Apply for work over the summer holidays!

By Amanda Bertschinger,

  Filed under: Careers, Uncategorised

Many companies/employers are taking applications and hiring now for the busy season. As such, students may like to consider the below for their best chance at gaining employment in a highly competitive environment.

Preparing Written Job Applications

Job Applications/Cover letters are very important. No matter how impressive your resume is, a poorly written cover letter can be the undoing of any chance of acquiring an interview. However, don’t underestimate the power of providing a cover letter. This should be a single page letter at the front of your resume and you should use a different one for each job application, tailoring it to the position you are applying for.

There are different kinds of cover letters depending on your needs. Please see the following examples:

Cover letter when you have no work experience – youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/applying-for-a-job/what-is-a-cover-letter/sample-cover-letters/cover-letter-no-work-experience

Cover letter when you have some work experience – youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/applying-for-a-job/what-is-a-cover-letter/sample-cover-letters/cover-letter-some-work-experience

Cover letter when no resume is required – youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/applying-for-a-job/what-is-a-cover-letter/sample-cover-letters/cover-letter-when-no-resume-is-needed-no-paid-work-experience

Cover letter when there’s no job advertised – youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/applying-for-a-job/what-is-a-cover-letter/sample-cover-letters/cover-letter-when-no-job-is-advertised

Important steps to keep in mind when writing a cover letter:

  1. Address the letter to the name of the person hiring and include their position and title. If you don’t have this information, endeavour to find it out.
  2. Introduce yourself.
  3. Show that you meet the job requirements by reflecting on the actual job advertisement and highlighting the skills you have that meet these requirements. For example, if the job involves customer service, you may highlight certain communication skills.
  4. Be specific. For example, rather than making a general comment: “I have strong skills in Word” say “I have two years’ experience using Word in my previous employment at Shelly’s Café, typing and designing weekly menus.”
  5. Don’t just focus on yourself – that is what your resume is for. Show that you meet their requirements, but also highlight why you would be a valuable part of their team or organisation. Research the company, so that you can demonstrate a genuine interest in the position.
  6. Make it clear you want this job and give reasons why.
  7. Check spelling and grammar! Perhaps have someone proofread it for you.

Creating a Cover Letter, Resume or e-Portfolio has been made easy for you!

Go to the St John’s Future Career Pathways Website pathways.stjohns.sa.edu.au and under the “For Students” menu is the “Student Secure Area”. Here you can create your own account so that all your documents are automatically saved. You can log in any time and update, download or print them off as required.

Why have a Summer Job?

There are two very good reasons:

  1. Financial – That extra cash is always a great motivator.
  2. Experience – Work Experience is beneficial on both a personal and professional level. Learning new skills is paramount in gaining today’s job and career opportunities.

The Griffith University Careers and Employment Service have written a great article on: The Ten Things to Learn from Your Christmas Casual Job

They state that over the summer period, Australia will see a 170% increase in casual positions available and 87% of those jobs are created by the retail industry. Experience gained from Christmas casual work can set you up for an ongoing position with the company that employed you and can arm you with transferable skills that you can apply to virtually any career you embark on afterwards.

Where to look:

For Students or Parents wanting to weigh up the pros and Cons of after school jobs for teens, go to: www.verywellfamily.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-afterschool-jobs-for-teens-2610471

Virginia Castine

Careers Counsellor