Finding and winning the right job is one of the biggest challenges of your life and usually doesn’t happen by accident, especially if you’re new to the workforce or haven’t been looking for work for some time.

Take the time to think through and plan your job search to improve the chances of being successful.

Which job?

The road transport industry offers many different types of jobs in a variety of industry sectors. There’s something for almost everyone.

Online job boards, newspapers, company websites, word of mouth are all sources of jobs that are on offer. Remember though, many jobs never get advertised so it can pay to contact businesses you’d like to work for directly and ask if they have any vacancies or if you can register with them as a jobseeker.

Explore the career opportunities available in the Trending Careers pages of Road Transport Careers and search the jobs being advertised on the Road Transport Careers homepage and check out the Employer Profiles.

Identifying your skills

Your skills are the things you can do. Whilst you need to make sure you have the practical skills to do the job your applying for (like being a competent licenced driver, or a qualified tradesperson), remember you have other skills that employers look for too such as being able to work in a team, or are good at problem solving.

Take stock of your skills before applying for a job to make sure you can do what’s required. For more on identifying your skills go here.

How to write a letter of application

Once you’ve found an available job you’d like to do, you need to apply for it. Many employers ask for a letter of application, or cover letter, stating which job you’re applying for and why you would be the best person for that job. For more about how to write a letter of application go here.

Producing a Resume: Your Written Marketing Material

A resume, curriculum vitae (CV), professional profile, no matter what it’s called is your first chance to show a potential employer you have what it takes to do their job. No matter whether it’s sent with your application letter or posted on a job board for employers to review, your resume needs to get your skills, experience, qualifications, and employability across quickly and easily. Many recruiters spend very little time sorting through the multitude of applications they receive. Yours needs to grab their attention and standout from the crowd.

To get more help with producing a resume, go here.

How To Prepare For A Job Interview

If a business is interested in employing you they will usually want to talk to you first to assess your suitability for their job and their workplace. This assessment normally includes an interview - asking you questions about yourself, your skills, experience, and qualifications. The employer will also try and decide whether you will fit with their workplace – things like having an attitude that is like theirs, your ability to work as part of a team, or work in demanding environment. Sometimes this workplace fit part of the assessment includes how you present for the interview, whether you have researched the business and know what it does, and even if you’re on time.

You can find more help with preparing for an interview here.