Presentation on theme: "Welcome: GK Career Panel and Networking. Golden Key Career Panel and Networking Clive May Anne Bowden Careers & Graduate."— Presentation transcript:
Welcome: GK Career Panel and Networking
Golden Key Career Panel and Networking Clive May Anne Bowden Careers & Graduate Employment
USC Careers Fair 2011 Practice your networking skills! Networking Event 2:30 - Upper Deck of C Building Network with prospective employers Ask what employers look for in their graduates Opportunities for internships or work experience Ask about work in a particular industry Create contacts and discover the ‘hidden job market’.
Graduate Opportunities: What are the employers looking for? Academic achievement Grades/ Performance Subjects studied Knowledge acquired Non academic achievement Placement/Internship Previous work history Work skills acquired Extra- curricular activities Clues to achievement and motivation Leadership qualities Teamwork skills Attitude Personal qualities Motivation Values Communication Commitment Teamwork ability
How are graduate employers assessing you? Can you do the job? Skills, qualifications, experience Will you do the job? Motivation, attitude, career goals Will you fit in? Culturally, values, attributes ApplicantCriteria 1 Criteria 2 Criteria 3 Total Applicant 1 Applicant 2 Applicant 3 3= meets1= partially 2= satisfies0= does not meet
Graduate Application Processes Examples: Each employer will have different expectations - read the instructions carefully: –Cover Sheet –Covering Letter –Resume –Selection Criteria –Work Samples, references –Referees
Research ‘The Hidden Job Market’ Draw up a list of organisations you would like to target for graduate employment Access employer websites and other online information e.g. Attend careers fairs, employer information sessions, professional association events to network with organisations Use Social Media to stay informed of opportunities
What skills do employers want from you? These include: Ability to recognise, accept and constantly seek opportunities for change = Professional Development Self Awareness and Self Reliance Organisational skills – teamwork, problem solving, communication, management Oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills Knowledge and understanding of different cultures and values
Prepare examples of your experience for each Key Skill Requirement Assist the selection panel by providing examples in a structured format: S.T.A.R The Situation/Task The Action you took The Result/outcome achieved
Making Applications Research the organisation and the position 10 second rule - information can be scanned at a glance Highlight your accomplishments, credentials and/or qualifications Never use one generic resume
Your all-purpose resume Personal Details Key Skills Secondary & Tertiary Education Employment History Professional Associations/ Licenses Interests & Hobbies/Achievements Referees
Writing a Cover Letter Clarify the job you are interested in and why clearly define your level of education Promote the skills you possess to fulfil the job requirement Identify how your skills will benefit the company and what strengths you will bring to the role Identify areas where you have excelled
Writing Selection Criteria Example criteria SC1 - Demonstrated highly developed conceptual and analytical skills. SC2 - Ability to provide high levels of customer service and establish and maintain effective client relationships. SC3 - Sound oral and written skills, so as to be able to prepare concise, relevant, accurate and timely correspondence, reports and practical recommendations.
STAR Method Example Selection Criteria –Demonstrated ability to develop tools and procedures that streamline work processes. STAR Response –Situation While completing my studies in Marketing through the University of the Sunshine Coast, I undertook work experience with the Centre for Multicultural and Community Development –Task My role was to coordinate the registrations and enquiries of delegates who were attending a conference –Action To effectively perform this task, I developed an excel spread sheet to track registration, including flags to ensure I remembered to update relevant information –Result This approach enabled me to effectively and efficiently track registrations and the time I saved by implementing this tool, meant I could spend more time liaising with prospective participants and attending to issues as they arose
Preparing for the Interview CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve landed the interview….. How do you prepare?
RESEARCH THE COMPANY AND THE WORK Understand the organisation/company: –Look at their website, publications, brochures! –What is their vision, mission, values? –What is their core service or product? –What are they about?
POSSIBLE INTERVIEW SCENARIOS Assessment Centres/Group Interviews may be a requirement –Presentations, testing, exercises and activities One on one interviews/Telephone interviews –May be informal or formalised Panel interviews –More formalised –Notes may be taken by the interviewers
The Interview – Arrival Be on time… to be late to an interview is rarely acceptable. Introduce yourself when you arrive at reception… you need to impress everyone and it starts with the receptionist. Dress appropriately… pay attention not only to your clothing, but to your hair colour/style, visible piercings and tattoos. Prior to the interview you may receive questions to consider. If you do, spend the time reviewing the questions and jot down some replies.
Types of Questions Behavioural Hypothetical or Scenario Job Knowledge Presentations Skills Tests Psychological Tests ?
Interview Conclusion – ask Questions! Have some questions prepared to ask the panel… Examples: What would you consider to be the priorities and challenges an employee would face in this position? What work or projects are the priority in the first six months? What level of input would I have in determining my objectives and deadlines? How do you measure an employee's performance and provide feedback? How does the company acknowledge outstanding employee performance? Thank the panel members for their time, confirm your referees with the panel and ensure your contact numbers are correct.
Final Tips… Body language is important so be aware of how you present yourself. Be sure to maintain eye contact and good posture. Avoid waffling … be clear, concise and to the point. Swearing is never acceptable … even if you are quoting someone else. Do not make disrespectful or discriminatory remarks… be professional and courteous with your answers at all times. Do not bring too much information.
REMEMBER: The Interviewer’s 3 issues… Fit (the culture and values of the organisation) Will do (the personality, passion interests, ambitions, motivation) Can do (the knowledge and skills)
Your Preparation - Research, Research, Research! For graduate employment opportunities, part-time work, work experience, volunteering and internships use Careerhub For further information on a variety of professions - go to For ‘Occupations’ information on job duties and skills - go to ‘The Facts’www.myfuture.edu.au For information on graduate opportunities see - and and Golden Key Career Opportunities information -
“OK CLIVE - STOP TALKING !” Clive May and Anne Bowden Careers & Graduate Employment Officers Ground Floor Building J Tel: