Tips for Job Seekers
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Tips for Job Seekers | Squad | Employment Services | Australia

There are many ways to increase your chances of gaining employment. Here are some tips:

  • Start talking to your own network – Mum, Dad, grandparents, family friends, Aunty/Uncle, teachers – sometimes starting the conversation and reaching out to your networks and telling them the type of work you want to do is a good way to get a start

  • Ask about doing work experience. You can do this directly with some employers, or your careers advisor can assist you with this – remember to be proactive, don’t wait for someone else to do this for you

  • Do you need to complete any courses/licences. Sometimes you will need to gain a work health and safety certificate before you can start – this is something you can do before you commence employment.

  • Sign up to and register your interest with businesses you want to work – most websites have a ‘careers page’ where you can register your interest. Sometimes it’s a good idea to call the company first just in case there isn’t a vacancy already.



Preparing for job interviews

  • Update your resume to include all current information. Double-check it for any spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors and ask someone else to proof read it for you. Take a clean copy to the interview, even if it has already been sent in advance.

  • Research the company thoroughly to get a good idea of their background. Work this information into the interview to show how serious you are about the position.

  • Practice answering questions. Get a friend or family member to pretend to interview you or practice your answers in front of a mirror.

  • Go to bed early the night before the interview and get a good night’s rest. You should have everything ready to go for the next day so you are not rushed.

  • Wear suitable clothing related to the job you are applying for. Try to follow the dress code if you know what that is beforehand. No matter what you wear, make sure it is clean, free of holes or tears, missing no buttons, and not wrinkled.

  • Allow extra time in getting to the interview in case of unforeseen circumstances such as heavy traffic or an accident. Arrive approximately 10 minutes before the interview starts.

  • Be especially nice to the receptionist or anyone you meet as they can later give positive feedback to your interviewer about your attitude and enthusiasm. You may also be working with them one day and first impressions count!

  • When you’re being introduced to the interviewer/panel ensure you look them in the eye and repeat their name, for instance “nice to meet you (name)” give a firm handshake, be polite and enthusiastic and smile.

  • During the interview, be sure to make eye contact, smile and nod your head.

  • Be aware of your body language. Don’t slouch, cross your arms, or look uninterested. Try not to fidget, play with your hair etc.

  • Listen to the information and questions carefully.

  • Think before you speak. Concentrate on what you want to communicate in your answer and speak with confidence

  • Ask to tour the office or see the place you would be working. Introduce yourself to others you see working there.

  • Think of a couple of questions to ask the interviewer at the end of your interview