Step 2: Looking for a vacancy

Planning your job search

The more effort you put into job searching, the more likely you are to get something out of it. You should spend as many hours each day preparing for and looking for work as you expect to spend working. In order to do this, it is a good idea to have a plan for each week or day of your job hunt. You will not only improve your skills in writing job applications and handling job interviews, but also gain some experience planning and carrying out a day’s work.

Knowing where to look

There are many places you can look for job vacancies, including the following:

Employers: Call, email or visit organisations you would like to work for and ask if there are any suitable vacancies. Many companies and organisations have career information and job vacancy listings on their websites. Check the home page or ‘about us’ section for a link to ‘recruitment’, ‘careers’ or ‘human resources’. Some companies, such as large retailers, now do all their recruiting online.

Friends and relatives: Ask friends and relatives who work for organisations that you are interested in whether there is a suitable position for you.

Newspapers: Local, state and national/interstate newspapers publish job vacancies. Wednesday and Saturday are the main days for job advertisements.

Centrelink: Go to your local Centrelink Service Centre or Job Services Australia provider office and use the facilities to view jobs on the Australian JobSearch database.

Career advice services: Employers often notify schools of positions and provide application forms for school leavers. Your career adviser should know of any job vacancies that your school has been told about.

Employment agencies: Employment agencies match jobseekers with employers’ vacancies. You can find agencies online, in the Yellow Pages or in the employment section of the newspaper. Most agencies will ask you to complete a registration or application form and, for some jobs, a short test to check your typing speed or other computer skills required.

Notices: Check notices in shop windows, on community noticeboards, on signs at the front entrance to a business, near on-site projects and outside factory gates.

Internet: There are many websites that list job vacancies in Australia.

Some examples are:

Most sites allow you to submit a résumé online and subscribe to email alerts about job vacancies in your area of interest.

Government jobs are also listed online. Vacancies in federal government departments are advertised in the Australian Public Service Gazette, which is published each Thursday and can be accessed at

You can view vacancies in all states at Vacancies in state and territory government departments are listed on the following sites:

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