When you come to Australia on a Working Holiday you are also competing with the local job market. Although you will stand out as having different experiences to those of local Australians, it can help to understand aspects of the Australian job market and improve your chances of getting hired.
1) Accomplishments – Take note of the accomplishments and achievements you have made over the years. This can help you in interviews when you are asked about your achievements.
2) Take time to think about your weaknesses and strengths. Apart from being a common question in interviews, it can really help you improve your work performance.
3) Consider ways that you can assist co-workers with their work. See what you can do to be of value to someone else.
4) It is ok to make mistakes but you need to evaluate what went wrong and consider ways to do better next time.
5) Consider your body language – eye contact, smiling, maintaining open body language. Ask someone to film you or tell you the things you could improve.
6) Prepare for your day whether it be a meeting, interview or presentation. Prepare notes as this will boost your confidence.
7) Do not compare yourself to peers or role models, each person is unique and you should not seek validation based on another person’s success. Don’t let anyone make you feel like a failure.
8) Learning something new can allow you to improve your skills and confidence.
9) Stay away from negative thinking, be positive about your experiences even the ones you may not consider positive.
10) Stay away from speaking ill of other people. Negativity can breed negativity and reflect poorly on you.
We hope some of these tips might help. Stay tuned for more ways to improve your employability over the next few weeks!