This page has links to videos, checklists and other practical support to help young people plan their career, look for jobs, write job applications and prepare for interviews.
Quick tips on job search
Research - jobs that interest you on Job Outlook.
Search widely - by visiting the websites, LinkedIn or Facebook pages of businesses that you would like to work for. Also consider searching online jobs boards and checking newspapers and shop windows for job vacancies.
The Where are you looking for Jobs? fact sheet provides practical suggestions on the best ways to find vacancies as well as tips on how to approach businesses you want to work for.
Contact employers - about possible job opportunities even if they aren’t currently advertising.
Surveys show that many employers don’t formally advertise jobs, so try contacting employers directly to ask about present or future job opportunities.
Develop your résumé.
The Updating your résumé fact sheet provides tips and links to help you get your résumé right and improve your chances of winning a job.
Prepare for your interviews.
The Are you ready for your interview? fact sheet offers tips and hints on how you can prepare yourself for interviews.
Career planning resources
Doing quizzes, researching jobs and watching career videos can help you understand the type of work that might suit your interests and abilities.
Take the career quiz on Job Outlook to identify the types of work you most like doing.
You can download the Job Outlook app for free from the iTunes app store and Google Play.
Use the Career Interest Explorer on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website to help you identify your career interests.
- For help navigating this site, refer to the Using the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website to research your next career user guide.
Would you like to know what it’s really like to work in your dream job? Career videos provide a ‘sneak peek’ of a day in the life of a range of professions. They can help provide inspiration or motivation for further training or ‘next step’ career decisions.
Career videos are available from
You can also search for more videos by typing ‘career videos’ into your internet search engine.
The Australian Jobs 2015 publication can help anyone thinking about their career options. This guide profiles industries and occupations, as well as national, state/territory and regional labour markets.
Industry and employer information
- Job Outlook is a careers and labour market research information site to help you decide on your future career.
- The Labour Market Information Portal provides a wide range of information and can give you an idea of the type of jobs that might be available in your local area.The Industry Information page provides a breakdown of the 19 broad industry categories that make up Australia’s labour market.
On the Recruitment Analysis page you can find some useful reports including ‘Improving Youth Job Prospects’ and ‘Finding Pathways to Employment’.
- The Department of Employment provides skill shortage information by state and occupation.
- The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website provides information on the range of study options and opportunities available through Australian universities and other higher education providers.
- The My Skills website provides information on study options and opportunities in vocational education and training.
- For tips on choosing a training provider refer to the Generation Success – Choosing a Training Provider page.
- The training.gov.au website allows you to search for nationally recognised training and training providers who are registered to deliver that training in your area.
- Each state government also provides advice and information to help local job seekers consider their vocational education and training options:
- In New South Wales - the Smart and Skilled website
- In Victoria - the Victorian Skills Gateway website
- In Queensland – the Queensland Skills Gateway website
- In South Australia – the WorkReady website
- In Tasmania – the Skills Tasmania website
- In Western Australia – the Future Skills WA website
- In the Northern Territory – the VET NT website
- In the Australian Capital Territory – the Skilled Capital website
The Fair Work Ombudsman can provide guidance and tips on your rights and responsibilities when undertaking unpaid work.
Looking after yourself
There are many health and wellbeing resources to support your mental and physical health during your job search.
Generation Success resources
Business leader profiles
Be inspired by our Business leader career profiles and find out where Australia’s leading CEOs and business leaders started their careers and their advice for young people just starting out in the world of work.
What do employers look for in young workers?
The following articles highlight findings from research commissioned for the Generation Success initiative, established by Woolworths in partnership with News Corp Australia.
Advice from Generation Success youth participants
Young people from some of Australia’s largest companies came together to discuss the challenges they faced getting their first job. They have developed advice for other young job seekers.
Help to find a job
jobactive is the Australian Government’s employment service to help Australians into work and help employers find the right staff for their business.
You can call the Department of Human Services on 13 28 50 to check your eligibility for a range of services which includes jobactive. This programme is available for all unemployed job seekers entitled to work in Australia, including those who are not receiving income support. The level of services available depends on individual circumstances. Visit the Australian JobSearch website to find a job or find a local provider.
Want to know more?
For further information or to register to receive ongoing content updates contact GenerationSuccess@employment.gov.au