Spring Clean your Social Media Accounts
By Alex Hargreaves
Your enthusiasm to show your Facebook followers how drunk you got at a night club could be the reason why employers aren’t buying your enthusiasm to join their company at your job interview.
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Start your Part Time Job Search April 2016
by Alex Hargreaves
If you have never had a job before, you may find the thought of applying for your first part-time job completely overwhelming. With so many job search websites and career blogs out there, you may have no idea where to start or what you are looking for. This is a normal part of the job search process. Whether you are a confident person or not, searching for your first job can be very daunting. Fear not, there are some practical steps you can take before getting started which will help you to narrow down your search to make sure your options align with your end goal.
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How your Part-Time Job can Help you Win your Future Dream Job
By Alex Hargreaves
For those of you who have already been lucky enough to land a part-time job, congratulations! Having some spare cash to spend whilst you’re still studying is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. However, the long term advantages of having a part- time job at university extend far beyond having a healthy bank account. Whether you realize it or not, your part time job is equipping you with skills that will be beneficial to you for the rest of your working life.
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By Alex Hargreaves
Companies are recruiting now for their 2017 graduate intake
To all our final year students, it probably feels like you have lots of time left for your job hunt. While this may be true for some, for those wanting to land a job at Australia’s biggest companies (think the big 4 accounting firms, government departments and multi-brand conglomerates like Colgate and Nestle), you need to start preparing for the graduate recruitment process now.
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By Alex Hargreaves
Do you want to start building a network of contacts in your field? Do you want to stand out and linger in the minds of potential employers? The 2016 Gold Coast Careers Fair offers you the perfect opportunity! Employers from a range of industries will be available at the 2016 Gold Coast Careers Fair to discuss career prospects with Griffith students. It is highly important to come armed and prepared on the day, as the event has the potential to be a real game changer. On that note, here are some tips you may find useful to get the most out of your time at Griffith Careers Fair 2016.
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In today’s competitive employment market, it’s no surprise that job seekers need to ramp up their efforts to stand out from the crowd. It can be tough to land that dream job and a seemingly endless stream of rejection emails can be discouraging (to say the least). Luckily, there is so much you can do to nail the job search and achieve those #2016careergoals!
This year why not change the way you approach your career? In the age of digital disruption, workplaces are increasingly decentralised – and competition is fiercer than ever. In our parent’s or grandparent’s day, a job search may have consisted of sending out a standard resume and cover letter, landing an entry level job and working your way up the corporate ladder. However, the rise of the freelancing economy and other innovations means our career is a lifelong investment that may consist of multiple job changes and unique pathways. It’s time to get creative when thinking about your career, starting with these three tips…
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By Sarah Binney
It probably won’t come as a surprise to hear the job landscape is significantly different from what it was ten – or even five – years ago. Rapid technological change, innovation, automation, generational shifts in the workforce and the economic downturn are just a few factors shaping the ‘new economy’ where new skills and digital literacy are overtaking traditional education and knowledge as employer ‘must haves’.
As a young professional looking to land my dream job, my entire job search strategy has been shaped by the implications of this new economy, where tech skills reign supreme and ‘Internet Explorer’ competencies matter as little as yesterday’s newspaper. This is further amplified by my impending move to the ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made’, a city of intense competitiveness with an uncanny knack for soul destroying rejection. I’m guessing Alicia Keys and Jay Z have never had to contemplate taking on a job that pays as little as $10 an hour just to meet the demands of astronomical rent prices and an overwhelming penchant for gourmet bagels.
Whether in New York or Brisbane, one thing remains the same. Traditional career paths have been irreversibly shaken up and all students and graduates must now consider how to sell themselves to potential employers through knowing their skills, establishing their personal brand and becoming a valuable commodity in an age of decentralised workplaces and digital disruption.
Here are the 10 things you should do now to prepare for the #futureofwork
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In our previous post, we outlined the things you must consider when taking on unpaid work experience. But how do you go about sourcing your own internship? Luckily, we’ve rounded up our expert careers counsellors to give you their best thinking-outside-the-box tips so you can make the most of your Uni holidays and get some real life industry experience.
Margo Baas, Manager Careers and Employment Service
Know yourself and understand what your skills and passion can bring to an organisation before you reach out. The same concepts apply to finding a job, an internship, a volunteering role or even a partner in life! Knowing what you are looking for and what you can bring to the (working) relationship will dramatically increase your success rate in getting that informational interview secured, then talking to people who get you and finally securing that interview and the role.
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By Kylie Robinson
Major heartbreak, meeting and marrying the love of my life, completing a postgraduate qualification and making lifelong friends marks some defining moments of my Griffith University career. I start this blog post with descriptions of personal tragedies and exhilarating highs because career growth and life experience don’t happen separately – they occur simultaneously. After almost 10 years as a proud member of the Griffith clan, today marks my last day. My life is nearly unrecognisable to the naive, terrified 24 year old who started at the university, unsure and anxious about the step I was taking.
As I sit down to write this blog, I’m not really sure how to articulate my feelings. How do I explain what this place represents to me? The words came to my mind earlier but as I write now it’s not so easy to articulate my feelings about the place I know as my home away from home. Griffith is so much more than just my workplace; it’s where I’ve grown up.
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This month at Careers, we’re focusing on internships and work experience. As an official partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), Griffith students will have the unique opportunity to be part of the lead-up and staging of the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade. The GC2018 Games Interns program will allow you to take part in special internships with GOLDOC, the Games organising body, and be part of the largest sporting event the Gold Coast has ever seen. For more information, please see bit.ly/GC2018interns. We are advertising a range of fantastic work experience opportunities on CareerBoard, including at Brisbane City Council through their Tertiary Work Experience program.
These work experience opportunities have been advertised by the Careers and Employment team, but what happens if you want to source your own internship? How do you know which ones are the right opportunity for you and how do you ensure you know your rights?
Here are the five things to consider when applying for unpaid work experience.
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