Looking for an internship or graduate role at the end of the year? Then you’ll need to be clued up about what employers are looking for when recruiting. Do you have business acumen? Are you commercially aware? Do you even know what these terms mean? In all of our discussions with employers, time and time […]

A recent query on CareerHub followed by a couple more similar queries led me to writing this blog. The query goes something like this: If I was offered a job with Company A, but was having an interview with Company B in 2-3 days’ time (my preferred company), what is the best way to reply […]

Is it worth your time and money going back to University or starting a degree for the first time when you’re not 18? I’m sure everyone will have a different answer to that question but I believe it all depends on why you’re going. If it’s purely for interest then great, good for you. If it’s […]

The news is full of scary stories about tough job markets, student debt, public sector layoffs, increases to loan repayments and possible restrictions on allowances. While job prospects in some sectors such as IT, engineering, building, telecommunications and commerce appear to be growing, for freshly minted graduates with majors in humanities and social sciences the forecast […]

It’s starting to get colder which can only mean winter is slowly but surely on its way. Speaking from experience I know the colder months can have a negative impact on the job search as the grey days do make it hard to stay motivated.  One of the ways to combat this is to get […]

Last night I attended a graduate recruitment presentation by the Treasury.  The representatives of the Treasury kept emphasising how much they enjoyed the culture of the organisation. They felt that a key advantage to working there was that it did not feel at all hierarchical.  All views were valued, even those of newly appointed graduates.  Despite being ‘newbies’ on the team, graduates were included in discussions with senior executives and asked for their opinions.

This aspect of corporate culture has been a very common theme throughout all the employer presentations held this month – and there were many!  What distinguishes one firm from another, particularly where many things seem similar such as being leaders in their industry, offering a multinational environment, excellent professional development opportunities etc?  Often the best fit between company and employee comes down to culture.  Does the culture of the organisation fit comfortably with you?  Does it stimulate and excite you and make you want to get up in the morning to go to work?

If you are fortunate enough to get more than one job offer, checking out the company’s corporate culture before accepting an offer could make a huge difference to both your career satisfaction and your career prospects.  In searching for some information about workplace culture, I came across a report by the Wall Street Journal on work culture which was posted on the CAREEREALISM site.  The report indicated that there were four types of workplace culture:  hierarchical, dependable, enterprising and social.

1. Hierarchical
As the term implies, this workplace culture is highly structured and rigid. A prime example would be the defence force or academia. If you are prepared to accept this work culture, and conform to it, hierarchical could be advantageous for certain personality types.

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A big welcome to all new and returning students – we hope you have a great year here at Vic.  A big hello to all recent grads as well – remember you can still use Vic Careers to help you with your job search. There are 3 very good reasons why you need to come […]

twitter logoYou are what you tweet – and 140 characters can either make you or break you!

I was recently reading a blog post by Justin Flitter on ‘Is Twitter hurting your job search?’  Similar to very practical but often unheeded advice like not having silly voice mail messages  and  using inappropriate email addresses  when applying for jobs, Justin offers a quick Twitter checklist:
• Your @Name should be your actual name or close variation – employers don’t want to see things like @ImdaBizBomb
• Try not to use numbers or underscores if possible
• Your bio should be short, snappy, personal but sensible
• Your avatar photo should be of you –  should not show alcohol or cigarettes or anything remotely offensive
• The background image should be of something meaningful to you, or a professionally made image with your picture, contact details and digital points of contact

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In our office we deal with people on a daily basis who are feeling a little bit lost – either in their study choices, their future study choices or in their career choices.

If you are one of those people there is lots of exploration and research work you can do which can help identify your skills, interest areas and values to match up with potential qualifications and employment options.  Here are some resources you can try:

Career Quest – Career Quest is a good interactive tool you can try to help you match skills you have or would like to have, and personal and study interests, to potential occupations.  It’s free and available to use on the Careers NZ website: http://www2.careers.govt.nz/tools/careerquest/.   We also have a version here at Vic Careers.

Skill Matcher – You might like to try another interactive tool from the Careers NZ website to help match your skills to job ideas:  http://www2.careers.govt.nz/tools/skill-matcher/

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We’re half way through Trimester One and we’ve had a few people coming into the office telling us they aren’t enjoying what they’re studying because they’ve realised it’s the wrong choice or it’s not what they expected. Getting into University and subsequently the job market is so much more competitive these days and it can […]