Starting your summer job

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If you’ve landed yourself a summer job– congratulations!

Accepting a job

Employers might let you know in person, on the phone or by email. If you’ve verbally accepted the job, it’s nice to follow up with a written thanks and confirmation of your acceptance.

You should be confident that you know what the job is, what is expected of you, how much you’ll be earning and when you’ll start (date and times). If you’re unsure about anything, the time to ask is now – before you’re committed to the job.


Getting organised

Put your start date and schedule into your calendar  – let your parents have a copy too, especially if you’ll be asking them to help you to get to and from work. You can then plan the rest of your holidays around when you’ll be working and avoid scheduling conflicts or letting people down.

Check what you’ll need to bring on your first day, paperwork, uniform and so on.

Organise how you will get to and from work each day. If you’ll be relying on public transport, then make sure you know the routes and timetables, you could even organise yourself a travel pass to avoid having to buy tickets for each trip.

If you’re lucky enough to be driving yourself, you may need to work out directions if you’re not 100% sure where you need to go. Find out what the situation is regarding parking – is there a designated area, do you need to pay etc.

Will you be required to wear a uniform? If so, then you’ll need to give your employer your sizes and find out when you can pick it up. If a uniform isn’t required, then you need to make sure you’ve got your work wardrobe sorted out, that it’s clean and that it conforms to what’s expected.

If you’re planning on saving as much money as possible, you can plan to take packed lunches and your own drinks to avoid spending your hard earned cash while you work.


First day

Make sure you get to work in plenty of time. It’s never great turning up late, but particularly not on your first day.

Remember to look smart and ready to work.

Have you got everything you need, this could include your bank account details, Tax file number and super account to give to your employer so that they can pay you.

You might like to take a notepad and paper to write down notes or instructions.

Note: Remember every employer and employee has been in the same position as you, first day nerves are to be expected and you aren’t expected to get everything perfect first time. If you do make a mistake, or forget how to do something, it’s usually best to speak up sooner rather than later though.

Good luck, hopefully you’ll love the experience, learn lots of new skills (to add to your resume later), make new friends and earn loads of money.




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