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Job Applications

Are you currently job seeking or considering your next career move?

In this session we explore how to take your job application skills to the next level.

Our alumni recruitment professionals share their insights on the essential elements that make applications stand out.

They discuss what recruiters are looking for and what they recommend excluding, giving you confidence to refresh your resume and apply for any position.

This event was originally live-streamed in October 2020 as part of Ask Alumni Live – a series of monthly career events developed for our alumni community.

Whether you are job seeking, taking your first career steps, or looking for a change, we hope this session will be helpful.


Megan Dench| Host
Manager, Careers and Employability | University of Melbourne

Meg (she/her) is passionate about connecting people to opportunity; current superpowers are focused on managing the Careers & Employability Service at the University of Melbourne and as a Board Member of the Feminist Writers Festival. To lead a team dedicated to improving student experience and innovating career development, Meg draws on skills and experience gathered from leadership roles at University of Melbourne, Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Malthouse Theatre, as well as various voluntary not-for-profit governance and development positions.

Samantha Tan
(BCom 2009)

Samantha graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2009. She is presently a Professional Development & Staffing Specialist at McKinsey & Company Southeast Asia. She has more than 10 years of industry experience in talent acquisition & development roles and was previously a senior recruiter at McKinsey & Company (Southeast Asia), Barclays Capital (APAC) and Telstra (Australia). Samantha is passionate about supporting individuals in their life/professional journeys and having crucial conversations that enable moments of self-discovery.

Liz Duncan
(BMusEd 1990)

After graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education and starting out as teacher, Liz made a career pivot to the corporate world and has enjoyed a successful career in Recruitment and Talent – spending eight years as a Director of a Global Recruitment firm and then in internal Talent Acquisition Leadership. With more than twenty years’ experience, Liz has coached candidates to overcome hurdles and achieve their goals. She has also supported and influenced hundreds of hiring managers and senior stakeholders in their approach to talent, culture and change.

Anna Houghton
Team Leader | IPA Melbourne

Anna joined IPA in 2015 and heads up the Commercial Temp Division. She has strong client and candidate management experience gained from her 16 years in recruitment. Her areas of expertise include how to create a stand-out resume, how to succeed in the job application process and how to stand-out in today's world.