Job seeking can be tough. Ajisha, a student Career Ready Ambassador (CRA) has answered some of your most common questions asked by students dropping into Career Ready.
How can a careers advisor help me?
Unsure of where your degree can take you? Maybe you want to apply for graduate programs or want help narrowing down your interests and career options. Our experienced careers advisors can help you with all these and more – just drop in to get your resume or cover letter checked, or book an appointment for more in-depth advice.
How can I gain experience?
Volunteering is a fantastic place to start and looks great on your resume. There are non-profit organisations working in various fields so look for organisations that interest you. Being involved in a club or society, internships, part-time work or checking if your degree includes a WIL subject can also be ways to start building your experience.
Where should I look for a job?
While there are many job websites available like Seek and Indeed, you can also use CareerHub or Employer Connect or register with Unitemps, an on campus recruitment agency. These services advertise positions targeted at, and often only available to, La Trobe students. Networking and approaching employers is also a good way to find work.
What should I include in a resume?
Resumes must be tailored for each position you apply for and all share some common elements. Make sure to have up to date personal details, and a career objective that is concise and tailored. Include your education and any key accomplishments you’ve achieved during your degree. You don’t have to include every job you’ve worked, but make sure to include experience that’s relevant to the job. Use real world examples to emphasize your relevant skills in a skills section and finish off with at least two referees who currently contactable. Finally, format your resume according to a professional template…We know it’s tough to write a resume so we have plenty of resources to help you out!
Do I need a cover letter?
Usually, YES! A cover letter is how you introduce yourself to your potential employer and grab their interest. Make sure it is tailored to each job (don’t send out the same cover letter for all your applications) and addresses the employer’s requirements. Career Ready can give you a cover letter template and provide feedback on the letters you write.
I’ve recently heard about Career Ready Advantage – what is it?
Career Ready Advantage was developed with the input of employers and highlights the skills and qualities they seek in graduates. It provides a tailored set of activities and work experience opportunities accessible in the MyLaTrobe app to help you start building your employability. Learn more about it here.
HELP! I have an interview, what do I do?!
First of all, congratulations! You have the skills they require and made a great first impression. To help you prepare for the interview, we recommend Big Interview. Big Interview is an online resource that has information about what to expect in an interview and even allows you to practice interview questions. Alternatively, our career advisors can help you practice interview questions.
For more information and tailored support, drop by Career Ready (located on level 2 of the Agora, just left of the big mural) from 10 – 4pm. Alternatively, log in to CareerHub to check out our current events and workshops and access free resources!