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- Discuss with parents
- Open a bank account
- Get a tax file number
Before you start looking for jobs you should talk to your parent or guardian about your plans. They’ll need to be ok with you working, and chances are they’ll have to help you get organised anyway.
Every worker must have a Tax File Number. This number helps keep track of the tax you pay (which you’ll get back unless you earn more than $18,200 in a year). Visit www.ato.gov.au/tfnapply  for directions on how to get one.
You’ll also need to get paid somehow, so get a bank account. Many banks have no-fee accounts for students which you can open at your local branch.
- Set up a professional email
- Set up a professional voicemail message
- Check your social media
Make sure your email address looks professional – a simple variation on your name is best e.g. email@example.com NOT firstname.lastname@example.org.
The same goes for the voicemail message on your phone – record a simple message with your full name spoken clearly.
Check what your Facebook and other social media pages look like from an employer’s point of view. Check your privacy settings and consider deleting things you wouldn’t want a future boss to see. What do your social media pages say about you?
It’s a good idea to review your online self or ‘digital footprint’ before you start applying for jobs.
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