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5 tips for crushing your job application

Landing your first job can be a little intimidating if you don’t have an enormous resume with years of job experience. We spoke to a career expert to get the tips you need to crush your job application.

This article in three points
– Young people don’t usually have resumes with stacks of prior work experience.
– Getting some insight from career advisers can give you the knowledge and confidence you need.
– Don’t miss the upcoming Yarra Ranges Youth Career Expo 2022 for plenty more info.

Jasmine Mishra helps to link young people to the job industry. She has over 15 years of experience in recruitment across all age groups, sectors, and industries.

She is passionate about discussing career management with young people and creating opportunities to grow and explore the world of work.

Jasmine believes that having a long resume isn’t the most important thing that employers look at when hiring young people. Instead, she says there are five key things that you should focus on:

Nail your resume

Your resume doesn’t need to be 4 pages long to be impressive. One page is sufficient at this stage BUT it does need to be RELEVANT to the job you’re applying for.

Employers LOVE seeing sporting and volunteering activities in young people’s resumes. So if you’ve got no work experience yet, this is the time to go and do some volunteer work & get involved in community projects. Not only does this give you work experience, you can also get references for your resume and also expand your network of contacts for future job opportunities.

Be interview ready

Interviews can be nerve-racking! You can be honest about being nervous – we’ve all been there! Do some practice interviews with family, friends, neighbours, other support organisations. The more you practice, the easier it will become – just like riding a bike!

Look good, feel good and smell good

When you turn up to an interview or at work, make sure you’re clean, your clothes are clean, especially in summer, make sure you’ve got some BO basher handy!  Take some deep breaths before you walk in if you’re not feeling quite right. Remember, when you walk into an interview or to work – someone’s given you an opportunity – that’s awesome! Why not make the most of it?

Be prepared physically

Do you know what bus to take? Have you planned out the route? Can you get there on time or even a little bit early? Have you got your gear ready? Is your phone charged? Myki topped up? Do you have the contact details of the person you’re going to meet handy?

Be prepared mentally

Going to work is a big deal! You will be given responsibility, allocated tasks, you will face challenges, you will have highs and lows, you will feel tired. You will be thrown out of your comfort zone BIG TIME! But that’s what it’s all about right? Being part of the world of ‘work’ gives us a sense of achievement & belonging.


Yarra Ranges Youth Career Expo Poster 2022

Want to get more insight and tips? The Yarra Ranges Youth Career Expo 2022 is coming up!

The event is being held by OELLEN and the Yarra Ranges Council and will give you plenty of tools and information

that you can use to get your career underway.

Wednesday May 4th
5.30pm – 8.30pm
Yarra Ranges Tech School

For more info and to register, click here.


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