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Where will you meet your future employer?


Do you know about your career options and the kinds of companies you might work for?

Career expos and other employer events such as The Big Meet are great opportunities to…

  • find out more about the range of places you might work
  • chat informally with employers and others in your field
  • discover new possibilities
  • develop confidence in putting yourself forward for career opportunities.

Here are some up-coming events on our radar.

The Big Meet

The Big Meet is a FREE careers fair targeted at undergraduates and recent graduates from all universities in the metropolitan region. So whether you are a first year student or final year undergraduate, or you’ve been working, studying or travelling since graduation, you are welcome to attend! Continue reading

How mistakes and failure can add up to success



I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Thomas A. Edison, Inventor

Do you worry about making mistakes and failing at things?

There’s an art to taking risks and the truth is fear of failure can keep you in a rut and get in the way of career success (however you define it).

Fact 1: Human growth and development through life depends on learning.

Fact 2: Making and reflecting on mistakes is an excellent (okay, not always painless!) way to learn.

Looking for proof? Read on. 

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Dream Job #1 Working with the UN




Are you studying international relations or international development?

Can you imagine working with the United Nations, World Bank or International Development Organization?

What would it take to turn your dream into a reality? is an online career resource listing vacant jobs and internships from more than 1,000 global organizations, including UN agencies, international financial institutions and the most influential International NGOs.

It also provides expert career advice and information including…

Go on, what are you waiting for? is a service from INTALMA, a Swedish social enterprise. It is not affiliated with the United Nations but many UN-organisations are active partners and they support them in finding global talents.

Boost your career in finance through the FINSIA Career Connect Program


Are you a finance student looking for a broad perspective and understanding of the financial services as a whole? Finsia can help sharpen your skill set, build your knowledge and maximise what you have to offer employers in the financial sector through the Finsia CareerConnect program.

Finsia is the leading organisation for Australasia’s financial services industry, connecting its members with career services, resources and professional networks to build their professional capabilities and strengthen the industry. 



Take a look at an engineering student’s resume

There are lots of approaches to writing resumes. Looking at examples is one way to kick-start your thinking about how to set up your resume, and consider what works and what doesn’t.

Here’s an example from an Engineering student.

Sample Resume for engineering student

Find out more…

A beginner’s guide to resumes

Use our cover letter checklist

Cover letters have an important job to do in introducing you to employers and helping you get work.

If you’ve just shaped one up, here’s a checklist to help you make sure you’ve got everything, er… covered.

Cover Letter Checklist

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A beginner’s guide to cover letters

Use our resume checklist

Your resume is a dynamic document – you’ll need to tailor it to each job opportunity and

update it as you move along in your career.

But does your resume currently  include all the essential ingredients?

Use our checklist to assess and improve it for yourself before getting expert feedback.

Resume Checklist

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A beginner’s guide to resumes

FAQs about Resumes

Which jobs should I include on my resume?

All of your full-time, part-time and casual jobs can be highly relevant to the jobs you apply for when you graduate.

Your employment history shows how you have developed skills, especially generic or ‘soft skills’ like:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving
  • customer service.

Having a history of employment also demonstrates that you are reliable, can work with people, and can manage study and work commitments simultaneously.

I’ve had a lot of similar jobs, how should I present these?

If you have had a number of jobs with similar responsibilities, you could  group them under one sub-heading. For example, if you have had multiple jobs as a waiter, list your job title as ‘Waiter’ and below that list the dates and places where you worked as a waiter with the most recent role first and the least recent position last. Then, list the responsibilities of those waiting jobs as though it was one position.


2009 – 2013

Restaurant 123: May 2013 – December 2013
A List Celebrity Restaurant: September 2011 – April 2013
Two Hatters Restaurant: January 2009 – August 2011

  • worked as a waiter for a number of leading restaurants in Melbourne during my university studies
  • developed a reputation as an outgoing, welcoming, and customer-focussed waiter
  • appointed to fill in for the Maitre’d during her two month absence from Restaurant 123 due to my professionalism and knowledge of the menu, systems and staff.

I’ve had some course related jobs and some non-related casual jobs, how should I organise those?

You can use sub headings to highlight the most relevant information (e.g. ‘Industry Related Employment’ for course-related employment, and an appropriate heading for the other jobs, such as ‘Hospitality experience’ or ‘Casual jobs’).

I have returned to study after having a family and haven’t worked for some time. How do I hide my gaps in employment?

You could structure your resume using a functional format where you focus on describing your skills. Think about the skills you have used and developed away from the paid workforce and list these up-front with examples. Perhaps you have been volunteering at your children’s school, such as assisting in the classroom,  organising excursions or being part of a fundraising committee? Maybe you’ve been involved in the community in other ways, as a volunteer, or contributed to a family business. Highlight that you have returned to study to enhance your skills and to get up to date experience with technology.

Your employment section would list where you’ve worked  and the roles and duties each job involved – position this after the skills section of your resume.

Be sure to highlight your  motivation and commitment to your new career, in  your cover letter and at interviews.


2 kinds of questions you might be asked on job application forms, and how to respond

Job application forms involve providing personal details, such your name, contact details and qualifications as well as answers to specific questions designed to assess your suitability for a specific role or organisation. You may also need to address Key Selection Criteria (KSC). KSC  outline the personal qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge and qualifications the employer wants applicants to have.

Having the same type of information from all applicants gives employers the opportunity to assess everyone’s suitability against the same criteria, and shortlist the best candidates for further assessment and interviews.

Job application forms use two main types of questions.

1.       Questions about your motivation for applying

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DIY Resume Workshop for final year students and graduates

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Applying for a graduate program or role? Your resume needs to be as excellent as you can make it.

Applying for graduate positions can be highly competitive but it’s not a lottery. You can take action to fine-tune your resume and optimise your chances of getting through to an interview (and beyond).

Our DIY Resume Workshop uses:

• skills that you’ve developed through your time at uni (and other experiences) such as research, writing, responding to requirements for assignments, and working with others

• La Trobe University’s online and on-campus career development resources.

Don’t leave your resume to  the last minute. Give yourself a head-start by setting aside some time to fine-tune it using the following tasks and resources.

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