Finding work

Four ways to find your dream job

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. 

  1. Network
  2. Hit the streets
  3. Volunteer
  4. Search online
Job application 

1. Network

Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job! 

Ask around friends, family members, family friends, neighbours, people at your sports club or other activities you do. You might be surprised by how many opportunities are at your feet, just because they know you. 

If you’re interested in working in a specific industry, find out if anyone you know works there or know someone who does. 

Grab a coffee or chat to them over the phone, it all helps get your foot in the door.


2. Hit the streets

Talk to people at cafes and shops you often go to and where they know you, and find out if (or when) they might be hiring. Or next time you’re at Highpoint, Westfield or your local shops, keep an eye out for signs in front windows – especially in the months before Christmas.

If there’s somewhere like the look of that’s hiring, be brave! Go in and ask to speak to the manager.

Personally introduce yourself with a big smile, let them know you want to apply for the role being advertised, and ask any questions you might have.

You’ll stand out from the crowd immediately, and a good first impression can go a long way to help you score that job! (Just don’t forget to apply for it afterwards!)


3. Volunteer

Doing things for free when you want a paying job might sound silly, but stay with us!

The experiences you have, skills you learn and contributions you make while volunteering are very valuable on your resume, especially when you’re starting out or looking to career change.

Sometimes volunteering can lead to getting a paid job. Other times, regular volunteering shows you’re committed, motivated and reliable.

All types of volunteering counts, even if you don’t think of it as ‘work’ – from helping out at your sports club, school, church, mosque, temple, even with one of Valley Youth’s committees


4. Search online

Lots of people advertise entry-level jobs via sites such as Seek, Ethical Jobs, Career One and Indeed. So there are a few things to watch out for:

  • Look at each jobs required skills and experience, to check you have them (or at least most of them) before you apply
  • Give your correct phone number and email
  • Check them regularly! You don’t want to miss an interview because you haven’t checked it for a few days
  • Lots of others will be applying for this job too, how else can you make your application stand out? 


More helpful links:

Youth Central - How to find a job
Centre for Multicultural Youth - Pathways
Youth Central - Organisations seeking Volunteers
FYA - How to hunt for a job


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