How to Find a Job

Finding a job is easier than you may think. A good way to start is by researching and making a list of all available jobs by using job search websites, newspapers, and family and friends advice. You will need to know the skills that you possess to make links between yourself and the available jobs, to know what types of work suit you the most.

Below are some tips to assist you in the job search:


  • Different types of jobs eg: Entry –Level (apprenticeship & traineeships included), Regular jobs (casual, part-time & full-time positions)
  • Skills: Problem solving skills, Communications skills, Organisation skills and Writing Skills, think about what sort of skills you have that can relate to the job you are applying for.
  • When looking for work Keep a Diary: so you know what jobs you have applied for, appointment times, phone numbers etc.
  • Search the Internet & Newspapers: Australian Job Search Website, Career One, Seek, My career, Acclaim and CRGT
  • Register with Centrelink: as you may be entitled to payments and a quick referral to a Job Service Provider
  • Join a Job Service Provider
  • Family and Friends are good resources – Ask if they know of any positions available where they work?
  • Direct Approach: this shows keenness, good communications skills, be positive, and sell your self with the skills you possess. Make sure you leave a copy of your resume and contact details.
  • Notice Boards: inside Shopping Centres, Retail stores, TAFE and other Community Organisations often display jobs available.
  • Wage Assistance card: $4400 for 6 months employment – Fulltime, $2200 for 6 months employment – Part time (min of 15 hours per week). You will need to register at Centrelink that you’re looking for work.
  • Contacting employers: Before you call make sure you have a think about what sort of questions you want to ask and write them down. Make sure you speak clearly and keep the conversation to the point. Check the closing date of all open positions.
  • Applications and letters: Ensure your letter of application is clean and neat – no spelling mistakes, no dirty marks or white out on the letter or resume. Have all your correct details on the cover letter and resume.
  • References: Have at least 2 referees with correct contact details. And always ask this person if you can use them for a reference and advise them when you had the interview so they will be prepared when the employer calls them.
  • The interview: Confirm the date, time and who you need to speak with, Do a dummy run to see how long it takes you to get there, better to be over dressed than under dressed, Think about questions and answers, Arrive 10 min before interview time.
  • When starting work: Confirm your start time and date, take all your documents with you – tax file number, bank details & super details etc. Have suitable dress attire and use deodorants, perfume etc (but don’t over kill with it)
  • Induction and rules: Find out where staff handbooks are kept or who can you get a copy of the rules and regulations of the workplace. Ensure you know where your roster is kept incase you misplace or lose your copy.
  • When you get the job: Get to work on time, Ring your Manager or Supervisor if you are running late or sick, Don’t be frightened to ask questions, Listen to what you are asked to do, Keep yourself busy, Listen to feedback, Talk to your supervisor if you have
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