Month: April 2013

How to Fnd Job Opportunities

How to Find Job Opportunities

Success in finding job opportunities depends on knowing how to locate job vacancies. Job search methods include word of mouth- family/friends, newspaper ads, networking, job expos, LinkedIn, social media, online job boards, job agencies, career services, plus many others.

Be alert to finding job opportunities as they becomes available

Did you know that looking for job opportunities in newspapers only mean you will miss over 70% of available jobs.

Surprising to many job seekers only a small number of jobs are actually advertised and competition is fierce. Most job vacancies are filled through networks and internal applications. If you are serious about your job search, be alert and commit to your job search. Actively dig out and follow up on all job opportunities.

Job Search Statistics
  • Myfuture … Australia’s career information and exploration service states that only 20-30% of all jobs available are advertised.
  • Employers choose not to advertise because of cost, time, risk, confidentiality, recruitment policy, windows of opportunity, unfulfilled needs.
  • Employment advertisements are charged premium rates and can cost thousands of dollars.
  • Recruitment firms charge employers up to 25% of their clients salary package for successful job placements.

Tips for finding job opportunities

Utilize all job search resources available to you. Learn where you can get relevant information from. Make use of employment-related services to stay on top of all job opportunities. Use the following:

  • Contact professional/trade organizations in your industry
  • Company and organization websites
  • Newspapers, journals and trade magazines
  • Yellow Pages telephone directories
  • Professional associations
  • Visit career centres
  • Use placement/recruitment agencies
  • Online job search websites
  • Network (i.e. family, friends)
  • Visit employers

Free Tools to help in finding job opportunities

Read 8 Tips on Looking For a Job – While You Still Have One

Access our Online Job Search Resource List for help in finding suitable job opportunities.

Job Search Resources

Australian JobSearch:

JobSearch is Australia’s largest free online jobs website offers a range of subjects within the Australian employment industry. It provides advice to assist job seekers into employment and connect employers with quality staff. Vacancies displayed on JobSearch come from many different sources, including:

  • Public Employers
  • Job Services Australia providers
  • Newspapers
  • The Australian Public Service
  • The Australian Defence Force
  • The Harvest Trail.

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Manage Your Job Search

How To Manage Your Job Search

To manage your job search effectively, you need to plan and keep track of your job search activities. This effort will pay off in the long run. Just a few hours of organization will save you countless days of unnecessary legwork. I can make or break your quest for a rewarding job. Be organized, be unique and be ready to grab your new job.

Being organized makes the job search just that little bit easier – saving you time and frustration.

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Tips On How To Manage Your Job Search

Organization is the key when preparing to launch your career. Whether you are just starting out, changing careers or progressing in your current career, you need to adopt an organized, methodical approach in order to gain the most from your job search.

  • Get organized.
  • Plan and start your search as soon as you know you will need to find a job.
  • Get a really top-notch resume that effectively markets you.
  • Prepare your professional career portfolio to take to interviews.
  • Get an email address via a free site such as Hotmail or Yahoo
  • Develop a daily To Do List.
  • Equip yourself with stationery.
  • Buy an appointment diary.
  • Prepare your wardrobe for interviews.
  • Set up answer machine/voice mail (business-like message).
  • Record every scrap of information about your job search.

Free Tools and Resources to Help You Manage Your Job Search

Use this free Job Search Journal to help you keep track of the positions you apply for, follow-up action and outcomes of each application.

Managing your job search without a plan will hinder your progress. Make sure you equip yourself with the usual stationery items you expect to use.

For tips to get you back on track go to

Service providers that can assist you with your job search and employment opportunities
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Prepare For A Job Search

How To Prepare For A Job Search

To succeed in your job search, you need to promote your skills and experiences effectively. This will make sure you catch the attention of employers. Careful planning is required. This will save you time and effort in the long term.

Good self-management and organization skills are valuable resources no matter what your experience might be- or what job you are targeting.

Job search tools often take the form of resumes, cover letters and networking letters, online media such as LinkedIn and Facebook, information meetings, networking, telephone calls, a career portfolio, Web portfolio, and calling cards. They provide employers with the first impression of you as an individual and provide an opportunity to promote yourself as a desirable candidate.

