Finding a job can be tough, but knowing where to look is the first step. Check out our ideas on where you can start looking for your job. 

Who Can Help Me?

Finding employment at any level is a bit like doing a school assignment – you will be rewarded for the effort you put into it.

Research, ask for support, take notes and make a record of steps taken, read articles, make a journal – it will all contribute to your job search in a positive way and ultimately secure YOUR job.

Download sample networking journal

Job Vacancies

Only about 20% of job vacancies are ever advertised formally, that being through websites, newspapers, or agencies. People can choose informal options such as social media, shop windows, noticeboards or word of mouth – so keep your eyes and ears open.

See our Facebook page

See the MIPS board

Jobs listed on the Bendigo Advertiser

Jobs on Seek

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

What are they and what’s the difference? Apprenticeships and traineeships, learning ‘on the job’ are both great ways to enter the workforce. Apprenticeships usually last for 3 – 4 years (plumbing, building, floristry), whereas traineeships are usually 1 year (health services, aged care, dental nursing). If you want to stay at school you can take on a School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT) where you get a head start on your full time training. An SBAT allows you to have paid employment, earn a qualification, and complete and contribute to your your school studies (VCE or VCAL).

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Networking/Self Marketing – The ‘Hidden’ Job Market

This IS the way to secure employment. It IS ‘not what you know, it’s who you know’ and a bit of luck in a lot of cases. Employers rely heavily on what others have to say about you so get the word out. Networking is identifying everyone who can help you. Start your list. For eg. As well as being healthy and social, participating in sports and hobbies can build relationships with people that may have connections with business and prospective employers. Start spreading the word amongst your footy team that you are looking for work!

More about cold calling potential employers


All senior schools have a careers area that can sometimes be divided into specific areas because of size. Amongst other things careers can help you find work. Make sure you visit them as soon as you can and secure them as a mentor. Whilst at school there is no better way to open doors to employment. A work placement or work experience schedule is like a ‘try before you buy’ for an employer. It is an opportunity for them to see what you are like in their environment. Make the most of this and find out about work placement in your school now!

Link to BSSC

Link to Horizons

Short Courses or Training

Some positions require specific certificates eg. To work with alcohol you must be 18 and have your Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate (RSA); to go on any work site you must have your ‘White Card’ or Construction Induction certificate. Many training organisations provide these courses – check out your local training provider. Having completed these certificates can make you far more attractive to prospective employers.

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Volunteering is a great way to find paid work. If your resume is looking a little short because you haven’t worked before, volunteering can afford you some fantastic skills. Volunteering is not just old people it comes in a variety of forms. Volunteering increases self confidence; makes you happy; shows compassion and commitment; and, ‘test drives’ your passions. Employers love volunteers!

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Online Businesses

Many companies prefer the online method of applying for jobs.


  • have a sensible and current email address for responses; 
  • allocate time to complete an application well;
  • always check your spelling/grammar – companies will often print out applications;
  • make sure your cover letter and resume are compatible (can be sent and printed easily);
  • don’t take shortcuts – complete the online questions in full and with detail (this is your ONE and ONLY chance to impress

More on online business opportunities