The transition from school to the job world can be both exciting and challenging for young school leavers. As school leavers embark on their journey to secure their first jobs, either full time or a casual job whilst studying at university, it’s crucial to equip them with the right tools and knowledge. 

In this blog, we’ll explore five essential tips that will help school leavers make a successful transition and stand out in their pursuit of the perfect job. My 5 essential tips include:

Tip 1: Crafting an Impressive Resume

A well-crafted resume is the gateway to securing a first full time or casual job, whilst studying at university. School leavers should focus on showcasing their skills, accomplishments and any relevant experience. It is essential to tailor their resume to each job application, highlighting the most relevant information by using concise and clear language to demonstrate their value to potential employers. 

Tip 2: Dressing for Success

First impressions matter and dressing professionally is key to leaving a lasting positive impression during interviews and at networking events. We need to encourage school leavers to dress according to the industry’s norms, ie. opting for conservative and well-fitted attire. Confidence will naturally follow when they feel comfortable and well presented. 

Tip 3: Building an Online Brand In the Digital Age

An online presence plays a significant role in job hunting in today’s current job market. School leavers need to be aware that the need to clean up their social media accounts and present a professional image on their social media platforms (ie. employers will review your social media accounts and if they find negative comments or risqué photos, you may find employers will not consider you). School leavers need to leverage these platforms to showcase their skills, projects and interests; thus creating a positive online personal brand that aligns with their career goals. 

Tip 4: Developing Networking Skills

Networking is a powerful tool during the job search process. School leavers need to be encouraged to attend industry events, career fairs and workshops to give them the opportunity to engage with professionals and peers, which can open doors to hidden job opportunities and provide valuable insights into the industry they wish to enter. Networking is the art of building meaningful connections through active listening and gaining a genuine interest in others’ experiences. 

Tip 5: Embracing the Parental Support

Parental support can be a great asset during this phase of life. Parents can offer guidance, encouragement and emotional support. However, it is essential to strike a balance and allow school leavers the freedom to explore their interests and make their own decisions. During this time, we need to encourage open communication and mutual respect in this process. 

The journey and/or transition from school to the ‘big wide’ world may seem daunting, but with the right guidance and preparation, school leavers can confidently step into the job market.

School leavers need to focus on developing a compelling and customised resume to help them “stand out”, dressing to impress – first impressions count, building an online personal brand, honing networking skills and embracing parental support, can lay a solid foundation for a successful and fulfilling career ahead.

Remember every step of the way is a learning experience; and with perseverance and determination, the possibilities are endless.

Katie is the ECM Consulting Founder and Director.
Starting in 2003 as a professional resume writer, Katie has extensive experience in professionally developing job application documents for clients across all occupations and levels, both in the public and private sectors.

If you are wanting to forge ahead with confidence into your next career position or promotion, feel free to reach out for chat. Together, we can help you Stand Out from the crowd.