Tag: Applying for jobs

Three great new career guides from Linkedin.com

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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

Beware the job application self-destruct button

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It looks convenient, doesn’t it? A single button on a job search website which will fire off your resume off at the click of a button. It allows you to apply for dozens of jobs in the time it takes to eat your cornflakes in the morning.

But clicking that button is possibly the worst thing you can do for your chances of success. It’s essentially a self-destruct button for job applications.

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3 easy ways to target your resume.

If you want your resume to make the best impression possible, it has to be closely targeted to the job you’re applying for. Start by highlighting the key skills, experience, and other requirements listed on the position description. Then, make sure that your resume shines a spotlight on each of them as much as possible. Continue reading

A quick guide to… psychometric testing

Psychometric testing is often used by employers as part of the application process so it is important to be aware of what it involves and how to prepare for the various types of tests.

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Psychometric testing – preparation is the key to success

Does the prospect of having to do psychometric tests worry you? It is possible to improve your chances of success with psychometric tests by familiarising yourself with the various types of tests and following a few key steps.

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Preparing for an assessment centre

Knowing what to expect in an assessment centre beforehand will be very useful in helping you to prepare for this experience and to participate effectively. Continue reading

A quick guide to… assessment centres

The term ‘assessment centre’ refers to a process, not a place. They are widely used in recruitment for graduate programs as they are a strong predictor of job performance. Continue reading

A quick guide to… online applications

Many large employers use online application forms as part of the selection process. Application forms are used to streamline the evaluation process when large numbers of applicants need to be screened. Continue reading

A quick guide to… effective cover letters

A cover letter is a business letter which is often requested by employers as part of a job application. It is the first opportunity for you to market yourself to the employer by demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience match their job requirements. Employers often use cover letters to screen applicants so it is vital you make a good impression.

Your cover letter should be one A4 page in length and its purpose is to introduce you to the employer and to explain why you are the best candidate for this position. The key is to ensure your writing is concise and to the point. Longer cover letters are often not well received by some employers.  Your letter should be written using the standard business letter style and you must use formal English. Where possible, personally address the letter to the person responsible for hiring – you may need to contact the organisation to ask for the managers’ name and title. Always get someone to check your document for spelling, grammar and typographical errors. Continue reading

Use the STAR model for success in job applications and interviews

The STAR model provides a framework for presenting information in response to Key Selection Criteria. It is also a useful framework for preparing answers to behavioural questions in an interview. It’s a way of providing clear examples or evidence of your skills, knowledge and approach to work. For each criterion, use the following elements to structure your answers: Continue reading

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