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Don’t limit your job hunt to papers and online. There are several other ways an employer can do in the hope of searching for the right candidate to join the team. Some places put up job vacancy notice on the glass window or door of the shop so keep your eyes open. (How to Write an Australian Resume)

Finding a job

If you plan to head straight into the workforce, start your job search now – even if it’s just to get a sense of the kind of jobs on the market. Most jobs are advertised online, so you can easily keep tabs on vacancies and opportunities by spending a few minutes searching the web each day.

Large organizations often advertise jobs on their own site, so if you have an employer in mind, look them up online. They may have valuable information on how they recruit, what they’re looking for and when jobs are likely to come up.

Use your support network

Parents, teachers, friends, relatives – all the people close to you – can be a valuable part of your job search. Maybe your uncle has a mate looking for some staff. Your teacher may be happy to write you a personal reference. Your parents could drive you to interviews or help you write job applications. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – everyone was in your position once.

Your school careers advisor can also provide practical help and support. Some employers approach schools directly when they’re looking for workers. If the careers advisor knows you’re looking for work and is familiar with your skills, they can recommend you for the position.

Selling yourself on paper

It’s not enough just to have skills and qualifications: you also need to be able to sell yourself on paper and in person. (How to write an Australian Resume)

A well written resume and covering letter can put you at the top of the pile.

Always write a covering letter, briefly introducing yourself and explaining why you would be suited to the position.

Your resume should be no longer than two A4 pages and should include:

- Your education background
- Your work and volunteer experience
- Your skills – (computer skills, trade skills etc)
- Your soft skills – (communication, leadership, teamwork, etc)
- You should also include contact details for at least one referee. This could be a teacher at your school or a former employer.

If you get an interview, remember you’re half way there. All major job sites provide interview tips and techniques, so spend some time looking them up. Practice answering likely questions with your parents and friends. Look smart, be confident and always offer a firm handshake.

Just remember there are many people out there who are willing to help if you ever need a hand, for instance to spread the word that you are currently looking for a job or that they could be one of your referees for your next job when the employer asks you t provide. You could have all the support you need if you try and ask for it. Good luck!

Source: Yourcareerguide

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