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Slideshow from the 2013 MOCA Careers Brekkie (August 13 @ Mannix College)

Slideshow from the 2013 MOCA Careers Brekkie (August 13 @ Mannix College)

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  • WelcomeThanks Mannix for the venue, catering and supportMOCA 2013 – growth (28% database growth), value (events and programs that you actually want or need) and focus (understanding our members have different needs and working to meet them)
  • 7:45-8am           Arrive. Tea, coffee and nibbles in JCR8:00-8:05am      MOCA Co-Presidents welcome8:05-8:20am     James Witcombe, SMAART Recruitment8:20-8:45am      Panel discussion8:45-9:00am      Industry breakout sessions9:00-9:30am      Networking over breakfast9:30am-              College development tours (as requested)
  • Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy lives to come along. But why are you here?
  • What have you come here to find out?
  • What are you going to talk about?
  • We’re here to talk about jobs and careers. How to search for them, how to get them, how to keep them, and what I think is often neglected in these sorts of events, how to stay happy in them. Because as the old saying goes, “choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”So, let’s start with the basics. Why do you need a job? There are many different answers to this question, the most obvious being
  • The mighty dollar. To pay your bills and fund your lifestyle. But that’s the outcome of having a job, that’s the result. You do the work, you get the money. So we haven’t actually answered the question <Ask audience> So – excluding the financial result - why do you need a job? Even though today is very much about the ‘HOW’ - how to write a cv, how to conduct yourself in an interview, how to network – I’d like you all to consider the ‘WHY’ – why do you want a certain kind of job, why are you best suited to that kind of job, why do you need to develop certain skills over others in order to retain that kind of job– because if you can confidently answer the ‘WHY’ then you’re far more likely make smarter career decisions that will work for you long term and hopefully lead you to career happiness.No I’ve made that all sound quite easy but careers are hard. Some people arevery good at them
  • And some aren’t so good at them
  • This teaches us that careers can be tricky.
  • They can present many challenges and obstacles and even when you think yours is on track, you can be swept off your feet and stranded back where you started
  • Becauseof this we felt that it made sense to connect you students and young alumni who are thinking about your careers with people who have been there, have done it all before and are willing to share their experiences. I am very proud to introduce the MOCA Mentors who have kindly donated their time and wisdom today…<introduce each of them>
  • Mannix is 44 years old and we estimate that almost 5,500 people have come in and out of its doors giving us a potentially enormous alumni community. I say potentially because most of them, over time, have lost touch with the College and we simply don’t know where they are…
  • But as we said earlier, MOCA is working hard to track them down and to reintroduce them to the alumni community
  • So even though you and I are only <insert number> of that 5,500; we’re a pretty special group. We the pioneers of the alumni careers network and this event is step one - in a long journey - to find, connect and engage the others so that they can be part of it too
  • And if, through events like this, we work together toward the common goal of enabling career development and progression for alumni who seek it…
  • Slowly, over time…
  • We will build something pretty incredible. But why?
  • Because we are bound by our affiliation with Mannix. It gives us common ground which establishes a trust and care for one another, so I think it makes sense to use that connection productively so that Mannix doesn’t only serve and support you during your time at university, but so that it continues to serve and support you throughout your life as you’d like it to
  • Today is not just about today, it’s about building something for our future – The Mannix Old Collegians careers network, where alumni can get advice, support and job opportunities from one another.I hope you enjoy today and that you’re involvement in the network will be long and fruitful. Thank you


