When you’re looking for a job it can be really exciting finding one that you’re passionate about. We’ve got a list of things to get sorted so you can be one step ahead before you apply.

References

What’s a referee?
Referees are people that a potential employer can refer to if they want to ask questions about you. They can be either professional (employers/colleagues) or personal (family/friends/acquaintances). An example of who you can use include:

Professional

  • Previous or current managers
  • Previous or current colleagues
  • Parents of children you’ve babysat
  • Owners of dogs you’ve walked
  • Teachers or guidance counsellors
Personal
  • Family friends
  • Places you’ve volunteered
  • Managers of clubs you’ve been a part of (e.g. sports, church)
  • Coaches

Questions referees get asked:
Your referees will be asked questions about your work ethic and personality. Typical questions for referees include:

  • What duties did you perform?
  • How long were you employed for?
  • Would they hire you again?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?

Before you give a referee’s details, always check they agree to it so the call won’t come as a surprise. Sometimes your referee might prefer to write a letter or summary about you – this is called a written reference.

Tax file number (TFN)

All Australian residents pay tax on the money they earn which the government uses to improve Australia. Your Tax File Number (TFN) is unique to you and it’s yours for life. To apply for a tax file number, or check what your number is, visit the ATO website.

Identification

Birth certificate
A birth certificate is a legally accepted form of ID and includes information regarding your parents, location and date of birth. If you’ve misplaced your birth certificate it’s easy to get a replacement - just visit the Australian birth death and marriages registry.

Passport
A passport can also be used for identification. If you want to apply or renew your Australian passport, just visit the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can use an international passport for identification if you’re from overseas too, just visit your countries government department.

Bank account
Your employer will direct deposit your pay into a bank account so you’ll need to provide your bank account details. If you don’t have a bank account, it’s really easy to open one. You can research different banks and apply online, or go in and chat to a branch.

If you’re looking for a new bank account, check out RACQ bank. You can get an everyday account without any account keeping or spending fees so you can keep all your hard-earnt money.

Superannuation fund

Super is what your employer pays which helps fund your retirement.

When you start a new job, your employer will ask you the name of your current super fund. If you don’t yet have one, or don’t supply one, they’ll choose one for you.

There are two types of super funds; Retail and Industry. Retail Super Funds were developed by financial institutions and insurance companies. They use external fund managers to invest on their behalf, providing investment options in Australia and Internationally. Industry Super Funds were predominantly developed by trade union and industry bodies, they may have lower fees and often manage investments internally using their own investment professionals.

You may not be eligible to choose a super fund under the Super Guarantee law if:

  • you are employed under the terms of an Enterprise Agreement that specifies which super fund your superannuation will be paid into
  • you are a federal or state public sector employee excluded from choice by law or regulations.

Use the ASIC moneysmart calculator to help find out what you’ll receive in super.