Improve your employability
Becoming more employable
It is becoming increasingly competitive in the job market so it is important to distinguish yourself from other job candidates by developing your employability skills and participating in extra-curricular programs and activities. You might develop these skills by completing work experience, undertaking volunteer work, paid employment or participating in USQ programs such as the Industry Experience Program or Career Mentoring Program. You can obtain more information about these programs from Student Services.
In 2016 we released a number of new initiatives, that have been developed to help international students increase their employability.
USQ AcceSS is an online career resource centre.
- access career planning resources
- browse graduate employer profiles by industry
- search for jobs specifically targeted at USQ students
- find a list of job search websites
- view sample resumes, cover letters and responses to selection criteria
- look for volunteer organisations and opportunities
- view resources related to working overseas
You can access AcceSS by using your student username and password. There is an International Student Workgroup available to all international students, which hosts all relevant jobs, events and resources.
If you have difficulty accessing this workgroup please contact Student Services.
Applying for jobs can be a lengthy process so you should take this into consideration when planning for work. For most jobs in Australia, you will be required to create and submit an application with your resume and cover letter, and attend an interview.
Sometimes you might be asked to address selection criteria in the application as well. This can be daunting, however the USQ Student Services Career Development Team can provide you with resources and advice to assist you with your job search and job applications.
Your job application is the first impression a potential employer has of you, so it is important to ensure that your first impression is a positive one.
Before applying for jobs you must understand what employers look for in a graduate in order to tailor your application to what they are seeking.
Attributes an employer may look for are:
- academic performance
- personal development
- relevant work experience
- generic skills and attributes such as teamwork, communication skills and problems solving.
After you have assessed what you think your potential employer wants, you can start your application, which may include:
- preparing your application letter,
- preparing your resume, and
- addressing your selection criteria or statement of claim.
You can search for jobs in newspapers, on job search website or by directly approaching potential employers. Not all jobs are advertised so you should look for opportunities to build you professional networks. Student Services offer a number of services and programs which can assist you in doing this.