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What can Tinder teach us about resumes?

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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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How mistakes and failure can add up to success

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

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“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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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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How to use Linkedin to explore potential career paths, in 5 easy GIFs

One of the most common questions that uni students ask career counsellors is “what can I do with my degree?”

An easy way to answer this question is to use Linkedin.com. Linkedin is the world’s biggest career-oriented social media network. It’s a lot more than just an online resume or a virtual contacts list. It’s also useful for exploring potential career pathways. Here’s the best way to get started.

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