What is the difference between a good graduate application and an outstanding one? What should you focus on in your cover letter to make you really stand out from the rest of the crowd? Here are the most outstanding aspects of a graduate application from the employer's point of view that will help you shape your next application.

If you look up the role description or selection criteria of many graduate jobs today, you will notice most employers look for certain things: teamwork skills, work experience, demonstrated analytical and research skills, leadership skills etc.

But what do employers actually look for? It's often not what they state in the selection criteria. You'd be surprised with the results of the latest survey by Graduate Careers Australia.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: With so little space and so much awesome information about your career to share, it’s critical that you get picky with the words you use on your resume.

Unfortunately, when trying to make a resume that stands out, people often get a little too, shall we say, creative with their word choices, opting for corporate-sounding buzzwords that they think hiring managers want to hear, rather than simply describing their accomplishments.

1. There is no clearly defined pathway. Sometimes your career will go sideways. You’ll work in industries that have no direct correlation to each other, and learn immensely from each of them (with jobs in interior design and international trade in the same year.) When you move to the South, you’ll end up taking whatever work you can get, until you find something you love. The rewards and lessons throughout will surprise you.

Held annually in July, the Conference is attended by more than 500 law students from Australia, New Zealand, and South-East Asia. It is one of the largest student conferences in Australia, and the only conference of its kind for law students. On the 7 - 13 July, the brightest law students will compete in the national finals of six legal competitions.

ALSA Conference also features the highly topical Australian Legal Education Forums, Skills Workshops to boost career essentials and Career Forums. 

They meet more people in an afternoon than most of us do in a year. But what faux pas do human resources pros see again and again during the interview process?

We picked the brains of two high-profile executives to find out what you definitely should and shouldn’t say, as well as what they secretly think of your résumé.

There is certainly a time and a place for a complete resume overhaul. Taking a couple hours to really clean up your CV is worth doing before you start a job search, or even just once a year as a tune-up to keep it up to date.

But as a law student or graduate, sometimes you don't have that time. Rather, you just have a few minutes, and you want to spend them giving your resume a quick polishing-up. And for those times, we made you this list of resume updates that only take a few minutes, but that can make a big difference in making your resume shine.

In some ways, it is the most important question of the entire interview. Particularly in a legal environment, the interviewer will look at how you answer this question as representative of your top priorities and how you differentiate yourself from other candidates. Prepare in advance, but, above all, you should answer it by applying what you have learned from the interviewers, and that are lively, rather than formulaic.

Whether you are applying for a graduate role, associateship, clerkship or volunteer internship, you will need a legal CV – a resume that caters specifically for a legal position. What is the difference between a standard curriculum vitae and a law one? What stands out for employers?

Beyond Law have published an annotated CV with comments and advice from leading law firms and organisations including top-tier international firm Linklaters. You can read about the tips and tricks suggested by HR representatives and employers on how to tailor your CV to make it stand out for your next application. As recruiters only look at your resume for an average of six seconds before making a decision about you, you need to make sure the CV represents you and your achievements in the best possible light.