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How to Find a Job

A successful job search requires a multifaceted approach:

  • The advertised job market - finding advertised positions online
  • The hidden job market - finding opportunities by speaking with friends, family and any contacts in the industry you are interested in entering

Published Job Market

For advertised positions, it is important to check both general and industry-specific employment websites regularly. Print media including newspapers and industry magazines will also contain job advertisements.

Advertised Job Market

If you gain employment without applying to an advertised job, you have accessed the hidden job market. Research shows this is one of the most effective ways to find work.

  • build your network (includes everyone you know, and the people that they know)
  • research and engage with the field of work
  • approach and speak to recruiters & others working within the industry
  • create a professional profile online - include career direction & skills audit

If you source a job through your enquiries, you will likely have less competition for the job, as less people know about it.


Networking is a fundamental skill needed to transition from study to employment. It is simply about building and maintaining connections with people.

Networking as a job search strategy means asking people in your network - friends or family, fellow students, sports or volunteering community, neighbours, lecturers - if they know of anyone who:

  • might have any work opportunities (current or potential)
  • might know someone who would know of any work opportunities (accessing your network's networks)
  • would be a useful person to talk to about job seeking in your field

To access on campus employment opportunities, click here.

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