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Potentially professionally useful social links

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A personal presentation checklist

Put your best self forward

Employers know that you will never be more on your best behaviour than in the job interview. They will think, "If you're less than sharp in the interview, what will you be like on the job?"

  1. Present yourself well in every way you can. Do your best to look good, sound good and feel good. To the extent you can control it, eat and sleep well in the days before your interview.
  2. Exercise on the day of your interview to release endorphins and other natural physical...(continued)

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Sample meeting request email

How to request an informational interview

Develop your own request for an informational interview, based on the sample email below. Customise it to suit your field, context and personality.

Dear Ms Smith

I found your name through the University of Sydney Alumni database and saw that you completed your PhD in Archeology before working at the Australia Museum.

I will be completing my PhD in Archeology in November and am keen to learn more about how I might transition toward my goal of employment...(continued)

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Some useful interview links

Corporate consulting recruitment

See Richard Nelson Bolles's Two Minute Crash Course in Interviews.

Some corporations, and notably the big corporate management consultancies, offer useful advice about how they hire graduating students.

As well as offering a mechanism for students to apply for jobs, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) offers help to prospective candidate interviewees, including interview process tips and interactive practice cases.

Advice offered at general sites such...(continued)

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More interview resources

Check out some videos on interviewing

See this Slideshare YouTube video on How to Pass Telephone Interviews (39 minutes).

Antony Stagg's YouTube videos are only six or seven minutes long each, and they offer intelligent, but simple, structured mechanisms to help you focus and better answer some of the most common questions, including:

Please tell me about yourself

Why should we hire you?

Where do you see yourself in Five Years Time?

More information

Verity, Judith."Psychometric...(continued)

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Miscellaneous career links and references

University careers information

The following is a brief, potted list of further sites and links you may find useful. (Links were valid at time of writing, but no responsibility is taken for links that break, over time.)

While most Universities offer some level of online support for postgraduate job seekers, many of these (including this one) are only accessible to currently enrolled students.

The University of Sydney Careers Centre site is open to all.

This UTS guide to career planning...(continued)

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