Finding a job can feel like a job in itself, especially if you don’t have much experience. But never fear! There are some simple steps you can take to help you on your search for paid work.
1. Ask yourself what you like doing
Whether it’s music, talking to people, food, clothes, cars, computers, sports or staplers, ask yourself what makes you smile. Chances are you’re not going to land your dream job right away, but having a general idea of the kind of place you would like to work can help motivate you to get there.
REMINDER: Even the worst job in the world will give you valuable skills and experience to take to your next (way better) one
2. Jump online
There are some great job seeking websites that allow you to narrow down your search by industry, area and type of work (i.e. part-time, full-time or casual). They also allow you to create an online profile where potential employers can view your resume and information.
Check out the following sites to get you started:
You’ll also find valuable tips on how to write a sweet resume and cover letter, as well as the best way to handle a job interview.
3. Ask around
A huge number of jobs aren’t advertised. That’s because employers would much rather the person they’re looking for just appeared on their doorstep, instead of spending valuable time and money advertising for a position. As daunting as it may seem, calling up a company to ask if they’re hiring (a ‘cold call’) can be a great way to stand out, equally, if you just show up with your resume. If you’re friendly and polite, chances are the person you deal with will be nice and helpful. Even if they’re not hiring, you’ve made a valuable connection that you can potentially follow up with at a later date.
4. Get help
If you are receiving Centrelink benefits like youth allowance, your allocated job services agency should provide you with help on resume writing and finding local job vacancies. Next time you see your job agency worker, ask them for help reviewing your resume. Should you have trouble getting work due to needing more qualifications, your job agency should be able to help you out finding appropriate training and offer help with course fees.
At the end of the day, most employers aren’t looking for the smartest or even the most qualified person to fill the role. Being enthusiastic, friendly, willing to learn, a team player and showing an interest in what the company does will make you stand out from the crowd.
HOT TIP: Most workplaces hate people being late. Find a job that fits into your schedule and make a point of always getting there ten minutes early.
You can also get some help by attending one of our day programs