Our tips for getting the career you want with Brooke Morrison.

Job Hunting can be an onerous task. Made even worse by the fact that when you are looking for a job, your classmates are probably doing the same. So to try and make the process a little easier, my team and I have put together our five top tips for you.

Tip 1: Keep it clear – Define what you are looking for now.

At different times in your life, you’ll have different needs and expectations of employment and what you give to and receive from an employer. As a graduate, you are probably just desperate to get a job in a ‘good’ company – but it’s important for you to really define the full extent of what you want, so you can set yourself up for success.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What do you need from your role?
  • What can you offer potential employers? (Don’t forget to refer to these things in your cover letter, resume and interview!)
  • How do you work best – alone or in a team?
  • Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  • Do you crave lots of structure? Are you completely nebulous? Or somewhere in between?
  • Under what conditions do you perform best?

Extra hot tip: Look for clues about each role in the job ads. Do they talk about autonomy or collaboration? Working with different business units? How much support is the company/management prepared to offer and what type of support would it be? Try to find job ads that match the style in which you prefer to work rather than blindly applying for everything.

Tip 2: It’s a match! – It isn’t just about the role, it is also about the company.

Something that is often overlooked when graduates start the job application process is how the company will look on your resume five or ten years from now. What we mean by this is, have you thought about if the company aligns with your values? Do they provide a service or product that resonates with you? (Why? How?- don’t forget to mention this in your cover letter and interview).

Do you have any ethical or moral concerns about what they do or how they do business?

Do your research and try to ascertain if they can support your career aspirations. Can they ‘paint the runway’ for you? Don’t just assume that because it’s right for your friend, your parent or your university lecturer that it will be right for you!

Extra hot tip: Do you know anyone who could refer you into a company that you would love to be part of?  Check your networks!

Tip 3: Love at first sight – Create the perfect cover letter.

In my experience, graduates place a lot of emphasis on creating ‘the perfect’ resumé and ensuring it is factually correct and up-to-date. And whilst this is very important, something that often gets overlooked is the humble cover letter. Imagine having two minutes to impress someone and you blow it because you didn’t even mention the name of the company or anything about the job description.

When you are crafting your cover letter, ask yourself these questions – Does it reflect your skills as well as your personality? Does it reflect genuine interest in the role? Is it authentic?

Authenticity is something that is very important and a key factor that can set you apart from other applicants. When you read your cover letter back it should paint a very clear picture of who you are and what you want to achieve.

Also – Don’t forget to always customise your cover letters for each job you apply for. Yes, it takes a little extra time but your cover letter is your time to shine so don’t waste it by using a generic version.

Extra hot tip: Get someone who doesn’t know you that well (a classmate from university perhaps) to read over your cover letter and tell you what they learnt about you by reading it. See if they pick up on the key things you want to stand out for.

Tip 4: Make an impact – Ask awesome and considered questions.

Have you ever been in an interview and when the time comes for you to ask a question you stutter and say something like “When will I find out if I got the job?.”

Well don’t worry, we have all been there. The best way to stop this from happening is to be prepared. Research the company you are interviewing with beforehand and write down a couple of things that you want to know more about.

Extra hot tip: You don’t have to wait for the interview to ask a good question. If a recruiter puts their phone number on the job ad, contact them and use it as the time to make an impact and ask some insightful questions.

Tip 5: Get connected – Grow your network NOW.

We think we have left the best tip for last. Now, this may seem like an obvious one but if you aren’t taking up every opportunity to grow your network whilst you are at University, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Don’t just get a LinkedIn profile, actively use it. Connect with people at your University, your lecturers and tutors – even family friends that work in the industry you want to get into.

Keep an eye out for networking opportunities created by industry, a lot of them are free and you never know who you might meet!

Extra hot tip: Get business cards created with your full name, details and something about you printed on them. If you shop around you can get them printed quite cheaply and you never know when you might need one to connect yourself to your future boss. 

 

We are looking for people with spark, the initiative to improve the world without waiting for permission and a relentless drive to keep learning.

We offer exciting ways to make your mark and support your passion to continously learn.

Want an insider account of what it is like to work at DiUS? Read about Dominique’s first six months at DiUS. 

If you’d like more information about what it’s like to work here, give Brooke Morrison, our Talent Acquisition Manager a call on 03 9008 5400.

If you like what you see, email your resume and details of why you would like to work at DiUS to Brooke at careers@dius.com.au.

Check out our careers page for more information.

 

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