There's plenty you can do right now to make your CV even more attractive to future employers!
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- Volunteer or join a community group
- Get to know your trainers
- Improve your communication skills
- Learn from others
Many people have secured their future through an apprenticeship/traineeship. By developing their skills in a real workplace, they've been able to establish a great career.
Volunteer or join a community group
Consider gaining experience and industry connections while helping your community.
Not only does it feel good to give back, volunteering or joining a public group can help you find a job by putting you in contact with respected business leaders within your community. It looks great on your Curriculum Vitae (Resume) and you may meet people know an employer who is looking for a specific tradesperson or they may even become your employer.
Get to know your trainers
It's never too early to start making professional contacts. Don’t forget your trainers are experts in their field and have a great link with industry and may know of projects that are to start in the future.
Improve your communication skills
Effective communication is an important life skill. Whether you're being interviewed, asking for a raise, speaking with clients, giving a presentation or rallying your team for a long-haul job, you need to be good at communicating.
Explore these free online resources
- Download an audio of the iconic The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie and Joseph B. Esenwein at LearnOutLoud.com
- With over 332,000 members and 15,400 clubs worldwide, Toastmasters offers resource for preparing speeches, presenting awards and giving sales pitches.
- Create an online portfolio on LinkedIn and keep adding to it. It's a great way to showcase your work. It will also keep your achievements fresh in your mind, which helps when you're filling out job applications or attending job interview.
- How to write a Resume & Cover Letter it’s very important to have a great resume that highlights your skills and achievements. Don’t forget your resume will change over time and may change depending on the job advertisement requirements, meaning you need to address your resume and cover letter specifically for each job you apply for.
Learn from others
- The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways YouTube Channel hosts videos featuring the experiences of apprentices and trainees.
- The Real Stories Real Achievements series shares the stories of those who've secured greater employability, earning potential and a better life through an apprenticeship or traineeship.
- Pathways to Success showcases the great work opportunities available through apprenticeships and traineeships.