Finding a Job
Before you attend your first interview, you will have to find a job that appeals to you. There are many places where you can search for jobs:
• There are people whom you associate with who could be a good source of information, eg. family, friends, or people you know from sport, church, or hobby groups.
• Jobs advertised on the student campus or at Student Services.
• Check websites such as:
|NZ Herald Jobs: http://jobs.nzherald.co.nz/|
|NZ Job Search: http://www.newzealand-jobsearch.com/|
|Trade Me Jobs: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-me-jobs/index.htm/|
|My Job Space: http://myjobspace.co.nz/|
• Check newspapers. Some jobs just might not be advertised online.
Questions to Consider
Questions to answer before applying for the job:
1. Does the job meet your intellectual needs?
|Is it challenging, requiring new skills and knowledge?|
|Is it demanding – must you give 100% all the time?|
|What skills will you need for the job?|
2. Does the job meet your emotional needs?
|Does the job involve interaction with interesting people?|
|Will you feel good at the end of each day/shift?|
|Will you want to return to work the next day?|
3. Does the job meet your material needs?
| What is the salary?|
Will the wages be enough to support you?
|What are the monetary benefits of the job?|
|How much time will you have to commit to this job (does it conflict with other activities that might be more important – school, being at home with children, etc)?|
| What travel costs will be incurred getting to and from the job?|
Will you commute by car? What will be the gas and overhead expenses?
4. Will this job provide a work/life balance?
|Will you have enough time for your family, exercise, to see friends, pursue further schooling and training, and engage in a hobby?|
5. What do you know about this job?
| How can you get more information?|
6. If you don’t get this job, what is Plan B?