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July 12th, 2016

creating an elevator pitch

If you were to find yourself bumping in with the CEO of your dream company, the first thing you can do is to give an engaging elevator pitch about yourself to introduce yourself. An elevator pitch is a short, prepared speech that would spark interest in yourself and are necessary when job hunting. The reason why it’s called an elevator pitch is because just like an elevator ride, it should not last longer than a minute, the shorter the better. The elevator pitch should be succinct, engaging, and memorable that should explain how you are unique and different from other graduates.

Creating your elevator pitch may take time to get it as compact and informative as you can without it sounding boring in a short amount of time. An elevator pitch should be compelling and engaging and it would take a few tries to get a perfect pitch that would sound natural. These are a few tips that could help in creating an engaging elevator pitch1,2:

  1. Identify Your Goal
  2. When making your pitch, start with the objective of your pitch. Consider what you want to gain from delivering your elevator pitch, whether it is your dream job, a new skill set, or experience. Your elevator pitch would depend on its objective and would steer the conversation to your goal. Words to consider would include exposure, roles, suggestions, opportunities, or insight.
  1. Explain What You Can Do
  2. The next thing to consider is to pick out the interesting facts about yourself. This would be the base of your elevator pitch as a potential employer to explain what you can deliver to the company. This can include your professional accomplishments, your skill set, and even your major and what you have done during your studies that could be transferred as skills.
    While delivering your elevator pitch, you also have to show your confidence. This is the time where you can explain your strengths. Being able to identify yourself and what you are best at can help the employer understand you more clearly. 
  1. Engage With a Question
  2. To keep your elevator pitch from fading, you need to engage your audience. Have questions to ask that would require an open answer to engage the pitch into a conversation. Also make sure that you’re able to answer any questions that are thrown at you. 

After you’ve planned out your elevator pitch and edited it enough for it to sound as interesting as possible, you put it all together. In order for you to know if it’s enough or if it still needs to be modified, these are a few questions that you can consider and ask yourself3:

  1. Did you hook them?
  2. Your elevator pitch should start with a hook that would capture the attention of your audience. This way you are able to deliver the rest of your pitch knowing that they are listening. A hook can start with a question or a statement which would draw out into your elevator pitch.
  1. How clear were you?
  2. Within the short amount of time you have to deliver your pitch, you have to make sure that you use simple language that is clear and concise for the audience. This is to make sure that your audience understands and you are able to make use of the words in the time limit. 
  1. Is it memorable?
  2. Remind yourself that employers may have heard countless elevator pitches and so this is your opportunity to try and be different from the others and make an effort to be memorable. For a pitch to be memorable, it has to stand out from the rest. 
  1. Any call to action?
  2. End your pitch with a call to action. Leave your audience wanting more and one way to encourage them is to contact you. You can prepare a business card to bring along with you to give after delivering your pitch or book a meeting if possible.

Practice your pitch as much as you can with a timer to watch how long it takes. An elevator pitch has to be short and compelling in order to keep your audience focused on what you have to say. It is also important to make sure your elevator pitch sounds conversational to make it flow. While practicing, also be aware of your body language. The wrong kind of body language could throw your audience off so be aware as body language is just as important as your oral speech.

Creating an elevator pitch would help you through your career life, whether it be working with potential clients, customers, employers and more. With this, make sure to tailor your elevator pitch to suit your audience in the future. 

1 Crafting an Elevator Pitch,
2 Brown, L. A quick guide to writing your elevator pitch (with examples!)
3 How To Create Your Memorable Elevator Pitch [4 Simple Rules]

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Job Interview Tips: How To Dress

Posted by Devina Tarin

July 11th, 2016

dressing for a job interview

It is important to remember that the way you dress to a job interview plays an important role in first impressions with your employer and interviewer. What you wear and how you present yourself during an interview can be just as important as what you have written in your resume. Although there are many other factors that would be judged upon for your interview e.g. interpersonal skills, articulation, body language, responses, etc. the way you dress is also a supporting factor in making your first impression.

Dressing appropriately would not only reflect how you are as a person, but it also compliments the interviewer. Whether the job that you applied for is formal or casual, it is recommended to wear more formally for the interview unless you are told otherwise. This way, it shows and gives respect towards the people that you will meet during your job interview.

