When job searching, the Class of 2017 can turn their lack of experience into a positive for potential employers according to Dianne Fletcher, CEO, Sarina Russo Job Access.
Ms Fletcher said employers want a ‘can do’ personality, ‘will do’ attitude and ‘will fit’ company culture.
“School leavers can promote their understanding of new technology, their multi-tasking ability, their high energy levels and the fact they are flexible as they have few commitments outside work.
“The ‘Class of 2017’ should also be aware of a few simple strategies employers use to choose the best job candidates.
“To get through the job application stage the preparation of a good resume is important . When reading resumes most employers look for:
- Part-time work – initiative, a work ethic and customer service skills
- Voluntary work– preparedness to give something back to the community
- Extra-curricular activities –ability to prioritise and multi-task.
- Sports or team-based activities – good discipline, focus and teamwork. Refereeing also shows great leadership qualities and people management.
- Academic attendance and achievement – ability to apply yourself to a task
“At the interview stage a school leaver can impress an employer if you:
- Are neatly attired, polite and on time for the interview.
- Have researched their business and understand their industry
- Can relate how your personal qualities will benefit their business.
- Leave your mobile phone in your pocket AND switched off
Lastly – what does your social media footprint say about you? Employers will search!
To assist school leavers get ideas for careers of today and into the future - http://joboutlook.gov.au is an extremely useful online resource
- Take a quiz and explore careers you might enjoy
- Explore industries and the skill level required to succeed
- Where will the jobs be in 5 years? Find out which industries are expected to grow and learn about the skills they'll need.
Ms Fletcher said The Class of 2017 also need to become proactive jobseekers because jobs don’t look for you.
- Don't be shy - reach outside of your comfort zone and contact people you've never met
- Prepare a list of relevant questions about the industry, the company and you can add value; and
- Be professional - even if there's no work now, they will remember you.