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A Hunter-based recruiter has seen a 300% rise in the number of resumes sent through as the impact of COVID-19 hits the region.

Forsythes Recruitment & HR Managing Director, Geoff Crews, said it was heart-breaking for so many talented people, across all sectors and experience levels, to be out of work.

He advised job seekers to treat any search like the mentally toughest and longest-hours job they’d ever had.

“Job search is 8am to 6pm daily,” Mr Crews said.

“Familiarise yourself with the boom industries right now – FMCG [Fast-Moving Consumer Goods], warehousing/distribution, logistics, health, insurance, mining, telecommunications, online business and services such as cleaning.

“Then find the local companies and relevant contacts within those industries.

“Research and engage with those people – do they have a history of employing people with your skill set?

“Social media platforms like LinkedIn are [also] extremely useful.”

He said, while it could be difficult, perseverance and a growth mindset played a big part in securing a new job.

“Try not to worry about what you can’t control and don’t take rejection personally,” he said.

Geoff’s other top tip is to enlist others to help.

“Recruitment agencies often get told about jobs first, which they share with their database,” he said.

“Choose agencies that focus on the jobs and sectors that suit your skills and experience.

“Use your current networks – professional, friends, family – to find a way to get introductions or recommendations to the companies you have researched.

“Did your friend Brian have a girlfriend who knew someone at that company?”

Mr Crews said tailored resumes and cover letters were important ways to stand out in crowded job markets.

He added people should focus on the outcomes of work achievements, not just skills and tasks completed.

“Written words only do so much of the heavy lifting,” he said.

“A rehearsed, concise and professional phone call prior to and after applying should show your enthusiasm and initiative, not be annoying.”

“Prepare and practice for interviews.

“First impressions count, and you have six seconds to impress. Demonstrate how you will go 1% more than other people being interviewed.”

In a bid to help, Forsythes Recruitment & HR is making its 49-page Career Transition Workbook free to anyone.

Email [email protected] to obtain a copy.

The agency is also offering employers free HR advice and consulting for the remainder of this financial year.

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