Dress Accordingly

One thing that you should do is a little background check on the industry and company culture you’re applying for to know what is appropriate dress wear. This would help in order for you not to underdress or overdress yourself for the interview. These are a few pointers in how to dress for certain industries1:

  1. Technology
  2. Applying for a job in a technical position would not require you to wear a full suit. Something smart and semi-casual would be accepted in this industry.
  1. Finance
  2. Dressing neatly and in full business attire would be expected for an interview in finance.
  1. Government
  2. An interview for a government job would require you to reserve yourself from anything flashy. Dress professionally and choose an attire that could show that you are responsible and trustworthy. For women, it is important to be conservative with jewellery, makeup and have a simple hairstyle.
  1. Human Resources
  2. An HR job would require you to dress professionally that would show authority. An outfit that could reflect that you are responsible and dependable.
  1. Sales
  2. The typical attire for a sales interview would be a suit, however you may be able to play more with designs and colours but stay sharp. The product or service that you’ll be representing could also influence and determine the typical dress attire for the job.
  1. Automotive
  2. An automotive job is one of the more casual jobs in which a suit would not be required. However, make the effort to dress neatly and if you’re being interviewed for a higher level position, dress up more.
  1. Hospitality
  2. In the hospitality industry, it is important to make a great first impression as your image in this industry is considered critical. For some positions, a suit would be the most appropriate, however it is not required.
  1. Trades
  2. The appropriate attire for a trades job interview would be to stay business casual. Wear an outfit that would look neat and sharp.

Common Attire Tip

The most common advice in dressing for a job interview is to dress smart and appropriately. There is a guideline for both men and women on interview attire that may help you decide if you are still unsure2:

  1. Suit
  2. A safe choice would be to wear a simple suit. A suit would be accepted at almost any job interview unless the work environment is more casual. If the job doesn’t require you to wear a suit, wearing something less formal but still business appropriate would be appropriate.
  1. Conservative Colours / Patterns
  2. Colours that would be appropriate would include navy, dark grey, and black. There are also other colours that are accepted, however avoid colours that are too bright or extreme. Another thing to avoid would be loud patterns and prints.
  1. Conservative Jewellery / Accessories
  2. Avoid using too much jewellery that could divert attention. Wear something simple and keep it to a minimum. If the industry is more casual, there will be more flexibility on what you can wear.

What Not To Wear

These are a few dress code tips that you should definitely avoid before going to an interview. Before your interview, be sure that you have checked these dress codes and avoided them3.

  1. Ill-Fitting Clothes
  2. Avoid wearing clothes that no longer fit you. Wear something that would suit you and fit your body instead of something that it too tight, too loose, or too short. Not only will it be uncomfortable, it will also show that it is uncomfortable and become a distraction. 
  1. Overly Casual Clothes
  2. If the job you applied for has a laid-back work environment, there is still a limit in how casual your clothes should be. There is also the tip to dress one level up for an interview to show that you are serious and can be responsible before wearing something more casual for the actual job.
  1. Anything Distracting
  2. Avoid wearing something that is too extreme and distracting such as bright colours, heavy makeup etc. It would not only be in the way of your interview, but it could also make a bad first impression. Remember that the focus of the job interview is the interview itself and not the clothes you wear. 
  1. Excessive Accessories
  2. Avoid wearing too much accessories or jewellery that are too flashy, big or make noises. Accessories can also be considered a distraction. 
  1. Ignoring Suggestions
  2. It’s always a good idea to ask the dress code and what is expected of you for the job interview. However, if you wear something that is different than what was suggested, it shows that you aren’t serious and also leaves a bad impression that could cost you the position.

Sometimes what is appropriate for some industries may not be appropriate for others and would leave different impressions depending on what you decide to wear. If you are still unsure, do not be afraid to ask before the interview just in case. You only have one chance to give a first impression, and it would be unfortunate if you made a bad impression due to missing the dress code for a job interview. 

