Finding a job can be hard and competitive.
We’ve got the low down on how to find a job you’d like to do,
ace your application and score your dream gig.
When you’re job hunting for the first time, it can be tough to figure out where to start, and really frustrating to see all the ads that say ‘experience required’.
If you’re about to scream ‘how does anyone ever get any experience if every job requires them to have it before they start?!’ then take a deep breath, and read on!
- industry knowledge and skills
- updated contact details.
- an opening statement about you
- a list of your previous skills and experiences
- your education history
- your work history.
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Just after some more inspiration?
Cover letter DOs:
- DO keep it one page
- DO find out the name and position of the person you’re writing to
- DO make it clear exactly what job you’re applying for
- DO include at least three paragraphs, explaining:
- Who you are and why you’re interested in the job
- Your best and most relevant qualities, skills and experience
- What you can offer the organisation and why you’d be a great asset
- DO explain how you have to any skills or experiences asked for in the job ad
- DO include your contact details and when you’re available for an interview
- DO end the letter on a positive note and a point of action (e.g. ‘Thanks for consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you about an interview soon.’)
Cover letter DON’Ts:
- DON’T include everything that’s already in your resume
- DON'T use the same cover letter for different job applications
- DON’T list all your past achievements or jobs – pick the best and most relevant
- DON’T send anything with typos or mistakes in it
- DON’T overshare too much information – they don’t need to know what days you can work, that you’re going on holidays later in the year or that you’re applying for other jobs
- DON’T use a quirky email address – firstname.lastname@example.org might be fine with your mates, but a more professional one that includes your full name is more safe for work.
Key Selection Criteria
Not every job asks you for key selection criteria. Often the ones that do are for government jobs in Australia...like Moonee Valley City Council. We know it can be off-putting to answer key selection criteria but it's important to answer them as best as you can. If a job has asked you to answer it then they expect you to complete it. Some employers won't even look at your application if you haven't answered the criteria!
We have a foolproof formula to help make it easier. Introducing the STAR model!
This model makes your application easier to read and get to the point.
S = Situation
Give a brief summary about the problem you were trying to solve or something you were trying to achieve.
T = Task
Explain what you had to do to try and achieve your goal/resolve your problem.
A = Action
What steps did you take to get to your solution? Explain your process.
R = Result
Describe the outcome of your actions and what you managed to accomplish and learn.
To answer the selection criteria well make sure you have answered all areas of their question. You can provide more than one example if it helps. Be specific with your examples about what you have done and what the result of your work achieved. Best of luck!
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Congratulations on getting a job!
Sometimes you may discover that your employer is not treating you according to the rules. If this happens, it’s important to get some advice about what to do, how to raise it with them, and to protect yourself and your rights.
You may find this information helpful:
Know your employee rights Youth Central - Employee rights
Check out Work Safe Victoria’s website: Work Safe Victoria