Ten things to learn from your Christmas casual job

Ten things to learn from your Christmas casual job

By Alex Hargreaves 

With many stores currently recruiting for Christmas Casuals, it’s a good idea to stop and think about how seasonal holiday work can be a major boost for your career.  Although Christmas casual work can often entail standing on your feet for endless hours while customer after customer asks you the same question and beads of stress form on your brow at the thought of meeting your sales targets, joining the work force over the Christmas period can teach you many valuable things about yourself, and can help you prepare for your future career.


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Why you should attend employer events

Recently,  you may have noticed an increase in employer activity on campus.  Employers have been, and will be continuing to visit our campuses throughout 2017 – 2018 in place of the Griffith Careers Fair.  When you hear of an employer visit that sparks your interest,  it is a fantastic idea to make the effort to attend for many reasons (especially if the employer is relevant to your field of study!)


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Surviving your first day in a new job

By Alex Hargreaves

Walking into the work place on the first day of your brand new job can be a terrifying experience. After hearing the news that you got the job, you most likely spent the following days phoning your parents, bumping fists with your friends and jumping around in excitement over the glorious news  that you are employed. It is great to think that whilst other people probably applied for the job, YOU were the chosen one. Not only this, but there will now be an endless supply of money gradually flowing into your bank account.  You know that even if your new job doesn’t sound very entertaining, not being poor is awesome and worth being excited about.  However, after the celebration ends, D day must come.  It’s time to prove that all of those stories you told about yourself in the job interview are actually true.  If your new boss thinks you can speak fluent Japanese, you might want to be able to say more than konitchiwa before the big day. Even though it’s scary to think about your first day on the job, we have some tips that you can use to take the edge off!

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Have a holly jolly job search

 By Alex Hargreaves in collaboration with The Library Social Media Team

With Christmas on the way, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you can earn a  little extra cash over the holiday period.  If you’re unemployed, you will probably have  an abundance of free time on your hands. It’s a great idea to invest that time into  gaining work experience and earning money. Your friends and family will be grateful  for it too as you can ditch the home made jewelry/scrapbook and buy your loved ones  something they really want this year. Christmas is an ideal time to get a job, as so many  more jobs become available due to the uprise of people filling up the shopping isles and  lining up in the centre food courts.  In fact, studies show that casual job openings  increase by 170% during the Christmas period, with 87% of those jobs being created by  the retail industry. Here are some easy tips you can put into practice to help you land a  casual gig these holidays!

Have a holly jolly job search

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Creative careers for the creatively inclinded

Creative Careers for the Creatively Inclined

By Alex Hargreaves

Are you studying an arts related degree and tired of being asked by concerned relatives what you are planning on doing when you graduate?  Have you told someone what you are studying only to be mocked or made fun of?  Your hard work should be taken seriously and respected as it takes talented individuals to do well in creative degrees.


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Why volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

By Alex Hargreaves

Did you attend the Volunteers Fair at Nathan Campus on Wednesday this week? Still wondering if volunteer work is for you? Volunteering is a very popular way to put one’s time to good use in Australia.  In 2014, approximately 5.8 million people (38%) donated some portion of their time to volunteer work (ABS, 2014). Why all the hype?  What is so good about working for free? There are many good reasons to consider signing up for volunteer work if you can take money out of the equation.


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Get job interview ready!

Get Job Interview Ready!

By Alex Hargreaves

The recent launch of Unitemps and the opening of applications for  2016-2017 Graduate/Vacation programs calls for everyone to start thinking about their preparation for job interviews.  It is important to be aware that Unitemps require formal interviews just like any other job you apply for.

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Don’t take a vacation from your job hunt – 2016 – 2017 Summer Vacation Programs now taking applications!

Don’t Take a Vacation From Your Job Hunt – 2016 – 2017 Summer Vacation Programs are Now Taking Applications!

If you have been on the hunt for a job, it may be tempting to put your search on the back-burner during the mid-year holiday period.  I’m sure the last thing you want to think about after finishing all of your exams is going out and putting energy into finding a job.  However, it’s a colossal mistake to put your job hunt on hold during your mid semester holidays.  Companies don’t go on holidays from hiring new staff, not to mention many high profile employers are now recruiting for students to join their 2017 Summer Vacation Programs!

Summer Vacation Programs

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10 reasons to temp

10 Reasons to Temp

By Alex Hargreaves

Unitemps will be launching at the end of this month, June 30th, at Griffith University! Have you ever found yourself stuck in a catch 22 situation where you can’t find work due to lack of experience but can’t get experience because no one will hire you?  Temp work may be your solution. Firstly, you may be wondering what ‘temp’ work entails. Temp work refers to working for a company temporarily.   Temp workers are employed by temping agencies who are responsible for finding candidates short term work placement positions with various organisations. Temping does mean that many of your employers will love you and leave you, but it’s a great way to break into the work force. You will soon have the opportunity to try out temp work here at Griffith by applying for Unitemps! Unitemps is Griffith’s own internal temping recruitment agency.



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Online updates in the workplace

Online Updates have Extended Beyond the Internet and into the Workplace

By Alex Hargreaves

The explosive impact the internet has had on the traditional workforce is immeasurable and constantly changing.   The 9-5 daily grind will never quite be what it was pre 1990, when data entry tasks were manual and job aids remained stagnant and predictable.

Online updates in the work place

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