1 Vogt, P. Dressing for the Interview by Industry,
2 Virgina Tech, Interview appearance and attire,
3 Conlan, C. The 6 Worst Things to Wear to a Job Interview,

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July 7th, 2016


It’s almost as challenging as completing your degree; attaining a full time graduate position in your field of expertise. It’s a competitive marketplace. Graduate Careers Australia, a regulatory body assigned with collating data on post university employment trends, denotes that out of roughly 105,000 graduates in 2015, just under 70,000 secured a full time, industry to tertiary related position upon graduating. A figure which leaves a whopping number of skilled and tertiary accredited young professionals searching for that entry level role to begin their executive journey. The numbers gap between employed graduates and those who aren’t successful highlights just how difficult landing a dream job can be. So, for budding university leavers looking to land their first job, what are employers looking for in a CV?

Is it your GPA or professional experience that makes you more employable when departing the sandstone steps of your alma mater?

The Answer?

Unfortunately, as you might have guessed, there’s no straight yes or no answer. A lot of reasoning behind employer decisions regarding graduate applicants is dependent on the field itself: industry status, the employer and the project/position they’re hiring for. Some industries for example, such as Law and Accounting, have quotas graduates must meet in order to be eligible for a position straight out of uni. The big 4 accounting firms and big 6 law firms have a minimum GPA grade requirement that must be passed first in order to attain an interview. It makes sense for huge corporate conglomerates like this to have entry requirements. Given their huge size and the wealth of the marketplace they boast, they’re looking for recent graduates who will complement their business values and offer the best return for their salary. From there, a display of a strong work ethic paired with proven competence helps pave pathways for career growth. Because universities are pumping out so many more graduates than ever before, firms like these can easily afford to be picky.

It’s important to remember that big companies and industries like the ones mentioned, have fully fledged, developed and detailed graduate programs. Other industries like banking and engineering also offer extensive pathways for tertiary leavers. Graduate positions come with challenges. They’re fiercely competitive and have strict applicant guidelines that must be adhered to.

So, for those not pursuing a conventional career path, or rather, aren’t studying or looking for a position in the aforementioned fields, what should you value more in pursuit of a career?

To get an idea, take a look at Google’s HR approach. The search engine giant stated earlier this year that they believe high grade point averages to be a poor indicator of career success and not necessarily relevant to a graduate's full potential. However, a high GPA is still a great thing to have. At the end of the day, doing well in university highlights your ability to conduct thorough research, critically analyse information, be disciplined, work hard and achieve exceptional results. All things that are impressive in the eyes of employers when hiring a new staff member. Ben Reeves, head of the Australian Association of Graduate Employees, (AAGE), points out that employers want graduates who are work-ready and can grow in whatever role they are given. Marks are an important early indicator, but they aren’t the be all and end all.

Assessments given in university differ vastly from the day to day responsibilities and challenges experienced in a full time specialised position. Reeves further highlights that while employers want smart and work ready employees, academic aptitude is a poor indicator by itself of whether a graduate will be a good fit for an organisation.

Furthermore, a lot of businesses and firms don’t have the cash flow boasted by big corporate giants. They have limited budgets for training and development. Hiring someone who, while having a relative degree in the industry, lacks role specific skills and experience can mean it costs an employer money and productivity since they have to allocate considerable time to train and develop the new employee. The fact that they would rather hire someone with a few years experience right off the bat makes sense. Having experience sets a person apart from the sea of other graduates out there, which is important when competition is so fierce.

Experience is more valuable to the majority of employers, who are looking to stay within budget and optimise productivity. Hence why work experience is so important. A solid balance of both a decent GPA and suitable professional experience will get you through the front door better than either factor on its own. In the current climate, the majority of employers will prefer to interview experience over your GPA. This also includes experience in extra curricular working spaces related to university degrees.

Try and standout where it matters. A motivation to do or develop something on your own, or run a program or chair a board somewhat related to university is an incredibly helpful factor when companies are collating graduate candidates. Sarah Harper, head of global graduate recruitment at Goldman Sachs, states that they seek out university candidates who sport internship experience and extra curricular accolades, both of which suggest a motivated and ‘can do’ attitude.

How To Stand Out

Leading recruitment agent Michael Page points out that having an X-factor appeal to your CV is what really gets the attention of employers - a balance of both role/industry specific experience and tertiary qualifications boasting a mid to high GPA. Attaining an internship and/or work experience from the commencement of your degree is a great start. Even if you’re halfway through your studies, it’s never too late to begin sourcing relevant experience.

