Finding a job
Preparing for the job – Start by asking:
- Do you know what kind of work you are looking for?
- What school subjects do you enjoy or are you good at?
- Would it help to talk with someone to get some career advice?
- Do you need to do more study or training to get into your chosen job?
Where to look for jobs
- Job search websites allow you to look for jobs by skills, location, industry and salary. Search online at:
- Shops and cafes sometimes put vacancy signs in their windows.
- Most major newspapers have employment sections advertising job vacancies, usually on a Saturday.
- Recruitment agencies can help you find temporary work or a permanent job.
- Use the Yellow Pages to find a job in your area.
- If you know where you would like to work you could contact the employer directly to see if they have any vacancies.
Apply for the job
Most job advertisements tell you what information the employer wants you to send them to assess your suitability for the job. Read this information carefully—it is your chance to tell employers about your skills, work history and suitability. Don’t forget to check the closing date for applications.
Examples of selection techniques
- Resume and cover letter.
- Statement addressing selection criteria.
- Group or individual activity.
- Aptitude and ability tests.
- Referee reports.
Resources to help you prepare your application
Applying for jobs if you have a criminal history
Having a criminal history doesn’t stop you from getting a job. But for some jobs, the employer might ask you to have a criminal history check.
Check the job description or contact the employer to see if this applies to the job you’re interested in.
What if I don’t get the job?
Don’t be discouraged if you are having trouble finding work. Treat each job application process as a learning experience. Look back over your applications and interviews and see where you can improve next time.
- Maybe your resume, cover letter or applications are not highlighting your suitability. If your application is unsuccessful, ask for some feedback from the employer or recruiter.
- If you had an interview but don’t get the job, call the employer and ask for some tips for improvement.
If you keep asking for feedback and using it to improve your applications and interview performance you will eventually be successful and get the job best suited to you.