Australian employers offer advice to young job seekers

Illustrative representation of Australian employers offer advice to young job seekers

The Department of Jobs and Small Business surveyed more than 3000 Australian employers to find out what advice they would give to young people looking for a job.

Employers said they look for:

  • a positive attitude
  • motivation and enthusiasm
  • someone who is prepared to learn and take direction.

They also said that applicants need to:

  • be punctual and dependable
  • be respectful to colleagues and customers
  • show a commitment to staying in the job for an acceptable period of time.

Employers also mentioned that some young people have unrealistic expectations of work, including:

  • being unprepared for the demands of the workplace
  • the level of pay they would receive
  • wanting to start at the top instead of working their way up.

For more information on what employers look for in young workers, see the fact sheet 'Looking for a Job - Employer Advice for Young People' on the Labour Market Information Portal. 

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