Pre­pare for work life

The com­pe­ti­tion’s tough: here’s how to get em­ployed

Warwick Daily News - - HOME - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­mum.com.au

T HE year is com­ing to an end for tens of thou­sands of Aus­tralian school leavers. Some will go to univer­sity, some will go to TAFE and the rest will com­pete for jobs. If you want to stay ahead of the rest, here are a few things you should do.

◗ WRITE A DE­CENT RE­SUME: You need a good re­sume. Make sure you list your de­tails, and any ex­pe­ri­ence you may have had in a part-time job. List any of your vol­un­teer work or ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. En­sure that some­one com­pe­tent checks it for spelling and gram­mar.

Em­ployer note: The num­ber of re­sumes I have re­ceived that have an in­cor­rect phone num­ber is as­tound­ing. We can’t em­ploy you if we can’t con­tact you.

And al­ways in­clude hob­bies, it gives em­ploy­ers a good idea of your per­son­al­ity.

◗ HAVE A MO­BILE PHONE: Yes, that’s right. You need one. You prob­a­bly have one al­ready. Keep it turned on, keep it charged. Have a re­spectable mes­sage bank, es­pe­cially if you know that po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers could call. Same goes with your so­cial me­dia. Keep it clean and, if you can’t, keep it locked down. Po­ten­tial bosses will Faces­talk your pro­file.

◗ GET YOUR DRIVER’S LI­CENCE: Many en­try-level jobs need you to have your li­cence. So if you have fin­ished Year 12 you should no longer rely on your par­ents to get you around.

◗ NO JOB IS BE­NEATH YOU: Mop floors, clean up spew, scrub a toi­let – when you are a school leaver there is no job that is be­neath you. Do it with gusto, do it right, and you will soon be on the way up the lad­der.

Em­ployer note: Do tasks ef­fi­ciently, as quickly as you can and with a smile on your face.

◗ IF YOU DON’T HAVE A JOB, DO SOME­THING: Sit­ting at home watch­ing Net­flix all day is not an op­tion. Th­ese are the prime years of your life, and a time you start on your ca­reer. So if you can’t get a job, vol­un­teer at your RSPCA or char­ity store. Wait tables, clean floors, flip burg­ers – do some­thing.

Em­ployer note: Don’t be scared to put “gap year” on your re­sume if you bummed around for a year. But any longer than that and it looks like you are lazy.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ School leavers who want a job next year must start pre­par­ing now.

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