Getting your first job can seem impossible. Finding a job you would enjoy is difficult, writing your resume can be daunting when you have no help, and interviews are usually nerve-wracking.
But it doesn't have to be so hard! There are lots of easy things you can do to make sure you have the best chance at getting your dream job. We have put together three different packets of information, that will be useful if you’re applying for a casual job, or your first full-time position.
So if you need help with putting together your resume and cover letter, have a read through our RESUME AND COVER LETTER information packet.
Are you struggling to find a job? Do you know where to look and what to do once you have decided to apply? Our FINDING A JOB PDF should help you out.
If you are a successful applicant, most companies will have an interview round. This can make even the most confident people a ball of nerves. But it doesn't have to. We have information to help you PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW and information on SURVIVING THE INTERVIEW. So you will definitely ace the interview process!
You may also want to watch example videos of interviews so you can become more familiar with the type of questions that interviewers ask. The Business Services Industry Skills Board (BSISB) who created this website recently made instructional videos for those transitioning to work, particularly those returning from injury. This includes interviews with ‘good’ and ‘bad’ interviewers and interviewees as an example of how to and how not to act in such situations These videos are being used in the BSISB’s Injured Worker project to remind those returning to work what they should and should not do in interviews, and how important first impressions are, especially for workers without much experience in the position they are applying for.
Video 1 is of an injured female aged care worker transitioning to an administrative position who is well prepared for her interview. She is appropriately and neatly dressed, has all supporting documents and does not fidget during the interview.
Video 2 is of an injured female aged care worker transitioning to an administrative position. She is not appropriately dressed, does not have the required supporting documents, leaves her handbag on her lap, forgets to turn off her phone and fidgets with her clothing during the interview.
Video 3 demonstrates appropriate behaviour for an injured transport worker transitioning to a training role. The male interviewee is appropriately dressed, demonstrates enthusiasm to his interviewer, makes good eye contact, has all appropriate documents and does not fiddle with them during the interview.
Video 4 is of an injured transport worker transitioning to a training role. The male interviewee is not appropriately dressed, does not demonstrate enthusiasm for the role, fiddles and does not make enough eye contact.
Video 5 is of a young worker returning to work after injury, and an inappropriate interviewer. The young woman is appropriately dressed, polite and well prepared for the interview, but some of her interviewer’s comments and behaviour warn her that her employer may not have the appropriate level of professionalism required of an interviewer, and this makes her uncomfortable.
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The BSISB recently created instructional videos for those transitioning to work, particularly those returning from injury.
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