Employability Blog

Why Bother to Write a Cover Letter?

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Students often ask whether they should bother with writing a cover letter. When I surveyed 15 employers recently about CVs and cover letters, I found six of them read a candidate’s cover letter before they read their CV – yep before! Only two employers considered a cover letter optional. So short answer - yes, it is worthwhile. Here’s are some of those employers' thoughts on cover letters.

How Covid has changed us and our workplace

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Covid-19 has changed how we work, live and think. It has given us a chance to reassess and reflect on our approach to study, life and work. Employability and Career specialist Rebecca Du looks at how to make the most of it.

Career kickstarted by CV workshop

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A chance encounter with AUT employability services gave Ghazi Suliyanto the help he needed to gain a great internship, part time job and excellent graduate role. He urges all students to make the most of the professional and free service.

Doctors without Borders dream fulfilled

Doctors Without Borders Su Myat Kyaw

Clambering out of boats and crossing muddy water to bring supplies and support to the Rohingya people in Myanmar camps is just one part of the job for Su Myat Kyaw, medical activity manager for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). It’s exciting, worthwhile and humbling, says Su who undertook the AUT Edge Award and Beyond AUT Award as well as studying disaster and risk management at AUT.

Students share tips from employers

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The chance to get tips from employers and recruiters is attracting strong numbers of students to the employer presentations run by AUT Employability over March. Read the top tips from three students that attended a number of these events.

Tips for writing a great CV

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How do you show your best side to a potential employer? By marketing yourself - and your CV is your marketing tool. It is usually your CV that will land you a job interview! So make sure it highlights your strengths and skills, focuses on the role and employer, and looks professional and appropriate!

E Lab? AUT talenthub? Employability Lab?

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Elab Online? AUT talenthub? Employability Lab? Who does what and how do they link up?

Here’s my attempt to explain what they are and what they offer – and while I may be biased, I want to say they are brilliant services that offer plenty of career and employability help.

CV - What NOT to do!

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As most employers only spend 6 seconds - on average - reading a CV the first time, you really don’t want to lose their interest or annoy them during that first quick read! Here is an outline of some of the things that employers find most annoying about CVs. Read to be prepared.

7 Tips on creating a great CV

O for Awesome CV

Employers are often flooded with CVs that don’t meet the job criteria or are extremely bland and formulaic. This blog offers tips on how to write a great CV that gets employers wanting to find out more about you.

A Busy March with Employers

Student shocked at what is on

If you’re wondering about your future beyond when you’re going to have your next lecture or meal, then have a look at what is on offer through the AUT Employability team over March. The employment market is tight and employers are lining up to present to students about their internship and graduate opportunities. Maybe one of those opportunities is for you?