5 Steps to Become Job Ready

Embarking on the job hunting and recruitment process can be a daunting and unfamiliar experience.

Whether it’s completing an online application, preparing a resumé and cover letter or completing psychometric assessments online and handling interview questions, there’s lots to learn.

To help you prepare for a career after study, UNSW Careers and Employment offers a range of services and resources. Our services will assist you in getting a head start in the job market and researching the organisations you’d like to work with.

Becoming job-ready starts at the beginning of your degree. There are 5 important steps you need to take to become job-ready. We’ve compiled these steps with the help of Sophia Brown, Recruitment Coordinator at Proctor & Gamble (P&G), one of the world’s largest multinational consumer goods corporations.

Research & Apply on Time

Conduct your research and check when the company you’re applying for recruits graduates. For example, P&G recruits from all faculties and disciplines during the graduate recruitment season which starts in March. Offers are then made in late May/early June.

Graduate programs are typically offered around February in your final year of study and some close as early as the end of March. Browse Jobs@UNSW for a list of organisations recruiting Science students and their respective closing dates.

Familiarise Yourself with the Recruitment Process

Every recruitment process will differ so it’s important to know what to expect and how best to prepare. At P&G, Sophia explains that the recruitment process starts with students completing an application and brief assessment online. The next step for those going forward is the problem-solving test to be taken in the office. It involves questions on literacy and numerical reasoning. Successful candidates will then be asked to complete a supplementary data sheet prior to being interviewed.

Prepare for Tests with Sample Questions

Some roles include online assessments and problem-solving tests as part of the recruitment process in order to see if you have the right skills for the job. At P&G, the problem-solving test functions as a challenge you’ll have to complete in an allotted time. Sophia suggests that you complete the sections you find easiest first before tackling the more difficult questions.

You can view sample practice questions with our Psychometric Assessment Guide.

Provide Examples Showcasing Specific Skills

Sophia explains that as you prepare for an interview, it’s important to note that it's as much an opportunity for hiring managers to learn more about you as it is for you to learn more about the organisation and the team. Interviews at P&G are behavioural based (as many interviews are) where students are asked to provide examples about a time when they have drawn on specific skills.

“We ask them to elaborate on what they did and how they resolved the problem. We believe students' past behaviour predicts their future performance. So, if you are invited to an interview, prepare by thinking about your previous experiences,” explains Sophia.

Extend Your Range of Technical & Communication Skills

When asked what makes a student stand out from the rest of the applicants, Sophia mentions that they are usually a well-rounded individual with a diverse range of experience. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to lead a group of individuals, deal with conflict effectively and build collaborative relationships.

If you're not in your final year, we recommend using this time to build on your skills and experience, whether it’s interning, volunteering or completing extra training. This will not only increase your confidence but will allow you to demonstrate your skills with examples of past experiences. A combination of extracurricular involvement, work experience and university study will mean you are in the best place to become job-ready. If you're in your final year of study, then it’s a good time to research your options and start applying.