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Job applications – getting over the finish line

August 28, 2017 by Liz Green

Job applications – getting over the finish line

Have you noticed how searching for a job can sometimes feel like running a long-distance race?

The initial sprint from the blocks is the application itself. You’re up against the clock to submit it by a deadline and make it good enough to get you noticed and placed at the front of the pack.

For a little while, you’re just keeping up with everyone else around you and hoping they’ll drop back before you do. This is the selection phase. You’re in the race, but you don’t know if you’ll make it to the end.

You might get little tasks to do along the way – an online test or automated interview – that give you added opportunities to demonstrate you’re the right person for the role.

The job is your finish line, but before you get there, you need one last massive effort to race out in front of the depleted pack. Everyone has the same goal ahead, so you have to find a tactic or technique that will give you enough edge to get there first.

Just like sprinting to the finish line, you need to hone your skills and practice if you want to have the advantage when you’re on the hunt for a new graduate role.

Curtin Careers, Employment and Leadership can help you to boost your employability and get you over the line. Why not take a look at our range of workshops running this semester and sign up today, or drop in to see us at B101 Curtin Connect?

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