DeniseA recent survey commissioned by Microsoft found that 70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on information they found online.What kind of information? "Inappropriate" comments by the candidate; "unsuitable" photos and videos; criticisms of previous employers, co-workers, or clients; and even inappropriate comments by friends and relatives, according to the survey report, titled "Online Reputation in a Connected World.““For people new to a field, companies just don’t have a lot to look back on,” Murphy said. “They can’t call up your former boss. They look you up on Facebook.”
DenisePreparing for Expos means that you will get more out of it.Researching employers attendingView employers attending online – details of employers attending the Expo will be available on Careers website closer to the date. Information will also include the disciplines and qualifications sought by employers, and important eligibility criteria.QuestionsTake advantage of meeting employers by asking questions to help you clarify information about job opportunities.Avoid asking questions for which answers can be easily obtained via websites or flyers.Listen to what other students are asking employers in addition to the questions you ask.Questions might include:Projects graduates work on during rotationsTraining and development opportunitiesKeep a record of who you spoke to at career events and the outcome of applications to help you stay on top of the application processCollect useful published materials – those that will be helpful when submitting applications – rather than just the showbags!AppearanceWearing a suit is not necessary. Smart casual is the minimum.Make a positive impression
DeniseCreate your ‘Elevator Pitch’ – a thirty second personal statement. It is a short personal branding/marketing statement about yourself, and the basis for building a professional networking relationship. You can use it to introduce yourself when attending networking events, in emails, over the phone, and on any occasion where you want someone to quickly understand your background and your interests.It can include details about your:qualification/s and experience work competencies and personal qualities interest in the position, the organisation and industry current situation and availability to commence work
DeniseACTIVITY: (If time) – practise your elevator pitch with the person next to you.Was it hard / easy?Now (or at home) refine it and practice again in front of the group / the mirror!
DeniseDress the PartIn a careerone employer survey, most employers reported they don't expect you to wear full business attire to the Expo, so 'smart casual' is OK. Don't forget to bring your list of which organisations you intend to speak with. Intelligent QuestioningApproach the booths of targeted organisations, asking politely who is the best person for you to discuss your specific career interests with – meanwhile the less-prepared are wandering aimlessly, asking "So what does your company do?" Listen for CluesUsing your questions - arising from your earlier analysis of employer needs and audit of your own abilities - listen out for info that will be vital when you come to write your formal application. Advice from EmployersBe prepared - research your target organisations prior to the Expo!!! Have questions prepared and written down Dress in a professional manner Approach employers and introduce yourself professionally Shake hands and maintain eye contact Listen carefully – base the conversation on employers’ responses rather than asking a barrage of questions Demonstrate keen interest in your field and the organisationsDemonstrate a high level of communication skills Ask questions about the industry not just the recruitment process Demonstrate interest in the information provided by the employers Show initiative and eagerness – don’t be afraid to ask questions Talk to previous graduates about their experience with your potential employer
DeniseStudents that impressed employers displayed a level of knowledge of the organisation and demonstrated that they had done their research prior to attending the Expo. Examples of specific questions included:Students who prefaced with a brief and professional introduction, shook hands, maintained eye contact and provided some background information of studies, majors and career aspirations were highly regarded.Note: when you are researching grad programs before attending the event, note down questions you have so you remember to ask them at thee vent
DeniseQuestions that stood out as demonstrating a lack of research and common sense:Also be aware of the Most Frequently Asked questions:Can you tell me about your graduate program? What is the recruitment process for your program? When do applications close? Do you take international students How many roles / positions are available in your graduate program? What disciplines are you recruiting from? What qualities, skills, knowledge, and competencies are you looking for?
DeniseFollow UpRe-contact people you spoke with at the Expo, thanking them for their time and asking for any additional advice they can offer you. When you come to apply, you can also mention or thank that person in your cover letter. Lateral ThinkingBroaden your research to include recruiters who didn't attend the Expo.
DeniseOther events – e.g. Dixon Advisory – on campus – look on careerhub
DeniseInterview Skills1st one?Wed 20th March, 12-1pmThursday 28th March, 12-1pmMock Assessment Centre – limited placesThursday 21st March 2-4pmWednesday 27th March 10am-12noonWednesday 3rd April 11am – 1pmRegistrations open today via Careerhub!
