Check out these resources and links!

Things No One Told You about getting a job

Looking for a job but not sure where to start?

Young people often tell us there are things they feel they are expected to know but that No One Told them. Finding a job can be confusing and scary, so as part of our Things No One Told You project, we have put together some info to help you out!

Gather your documents.

Here are some things you should get together and have ready.
Be prepared with…

  • Your first introduction to a potential employer.
  • It highlights your education, skills, and experience.
Cover Letter:
  • This expresses your interest in the job you are applying for.
  • Make sure you make it super relevant to the job.
  • Include this with your resume when you apply for jobs.
Identification Documents:
  • ID with a photo of you to verify your identity
  • Examples are: driver’s license / learner’s permit / passport / proof of age card or medicare.
Visa or Work Authorisation Documents
(if relevant to you):

For individuals working in a country other than their home country, info on appropriate visa or work authorisation documents can be found here

A young person preparing for an interview


Do your research:

Learn as much as you can about the job and workplace you are thinking to apply for. Getting insight into the company’s culture and environment, helps you work out if it aligns with your values and goals.

Understanding the businesses’ purpose and vision enables you to tailor your application and interview responses to how your skills and values align with theirs. Research provides valuable info about the businesses’ reputation and how they treat their staff. Its also a great idea to ask around and find out what others can tell you.

Check out the buttons below for info on the things you will need to have ready to start a job.

Tax file number / TFN:
This is your personal reference number in the tax and superannuation systems.
If you don’t have a TFN, your employer will withhold up to 50% of your income [pay] in tax.
To apply for a TFN, click the tab below.

Bank details:
You will need a bank account in your name. When starting work, provide your employer with your BSB & account number:

*BSB (Bank-State-Branch) is a six-digit number identifying banks and branches.

Superannuation / ‘Super’:
Your employer will contribute a portion of pay into your retirement savings.
Under the super guarantee, employers pay 11% of your pay to super contributions if you are 18+, or if under 18 and you work 30+ hours a week.


Unlock job success. Things to acquire skill on………

The journey to job success requires a plan and skills. Craft a resume that tells your unique story with impact, highlight your skills, experience and personality! Each experience in the workforce is a step towards your next job and is a learning experience. Build a strong network and make contacts that will help you achieve your goals. Its worth building a standout online presence too!

Writing a resume and cover letter

Your resume is the first impression of YOU! Keep it succinct, well laid out and put your skills & experience most relevant to the job you are applying for at the top. Check out headspace’s top tips via the tab below. Youthcentral also have some fab tips here

Interview preparation
Interview’s can be scary but are a good chance for you to check out a possible employer as they check you out. headspace has some great info.

Reference letter:
This is a letter that provides a written endorsement of your character, skills, and qualifications, typically written by a previous employer, colleague, or trustworthy adult like a teacher or coach. Check out Seek’s article for all you need to know!


Time to get yourself out there!

Below are some websites commonly used for finding job opportunities. Check out these reputable platforms for legitimate job opportunities:


Not for profit and community sector jobs.

Indeed Job Search Logo


Widely used job search engine that collects job listings from various websites and job boards.

Seek Logo


Popular Australian job search website offering a variety of job listings and job seeking resources


Already working and its not going so well?

Sadly, some young people start their working lives in employment where they are not supported or treated very well. It is important to understand your rights and responsibilities in the workplace, as well as the best places to get info if you are not being treated fairly.

REMEMBER: It is important to have a trusted person you can chat to about work, who can support you in tough time.

Workplace Health Check 

Enjoy a healthy working environment!

Some common issues that young people might face in the workplace are:

  • Underpayment or unfair wages
  • Discrimination and bullying
  • Unsafe work environments
  • Unreasonable work hours

Check out LegalAid here or the resources for help and information.


FairWork Australia

Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal who set the minimum wages for Australia and help with issues in the workplace.


Young Workers Centre

A one-stop-shop for young workers who want to learn more about their rights at work or who need assistance in resolving workplace issues.

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