How good is your handshake?
The Apprentice Site Support Advisor at Rio Tinto said nothing gives her a worse first impression than a weak or bone crusher handshake.
Companies are preparing their 2019 apprenticeship vacancy ads so it was a good time to hear employers and three apprentices talk at the CCI Developing Our Future Workforce workshop.
The gave these tips on how to apply successfully:
Give the Employer the Right Gut Feeling
One employer said he goes on “Gut Feeling” and others agreed with him.
The gut feeling started with a good written application. School leavers can get tips on how to write a good resume and cover letter HERE at Youth Central.
Check this video. It gives tips on how to make a good impression.
Apart from having a friendly handshake you can give a good impression if you dress neatly, smile and show that you have done some research on the company.
- The apprentices on the panel found their jobs through Seek.com.au or through a career advisor.
- Two people on the panel worked as Trades Assistants as they applied for apprenticeships. This gave them industry-ready skills and showed they were interested in the work.
- Employers liked applicants who had done volunteer or part time work as it showed their enthusiasm and meant they would have some work ready skills.
- Work experience in the field looks good on a resume.
- Good school results, particularly in metals, maths and engineering were indicators that you might be a good apprentice. Taking a folio of photos of projects they had worked on was a good idea.
- Start working towards your driver’s license as soon as you turn 16.
One student was doing the off the job training at North Metro TAFE and said the lecturer was great and made sure they all learned what they needed before moving on. Another was studying through Westrac and said they were great too. The other was with Programmed which trains FIFO apprentices for two years in house before they go out on site.
Women and girls interested in trades may find the Programmed National Energy Technician Training Scheme worth applying through. They have 38% females in their trades program.
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has a range of information on how to get an apprenticeship.
For advice and coaching on how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship contact me, Bev Johnson at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au