Job seekers looking for a new role will see that there is a diverse range of job openings in Australia for technical blue collar workers. Covid-19 has impacted which positions are available. Some industries have seen a considerable increase in jobs, while others such as hospitality have declined.
So before you start googling “jobs near me”, improve your chances of being hired by developing your personal skills and seek jobs that align with your competencies and grow your career. Our job and skills summary below will help you with your job search.
The industries hiring the most in the last three months
TRS works closely in partnership with industries across Australia and has trusted information about which types of jobs are the most in-demand. The five sectors with the highest demand for employment are:
- Food manufacturing
As many international imports have been cancelled due to Covid-19, Australian food manufacturing has increased. Mechanical fitters, carpenters and boilermakers are essential to keep this industry running.
- Road transportation
Jobs such as diesel mechanics, truck trailer mechanics and truck drivers have significantly increased as local manufacturing has increased (think toilet paper!) and needs to be delivered across Australia.
- Maintenance support
Maintenance fitters, welders and skilled trade assistants are in huge demand. As manufacturing and road transportation increases, machinery and vehicles experience more wear and tear and require more maintenance.
- Local manufacturing
More manufacturing requires carpenters and skilled spray painters for commercial fit out, across all of Australia’s states and territories.
- Commercial cleaning
The demand for cleaning in commercial spaces has grown more substantially than the number of qualified cleaners available.
Other technical blue collar positions in the resources industry have also experienced growth during this period, so geologists, shot firers, driller offsiders and field technicians are also in demand.
Once you have found a job to apply for, you should ensure that your technical and personal skills match the requirements of the role.
Your technical skills
It’s essential to make sure that your qualifications, licences and training are up to date. If you use TRS Resourcing to help you find a job, you will benefit from:
- Safety inductions to prepare you for any workplace or site
- Stored records of your certificates, qualifications and licences to get jobs quickly
- Checks to ensure your right to work in Australia are completed early
- Confidentiality and privacy of your information
- An improved resume using the free CV generator
A job agency will also benefit your job search by finding jobs that aren’t publically advertised. More information about how a job agency can help you find a job is available here.
Develop the top five personal skills of 2020
No matter whether you are a boilermaker, welder or mechanic, there are some personal skills that all businesses look for when they have a job opening. Regardless of the industry or company, working on these skills can make you a stand out in the recruitment process and land you a job.
1. Showcase your collaboration skills
Collaborating is similar to teamwork, but the benefit of collaboration is that it extends beyond just your team and managers. Being able to work with other people is necessary for 99% of jobs, and being able to collaborate across a company is one of the first skills a new employer will look for. You can show your collaboration skills by using examples of when you have offered or asked for help to complete a task, setting goals with a team, and yes, building your communication skills.
2. Build your communication skills
In 2020, communication in the workplace is more than just talking. When businesses want employees who can communicate, what they are really looking for is individuals who can speak and listen considerately. This includes being able to challenge ideas and opinions respectfully to create positive change. Why? Because new workers are more likely to find better ways to do things and have a fresh perspective that can save businesses money. Building communication skills takes time but will reward you throughout your entire career.
3. Use time management strategies
The ability to understand your tasks and coordinate the time it takes to complete each within a workday is a skill that will never go away, no matter your job or role. Five tips for growing your time management skills are:
- Use a daily task list
- Give each task a time limit
- Create a routine – set your tasks out at the beginning of the day
- Get rid of distractions
- Set reminders to complete your tasks
4. Be flexible in the workplace
The only certainty in life is that things will keep changing. And this happens in the workplace too! Having strategies in place so that you can be flexible when work and the work environment changes will not only make you a great candidate for a job but also reduce your own stress. This 6 minute Ted Talk highlights three ways you can measure how adaptable you are – and how to become more flexible.
5. Apply a growth mindset
Growth mindset is a when a person thinks they can learn new skills and grow, instead of fixed mindset where someone believes that they cannot change or improve because of factors such as education level or age. Companies like employees with a growth mindset because they tend to look for better ways to do things, want to learn more and builds confidence. The best way to change this is to be aware of your thoughts and change them a little. Instead of thinking “I can’t learn or do this task,’ you can instead think, “I can’t learn or do this task YET”. This video explains the difference between a fixed and growth mindset in greater details.
How to get a job
To learn more about how TRS helps job seekers, watch this video from a recent job seeker who got a job with Tieman Tankers in Melbourne.
If you have any questions or for further information, you can talk to our TRS consultants today.