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Finding a Job

How to Find a Job

This section has heaps of information, tips and links to help you find a job.

It looks at alternative ways to find jobs by exploring the hidden job market, and looks at ways to build up your experience.

There's also a lot of information about cold-calling, including tips on how to do it and how to psych up to it if you're unsure.

Finally, there's information about job scams and dodgy job ads, and some helpful information if you're seeking graduate opportunities, as well as advice on job-seeking in rural and regional Victoria.

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Older Workers

Job Interviews

Here are some great tips to help you in your quest to find a job:
  • Ensure you continue to update your skills – there are many government funded programs around to assist you to do this
  • Have an up to date and professional CV, don’t include your birth date – it is no longer necessary 
  • Don’t go back any later than 10 years on your CV – not necessary
  • Do your homework on the company and the job before an interview – sound informed, do some background work on the industry if possible
  • Physical appearance does matter. Make sure you look your best and present well at interview, tidy, well groomed, well spoken – make a good impression, dress in current styles
  • Show enthusiasm and energy
  • Sell yourself and your skills, including your work ethic, stability, and reliability
  • Let the employer know that you are quick to learn and give examples if possible of where you have picked up new skills and information quickly
  • Use positive language like energetic, keen, quick, flexible in the interview and the application
  • Don’t talk negatively about previous employers
  • Don’t mention any health problems unless they are serious or could affect your work performance. 
  • Don’t talk about your grandchildren or your plans to go grey nomading in the future at interview, talk about how you are keen to find employment and what you have to offer the employer
  • If you don’t get the job, ring and ask for some feedback – in a positive way.

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Finding a Job in Regional or Rural Victoria

Looking for work may present a few challenges if you live in rural or regional Victoria simply because there aren't as many jobs on offer as there are in metro Melbourne.

Tap Into Your Local Community

One of the great things about living rurally or regionally is that you and your family probably have a good network of connections to your local community. That means they probably know people who own or run local businesses or work at local workplaces.

Let your family and family friends know you're looking for work, but be specific about the type of work you're after. By tapping into this network, you may be able to find a job opportunity before it's advertised to the wider public.

Be Creative

You may face more challenges than your city cousins in getting the sort of job you really want , but that just means you have to think creatively. You could try:

  • Doing a job you hadn't considered before to get the experience
  • Working in a different industry
  • Talking to your careers advisor or a teacher at shool who may be aware of some job vacancies
  • Cold calling local businesses in your area
  • Contacting your local council (they have many links into your community, including the business community)
  • Approaching your local Rotary or Lions group, the chambers of commerce in your city or town, or other business networking groups for assistance.

Tree Change or Sea Change

Moving from the city to the country offers plenty of benefits; from fresh air and friendly people, to cheaper rent and housing and a more laid back lifestyle. There may also be even greater job opportunities if you've got the skills in demand in a particular region.

If you're thinking about moving to regional or rural Victoria, check out Making it Happen in Provincial Victoria for information on specific regions.


Job Search Websites

Check the following websites for job opporunities in your local area:


Transitioning to Work

When you've been out of paid work for a few months, or even a few years, and want to go back to work it may be hard to know what to expect. Your industry or workplace may have gone through some changes, meaning the job and skills required may also have changed. You may have been away from work for any number of reasons. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • You took the time to raise a family. 
  • You were ill or recovering from an injury. 
  • You were caring for someone aged or disabled. 
  • You were studying. You took early retirement. 
  • You spent some time overseas. 

Whatever your reasons were, now it's time to work out how you can go about moving back into the workforce.

  • Take the first steps 
  • Work out a plan 
  • Consider all your work options 
  • Support services

See more at: myfuture

  Mums Returning to Work

It can be very hard to know where to start when you are a mum wanting to get back into the workforce after taking time out to care for your children. But just as everyone else all you need to do is be methodical and determined and have a game plan, and that can lead you to success.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • You first need to assess if you still have the necessary skills
  • Scour the job sites and identify which jobs you’d like to apply.
  • Read and review the position descriptions to see if you have the required skills or what skills you would need to update.
  • If you find that you have skill gaps it is probable that you will have to consider doing some courses to bring your skills up-to-date. There is a range of short courses you can do and many computer/software courses are available through your local neighbourhood learning centres,TAFEs and online provider.
  • If you are registered with Centrelink they can link you in with a Job Service Provider that runs courses on re-entering the workforce.