Employment tips

Finding employment can be a daunting task. Sifting through job adds and finding a position that matches your skills can be time consuming.

Finding a job in the region

Find local job from the common job seeker websites like SEEKCareerone, Geelong Careers, JobGurus, Indeed, or Linkedin.

View jobs listings from some of Geelong major employers:

Applying for a job

When the time comes to apply for work, keep in mind that employers may not respond to every application you make. It’s important to be persistent though. To begin, organise your cover letter and resume. The goal is to separate yourself from other applicants going for the same role.

Make sure you include:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume (including referees and contact details)

  • Key Selection Criteria

  • Previous relevant examples of work and achievements

A cover letter is a short introduction of how you came to apply for the role and a brief introduction of you to the employer. A great idea is to state your employment goals and personal characteristics that make you a good fit to illustrate your potential.

Keep your resume succinct- ideally to 3 pages. Seek provide a detailed guide to resume writing here. Ensure that:

  • You customise each resume to be relevant for each job you apply for.

  • It is professionally presented with no errors.

  • Detail how you prefer to be contacted clearly. Employers receive several applications and will not try to contact you if your details are incorrect.

Many employers in Geelong will want to see that you have addressed the Key Selection Criteria, vital for success in the position. A paragraph or a few dot points of explanation of your experience under each of the Key Selection Criteria will give the person reading your application a greater confidence in your capabilities.

In Australia, personal reference can be very important. If you know someone that is working at the place of business that you would like to apply to, ask them to refer you. This may not always be appropriate so ask first if this is OK.

Provide examples of previous relevant work, awards, or achievements where possible to strengthen your case.

Most organisations will advertise for a role and provide a contact point for the position. Ring the contact person and request additional information such as who would be on the interview panel and if there is any published material that you could read. Become familiar with the businesses website to prove you care about the role.

The interview

Most often, an interview will be conducted prior to offering you a job. You could be one of many interviewed for the role so it is important that you prepare for the interview to ensure that the interviewer can gain as much information about you as possible. Be sure you are clear on what the role is and the expectations.

If you aren't sure of what to expect in an interview feel free to ask questions prior to the interview. Questions such as how many people will be on the interview panel, how long is the interview anticipated to last for and can you bring examples of previous work will help you prepare. Research the correct location for the interview, ensure that you arrive with plenty of time to spare, dressing appropriately for the occasion.

Federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that are not related to the job they are hiring for.

In Victoria there is well enforced legislation against discrimination in the workplace. To not hire a candidate due to their race, gender, religion or pregnancy, for example is illegal.

The Victorian Government website provides a fast way to find local, state and federal government information and services and provides information on laws relevant to the State of Victoria.

Page last updated: Thursday, 30 August 2018