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Job Search Advice

Job Searching – where are the jobs at!

Common ways that employers recruit are through internet advertising, such as on MN Joblink, Seek, Careerone, Linkedin etc, via the Newspaper, Recruitment Agencies, Social Media and Word of Mouth. A high percentage of jobs are not advertised and can be found through the hidden job market. Using a variety of methods can increase your chances of finding work.

Below you will find the most common websites where you will find job vacancies, as well as other ways to find employment using the hidden job market.

Common Websites

Joblink links local residents with jobs in the local Hume area. Whether you're interested in hospitality, retail, transport & logistics or any other career, you'll be kept up to date on all the latest jobs on Joblink. You will also find information about training and courses, job search support, events and other networking opportunities available in Hume.

The following websites are also commonly used by job seekers.

Tips on online website job searching

  • Check that the date is recent, job ads posted 30 days ago are usually already filled
  • Check the location, make sure you are able to get their by public transport or car
  • Read the job description and understand the role of the job, and relate your experience in your application

Hidden Job Market

Most employers prefer to fill positions without advertising as it saves money and time, as a result almost 70% of vacancies are not advertised online, and can be found by asking employers by phone, face to face and also emailing companies directly.


Once you know what type of work you are looking for, retail, hospitality, childcare etc. let family and friends know, as they may know someone in their circles who have a vacancy. Networking can lead to information and job opportunities that have not been advertised.

Cold Calling

Cold calling is when you make contact with a specific business or employer without waiting for a job to be advertised. Cold calling can be a good way to find out about what a business does and needs, and can possibly turn out to get you an interview. It’s recommended to have your resume in front of you when you make phone calls with a pen and note pad to take notes.

Steps to Cold Calling

  • Introduce yourself and ask who the best person would be to speak to about employment.
  • Thank the person for their time and confirm email address, if sending through resume, as well as advise them you will make a follow up call for feedback