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No jobs for school leavers or am I blind?

By doomguy1001 7 April 2010 28

Hey folks!

I am an 18 year old and I graduated from college late last year.  Since then I have been seeking either part-time or casual work while I do a course at CIT.  I have checked notice boards, The Canberra Times and job search websites localised in for the ACT to no avail, not to mention the careers websites for the major supermarkets and department stores.

It seems that the only positions available are for the public service (majority of positions are for managers and other positions require prior experience) and all the retail stores in the town centres (including Civic) are also seeking people to fill positions for management.  Finding a job is hard keeping in mind that I have had no previous employment and cannot *checks newspaper* make cabinets.

Should I walk around the shopping centres handing in copies of my resume and make my presence known? or am I blind and cannot see the many hundreds of jobs in Canberra that lay before me?

What’s Your opinion?

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tooheys 7:16 pm 10 Apr 10

Doomguy1001 – I’m on the flip side, I have positions to fill in a store I’m aquiring and not enough resumes to look through. Job ad is here:

The jobs aren’t exactly glamorous, but the pay is good and hours are flexible. I’m keen to see your resume, and anyone elses!

astrojax 9:09 am 09 Apr 10

you could sell your body in fyshwick, though your psyche’s well-being is maybe better off in the long run going with the agency thing. have you had a word to the careers counsellors at CiT to see if they can offer advice – maybe in the field of your study?

Overheard 12:43 am 09 Apr 10

What ‘Coach’ and others said about agencies, Doom.

It’s well worth having a good hard look at your skill sets (not just what you can prove with bits of paper or subjects you’ve studied) but your interests, hobbies, aptitude — basically the things that are going to have you springing out of bed in the morning rather than calling in sick if you can’t be ar$ed.

A good professional should be able to match you to something that you’re likely to stick at and progress with rather than just plod through to get your pay.

‘Work to live’ rather than vice versa.

BimboGeek 1:14 pm 08 Apr 10

I’ve just quit my job without organising another. I’m actually planning to start my own business. Totally not concerned about money, there’s stuff I know how to do and in the meantime waitressing will combine work with exercise!
The waitressing gig wasn’t advertised, a friend got me in for an interview. If I didn’t know people who were hiring I probably would have talked to an agency about office temping.

Spam Box 11:58 am 08 Apr 10

You can always get work in petrol stations, its not great but it pays, has flexible hours and there’s heaps of them.

Simply drive around and fill out the forms, you’ll have a job in no time.

bd84 12:01 am 08 Apr 10

KFC have been advertising jobs on the radio for the last month, they must be desperate. Kingsleys has been advertising On tv against krudd’s work visa policies and that they can’t get people to fill roles. Basically most things retail hire all the time as kids are lazy. If you have availabilty all day and have transport to get you there, in most cases you should be able to walk into a half decent service industry job. Put together a simple clear resume, spell check and get a proper email address then you shouldn’t have too many problems.

cleo 10:12 pm 07 Apr 10

Hi also ring places up for a job, I have done that, and got employment, don’t wait for people to advertise.

Manda72 7:41 pm 07 Apr 10

i would go to the agencies.

They are always screaming for casuals to work in call centres, switchboards etc. The work is pretty easy and they can be flexible with hours. Just today i saw a sign outside a agency in civic wanting people to recruit for call centres.

Also – however i agree that going to stores personally and handing out your CV is a grand plan. You will get much better response if you show yourself as well presented, articulate and more importantly..keen.

Good luck:)

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