  • 1. Agenda 7:45-8am Arrive. Tea, coffee and nibbles in JCR 8:00-8:10am MOCA Co-Presidents welcome 8:10-8:25am James Witcombe, SMAART Recruitment 8:25-8:50am Panel discussion 8:50-9:05am Industry breakout sessions 9:05-9:30am Networking over breakfast 9:30am- College development tours (as requested)
  • 2. How to get a job
  • 3. How to keep a job
  • 4. What to do when you hate your job
  • 5. Today is not just about today, it’s about building something for our future
  • 6. Graduate Job Interview Tips James Witcombe …and a few unofficial truths
  • 7. • Mannix 2001-2004 (yes, 4 years) • 2 business degrees at Monash (Caulfield) • Working in recruitment 2005 – present – A lot of recruitment for sales based positions. Also work on accounting, administration, finance, HR roles. – Probably interviewed 2,000 people and placed 300 in jobs. My background
  • 8. • I applied for around 20 graduate jobs. • I was 100% sure I “nailed” my first job, but looking back now it is so clear what I did wrong. • Job interviewing is all about preparation. • Practice makes perfect – you will get better with every interview My graduate job application process
  • 9. • In summary, the recruitment process can be summarised down into 2 main questions: Q1. Can this person do the job? Q2. Will they fit into (and add to) our culture? • In graduate recruitment, the majority of candidates can do the job, so fitting into company culture is the main variable between candidates. Recruitment – the unofficial truths
  • 10. Resume  free resource with great examples.  Be specific, go into detail, standout. Most recruiters review 50-200 resumes a day.  Generally a recruiter will take 10-20 seconds to review a resume before deciding on its suitability. Cover letter  Be specific, make the recruiter believe you are only applying for that 1 job.  Mention who you have met (at Careers Fair), what you know about the business (something interesting) and why they are your Number 1 choice of employer. Your application/resume
  • 11. Do a Social Media Audit: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc • It is public domain information. • Employers WILL look at yours. • Employers WILL make a judgement on what they see. • LinkedIn MUST mirror resume with jobs/dates etc. Your application/resume
  • 12. What was the candidates first impression like? • Don’t be on time… be at location 45 minutes early. Walk in 5-10 minutes early. • Presentation/dress – plain suit and tie, clean shaven, minimal piercings and jewellery for guys. Females dress on the conservative side. • Don’t arrive hungry, don’t smoke, don’t cover yourself in aftershave, pop a mint (not a chewy). • Have a compendium with you – look professional. The questions recruiters ask themselves
  • 13. • Handshake – not too firm, and not a wet fish. • Smile, you are happy to be here! • Know the interviewers name. “Nice to meet you James, thank you for seeing me today”. • Many recruiters make up their mind on a candidates suitability for a role in the first 2 minutes… first impression is everything. Your aim is for the recruiter to think - “Wow, that candidate was impressive from the first second. I would be happy to have them represent my business”. The questions recruiters ask themselves
  • 14. Is the candidate after this specific job, or just any job? • I want to see a candidate who wants to work for me – and lets me know it: • Careers fairs/Open days. • LinkedIn. • Company website. • Up to date on industry news. The questions recruiters ask themselves
  • 15. • Have 3-4 well prepared, written questions (in your compendium) that you can ask at the end of the interview. • The way a candidate applies themselves in the job searching process is the way the will apply themselves in the workplace. Your aim is for the recruiter to think - “Wow, that candidate certainly seemed very enthusiastic about working for our business.” The questions recruiters ask themselves
  • 16. • Can this person do the job? • Academically – do you meet the criteria? o If you go above and beyond the criteria (e.g. HD’s) – let the interviewer know. Otherwise, it may as well not have happened. • Work experience – do you meet the criteria? o ALL work experience is relevant to a point. You just need to look at the angle and what relevance you gained from your work experience to this particular role. • Skills – do you meet the criteria? o Know the criteria beforehand so you can prepare to address it. Your aim is for the recruiter to think - “The candidate clearly demonstrated they understand what the role is doing, and that they can do it.” The questions recruiters ask themselves
  • 17. The questions recruiters ask themselves How well did the candidate answer my questions? Practice your answers • What are your strengths? • What are your weaknesses? • Give me an example of… o A time you worked in a team that was successful? o A time you worked in a team the failed? o A time you went above and beyond for a customer? o A time you had to deal with an awkward situation at work? Your aim is for the recruiter to think - “The candidate was able to provide good detail and relevant examples to all my questions”.
  • 18. • And finally, perhaps the most important question recruiters ask themselves (but one that’s not politically correct so don’t shoot me)… The questions recruiters ask themselves
  • 19. Do I like this person? • If the recruiter likes you, your chances of getting the job are far greater than if they don’t. • You might not like it, but its true. The questions recruiters ask themselves
  • 20. In summary Some practical steps from here: • Resumes: free resource with great examples. • Cover letters: Be specific, make the recruiter believe you are only applying for that 1 job. • Interviews: Practice, practice, practice. • Job hunting: Do and use everything and anything. Advertised jobs, direct approaches. Careers fairs, LinkedIn and so on. Today: Put the above into practice. If there is anyone here that is of interest introduce yourself, get their details, stay in touch and make the most of it.
  • 22. James Witcombe Waverley Branch Manager SMAART Recruitment 03 9955 0202 / 0413 212 421 My details **Free resume assessment for everyone that attended today**
  • 23. Professional Panel
  • 24. Industry Breakout Sessions Business/Commerce Marketing/Communications Engineering Arts Medicine/Health Science
  • 25. Breakfast
  • 26. College development tours