How to get your dream job

Where to start

While some people find job hunting fun, far more find it stressful and filled with uncertainty. It's difficult to know where to start and what to do. 

11 Recruitment is an employment agency specialising in while-collar roles, and we have some suggestions to help you in your search.

Know what you want

While you may have a several transferable skills and preferred industries, it's important to narrow your search to the most relevant roles. List your skills and compare them to:

  • The types of positions that you believe you would be suited to
  • The companies and/or industries you want to work in
  • Your preferred working hours
  • The salary you expect (or can live on)
  • Your preferred location/s

You should also conduct internet searches into employment, recruitment and temp agencies. Check out what they offer - they should list their vacancies on their website.

Make a list

This will become your wish-list. It will act as a reference point when applying for roles to ensure you are not wasting your time on roles that are not suitable.

Going into the job hunt knowing exactly what you want and what you bring, will lead you to success.

Job hunting methods

Looking at job boards is the most popular method of job hunting. Because so many people use this method, it's highly competitive.  

Alternatively, you can contact an employment agency. Most people initiate contact by phone. Instead, you should email the agency your CV and apply through their online portal. Competition here is also high - you need to stand out.

A different approach

It's a huge competitive advantage if you can be at the right place at the right time - when an employer or agency has a vacancy, but they have not yet advertised. A full-blown recruitment drive is expensive and time-consuming - so most would prefer to skip it.


LinkedIn is an extremely valuable platform you should be using. However, it can be difficult, as you need to step outside your comfort zone by starting a conversation with a stranger.

When you are on a job hunt, you become a sales person.  You are selling yourself and your services for a price – your salary.

The layout of LinkedIn is not particularly useful for conducting a job search. You can post your profile for millions to see. You can also apply for jobs.  While there is potential for employers and employment agencies to find you, the odds are against you, just as they are in the wider world.

How to use LinkedIn for job hunting

To effectively use LinkedIn, you must learn to utilise it the same way a marketer or sales person does - you need to widen your network. Reach out and ask for people to connect with you. 

Recruiters at employment agencies are used to being approached and they accept connection requests from everyone.

Get your dream job - a different approach

What's next?

Next steps from this point may not be entirely clear.

The most simple thing to do is to do thank each recruiter for connecting, and ask them to keep your CV should any vacancies arise that may suit your skills.

Three weeks later, follow up to see if any opportunities have presented. Also, ask if they could give you the names of two people who might be able to help you. Reach out with a connection request to each set of two new people and repeat the process.

How many people should I connect with?

You can initially send out a maximum of 3,000 connection requests. Job hunting is full time work – go for it.

I advise limiting your connections with people who work at an employment agency to not more than 10% of your total connections.

Let’s do the maths. You send out 1,000 LinkedIn connection requests. An average Manager directly manages six employees. That means your 1,000 connections supervise 6,000 staff. If an employee stays for three years on average, that means that 2,000 of these current employees will resign per year or that there are...

167 job opportunities per month!

The trick is to connect with people who employ people with your background. This is why it is so important to choose which employment agencies and employers you wish to connect with.

If you you take these steps, then statistically, you will be...

In the right place at the right time!

If you already have a LinkedIn profile, please connect with Christian Madsen, the Managing Director of 11 Recruitment. Connecting with him will lead you to further job hunting tips.

It is the goal of 11 Recruitment to become the best employment agency in Australia.

Get your dream job - what's next?

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