Tips to stay safe on your job search

Illustrative representation of Tips to stay safe on your job search

By using these 4 tips you can increase your safety while conducting your job search.

  1. Use trusted sites. Leading jobs board providers take action to ensure the vacancies listed on their site are legitimate. They also provide job seekers with advice on safe job seeking. 
  2. Think twice before uploading your résumé. Before uploading your résumé, check the privacy policy of the job website to see how your information is being stored and distributed. Never include your date of birth or home address in an uploaded résumé.
  3. Find recruitment agencies and labour hire firms that offer you real employment. There are lots of different recruitment and labour hire agencies. Some specialise in finding people for specific industries or occupations, while others specialise in short-term placements.
    • Do your research to find out if the recruitment agency has a track record of successfully placing people like you into real jobs with reputable employers. See if you can get recommendations from other people. If you are still unsure, ask the agency to provide you with more information.
    • Only provide your bank details once your employment has been confirmed, and don't forget to check that you are being paid the correct amount.
  4. Don’t forget your insurance. If you undertake work experience as a jobactive client, or if you arrange it through your school or education provider you will probably be covered if there is an accident. You should always check this before starting work experience. If you build your workplace experience through paid employment, even short term jobs, then your employer’s usual insurance will also apply to you. If you do unpaid work experience which you organise yourself, then you or your employer will have to arrange insurance cover for you. For more information, read our article ‘Stay safe on work experience’.

For more information on staying safe online, visit:

  • Cybersmart - a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government's commitment to cybersafety.
  • Stay Smart Online - the Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and the simple steps that can be taken to protect personal and financial information online.
  • SCAMwatch - a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.