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Applying for your first job can seem pretty daunting when you aren’t sure what you’re doing. Whether you are looking for a part-time job whilst in high school or a job during or after university, we’ve got you covered. I mean, there is quite a lot to organise and it’s one of those things that seem like a pretty big step into the grown-up world. From getting a tax file number to writing a resume, this blog post is going to try to cover all the questions you may have about getting prepared to get your first job. So here is what you need to do before getting your first job.
Okay so when you are writing your resume (CV? Whatever you want to call it, but I’m going to continue with resume) you want to sound about 10 times fancier, educated and experienced. With fudging it, obviously! You want to start thinking about what you are going to write and make a brief outline. In the outline, you will talk about your skills, experience, education and achievements. Consider what you want to accomplish with your resume, too. Do you want to get a specific job or are you looking for any job available? If you are looking for a specific job for your first job you will want it to make a cover letter addressing the company.
Edit your spelling, grammar and punctuation. This is one of the most vital parts, if they see a mistake on your resume they will immediately spot it and it will cloud their judgment. So PROOFREAD. PROOFREAD. PROOFREAD!! Did we mention that you should be proofreading it? This is no time for shortcuts, check and get someone else to check too.
When looking for a job, especially your first job, there are many ways to find out if there are any available positions. You can search online, go in-store or ask around. Be physically and mentally prepared for searching for a job. It can be extremely hard to find any available positions and it may feel like you are never going to get a job but you can’t lose hope.
Interviews may seem like a scary, new, grown-up thing to do; but it’s not as bad as it seems. If you are usually a shy, quiet or awkward person this may seem extremely daunting for you, but taking a few steps to be better prepared may calm your nerves. Even if you’re not worried it’s always a good idea to be prepared and know what you’re doing and how to convince them to hire you.
So, in this day and age, what do you think one of the first things that a possible boss may do when they meet you. Yep.. you guessed it. Check you out on social media. So you may want to go through all of them and get rid of anything that may make you look bad. Because if they see something they don’t like, they certainly aren’t going to hire you.
Okay, yes this seems like a big scary process, but trust me, you’ll be glad you did it when the first paycheck comes through. Be persistent, flexible, don’t give up, follow up on jobs and have realistic expectations. This is so important, having realistic expectations will stop you from giving up and will help you get through the whole ordeal easier. So hopefully these steps will help you get a job and then maybe you can check out the post on tips for surviving your first day at work by Vanessa.
Charlotte is a high school student who is trying to figure out how to survive in the real world. She knows that no-one has any clue about what they are doing. But maybe if she blogs about her experiences then maybe that will help other people like her. Right? It certainly couldn’t hurt.