Incentives conditions

Incentives conditions

Conditions relating to the payment of Australian Government Standard Employer Incentives

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Conditions relating to the payment of Australian Government Incentives Australian School-based Apprenticeships (AS-bA)

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Conditions relating to the payment of Australian Government Incentives Mature Aged Wage Subsidy (MAWS)

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Cover letter example

Jim White
222 Black Street
Your Town STATE 1360
Phone 02 6698 5265
Mobile: 0415 268 975
Email: Jane.white@email.com

17th March 2014

Mr Jim Brown
HR Manager
MEGT (Australia) Ltd
10 Quay Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Mr Black

Ref: 1st Year Apprentice Electrician

In the first paragraph explain your purpose, who you are and why you are writing to them. State the position you are applying for, giving a reference number if applicable and how you found out about the vacancy. Briefly explain why you are interested in the position.

In the second paragraph demonstrate your ability to do the job by matching your experience, skills, qualifications and attributes with the job description and selection criteria.

In the third paragraph explain why you are willing to do the job and how you can fit into their organisation. Write about the research you have done on the position and their organisation. Address any remaining points from the advertisement such as start date and transportation.

In the final paragraph thank the reader for considering the application. Refer to your attached resume and indicate that you would like the opportunity to discuss your application in detail at their convenience.

Yours sincerely
Jim White

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Accuracy

Your resume is a legal document and the information on it needs to be accurate and up to date. Later at interview or reference stage this information will be verified so don’t exaggerate your experience or skill set and definitely do not put anything on your CV that is not true.

Make sure your contact information is correct and up to date – there is no point even sending your CV if the employer can’t reach you! List your name, address, phone number and email address.

How it looks

Ensure that your resume is short and sweet, usually no more that 2 pages. Only put information that is required and keep it concise.

Make sure your CV looks good both printed and on screen: white background and black font. Keep to standard font sizes and styles. Using different size fonts, font type and colours can make it difficult to read.

Use business language and make sure you check and double check for spelling and grammatical errors.  Also make sure you get someone else to look over your CV – a second pair of eyes may pick up something that you have missed.

Adding a career objective or personal profile at the top of your CV will give the employer a brief idea of who you are and what you are looking for – but make sure the information is about you not just something copied from a CV template on the Internet.

Your education and skills

List your education from most recent to least. State the education provider and the name of the course completed. Make sure you add dates of completion for all education or ‘at present’ if you are still studying.

Previous experience

List your employment from most recent.

State the business name and your job title and for each role you have had, add a couple of brief bullet points explaining the duties/ responsibilities of the role.

If you haven’t been working yet make sure you list any work experience, volunteer work or extra curricular activity such as coaching kids sports teams, tutoring etc.

It is important to separate work experience, paid work and volunteer work.

Be sure to list any special skills such as a second language or specific computer software, etc. If you have a white card, green card, Driver Licence this is where you can add it.

References

When listing referees make sure the contact details are accurate and up to date, that your referees are aware they are listed on your CV and that they can expect to receive calls from prospective employers. Your referees should be a supervisor or manager from a recent position.

If you have not had a job yet, ask your Year Advisor or someone from your community who has known you for some time, to act as a personal reference.

Your interests

You can add activities and interests if you like. Many employers like to get an idea of who you are and your life outside work. Photos are generally not recommended or needed.

Cover letter

Prepare a brief cover letter that is written specifically for each application because it does not look as though you are particularly interested in the job you are applying for when you have addressed it to the wrong company or person or if you have stated your passion for the wrong job!

Get ready for a phone call

Once you have sent out your resume, the job application process has started. Make sure you keep your phone with you and if you can’t answer straight away make sure you call people back. Ensure your voicemail is business-like and always answer the phone in a way that demonstrates your maturity  – even if your friends have a bit of a laugh at you.

Take notes on the roles you have applied for and if you do get a call back, refer back to them – even if you are applying for multiple roles, the interviewer likes to think that theirs is the only role you have applied for.

When you do receive a phone call be polite and be prepared to answer questions, this is part of the interview process and is called phone screening. Give detailed answers and be prepared to explain why you are interested in the position.

Be prepared for knock backs, everyone gets them, but stay positive and take any feedback given as constructive criticism – use it to improve for next time.

It is not unusual for people not to call you back about your application. There are often hundreds of applicants for the one position and it is quite normal these days for an employer to only call those they wish to interview.

Your resume is often your first and only introduction to a prospective employer. Taking the time to create a quality resume will result in more call backs and greater opportunity to land the job of your dreams. Please see below for examples of a resume and cover letter.

Come prepared

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Do your research on the company, the industry and the apprenticeship/traineeship you have applied for.

Learn as much as you can about what the company does as their core business.

  • What do they make or sell?
  • What industry do they operate within?
  • Where is the business located?
  • What kind of duties do you expect to be undertaking within the company?

Find out what to take to the interview and learn what the structure of the interview will be.

Take along your portfolio as evidence of your experience, skills and achievements which may be relevant to the apprenticeship/traineeship.

