So, you’re in high-school and you fancy a bit of extra cash. Maybe it’s time to get a job? The fact that you’re still at school probably means you haven’t worked much, if at all. It can be hard to find a job in this position. However, there are things you can to do increase your chances of getting your application noticed.
Firstly, make sure you’re old enough! If you’re 15 or above you’re good to go in almost any job, all across Australia. If you’re under 15, there are different rules for each state and territory. Click on this link to check out the rules for your state:
Here are our top tips for landing a job in high-school.
Keep an Open Mind. You might have your eyes set on one particular brand or business, but limiting yourself at this point could be a bad idea. In a competitive market, the more flexible you are, the more opportunities you’ll have for a pay check. Even if a job is not your first choice, it could turn out to be better than you expected and you can always apply for different jobs once you have a bit of experience. The companies which hire the most amount of teenagers in Australia include McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Bunnings, Coles and Woolworths.
Collect References. Most job applications are going to require the contact information of some references. Don’t worry if you don’t have prior work experience. You can use teachers, coaches, volunteer supervisors or even family friends. Don’t use actual family members though, as that looks really unprofessional. Let these people know that they might be contacted.
Write a Resume. A good resume will help you stand out from the competition. Even though you might not have much information to include, a professional resume shows that you’re serious about your job search. Include any academic or sporting achievements, any extra-curricular activities that you are involved with as well as any volunteer work you may have done.
Apply for Lots of Jobs. Apply for as many jobs as possible. Try different approaches including applying online and handing in resumes in person. Look up the company website before you apply to find out if they have a preferred method. Keep applying rather than putting in an application for one and waiting to hear back. Conduct follow up calls or send follow up emails.
The Interview. When you are called in for an interview make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare. Do a Google search on the company and learn a bit about their operations. You can even search the company name followed by ‘interview questions’ to give yourself a heads up on what you might be asked. Wear something nice but don’t go overboard. They’re not expecting you to show up in a suit, but make sure you look well presented and reliable. Take a few minutes before the interview to watch a funny YouTube video to help you relax. Remember it’s ok to be nervous, smile, be polite and do your best!
This is only the start of your working life. There will be plenty of opportunities for training, advancement and promotion. Relax, stay open minded about different opportunities and think of it as a great learning experience, no matter what happens. Good luck!