While trends show that employers favour professional experience or proven role specific skills, this doesn’t mean your university course doesn’t matter. Not at all. In fact, efficient management of both a professional work placement and maintaining a mid to high GPA is a perfect strategy to help build your CV ‘X’ factor. Plus, what’s not to love about having extra knowledge, discipline, proven analytical and research skills and a hard working attitude?

When thinking about your career path, the best thing to do is try and put yourself in a position where you can attain as much relative experience both theoretically and practically. Equipping your CV with employer relevant details will put you in the box seat after receiving that piece of paper and handshake from the vice chancellor. The evidence show that experience is particularly important, but academia is very far from being a non issue. Working hard and seizing opportunities are notions that have transcended industry trends as long as there have been universities and graduates.

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June 29th, 2016

assessment centre

Employee candidates that are in graduate-level are usually put through an assessment centre (AC) as the final stage of their interview process for a graduate job. This process goes for an extended period of time and candidates are usually put into small groups in which they are given interviews, tasks and assessment exercises to be evaluated and assessed by recruiters. The AC can last for almost the whole day, many for 24 hours and some even up to three days.

With the amount of candidates that are in the AC, you have to know how to stand out to the recruiters and be able to see your potential as a candidate. Assessment centres are used to evaluate the performance of candidates in situations whether it be individual or group situations that are based off real work scenarios. Assessment centres take a lot of time and space to organise and so candidates that are chosen are those that are most likely to be hired.

The assessments given vary based on the job and are developed by employers and tailored for the specific job that could fulfil the needs of the recruiters. Regardless of the employers, these assessments will include tasks and tests that make up of a selection of both individual and group assessments.

Typical Interviews, Tasks and Assessments1

There are a few typical interviews and tasks that you may be able to expect when participating in an AC.

  1. Typical interviews
    1. Competency interview
    2. The questions asked during this interview style is to evaluate a candidate’s key attributes. They would usually require candidates to demonstrate their skills or competencies that the employer is looking for by using situational examples. This kind of interview would allow interviewers get to know the candidate’s personality, skills and competencies.
    3. Partner interview
    4. Partners are senior members and the purpose of this interview is to see if your personality would fit and is suitable for the company or industry that you are joining. This kind of interview is in a form of a conversation in which questions about why you want to join, what you hope to achieve, and what you can bring to the plate would be asked.
    5. Technical interview
    6. This interview would have questions that are specific to the job that you applied for, brain teaser questions, and/or numerical reasoning questions. This kind of interview is used to assess candidates that applied for technical or specialist graduate job positions such as IT, Engineering and Science.
    7. Panel interview
    8. This interview is just like a regular interview, however, rather than being interviewed by one, you may be facing three to five people. The people joining the panel can include members from various department and candidates will be through a brief explanation on the structure of the interview. This interview also depends on the type of role you applied for and is used to assess your ability in answering questions, interacting with individuals, communication techniques and how you maintain and build a connection with the panel members. These interviews are frequently used for jobs in educational institutions, non-profit organisations, government organisations and partner agencies.
  1. Typical individual assessments
    1. Aptitude tests (verbal reasoning, diagrammatic reasoning and/or numerical reasoning)
    2. Personality tests
    3. Case study
    4. Presentation
    5. E-tray exercise
    6. In-tray exercise
    7. Written exercise
    8. Professional conduct questions 
  1. Typical group assessments
    1. Case study
    2. Group exercise
    3. Role play

These exercises and how you perform in them are then assessed based on a checklist of key abilities and attributes that are necessary for the job and may include competencies such as:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Decision making
  3. Interpersonal skills and teamwork
  4. Leadership
  5. Numeracy
  6. Organisation and time management
  7. Verbal and written communication

How to Stand Out2

Before going to an AC, make sure you have had time to prepare yourself. Being unprepared can lose you the position, however if you were prepared, assessors will be able to sense your confidence and also help you relax.

  1. Do Research
  2. Make sure you have done research before an interview assessment. A candidate should be able to know information about the employer and the role you applied for. There is essential research that should be done before going into an AC interview including:
    1. Their purpose, strategy and value
    2. Key challenges and priorities
    3. Trends and their competitors
    4. Your role completely including tasks and activities
  1. Prepare Responses
  2. Prepare answers that could be useful for you during an interview including the ‘standard’ answers for questions employers ask. These questions may include about your experience, your skills etc. Other than preparing responses, also practice them on your own to help build your confidence.
  1. Review your CV
  2. Look through and review your CV. If you’re asked about your CV, this will help you refresh your memory and be able to talk about it without any problems.
  1. Know the Outline
  2. When you turn up to an AC, make sure that you have looked at the types of activities and tasks that you’ll be expected to be doing. If you are not given the outline of the assessment centre, be sure to ask.

