Are you a student who’s currently searching for a new job? Whether you’re a local or an international student, we have some tips to help you stand out from the crowd during your job search. If you're looking for advice on how to improve your current situation, then you’re in the right place. Here are our top tips on job hunting in Australia.
Put your best foot forward
This is tip number one and with good reason. Time and time again we see students that hold back and refrain from applying for opportunities because they think the jobs are out of their reach. By doing this, they limit themselves and then find themselves stuck, feeling defeated. We know it can be tough, but don't be shy! You’ve got to be your own best advocate, so be confident in your skills and experience and back yourself when applying for work. Your confidence will shine through on your CV and will show in your interview. If you need support, reach out to your resident assistant at your international student accommodation. They will be sure to help you and give you some great tips on how to present yourself and your application during your job hunt.
Get to know yourself, your skills, and your abilities
This is important for your job search as well. You need to know yourself and what you can bring to the table. Think about what skills employers look for when searching for new employees, for example, flexibility, organisational skills, a team player, a bubbly personality, communications skills and so on. Sit down with a friend from your student accommodation and highlight your key skills together.
Seek internship opportunities, or join a sports team to gain experience
Internships are a great way to gain work experience! If you’re looking for a job in your desired field but are finding it hard to get past the finish line, then an internship could be the perfect opportunity for you. An internship will give you valuable skills that will help add to your CV and make you stand out from the crowd when applying for work. Some internships may be unpaid; however, they can be an excellent way to get a foot in the door and gain experience. While some companies offer paid internship positions. Although they don't pay much, you'll pick up skills, knowledge and contacts that will be extremely useful later.
If there aren’t any internships offered for your desired industry, join a sports team to gain experience. This will show that you’re a dedicated team player and is a great way to make further connections that can be a reference for you.
Network and find out who to talk to, talk with friends and family
Networking within your industry is a great way to find out about job opportunities and gain an edge over your competition. Even networking and talking with fellow students, or those at our university accommodation is a great idea. This is how you will find out about job openings and hear about vacancies from people you know.
Reach out to a recruitment agency
If you’re ever finding it difficult to get your name out there, your local recruitment agency is a great place to start. Speak to your fellow village residents at your student housing in Australia. They may be able to help you find a helpful and student-friendly recruitment company. The recruiter that you’ll team up with will advocate for you and help you to secure a job that matches your skills and abilities. They will spend time getting to know you and will reach out to the desired company and help you secure a position that you are happy with.
If you haven’t got much experience, don’t be discouraged
Ultimately, if you don’t have much experience in the workplace, please don’t be discouraged. There have been a multitude of experiences throughout your life so far, that have led you to develop skills that equip you for the workforce. The right workplace will always be willing to train you and get you up to speed with how things are done there.
Good luck and happy job hunting! From the team at Campus Living Villages.
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