Using Your Work Experience Reports Smartly

toolsIt’s nearly four years since I wrote a post on Tips for School Leavers Looking for Work which can be found here. If you are preparing your resume and wondering how to give it a point of difference, try re-visiting your Work Experience Reports. If you did well in your placements and received good feedback, those comments can be quoted at the top of your resume. How does that help with your job search? While potential employers are looking for aptitude they are also looking for the right attitude. Work Experience Reports can be a good source of detail about your character and personality. They may describe how well you commit to tasks, interact with others and fit in to a team. Don’t forget sporting or school awards either, but only from your time at secondary college and focus on the most recent ones.

6 Tips for School Leavers Looking for Work

If you are about to leave school and you need to find work, these 6 tips will help.

  1. When the school year is finished and you’ve had a good holiday then your job will be to get a job.  That’s right, treat finding a job as though it is a job.  Allocate set hours each day to your job search, be consistent and follow up.
  2. Have your resume and portfolio developed by a professional; they have the knowhow.
  3. Make sure your mobile phone has message bank, a professional message and that you have plenty of credit all the time; who knows who might be calling.
  4. If your email address is a bit out there or unprofessional, either change it, or get another email address just to be used for your job search and check it daily.
  5. Google your name and clean up your social media, employers are watching.
  6. Check out your wardrobe for interview clothes, beg and borrow from family and friends, don’t get caught short.