Career Hacks
Welcome to Career Hacks, an online hub loaded with tips, tricks and hacks just for YOU. We frequently release new articles centred on your career, personal development and helping you stand out from the crowd. Crafted by the team and some of our incredible partners, these articles all have our hallmark #NoFilter stamp applied to them and are written purely to help you #getshitdone! 

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Lifestyle Design 101

Lifestyle design is broad, covering everything from the work you do; to what you choose to spend your money on and how you while away your time. It’s about being purposeful with your resources, maximising their value and using them to bring you joy. 
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Sometimes it’s just about me

You polish your CV, you tailored your cover letter and you in the application form for your next dream job. You may have actually nailed it. Done everything perfectly … and you still don’t get the job. Because sometimes it’s actually just about me.
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New Year. More Money.

The trick is working out how to increase the amount you are compensated for what you give. Simply wanting, or asking, for more money because you feel you deserve it isn’t enough. You need to convince your boss or customer to hand over the extra funds.
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You define your manager’s style

Fundamentally, you define how I manage you. And I don’t mean that you get to sit down with me on day 1 and have a chat about how you would like to be managed. Whilst that sounds lovely, I would also argue it’s theoretical rubbish.
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Embrace the chaos.

If we don’t have a ‘plan’ or feel lost, it can cause us to become quite tight-lipped in conversations about what the next few months look like … or it can lead us to avoid the chance of those conversations ever happening and slowly decline all social invitations until we find ourselves holed up for the 4th weekend in a row watching re-runs on Netflix...
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genYOU Story 39 – Irina Stavrou

Well for starters, my name is Irina, I'm 19 and I'm majoring in Public Relations at QUT. My biggest task so far; completing my second year of University, as well as keeping on top of work and an internship. I also really like Italian food and a good wine and dine with a few friends (hint: this is how to win me over always!).
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It’s ok to pave your own road.

Despite how hectic my life has become, I've noticed my choices have led me to drift apart from those who I was once close with. I scroll through countless posts on my phone and see many of them embarking on new and exciting journeys together, wondering whether I'm falling behind and should be keeping pace with their lives.
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genYOU Story 37 – Ellyse Sainty

Our genYOU Story No. 37 features Ellyse Sainty! Ellyse joined our team mid-year as an intern … and brought into the office a fireball of energy and enthusiasm that is unparalleled to anyone we know! We’ve enjoyed having Ellyse as part of our extended team, and can’t wait to continue watching her kick her #careergoals.
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genYOU Story No. 35 – McKeeley Makin

genYOU Story No. 35 features McKeeley Makin, who is a go-getter, aspiring marketer and entrepreneur! McKeeley’s story reminds us that it’s okay to change study directions, to slow down and to take our career journey’s one step at a time.
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Criticism does not mean you suck.

As a boss one of the things I actually hate most is having to give someone feedback on their work. Well let me explain. When their work is awesome … it’s great … I get to big them up and make them feel like a giant. But when things aren’t up to scratch, no matter […]
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genYOU Story No. 34 – Diana Tantaeva

genYOU Story No. 34 features final year Kaplan Business School student Diana Tantaeva. Diana is a familiar face in our community as she regularly attends our generationYOU events! So we reached out to Diana to chat to her more about her career journey so far ... and what she is planning for her future!
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genYOU Story 32 – Sarah Anzalone

Our 32nd genYOU Story features final-year University of Queensland student Sarah Anzalone! Sarah has been a part of our generationYOU community for a few years, so we were stoked when she agreed to share her story with us. Sarah's story reminds us that hard work is the backbone of any career journey, and every step (big or small) deserves a pat on the back!
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Help! I’m stuck in a personal branding rut.

