How can I get a part-time job?

It is important that you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of holding down a part-time job while you are still at school before you take steps to get a job.

If you decide that you can manage part-time or casual employment while you are at school, you will need to plan how you are going to manage work, school and other commitments. You will need to plan a strategy to find a job. You will need to prepare job search documents and tools and develop your job interview skills. You will need to obtain a tax file number within 28 days of starting work.


Advantages of Part-Time Work While at School

  • You earn money to support your study and your family.
  • You learn about the world of work.
  • You develop generic skills and attributes that employers want such as communication, teamwork, motivation, etc.
  • You develop core skills for work (i.e., being able to manage your career and life; understanding roles, rights and protocols at work; working with others including people from diverse backgrounds, being able to plan and organize and solve problems, and more.)
  • You learn some job-specific skills such as food preparation and cash handling.
  • You learn more about your work-related interests.

Disadvantages of a Part-Time Job While at School

  • Part-time work while still at school can make it difficult for you to keep up with your school work and co-curricular commitments.
  • Long hours at your part-time job while you are at school may have a detrimental impact on your school results.

Tips to Manage Part-time Work

  • Keep your work hours to a minimum during school term time. Up to 10 hours per week might be a manageable workload. You can work longer hours during school holiday periods.
  • Consider getting a part-time job in the lead-up to Christmas and over the Summer holidays. Your school commitments tend to reduce in December, which is a time when employers often want extra staff.
  • Many young people get their first casual or part-time job as a crew member or team member of a large national company or a franchise of a multinational company. These companies usually select people to interview from applications that have been submitted online. If you apply online for a job, you are usually required to register. Make sure you make a note of your registration number so that you can log back in later.

Examples of Major Employers of Young People in Australia

Several of these companies require you to upload a cover letter and/or a résumé. Some of these companies ask you questions which you must answer online that relate to the work tasks you will do if you are offered a job.

The links below will take you to the employment section on the website of a sample of companies that employ school students in part-time jobs.

McDonalds 

KFC 

Hungry Jacks 

Dominos 

Pizza Hut 

Woolworths 

Coles 

Kmart 

Bunnings 

Officeworks 

The Reject Shop 

Spot Jobs  is a job search website that specialises in part-time work and entry level jobs.

Other Ways to Find a Part-Time Job

Applying online for a job is only one way of finding work. There are many ways of finding work. One of the most effective ways of getting a part-time job is to make a direct approach to an employer and ask for a job, even if you don't know if the employer has a job vacancy. See how people get jobs in Australia.

Job Search Tools

Whether applying or an advertised job vacancy or making a direct approach to an employer and ask for a job you, are likely to will need a:

A Job Search Plan

Download the Job Search Plan which is a tool to help you:

  • Get prepared to look for a part-time job
  • Make steady progress to finding your part-time job using a range of job search strategies

If you are selected for an interview, you may improve your chances of being the successful candidate if you take a portfolio with you so that you can refer to different sections of it during the interview as evidence that you have the skills required for the job.

Job Interview Skills

Before going for a job interview, it is advisable that you develop job interview skills.

For job search and job interview skills, check out the short video clips on the Snagajob Youtube channel

If you are successful in getting a job you will need to get an Australian Tax File Number (TFN).