“I should have started the preparation for applications sooner” says Josh, one of many students I have recently seen rushing and stressing at the last minute to get in graduate job, summer intern or scholarship applications. They didn’t realise how much time it would take. Luckily at least they were using their University careers service […]

You’ve probably read articles and blogs proclaiming the demise of the CV, but as Mark Twain said in response to a similar announcements in relation to himself, “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated!” As a Career Consultant I do what I can to dismiss this persistent rumour, but what’s the story behind this claim? […]

Whittaker’s has just launched their latest creation – a blend of the Kiwi classic K Bar and chocolate. Perhaps this is a reflection of changing times – once all you needed were hard skills which allowed you to gnaw away on the original tooth-breaking bar, but now you require a combination of both the soft […]

I don’t like it when I make mistakes. So I’m reading Atul Gawande‘s book, The Checklist Manifesto. While on the one hand, most of our best learning comes from the mistakes we make, they are also really annoying/embarrassing and can cost time and money to fix.  In some jobs they cost lives or millions of dollars.  In Gawande’s […]

In case you missed them, here are five of our most popular blog posts from Victoria Careers and Employment. Enjoy. Should referees be included in a CV? What does penultimate year mean? How to address a cover letter Yours sincerely vs Yours faithfully Got a job offer? Great! Oh…wait…you have an offer but want another! […]

The reasons we procrastinate when we are, preparing to cold call that employer or writing that cover letter seem to be same as those behind delaying getting on with study.  Check out this TedYouth@TheScotsCollege talk by Vik Nithy. Vik was the founder of 3 companies at the age of 20, including his own marketing consulting firm.  This is despite […]

‘Writing’ a CV that will get the ‘OK’ from a busy recruiter requires good sentence structure, pertinent content,  concise but informative descriptions, a logical sequence of information and good presentation. Most students and graduates can achieve this with a little help. However ‘creating’ a ‘stellar’ CV, involves four additional steps to more fully engage the […]