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Job seeking skills for international students. Outline of this session?. Potential Job Sources Utilising on-line job sites and recruitment agencies Networking and Informational interviewing Understanding Job advertisements . Jobs sources. Traditional Job Sources (Advertised vacancies):

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Outline of this session?

  • Potential Job Sources

  • Utilising on-line job sites and recruitment agencies

  • Networking and Informational interviewing

  • Understanding Job advertisements

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Jobs sources

Traditional Job Sources (Advertised vacancies):

  • Newspapers

  • Online job sites

  • Recruitment agencies

  • Association and industry publications/gazettes

  • Websites of organisations

    Hidden Job Market (Non-advertised opportunities):

  • Networking & information interviewing

  • Unsolicited applications/direct contact with potential employers

  • Voluntary work

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Using the internet

Online job sites:

  • General sites (refer to the handout)

  • Specific to an industry (eg.

  • Review regularly for new jobs

  • Browse sections (graduate, medical/health, scientific, etc)

  • Also search by keywords (use a variety of key words)

  • Good source of labour market information & potential leads

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Employment/Recruitment Agencies

  • Select those appropriate for you

    • look at ads and see which recruitment companies recruit in your industry

    • search the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association member list (

  • Try to establish consistent contact (email, phone call)

  • Always follow up on your applications

  • When meeting them, be focussed, know what you want and what you can offer

  • Often recruit people on a contract/temp basis

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Understanding Job Requirements

  • Selection criteria vs duties

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The hidden job market

  • The hidden job market refers to jobs that are not advertised

  • It is estimated that 70-80% of jobs are filled this way

  • Ways to access this hidden market:

    • Networking/Canvassing

    • Information interviewing

    • Volunteering

    • Work Experience

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Networking – what is it?

  • Talking to people who can help you in your job search

  • Expanding your group of contacts

  • Networking is not short term, so remember not to offend anyone – you may come across them in years to come

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Networking – getting started

  • Make a list of all the people you know in your field of interest.

  • Start keeping a file with information: company names, contact etc

  • Research potential network sources

    • Join professional associations

    • Directories, internet, industry publications, journals, etc

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Networking – who could be a contact?

  • Former managers/supervisors or colleagues

  • Former customers/clients

  • Neighbours

  • School friends, University friends

  • Academic supervisors, course coordinators, lecturers, teachers

  • Professional contacts

  • Contacts from conferences, seminars, professional associations

  • Social clubs (at Uni, sports groups)

  • Personal contacts (neighbours)

  • Professional acquaintances (eg dentist, lawyer)

  • People you volunteer with

  • And who else?

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Informational interviewing – what is it?

  • Involves talking to people who are currently working in

  • a job, industry or for an organisation that interests

  • you.

  • Helps you to:

  • Find out more about an area of work

  • Understand the day-to-day activities of an occupation

  • Learn how to commence your career in an industry

  • Identify what skills and knowledge employers require

  • Learn the industry ‘jargon’ and find out about important issues in the field

  • Build a network of contacts and provides referrals

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Informational interviewing – guidelines

  • Make an appointment for a specific date and time

  • Arrive early and leave on time

  • If possible conduct the interview face-to-face

  • Be professional (dress & conduct)

  • Research the industry and organisation first

  • Prepare a list of questions

  • Take your resume

  • Ask your contact for referrals

  • Ask to keep in touch and do so

  • Remember to send a thank you card or note.

  • Keep records of who you met with, details of referrals and information you learnt

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What do you say?

  • Ask to speak to your contact directly.

  • Introduce yourself and state where you are from (eg, a marketing student from Monash University).

  • Explain that as part of your research about the industry you would like to talk to them about their role and their experience in the industry

  • Emphasise that you are not after a job, rather advice.

  • Ask if they have some time available (e.g., 20 minutes)

  • Try to get them to commit to a specific day and time.

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How do I find people to interview?

  • Personal acquaintances – utilise family, friends, neighbours, lecturers, alumni, fellow students, former or past employers, co-workers

  • Conduct research on the internet, in business directories and the Yellow Pages

  • Attend meetings or seminars related to your field

  • Ask receptionists to tell you who they think would be a good person to talk with

  • Keep a look out for careers related events at University

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Volunteer Work

  • What is it? Unpaid work experience with a not-for-profit organisation

  • Advantages:

    • Develop/enhance skills and experience to add to your resume

    • Expand your networking contacts that could help you find employment

    • Uncover potential job opportunities with the organisation

    • Give back to the community

  • How to do it?

    • Look through volunteer organisations/directories

    • Look at not for profits in your field of interest

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Where to find volunteer work?

  • Australian Volunteer Search


  • GoVolunteer


  • Seek Volunteer


  • Volunteering Victoria – “International Students Volunteer Work Initiative”


    • Ph: 9642 5266

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Contact us

Tel: +61 3 9905 4170