HOW CAN YOU GET THE BEST OUT OF LABOUR HIRE COMPANIES?
Labour hire companies all work with different employers and have different vacancies. So don’t limit yourself to one but register with as many as you can find.
Once registered don’t sit back and wait for the work to come in. If you do, you may find you are nothing more than a forgotten resume in a filing cabinet somewhere.
At least once a week go in to see them in person. When an employer rings them with a vacancy you want to be the first person that comes to their mind.
Make sure you are always dressed and groomed to make a good impression. Take a folder with a copy of your resume and other work related documents with you so you are ready for an interview.
Rather than getting frustrated that you haven’t found work yet, always be polite and courteous and they will be more inclined to go the extra mile to find you a suitable job.
Try Cold Canvassing.
Cold canvassing is where you apply directly to an employer for work when there was no vacancy advertised.
How do I go about it?
Before leaving home, do some research and make a list of businesses you would be prepared to work for. Start with those closest to where you live and work your way out from there. Take the time to consider every business in the area and think about what they do, make or sell.
Use the internet. Many businesses have a Facebook page or subscribe to other directories. Just google them and see what you find. Talk to your friends and see what they know. While doing your research try to find out the managers name.
Next work out what skills you have that they may be able to use. Then make up a ten-second spiel. Managers are busy people and you need to get their attention quickly before their mind goes back to what they were doing before you interrupted them.
“Hi, my name is Bill and I have 10 years’ experience as a carpenter building houses. I have an HR licence, White Card and Forklift ticket.”
Make sure it is relevant to what you know about the company, it’s no good talking about your welding skills if they build in timber and vice versa. Be prepared to provide additional information about yourself if asked.
When entering a business get straight to the point and ask for the manager by name if possible. Present your spiel and hand over your resume. After you leave the business make some notes about who you spoke to and what they said. If there is no work available this week, then make a note in your diary to call back in a few weeks’ time. Aim to get 100 employers on your list and contact about 25 every week and if one of the employers on your list explains they are a family business and never employ other people then cross them off.
Looking for work can be a full-time job, but the more people you speak to the more chance you have of finding a vacancy.
Remember to make sure your resume is up to date and dress the part.
If you thought it was difficult to find a job you are probably right. There are five times more people registered as looking for work than there are jobs on the internet.
So what do you do to be the one that gets a job?
First, you need a good resume that highlights your skills in relation to what the employer wants. It’s no good handing in a resume that talks about how well you mixed cocktails at your last job when the role you are applying for is welding.
Then you need a plan. Make sure you target both advertised and unadvertised jobs. Advertised positions can be found in newspapers, internet job search sites, company websites, social media, store windows and shopping centre noticeboards. Unadvertised positions can be found by cold canvassing, developing good networks, registering with labour hire companies and advertising yourself on social media. One of the benefits of unadvertised jobs is not many people know about them and the competition is not so steep.
Looking for work can be a full time job. Be systematic. The more jobs you apply for and the more contacts you make, the better your chances are of finding work. Challenge yourself to apply for 5 jobs every day. With a mixture of advertised and unadvertised positions that should be achievable.
Finally, dress right, put your best foot forward and give it your best shot. If you give up you will fail, but if you keep at it you will succeed.