Congratulations, you are out of school and ready to take on the world as a full-fledged adult citizen of the planet Earth! Now that you have achieved this auspicious accomplishment the chances are you need a job! You won’t be alone in this endeavour, so you can count on plenty of competition to get the job you want. It can be tough out there, but don’t worry, there are some simple things that you can do to start you off on the right foot, and get that foot in the door, hopefully so the rest of you will follow as a new employee!
To start with you can pay a visit to the friendly folks at Workforce Australia providers who can help you prepare yourself for entering the workplace, and steer you toward some great possibilities!
The following is a list of things for you to consider right now to get you prepared for what’s ahead, and to get your job-hunting process started!
Identify your marketable skills and qualities – What do you have going for you that potential employers might be looking for? Being able to demonstrate that you are reliable, can manage time efficiently, accept responsibility and handle it, and are simply an honest, sincere person are all going to go a long way for you! In addition to these positive personal traits, what do you know how to do that might be desirable to future employers?
Determine your career goals – Compare your skills with the actual abilities necessary for the jobs you want to obtain. Are they a good match? Do you need any other skills or experience? Once you have ascertained these first two items, it’s time to do some interviewing!
Dress professionally – Make sure you appear neat and well-groomed, dressed in formal wear that is clean and pressed with polished shoes, and avoid any excess in your appearance like too much jewellery or make-up, clothing that is too tight or worn too low, loud colours or off-kilter styles, pretty much anything that might distract from what’s important, which is you, your skills, and your experience. One suggestion we heard from our readers was not to wear any T-shirts with inappropriate messages! If we have to tell someone that then they might as well stay home, they aren’t serious about getting a job!
Turn off your cell phone – We know you know this, we are just reminding you!
Arrive 10 minutes early – Be absolutely certain you are on time for any interview! It matters!
Comport yourself properly – Develop a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact with people while you talk with them. Always be courteous to everyone you meet at a place of business or a job fair, because you never know, they might be someone who can influence a hiring decision!
You might want to look into a job with the Australian government! Now, shine those shoes and hit the job-hunting trail, you will do great!