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What can Tinder teach us about resumes?


First impressions count, a lot. It may be superficial, but we humans form opinions of people and things almost instantly. The impression we form in those first few seconds can influence our opinion long after we have learned more information.

The dating app Tinder is based entirely on this aspect of human psychology. A quick glance at a profile picture and then swipe right on someone’s profile to indicate that you’d like to get to know more about them, or swipe left to pass and move onto the next person.

Reading resumes is similar. Studies have shown that recruiters spend just 6 seconds making a decision about a resume. That’s not enough time to read everything you’ve so carefully written, so a lot of it comes down to visual appeal.

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I heard it on the grapevine: how to tap into the hidden job market

It’s common knowledge that the majority of jobs are never advertised online. The exact percentage of hidden jobs is hard to pin down, but most agree that well over half of the jobs out there are filled through word-of-mouth. Even if the proportion of hidden jobs is exaggerated, being on the grapevine will give you a head start when opportunities come up.

So, what exactly is the grapevine and how do you get on it?

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What can I do with a degree in Planning?

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Qualifications for Urban and Regional Planners are in increasing demand as a range of related professions in real estate, local government and business seek to develop an understanding of planning issues. A shortage of trained planners has been felt at all levels of government, and notably in regional Australia.

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Busted! Using evidence to bust some job search myths


When it comes to job applications, there’s no shortage of advice on how to do things. You’ll find some people who insist that a resume can only ever be one page. Some will tell you to write an objective statement, or a career profile, or a professional summary. Include a photo, or don’t. Do this, don’t do that. How can you cut through the noise and make the best decisions for your job applications?

Research to the rescue

Jim Bright is a Professor of Career Development at Australian Catholic University, Visiting Professor of Career development at the University of Derby in the UK, and a leading career development researcher, writer, and consultant. He is most well known for the Chaos Theory of Careers, which takes into consideration all the randomness and weirdness that happens in people’s lives and careers.

Jim is the author of a number of books on how to write strong job applications, including Brilliant Graduate CV and How to Write a Brilliant CV. The difference between Jim’s books and many others like it, is that the advice he offers is not simply Jim’s opinion, or even just his personal experience. Instead, it is based on the results of serious behavioural research that Jim has done into the habits and preferences of hiring managers and recruiters.

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Skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past


“Young people need the skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past”

The world of work is changing, influenced by technology and changes in global economies. A recent report from The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), “The New Work Order: Ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past”, has warned that young people will be most strongly affected by these changes.

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Three words to avoid in job applications

It should come as no surprise that when applying for jobs that you need to choose your words carefully. What may be surprising is how some very simple words could negatively affect the impression you make on employers.

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3 simple tips to increase the impact of your resume

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These three simple tips will make a significant improvement to the impact of your resume.

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Explore global work opportunities with the Melbourne Global Careers virtual careers fair


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Melbourne Global Careers is a virtual careers fairs for students seeking international employment and internship opportunities. It is the first virtual career development fair for university students in Victoria.

The fair will be live for 4 days – 7 to 10 September 2015. This is a great opportunity to connect with employers, university staff and other organisations from around the world, decide what suits you best, and plan your career. Employer booths will have information about their global opportunities and will be staffed with representatives available to chat to answer questions.

Employers participating in the fair include:

ANZ, Abbott, Accenture, Accor Hotels, Adecco, Allegis Group, American Express, Aurecon, Baker & McKenzie, Balluff, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Chromoflo Technologies, Cisco, Cognizant, Deloitte, DHL, Disney Cruise Line, Ergo, Ericsson, eTeach, EY, Fulcrum, Google, Grant Thornton, Hays Recruitment, IBM, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, McGraw Hill Financial, McKinsey & Company, Meltwater, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Morgan McKinley, Morgan Stanley, QBE, Schlumberger, Schneider Electric, Shell, Siemens, Societe Generale, Sonofi, Tata Consultancy Services, TDG, Telstra, Unilever, Western Digital, Wipro, World Vision

Registration is now open for La Trobe University students and recent graduates. Once you register using the tabs on the right of the page, you will receive a confirmation email, as well as updates and reminders leading up to the virtual event.

La Trobe Universities careers consultants will be available in the La Trobe University booth, to answer any questions you may have about how to approach and connect with employers, how to prepare applications, and how to explore and plan a global career.

Don’t tell fairy tales in job interviews

In a job interview, of course you need to dress well, maintain positive body language, and provide answers that show off your most impressive skills, experience, and achievements.

However, it’s easy to take this idea too far and start to tell fairy tales in which you are the flawless hero, the outcome is perfect, and everyone lives happily ever after.

There are three significant problems with fairy tales in job interviews:

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Do you want fries with that? What is an arts degree good for?

10400394_119932257540_222819_nThe humble old Bachelor of Arts, among the oldest of all degrees, doesn’t get much love. It’s the butt of science and business students’  jokes, often with reference to a certain well known fast food company. It’s been called the Bugger All and Bumming Around degree.

Yet, people who did a BA are typically grateful that they did. They defend the quality of the education they received and point to numerous skills learned in their BA that they use in their professional lives.

This is in large part due to the nature of the skills that employers are screaming out for. Communication and interpersonal skills. Creativity and critical thinking. Cultural and values fit, and emotional intelligence. Mainstays of an education in the Arts and Humanities.

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