School is done and dusted. So, for school leavers it is time to nail down on one of the next chapters in your life – getting a job. See our tips on how best to prepare for this ever-important endeavour.
End of school is a huge milestone in the lives of many young Aussies. But it also marks another very important chapter; getting a job. As the end of year approaches and our school leavers look to further studies, a gap year, or wherever their vision takes them, the unavoidable is always employment.
So, where is the best place to start?
With the festive season fast approaching, the surplus of summer casual roles and Christmas filler vacancies are perfect employment opportunities for school leavers. In fact, Seek currently has over 2100 jobs listed under the search title of ‘Christmas’.
Job seeking all starts with an up-to-date resume. So, let’s get to it! Following are our team at Resumes to You resume and interview tips for school leavers. Use these tips to compile your best plan of attack for nailing down a job this festive season.
Job tip #1: Ensure your resume has a clear career overview/summary
As the first thing employers read, a resume introduction generates a first impression about a candidate in seconds. Use the introduction to catch their attention so employers want to read more about you. An introduction should include a brief overview of your qualifications or career summary and promote the skills you can bring to the role. Tailor the introduction to be position-appropriate to the job you are applying for.
Job tip #2: Detail role, duties, skills and achievements
This is one of the most overlooked items in a resume. Your current role or studies is crucial to your job search as it shows your current skills, duties and position in your current career or studies. Recruiters want to know this.
* Bonus tip: to ensure you name your resume properly, check out our recent article here
Job tip #3: Consistency
Ensure your resume reflects the same language throughout and flows well. If you are tailoring your resume and using a cut and paste function from a master document, make sure your style is consistent. Use the same past or present tense while explaining skills, tasks, etc.
* Bonus tip: never use downloaded templates – see why here
Job tip #4: Keywords for ATS
Applicant tracking software (ATS) is employed by a lot of recruiters. Failing to nail down keywords reduces your chances of getting your application any further than landing in an employer’s inbox. Your resume should be tailored to reflect keywords associated with the job you are applying for. The right keywords help to get you across the line.
* Bonus tip: read more about ATS and how it works here
Once you are confident with your resume, get yourself interview ready. Following are our top interview tips for school leavers.
Interview tip #1: Research
Study an employers’ website to gain more insights about the company. Before going to an interview get an understanding of what the company does, the role you will potentially have, and what will be expected from you.
Interview tip #2: Dress to impress
First impressions are important. An interviewer will form a positive or negative opinion based on how you present yourself from the moment you enter the room. The key is to look professional; do not wear jeans, boardshorts, trainers or t-shirts (and the equivalent for ladies) to an interview.
Interview tip #3: Timeliness
Before making tracks research the location where the interview will take place. Use Google Maps to plan your journey well in advance. Aim to arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your interview.
Interview tip #4: Take notes with you
It is usually acceptable to take notes along for an interview as this shows you are organised and have thoroughly researched the role. Unless promoted beforehand, save any questions you have till the end of the interview. Well-prepared questions will generally impress an interviewer more than someone who has nothing to ask.
Interview tip #5: Remember your manners
Friendliness, enthusiasm, politeness and confidence are good traits for any employee. During your interview however, stay relaxed whilst demonstrating your excitement about being considered for the role. Remember never get too friendly or over-animate your enthusiasm.
For more interview tips for school leavers, check out our recent blog articles below:
- what not to say in a job interview
- how to best end a job interview
- blind auditions – new age recruitment solutions
For any potential employee, it is imperative to have an up-to-date resume and refined interview techniques at this time of the year. The best people to get this right for you are our professional resume writers at Resumes to You.
Whether you are considering a casual Christmas job, a full-time role, or are looking to spruce up your resume or CV, just get in touch with our team.