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
Need to bring in some money while you study? Part-time or casual work can fit in well with study commitments and also give you more skills to offer employers when you graduate.
Here are some flexible part-time job options that students commonly manage around their studies. Continue reading
There’s a wealth of information online that can help you to:
• look at jobs in your field and select roles that match your qualifications, skills and interests
• conduct research and create a strong job application that shows how your skills, experience and interests match the requirements of a specific role and organisation
• demonstrate that you are the best person for the role at an interview.
Key websites to enhance your research
You can use these sites to identify companies you might work for and do some background research.
- La Trobe University Library—the business analysis guide has a number of resources such as annual reports, newspapers and magazines.
- IbisWorld—search for companies by industry here.
- Australian Stock Exchange—download a list of all listed companies.
- Australian Government Graduate Programs
- Victorian Public Service
- Graduate Opportunities—this website includes informative booklets about work in specific sectors.
- UniGrad—website and guide
- Grad Connection—website and forum
Company websites are a great resource
Many organisations list job vacancies on their websites, sometimes before (or instead) of advertising externally. You can find a lot of useful information on employers’ own website. For instance, they might include detailed eligibility criteria and their own tips for successful applications.
Once you have a list of employers to research, begin by reviewing their graduate web pages. Take a look at graduates’ stories or watch ‘a day in a life of a graduate’ videos to help determine whether a specific program is for you. Referring to these sources in your applications will add credibility to your reasons for applying.
Monitor specific websites to get a sense of which companies are recruiting regularly and to get a sense of recruitment patterns. Make sure you also look beyond information generated by the organisation itself and get some alternative perspectives.
1. Make a list of companies you would like to work for and check their vacancies section regularly. See if you can create a job alert and have the company email you when suitable jobs arise.
2. Tap into professional associations—search for associations related to your study or interest areas. Many professional associations advertise relevant job vacancies to members on their web or social media sites. Increasingly, jobs are also sent to members of online professional networks such as LinkedIn groups. Consider registering to receive e-newsletters or mail-outs from professional associations in your field. You’ll find listings of professional associations at the Graduate Careers Australia website.
3. Research and bookmark websites you will use to search for advertised jobs in your industry.
4. Consider which professional associations it will be worthwhile joining.
Many graduates find jobs through online advertisements or listings but this is by no means the only way to find a graduate job. Statistics from 2012 show that an equal percentage of jobs (26%) were found through networks such as family, friends, work contacts and university contacts (e.g. lecturers). Continue reading
Many large employers will use a phone screening interview to select candidates for a formal interview to be held in person. The phone interview may be focused on obtaining more details about your experiences and skills, or it could involve a number of behavioural-based questions.
If you are given a time for your phone interview, make sure you are able to be in a quiet space, free of disruptions. Some good tips for phone interviews include standing during the interview, as this will make it easier to speak clearly (like you would giving a presentation to an audience); have your resume and other documents with you for easy reference; and have a notepad and pen to record any important information. Continue reading
There are numerous job boards that cater to specific industries. Many of these are run by industry associations, such as the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Human Resources Institute. The advantage of checking these sites for jobs is that some of the jobs won’t be advertised on the main job boards. The following websites may be useful for searching for industry specific jobs. Continue reading
Job search or employment websites can be very useful if you are planning your career or about to start looking for work. You can research occupations, organisations which are hiring, skills and requirements needed for different jobs, and a variety of other information useful in preparing you for your future career. Continue reading