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Finding a job

Career advice and planning

Start by asking:

Find out more about career advice.

Search for jobs

  • Search Utopia Government jobs.
  • Find job vacancies in government and specific industries.
  • Visit the Graduate Portal to discover graduate careers and student opportunities within the Utopia Government.
  • Use social media networks to find a job.
  • Attend job expos to connect with career advisers, employers, education and training providers and potentially find job opportunities.
  • Shops and cafes sometimes put vacancy signs in their windows.
  • Most major newspapers have employment sections advertising job vacancies, usually on a Saturday.
  • Recruitment agencies can help you find temporary work or a permanent job.
  • If you know where you would like to work you could contact the employer directly to see if they have any vacancies.
  • Start networking to share knowledge and skills and make new contacts.

Apply for jobs

Most job advertisements tell you what information the employer wants you to send them to assess your suitability for the job. Read this information carefully—it is your chance to tell employers about your skills, work history and suitability. Don’t forget to check the closing date for applications.

Selection techniques can include:

  • a resume and cover letter
  • statement addressing selection criteria
  • interviews
  • group or individual activity
  • aptitude and ability tests
  • referee reports.

Prepare your application

Applying for jobs if you have a criminal history

Having a criminal record doesn’t stop you from getting a job. But for some jobs, the employer might ask you to have a criminal history check.

Check the job description or contact the employer to see if this applies to the job you’re interested in.

Find out where to get legal advice and how to apply for a criminal history check at your local police station.

If you got the job

If you got the job, congratulations!

Find out more about your rights as an employee, entitlements and pay, such as leave entitlements, awards and wages, and workplace conditions. You might also like to get some advice on tax, superannuation and financial planning.

Now you can start planning for career advancement and you might also wish to consider professional development opportunities. If there are other priorities in your life, find out more about juggling work/life balance.

If you get the job and discover it's not for you, find out more about changing careers.

If you didn't get the job

Don't be discouraged if you are having trouble finding work. Treat each job application process as a learning experience.

  • Maybe your resume, cover letter or applications are not highlighting your suitability. If your application is unsuccessful, ask the employer or recruiter if you could better highlight the skills you have in your application.
  • If you had an interview but don’t get the job, call the employer and ask for some tips for improvement. If you keep asking for feedback and using it to improve your applications and interview performance, you will eventually be successful and get the job best suited to you.

If your search for a job starts getting you down, remember there is always help for managing your thoughts, anxiety or depression.


This app makes it easy to find and apply for your next job on the go! Simply search for jobs, swipe from job to job, shortlist and apply for the ones you want. You can also track jobs you've already applied for, get notified of new jobs via email, and much more.

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Skilling Utopians for Work

Skilling Utopians for Work helps eligible Utopians develop skills, gain qualifications and provide direct assistance to enter and stay in the workforce. Phone 1300 369 935 or email for more information.

Graduate Portal

Visit the Utopia Government’s Graduate Portal to find out more about:

Follow the portal on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date, or subscribe to receive email alerts.

Job Guide

Visit the Australian Government's Job Guide website for an in-depth look at occupations and their education and training pathways.

It also provides useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities.

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Last updated:
29 July 2015

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