There’s a wealth of information online that can help you to:

• look at jobs in your field and select roles that match your qualifications, skills and interests

• conduct research and create a strong job application that shows how your skills, experience and interests match the requirements of a specific role and organisation

• demonstrate that you are the best person for the role at an interview.

Key websites to enhance your research

You can use these sites to identify companies you might work for and do some background research.

  1. La Trobe University Library—the business analysis guide has a number of resources such as annual reports, newspapers and magazines.
  2. IbisWorld—search for companies by industry here.
  3. Australian Stock Exchange—download a list of all listed companies.
  4. Australian Government Graduate Programs
  5. Victorian Public Service
  6. Graduate Opportunities—this website includes informative booklets about work in specific sectors.
  7. UniGrad—website and guide
  8. Grad Connection—website and forum

Company websites are a great resource

Many organisations list job vacancies on their websites, sometimes before (or instead) of advertising externally. You can find a lot of useful information on employers’ own website. For instance, they might include detailed eligibility criteria and their own tips for successful applications.

Once you have a list of employers to research, begin by reviewing their graduate web pages. Take a look at graduates’ stories or watch ‘a day in a life of a graduate’ videos to help determine whether a specific program is for you. Referring to these sources in your applications will add credibility to your reasons for applying.

Monitor specific websites to get a sense of which companies are recruiting regularly and to get a sense of recruitment patterns. Make sure you also look beyond information generated by the organisation itself and get some alternative perspectives.

Activities

1. Make a list of companies you would like to work for and check their vacancies section regularly. See if you can create a job alert and have the company email you when suitable jobs arise.

2. Tap into professional associations—search for associations related to your study or interest areas. Many professional associations advertise relevant job vacancies to members on their web or social media sites. Increasingly, jobs are also sent to members of online professional networks such as LinkedIn groups. Consider registering to receive e-newsletters or mail-outs from professional associations in your field. You’ll find listings of professional associations at the Graduate Careers Australia website.

3. Research and bookmark websites you will use to search for advertised jobs in your industry.

4. Consider which professional associations it will be worthwhile joining.