How to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs
Whether your journey at university is coming to an end or you’re eager to plan ahead, one of the top priorities is finding a new job. With more people starting and graduating from university than ever before, competition in the job market has risen exponentially. We have compiled our top tips that may help you kick-start your career and stand out from the crowd.
Create an ePortfolio
ePortfolio’s are a handy tool to go beyond a resume and elaborate on yourself. Include your work experience and what skills you’ve learned from it; any volunteering work and any software skills you may have (i.e, HTML, Photoshop, etc.). Digital portfolios such as LinkedIn profiles are a popular tool to enhance employability and they are used by major employers to connect with graduates. PebblePad is a good platform to showcase your achievements, personal capabilities, and professional skills for potential employers.
Customise your resume according to the job description
Studies show that job seekers spend an average of 80 seconds reading a job posting before hitting apply. A common mistake is not reading the job description. Employers also want people who show a genuine interest in the industry. So, don’t use the same resume for every application and instead, tailor it to the job you are applying for. Highlight some of the keywords in a job description and try to use those in your resume. Griffith’s Career and Employment have more tips and tricks on building and tailoring your resume.
Attend networking events
Keep an eye on Griffith’s CareerBoard networking events. Often major employers attend campus information sessions looking for enthusiastic students. Many graduates have gained jobs from these events and they don’t take up too much of your time.
Well-rounded students are more desirable
Get more involved around Griffith to showcase your teamwork, skills and leadership abilities. There are many mentoring programs, leadership programs, clubs and societies to get involved in and remember to include these on your resume. One to definitely get involved in is Griffith Mates which is designed to demonstrate your leadership qualities and enhance your employability skills. Expressions of interest are now open for Trimester 3.
If you have more of an entrepreneurial mindset then check out Griffith’s student entrepreneurship program to show off your problem-solving skills.
Stand out from the crowd
Don’t be afraid to do something different in your presentation you can get creative with your e-Portfolio or even your resume. If you’re struggling with starting your resume, cover letter or you just need some general advice on employability then Griffith’s Careers and Employment. They offer a range of services, workshop and mentoring programs to help you stand out.
Another way to stand out is to consider going abroad to complete an internship or study for a trimester. This would be an opportunity to grow your career, make connections and learn a new culture. Griffith’s Go Global program has a diverse offering of study abroad and internship options.
Internships are a great way for both the employer and graduate to test the waters. Even if you don’t get a permanent job the experience can enhance your resume for future job applications. Most internships often lead to a full-time offer from the company. Unitemps is a great platform to start searching for jobs and internships.
By Zehra Rabbani and Kshish Rana