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Title of presentation Start Graduate Head 2013 Name of presenter NETWORKING Title of presenter School / Development CareerFaculty / Division Centre La Trobe University xx Month 201x 20 February 2013latrobe.edu.au CRICOS Provider 00115M
Networking• Talking about you• Sharing your knowledge with others• Talking with a purpose• What do you want? Names, ideas, introductions?• Communicate your personal brandHow to Network• Actively listen• Ask the right questions• Be interested in the answers• Ask open ended questions Click to edit Master text styles 2
Social networkingFacebook• Will anything be embarrassing if seen by an employer?• Ensure privacy settings keep employers separated from friendsLinkedIn• Best for professional networking• Upload your resume• Have a professional summary• Keep up to date with referees and ex-colleaguesClick to edit Master text styles 3
How to use LinkedIn• Add people that you meet including recruiters at the expo• Join a special interest group related to your field• Engage in conversations in the interest groups• Update your status regularly ‘seeking opportunities in...’• Use the resume builder• Ask former colleagues and employers to complete a recommendation on your account• Follow up your contacts regularly, use the in built email in LinkedIn or send directly to their email addressClick to edit Master text styles 5
Social networking for research• Use Linked in and other sites to gain further info on graduate opportunities , employer expectations and company culture• Forums can be a good source of info on what to expect from those who have been through the process o e.g. whirlpool, gradconnection, wikijob etc.Click to edit Master text styles 6
Gradconnection – employer forum sessionsClick to edit Master text styles 7
Preparing to attend employer events• Research the organisations before attending and find out which are hiring graduates from your discipline.• Make a list of organisations you want to talk to.• Prepare questions to ask employers you are targeting.• Bring your résumé, a notepad and pen, and a card with your contact details to give to potential employers.• Have a neat and tidy appearance.Click to edit Master text styles 10
Develop your elevator pitchA brief summary that introduces who you are, yourinterests, skills and experiences, and states what you areseeking“Hi, my name is ... I have recently graduated from La Trobe University with a science degree majoring in genetics. I’m really interested in how we can use web 2.0 technology to increase people’s awareness of inherited disorders. I am interested in the research work your company has undertaken in this area especially relating to ...”Click to edit Master text styles 11
Develop your elevator pitch - ActivityAction: Take 5 minutes to draft out your elevator pitchWhat do you want to say about yourself? • qualification/s and experience • work competencies and personal qualities • interest in the position, the organisation and industry • current situation and availability to commence workClick to edit Master text styles 12
Networking at Expos• Be proactive and approach employers• Introduce yourself - have an opening line (elevator pitch)• Firm handshake, maintain eye contact• Ask questions about the industry not just the recruitment process• Explain a little about you• Ask informed questions• Enthusiasm counts• Always be polite and friendly Click to edit Master text styles 13
Examples of questions that impressed employers• Will the… affect your graduate recruitment intake?• I researched on your website and would like to know what you think it takes to make a successful…?• What qualities are you looking for in … role?• How does… differentiate itself from other organisations?• What are the challenges and rewards of working for…?• What is the most critical stage in the selection process?• What are the opportunities for training / career progression?• Why do you choose to work for…?• What type of work will I be involved in as a graduate / what is the daily routine?Click to edit Master text styles 14
And some that did not impress …• How much do I get paid / what is the starting salary?• Do I have to wear a uniform?• Do you have a graduate program / graduate positions?• Why do you have to be an Australian citizen?• I have … major – would that do?• What happens if I lie on my application form?• Do I have to work 40hrs / week?• Will I like the job after I complete the training?• What are communication skills? Source: careerone .comClick to edit Master text styles 15
Ending a conversation“I plan on circulating the room, but it’s been great meeting you.Do you have a card?”“There are a number of students waiting to chat to you, so I’ll letyou go. Do you have a card?”“It’s been great speaking with you. I’ll send you a copy of myresume tomorrow. Do you have a card?”Click to edit Master text styles 16
Follow upIf you don’t follow up, what was the point going to the event?Consider sending an email or message after the event• Thank them for their time• A document or weblink you discussed• Your resume if appropriate• Send an invite to join your Linkedin network 19 February 2013Click to edit Master text styles 17
Graduate Recruitment EventsThe Big Meet Tuesday 12th March, 11am – 3pm – Palladium at Crownwww.thebigmeet.com.au/MelbourneCA Employment Evening Wednesday 13th March, 6-8pm – Crown Towerswww.charteredaccountants.com.au/Students/Whats-on/Event-listing/VicCPA Australia Career Expo 21st March, 5:30pm – 8pm – Palladium at Crownwww.cpaaustralia.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/cpa-site/hs.xsl/become-career-expo-australia- melbourne.htmlEngineering Careers Expo Thursday 21st March 11am – 7pm – Etihad Stadiumhttps://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/engineering-expoSociety run cocktail events – check relevant society facebook sites Click to edit Master text styles 18