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Job hunting

Become a hunter gatherer

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How to search and apply for jobs

Finding a job – especially one that you enjoy – can be sometimes be pretty tough. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try though!

Check out our checklist below for finding and applying for jobs!

• Is there somewhere you can use the internet regularly?

• Do you have a professional email address (e.g. maybe your full name, rather than ...)

• Have you registered with job websites (e.g. Seek, Trade Me, Student Job Search)

• Have you registered with a recruitment agency?

• Do you check the local newspapers and community notice boards regularly?

• Have you been looking for vacancies in the windows of stores (with copies of your C.V. in hand)

• Have you asked the people you know, including family friends and on Facebook?

• Have you narrowed down exactly what kinds of jobs you are keen on (e.g. full-time, part-time, office work, etc.)?

• Have you started searching for appropriate jobs?

• Have you made a list of particular jobs (advertised now) and noted down the application due dates?

• Have you tailored your C.V. and written a cover letters for each of the jobs?

• Has someone given you feedback on the cover letters, spell-check and edit and our C.V.?

• Have you told your referees about your job applications so that they are ready for a call?


If you get the job

Your first time reading and signing an employment contract can be pretty daunting and confusing!

The Employment Relations Service provides some basic things you need to know as an employed young person. This includes what your rights are as an employee and what you are entitled to, in terms of pay, leave, working on holidays and much more. Click here for more info. You can check out their FAQ’s online, or call them with questions on 0800 20 90 20 during 8.30am – 5pm.

Youthlaw is another awesome option for legal guidance. Call on (09) 309 6967 or free call 010 and follow instructions. Click here to check out their website.

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