step 1

What would you like to do?

Before you go rush into anything, you need to train your focus on exactly what it is you want from your job. Are you after a part-time job to earn a bit of pocket money for your weekends, or have you finished your education and are looking for full-time work?

Just as importantly, think about what you’d love to do, and concentrate on that. Do you see yourself working at a desk or outdoors? Are you comfortable dealing with members of the public or do you prefer being behind the scenes? What sort of hours are you willing to work? Will you be happy working for someone else or do you want to start your own business? Are you willing to travel, or would you rather be close to home.

Answer these questions first to avoid job dissatisfaction down the track.

step 2

Get your basics sorted

In order to get any sort of work, there are a couple of non-negotiables which you’ll need to arrange. Firstly, you need to get yourself on the grid with a Tax File Number, and secondly, you’ll need a red hot resume to set yourself apart.

  1. Get a Tax File Number

    While it’s not compulsory to get a TFN, those without one may have more tax withheld than is necessary, or may not be able to receive certain government benefits.

    Getting hold of one is a cinch – if you attend an interview at a participating Australia Post outlet, you can apply for a TFN online. Otherwise, you can just fill in a paper application form and provide to the Tax Office with the associated documentation.

    Find out more on the ATO website

  2. Write up your Resume

    Your resume should provide potential employers with a well-presented, succinct and accurate picture of why they should add you to their payroll. Tailor your resume to each job you apply for, highlighting your skills and previous experience that would make you a valuable employee.

    If you’re writing your Resume for the first time, consult your Careers advisor or head online to find a template to work from.

step 3

Get a bank account

For most of us, especially those seeking their first casual or part-time job, money will be a key motivator. The idea of a steady income stream as we transition from child into adult is very appealing.

So in preparation of starting work, you should carefully consider how best to capitalise on your hard-earned money. Your first bank account should be suited to your needs.

When you’re staring out, you’ll be looking for any helping hand you can get, so how about an account that rewards your good savings habits by paying you a high rate of interest when your balance grows each month? And for when you need to do some spending, how does transaction-fee-free banking sound?

If this sounds appealing, you may like to learn more about The Greater Bank Life Saver Account.

step 4

Use Online Tools and Apply

The best way to expose yourself to the maximum amount of job opportunities these days has to be by heading online. Using job-hunting websites allow you to set up personal profiles, letting you to hone your search results so that you’re shown the most suitable and attractive opportunities for your skillset.

Be sure to regularly check these sites for new job listings, and keep track of which positions you’ve applied for.

To view a list of current Greater Bank opportunities, and to hear more about what it’s like to be part of our team, click here.

step 5

Be sensible, and patient

Once you begin applying, the waiting game begins. Keep in mind that just because application periods for jobs you’re interested in are closed, doesn’t mean you will hear from the employer straight away. In some cases, you should be prepared not to hear back at all, if you weren’t selected for an interview.

Patience is vital at this point – it’s important to keep an even keel and not put all your eggs in one basket. While you’re waiting, however, there are some things you can do to prepare for employment, or to improve your chances of consideration:

  1. Sign up for Internet Banking

    This way, when your pay starts rolling in, you can manage your money wherever you are.

  2. Clean up your Social Media Profiles

    Yes, employers will check your Facebook, so perhaps you should take down the photos of those big nights out?

  3. Prepare for your Interview

    Practice answering interview questions, and get comfortable talking about yourself to strangers. First impressions count!