DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT: Year 12 graduates may have the edge over older applicants.
DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT: Year 12 graduates may have the edge over older applicants.

Unexpected reason why Warwick graduates may have advantage

A SWELL of pride hit high school student Kayla Carney as she stepped through the graduation day parade at Warwick State High and into the next phase of her life.

The Warwick workforce, however, proved ill-equipped to welcome the influx of 2019 graduates.

Miss Carney made a desperate plea on Facebook this week, asking for someone, anyone, to hire her.

It didn’t matter what industry, where it was, or how many hours were offered: Miss Carney just wanted work.

“I have found it really challenging to find a job since I graduated,” she said.

“I managed to find something over Christmas, but coming into the New Year I’ll have nothing.”

Miss Carney said she applied for eight jobs since the start of the year but has yet to hear back from anyone.

“I felt like school prepared me, they showed us how to write resumes and do a cover letter,” she said.

“But I don’t think places in town are hiring at the moment.”

Unskilled workers face mounting challenges in the Warwick workforce as drought creates an economic downturn, but according to Best Employment, this may work to the advantage of younger applicants.

“Unfortunately, current conditions are taking a toll on all employment in the Warwick region which may mean full and part-time employment opportunities are harder to come by than casual work,” said marketing manager Kate Ottewell.

“School leavers have a great opportunity right now, due to the fact that a lot of employers are needing to really look at their finances and under 18’s hourly rates are much lower.”

Even among juniors, however, a little experience goes a long way.

“Having at least six months of employment (in any industry) on your resume shows an ability to follow directions, commit to an employer and have good work ethic – all things any future employer wants to see in a candidate,” she said.

Most importantly, Ms Ottewell said school leavers should leave their shyness at the door.

“Many applicants don’t like to brag and often sell themselves short,” she said.

“You have everyday transferable skills suitable for the workforce, own them and use them.”



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