First Job Ready

Download our free guide to getting your first job

This 34 page e-book brings together ACTU Worksite’s best practical information on how to get a first job while you are still at school.

The book is split into nine chapters covering topics like:FB_1200x628px

  • How to highlight existing skills and experience if you have never worked before
  • Personal admin – how to get a tax file number, bank account and email address
  • How to look for a job and where
  • Resume and cover letter examples that are relevant to first time job seekers
  • What to wear and how to act at a job interview
  • How to spot a dodgy job ad
  • Workplace rights and responsibilities
  • How to read a payslip

Each chapter concludes with a summary and an activity to complete.

“I like the activity to get students to make a list of examples that shows they have each of the skills – as it is preparation for application and interview.
The content is good as it covers professionalism and I really like the information about getting a tax file number. I think this is very valuable and often overlooked.” Kerry Moloney, Careers Teacher, VIC
“Love the simplicity of this publication,” Mike Thomason, Careers Adviser NSW
“The summaries were good at the end of each chapter. Each chapter could be used to begin a lesson, promote healthy discussion/debate, create an inquiry/investigation in pairs or threes.” Vincent Iannuzzi, Year 10 Personal and Social Learning VIC


The free First Job Ready eBook is available in two formats – PDF or iBooks.

Download First Job Ready PDF
The PDF edition (2 Mb) can be viewed  on any computer or device that supports Adobe Acrobat.

Download First Job Ready iBook
Download instructions for iPad using iBooks (8 Mb)

1. Open this page in Safari on your iPad

2. Click on the green button above to download the interactive book for iBooks

3. The book will open up in the iBooks app after a few minutes depending on your wifi connection and speed

Note: This only works on iPads, iPhone and Macs with the iBooks app. Also only works in landscape view. Note: Make sure your device has the latest version of iBooks installed.