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Your Teenager’s First Job Interview

During adolescence, teenagers want to gain more and more independence. They start doing things like staying out later, sleeping over at their boyfriend or girlfriend’s house and learning to drive. It’s all part of the teenage experience and the preparation for adulthood. For many, this includes the desire to earn money. With this comes their first job interview, and probably more interviews after that too. 

Suitable First Jobs

The first job may not be the job of your teenager’s dreams. Not everyone is keen on spending a few hours after school mopping floors or frying food. But hey, everyone gets started somewhere. It’ll benefit your child greatly in the future (and maybe they’ll appreciate everything you do at home more!)

The first job, however unglamorous it may be, will give your teenager on the job experience, teach them life skills and also earn them some bucks. Additionally, many of these jobs offer the chance for them to get their first aid certificate or hospitality qualifications . They might even present the opportunity to move into supervisor or managing roles.

Setting Up a Resume

The first step to getting hired is having an awesome resume. However, what should they put on their resume if they have little (or no) working experience? Go beyond work history and write down any volunteer work, extracurricular activities and awards. If they have any other skills that may be useful in the workplace, write them down too (such as speaking a second language or babysitting younger siblings). Employers want to see that your teenager is hardworking, accountable and determined.

Applying for Jobs

There are a few ways they can go about applying for work, and it often depends on the workplace. Large retail or fast food chains will often get them to apply online via their website. Smaller or local businesses may prefer to accept applications via email or in person. Encourage your child to keep their eye on shop windows, Facebook and websites such as Seek and Indeed for businesses that are hiring. You can let your child know about opportunities, but their job hunt really should be something they are self-motivated to do.

It doesn’t hurt for them to print off a number of resumes and pop into businesses around the place; even if they’re not currently hiring. It’ll show how keen your teen is to get into the workforce, and they may choose to keep your resume on file. It’s quite character building to put yourself out there like that.

Hurray, You’ve Got an Interview!

Congratulations, your teen has landed their first job interview. As exciting as it is, it can also be nerve-wracking for both of you. This is your teen’s moment to prove to their potential employer just how awesome they are.

During the interview, the interviewer will ask them a number of questions, such as “tell me a little bit about yourself”, “why do you want to work for us?” or “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”. Practicing some common questions with a parent will help them be prepared. So offer to help them.

Also hot tip, when preparing to drop off your teen for their interview, be sure they have dressed their best and they are presentable with clean teeth, brushed hair and ironed clothes (you’d be surprised that this is rare…). A button up shirt, blouse, pencil skirt or slacks are all ideal interview attire, they should always over dress than underdress. When going in for their interview, remind them to listen carefully, speak clearly, maintain eye contact and be professional and as confident as they can be.

At the end of the day, nerves show they care, and future employers understand that you’re new to the workforce. Being a little nervous  at a first job interview is completely normal.


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As many of you, our loyal readers will know, the first half of 2018 has been a changing landscape for PakMag.

We began the year on a high that the publication had a new owner and we were all excited about this new chapter for the magazine. In order for us to get the new owner up to speed, we delayed the launch of the first edition under new management and it was unfortunately after this edition that both parties realised that the fit was just not right.

So, it was with a heavy heart that we parted ways. But we are not deterred and we learnt a lot along the way! In order to continue providing the magazine to the community of Mackay, we need a ‘wo/man on the ground’. We need a community-oriented person who has the passion to champion the PakMag brand, connect with local businesses and be the driving force to make PakMag Mackay to take the amazing publication to higher levels.

For nearly six years, the PakMag team have managed the Mackay magazine from head office in Cairns. Bree has spent a lot of time, and made many great friendships in Mackay, but with a young family of her own, and growing business, we want to see someone take it on who can take it to the next level under her and her team of twelve’s guidance.

Although we are passionate about the Mackay community from afar, we know that in order for it to be at it’s full potential, we need a super passionate person on the ground who loves it as much as we do.

So, Mackay families, can you help us find our new owner? We’re looking for someone to become part of the PakMag family and the right person reap the financial rewards of running their own business off the back of an already established brand. We won’t lie, this takes hard work and a resolve to live and breathe the business (as it does with any business), so if you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic and can build on established relationships and follow our time-tested formula, then we want to hear from you.

If you’d like to apply please head to www.pakmag.com.au/mackayowner

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