Job Search Skills
Planning Your Job Search
Whether you are seeking paid or unpaid, full time or casual work, it is important to apply a range of strategies to your job search. Depending on the sector, up to 70-80% of jobs are not advertised, so ensure you incorporate these hidden job opportunities into your job search by developing your professional and personal networks.
Learn more about planning your job search:
- Graduate Careers Australia - Go to Starting Your Search
- My Future - Go to The Facts, then Get That Job under the Work & Employment heading
- Types of Employment - check out the types of jobs currently being advertised
Are you keen to pursue a career with employers of choice that offer things like work/life integration, genuine career opportunities for women, integrated corporate responsibility practices including consideration of environmental and social impacts and an alignment of your values with the organisation worked for?
Download the following helpful documents:
Equity & Diversity at Work
- Workplace Culture & Diversity (NSW Government)
- Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW
- Australian Human Rights Commission
Employment Resources for People with a Disability
- Australian Employers Network on Disability includes information on "Stepping Into ..." work experience programs for university students with a disability
- Education to Employment Package: For University Graduates
- Willing & Able Mentoring (WAM) Program
- Employment & Graduates with a Disability (Graduate Careers Australia)
- Disability Services Australia (DSA)
- Use My Ability ...employability and disability project
Women at Work
You may find this section useful when researching equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
- The Workplace Gender Equality Agency
- Office for women
- Business School Women and Work Research Group (WWRG)
Targeting The Hidden Job Market
The majority of job opportunities are not advertised. How do you access these jobs? Using your personal networks (family, friends, acquaintances), developing professional networks joining professional industry associations & student societies, attending industry events, advice from people in the industry, and approaching companies directly about work opportunities are important tools in your job search. Undertaking research provides valuable information to assist you with identifying trends and opportunities, and to speak knowledgeably to employers about their industry.