Companies are preparing their 2021 apprenticeship vacancy ads. The competition will be fierce. These tips will help you to be competitive.
Do you shake hands now?
I now wonder what to do when I meet someone. Do I nod, shake hands, smile and make eye contact?
Leave it up to the interviewer.
It will be hard to get to the interview stage. If you DO get there, don’t blow it by refusing to shake hands (carry hand sanitizer and use it straight after the interview) OR by having a pathetic handshake!
You’ve gotta hate wimpy handshake but a bone crusher is weird. Have a firm handshake and look at the person as you shake hands.
Give the employer the right gut feeling
Check this video. It gives tips on how to give your potential employers a good gut feeling.
If you have a good written application the employer will start off with the feeling that you are going to be good.
School leavers can get tips on how to write a good resume and cover letter HERE at Youth Central.
Apart from having a decent handshake say “Hi. Good to meet you” and smile.
Dress like the employer
Neat casual will probably suit most apprenticeships. Don’t wear a suit. Your employer won’t be wearing a suit.
Finding an apprenticeship
- An apprenticeship is a job. You can find apprenticeships through family and friends, on sites like Seek.com.au or through a career advisor, a Jobs and Skills Centre or via a pre-apprenticeship.
- Getting a job as a trades assistant can help you to get a foot in the door.
Making a good impression
- Employers like applicants who have 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 are indicators that you might be a good apprentice in a building trade. Taking a folio of photos of projects you have worked on is a good idea.
Get your driver’s license
- A driver’s license is important for most apprenticeships. Start working towards your driver’s license as soon as you turn 16.
At the end of the interview say you really want this apprenticeship.
(Know what to say if they ask why!)
Women in Trades
Only 1-3% of tradespeople are women. Opportunities to earn the big money during mining and building booms are largely given to men while women are directed into low paid caring jobs in the aged, child and disability sectors.
Women and girls interested in trades may find the Programmed National Energy Technician Training Scheme worth applying through. In 2019 they had 38% females in their trades program.
Check out this story from the ABC to get some background to supporting women in trades.
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has a range of information on how to get an apprenticeship.
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