Other than the essential preparation, there are also tips and tricks that could help you along the way with the various tasks during the AC.

  1. Interviews
  2. Anticipate the questions and prepare answers for your interview. There are a few questions that you can focus on including the generic questions, questions about the industry or organisation, and also questions about your role.
    When preparing for answers be sure to describe the situation you were confronted in, the action you too that demonstrates your skills and also what you achieved from the situation. Although you can never anticipate the questions asked in an interview, make sure that your answers are what you want the employer to know.
  1. Presentations
  2. If an AC requires a presentation, candidate are either asked to prepare beforehand or on the day. The presentation would most likely require you to make a solution to a problem or situation. A tip on how to make a presentation is similar to preparing for an interview:
    1. Introduction – introduce yourself and the topic
    2. Content – cover the contents and key points of your presentation
    3. Situation/problem – describe the situation that you were given
    4. Proposal – Propose your solutions (3)
    5. Solutions – describe each of your solutions, how they will be implemented, and the results that will be achieved through the solution
    6. Conclusion – summarise your presentation and give a conclusion
    7. Questions – end your presentation with a Q&A
  1. Group Assessment
  2. The other candidates you will be with should not be considered as direct competition as assessors will be evaluating you on how you can work in a team, communicate with others and show leadership skills. You are usually given a problem to solve as a group in these exercises. Throughout these group activities, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
    1. Be assertive, not dominant
    2. Stay focused
    3. Be supportive
    4. Be original

At an assessment centre, it is also important to stay professional as you will be evaluated and are expected to behave and wear appropriate attire throughout the time there. During the time at the assessment centre, the first way you can make a good impression is to arrive on time and also make sure your phone is silent to avoid disruptions during assessments and interviews.

Another way to create good impressions are during the breaks. Take your time and opportunity to start a conversation with other candidates, staff members, and even your assessors. This is the time you can introduce yourself and even strike a conversation about the company and industry. Other than trying to stand out during the assessments, also find ways to stand out during breaks.

1 WikiJob, Assessment Centre: Tips and Preparation Advice, 2016.
2 Cross, R. Assessment Centres: How to Shine, 2010. 

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June 21st, 2016

china event

Working with employers in China on their Returnee (In China employers refer to Chinese Students who have studied overseas as ‘Returnees’) strategies continues to be a hot topic. In Partnership with 51 Jobs who are the largest jobs and employment site in China we organized an event for both of our employer clients in China on Returnees.

Our goal through our International Student Jobs portal GradConnection Campus, is to help International Students studying at Western Institutions increase their employability outcomes. GradConnection Campus allows International Students studying at Universities in Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Canada and New Zealand to connect with employers in their home countries and help ensure they have employment options for a smooth transition back home after their studies. Although China is only one country where International Students come from Chinese students make up over 25% of all international students. Out of a total pool of over 1.7 million international students from the 5 destinations mentioned above 500,000 of these students are from China.

Through having a unique perspective of operating with employers in Western Countries and in China, we do see common misconceptions around what Universities within Western Institutions consider appropriate for the employability of Chinese students back home. Taking this into consideration we have identified what needs to be done to achieve the desired outcome for both parties of increasing the employability of Returnee students.

Our Western Universities Returnee Strategy event on June 17th 2016 in Shanghai allowed us to open up this conversation with the top employers of Returnee Students in China and bring these findings to Western Institutions all over the world. Our research in this space is ongoing, if you would like to know more please register for our event below or contact us at [email protected].

