Job hunting tips

Because finding work shouldn’t be a full-time job!

Looking for work shouldn’t end up feeling like a full-time job. Use these search tips to save time and get right to the roles you want to find.

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    Use keywords in online job searches

    Using keywords is the easiest way to narrow your search and focus only on the roles you want to see:

    Field or industry:Enter the field or industry you’d like to work in, such asplumbing,electricalǰair conditioning.

    Job title:Try entering your desired job title – e.g. 1stYear Apprentice Plumber. Just keep in mind that not all employers will use the same title so you may need to widen your search if you don’t get a lot of results.

    Company name:If you have a dream company in mind that you’d like to work for you can search directly by the company name.

    Job type:Narrow down search results by putting in full-time, part-time, school-based, etc.

    Location:Enter the location where you’d like to work. Ideally, this would be close to home but don’t limit your options, be willing to travel a little to secure the perfect job.

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    Put yourself out there

    Don’t wait around for an opportunity to come knocking on your door. While approaching potential employers can be intimidating, it is a powerful strategy as it shows initiative and enthusiasm.

    Google search for local employers in your preferred industry, then give them a call or knock on their door. Just make sure you’re presented professionally and have an up to date copy of your resume with you!

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    The 'hidden' job market

    This is an expression that is used to describe vacancies that aren’t advertised.

    You can find jobs within the hidden job market by using your network – family, friends, colleagues, school careers advisor or teachers, TAFE teachers and social media. Let them know that you are looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship and ask them to spread the word.

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    Job alerts

    Create job alerts– set up your job search criteria and we will send you an email with matching vacancies as soon as they are posted. Log in to , click on ‘Preferred Occupations and Skills Assessments’ and select your preferred occupations.

    Then click onProfile iconto edit your profile.

    Ensure the box is ticked next to Job alerts iconand set the distance from home you are willing to travel.

    The online jobboard also compiles a list of suggested vacancies which you can view from your Career Hub dashboard.