APPLYING FOR JOBS
Ready to embark on finding a job in forestry?
Now is the time to tidy up your CV, and make sure you are interview-ready.
WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR
Some jobs obviously require specific skills and experience, but in other cases, employers will be willing to train people who have the right general qualities and attitude.
Having a clear idea of where you want to head within the industry, and how you plan to get there, will help justify why you want the job you are applying for.
General qualities that employers in the forestry sector are likely to be looking for include:
- a genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, the work to be done
- keen and willing to learn
- reliable, honest, punctual and with a good work ethic
- safety conscious, and careful with machines and equipment
- good communicator and team player.
If you can provide good references from previous employers or someone who knows you well, that will be a big help.
Note that the forestry sector is a drug-free workplace.
PREPARING A JOB APPLICATION
Some of the hurdles you may have to jump before you get a job include:
- Prepare a CV – with details of your education and work experience to date
- Write a cover letter –explaining why you are the best person for the vacancy
- Phone or face-to-face interview
- Reference checks
- Social media checks – it may pay to see what people can find out about you online, and adjust your privacy settings – potential employers often take a look at Facebook pages to find out a bit more about job applicants
- Some management roles may also require psychometric testing.
There are plenty of on-line resources to help you with the whole process of applying for jobs.
The CareersNZ website is a good place to start. Have a look at the various tools and resources available here, including an on-line CV builder.
Also, talk to people you know who have had recent experiences of job hunting.