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Tips for teens looking for a job

Tips for teens looking for a job

Whether you're looking for casual work or a job over the summer holidays, here are some tips to help you land your first role.

Finding a job

Earning money is probably the main reason you’re job hunting but it’s also worth thinking about the skills you’re going to learn along the way.

When narrowing down roles consider:

  • What interests you
  • Your strengths
  • Skills you want to develop

These will help you when writing your resume and preparing for your interview. Being honest about your strengths, areas where you could improvement and interests will position you as a confident candidate, willing to learn.

Writing your resume/CV

Without past work experience, writing a resume and a cover letter to showcase your skills may be challenging. Think creatively - being involved in team sports shows you’re a team player, being promoted to captain demonstrates leadership skills.

Research your potential employer then tailor your resume to demonstrate how your qualities, experience and interests can add value to the business or company – this could give you the edge over other candidates.

It’s also a good idea to add when you’re available to work.

Keeping your social life private

Sharing your life on social media with friends is great fun but could work against you with employers.

Some businesses will Google potential employees so keep your social information private.  If you don’t feel comfortable with what you’ve posted previously, go through your social networks and clean them up.

On the other hand, having an online profile that aligns itself with the company you want to work for is a great boost. The owner of your local surf shop might think you’re a great fit if they can see how much you love surfing.

Acing an interview

Being interviewed or going in for a trial shift, can be nerve wracking. Being prepared will make the experience much easier and make you comfortable enough to show your personality and enthusiasm for the role.

Do interview practise with a friend or family member. Think how you’d answer questions like ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses’, or ‘Tell us about your past work experience’. And have examples of when you’ve handled different responsibilities and situations.

Asking a potential boss questions that show you’ve done your research about the role will impress them.

Once you have accepted a job

Before you start your new job make sure you:

  • Open a transaction bank account
  • Consider opening a savings account – think about scheduling regular payments from your transaction account to your savings account so you save a little each time you’re paid
  • Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Organise your superannuation account
  • Understand what's in your pay
  • Build up your savings - schedule regular payments from your transaction account to your savings account a day or two after you’ve been paid.

Know your rights

Although every workplace is different, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities before you start work.

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice