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Finished school and wondering what’s next?

Congratulations! You’ve made it through school…but now what? Determining the right career path can be extremely overwhelming. You’ll often find finishing school can result in more questions than answers about your future. The most important thing to remember is ultimately the decision is in your hands.

At Labour Solutions Australia, we offer a wide range of opportunities that can kick-start your career in 2021. Here are a few tips to consider as you commence your job search…

Stay optimistic

Competition is undoubtedly high when applying for entry-level roles. It’s hard not to let feelings of angst and nervousness cross your mind as you enter the job market. Particularly following the doom and gloom of unemployment portrayed by the media throughout the pandemic.

The downturn certainly put pressure on the Australian labour market, however recent data projects optimism.

The truth is, there are still plenty of jobs out there. Despite the challenges faced this year, Australia’s economy has performed much better than others.

On top of this, a range of initiatives and government incentives have been implemented, encouraging businesses to invest and employ more people. The outlook is positive for young Australians entering the labour market, so remain confident and patient with your search.

Do your research

With so many diverse industries to choose from, it’s important to invest time researching what’s right for you. Consider your skill set, aspirations, interests, and values, against potential jobs to determine if you would be a good fit. Ideally, you want to secure a job where you can learn, grow, and excel as an individual, becoming an asset to the workforce.

As someone who’s recently finished school, try not to feel intimidated by the unknown. There are entry-level jobs in every sector that offer comprehensive on-site training to ensure you are well-equipped to carry out your new role efficiently and with confidence.

Remain open-minded when exploring different options and investigating potential career paths.

Start networking

Connecting with individuals in the workforce can certainly provide a strong advantage when you’re trying to secure a new role. It’s important to build and maintain relationships with people in the industry, so you’re front of mind whenever new opportunities arise. Lay the groundwork now and don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and reach out. Begin those introductory conversations to show your enthusiasm for entering the workforce.

First impressions last

You only have one chance to make a good first impression so make it count.

Arrive at the worksite on-time, present yourself well, use appropriate language, and be responsive to instructions. Don’t underestimate the importance of non-verbal communication, like eye-contact and posture. Continuously checking your phone, creates the impression your disinterested and unfocused. Use gestures that show confidence and respect, such as a handshake.

You’re not expected to know everything, so don’t be scared to ask questions and demonstrate your willingness to learn.

Take advantage of the holiday period

The end of the school year coincides perfectly with the festive season, presenting a great opportunity to pick up a Christmas casual job.

While others tend to wind down, you can enjoy the benefit of earning some extra cash and upskilling over the holiday break. With an array of entry-level positions appearing on the job market, Christmas quickly becomes one of the busiest seasons for recruiters. This is especially true for positions within the agriculture and food manufacturing industries where demand is at its highest.

Whether you’re seeking a long-term career path or need the extra money to plan a travel experience of a lifetime, don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity.

Each year, we unite thousands of talented people to the right jobs, and you could be next. Our connections stem across a variety of industries, including construction, logistics, transport, industrial, food processing, hospitality, tourism, mining, energy, and agribusiness.

Ready to commence your journey with Labour Solutions Australia? Contact us to find out how we can support you in securing a great role with a great company.