Episode 38: How to Make Yourself ‘Employable’ – Tips for Students and Graduates with Swinburne University’s Volker Janssen

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have relevant work experience. [What employers want to know is] do you understand what it’s like to WORK?

volker janssen christina canters design draw speakWhat do you think makes you ’employable’? Good grades? A pretty portfolio? The right connections? All these things help, but there is a lot more to it!

This week I’m chatting with Volker Janssen, the Employment and Information Programs Officer at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

Volker has been working closely with students and employers for a number of years, and knows EXACTLY what employers are looking for when recruiting new graduates. In this episode, we’re talking all about ’employability’ – what makes you IRRESISTIBLE to potential employers.

In this episode you will discover:

  • What is ’employability’
  • The number one skill or trait that potential employers look for in students
  • The emphasis on SKILLS has changed – soft skills are now highly valued
  • Why it’s more important for students to be a ‘good fit’ for an organization
  • Why job fairs are becoming obsolete
  • Why students should focus on improving their LinkedIn profiles – and how to do it
  • Why you have to make your cover letter as INTERESTING AS POSSIBLE
  • How you can get a job anywhere – EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Grades aren’t the number one criteria.
  • Why accounting firms are now hiring people with engineering backgrounds!
  • Universities give you foundations, then employers “hone” your skills to make them fit their environment
  • How to build trust and your online presence
  • Volker’s number one tip for making yourself employable
  • If you’re looking for a grad program at a large company – get on it NOW. It takes large organizations about a year to decide on who to hire for their graduate program!

Get in touch with Volker:

Tweet to him: https://twitter.com/volkerswinburne https://twitter.com/swincareers
Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/volkerjanssen
Check out Swinburne University Careers online



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