WHEN looking to take the leap into the employment market, the class of 2012 should turn their lack of experience from a negative into a positive for potential employers according to Kevin Ayre, CEO, Sarina Russo Job Access.
Mr Ayre said school leavers must promote their understanding of new technology, their multi-tasking ability, their high energy levels, the fact they have few commitments outside work and their flexibility as they are still in a learning mode and not set in their ways.
"The 'class of 2012' should also be aware of a few simple strategies employers use to choose the best job candidates," Mr Ayre said.
"Employers want a can-do personality, will-do attitude and will-fit company culture.
"The preparation of a good resume and cover letter is vital for school leavers to get through the job application stage."
When reading resumes, Mr Ayre said employers look for:
- Consistent grades - indicates an ability to apply yourself to a task
- Extra-curricular activities - indicates an ability to prioritise and multi-task
- Involvement in sport or team-based activity - indicates good discipline, focus and the ability to work in a team
- Part-time work - indicates initiative, a work ethic and customer service skills
- Voluntary work- indicates a preparedness to give something back to the community
- Networking - indicates a 'can-do' attitude
At the interview stage, he said an employer will be impressed if you:
- Are neatly attired, polite and on time for the interview
- Have researched their business and understand their industry
- Can relate how your personal qualities will benefit their business.
"School leavers who plan to go on to university or enrol in vocational education should still heed these strategies to secure part-time work which will enhance their long-term employability skills," Mr Ayre said.
"As they say it's always easier to get a job if you already have a job."
Mr Ayre said school leavers need to become proactive jobseekers and actively look for a job - because "the job won't look for you".
He recommended reaching outside of your comfort zone and contacting people you've never met, planning how to best sell yourself, preparing your own list of interview questions relevant to the industry, company and the potential role, and always be professional - even if there's no work