Workshop to help teenagers find their first job

GETTING a job in your teens can be tough work, especially with little or no experience.

But if you're keen to earn, a workshop at Goonellabah Library may be the answer.

Run by Lisa-Marie Kerr, author of Get Job Ready - A Teen's Guide to Getting Their First Job, it promises to cover the basics of tackling the job market.

Among these are writing an interview-winning resume and getting the skills and confidence to throw yourself into the market.

Ms Kerr landed her first job at the age of 15 and says that she has since managed to get every job she wanted.

Author Lisa-Marie Kerr will be speaking at the Goonellabah Library on Thursday, November 6, about helping teens get their first job.
Author Lisa-Marie Kerr will be speaking at the Goonellabah Library on Thursday, November 6, about helping teens get their first job. Contributed

She has more than 15 years experience in recruiting and employing teens in her own businesses and others.

The free workshop will be held tomorrow from 5-8pm.

Not only will you get job tips, the library will provide pizza and drinks.

TIPS FOR JOB SEEKERS

1. You have to really WANT the job

When you really want a job you communicate to the employer with energy and a positive can- do attitude. The employer can feel it in your resume, cover letter and in the interview. Enthusiasm goes a long way.

2. Networking - It's who you know

News of job availability can come through chatting with family and friends, your parents' colleagues, your friends parents, teachers, anyone you know or bump into - even the staff at your favourite coffee shop. It's about keeping your ears to the ground and communicating with people.

3. Write your own resume and cover letter

First learn how to write an effective one, and then write your own resume and cover letter (some guidance and feedback is okay). It will build your self-confidence and belief, and this will show, especially in the interview when you can speak with more confidence.

4. Research and Preparation

Time spent in preparation is never wasted! Research the business you are applying for and practise your responses to potential interview questions. Research and preparation builds confidence and minimises the potential of you being stuck for a response to a question in an interview.

5. Make a good first impression

If you are invited for an interview, remember you only get 30 seconds to make a good and lasting first impression. Dress for success, smile, use your manners and show your enthusiasm for the company and the position.



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