Having a job brings lots of rewards like earning your own money and making new work friends. It also helps to set you up for your future career by showing employers what you are capable of in the workplace.
In Queensland, you can start work at 11 years old by doing supervised delivery work that involves delivering newspapers, advertising material or similar items between certain hours only. Once you’re 13, you can take on a job in other types of industries. The Queensland Government has information on all the places you can get a job based on your age.
If you want a job but don’t know where to look, here’s a few different ways you can find one:
- Online job engine: There’s plenty of job websites like LinkedIn, Seek or Career One that have lots of different jobs advertised. You’ll be able to narrow your search down by job title or region. Even better, you can apply online and may even be able to create a profile to let employers find you!
- Friends or family: It’s always a good idea to ask friends or family members if they know of any jobs available. Your parents or siblings may have a vacancy where they work and can put a good word in for you!
- Hit the pavement: If you’re looking for a job in retail or a restaurant, vacancy notices are often put up on the doors of the building. Keep an eye out for ‘staff wanted’ signs and keep your resume handy so you can have a chat to the manager when you’re there.
Alternatively, if you’re the entrepreneurial type, consider starting your own business. It can be something simple like selling items through gumtree or eBay, odd jobs around the neighbourhood, or making products and selling them at markets. Let your imagination run-wild and find something that you’ll really enjoy. You may need to set up an Australian Business Number (ABN) to do this, but it can be a rewarding way to working for yourself on something you love.
Congratulations! You’ve applied for a job and the employer wants to meet you. You should feel very proud being shortlisted. We know it can be a nervous time, so here are a few tips to help you feel confident on interview day.
How to prepare for a job interview
- Look at the company website: Learn the company’s history, who their customers are, their latest marketing campaigns, and follow their social media accounts. The more you know about the company, the more you’ll be able to explain why you should work there.
- Read through the job ad: Have another look at the position you applied for and remember the selection criteria. Read through your cover letter and remind yourself why you’re the best person for the job.
What to wear to a job interview
Think about the position you’ve applied for and try to dress to impress. If you’re going for an office position, try to wear business-type attire. If it’s a job in a restaurant, try to look smart. You have 5 seconds to make a great first impression, so use this to your advantage. Also, don’t forget to wear a big smile and a badge of confidence!
The more you prepare, the less likely you’ll be stumped on difficult questions. Some common interview questions include:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why do you want to work here?
- What do you know about our company?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why did you leave your last job?
Interview questions go two ways, so try to think of a few questions you want answered and ask these at the end of the interview. You’ll be interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you, so feel confident and think about finding the right employer to match your needs too.
After the job interview
Once the interview finishes, the interviewer/s will often explain the next process and if they don’t – you can ask them.
Once the full interview process is completed you’ll either be told you’ve been successful and given a contract, or told you were unsuccessful. If you got the job – congratulations! You can spend some time negotiating your hours and pay if you like, but if you’re happy with the contract, go ahead and sign it.
If you missed out this time, you can always ask for feedback from the interviewer/s and prepare for next time. Don’t feel disheartened, you’ve learnt lots from this round so just keep looking and applying.
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