Are you looking for a leg up in the increasingly competitive job market? UON Careers and Student Development can help you do just that – for free. That’s right – free! So forget about all the paid workshops on how to spruik your resume and create a winning cover letter, you can get all that and much more right here at UON. Intrigued? We spoke with Career Consultant, Renee Smith, on how Careers and Student Development can help you at all stages of your professional life.

1. Find a job that works for you right now

Just because you’re at university, it doesn’t mean you’re interested in graduate jobs right this very second. Sometimes you just want to find a retail or hospitality position to help pay the bills, and maybe even get you a Euro summer escapade.

Careers and Student Development can take out some of the hassle out of finding part-time or casual work. It’s time to get that sweet side-hustle happening. Not only can they help you with your application, gone are the days of having to wander around a shopping centre dropping off resumes. CareerHub features a Job Search tool where you can check out part-time and casual jobs, as well as graduate and volunteering opportunities.

2. Helping you apply for work

Resumes and cover letters can be deceptively tricky. Sure, ‘just send your cover letter and resume’ sounds simple, but sometimes it’s a matter of “how do I sell myself without sounding arrogant?”, “is my resume too long?” or “do employers want to know about that first-in-course award I received in high school?” Throw selection criteria in the mix and suddenly there’s a lot you need to get right.

But there’s no need to fret – UON Careers and Student Development is home to an expert team of Career Consultants who know exactly how to nail that application. According to Renee, they are able to help with reviewing your resume, cover letter and selection criteria documents; preparation and practice for interviews; clarifying your employability skills and advising you on your job search practises.

“If [students] are seeking application advice they walk away with a good understanding of how to construct best-practice applications, promote their strengths and skills to an employer, and an understanding of what employers are looking for in candidates. The same is true for interviews and other aspects of recruitment – for example assessment centres,” she said.

Careers Express is the perfect option if you need some feedback on your resume or cover letter. No appointment is necessary; you can just drop in for a 10-minute consultation to answer any quick questions you have. Find out what hours Careers Express is available at your campus.

If you need longer than 10 minutes and want a more in-depth discussion about your career goals, feel free to book a Careers Consultation via CareerHub.

3. Programs to build your skills and employability

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but the best way to get over those nerves is by practicing. By booking an appointment with the  Careers team, you will be able to practice lots of common questions and get tips from those who have been successful.

CareerHub also houses an online program known as ‘InterviewStream’. Basically, you record answers to a series of practice interview questions. Afterwards you’re able to review your own performance and send it to others to request their feedback.

4. Workshops and events

There’s no shortage of resources online about job applications, but sometimes it takes having someone explain something in person for it to really click. Careers and Student Development offers a range of workshops covering topics such as career planning, job seeking, applications, interviews and even social media (LinkedIn: get on it).

A sample of workshops being run by Careers and Student Development include:

  • Department of Education Interview Preparation Workshops: Students are taught how to answer interview questions using the Department of Education graduate recruitment interview as a model.
  • Graduate Program Assessment Centres.
  • Graduate Program Interviews.

There are also stacks of events on throughout the year including expos, employer or professional association information sessions and networking activities. Wondering what the importance of career expos are? The annual Careers and Employment Expo, Education Careers Expo and Nursing & Midwifery Expo give you the chance to meet employers face-to-face and find about job and placement opportunities. When hundreds of similarly qualified students all apply for the same role, the five minutes you took to speak with the company’s recruitment team might just be what gives you the edge.

5. Jobs on campus

Jobs on Campus – that’s right, paid jobs right here on our UON campuses – are undeniably popular, and it’s easy to see why: great conditions, great pay, great location and great people.

Careers and Student Development want to see you do well, and when it comes to Jobs on Campus, they give you every opportunity to do so. Aside from the usual resume and cover-letter check, there are also Jobs on Campus FastTrack workshops so you can get the insider info on working at UON. Depending on the job, there are also often webinars or information sessions conducted so you can find out how to tailor your application to that specific role.

6. Resources covering your entire career journey

According to Renee, the underlying function of UON Careers and Student Development is to help “students work out their career goals and pathways to get there”. Even if you are unsure of what you want, there is no need to worry. Career Consultants are able to help you define your goals, plan a direction and make career-related decisions.

“Those seeking career advice can develop a clearer sense of self and career direction as well as an understanding of what resources they can access to help guide them in their decision making,” she said.

“Students also tend to learn about how to connect the dots between their interests, skills and the labour market when making career related decisions, and how their studies are connected to different career areas.”

Whether you need help finding casual work, an internship or graduate position – or you’re further along and need some interview prep, there’s a range of tools and resources that cover the entire career journey. These include sample resumes and cover letters, checklists and information sheets.

While we recommend making the absolute most of these while you’re a student, the good news is you can still access this service even once you’ve graduated!

For more information on the UON Careers and Student Development, drop by and talk to one of UON’s Career Consultants either in person or phone 1300 628 233.


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