Following successful workshops on finding part-time work, Kirra, one of the Career Ready Ambassadors, has put together her top 5 ways to get started with looking for part time work.
It can be tough to know where to start, and what employers want. Whether you’re looking to earn some money while you study, or looking to develop new skills, we have a number of handy resources at Career Ready to help you set yourself apart and get the part-time job you are looking for. Here are 5 tips on getting started!
A photo by Alejandro Escamilla. unsplash.com/photos/BbQLHCpVUqA
The Career Ready Mentoring program will help undergraduate students prepare for careers in a broad range of professional/study areas. You will be matched with a La Trobe University alumni who has achieved success in their career. Through a series of structured tasks, you will collaborate with them on setting and achieving learning goals.
Learn from your mentor’s experience and knowledge about:
career options and pathways
industry knowledge and skills
resumes, interviews, and job applications
employers and labour markets
We have more than 30 mentors from fields such as:
Business: management, marketing, accounting, finance, logistics, and HR
Education and teaching
Science research, engineering, and bio-medicine
Social services, public health, and social work
The program is 6 weeks long, beginning in November. You need to be available for regular meetings with your mentor, either in person or online.
It’s no secret that we in La Trobe Careers and Employability are big fans of Linkedin.com as a career development tool. So we were excited to see that Linkedin has released three fantastic ebooks specifically for students. These guides are not just instruction manuals for Linkedin itself; they include a lot of fantastic advice on how to discover and create 21st-century career paths. Continue reading
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.
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?
“Subway Lines” by Marc Anderson, courtesy of thepatternlibrary.com
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.
The 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.