- Don’t limit yourself! Most of us have an idea of our ideal job, and that’s awesome, strive to reach that goal! But we all have to start somewhere, so whilst checking out places such as the fish n chip shop down the road, fast food outlets and your local grocery store may not be what you want, they are great places to start looking at and to gain experience from.
- Use your Contacts! Everyone you meet in life is a contact. That saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ comes into place here. Friends, parents, teachers, teammates, the mailman, the guy you buy your pie off on Sunday morning - these are the people to approach. Ask if there are any positions at their work, coming up or if they have heard of anything. Always keep lines of communication open.
- Call around! Take half an hour once a week, grab the phone book and use the time to call all the stores in your local mall, shopping strip or some community businesses. Ask if there are any positions going and follow up what they say, dress appropriately, write up a cover letter and take it with your CV into the Manager.
- Check out job listings! Browse through the weekend paper at the library, scroll through websites such as www.seek.co.nz or www.trademe.co.nz, stop and look at community notice boards at the chemist, supermarket, church, library, information centres and keep an eye out in shop windows around town for any ‘positions available’ signs.
Don’t give up! Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the first job you apply for, there are plenty more out there. Keep trying, stay positive and take every opportunity thrown at you