Trying to find a job?
Have you left home to come to Canberra for study? Do you want to be more independent? Are you trying to save for a car? If you’re looking for a job, there are a few things that you will need:
Before you can start applying for jobs, you will need a résumé. Your résumé should be a brief document that includes vital information such as your contact details, education and employment histories, your achievements and skills and any referees. It would be best to tailor the information on your résumé to suit the kind of industry that you are applying for.
If you would like assistance with writing a résumé, contact the Careers Centre.
2. Cover letter
It is encouraged to include a cover letter with your resume even if it’s hasn’t been requested. Your cover letter should be a short, one page document that allows you to introduce yourself, demonstrate your motivation for applying for the position and highlight key skills and experience that are relevant to the position that you are applying for.
If you would like assistance with writing a cover letter, contact the Careers Centre.
3. Tax file number
A tax number (TFN) is a reference number assigned to you that is used by the tax and super systems. This number is very important and remains the same for life even if you change your name or move interstate – don’t lose it! You can apply for one at any Australia Post retail outlet or at the ATO shopfront. If you’re an international student, you can also apply online at https://iar.ato.gov.au/IARWeb/default.aspx?pid=4&sid=1&outcome=1.
4. Visa requirements (international students)
If you’re an international student interested in looking for casual or part-time work while studying full-time, make sure you read up on your visa conditions to find out if you can work and, if so, how many hours. These conditions are taken seriously and you may face the risk of having your visa cancelled if they are breached.
When you are job hunting, you should think about the kind of work that you’re after. This could be particular jobs that suit your interests or based on whether the hours will suit your uni timetable. For example, if your tutorials and lectures are during the day on week days, would the job you’re applying be able to give you hours that don’t clash? Once you’ve got a rough idea of where you might like to work, it’s time to start looking.
Seek is a job search engine and is a great place to start looking for a job! It enables users to customise their job search according to industry, location and work types. Users can also create an account (but they can also choose not to) and apply online by uploading their résumé and cover letter.
ANU CareerHub is the home to ANU Career Centre’s online jobs noticeboard as well as other job-related resources such as information about workshops, information sessions and careers fairs. To use this service, you will have to register and use your student ID as your account ID.
There is also the good old-fashioned method of walking into stores and handing in your résumé. There are a number of stores that do not advertise their job openings on places like Seek so this is a good way to ensure that you are covering all your bases in the job hunt department.
Word of mouth/networking
Another good way to find a job is through networking. You may know someone who knows places that are hiring. If they have previously or currently work there, they’ll also be able to tell you about the working environment and if they are flexible with hours (to accommodate your uni classes).
Need help with drafting a résumé or cover letter? Feel free to attend the "Resume/CV & Cover Letter" workshops that run on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2-3pm at the Careers Centre. You can sign up for sessions on the CareerHub events page.
The Careers Centre can also help with any other queries related to job hunting. Just drop in any time or book a longer consultation by contacting them on (02) 6125 3593 or shooting them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also pop in to ANUSA at any time or book an appointment by calling (02) 6125 2444 or emailing email@example.com. We’d behappy to help in any way we can!
Found a job? Great! You can read this blog here to learn more about your rights at work and how you can balance your work life and uni life!