Here's the thing about building a personal brand. When you first decide you're going to give yourself a professional makeover by going to ALL the events; connecting with ALL the right people; writing new articles for a blog EVERY week; cleaning up your social media (and maybe even joining NEW platforms) ... it can be quite exciting, right!?
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genYOU Story 31 – Zac

Our 31st genYOU Story features final-year QUT student Zac Seeto! Zac's story reminds us that at any point we can take control of our careers and personal development, even if it's with a few small steps.
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Workplace Communication 101

When it comes to navigating communication in the workplace, it's entirely up to you how prepared you are to handle and execute your best verbal and non-verbal self in the boardroom, lunch room, coffee cart, at your desk, on the phone and on email ... yep there really are that many!
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genYOU Story 30 – Thomas

Our awesome 30th genYOU Story comes from QUT student and a keen attendee of heaps of our generationYOU events - Thomas Beckerton! Find out more about Thomas including the awesome activities he gets up to in addition to his degree ...
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Networking myths … busted

The practice of ‘networking’ is a difficult tool to master. As is wading through the mounds and mounds of information from website, speakers, friends, colleagues and family on how best to do it and what you 100% should not do. To try and help with this influx of advice, we’ve narrowed down 5 classic #networkingmyths […]
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5 things that drive me nuts when networking.

There is a lot of etiquette when it comes to networking. Do this, don't do that ... it's a lot to remember and take in. At the end of the day ... it's important to remember that networking is nothing more than 2 people connecting because they like each other, have mutual interests, might want to work together and might be able to help each other out.
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Navigating the post-interview process

There’s a few ways to manage the pressure and anxiety that often comes post-interview. The reality is that how you choose to follow-up an interview could be your one last chance to make a great impression! So how do you make sure it’s the best one? Key things to remember: You want to be front […]
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Interview questions to prep for and to ask!

Ahhh it’s interview day. YOUR day. Your time to shine. Two things you have to watch out for are a) Don’t get caught out by a tricky little interview answer that you forgot to plan for and b) Don’t forget to jot down 3 – 4 tailored questions that will help make your final decisions, […]
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genYOU Story 28 – Henry

Our awesome 28th genYOU Story comes from aspiring filmmaker Henry Raft! Henry has attended heaps of our generationYOU events, so we were stoked we could interview him for our genYOU Stories series and find out a bit more about his goals.
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Would your future self be proud of present you?

I know that a lot of you will be pretty close to graduating, maybe you even have a graduate position lined up (yay full-time job!!!!) … regardless of where you are in your study or career journey, I think we can all agree that we’ve entered the stage of the year due for ‘reflection’.
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genYOU Story 24 – Sarah

Our awesome 24th genYOU Story comes from one of our superstar Interns, Sarah Chlonta. Sarah will be graduating at the end of 2018, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her at #genYOU HQ before she brings her sunny attitude into the workforce!
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Are non-verbal cues holding you back?

When you are being assessed for a job or putting yourself out there, your entire persona becomes watched. Hiring managers are not just interested in hearing you tell them how much you love their organisation ... they will look for cues to see that it is genuine.
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It’s okay to ask for help.

As important as it is to grow up competent and independent, able to figure things on your own (something I like to preach about a lot) ... It is also equally important to be smart and ask for help and advice when you need it.
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genYOU Story 23 – Dominic

Our 23rd genYOU Story features recent engineering graduate Dominic Burnet. Dominic has set his sights on a future role in a leadership position and hopes to create and design new technology that advances society!
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genYOU Story 21 – Kayla

Our 21st genYOU Story features Kayla Wren from the Queensland University of Technology ... and to be honest Kayla's extracurricular activities has us itching to go back to uni and be just as #motivated!
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My mentee just broke up with me.

