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Looking for Work After You Arrive in Victoria

How to look for work in Victoria

Once you’ve arrived in Victoria, finding a job is essential to the settling in process.

Many jobs are not openly advertised, so your job searches need to involve a variety of strategies, including networking.

Personal contacts and networking

Since many jobs are not advertised, networking is one of the most powerful strategies that you can use to find work in Australia. This could range from seeking information from people who work in areas you are interested in, to telling personal contacts that you are looking for work and informing them about your skills and interests.

Some of the ways to access job opportunities that aren’t advertised include:

  • making a list of local employers and companies you’d like to work with and contacting their human resources department to explore job opportunities
  • asking your friends and professional contacts to let you know if they hear of any suitable jobs
  • joining ‘service’ clubs in the community – such as Rotary, Lions and Apex
  • getting in touch with local business associations such as traders groups and chambers of commerce
  • participating in volunteer work.

Networking demonstrates your initiative and enthusiasm, as well as research and communication skills, which are highly valued in today’s Australian labour market. Successful networkers show an interest in the people they meet, ask relevant questions and, most importantly, listen and follow up on advice they have received.

The hidden job market

The following video details the 'hidden job market' in Australia, how to target job applications to attract recruiters, how to approach employers and take advantage of networking opportunities.

Download the transcript for the Hidden Job Market video (DOC, 26 KB) 

Jobs advertised in newspapers

Most Australian newspapers carry job advertisements. See the following newspapers for more information about their job advertisements:

  • The Australian
    This is Australia’s national newspaper. It carries job advertisements through the week, with the largest job section in the Saturday edition. Certain daily editions will also focus on specific industries, for example ‘Epicure’ on Tuesdays focuses on the food and hospitality industry.
  • Herald Sun
    One of Victoria’s main state-wide daily newspapers. It carries job advertisements throughout the week but the largest job section is published on Saturday.
  • The Age
    Another one of Victoria’s main state-wide daily newspapers. It carries job advertisements throughout the week with the largest job section is published on Saturday.
  • The Weekly Times
    A Victoria-wide weekly newspaper that focuses on jobs in regional Victoria.
  • Online Newspapers
    Find the local newspaper from the region where you’ll be living. These newspapers generally cover one or two suburbs, towns or communities and job listings vary from paper to paper.

Online job websites

Many employers will advertise on jobseeker websites. New job advertisements are published daily. You can set up a personal account (which is generally free) so that suitable job advertisements can be emailed to you.

Some of these job websites include useful information to help you in your search, such as resume writing and presentation and preparing for interviews.

There are many internet-based jobseeker websites in Australia. Some of the most popular include:

Many organisations advertise job opportunities on their own websites, so it is a good idea to regularly check the websites of companies that interest you.

Professional and trade associations

Professional and trade associations represent the interests of their members. They provide networking opportunities, business advice and support, training and education and advocacy on behalf of the industry or profession they represent.

Being a member of a professional organisation is useful, especially when you’re looking for jobs. Also, specific trade and industry publications advertise jobs that may not be in the newspapers or on general jobseeker websites.

Key trade and professional organisations for each industry can be found in the Victorian Industries section.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies advertise specific positions in newspapers and on jobseeker websites on behalf on employers. If you notice that one recruiter is advertising a number of positions in your area of expertise, you may want to contact them to discuss your career plans.

The best way to find a recruitment agency in your field is to search the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association which lists recruiters by industry area and location.

Voluntary work and work experience

Voluntary work and work experience can include paid or unpaid work in the public or private sectors. This work provides an insight into in the Australian workforce as well as valuable work experience to help you apply for jobs and develop your skills. Voluntary work and work experience can also lead to gathering Australian referees which will help with your job search.

Ways to find suitable voluntary work or work experience include:

  • directly approaching employers
  • letting family and friends know you’re looking for a voluntary and work experience position
  • searching online for internships and volunteering opportunities.

Approach work experience in the same way you would any job search or networking activity by doing your research and preparing what you are going to ask before contacting the employer. Ensure you have an updated professional resume ready.

For more information about volunteering and internships visit:

Further information

The following websites provide information about career planning, job preparation and the labour market: 

  • Australian Careers and Employment Centre for International Students
    ACECIS helps international students and new migrants find work in Australia.  They focus on improving cover letters and resumes, interview skills, job searching abilities and professional profiles.
  • AMES Australia – Skilled Professional Migrants Program
    AMES Australia is Australia's largest provider of specialist multicultural language, employment and settlement services. It offers a program specifically for skilled professional migrants.
  • Department of Employment
    Federal government website that provides information about employment, government assistance, jobs, careers, training and working conditions.
  • Job Outlook
    Job Outlook is a careers and labour market research information site that has a wealth of information covering around 350 individual occupations.
  • myfuture: Australian Careers Directory
    National career information and exploration service, helping people plan career pathways and manage work transitions.
  • Overseas Qualified Professionals Program
    Melbourne Polytechnic has an Overseas Qualified Professionals (OQP) course that provides an introduction to the Australian workplace and labour market and the opportunity to undertake an industry placement.
  • Overseas Qualifications Unit
    The Victorian Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU) provides qualified professionals, who are permanently living in Victoria, with an assessment of their qualifications (awarded by overseas educational institutions) to assist them to undertake work in Victoria.
  • Tips for Migration to Australia
    Australian recruitment expert, Ian Little, provides a step-by-step guide to finding a job in Australia.
  • Tribus Lingua
    Resources to help migrants understand and adapt to life in Australia.
The information or services, and the views expressed that may appear on any linked websites are not necessarily endorsed by the Skilled and Business Migration Program and the Victorian Government. It is recommended that you make your own inquiries as to the appropriateness and suitability of the information on this site for your particular circumstances.