You want to find the right role for you. Here are some tips as you start your job-hunting.
- Think back to when you were deciding on a career. Has anything changed?
- Re-visit your career goals and what really interests you. Look at the self-assessment exercises to again focus your thoughts.
- Develop a portfolio of your experience and achievements. Include samples of your work if you have them.
- Research salaries using websites like SEEK. Industry associations or state industrial relations agencies can also help.
- Research the professions that you may be heading into using Graduate Careers Australia Career Profiles.
- Think about other considerations that might influence the type of jobs you will apply for including:
- your family and social commitments
- your long term career goals
- your ability and desire to travel or re-locate for work
- the working environment you prefer
- the work culture in which you are comfortable
- social considerations of the workplace
Completing a Bachelor degree can make you eligible to apply for positions through Graduate Programs. These are usually offered by Commonwealth and State Government as well as large private sector companies, and can be highly competitive and well-paid opportunities.
These programs generally run over a year, or two years, and provide you with training and professional development while being rotated through different areas and responsibilities of the organisation. You may be required to apply for a permanent position with the organisation towards the end of the graduate program year.
Find out more using the following sites and resources:
- GradConnection website
- Graduate Opportunities website
- Look at company or government department websites of interest for their recruitment procedures.
Vacancies can be advertised in the recruitment advertisement sections of national and local newspapers, trade journals and industry specific publications. It is also useful to search online.
The following are commonly used websites that include career profiles and advertised positions:
- Connect to USC's Student Hub to find local, national and international based jobs. Opportunities for casual work during study and exclusive career opportunities for USC graduates are listed here.
- JobSearch (Graduate Links)
- APSJOBS (Federal Government)
- Smart jobs and careers (Queensland Government)
- Jobs NSW (New South Wales Government)
- Careers Vic (Victorian Government)
- Northern Territory Government
- Jobs SA (South Australian Government)
- Jobs TAS (Tasmanian Government)
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council
- Queensland Local Government
The hidden job market
It is estimated that a large percentage of jobs are found within the hidden job market, rather than online or in newspapers. These employment opportunities are filled via networking and word of mouth.
Here are some ways that you can access graduate opportunities that might never be advertised:
- Use your contacts to explore opportunities and to gather more information.
- Continue to develop your skills and contacts. Join professional associations, attend meetings and conferences and undertake volunteer and work experience.
- Carry out informational interviewing. The basic objectives here are to find out more about careers and industries directly from the employer. It can assist you to network with potential employers. Our handout entitled 'Informational Interviewing' is available on Student Hub under the Resources tab.
- Canvass employers. Many employers are waiting for suitable candidates to approach them. Telephone employers to check if there are possibilities of work, then tailor your application.
- Pop into Student Central and ask a career advisor for more information and advice on accessing the hidden job market and presenting yourself, your qualifications and knowledge to a potential employer.
Find out as much information as you can about a company and the role to determine if it is the right fit for you. The information will also help you tailor your application should you choose to apply.
- Read the company's website, press kit, annual report, and other literature.
- Talk to people who have worked at the company or in the type of role advertised.
- Find out what its competitors and clients say about the company.
- Read any materials published in the media, including newspapers, trade publications, business indexes, and information on the internet.
- Look at opportunities for growth, training, progression and non-financial benefits that might be on offer.
- Think about how working in the role and for the company will impact your resume and future employment prospects.
- Remember the questions you asked yourself in preparation and as you were deciding on a career — ask yourself whether this job ticks the important boxes for you.