We live in an impatient world and I feel like whilst everyone wants a mentor ... that comes with the expectation of instant gratification, and if you can't satisfy the expectations upfront ... then you are not seen as valuable.
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genYOU Story 20 – Monique

Our 20th genYOU Story features Monique Chow (pictured centre) from the Queensland University of Technology. Monique is an ambitious business student who is always looking for an opportunity to challenge herself!
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genYOU Story 16 – Shehnaj

Flinders University Graduate, Shehnaj Akhtar is featured as our 16th genYOU Story! Identifying herself as a life-long learner, Shehnaj is working towards becoming an inspiring leader in the future.
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The Borings: Money and Legalities

Have you met The Borings? They are those annoying tasks and unexciting things you need to learn now, that won’t be part of University life … I’m talking about your finances and legal rights. Whilst boring, they are critical.
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genYOU Story 15 – Saara

Our 15th genYOU Story comes from our very own Saara Khan. Far from being boring and linear, Saara's journey to her dream job (yes we are that awesome at genYOU) has had more than one twist and turn!
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Graduate Survival 101

How do I make the leap into a full-time job? Can someone please tell me what the hell ‘work culture’ means? We've got you. This is your 101 Survival Kit to living life as a graduate; written for you by a fellow graduate!
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genYOU Story 12 – Khairul

Our 12th genYOU story is on Khairul Razali. Coming to us all the way from Malaysia, Khairul is an ambitious, hard-working and insightful psychology student at Flinders University in Adelaide. Khairul brings an inspiring perspective to our genYOU stories series.
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genYOU Story 11 – Anastasiia

Our genYOU story is on Anastasiia (Ana) Kuleshova. Coming to us all the way from Ukraine, Ana is a passionate and driven QUT marketing whiz + administrative assistant and Founder + President of the EcoQUT club. Basically, Ana is #killingit right now, and with a ‘no limitations’ attitude, it’s easy to see why.  Name: Anastasiia Kuleshova City: Brisbane […]
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The Art of Hustling

Do you have a hustle mindset? Whilst your parents might have been doing the Hustle in 1975, the term has a completely different meaning in 2017. Today, the hustle, translates to hard work, results and a commitment to #win no matter what the challenges or costs. Resilience, resourcefulness, strength and a clear vision lie at […]
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Graduating soon? 5 hacks to keep the doors opening

You’ve heard multiple times that you should just say YES. Your best friend’s Facebook feed is always full of exciting experiences they participated in. Your lecturer just told you that your degree alone won’t cut it anymore. You know you need to do more. Now you’re sitting here, post-graduation (or pretty close to it) thinking what […]
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Experience. You already have it… Now flaunt it.

Applying for jobs can be an on-going battle. You scan the job description and mindlessly tick “yes” to the skills you match and “no” to the requirements you don’t quite fit. You reach the end of the advertisement and feel quietly confident – this is it, the perfect graduate role – until you see the […]
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Challenging the “work-life balance” myth.

Work-life balance. Like the mythical rainbow unicorn – it sounds impressive, is highly desirable and you’re pretty sure you want it… Or you should want it anyway. But now let me challenge you to define it. Does it mean you get to come to work at 9am, leave at 5pm, and switch off? I’m pretty […]
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Is searching for your purpose dragging you down? 

We have a tradition back home, where on your first birthday you are presented with an assortment of random objects and ’told’ to pick your favourite. That very important choice, which as a one year old, you would have considered greatly, will determine what you would likely do for the rest of your life. For […]
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genYOU Story 10 – Nick

Hailing from Moscow, Russia Nick Smirnov (or as his friends like to nickname: Smirnoff), is a trendsetting creative focused on helping start up companies to reach their full potential. In the future he aspires to launch his own marketing agency and come up with an innovative business idea. For which industry? We can’t wait to […]
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genYOU Story 09 – Andrew

Our genYOU story No. 9 comes from our good friend Andrew Quinn. Andrew has been a long time supporter of generationYOU – in fact, he was one of the speakers at our very first event! Name: Andrew Quinn City: Brisbane Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career journey? When I look back on my career […]
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13 ways to become unemployable

It’s not only the jobless who become unemployable. There are many educated, 20-somethings who are invisible & struggling to win at work. If any of the below sound too familiar then it’s time to re think your approach!  1 // You are not putting your hand up for new opportunities or responsibilities. Step out of […]
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How to actually enjoy networking

