Woman and man in Zoom conversation

Over the last few months the Careers and Employment team converted a busy schedule of on-campus employer events to digital format. As we enter T2, we’re very excited to be offering on-campus events again, including sessions from Deloitte, GovTech and Oranga Tamariki. However, webinars are here to stay, and employers will also be engaging via this medium going forward. Since we got a crash course in digital networking, and observed many of […]

“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 […]

If you are looking for an internship or graduate role, don’t underestimate the importance of basic computer skills. By this I mean the Microsoft Office suite of programs: Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint in particular; programs like Access, Visio and Publisher would be a plus. These days computer literacy is a given and obtaining at […]

Yes – recruitment time is NOW (March) for internships and graduate roles. Is your online presence up to scratch? What would I see if I Googled you, Facebooked you, or looked you up on LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter? The truth is most employers will use social media to screen applicants, check their personality, look at […]

In the last couple of weeks quite a few students have asked me about referees. Were they important? Did you need to include them on your CV? Do employers really contact referees? How many referees do you need to give? And most importantly, who do you choose to be a referee? In most cases, employers […]

OK, you’re really busy…and you need to get in that job application quickly. So you rush it through and then quickly click on ‘send’. BIG MISTAKE! I’ve been recruiting this month for a role here at Vic Careers. My name was clearly stated as the contact, and if anyone had actually taken the time to […]

In a word, yes, and it is worth making the effort. Picture an employer faced with a pile of job applications. At first glance they are very similar – all the student applicants have relevant skills and good grades. So who makes the shortlist and who gets cut short? Upon closer inspection, the culling becomes […]

Student to student advice on the graduate recruitment process. Phase 1: Be prepared and get to know yourself • Think about the kind of work you have done so far and enjoyed – why did you enjoy it? • Ask yourself what you would like to be doing (if you need ideas ask family and […]

The article, ‘3 Reasons A Strong Online Photo Prompts Career Gold’ that I came across last week on the ‘Vault Careers’ website, prompted me to revisit the question of whether including a photo within a CV or in the context of internet-based job search, is a legitimate strategy. The question is more complex than it […]

I’m onto the third paper of my Graduate Diploma qualification and we’re reading ‘What Color is Your Parachute’ by Richard (Dick) Bolles. A new version of Parachute has come out every year since 1975 which I find impressive in itself! I’ve known about the book for years but had never actually read it so better late […]