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Have you ever eavesdropped on a cafe conversation involving work mates from an industry you’re unfamiliar with? If you’re looking for a job or an internship, knowing your industry’s buzzwords and new trends will make you look smart, and knowing what those words actually mean will make you look even smarter.

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So, you have been invited to an interview - congratulations!  No doubt you’ve spent hours fine-tuning your resume, studying those job boards, working your networks, and crafting cover letter after cover letter just to get to this point. Now you have scored that interview it’s time for more preparation to kick in – preparation to ensure you put your best foot forward and impress at your interview.

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For an eager, hard-working student, a professional internship with a host company provides insight to an industry and allows them to experience day-to-day activities in a workplace. Not only do student’s benefit from a professional internship, but employers who take a genuine interest in hosting at intern can gain some real benefits too!

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I often get asked “When is the perfect time for me to undertake an internship?” The truth is, no time is the right time. There is however a wrong time – NEVER! One of the biggest mistakes students and graduate make is delaying the inevitable. It is known that companies actively seek out students and graduates who they find to be the most employable. Who are these students and graduates?

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Recently, I have had the privilege to interview an IT Manager at one of our Hosts Companies. When asked to rate the top qualities employers seek when hiring an intern, it was surprising to see how technical skills did not even make it to the top 3!  Though it is important to showcase technical skills in an interview, the interviewer told me that demonstrating excellent transferable skills are far more valuable.

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As an internship provider, our consultants are constantly managing student expectations and the professionalism students need to display at interviews as well as during the internship. But sometimes students forget what not to do in their internship.

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An internship can mean many things to a student. It can vary from bridging a Degree and a Career, to utilising the experience to complete said degree in the first place. On the contrary, a host company can be seeking out an internship opportunity for a range of reasons, from giving back to their industry, to getting assistance in upcoming projects, or even looking for their next rock-star employee.

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Think like a Marketer

Posted in Job Seeking,
16 Jul 2019

No matter how good a business’s product or service is, without any marketing efforts chances are the company will fail.

So how does this marketing lesson apply to you? Well with the job market becoming increasingly populated by the day it might be worth your while to think like a marketer when looking for a job.
 

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Networking is an invaluable tool when you’re in the market for a new job. Especially for young professionals who are new to the game & may not have any contacts yet. Easier said than done right? Don’t worry, with our Readygrad top tips you will be networking like a boss in no time.

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