Returnee Event 2016 –

china event

Opening by Mr. He, the Deputy Head of Campus at 51 Jobs. Mr. He thanked the audience for participating and discussed the exciting opportunities ahead for employers in looking to recruit in the Returnee market.

china event

china event

Followed by GradConnection Director Tony Ye who spoke on GradConnection Campus and what we do with Universities and Employers around the world.

china event

china event

GradConnection Director David Jenkins presented on key numbers around where the Returnees are studying and what they’re studying in the United Kingdom, USA and Australia.

china event

china event

Paul Blackmore, the Divisional Head for Student Employability was the keynote speaker. Paul discussed –

Meeting the needs of a global labour market – a University perspective

  • Career development models adopted by Western Universities (common practice between career practitioner communities like AGCAS, NACE, NAGCAS, CACEE) – the importance of early career planning before and as soon as a student arrives.
  • Aspects of western education that make returnee students extremely employable.
  • The importance of extra-curricular engagement by students and what employers might want to look out for.
  • How Universities aim to develop support services further – pre-departure advice, peer-to-peer support, more strategic links with partners (commercial and HEIs) in china and around the world.

Event Conclusion and how Universities can be involved in the future

The 2016 Returnee Shanghai event was a great success with local employers. Over 80 individual Chinese Employers attended, of these employers they are responsible for over 1,000 potential roles for Returnees. However, it’s critical that Universities understand the needs of these employers if they are to have success in helping their international students become more employable when they return back home.

In June 2017 we’re aiming to open up this conversation further between Universities and Employers not only in China but throughout Asia. If yourself or your University is interested in attending, you can join our 2017 Returnee Conference mailing list by completing the registration of interest form below:

Register your Interest in our Shanghai Returnee Conference 2017.

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June 15th, 2016

becoming a master networker

Getting a job is not only about what you know and what you’ve learnt but it is also about who you know, and if you are able to connect with the right people, it will be able to take you to the right places. Although rather intimidating, creating your own network and being able to build it is an essential task for your future employment as it will be useful in terms of setting up your future jobs, business deals and partnerships.

Through your life, there will be plenty of opportunities to build professional and successful relationships. Having those kinds of connections with the right people will help you move up in your career, however it isn’t as easy as it looks. In fact, building your network can be overwhelming and very intimidating, especially with people that hold importance such as top executives or industry leaders.

Having a network helps you in various fields whether it be professionally or not. You never know when you need help with connecting with others and to be connected with someone who already has connections could help you in the long run. Starting a network doesn’t necessarily mean making new relationships, and you can also start before you need it. Your network can even start with your current contacts, whether it be friends and family, they can also help you with your career and get connected with their own connections.

Networking is important to develop throughout your career and there are a few tips that could help you with how to be a networker and developing the skills and confidence needed to be able to approach people and create relationships. These are simple tips on the best way to network which including:

  1. Get involved
  2. To network means to go out to events and reach out to people. Make conversation, engage and involve yourself with others. This is where your social side comes out and you learn about yourself as much as you learn about others. Sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone to be able to create new relationships with others.
  1. Have a goal
  2. When building your network, make sure you have a goal before initiating any kind of interaction. Whether it be with a network contact you already have or you’re about to go to a networking event to make connections, knowing what you want out of the interaction would allow you to set the path, lead the interaction, and also have clear communication on what you’re trying to achieve through the interaction.
  1. Be prepared
  2. Being properly prepared would prevent you from giving a poor performance. Before going to a networking event, find topics that could carry a conversation and break the ice. These topics would most likely revolve around your knowledge in what you already know and what you have researched so others can see you have been well prepared.
  1. Focus on a high impact conversation
  2. Focus on the main points of what you want to get through to be able to give an impactful conversation. By developing a quick 60-second elevator pitch to introduce yourself and communicate what you are looking for, it will be enough to grab their attention that is short and succinct. With the short time, you can ask for further contact for the future to let the other know that you are interested. However, as it is a conversation, make sure to ask questions and most importantly listen to what the other has to say. Also remember that networking is a mutually beneficial relationship so don’t get stuck on one person for too long and move on for further contacts.
  1. Create a schedule
  2. To make it effective, networking should be down periodically. Networkers create a schedule in which they’ll devote their time to networking. This way, you can stay organised while also building your connections. This tip can also link to the first tip in which you create a schedule to attend networking events and set a goal on what you want to achieve from your schedule.
  1. Stay positive
  2. Networking can be tiring, especially if you don’t enjoy it. However, the best networkers are passionate about what they do. If you show your enthusiasm and you’re passionate about your field, people would want to hear and engage with you. It can be intimidating talking to employers and those who have a high status, however showing a positive and passionate personality will help you connect and give interest.
  1. Be organised
  2. You are bound to come across a lot of people in a short amount of time during networking events and this could lead to having too much information on your hands. Be organised and keep a list to help you notes down the crucial information of your contact. This could include contact information, who they represent, and their expertise.
  1. Be brave and open
  2. Although networking can be intimidating, you need to be able to be brave and approach others. While you’re engaging in conversation, your speech will also indicate whether you have the confidence or not to interact with people. If you show that you are brave enough, people will embrace it and the conversation will flow easier.
  1. Offer value
  2. Instead of thinking of what you can gain from the potential connection, first think about how you can add value to it. Being able to give value and offer yourself in the relation will be able to build the quality of that relationship. Adding value to your connections will not only show your respect and appreciation, but if it works mutual, the relationship can expose you to numerous opportunities.
  1. Network everywhere
  2. There are no limitations to your network. Creating a network is to expand your connections and that means to have diversity. Don’t just engage with people that are at your level but to people that are of above or below to you as you can be exposed to their own networks too.