Being a student, who also happens to be on the executive team of a student society and working as an Event Assistant, I am thrust into networking opportunities all the time. Many people (myself included) get flustered with even the thought of having to network. In fact, I remember when a friend within the committee […]
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3 easy tips to biltz the job application process

A job seeker’s conundrum is the balance between wanting to stand out of the crowd and the need for efficiency. You want your application to shine amongst 100s, however, you also need to apply for many roles and have limited time. So, how do you tailor-make an application efficiently? 1 // Make sure your foundations/basics […]
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genYOU Story 08 – Amelia

Focused, gutsy and brave (yep, she jumps out of planes), Amelia Hough joined the team as our first intern in Melbourne. Inspired by her travels, friends and the people she meets she is not afraid to take risks and challenge her potential in a fast-paced world.  Name: Amelia Hough City: Melbourne Current role: Working and completing […]
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Are you future proofing your career?

Let’s start with a quick reality check. If you are in your 20s now, you can expect a good 50 years of work ahead of you. That’s 50 years of change you need to be ready for. To put it in context – if you were to look back 50 years, that takes us to […]
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genYOU Story 07 – John

Name: John Gappi Current role: Graphic Designer, online student and ex Marketing Coordinator of generationYOU How did you get involved with generationYOU and how did you find this experience? This is pretty crazy, but I was there from the very start. We’re talking back in November 2014 when Nadine and Lisa first floated the idea of […]
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genYOU Micro Stories 02

genYOU micro stories are a collection of special snapshots from millennials that are on their way to unleashing their potential. Part 2 of our genYOU micro stories series takes a look at another four millennials from Melbourne – each on their journey to a career and life that makes them happy. Read their answers below.   >> “I think […]
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genYOU Story 06 – Celene

At just 20 years old, Celene Pretorius has a maturity and determination that not many people can compare to. Talented, intelligent and charismatic, she is on a creative journey to becoming a Theatre Director.  Name: Celene Pretorius  City: Brisbane Current role: Final year university student studying a double degree in Business and Entertainment and works […]
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How to love this tricky interview question

Last week my colleague and I were talking about tough interview questions. I told her that I wasn’t a fan of the infamous, ‘Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?’ conundrum, and I wasn’t surprised that she shared the same feelings. First of all, can anyone be THAT organised? Well actually, I know there […]
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genYOU Micro Stories 01

Our generationYOU micro stories showcase a collection of people who are on their way to unleashing their potential. And with only a few weeks to go until our live events in Brisbane and Melbourne, our talented intern Amelia took to the bustling Melbourne streets, asking individuals: ‘What does unleashing your potential mean to you?’ Each […]
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The simplest trick to getting your own way

We live in a society driven by desire. Sure there are the products and things we want (the house, the car, the latest tech gadget) … but there are many other things that we want that are not simply controlled by whether we have enough cash in the bank. You really want to get that […]
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genYOU Story 05 – Linh

Linh Diep is an inspiration. Juggling many different roles and responsibilities, she is intelligent, young, and hardworking. Her journey has already taken her to great heights and she is showing no signs of stopping.  Name: Linh Diep City: Brisbane Current role: Works full time in a Big 4 company; a Board Member at UQ’s Young Alumni […]
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genYOU Story 04 – Jacob

Oozing with charisma and energy, it is safe to say that Jacob Aldridge is one of a kind. Having chaired one of our most memorable generationYOU events, his unique approach to doing business and life is what sets him (and his story) apart. Name: Jacob Aldridge City: Brisbane Current role: Director of Advisory, businessDEPOT Could […]
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The importance of collecting people

Networking. It’s all about making contacts. Right? Wrong. ‘WTF. How can that possibly be wrong?!’ I hear you saying. Well okay, its partially right, but I would argue that the true point and value of networking is not about making contacts. If that is your focus then you will never progress past 1000’s of LinkedIn […]
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genYOU Story 03 – Melanie

Young, driven, and passionate are just some of the things you can call Melanie Duffy. Hailing all the way from the beautiful city of Adelaide, her genYOU story is something that resonates with anyone who is on a journey to unleashing their potential. Name: Melanie Duffy City: Adelaide Current role: Working two jobs, studying full time […]
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Three ways to build experience without a job

