Finding a Job

There are lots of different ways that you can use to find work. Here are some of the most common [i]:

Using a job search website

Job search websites are the most common places online, for job vacancies to be advertised. All you need to do type in the name of a job or skill and a list of current job vacancies will appear.

You can use the online search tools to refine your search results. Specify what type of work you are looking for (Administration or Brick layer) and what area you are looking for work in (South Australia, Adelaide CBD or Western Suburbs) and what type of employment you are looking for (Casual, full-time or part-time).

Some professional networking websites (LinkedIn) also have a job search function., If you are using any of these it may be worth you looking at all the existing social media and other Apps you use on your mobile device and computers and link into these opportunities to find employment.

Tips for searching for employment using job searches

  • Use a range of sites – Don’t limit your searches to one job search site. Some job search sites specialise in different areas. The more sites you use, the more likely it is you’ll find a job.
  • Use job alerts – Set up some favourite searches to email, you can select to have regular emails updating you about new jobs posted online, any new job vacancies that fit your areas of interest
  • Use a variety of search terms – If you find a job you like the look of, look at the words used in that advertisement, and use those words for another search. You might turn up more of the kind of jobs you’re after.
  • Apply as soon as you can – Most recruiters start shortlisting within a week of advertising a job. The sooner you submit your application for the position, the more likely you are to be considered for the job.
  • Customise your cover letter – By customising your cover letter, you are showing the employer that you took the time to research their organisation which may allow you to stand out
  • Keep records of your applications – Record keeping is essential in searching for employment. Often, government departments require you to keep detailed records of your search for employment.

Some job websites that you could use include:


APS Jobs

Career One

One Shift



Approach businesses directly

If you have a specific organisation in mind , look at their website to see if they have a job vacancies page. You may even be able to submit an application directly through their website.

Check your favourite and other organisation websites to find out about a job vacancy before it’s advertised on other job search sites. Some organisations may only list their job vacancies on their own website.

Visit a recruitment agent or look on their website

Recruitment agents work on behalf of employers to search for and shortlist job applicants. Most recruitment agencies have their own websites that will list job vacancies and you can set up a jobseeker profile or search for available jobs.

When you find a job on a job search website, check if it’s been placed by the employer or a recruitment agency. If it’s been placed by a recruitment agency, note down the name and visit the agency’s website to see other jobs they have listed.

It is often beneficial to call the recruitment agents directly and have a meeting with a recruitment officer. That way, when companies are looking for employees, the recruitment officer will know you personally and can put you forward.

Some recruitment agencies are:

Hays Recruitment

Hudson Recruitment

Entree Recruitment

Cold calling

Cold calling is when you contact an organisation or employer before any vacancies have been advertised.

It usually means that you call to introduce yourself and ask about available jobs. It can also mean emailing your resume with a brief cover letter about being available for job opportunities.


Employers receive hundreds of resumes a day. There is no connection between the person sending the resume and the person reviewing the resume. Most of these resumes are not reviewed for any potential employment opportunities. Employers are more likely to employ someone if they have a connection with them, either with that person themselves, or by referral.

Networking is just what it says; setting up a network where you can meet people working in your field of interest. If you ask people around you if they know someone in the field you are interested in, you will be surprised by the number of referrals you can get. Calling someone at an organisation that you have a connection with through a friend, makes it easier to find an opportunity to gain employment with the organisation.

[i] Information sourced from on 17/02/2016