Networking is not only about going to events and meeting new people, but it’s about building connections that are meaningful and could help you develop and influence you to grow in your career. What matters is the people that you engage yourself with and although a network is there for you to benefit from, you also have to offer yourself to help your contacts. Make sure that the people you do network with are people that you trust that could lead to you having a valuable relationship.

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Feloni, R. & Lee, S. 2015, How anyone can become a master networker,

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June 6th, 2016


GradConnection would like to give a big welcome to its newest member Daniel Headford!

Daniel started his career as a graduate at BT Financial Group working within Superannuation. After a year and a half, he moved to Westpac Private Bank as an Associate.

The move to GradConnection was prompted by the current market shift towards smaller, more agile companies. Daniel had known about GradConnection for several years as he used it all the way through his university career to look for opportunities whilst still studying and beyond. 

When asked why he joined the team he said: ‘When presented with the chance to work for such dynamic and innovative company I couldn’t say no!’

Daniel will be working as a National Account Manager at GradConnection in Australia. We’re very excited to welcome him to the team and you will be able to catch up with him in person in the near future at industry events.

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June 2nd, 2016

In February 2017, we will hold our third annual Top100 Most Popular Graduate Employer Awards. With these awards comes our third instalment in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) the most widely distributed and read business publication in Australia. 

Over the past two years we have seen the publication of the award results grow from an 8-page spread in 2015 to a 12-page section in 2016. So it’s with a whole lot of excitement that we can now announce that in 2017 the GradConnection Top100 Most Popular Graduate Employer Award results will be published in its own glossy magazine in the AFR! 

In this magazine we will of course be publishing the Top100 list as well as a series of graduate industry pieces curated by the team at Fairfax. There will also be an opportunity for you as an employer to advertise both your organisation or your graduate program in this publication with exposure options ranging from a quarter page advertisement all the way through to a double page advertorial. 

If you are interested to find out more about the awards or how you can be involved in the publication of the GradConnection Top100 magazine in the AFR in 2017 please contact your Account Manager below.

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Early Bird Booking Form

Posted by Reshan Perera

May 31st, 2016

There’s only one month to go before our early bird discount expires. If you haven’t heard yet our early bird special offers a 10% discount to anyone who is looking to book in their packages before the end of the financial year. All we require is confirmation of your booking and we are happy to issue with an invoice whenever is best suited to you. 

To make the process easier, you can now complete the whole booking online with our early bird booking form. Click the following link to use our early bird booking form

Using this form, you will be able to book in everything from your profile package, boosters, front page options and even custom email bundles. 

The early bird discount officially ends on June 30, 2016 so make sure you get in quick! 

If you require the reporting from your last campaign before you make your next booking, please make contact with your Account Manager and they will be able to send you all the relevant reporting.

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How To Make Your Job Application Stand Out

Posted by Dan P , Matter Solutions (Australia), SEO Specialist

May 5th, 2016

How To Make Your Job Application Stand Out

Getting a job sounds like an easy proposition, doesn’t it? After all, everyone else seems to have one, so how hard can it be? Unfortunately, getting a job that you enjoy, that pays well and that offers you something more than 40 hours a week of drudgery isn’t that easy. There are huge numbers of people out there looking for exactly the same thing. When the right job pops up, you have to be aware that you’re not going to be the only person clamouring after it. With so much competition, you need a strategy to make the employer sit up and take a closer look at your CV over the next person’s. We’re going to take a look at some ways you can give yourself a leg up in the job hunt from our own experience.

