Yellow Brick Road chairman Mark Bouris gives his key tip for getting a job

A banking entrepreneur and Celebrity Apprentice host has revealed his simple trick to acing a job interview.

Yellow Brick Road chairman Mark Bouris, who also founded Wizard Home Loans, said candidates in a competitive labour market needed to demonstrate how they could be useful to a prospective employer.

‘Do as much research as possible about your employer and know what you can do to assist that company and be cheeky, yet respectful, about that,’ the mortgage broking king told Daily Mail Australia ahead of LinkedIn’s Jobs Bootcamp. 

Mr Bouris, a former host of Celebrity Apprentice, is joining Boost Juice founder Janine Allis, a former judge on Ten’s Shark Tank Australia, in the unique careers sessions running from Monday through to Friday next week. 

Yellow Brick Road chairman Mark Bouris, who also founded Wizard Home Loans, said job interview candidates in a competitive labour market needed to demonstrate how they could be useful to a prospective employer. He is pictured with model Monika Radulovic

Yellow Brick Road chairman Mark Bouris, who also founded Wizard Home Loans, said job interview candidates in a competitive labour market needed to demonstrate how they could be useful to a prospective employer. He is pictured with model Monika Radulovic

Former New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, now the state’s Resilience Commissioner, Woolworths’s head of talent acquisition Anne Stevens and her Telstra counterpart Allison O’Connor will also join live discussions during the five-day conference starting on Monday.

With Australia recovering from the Covid recession, LinkedIn career expert Shiva Kumar said thoroughly researching a prospective employer was the key being more confident during a job interview.

‘Job seeking can be a long-drawn process so it’s key to break it down into simple steps that you can execute and seek advice from your community,’ he said. 

More than a quarter, or 27 per cent, of job seekers blamed their lack of self esteem on their failure to secure the job they wanted while 64 per cent said job hunting affected their mental health, a LinkedIn survey of 1,006 Australians found.

One in three workers are planning to look for a new job in 2021, after a horror year that saw the Australian economy sink into a recession for the first time in almost three decades as Covid shutdowns sparked a record economic downturn.

Unemployment surged from just 5.1 per cent in February, before the restrictions and border closures, to a 22-year high of 7.5 per cent in July but as of November, the jobless level had settled at 6.8 per cent.

Mr Bouris, a former host of Celebrity Apprentice, is joining Boost Juice founder Janine Allis, a former judge on Ten's Shark Tank Australia, at next week's LinkedIn Jobs Bootcamp

Mr Bouris, a former host of Celebrity Apprentice, is joining Boost Juice founder Janine Allis, a former judge on Ten’s Shark Tank Australia, at next week’s LinkedIn Jobs Bootcamp

Australia’s labour market, however, isn’t as bad as many think with job vacancies during the three months to November 30 surging by 23.4 per cent, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Wednesday.

With Australia recovering from the Covid recession, LinkedIn career expert Shiva Kumar said thoroughly researching a prospective employer was the key being more confident during a job interview

With Australia recovering from the Covid recession, LinkedIn career expert Shiva Kumar said thoroughly researching a prospective employer was the key being more confident during a job interview

In just three months, 48,000 more jobs became available, following a 77,000 rise in the August quarter as Covid rules were relaxed and Australia was no longer in recession.

Private sector job vacancies soared by 24 per cent during the November quarter compared with 17 per cent in the public sector.

Available jobs in private enterprise were 13 per cent above February 2020, when the stock market peaked and before the World Health Organisation declared a Covid pandemic.  

In November, a record 254,400 jobs were available across Australia, a level that was 12.1 per cent higher than the 227,000 positions advertised in November 2019 before the first case of Covid came to Australia.

Despite some good news on the labour market, 39 per cent of women surveyed by LinkedIn feared competition for jobs would become more intense compared with 31 per cent of men. 

Adding to the uncertainty, JobKeeper wage subsidies of $1,000 a fortnight for those working 20 or more hours a week are ending on March 28.

Just three days later, the $150 coronavirus supplement boost to the dole is ending, which will see JobSeeker recipients go back to receiving $565.70 a fortnight.

The online LinkedIn Jobs Bootcamp is running from January 18 to 22