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We give you the tools you need to succeed

The importance of having a respected qualification cannot be underestimated. We will arm you with the skills and knowledge required to get your dream job.

You will have access to our online resources and our Career Development Team who can personally work with you one-on-one.

Just some of the things you will learn how to do are:

Prepare for an interview
What to expect from an interview
Different styles of interviews
How to answer tricky questions
After-job interviews
Salary negotiation skills

Your qualification plus the skills and support from our Career Support Centre professionals will give you the tools you need to succeed in landing your dream role.

Access to our Career Support Centre

All our students have access to a comprehensive library of resources and our dedicated Career Support Centre staff who will work with you securing a role in industry. To give you an idea of some of the information available to you, continue reading for some tips and tricks on securing a new job.

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Applying for jobs

Tip #1

Applying for jobs

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What jobs are you interested in?

From day one of your studies, or even if you are half way through, it is never too soon to consider what career or role you’re interested in.

A big challenge people face is working out what positions to look for and how? Here’s an easy way to figure it out and start your journey. Get onto a job website like SEEK, enter a salary range, and a location if you wish. Enter the category type, leaving off the sub-category and key words, then press 'search'. Yes, there may be advertisements, but it will become obvious which ones to skip. If you do this regularly you will learn the following:

  1. learn about the industry you are getting into
  2. what companies do
  3. what is expected of you
  4. what you can bring to different roles/organisations.

It also makes your study more meaningful. You might read something in an ad and have no idea what it means, then in your studies, remember you saw it in an ad and now it makes sense.

It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle. You start off with all the pieces, but the lid is missing, and you can’t see the whole picture. Slowly but surely the picture reveals itself to you as you piece it all together.

Hot tip: Read the content of the advertisement and don’t get hung up or misled by job titles. Two companies may have a role with the same job title, but the responsibilities of each role could differ immensely.
Strategy

If you want to land a great position sooner, rather than later, don’t be too casual with your searching. Of course, your current situation affects how much time you have to research. If you work full-time, have a family, plus you’re studying, then there won’t be much spare time. Scheduling at least 30 minutes a day is better than waiting for the weekend. It all adds up, and over a couple of weeks you will have plenty of quality applications out there.

It’s important to build momentum. It’s of little value applying for a position and, because you are so excited about it, deciding you won’t apply for anything else until you hear about this one – that is the wrong strategy. Keep applying for positions. You never know if you will hear back or how long it will take. It might even turn out the role isn’t quite what you thought. The more opportunities you have open means the more likely some will convert to interviews, then to offers.

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Résumés/CVs

Tip #2

Résumés/CVs

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A résumé (also known as a curriculum vitae – CV for short), is a document that explains your skills, achievements and personal details. Résumé are most often used when applying for a new job.

We all should have a master copy of our résumé, but for some applications you may need to modify it to suit the job you are applying for. This means extrapolating in some areas or cutting back in others. Tailor your résumé for a specific application and highlight what skills/experience that are relevant for that particular application.

Hot tip: Don’t forget to include a hyperlink to your LinkedIn profile in your contact details. Include your employment background/transferable skills, achievements, qualifications and interests.
Application letter

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Application letters

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How much is your application letter worth?

Application/covering letters are one page documents that you include with your résumé when applying for a job. They give you the opportunity to introduce yourself and demonstrate why you would be suitable for the job.

Imagine you’re applying for a job role with a salary package of $60k and you’ve written a 350-word application/covering letter. Divide 350 into the 60K and every word on the page has a potential value of $171.42.

Mistakes can cost you money
  • Three spelling mistakes – deduct $514.28
  • One grammatical error – deduct $171.42
  • Recipient’s name spelt wrong – deduct $171.42
  • Wrong job title of the role you’re applying for – deduct $171.42

Actually, let’s stop here because by this stage the person will have stopped reading your résumé. They will take the view that if you cannot be bothered getting your application right, they can’t be bothered reading it.

Hot tip: Tailor every application letter to the role you are applying for. Sending a standardised letter doesn’t work. It’s obviously a ‘one size fits all’ letter and won’t do anything to make you a stand-out candidate.
Interviews

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Interviews

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In most cases, organisations will want to host interviews with applicants who have progressed in the job application process. There are different types of interview styles and methods that you should be ready for.

Standard interview

It is not uncommon for candidates to attend an interview at the organisation's premises. The interview is typically hosted by one or more interviewers who will ask pointed questions to you in an attempt to determine your suitability for the position.

Phone interview

Once you have started applying for positions you need to be prepared for scheduled and unscheduled phone interviews. Sometimes the organisation will call, email or SMS you to arrange a day and time. This allows you to review your application and gather your thoughts before the call. Sometimes they will call and ask if you are free to talk right away. It happens, so you need to be able to deal with any situation.

Group interview

A group interview might involve a few candidates, or perhaps even twenty. It depends on the role and what the organisation finds the most effective and time-efficient. Group interviews involve activities of some kind.

Tips and tricks
  1. Be prepared
  2. Be on time
  3. Dress appropriately
  4. Do not wear too much cologne or perfume
  5. Refrain from eating foods the evening/morning of the interview that tend to come out of the pores/breath
  6. Refrain from having a cigarette for at least an hour prior to the interview
  7. Do not chew gum
  8. Turn your mobile off or to silent
What to have with you
  1. Name and address of the company
  2. Names of your interviewers
  3. Company phone number in case of emergency
  4. A copy of your résumé
  5. A copy of the job advertisement
  6. A list of notes/questions your would like to ask them
Hot tip: If you are travelling to an unfamiliar location, and if you have time, it’s a good idea to do a trial run so you know the best way to go and how long it will take. This removes a lot of anxiety.