Don’t Stand Out the Wrong Way

A person standing naked in a public fountain whistling Greensleeves will certainly stand out, but they’re still going to end up arrested for indecent exposure. In the same way, a CV that stands out from its fellows in the wrong way is still going to end up in the paper shredder. You have to work out a way to capture attention without ruffling feathers.

One piece of questionable advice that has been floating around lately is that you should leave out your cover letter when applying. Advocates of this strategy claim that employers never read the cover letter anyway and you’d be better served by making a direct phone call to introduce yourself instead. Let’s take a look at this.

Now, depending on the company a direct call to the employer could indeed be a good idea, but leaving off the cover letter when submitting your application makes no sense even so. Firstly, even if the employer doesn’t read it, having it shows that you have at least taken the time to find out something about the company and personalise your application in some way. Leaving it out and simply submitting your generic CV immediately shows the recruiter that you couldn’t be bothered doing ten minutes legwork to individualise your application for the position. That’s not a good look right off the bat, and many employers out there will just throw your CV in the bin without purusing it further. Sure, you got noticed, but it was for the wrong reasons and got you the wrong result.

Many job seekers think the best way to stand out is to make their CV “fun”. Images, colours, jokes, puns and funny fonts are all popular choices, and all of them are bad ideas. Just don’t do it please!

Okay, maybe that’s harsh, but generally, unless their is a specific reason why the organisation you’re interested in would like that sort of thing, trying to stand out through superfluous aesthetic choices isn’t going to work.

Understand Your Application

So far it seems like we’ve only told you what not to do. But what about things that you should do?

The best way to make yourself stand out is to be the applicant who is most familiar and most invested in the company before you’ve even been in for an interview. That doesn’t just mean taking a squizz at some Linkedin profiles or googling the company goals, it means going beyond that. Keep on top of what the company is doing and what it’s involved in - events it hosts etc. If at all possible, become involved on a volunteer level so that you can show a prior involvement with the organisation if and when an interview does eventuate.

Sounds like a lot of work right? Unfortunately, with so many graduates out there the job market is as competitive as it’s ever been. Obviously you can’t go to such lengths with every single company you apply to, but for the jobs that really pique your interest and that you most want to have a chance with, it’s a very good strategy to employ.

Make Your Online Presence Meaningful

If you’re a normal, 21st century human being then you’ve probably got an online presence. We’re talking Facebook, Instagram, whatever. If it’s online and has your name attached to it then it has the potential to affect your job prospects.

Make sure that at the very least your online presence isn’t going to be harmful to your chances of landing a job. If your personal Facebook isn’t exactly boss friendly then make sure it’s set to private so they can’t see exactly what sort of photos from the weekend you were tagged in. More than one person has lost their job to a wayward Facebook post over the years.

Your CV

Writing the perfect CV is harder than it sounds. You don’t want to sound cliched and boring, yet you also can’t go too far the other way and risk getting ignored for looking unprofessional. With such stringent guidelines governing what is and isn’t okay for a CV, how can you make yours stand out?

It’s a subtle art, but the thing you want to focus on is content over design. Try and blow the recruiter way with what’s written in your resume rather than with what it looks like and you’ll probably have much more success. Without becoming too informal or unprofessional, do your best to inject a little personality into your resume, and particularly into your cover letter. Consider how many others the recruiter is going to have to read through, and do your best to make yours an enjoyable experience for them. Or at the very least, as painless as possible. In your resume, focus on your achievements rather than simply stating your work experience - talk up what you learnt and what you achieved while you were working at Wendy’s from 2010-2014, even if it isn’t much.

The most important thing you should keep in mind when applying for a job that you’re passionate about is how you can make yourself more attractive to the employer. Whether this be by getting involved with the company beforehand, by making any possible online connections you can or simply by writing your resume better than the competition - making yourself stand out in the right way is always a good idea.

This article was brought to you by Uni-Span, a scaffolding, formwork and engineering solutions. They have compiled these tips from 100’s of job applications they have received in the past. The work they do involves engineering scaffolding and formwork solutions for a variety of projects around Australia.

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