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Streamline your job hunt and find your ideal role ASAP!

The long-awaited holiday season has come and gone, and for many of us, that means it's back to the daily grind. But for some, the post-holiday blues may be a sign that it's time to start looking for a new opportunity. If you find yourself feeling unmotivated, unfulfilled, or unhappy in your current role, it may be time to start exploring other options. If you’re feeling unchallenged unrecognised and under-compensated, then keep reading, we’ve got the tips to help you succeed in your job search!

It can be time-consuming and overwhelming to look for a new position when you are already employed. However, with the right strategy, you can focus your search and increase your chances of finding your ideal position.

Set your intentions for your future:
Start by ensuring you clearly understand what you’re looking for in a job. Which benefits are you currently missing out on? What is non-negotiable in a role for you? What is driving you to leave your current role? Which direction do you want your career to head in? Being more intentional with your job search before it even begins will mean less time getting distracted by roles that don’t fit your requirements. Take some time to research different roles and set clear goals for what you’d like to achieve.

Create the resume for your ideal role:
If you’ve been in your current role for a while, your CV and cover letter may need reviewing. Tailoring your resume and cover letter to the specific type of job you're applying for can save you time in the long run and help you stand out against other applicants. When applying for roles have a standard updated resume ready and use this as the base before tailoring it to each position, it should only need a few tweaks for each application.

Highlight your relevant retail experience, skills, and achievements, while also mentioning your personal drive for the next step in your career. Highlight key responsibilities and achievements (think more facts over fluff) this means KPIs you've met, accomplishments, store growth, team size and more.

Know your stuff:
Know the market standard you’re heading into before you get there. What is the salary band for your desired role? What benefits are usually on offer? Are there career pathways and progression plans? Our Market Salary and Insights Guide 22/23 is a great tool to answer these questions for retail roles across Australia and New Zealand, it’s a great way to help benchmark roles you’re considering in 2023. 

Networking is one of the most effective ways to gain an understanding of the market while you’re job searching. Spend five minutes calling or texting friends, family, and professional contacts in the retail industry to gauge the market, and see if they know of any job openings or if they could introduce you to the right people.

Put it all together:
Once you’ve established your job search goals and have a resume prepared for applications, it’s time to put it into action. Take advantage of online job boards and their email alerts to find positions that match your interests. Make sure to customize your searches to match your desired criteria and use filters to narrow down your options. Set aside a specific time each day to devote to your job search. This could be an hour or two, but make sure to stick to it. This will help you stay focused and on track with your job hunt.

Consider utilising Retailworld’s services. Our website is updated daily with the latest retail jobs and can save you a lot of time by allowing you to search for retail jobs based on keywords, location, and other criteria. Or, for the best job search experience, talk to one of our recruiters. We put the focus on exactly what you're looking for and will be your biggest advocate every step of the way. Plus, we do the networking for you. We have a tonne of clients across every retail sector that we’ve spent over 23 years building relationships with, and through our free, personalised recruitment process, can introduce and place you into the role that's best for you.

Remember to stay organized, persistent, and take advantage of the resources available to you, such as our Market Salary and Insights Guide 22/23 and our free job search service, along with our team of helpful recruiters. Best of luck with your hunt!