Strategies for Job Seeking

Finding a job in your chosen field should not be rushed or taken lightly and it may require some time and patience to get it right. A good place to start is:

  • Know the different platforms employers use to recruit candidates, for example Seek (opens in a new window)
  • Research who are disability confident employers
  • Link in with local network groups
  • Volunteer

Did you know? Over 50% of graduates found their full-time employment through a combination of advertisements on the internet (26.9%), Family and friends (14.2%), and university and college career services (11.7%). Source: Graduate Careers (opens in a new window)

Social Media

Social media is a multifaceted tool and an important job search strategy as it demonstrates to employers that you are experienced in current internet and social media capabilities. Through social networking, you can build a great contact list and keep yourself informed of new employment opportunities. Many professional sites are designed specifically for networking and building business connections. You can use social media to gain insights into the company culture of a potential employer.

Employers also use social media to find suitable employees and they can see how you interact online and what other people are posting about you. Employers can find information to support a candidate’s qualifications.

Employer surveys report the most common social media platforms they turn to checked on prospective employees was Facebook and Linkedin.

Source: Graduate Outlook Report (opens in a new window) [PDF]

Work Experience

Prior experience in the field of work your job of interest is seen as a benefit for employers when they are recruiting. As a future employee it can give you a head start in your workplace. This graph shows the incidence of employees being recruited after having clinical experience or connections in their workplace.

  • Clinical experiences
  • Work experience
  • Placements
  • Internships
  • Vacation work
  • Connections - employees hiring family, friends or other new graduates to work within their organisation

47.7% of new graduates had either clinical experience or connections within the workplace indicating how these methods can be useful in obtaining employment.

Source: Graduate Outlook Report (opens in a new window) [PDF]