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How to get a great graduate position


Sunday, July 9, 2017

1. Where to from here?

Do you have an idea of what you’d like to specialise in? Be sure to let your recruiter know. We have relationships with many different employers and speak to them regularly – so we can keep an ear out for what you’re after and mention you to people we think would be interested in meeting you.

2. Keep it real with your resume

Keep your resume format clean and clear with a simple font. Make sure you have all of your contact details including email, mobile phone number, suburb, post code and state. Your language should be formal – a resume isn’t the place to be fun and playful, especially in a serious industry.

Have an education section outlining your secondary and tertiary education.

List any professional development you’ve done – this can include noteworthy coursework and courses outside your degree: first aid certificate, stress management courses.

List details of practical experience you’ve completed whilst at university, together with your employment history. If it’s not related to the role we don’t need much detail, but enough to show you have work experience.

Include two professional referees. They can be a course coordinator or practicum placement referee – just ensure they know you’re putting their details down, and call them again when you know they may being called.

You may also like to include hobbies and other languages you speak.

3. Check your social media profiles

Most employers will search online and find your social media profiles – be sure to change your privacy settings (keeping in mind they may have friends that know you) and delete any posts which are inappropriate.

4. Be ready for a Police Check

Some employers will want to do a Police Check before they hire you.

5. Bring your documents

Take a certified copy of your degree and your professional registration to every interview in case you’re asked for it. Also take along photo ID (your Drivers License if you’re Australian and Passport and documents that prove you’re able to work if you’re from overseas).

6. Choose a recruiter who knows your industry

Have a look at the expert recruiters in your industry – many of them are national and may not be based near you, but do have national contacts. Ask people in the industry which recruiters they recommend.

7. Keep track of your job applications

Keep a list of which jobs you’ve applied for (and organisations recruiters have presented you to). Being presented to an organisation twice will make a bad impression and waste the organisation’s time. Recruiters should tell you where they’re sending your resume so keep a list and if you are talking to multiple recruiters – be open and honest about where your resume has been sent. If a recruiter won’t give you that information, tell them you no longer want them to represent you and move on to another recruiter.

8. Practise for interviews

You’re most likely to be interviewed with a variation of ‘Behavioural Interview Technique’ – it’s worth doing some research online to ensure you’re prepared. Do a mock interview with a friend. 

9. Research for interviews

Make sure you’ve read the job description and researched the job and the organisation. Be ready for questions like: “What do you know about the role?” “What do you know about the organisation?” and “Why do you want to work here?”  Make sure you know the address and how you’ll get to the interview well in advance – do a dry run on public transport if you think you need to familiarise yourself. Ask your recruiter for the name of the people interviewing you and look them up on LinkedIn and Twitter so you understand their specialties.

10. Dress appropriately

Wear a suit to your interview – borrow one if you need to or local op-shops often have reasonable suits which come up well once dry-cleaned. Ensure you’re well-groomed.

11. Have questions ready

You’ll almost always get asked if you hav any questions and it’s a great way to show you’ve been thinking seriously about the role and taking an interest in the organisation. Now’s not the time to ask about salary or holiday or maternity leave. Focus on what training is available, what the potential long-term career paths may be for the role for this role, or something that’s positive and shows you’re interested. If the questions have been covered off in the interview mention that you had questions but they’ve been answered.

12. Tell them you’re interested

If you want the job, at the end of the interview shake hands, thank them for their time and say you’ve really enjoyed the conversation and think you could contribute positively if given the opportunity to work at their organisation.

13. Call your recruiter when you leave the interview

Your recruiter will be speaking with the employer soon after the interview so it’s a good idea to call them and tell them your thoughts so they can go into bat to get you the job armed with all the information they need.

14. Take your job search seriously

Until you have a job – job searching is your job. The more seriously you take your job search the more willing people will be to help you. There are a lot of graduates and as a recruitment agency we can’t work with all of them, we represent graduates who are serious about their job search. Many people we’ve worked with as graduates have come back to us multiple times as they progress through their careers. We’ve still got the notes from their first interviews.

15. Communicate

Once you have a job call any recruiters and other organisations who may be considering hiring you or representing you to tell them you’ve found a role.

Good luck!!