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.
Five ways to find a job in Victoria include:
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:
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 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)
Most Australian newspapers carry job advertisements. See the following newspapers for more information about their job advertisements:
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 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 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 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:
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:
The following websites provide information about career planning, job preparation and the labour market: