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It takes just a glance, a few seconds at most, for someone to evaluate and form an opinion about you, to make that all-important first impression.

That impression is based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed − so you only have one chance to get it right. That's right; first (and, often, lasting) impressions are significantly shaped by the visual image you project, which means that, based solely on your appearance, people actually make judgments about your personality, your capabilities and your credibility.

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You’ve heard it before – First Impressions Matter. It has been proven that people pre-judge you based on your appearance in the first 5 seconds of seeing you. The truth is that not only do first impressions matter, but so do ongoing impressions.

Snappy dressing shows that you care and have attention to detail, and projects that you are intelligent, have an eye for detail and are “on the ball.” Conversely, sloppy dressing can project an image of carelessness, laziness, and even unprofessionalism.

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What springs to mind when you think of Careers Fairs? Walking around aimlessly, picking up brochures and gathering as much free stuff as possible? Did you walk away feeling like you were not sure what to do with the information, or why you attended in the first place?

You are only going to get out of it what you put in! Careers Fairs are the best opportunity you will get to speak directly to employers, to ask them questions, and to make a great first impression.

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It is general knowledge that once you start a new job it is polite to smile at co-workers in the morning and put deodorant on before you go into the office, but what are the other unspoken rules for the workplace?

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Management consulting is considered a prestige career choice by many but what does it involve and what does it take to break into the industry? As we head into recruitment season we’ll aim to shed a little light on this field and provide some tips to help you prepare for securing an internship or graduate role.

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Throughout the year the Careers Centre sees a lot of local and international students who are searching for casual work. Unfortunately we are not a recruitment service, so we can’t match students to jobs (sorry!), however we can help you find work and improve your resume and interview skills.

Finding a job is sometimes a job in itself. The job market is competitive but with clear goals, a good resume, determination and of course a little bit of luck, you will be successful in finding some casual work to compliment your studies. Keeping that in mind, here are give tips to get you started:

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Investment banking is a sought after and attractive career for many graduates but what is it exactly and how do you get into it?

Investment banking is a type of financial service that involves helping companies acquire funds and grow their portfolios and investment bankers will find themselves frequently giving advice on mergers and acquisitions. As an investment banker you will be helping your clients to achieve their strategic and tactical objectives through advice on structure, strategy, finance and capital market impacts. This all may sound a little daunting but most investment banks offer a structured internship and/or graduate program that will enable students and graduates to learn about every part of the business.

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