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The Professional Edit – QUT Wellfest

By August 11, 2021 No Comments

As a part of the QUT Guild’s Wellness Festival, Glass are getting in touch with some of the professionals visiting QUT. Week 4 is career health week, and will feature The Professional Edit – a career and business consulting service.   

 I got in touch with Lily to learn more. 

 

What is the Professional Edit? 

The Professional Edit is a career consulting service, offering resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn optimisation, and career coaching services. We assist individuals from all industries and differing stages in their career. We also assist businesses with people and culture initiatives, offering solutions that are best practice, as well as attract and retain top talent. 

  

What is the biggest mistake people make when applying for a new job or role? 

Not tailoring their resume and cover letter to the job and company they’re applying for. Hiring managers and recruiters can tell the difference between someone who has taken the time to prepare their application and consider the eligibility requirements, and someone who hasn’t put in much effort at all.  

 

What will our future careers look like? 

 Since the COVD-19 pandemic, there has been a major shift and acceptance of working remotely/from home. I foresee that more and more companies will become accepting of these flexible working arrangements and employees will be given greater control around their working conditions. While there are many benefits to this type of flexible working, there are a few critical aspects that have taken a hit, such as team collaboration/interaction and an overall sense of belonging. We don’t yet know the long-term effects of this, but for graduates leaving university and entering their profession, I feel that making an effort to interact with others and getting to know their team will be one of the top priorities for future careers. Employers will need to work closely with graduates to ensure a sense of belonging is established to maintain job satisfaction, engagement and motivation levels. 

 

What services does the professional edit offer? 

– Job application writing (resumes, cover letters) 

– LinkedIn optimisation 

– Career coaching (networking, job interview preparation, leadership, counselling/guidance, career pathway guidance) 

– Human resources & recruitment

 

What can current students do to reach their full potential? 

Start networking early and try to gain as much industry exposure as you can during university. Not only will this help you build an impressive CV, it’ll also offer insight into what the job/industry may be like and you can get a feel for what you enjoy/don’t enjoy. I suggest reaching out to private/public companies, not-for-profit organisations and local communities to see if there are any work shadowing/experience or low-level positions available that are related to your degree. My motto is, “If you don’t ask, you won’t know!”. 

 

The professional edit will be at Wellfest online on Tuesday August 17th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. You can find more information, here.

  

Tom Loudon

Tom Loudon

Tom is Brisbane-based writer and an editor at GLASS Magazine. He has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) and is currently studying Communications (Journalism) at QUT.

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