. The reference checker will confirm the responsibilities attached to your past roles, any achievements you cla im and how you have performed. General Vacancies Executive Appointments University .. Teaching Appointments Mining, engineering &: construction Medical. Health Care Hospitality Tuition &: Courses Casual .. Part Time DEADLINES Please note that advertising deadlines for Saturday's CareerOne have changed: Line: Thursday 4pm Block: Thursday noon Display: Thursday lOam Supplied Material: Thursday 4pm CONTACT INFORMATION ADVERTISING Phone: 08 8944 9999 Fa x: 08 8981 8999 Email: ntnclassies@ntnews.com.au EDITORIAL Monica Moura Phone: 08 8944 9769 Fa x: 08 8941 2044 Email: mouram@ntnews.com .au Northern Territory News Printers Place. Darwin Whether a candidate is a returning Australian expat or a new migrant, it's very hard for them to come up with relevant local referees, If a candidate has not yet worked in Australia then nominating a referee from a community group or a volunteer program could support their application but would not be deemed an adequate substitute for a former employer, former employers overseas, In one case the candidate was a new migrant and her referees were in India. In another, the candidate was an Aussie but her most recent boss had moved to Germany, I worked with the human resources (HR) manager and used phone calls and email and both candidates were hired and worked out very well, It is highly likely you wi ll come across some quite parochial employers but that is par for the course, Having only referees from overseas might turn an employer off but it depends on the role and the industry, It is not hard to make phone calls overseas. In my present role, I have made hires that involved reference checking candidates with Just make sure it is easy for employers here to find your former employer and verify they are who they say they are by providing switchboard numbers as well as a direct line, mobile phone number and emai l address. Kate Southam is the editor of careerone.com. au . To submita question orto find outmore go to careerone.com.au NltftJRAU Y I STARre;D OlAT IN ~lES' TH~N ME[)iCiN&, . , LAW, Tv eVAt-J6~U~T, BUT c;'ALES' le;; WHERE 1 BE=WNES ,' Tips for winning your dream job IF you are looking to change roles or re-enter the workforce, a job interview is an inevitable but often nerve-wracking prospect. Here, senior manager of Hays in Darwin Si man Lance provides his advice with three steps you can take to present yourself in the best possible light. Research Researching the organisation concerned will help you enter a job interview with confidence. A company's website, professional bodies, annual reports, your networks and your recruitment expert will help you gain a better understanding of the business and how your experience and skills match, For example, if you are seeking a receptionist role within a firm, your research should be to determine the company culture and external perception. Likely questions The second step is to anticipate and prepare for likely questions, Some of the common subject areas likely to come up include: General background: Often the first question is a request for a summary of your background, It is quite acceptable to repeat major points you have outlined in your resume or letter of application at this point, " For example, if you are seeking a receptionist role within a firm, your research shoul be to determine the company culture and external perception Qualifications: A specific question often asked is, "Why do you think you are qualified for this position?" Qualifications, in this context, mean all quali fications which could make you suitable for the position including educational, employmentrelated and personal, In most cases, this may be the question that wi ll win or lose you the job, so your answer needs to be clear and memorable, Experience: Here is where your research pays off. Your answershould include details about relevant employment, communi ty or educational experience and how this relates to the nature of the industry, the organisation and the position itself. Reasons for applying: Your answer should describe what you find appealing about the position, how you prepared yourself for a career in the organisation and how you believe your present job equips you for the position in question. Career objectives: Be ready to discuss your long-term aspirations. Your best approach is one that indicates you have thought about your career in these terms and have taken some action towards realising your ambitions. Crisis management: In some organisations, employers give candidates questions designed to test their ability in situations or a crisis, For example, an office professional cou ld be asked how they manage multiple workloads while meeting tight deadlines. Practising your answers out loud will not only help you to answer questions confidently in the interview, but wi ll allow you to cut out unnecessary rambling, such as "um", "Iike", "right". The interview Now it's time for your interview. In an interview, first impressions are critical. Look, act and dress professionally. Arrive 10 minutes early, walk ta ll and offer a smile and firm handshake when being introduced to the interviewer. Treat the interview as a twoway discussion and answerquestions honestly, directly and keep to the point. Everyone present wi ll be focusing their attention on you, so clouding your answer with jargon or evading the issue wi ll be more obvious than you think. If you are not certain about a particular question, do not be afra id to ask if it can be re phrased, Listen, never interrupt and answer only what is asked. No matter how well you prepare, there is likely to be an unexpected question. Whi le you don't know what this question will be, if you memorise a list of your best se lling points you can use the question to emphasise your best features. Towards the end of the interview, you wi ll usually be asked if you have any questions of your own. Be confident when asking your questions and use them as another way to impress. For example, you could ask about the career path avail able, the size of the team, the avai lable support or the reporting deadlines. While decisions and job offers are usually made some time after the interview{s), should an offer of employment be made at the conclusion of an interview, it is not unreasonable to request a short period of time to con si d e r th e offerbefore forma Ily accepting. Hays is at Level 6, Darwin Central. 21 Knuckey St. Phone 8943 6000 or visit www.hays.com.au +

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