Considering an apprenticeship? Plan your job search
- Published on Wednesday 1 October, 2014
- 3 min. to read
Before you start, make sure you have access to a phone, a computer with Internet and a printer for your applications and other documents. If you don’t have these at home, local libraries and nearby community centres should have computers, internet access and printers. If you use the library computer, you will also need a USB/thumb drive to save and keep your resume.
You may also need a budget to pay for things like stationery, phone calls, photocopying, travelling for interviews and perhaps new clothes.
Manage your reputation online
Make sure that you have an email address similar to your full name. Don’t use email addresses like hotguy007@ – those can be kept for personal emails.
Many employers research their candidates online through Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Before you start your job search, delete any photos or posts from your profile that you don’t want employers to see. It’s okay to ask your friends to remove photos or tags of you in posts as well. Check your privacy settings to make sure only people you want to be able to see your profile can.
Prepare your resume
The importance of a good resume cannot be underestimated. It is your advertising brochure and you need to be well prepared. Your skills need to be highlighted and tailored to each job you apply for so that the employer knows you really want to work with them.
The most effective way to prepare your resume is to store the Word version electronically (USB, PC or disc) so it can be easily modified or updated. Look at the suggested style on the MEGT website to get you started. Make sure your resume reflects the skills the employer is looking for.
Having a job lead sheet can help you keep track of the people and organisations you have contacted, important dates like when applications close, and any other information you have received or researched about a job. You can also use this to start a network of contacts and record your impressions and any feedback you receive. You can use this job lead sheet template to record your job-seeking activities.
If you would like MEGT Australia to help you with your job search, please visit our jobs site. Alternatively, you can register your interest in a position if it is not currently on this list. This goes to the MEGT recruiters.