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OK so I’m here, now what?

Blah blah blah (how to network)

This can be a daunting and scary task for many people but it’s an important part of being successful in life. Believe it or not, you don’t have to print business cards to ‘network’, you just have to talk to people and show some interest in who they are and what they do (by the way some people are actually interesting… some people).

There’s no need to worry that people will not want to talk to you – rarely does anyone not like to talk about the topic they know most about and in most cases their favourite topic – themselves! By talking to as many people as you possibly can you may meet someone who will one day be your ticket to a job (maybe even the job of your dreams) – as they say: It’s not what you know, but who you know. Today, this saying has never been more relevant and is possibly the most important thing you will ever learn.

If you don’t know what to talk about, just talk to people about their own working experiences. If you want to know if this is going to be the right job for you then don’t waste this golden opportunity. Ask as many questions as you can about the experiences others have in their job because it will help you to quickly learn about the job and what it has to offer you. You will also be able to make a better decision about whether this is really something you want to spend your time doing. Also of note, these people may be able to provide you with a reference later on which is important for your rйsumй.

P.S. We are not advising you to walk up to someone and say ‘I’m talking to you because I want a reference from you’… just be yourself.

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Show up every day, be friendly and helpful, offer to make coffees and show dedication to your role – even if you think the role you have been given is boring or insignificant. You really just never know who you might impress! Seriously, if you make a good impression by doing the job to the best of your ability you might be asked to come back and work casually, part time or even (the jackpot) full time (in the future when school has finished obviously).

On the flip side of that, if you demonstrate a poor attitude and poor work ethic, you don’t show up every day or on time and you don’t enjoy yourself; you may get a less than favourable review from the employer. The worst part is that a poor review may actually hurt your chances of getting a similar job in the future. This would be a silly outcome from what is supposed to be an opportunity for you. So make the most of it. It’s only two weeks after all! We both know you have two weeks of friendliness in you.

Mistakes? I’ve made a few…

Mistakes are the best and quickest way we learn – don’t be afraid to make them. However, always ask questions when you don’t understand something and take notes if necessary. This is important to make a good impression. New skills are developed by challenging yourself and taking on responsibility and tasks even if they seem difficult to you. However, try your best not to make the same mistakes over and over and over. That would make you look a bit dull.

How to use the experience to jazz up your CV

Keep a record of any problems you encountered and how you solved them to add to your resume later and to point out to potential future employers. For example, did you use some sort of initiative (yeah I showed up!), organisational or quick decision making skills to solve a problem? (There was no Milo…but I found Ovaltine…booyah) Compare where you were at with experience and confidence on the first day compared to the last day and make notes to add to your rйsumй. This kind of information will really help you jazz up your resume.

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