Identify advertised jobs via the Sydney CareerHub job database, online job boards, recruiters, company websites and professional associations.
There are numerous other websites that list job vacancies advertised by employers and employment agencies. Familiarise yourself with the full range of job search sites which are available and check that the site is reputable and authentic.
Before you use a job search website you should check out the following to ensure they are authentic and reputable.
Some sites offer only job listings, while others also offer additional things such as networking opportunities, discussion groups, and articles with job search tips.
If you see a lot of listings that are at least 30 days old, or only a few from the current week, then consider if that site is worth using.
Check the 'About Us' link that's on every major job website. If you don't recognise the company running the site, Google them to check if they are legitimate.
Many job search sites are free, but some charge a fee for advanced services.
Many organisations advertise positions vacant on their own websites, so ensure you check the websites of companies of interest to you. Employment opportunities are also often listed on industry specific jobs websites.
Recruitment agencies are often useful when looking for temporary, contract or permanent work, so you may consider registering with a recruitment agency. They are independent organisations engaged by employers to source and screen prospective candidates for job vacancies. They advertise job vacancies, and screen and interview candidates on behalf of employers.
There is no cost to candidates for using the services of a recruitment agency. A good recruitment agent will serve the needs of both their client (the employer) as well as the job seeker.
If you accept an offer for a temporary or contract job, you will sign a contract with the recruitment agency. It is important to note that when a temporary or contract job is secured through an agency, you are an employee of the agency, not the employer. The agency pays your salary and manages the relationship between you and the employer.
If you accept the offer of a permanent job then you will be employed directly by the organisation, not the recruitment agency. The agency is paid a commission for successfully finding an appropriate candidate for the role.