5 Ways To Make the Best Impression on Employers This Peak Graduate Recruitment Season

Posted by Belinda Luby

5 Ways To Make the Best Impression on Employers This Peak Graduate Recruitment Season

You may have noticed a flood of "programs opening today" emails in your inbox lately as March marks the beginning of peak graduate recruitment season. What does this mean for you? That it's time to do everything you can to make the best impression on employers. Here's how:

1. Update your alerts

We don't believe in spamming - just providing you with the information on programs you want to hear about. When the programs open, when you can talk to graduate recruiters directly, and when programs are closing. Make sure these are up-to-date so we can keep you up to date with exactly whats going on in the industry (or industries) you want to know about! Update here.

2. Talk to graduate recruiters directly, on our forums

If you are signed up to alerts to the employer or industry you want to hear about, you will receive an email when the forums start, with a direct link so you can start asking questions right away. 

There are stacks of employers listed as this years GradConnection list of employers is huge! Keep in mind that the average successful candidate will apply to 8 employers - so start asking questions, and start applying - here's this seasons forum timetable.

3. Update your resume

This might seem obvious, but we have been in the same position ourselves - a summer of holidays and work, catapulted back into the stress of University life leaving things like updating our resume until "later", then all of a sudden program applications are closing and there is no time left for proof reading or updating your resume. This is your reminder: You promised you wouldn't procrastinate so much this year. 

Here are some extra tips from Gavin at Red Star Resumes. If you would like some help from him, there is a special discount for GradConnection subscribers.

4. Find out what happens in the graduate recruitment process

Talk to employers via our forums, and read our free e-book written in conjunction with Development Beyond Learning to find out all about the graduate recruitment process - from how to decide what job you want to apply to, psychometric testing hints and tips, what will happen in the interview (with some practice scenarios too!) all the way through to deciding whether or not to accept a job offer. Download the book for free here.

5. Upload a video to your profile - show employers the reel you!

According to last years survey by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers, 79% of graduate recruiters list oral communication skills as "very important" in a candidate - topping the list above all other skills. 

We already have more than 130 of Australias top companies on our site, and more than 500 graduate recruiters we talk to directly - this is your chance to show them who you are, and why you should be hired!

Three winners from each industry, as judged by grad recruiters, will be presented directly to over 500 grad recruiters. So upload your video now! Be sure to read the full entry guidelines and tips here - there's an extra prize up for grabs for telling your friends! 

Good luck this season - looking forward to seeing your entries!


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