Karen Casey | Diploma of Business Administration
In 2015, OCA Group launched the Job Squad division to assist students with post-study employment outcomes.
The programme is free to all students enrolled in an accredited course and encompasses career planning, interview coaching, online branding via LinkedIn and a professional resume service.
Upon completion of the Job Squad programme, students are introduced to employment opportunities available via industry partnerships.
Karen Casey joined Job Squad a few months ago as she was due to complete a Diploma of Business Administration.
She was studying to help her formalise her skills and experience and secure a job having been looking for work since June 2013.
The Job Squad team broke the process down into four blocks.
Step 1 – Career Planning
Karen lacked confidence. Job Squad helped her to understand her strengths and to have confidence in herself and her skills.
Step 2 – Resume and Cover Letter Review
Karen had a complicated nine page CV which Job Squad transformed into a much simpler two-pages which better highlighted her skills. Karen was able to write a short, concise cover letter to replace her previous ‘wordy’ version.
Step 3 – Interview Skills
Karen struggled to answer questions in a clear, concise manner. With interview coaching she learned how to stick to the point and answer behavioural interview questions correctly.
Step 4 – Online Brand and LinkedIn Profile
Karen successfully created a great LinkedIn profile which showcases her skills, captures endorsements and helped her look for job vacancies.
Only three job applications later, Karen was successful in securing a full-time role which she started last month.
"I am happy to inform you that I was successful in getting the job. I would like to take the time to personally thank you for heading me on the right track, allowing me to feel confident in my abilities.
Job Squad is a wonderful inspiration, coaching and mentoring service which came along at just the right time for me. I was able to sell myself quite easily and was informed from my new Manager when she rang to say I got the job that I interviewed extremely well."