Your portfolio should include:

  • your resume and application for employment
  • your career history including any certificates or documents which you may have obtained in past jobs, school or in your private life (from weekend sports, hobbies or volunteer work) and
  • any paperwork or tests you have been asked to bring along.

Don't be late

Know how to get to the interview and how you will get there. Double check the address of where the interview will be held and make sure you know how to get there. Pre-plan your transport for the day. If catching public transport, make sure you arrive at your destination with at least 10 minutes to spare. If you’re still unsure, time how long it takes to get there with your selected mode of transport a few days before the interview.

Research the company

Find out as much as you can about the company through websites and news articles etc. Your effort will show in the job interview, and you’ll be seen as proactive, hardworking and astute.

Practice makes perfect

Practice the interview with family or friends. Consider some questions the interviewer may ask you and prepare a response for each. Get your family/friends to ask the questions and practice your answer until you feel confident.

Common questions include:

  • Why do you want to do this type of work? What sort of experience do you have?
  • Do you have a driver’s licence?
  • How will you get to work?
  • What are your plans after the apprenticeship/traineeship?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • Why did you leave your previous role? (always be positive abut previous employers and colleagues)

Looking good

Dress appropriately and ensure your personal presentation is business-like.

Start planning what you’re going to wear at least two days before your scheduled interview. This will give you enough time to get something appropriate in case your chosen outfit does not go to plan.

Have your final outfit ready and out the night before and take care of any last minute ironing of clothing or cleaning of shoes if required.

Make sure your outfit is suitable for the occasion – overdressed is always better than underdressed.

No scruffy jeans, no thongs, no dirty joggers, and no “out there” clothing or accessories which are inappropriate or may be distracting.

Keep it simple but presentable – something that will impress your interviewer/s.

Making an entrance

Make sure you arrive around 10-15 minutes before the interview to starts while taking care not to arrive too early as the interviewer will not be ready for you. This will give you time to gather your thoughts and double check your appearance.

Introduce yourself to the receptionist, tell them of your appointment time and that you’re attending an interview for an apprenticeship/traineeship with their company. If you know who to ask for, tell the receptionist at this time also. If you’re not sure who you will be meeting, ask the receptionist and try to remember their names for when you meet with them. Remember to speak clearly and politely and to listen to the receptionist’s instructions on where to wait for the interview.

Try to make a great impression to everyone you meet, they may be your future colleague. More often than not the interviewer will ask whoever greeted you, what they thought of you.

Mobile off

Turn your mobile phone off or put it on silent.
There is nothing more distracting for yourself or your interviewer than if your phone goes off midway through an interview.

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Know your key strengths

Be prepared to discuss in detail your strengths, your personal attributes and skills with examples. These should be the ultimate reason you get the job over someone else. Assuming you have researched the company, these strengths should also be closely aligned to what the employer is looking for. These could be attention to detail, problems solving skills, customer service, communication skills etc.

How to answer the questions

Listen carefully to the questions the interviewer is asking you. When answering questions, take a moment to think about the question and how best to respond. There’s no rush. If you’re unsure what the question means, ask the interviewer to clarify. The interviewer will be happy to help you out. Make sure your answers are straight to the point and address the question asked. Always include an example of how you have done something in the past and what the final result was.
Remain attentive

Stay alert during the interview, maintain eye contact with your interviewer as much as possible, sit up straight and present a positive, confident attitude when you answer questions. Remember your mannerisms can say more than your words do. Make sure you remain enthusiastic throughout the entire interview.

Evaluation for improvement

If you are unsuccessful with the position, seek feedback regarding areas for improvement.

Look at the interview experience in a positive light – take it as a learning experience and something to help you in the future.

Take a look at all the tips provided above and ensure you meet the requirements for each.

How to conclude

Listen carefully to the questions the interviewer is asking you. When answering questions, take a moment to think about the question and how best to respond. There’s no rush. If you’re unsure what the question means, ask the interviewer to clarify. The interviewer will be happy to help you out. Make sure your answers are straight to the point and address the question asked. Always include an example of how you have done something in the past and what the final result was.
Remain attentive

Stay alert during the interview, maintain eye contact with your interviewer as much as possible, sit up straight and present a positive, confident attitude when you answer questions. Remember your mannerisms can say more than your words do. Make sure you remain enthusiastic throughout the entire interview.

Sell yourself


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If you believe in yourself and what you can achieve, you will feel naturally confident without appearing to be a smart aleck. With this in mind, think about each question you are asked and how you can answer in a way that builds their confidence in you.

Tell the interviewer of your skills, interests and past experiences as relevant to the position. Reinforce WHY you want the position.

Do NOT lie – the interviewer will find out one way or another if you do.

Everyone appreciates it when you are genuinely interested in them and their business achievements. By showing enthusiasm and interest – and letting them know you are willing to learn and progress your skills with their help, you will be building their confidence in you as a potential reliable employee.

At the end of the interview ask any questions you may have regarding the position or the company.

The interviewer will be more than happy to answer anything you ask them, it also shows that you have an interest in the role.

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