Finding job vacancies
There are a range of ways you can search for job vacancies.
Job search websites
Job search websites list openings across industries and in both the private and public sector. You can search jobs based on your preferences and apply directly for jobs.
Larger job websites (listed alphabetically) include:
- Indeed Australia
- Jobs Hub (Australian Government)
- Workforce Australia (Australian Government).
These websites often allow you to subscribe to receive email alerts about current vacancies that match your criteria.
Vacancies can also be found in the jobs and careers sections of newspapers or industry magazines.
There are also many jobs portals and websites for specific industries or sectors.
You can also search for labour hire jobs—labour hire companies provide temporary staff to employers across a range of industries.
Many agriculture job vacancies in Queensland are listed on the Australian Government's Workforce Australia website. Workforce Australia's job search is also available to download on IOS and Android devices.
Harvest Trail provides information on seasonal harvest jobs. Non-resident workers with valid visas looking for harvest work can register availability on Harvest Trail.
When looking for harvest work, do not go directly to farms. You must first contact a Harvest Trail Services (HTS) provider or the employer listed in the job advertisement.
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Apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships allow you to work in your chosen trade or vocational field while training towards a nationally recognised qualification.
To find if your chosen career can be done as an apprenticeship or traineeship, visit the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website. QTIS provides details on individual apprenticeships/traineeships such as special requirements, length, qualifications and funding amounts.
Before commencing some apprenticeships, you may be able to get a 'taste' for the job by participating in a pre-vocational course or pre-apprenticeship. Search for pre-vocational courses or pre-apprenticeships by location and industry.
To find an apprenticeship or traineeship:
- use the job search and government vacancies websites on this page—enter a job title with 'apprentice' or 'trainee' and your chosen industry to narrow down results
- visit apprenticeship/traineeship job boards
- contact stakeholders of the apprenticeship and traineeship system, such as training organisations and Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers, who may have details of employment opportunities
- contact the Apprentice Employment Network to find a group training organisation (GTO) – GTOs organise the training with your training organisation, but place you with different businesses (host employers) to gain on-the-job skills.
Recruitment or staffing companies
Recruitment or staffing companies work for businesses, both private and public, to fill job openings.
The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association has members across Queensland. Search to find a local recruitment agency.
Local businesses and employers
Many businesses and employers advertise available jobs on their websites and social media accounts, or on occasion at their premises. You can search or contact preferred local employers to find out more about current opportunities.
- Queensland Government
- Australian Government
- Local Government jobs – search for Local Government jobs throughout Queensland.
Broaden your search
- Look for volunteering opportunities that will help you gain some practical experience.
- Visit job expos, career fairs or industry forums.
- Brush up on your networking skills.
- Use your personal networks, either face to face or through social media to get the word out.