You need to build experience to apply for a job but you need the job to get experience – where do you start? How can you up that first step? So let’s think through this logically. The trick isn’t to only get experience but to leverage on the experience you already have (especially if you […]
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genYOU Story 02 – Lisa

Our second genYOU story comes from one of our amazing Co-Founders, Lisa Renneisen. Before you tuck into her genYOU story, let’s just say her career journey has been anything but linear (good thing she likes rollercoasters)! Name: Lisa Renneisen City: Brisbane Current Role: Co-Founder of generationYOU and Bright Conferences Could you tell us a bit about […]
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genYOU Story 01 – Bella

Our first story comes from the amazing and quirky Bella Quaid. We first met her back in 2015 when she volunteered in our first generationYOU event. Name: Bella Quaid City: Brisbane Current role: Marketing Assistant and Founder and Director of MIMA WTH LOVE “generationYOU was my first work experience gig and introduction to the world […]
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The importance of not following advice

Everyone has an opinion! From small things like the t-shirt you’re wearing through to huge life decisions – people LOVE to give you advice. In fact chances are your Mum, Dad, BFF, significant other, barista in the coffee shop and even your 5-year-old cousin will have an opinion that they are super enthusiastic to share […]
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How I scored my new job with doughnuts

Doughnuts. Yes, you did read that right. Three weeks ago, I landed my new dream role here at generationYOU as an Event Assistant. It was the greatest news I could imagine receiving and doughnuts helped me get here. But how, may you ask, can a round piece of sweet dough, stuffed full of ooey-gooey apple […]
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The mistakes that could cost you your job

“A mistake is only a mistake if it’s done a second time.” How many of you have heard or read that lately? What about – “fail fast and fail often” or “it’s not the mistake that matters, it’s the way you deal with it.” I’ll be honest, I hate making mistakes. I don’t like being wrong either, […]
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5 things you’re doing that make you more employable

Have you ever read a job ad for an entry-level role, and just thought, ‘WTH’. I have. Skimming through the description, this ‘entry-level’ job states that you need to have ‘at least 2 years experience in a similar position to be considered.’ Umm, where is the logic in that Mr Hiring Director? As tough as the job […]
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The power of YES

When was the last time you said ‘yes’ to something new, to an experience, responsibility, role, friend? A YES especially to an opportunity you did not feel up to? As people, we err on the side of caution. In fact I used to be a glass half empty kind of gal until a friend told me to […]
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Email Etiquette – 3 Golden Rules

Have you ever completely screwed up a professional email? Yep. Hit reply instead of forward and accidentally sent kisses to a client – guilty. Missed a key word in an opening sentence and said, “I hope this email ___ you well” – happens more than I’d like it to. And of course the classic, ‘please […]
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10 ways to take the ‘work’ out of networking

Networking IS tough! And awkward. For most of us, it can be a real struggle to take the work out of networking. Because it’s not just about meeting new people and making small talk – the real challenge comes in forming a genuine connection. But how do you keep nurturing a new relationship so that […]
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7 awesome tips for networking at events

Blah. Learning how to network at events is hard right? You know you need to do it but are not sure how or why or who. You are comfortable in social situations, but when it comes to strangers, even small talk is tough! I was having a chat with Jason Cross – an entrepreneur – who coincidentally […]
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How to get your cover letter noticed

As a business owner, I have spent a fair bit of time looking at applicants’ cover letters. Each submission reminded me of a different something I want to talk about – points that will help your cover letter noticed… for the right reasons. However, the thing that has stood out to me most, is the […]
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8 tips to help you stand out and get hired

We recently caught up with Nicole Woodward, the National Graduate Programs Manager at Ashurst. Nicole has been working with graduates for the past 15 years and knows the type of edge you need to stand out during the hiring process and get hired. So it seemed an ideal opportunity to ask her some of the […]
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