Most job vacancies are advertised online. The web is also a good way to find jobs that aren't very widely advertised, or that aren't advertised at all.
Below are 6 tips for finding jobs online.
1. Use a job search website
Job search websites are the most popular places online for job vacancies to be advertised. They're easy use - just type in the name of a job or skill and a list of current job vacancies will show up.
You can also refine your search results by specifying things like whether you're looking for full-time, part-time or casual work, where you want to work, or what salary you're looking for.
Some professional networking websites also have a job search function, so it's worth widening your search beyond just the obvious big name job search sites.
Tips for job searching
Here are a few tips for making the most of your online job searches:
- Use lots of different sites - Don't limit your searches to one job search site. The more sites you use, the more likely it is you'll find a job (for links to some job search sites, check out the links at the bottom of this page).
- Use job alerts - Set up some favourite searches to email you any new job vacancies that fit your areas of interest - see the tip below about creating a jobseeker profile for more.
- Use a range of search terms - If you find a job you like the look of, check out the words used in that ad, then 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 apply, the better your chances are.
2. Create a jobseeker profile
Instead of advertising, sometimes employers look at resumes uploaded to job search and professional networking sites. Creating a jobseeker profile and uploading your resume can increase your chances of finding work.
You can also use your jobseeker profile to set up job alerts that email you about new job vacancies that match your interests.
Jobseeker profiles can be created on professional networking sites, or on most of the larger job search websites. It's a good idea to create a profile on more than one site. This increases your chances of being spotted by an employer. It also means you'll get emailed more often about more job vacancies.
3. Check out company websites
If you know a company you'd like to work for, check out their website to see if they have a job vacancies page. You may even be able to submit an application directly through their website.
Keeping an eye on company websites could mean that you 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.
4. Visit recruitment agency websites
Recruitment agencies work on behalf employers to find and shortlist job applicants. Most recruitment agencies have their own websites that list job vacancies and allow you to 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.
Some recruitment agencies specialise in particular kinds of jobs. Knowing which recruiters specialise in areas you're interested in makes it easier to find jobs in that area.
5. Use a government job site
Creating a profile on a government jobs website is another good way to find out about work you might not hear about otherwise.
The Victorian Government's careers.vic.gov.au and the Federal Government's jobactive list government job vacancies currently available. jobactive also lists non-government jobs. Both sites let you create a jobseeker profile.
6. Search regularly
If you're serious about finding a job, you need to get into the habit of searching regularly. Set yourself the goal of looking for work at least once a week, if not more often. The more you look, the more there is to find.
I found a job I want to apply for - Now what?
Of course finding a job you want to apply for is just the first step. The next step is to actually apply for it. For advice about putting together a job application, check out these pages on Youth Central:
Other ways to find a job
Searching online is only one way to find job our How to find a job section has more advice on ways to find a job.
This is not an exhaustive list of jobseeker websites. A quick online search should turn up heaps more.
Search for jobs advertised by both employers and employment agencies.
Job site listing jobs from employers and recruitment agencies.
Searchable database of job vacancies advertised by recruiters and employers.
Professional networking site that lets you create your own jobseeker profile and network with employers and other jobseekers.
The Victorian Government's employment website, listing all job vacancies with the State Government of Victoria.
The Federal Government's jobs website, listing vacancies with the Australian Government and other non-government employers.