Making a great first impression is vital for all job seekers and nailing your appearance for the interview, is the perfect start. Here are a few boxes to tick off, when deciding on an outfit for a job interview.
The answer to the above question should never be identical, as every companies culture varies slightly. If you ever feel unsure about what to wear to a job interview, begin by assessing the dress code of existing employees. In no way are we suggesting loitering outside the building or lurking in the car park. It’s 2015; there are far easier ways to catch a glimpse of workers attire. Most companies post behind the scenes photos on their social media accounts in order to reflect their culture. This is an easy way to judge the level of formality a company expects from its employees, and the foundation in which your outfit should be built.
It is no longer realistic to believe a suit is the only appropriate work attire. Remember, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. So although a suit is a safe option, we recommend replicating a company’s culture to show the interviewer you are the perfect fit.
A general rule of thumb is to imitate the dress code of existing employees as closely as possible; or if anything, increase the formality of your outfit by just a notch – Be cautious not to go to far though.
I have seen many articles advise readers to dress a certain way, wear certain colours and do nothing less than become a robot.
We couldn’t disagree more. Although it is important to look smart, and dress appropriate, you will perform better when comfortable. A job interview is an opportunity to show off your accomplishments, skills and experiences. It is all about you! There is no better way to show off your self than to just be yourself.
So our number one tip is! Be yourself, show your flair and energy and don’t dress in a way that isn't you.
It's Week 3 of Tech Spotlight and we are returning to Australia, to focus on a rapidly growing homegrown Start-Up Canva.
Canva isn't quite the new kid on the block anymore, but they are still causing a heap of disruption, some would say more than ever. With 18 Million Designs Created and 2.2 Million users in 611 days since launch, I can't blame those, claiming this talented teams potential is endless.
Canva allows users to build unique designs directly from the web. The user can build designs from scratch or integrate provided elements like layouts, background, texts and images through the drag and drop feature. The Start-Up's ease of use has driven it's popularity and success. Graphic design doesn't come naturally to everyone, but with Canva your level of experience has become irrelevant.
For this reason, marketers, bloggers and small business owners are flocking to Canva, as their demand for beautiful, professional designs continues to increase.
Check out Canva here, and better engage your audience.
We are proud supporters of Start-Up journeys and initiatives, especially Canva who we love and use frequently. If you know a Start-Up worthy of attention, please drop a comment below.
It still feels like yesterday that I was celebrating my own Graduation, waking up the next morning feeling… No not hungover, unsure about what exactly was next.
Looking back, I put this feeling down to reality striking, I wasn't on a break for a few weeks, this was it. I was entering unchartered territory; and beginning a new challenge. What my friends at university referred to as gaining a graduate position, I refered to as Mission Impossible – Graduate Protocol.
But don’t fear! Here are 10 tips, based off my experiences that will work wonders for your graduate job hunt.
My single regret from university was not doing this. So trust me, be proactive in your job hunt. Take into consideration the competiveness of entry-level positions; and follow the next nine steps sooner rather than later.
Actively seek work experience and every little bit of exposure to the industry and its professionals (networking ofcourse). Students who take the time to volunteer/intern often have far more successful job searches, as this shows an employer they are passionate about their industry
All universities offer career services and career advice, register for these free services and follow their guidance. If not, seek professional help and advice the moment you feel lost.
Before you even think about applying for your dream jobs, take a moment to review and perfect your resume. There is no point in devoting hours to job searching and completing applications if your resume is below par.
Sounds boring and not useful, right? Sure that was my opinion too, until I finally got dragged to one and realised the HUGE networking potential. Try the Melbourne Career Expo in July 2015.
53% of hiring managers check candidates’ social media pages, so clean up your social media accounts and remove any untoward content. LinkedIn has great potential for job seekers, check out “5 ways LinkedIn can work for you on your job hunt”.
GradConnection and Gradopportunities are both fantastic resources for students to review upcoming graduate programs, closing dates and submit applications. The problem is every student knows about these websites, meaning these graduate programs receive the most applications from across all of Australia. I'm not suggesting you shouldn't apply for them but don’t limit your job search to just here. Submit expressions of interests to the companies you are passionate about, even if a position isn’t advertised, organisations are always looking to invest in top talent.
When submitting applications, emphasise your core competencies that enable you better than anyone to fulfil the responsibilities of a job properly. Competencies often aren’t trainable like skills, so meeting all key criterion is often more valuable to recruiters.
Instead of submitting 100’s of generic job applications, for every single position that seems even remotely close to entry level, focus on quality. Submit 3-4 applications a week rather than 20, but customise the application to the organisation and their key evaluative criteria. You will be able to better manage your applications this way, as well have a greater return on your time.
An important thing to understand is it is okay to be rejected by organisations, whether it is timing, lack of skills or experience. A new opportunity opens every single day and the right job for you will be the one you secure.
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