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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
Outline of this session?
  • Potential Job Sources
  • Utilising on-line job sites and recruitment agencies
  • Networking and Informational interviewing
  • Understanding Job advertisements
jobs sources
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
using the internet
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
employment recruitment agencies
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
understanding job requirements
Understanding Job Requirements
  • Selection criteria vs duties
the hidden job market
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
networking what is it
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
networking getting started
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
networking who could be a contact
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?
informational interviewing what is it
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
informational interviewing guidelines
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
what do you say
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.
how do i find people to interview
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
volunteer work
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
where to find volunteer work
Where to find volunteer work?
  • Australian Volunteer Search
  • GoVolunteer
  • Seek Volunteer
  • Volunteering Victoria – “International Students Volunteer Work Initiative”
    • Ph: 9642 5266
contact us
Contact us

Tel: +61 3 9905 4170