Finding a job

Knowing how to market yourself well is essential for your job search. There are many different ways of finding employment and the more methods you use, the more successful you will be at finding a job. Remember, from your first minute of contact with them, an employer is judging what kind of employee you will be. It doesn’t matter whether the contact is over the phone, in writing, or via social media. The following sites will give you tips on how to look for work, how to call employers and sell yourself as a great candidate for the job:



Starting a new job

Starting a new job can be exciting! To help ensure you get a proper deal when you start your job, it is important to find out about your rights and entitlements and what responsibilities you may have in the workplace.

Find out about:

  • Your employment conditions
  • What you need to know before you start work
  • What you need to know when you start work
  • What protections you have against harassment and discrimination
  • Union membership
  • Workplace health and safety
  • The award or type of agreement you are covered by
  • Your job classification and rate of pay
  • Your employment status (casual, full time, permanent)
  • Your hours of work, including any regular overtime or shift work
  • Details of any probationary period
  • The employer’s superannuation contributions and any other benefits (such as leave entitlements)
  • Initial training, the form it will take, when it will be completed and what you are expected to be able to do when it is completed.

For example, you might be asked to perform work or undertake a trial for a vacant position. This skill demonstration is used to determine your suitability for a job. It is often referred to as a work trial.

Legally, a brief work trial can be unpaid if it is necessary to evaluate your suitability for the job.

Any period beyond what is reasonably required to demonstrate the skills required for the job must be paid at the appropriate minimum rate of pay. If an employer wants to further assess your suitability, they could employ you as a casual employee and/or for a probationary period and pay you accordingly for all hours worked.

For more information, go to:


Be your own boss

If you have a particular passion, or have always dreamt of running your own business (also called an ‘enterprise’), you might want to give it a go.

You don’t have to be a professional or have a degree to start a business. You might want to start out small or work at it part time while you study or work. Whatever you do, there are a few very important points you must think about.

Opening your own business is a big risk and a big responsibility, so you should have a strategy and a business plan. Although it’s your business, it is important to get advice from accountants, financial planners, lawyers and people in the same industry.

You can also obtain free advice and support from different organisations – the ‘Helpful websites’ below show a few of them. It’s also worth looking at government grants, or cash prizes for young people wanting to start their own business.

Helpful websites



Support services

OK, so you have decided on the type of jobs that you want to apply for, but you are having trouble finding these jobs or you’re applying and not getting to interview. You might want to consider getting some support. Finding a job can sometimes be challenging so getting the right support can help you stay focused and motivated.

You can register with Centrelink as a Job Seeker so you’re eligible to get help with finding work. You don’t have to be receiving payments to get help. Once you’re registered, you’ll be connected with one of the Job Services Australia providers who will work with you one-on-one to help develop and enhance your skills.

Job Services Australia providers will:

  • Provide you with individually tailored assistance
  • Build links with employers to identify job vacancies for you and match you to suitable vacancies
  • Connect you to appropriate skills development opportunities and other services to meet your needs.

For more information about how Job Services Australia can help you, go to:


To find a Job Services Australia provider in your local area, go to: www.jobsearch.gov.au/providers

Check of The Foundation For Young Australians 8 Podcasts to help you with your career:


Job Jumpstart is a website filled will information and a range of support for young job seekers and workers and their parents, teachers and adviser. Including: printable workbooks and tip sheets, recruitment insights from Australian employers, and information and links to Government resources.