10 hot tips!
#1: Be responsible and proud of your resume.
The aim of your resume is to get to an interview, so keep it updated and relevant.
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#2: Be proud of your portfolio.
Where our resume is the summary of what you are about, your portfolio is the detail behind what your resume claims. Make it professional and organised using a plastic sleeve folder, and include photocopies of awards and certificates you can leave with the employer. This may include certificates for representative sport, Duke of Edinburgh Award or results of your musical instrument exams or performances. Employers love applicants that show they have energy and passion in life.
#3: Keep searching for the most suitable job.
Its a classic mistake to apply for a job and then sit idle expecting a reply. It may NEVER come. Hit the job market hard and frequently. With effort you will make your own good luck and possibly have to choose between several job offers. Look on websites, in the paper, in shop windows, talk to friends and hand resumes in to shops and business areas.
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#4: Be Pro-active – pick jobs with one eye on the future.
It may be a harsh reality but the younger you are, the cheaper you are, making it much easier for 15 year olds to get employed in occupations such as retail assistants or waitresses than 18 to 20 year olds. Always keep an eye on the future and think about what training or skills you can learn and develop to progress in your chosen workforce or move you into a different field.
Remember; wages go up every year, so you need to ensure your skills and qualifications rise faster than your wages, otherwise your value proposition will slide and your job will disappear.
#5: CENTRELINK could open doors.
Centrelink has the keys to the jobactive providers and various TAFE courses. Their website tells you what to do if you are looking for work (aged 16 – 21) or older and how they can assist you. It’s important to register before you need help and stay ahead of unemployment. And of course Centrelink can refer you to SIP’s Transition to Work service too!
#6: Apply! Apply! Apply! = Practice! Practice! Practice!
Every application is preparing you for the world of work, make sure to have others check it for you. If you hear nothing presume that you have been unsuccessful, or phone and find out whether or not the position has been filled, don’t forget to be polite! If you are unsuccessful it’s okay to be disappointed, think about what you can learn from the experience and keep believing in yourself. Recruitment for Christmas positions can start as early as September, so get ahead of the queue and apply!
#7: Be aware of the power of your Cover Letter in obtaining an interview.
Your cover letter is attached to your resume and should contain information to suit the nature of the job you are applying for, make sure to keep it short, to the point and powerful. Be genuinely enthusiastic and sell yourself and your suitability for the job.
#8: Prepare thoroughly for your interview.
Don’t get caught by surprise and end up mumbling and feeling uncomfortable, prepare for your interview with practice and research. Believe you can do it and be confident in your answers.
#9: Leave your parents and mates at home.
It’s no problem to have a parent or friend accompany you to the site of an interview, especially if they are your lift and need to know how long you will be there. But then they should wait outside as this is ‘your’ interview. The interviewers will react negatively to pushy parents, interfering parents or if your mates are misbehaving outside, in the car park. Remember, interviews are intended to get an idea of how you will be in the workplace and if you’re suitable for the job, if your mates are disruptive for the employer during your interview they’re unlikely to trust you with the job.
#10: Never stop learning new skills and developing your work ethic.
All employers are looking for a ‘hard worker’, someone who is reliable and responsible. Good school reports and references will assist you in obtaining the job you want. Staying teachable, taking initiative and working hard will help you keep the job you get.