30 July, 2010

Job Search 101

You need a job.  It might be a full time job because you’ve recently graduated or a part time job because money is tight and/or you want to get a heads up on relevant work experience.  Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to landing that job. 

  • Visit the Vic Careers office at 14 Kelburn Parade and have a chat to the knowledgeable staff who are there to help you.  There are plenty of resources to help you get started:  free handouts and workshops, videos to watch and sample CVs/resumes to browse. 
  • Sign up to Victoria CareerHub using your student computing login:  http://careerhub.victoria.ac.nz – check out all the job vacancies and job search tips.  Use the Resume Builder to help you get started.  You can even sign up for a workshop.
  • First and foremost you need a good cover letter.  This means knowing how to format it correctly – how to address a future employer, how to place the letter correctly on the page, proper use of fonts and spacing.  
  • You need to pay careful attention to the content of your cover letter – what skills you have to offer and what you want out of the job.
  • Your CV/resume must be the best that it can be.  Focus on skills, personal attributes, qualifications and evidence of any work experience you may already have whether it was paid or unpaid. 
  • Have your CV critiqued to make sure you there are no typographical or grammatical errors, that the formatting works well and that it presents a good image of you.  Use the Vic Careers daily drop-in times to have your CV checked.
  • Don’t rush.  It’s very tempting to use the same CV and cover letter for lots of job vacancies.  The basic format might be the same, but you need to tailor your application to each job.
  • Follow up your job application and project enthusiasm.  Employers like to hire people who appear really interested in the job and look like they would be fun to work with.  A friendly, positive and enthusiastic attitude goes a long way!
  • Network, network, network!  There are plenty of people who will be happy to help you find a job – friends, relatives, lecturers, tutors, careers staff, former employers and friends of friends.  Build relationships.  The more people know about you, the better they are able to help you.
  • Prepare yourself carefully for the interview.  Dress appropriately, make sure you know the company’s business and impress them with intelligent questions.  Use the resources at Vic Careers to help you – the videos and workshops are a great way to prepare.

 As you can see there’s plenty of help on hand … come and see us and get started!

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  1. Interesting post 🙂 Love your blog I’m going to bookmark it.



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