Surveys and research show the following methods are used to find employment. Most effective to least:

  • 86% Researching, then targeting the ‘hiring’ person in organizations in field of interest
  • 69% Unsolicited calls to employers in desired fields
  • 47% Directly approaching employers
  • 33% Friends, family or other professional contacts
  • 12% Combination of the other listed sources
  • 7% Randomly mailing resumes to employers
  • 6% School placement services
  • 5-24% Private employment agencies
  • 5-24% Answering job advertisements
  • 3% Public employment agencies
  • 1% Internet to find job postings or to list own resume

Free Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Job Search

  • Knowledge is power
  • Consider both personal and professional self-development options
  • Think about what you want to do, as well as what you can do

If you are conducting a serious job search campaign, you may potentially make hundreds of contacts and generate new opportunities daily. It is vital that you don’t simply rely on your memory. You need to have, and maintain, an effective filing system, just as you would make a grocery or “To Do” list.

Free Tools and Resources to Help You Prepare For Your Job Search

Preparing for your job search is critical to your job application. Listed below you will find resources that can help you save time and be more effective in your preparation.

Organise and Manage Yourself

Find Job Opportunities

Research Each Opportunity

Evaluate and Prioritize Opportunities

The following career-related articles provide further research to assist you in the job search decision-making process.The Good Careers Guide Occupational Outlook Handbook (US)

Service Providers

Service providers that can assist you with your job search and employment opportunities.


Phone: 61 2 9431 2888
Fax: 61 2 9460 7377

Company Description:
The term ‘worklife’ was chosen to reflect our continuing work in research, counselling, training and publishing material which relates to improving people’s enjoyment from their employment activities and other aspects of their lives.

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Plan Your Career – Plan for Success!

Plan Your Career – Plan for Success!

Every successful person starts out with a plan. Looking for a job or planning your career is hard work and requires groundwork and careful preparation, the more you know about how to go about it, the greater the probability of achieving career success.

The more committed you are to planning your job search and decision making, the greater your chances of finding the job most suitable to you at this time of your life, paving the way for a rewarding career in the years ahead.

Check out the following tips and free career planning resources to help you win job satisfaction and realize your full potential.

Current Job Search Trends

  • According to researchers, 21 per cent of Australians are planning a career change in 2013. *Ref 1
  • Top reasons for leaving a current job are: The desire for a better career path … Something new … Improved working conditions
  • Job location and job satisfaction are among the top reasons for considering new positions: Distance required to travel to work … The people they work with … Better pay and conditions
  • The top five job job search tools in 2012 were: General jobs websites (61 per cent) … Newspapers (59 per cent) … Specialist jobs websites (55 per cent) … Employment agency (41 per cent) … Talking with contacts (34 per cent)
  • Using mobile phones in the job search has climbed to 9 per cent since 2008, 14% use mobile devices to browse for jobs or receive job related information.
  • Social networking tools to find a new job has risen 7 per cent since 2008 with the 45-54 year old age bracket reported to be the biggest rise. *Ref 2

* Source References:



One of the most important decisions to make is the kind of workplace you feel comfortable with and want to work in, and what style of work you actually want to undertake. There are many options available to you – here are some of the main ones:

  • Ideal Work Environment – Located near your home or easy to get to … Pleasant surroundings … Friendly people and team
  • Key Values and Policies – Occupational Health & Safety / Equal Employment Opportunity / other … Honesty and fair minded … Genuine concern for staff … Holidays and recreation time is important
  • Career Opportunities – Learning, Training, Promotional potential (management, training staff), Travel
  • Financial Rewards – Bonuses … Company car or car allowance … Expense account … Health benefits … Telephone … Uniforms … Travel … Free products … Other benefits that you place value on


Don’t waste time and energy going after a job you don’t have a chance of getting (because you simply don’t meet the criteria), or one that you would loathe if you did get it because it does not meet your preferred criteria.

Free Tools and Resources

The following tools and resources will help save you time and to be more effective during the career planning process.

Check out these additional career-related resource articles to assist you in the job search planning and decision-making process.

Resource Links

Service Providers

Here are a list of service providers to assist you with your job search and employment opportunities.

The Australian Institute of Management – Queensland & Northern Territory (AIM)

Tel: 1300 882 895 or + 61 7 3227 4888
Fax: +61 7 3832 2497
Email: mailto:
Web: AIM Training, Education & Professional Development
A not for profit entity which develops, supports, promotes and practises the profession of management at all levels.

Recruit Net
Tel: +61 03 9899 2233
Fax: +61 03 9899 2300
Our team of Career Specialists have been providing an integrated and comprehensive range of employment services:
– Re-deployment
– Career Counselling
– Career Development Planning
– Self Employment Planning
– Job Search Guidance
– Retirement Planning
– Computer Training
– Personal and Financial Counseling Referrals

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