So you’ve taken the first and most important step – you’ve decided to apply for the 2013 Summer Vacation Program. Naturally you’ll be thinking what to do from here and what to expect over the coming months. In case some of you may be expecting the process to be nerve-wracking and daunting, we’re here to give you all the information you need to ease any worries you may have! Our blog will talk about what to expect from beginning to end of the process as well as some tips on how to make your application stand out from the rest.
Before we jump into the tips, let’s quickly outline the recruitment process:
- Application Submission: Applications are open for three weeks from Monday the 22nd of July to Wednesday the 14th of August.
- Online testing: Here your numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning skills are put to the test, but don’t worry too much, it’s not that hard!
- Phone Interview: If you meet our testing requirements, you will undergo a 15-20 minute in depth interview with us over the phone (we’re friendly, we promise!)
- Interview: Your first face-to-face interaction with us during this process and your opportunity to meet the hiring managers.
- Offers: If you’re successful at interview stage, you can breathe a sigh of relief – after our checks comes the offer!
Summer vacation/internship programs are extremely competitive so employers really notice when an application stands out. Here are some tips to make sure you wow us from the very beginning:
Tip #1: Showcase your strengths. Here at Telstra, we are looking for people who will go on to be our future leaders. Therefore we are looking for students who are good communicators, have leadership qualities and can work well in a team. We are also looking for well-rounded students who can show us that their good grades are well-balanced with extra-curricular activities (like volunteering, student societies, sport, music, travelling, community involvement), work experience (either a casual retail role or internship) while demonstrating genuine passion and motivation.
Tip #2: Passion and motivation are key. From your app form all the way up until your final interview, genuine enthusiasm and drive are essential qualities you’ll need to get you through. Show us that you’ve researched Telstra, that you know who we are, what we do and why you want to work for us. Our people, team and past summer vacationers are all passionate and we know you are too – so express it!
Tip #3: Put time, thought and effort into your application. What will really get you through to the next stage is your application form. How you fill out this form plays a large part in our decision to put you through to the next stage so you want to make sure you get it right! Don’t disadvantage yourself by writing your application the night before and rushing through your answers. As mentioned, we are looking for great communicators and passionate people – give yourself enough preparation to be able to let these shine through in your application (allow yourself a good hour to complete your app from start to end). Write your answers as concisely and in-depth as possible and try to make your answers relevant to Telstra. Once you’ve written your answers, have a thorough read through for any spelling or grammatical mistakes. It helps to get a friend or family member to have a read through it too.
We also conduct recruitment on a rolling basis, which means we don’t wait until our applications close to look at them all. If you get it in earlier, we look at it earlier – that’s a pretty good reason right there!
Tip #4: Read over your resume. Yes, we did mention that your application form is so important to get right, but don’t forget to work on your resume too! A well-written resume says a lot about a person and a poorly-written one says just as much. Again, get a fresh pair of eyes to look it over for any mistakes. There are loads of tips online on how to write a professional resume; if you’re worried about how yours looks, then it doesn’t hurt to get help.
Tip #5: Submit all your documents the first time. Even if you have a stellar application form, if you don’t attach all of the required documentation to us, we are not able to push you through to the next stage. These documents include your transcript, resume and Visa documentation where relevant. Not submitting these to us could mean days or even weeks of chasing up your documents which could set you back from the rest. We’ve already mentioned that the earlier your application is submitted, the earlier we look at it and can send you to testing, so make sure to have them all ready the first time around.
Now that you are all equipped with some handy hints and advice, hopefully you are ready and pumped to start your application once they open on Monday! The link to apply is open from 9am so be sure to get in early!
Also don’t forget to keep an eye on Option City for more blogs from us – we will be posting handy tips and advice for you guys at each stage of the process. Best of luck everyone
The Telstra Graduate Team