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The Six Most Common Questions Asked by New Graduates

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It’s your final year at university and before you know it, you’ll be ready to commence your working life in your first professional position. Get a head start in your career and discover the answers to the most common questions asked by new grads.


What time of year should I start applying for jobs?

It’s never too early to start putting feelers out and connecting with potential employers. The key is to be proactive but not a pest. MediRecruit can assist New Grads in this way.  Visit the website and look at our blog posts for information.


How long should my CV be?

Don’t focus on the length of your CV, focus on the relevance of the content. Include details of all university clinical placements and employment, especially those jobs where skills are transferable to professional employment. For example, if you’re an Occupational Therapist seeking a paediatric role and have worked as a tutor to primary school students, details of this experience should be listed on your CV. As a general guide though, keep your CV to 3-4 pages.


Should I include referees on my CV?

Most definitely. We recommend you list 2 – 3 professional referees on your CV including their name, position, phone number and email address. Also ensure that you have a conversation with your potential referees and make sure they are happy to give you a glowing reference.


Do I need to write a cover letter?

Always include a cover letter written specifically for the role. Do not provide a generic cover letter. Address specific selection criteria in the letter and don’t be afraid to briefly mention who you are.


What should I wear to a job interview?

You can tell a lot of things about a person by the clothes that he or she wears. It goes without saying that, if you want to be judged in a certain way, one of the things you should take note of is the way you dress. Always wear business attire to an interview unless stated otherwise. Wear something conservative that gives off a professional vibe. Avoid wearing sloppy, ill-fitting, revealing clothing. Also avoid over accessorising. Ideally, wear comfortable clothing and shoes. It is important to put your comfort into consideration too.


Do I have to have experience in Australia or NZ to secure locum work in the UK?

We recommend you have at least 12 -18 months experience in Australia or NZ before heading to the UK to locum. This will give you the opportunity to hone your clinical skills as well as other more generic skills such as time management, communication and conflict resolution.

If you’re looking for new graduate job opportunities across Australia, please contact us for a confidential discussion.

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