The webinar explored how to be adaptable and resilient when looking for work as an international student in Australia during COVID-19, and how to search and apply for jobs effectively.
During this uncertain time, it’s important to stay calm and confident during the job hunt. The webinar discussed topics including:
- Finding motivation and strength in challenging times
- Busting common resume myths and how to avoid the ‘spray and pray’ method
- Finding opportunity in chaos – where and how to develop your network during this time
- The ‘Four Horsemen’ of unemployment
- Which transferable skills are most desirable to employers and how to develop them
Employability resources for students
A number of employability and careers advice resources were discussed throughout the webinar, including:
- Dominic Soh’s LinkedIn
- Resilience Lessons for Everyone – Video
Legal and professional advice for students
If you need advice on your workplace rights, pay, or any other employment-related issues, you can use the resources listed below:
- Fairwork Ombudsman
- Pay and Conditions Toolkit
- Your Work Rights
- Student Ombudsman
- Work Rights for students
During the webinar we polled attendees on the following questions/statements:
- When applying for jobs, do you use the same resume every time?
- Do you feel that you’re doing enough to develop your transferable/work-ready skills outside of your studies (e.g. through volunteering or internships)?
- What do you think is the most important and desirable transferrable skills to employers?
- Do you follow up with an employer after an interview or networking event?
The poll revealed that the majority of attendees at 42% felt they could be doing more to develop their work-read/transferable skills – check out this interview with Dominic and Gerard Holland, co-founder and CEO of Outcome.Life, for their advice on expanding and enhancing your skillbase.
In addition, 40% of attendees responded that when applying for jobs their resume stays the same, but their cover letter changes. As Dominic shares in the webinar, it is important to tailor each and every resume to include specific keywords that employers will be seeking.