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Start with your current situation. Do you need support with any of the following:
Select as many as you like
Please select at least 1 option
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Prepare yourself for your job search by thinking about the industry you'd like to work in and the type of job transition you'd like to make. If you are re-entering the workforce, consider the 'different job, different industry' transition.
Please answer both the questions above
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Your experience, skills and strengths are your most important assets when looking for work.
Understanding your transferable skills – skills you bring from other jobs – will help you to recognise your strengths and help you to find the most suitable jobs for you.
Your Work Ready Plan
This report includes information, resources, references and actions that are specific to your personal work experience and objectives.
Use this information to find the employment support you need, set realistic job search goals, recognise and promote your skills and manage your job search more effectively.
Getting the right support is an important part of a successful job search.
Here are some steps, guides and advice that could help during your job search
Understand emotions associated with change
Being out of work can affect many aspects of our lives, including our identity, self-esteem, relationships and financial security. Use our Staying positive during your job search guide to understand the different stages of change and the emotions you can expect to experience.
Focus on what you can control or influence
Having one big goal like 'to get a job' or 'set up a business' can feel overwhelming. Spend 30 minutes each week to set small goals and review what you achieved in the previous week. When setting goals, try to balance personal and work priorities. Is there something you have been putting off, a friend you need to see, or something you'd like to start? This will give you a sense of achievement each week and help you stay motivated.
Create a balanced routine
When looking for work, people often do too much or too little. Try to treat looking for a job or setting up a business as a job in itself. Create a schedule for your day or week with allocated time for work, self-care, personal interests and connecting with others.
The Australian labour market has changed rapidly over the past decades, which has impacted on the type of work opportunities available. You may need to be flexible when assessing your options.
Other useful information to help you be prepared:
The labour market is changing. Find out why and how the labour market in Australia is changing.
There are many jobs that do not requiring a high level of qualification or experience. Use our Jobs for people with high school to Certificate III training factsheet.
Mature Age Corporate Champion
MACC employers are employers that support mature aged workers. Many industries consider mature-age employees to be a good fit for their clients and business. Review the list of Organisations that hire employees from all backgrounds fact sheet.
Time to take action.
Understanding and communicating your skills and experience will help you to identify the right type of work for you and to apply for it successfully. Below is an outline of your experience, your transferable skills and guides on how to promote them while applying for employment.
The professional skills you have are:
Use our Knowing your skills guide to help you add to this list. Focus on skills that are relevant and requested for the job you are applying for. These are the skills that are requested by employers and can only be acquired through specific training or experience. You should also consider personal attributes like integrity, flexibility, creativity, sensitivity, resilience, work ethic and sense of humour.
Snapshot of the industry:
data from the Department of Employment
Use our Exploring the Australian job market guide to find out about employment opportunities in your local area.
Here are some practical how-to guides to help you:
- Learn how to develop a resume that showcases relevant skills
- The best way to find and apply to advertised jobs
- How to identify and approach job agencies for work
- Tips to prepare for your job interview
- Tips to find work through word of mouth or direct marketing
- Identify the steps involved in setting up a small business
For all our tool kit information guides visit the Resources page. It has plenty of very useful information to make you feel supported in your job search.