Hot off the press!  What do employers look for when recruiting students and graduates?  What level of competency do employers expect students and graduates to have on day one of the job? 346 employers who have recruited students and graduates over the past two years responded to our employability skills survey.  44% of respondents came […]

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 […]

Can you really be happy at work? Ready to jump up on a Monday morning and look forward to your work day? Some people might say….yeah, right – only in my dreams! Yet, every day, there are people who really look forward to going to work. How did they manage this? How did they get […]

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 […]

Whilst many students are quite savvy at using Facebook and Twitter, many are still unaware of the networking opportunities available to them via LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great way to identify professionals and alumni working in your fields of interest. What better way to start networking than to connect with someone you already know or […]

You hear it all the time if you’ve been job searching or even thinking about getting work. If you’ve been to Vic Careers you would have heard it from us as well. Interpersonal Skills – one of the key set of skills most actively sought by employers. In fact, strong interpersonal skills always appear in […]

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 […]

It’s that time of year when the Careers team are catching up with employers and looking at recruitment trends for 2014. This morning, Ida and I went to pay a visit to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to learn more about the Procurement Graduate Programme currently being advertised on CareerHub. Procurement? What kind of […]

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 […]

At a job interview, first impressions matter. But will you really miss out on the job if you have tattoos? It probably depends on the company and the role you are applying for. Today many companies value diversity and creativity and are happy to employ staff  with tattoos as long as the artwork is not offensive. Tattoo policies vary within industries and […]