Job hunting can be rough, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience to chuck on your resume. Here are 7 different ways to find your first job:

1. Hand in resumes

When we asked you guys, 32% of you said the best way to find a job is to hand in resumes to potential employers which is a pretty safe bet. Doing this guarantees that the manager gets your application, sees your face and knows you’re keen. The best way to do it is to make a list of the places you want to go, prep and print your resume and practice what you’re going to say when you walk in so you don’t have an awkward mind blank. Be prepared for anything; some places might take your resume while others might direct you to online applications.

2. Check out jobs boards

Jobs boards are these handy sites that put heaps of available jobs all in one place so you can sus out an easily apply for the jobs you want. They basically make the whole process of finding a job a lot less painful. The Year13 jobs board is super helpful in getting your first job, even if you don’t have a lot of experience, so head over here to check it out.

3. Employment Plus

EPLUS is an organisation that will help you land a job if you haven’t had one in six months. They can help you through a range of courses (from First Aid and OHS to Business or IT diplomas) that will look ace on your resume and give you the skills employers are looking for. Plus, EPLUS have links to local employers and businesses which means they’ll find the perfect place for you to work too.

4. Networking

Like your parents always said, it’s all about who you know. Ask your family and friends (or Facebook) if they know of jobs opening up that you might be able to apply for. Not only can they give you the heads up if a vacancy is available, they can also give you the inside scoop for interviews and applications.

5. Take advantage of work experience opportunities

When your school says you need to complete a week of work experience- do it. Working for free isn’t anyone’s dream job but it’s a good way to get into a company. From there you can sus out whether there’s any paying job options there for you. Plus, even if they don’t end up hiring you, it’s still a solid way to start networking and getting to know people in the industry.

6. Facebook/social media

Plenty of companies post vacancies on their Facebook or other social media channels so it’s worth keeping tabs on the places you want to work. Plus, there’s usually whole Facebook pages dedicated to jobs based on things like location and industry which is good way to figure out what’s out there for you.

7. Email businesses

Even if you’re not 100% sure a company is hiring, it’s always worth shooting off a quick email with your resume asking if there’s any available options for you. Like handing in resumes this can be hit and miss but it shows initiative and proactivity- the stuff employers love. And, don’t brush off unpaid or volunteer opportunities without properly thinking about whether they can help you land a job later. Make sure you use correct spelling and punctuation and user paragraphs- it will change everything!