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Helping you land your first job.

Thinking about your first job? From writing an amazing resume to nailing your interview, this guide’s here to help you land your first gig.

Before you start your search.

To get started, work out what you want from your first job. Would you like something fast-paced, or something in the great outdoors? The trick is to know what you want, while remembering that your first job is a stepping stone to greater things.

When you start looking, it helps to tell family and friends that you’re on the hunt. They might have some good advice, and they may even know about a job you can follow up on straight away.

If you hear about an opportunity, it pays to be ready. Consider our bank accounts for people under 21 if you don’t already have one.

Writing your resumé.

A resumé, ‘CV’ or Curriculum Vitae (all the same thing), summarises all your achievements on a page. You might have friends who land their first jobs without one – like through word of mouth. But if you use a CV, you’ll end up with more options.

Check out this example (DOC 23KB) (and feel free to copy it) to see what a good resume could look like.

Our top 5 resumé writing tips.

Make sure you follow the tips below to stand out and avoid some rookie mistakes:

Keep your resumé brief.

Good resumés are usually less than one page. A long resumé takes a shortcut to the rejected pile.

Keep it simple.

This isn’t the place for a love-heart border. Choose a simple, easy-to-read font and only provide a photo if you’re asked to.

Remember to include:

  • Your email and phone number (so you can be contacted)
  • Achievements
  • Awards
  • Extra-curricular interests (e.g. captaining sports teams)
  • Charity work you’ve done (e.g. volunteering or fundraising).

Add some personality.

Write a short intro (3 sentences max) that describes your goals and your approach to work. Keep in mind, an employer is looking for what you can do for them, not the other way around.

Spell check, spell check, spell check.

Attention to detail is an important skill to have. If you’ve made a few typos, it looks like you don’t care, even if you do!

Fix up your social.

More and more, future bosses are checking social media before hiring. These pages say a lot about you, and if there’s something risky, even if it is a joke, it could affect your chances.

To clean up your social media, google yourself. Then, go through your accounts for anything that you wouldn’t want a boss to see. Delete what you can and change your settings to be as private as possible. Make yourself look pro and you’ll get treated like one.

Your first interview.

If you’re feeling a mixture of excitement and fear right now, don’t stress, it’s normal. Here’s how you can calm those nerves and crush your first interview:


Search the company online, browse their website and your managers LinkedIn account. While there, think about questions you’d like answered during your interview. It’s an easy way to show you care and stand out as a potential hire.

Dress for the job you want.

You always want to look smart, never scruffy. If it’s an office job, you’ll need to wear smart-casual. If it’s something a bit more creative, you can get away with dressing down a little bit. Just never look like you don’t care.

Be 10 minutes early.

Work out how you’ll get to the interview (driving, walking, public transport) and allow an extra 10 minutes of travel time. That way, you won’t be stressing when you get to the door.

Listen, learn, and ask your questions.

Don’t forget to ask the questions you wrote down earlier and ask any more that you think of during the interview.

Be unforgettable by following up.

The day after your interview, send a quick email thanking them for the interview. They might have met a lot of people, so it’s good practice to get a reminder in.

Keep looking while you wait to hear back.

While you cross your fingers, keep looking because you might land another job you like more. The more options you have, the more opportunities you’ll have to love your job.

Helpful job resources.

While you continue looking for a job, you might want to expand your search. Take a look at popular sites like LinkedIn, Seek, Jora and Indeed. And if you’re thinking about an apprenticeship, you can learn more from Australian Apprenticeships.

Don’t forget, if your resumé’s not doing the trick you can always add to it. Ask around about odd-jobs, work experience and volunteering. These ‘mini jobs’ help you understand your likes and dislikes about working, plus they look great on your resumé.

Lastly, we just want to wish you good luck on your job hunt. If you follow the steps above, we’re sure you’ll be in your first job in no time.

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