1st Job survival guide
  • Friday 24 September 2010

Sunshine Coast Libraries have partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast and Bendigo Bank to help young adults find where the jobs are and learn how to get them.

The 1st Job Survival Guide is a program of five free sessions held at Caloundra, Maroochydore, Nambour and Noosa libraries from 6 to 14 October.

These sessions include:

  • What, where, how? – Where the jobs are and how to apply
  • Writing yourself up – Writing a resume to get that job
  • Present yourself – Style tips and interview techniques
  • Cashed up - What to do with the money once you earn it.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio councillor Jenny McKay said these workshops are a fantastic way for young residents to develop the skills necessary when applying for jobs.

“The 1st Job Survival Guide sessions are filling an important gap in the market for Sunshine Coast young people. While there are agencies that provide this service to disadvantaged teens, until now there have been no broader programs available,” Cr McKay said.

With a number of teenagers too timid or lacking the confidence to find work, this program has been developed to help build self-assurance by providing them with appropriate skills and techniques.

“More and more often these days job seekers are finding that applications can only be submitted online. The 1st Job Survival Guide program will particularly focus on this electronic-style of applying for jobs.”

Cr McKay said the partnership between council’s libraries, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Bendigo Bank to provide the 1st Job Survival Guide was a success story in itself.

“We all have a vested interest in ensuring today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders and the expert experience that these partners bring to the program will ensure the 1st Job Survival Guide supports that interest.”

Clive May, Careers and Graduate Employment Officer for the University of the Sunshine Coast will conduct the resume and interview sessions, while Bendigo Bank will offer finance 101 especially for young adults.

If you are aged between 14 and 18 and want to get a casual job to earn some cash, or know someone who is, sign up for these free workshops. More information is available from the Sunshine Coast Libraries website http://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/

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