If you are planning to enter the workforce straight from university, you need to know what to expect. Whether it's your first job or you're changing careers, take time to research the job market, understand the application process, and learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
A cover letter is your introduction to an employer. It aims to communicate two key messages: why you want the position and why the organisation should want you.
A resume (also known as a CV) is a professional document that presents information about your qualifications, skills and experience.
Selection criteria is a list of requirements you must satisfy to qualify for a job. You must always address the selection criteria when applying for a job. This is the most important part of your application.
Application forms are used for Graduate Employment Programs and large organisations for general recruitment.
Reference checks are an important part of the selection process. Your referees can be the difference between a job offer and a near miss.
Psychometric assessments are sometimes used during recruitment to help employers gather objective information about an applicant. The results are generally used in conjunction with other information such as your resume, interview responses, and referee comments.
Starting a new job
There are a few things you can do before you start and during your first month of employment which will help you settle into your new job and make a good first impression.