Skills and Jobs Centres
Need support with your career planning, discussing employment options or developing job search skills?
The Skills & Jobs Centres are supported by the Victorian State Government to provide career advice and guidance to all Victorian's free of charge. Our highly experienced and qualified Employment and Careers Consultants are there to support you by providing information on study choices, job search skills and the latest employment information.
As a BHI student the Skills & Jobs Centre team can support you through your entire journey from the moment you make contact with BHI to discuss study options, through to finding employment post-study. If you are looking for support with any career related matter, the Skills & Jobs Centre is the place to start!
Why not make an appointment with an Employment & Careers Consultant? Offices are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday at our Elgar Road, Lilydale and City campuses.
Box Hill Campus
465 Elgar Road
Box Hill, 3128
P: 03 8892 1350
253 Flinders Lane
P: 03 8892 1350
LA Building- Level 3
1 Jarlo Drive
P: 03 8892 1370
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|Useful career development resources||
There are a number of career development resources available online that can assist you to start your research into study and employment options. These are a guide only, for individually tailored career advice it is still best to visit the Skills & Jobs Centres and speak with an Employment and Careers Consultant.
Career Quiz- a career quiz will go through a series of questions based upon things like your job preferences, interests, characteristics etc. The results provided will be based upon your responses and provide in site on what careers may be of interest to you.
Course Information and Training Options- trying to decide what course is best for you can be a difficult decision. The below resources will allow you to research and compare your options.
Labour Market Trends- labour market information helps to determine current skills shortages, skills in demand and where the areas of job growth are likely to occur over the next 5 years.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information- if you are looking to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship these websites have lots of useful information.
There are four Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers that currently operate in Victoria. They all have job boards with current vacancies available on their websites.
Creating a Resume
|A resume is a summary of your key skills & attributes, education and experience. It is often the very first impression a prospective employer has of us so we need to make sure it conveys as much job specific information as possible.
The Skills & Jobs Centre team can work with you to support you to develop a tailored and industry specific resume. Please contact them on 8892 1350 to make an appointment.
The purpose of a resume is to give your prospective employer enough job specific information that they want to offer you an interview.
Did you know....
10 seconds to capture the employers attention
30 seconds to peek the employers interest
2 minutes total time for an employer to make a decision on whether or not to offer you an interview
A cover letter is attached to a resume as an introduction to you. It is always recommended that you supply a cover letter with a resume where possible .
The cover letter is normally one page long. It is where you put your case to be given the job or at least an interview. In the cover letter you highlight parts of your resume or explain some aspects of it.
The cover letter has four main tasks which can be arranged in four or five paragraphs.
1. Identify the job you are applying for and where you learnt of it
2. Say why you are suitable for the job
3. Explain why the job fits in with your plans and why it is attractive to you
4. State that you would like to be interviewed and how you can be contacted
Key Selection Criteria
Some positions may ask you to address a Key Selection Criteria as part of the application process. Selection Criteria can ask you to provide additional information and examples of your skills, experience, values or knowledge which you must be able to demonstrate that you possess.
This can be a very time consuming task. If they have asked you to completed a Key Selection Criteria is is critical you include this information. It is important because applicants are ranked against the selection criteria.
interview is a conversation where questions are asked and answers are given in
order to determine whether or not someone is going to be suitable for a job or
service. It is your chance to convince a potential employer that you are the right person for the job!
The employer in an interview is not only determining whether or not you have the skills and experience for the job but also whether or not you will be the right fit for the organisation so it is important to make a positive first impression!
There are many different types of interviews including:
For more information on interviews or to participate in a mock interview please contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on 8892 1350
It is really important to prepare for an interview beforehand. You should plan the following things:
The top 10 most commonly asked interview questions according to surveyed employers via Seek can be found here: commonly asked interview questions
|Volunteering||Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and experience and to build your confidence. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact:|
|In Class Presentations|
If the Skills & Jobs Centre have delivered a presentation in your class recently you will find a copy of the slides here:
Certificate IV in Youth Work Presentation (13.07.20)
Early Childhood Education & Care Presentation (09.06.2020)
Building & Construction Resume & Cover Letter Presentation (01.06.2020)
Automotive Resume & Cover Letter Presentation (01.05.2020)
|Workshops||The Skills & Jobs Centre run a variety of workshops throughout the year. Workshops include:
For more information on upcoming workshops, please contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on 8892 1350.
Useful Job Search Websites
Use the below websites to search and apply for available positions. To maximize use be sure to register with each website so new listed jobs that match your search criteria are sent straight to your inbox!
Recruitment Agencies are a great way to find casual and temporary employment. Recruitment agencies also have fulltime and part time roles available. You can register with as many recruitment agencies as you like- there is no limit!
Social media is also a useful networking tool when looking for employment. Jobs can be advertised directly or you can create a professional profile for employers to view and make contact.