Looking for a job can be frustrating, especially when you don’t have much experience in the workforce. But you don’t have to do it alone.
Whether you’re looking for paid work, an apprenticeship or traineeship or work experience, there is a range of support available to you.
jobactive providers are located across Australia. They are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free support to eligible job seekers to find jobs. A jobactive consultant can help you with:
- finding vacancies in your local area
- applying for jobs by helping you write a cover letter and résumé and to prepare for job interviews
- training and work experience placements to help you get the job you want.
Visit jobactive.gov.au to:
- find out more about jobactive
- check your eligibility for jobactive
- find your local jobactive provider.
- If you are eligible for jobactive, Employability Skills Training (EST) is a no cost service designed to help young people between the ages of 15 to 24, develop the skills for pre-employment (preparing a résumé and for interviews) and workplace knowledge to meet employer needs.
- If you are not happy with the services you are receiving from your jobactive provider, you can contact the National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260 (free call from land lines).
Transition to Work supports young people aged 15-21 on their journey to employment. The service provides pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness of young people and help them into work or education.
- To find out more about Transition to Work, including eligibility requirements, visit employment.gov.au/transition-work.
Australian Apprenticeships Support Network providers can help you if you are looking to do an apprenticeship or traineeship. For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website at australianapprenticeships.gov.au and click on the 'Apprentices' tab.
Careers counsellor or teachers if you are still at school or studying.
Friends and family - even if it is just a friendly ear or someone to bounce ideas off.
Recruitment agencies offer services to job seekers free of charge. However, they are not required to find you a job.
- Some agencies also provide free advice on cover letter and résumé writing, job interview preparation, industry trends and salary ranges. To find a local agency search online or view the names of recruitment firms listed in job ads.
- Be wary of agencies who ask you to pay for their services (recruiters are paid by employers only when they have successfully filled their vacancy) or who require you to complete a training course in order to be put forward for jobs. Do your research before signing up to any training course to make sure it is value for money, suits your needs and provides the practical skills employers need.
Career coaches, also known as 'career practitioners' will assist you to write your cover letters and résumés and get ready for job interviews. However, you will need to pay for this service.
- You can find a practitioner by searching online using keyword terms such as “career coach” or “career services”. You can also visit the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) website at cdaa.org.au.