Finding a job involves thought and preparation – from choosing your path to the kind of work you want to do, through to going for interviews and getting a job. You’ll need an up to date CV; there will be job applications to write and interviews to go to, and you might discover you need to skill up with some training or get a qualification. Sounds like a lot of work, right? It can be, but your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help you every step of the way.
How we can help you
Wherever you are on the jobseeker journey, there's information and resources that can help. Check out the following information.
- Our free Aboriginal services jobs board has employment opportunities specifically for Aboriginal people.
- Choose a path – Knowing yourself, what you want and what's out there is the first step. Find out how to choose the right path to follow for your jobseeker journey.
- Skill up – Maybe you need to do some training, or get some hands-on experience, to improve your chances of getting that job you want. Find out what options are available and how to get skilled up.
- Get a job – So you're ready to go out there and get a job? Got your CV/resumé ready? All good with writing a job application? Ready for a job interview? Take a look at our helpful hints and find out how to get out there and get that job.
- Information and resources – We've put together a list of some great websites and resources with lots of useful information to help with your jobseeking.
- Events, workshops and forums – Find out about our free workshops that can help with your job search.
Jobs and Skills Centres are dedicated to helping you be successful and reach your goals. Your local centre can help you choose your path, help you to find the best way to get skilled up, and help you write a deadly CV and job application. Services are free, and available across Western Australia.
Skills Ready: Free and half price training!
There's a range of free training available for eligible students, including people aged 15—24 years and those on concession or receiving JobSeeker payments — from short infection control courses through to job ready skill sets in a range of exciting areas including hospitality, cyber security, commercial cookery, agriculture, construction and more! This free training is designed to give you the skills and knowledge employers are looking for right now.
There's also over 180 qualifications with course fees slashed by at least half.
Getting a plan together
Jobs and Skills Centres provide free support and guidance around career planning, changing careers, and upskilling. They use a range of website and tools to tailor support and guidance to your individual needs — whatever your age, or the stage of your career — even if you're still at school or you're looking for your first job. One of the tools you can use to research career development options is the myfuture website.
This website is available free to all people in Western Australia, and it has a large range of resources and tools to enable you to explore how your values, interests and skills relate to a wide range of career options and pathways.
And after you've checked out the myfuture website, you can get job ready with the deadly careers team at your local Jobs and Skills Centre — give them a call on 13 64 64 or find your local and drop in for a yarn to find out how they can help you.
The Aboriginal Services jobs board
We work with employers to find great job opportunities for Aboriginal people, and our free online jobs board has them!
You can browse through all the jobs we've got available, and if you register with the jobs board (it's free), you'll get an email notification whenever a vacancy comes up that matches what you're looking for. Plus you'll get an online space where you can save your CV/resumé, references, job applications or portfolio.
Registration is free! Go check it out, and get yourself set up.
The Jobs and Skills Centre Deadly Jobs page on Facebook is a great way to find employment opportunities plus tips and useful information to help Aboriginal jobseekers.
Information and resources for jobseekers
There are many options available to support and assist jobseekers in a variety of ways. You might need study or training support, workplace support, or maybe help with your finances or healthcare. Don't be afraid to reach out, these services are there to help and support you.
Support to access training
The Department of Training and Workforce Development funds a range of services for students, to assist and support people to be able to access and attend training and improve their employment prospects.
Registered training providers who are approved to deliver courses in the Participation–Equity program may offer support and services such as mentoring and counselling, assistance with things like meals, transport and child care, and also language and literacy support. The program also assists with support for job seeking, resumé writing and work experience for eligible students.
Foundation skills and equity courses
Supporting you to get into work or training
Foundation skills courses focus on language, literacy and numeracy, and employability skills such as teamwork, problem solving, self-management, digital literacy and using technology. These are all key skills requirements for success in both training and the workplace.
Equity courses support people people seeking courses that are aligned with their culture; for example, if you wanted to study for a qualification specialising in Indigenous Australian tourism or Aboriginal health.
People with disability are also supported through equity courses.
It’s essential that you take care of yourself, because it’s hard to be happy in life and stay in work or study if your health isn’t good. There are services that can help you to look after your social, emotional, mental and physical health. Healthcare services can also help with things like quitting smoking, and getting into healthy eating, and there's also people who can help you through difficult family times or with social issues.
- Visit the Aboriginal Health Council of WA website to find out where special services are available throughout the State
- Medicare services for Indigenous Australians
- Social and emotional wellbeing and mental health services for Aboriginal Western Australians
Training organisations and colleges often have free counselling and support services that you can access, and if you're working – many organisations have their own health or wellness programs available to all employees and their families.
Having your money situation under control can take a lot of stress off your mind. Financial support is available while you’re job hunting, studying to help you further your knowledge and skills, and/or get qualifications, or even while you're working.
Your circumstances will determine which support is best suited to you and what you’re eligible for, but here's some places you could start checking out to get some more information.
It’s always best to seek financial advice before you get into any difficulties. The information on the MoneySmart for Indigenous Australians website could be really useful.
Before enrolling in a course, you should also speak to your training provider to see whether financial assistance – or perhaps a scholarship – is available.
Work and wander out yonder in regional WA!
How would you like to get out and work on country around Western Australia’s beautiful regional areas? Right now in regional WA there’s thousands of jobs usually taken by international backpackers and interstate travellers, that are currently vacant due to travel restrictions for COVID-19.
But these are not just any ordinary jobs – they're in some of WA’s best spots, from beautiful Broome and Exmouth up north down to Margaret River and Albany in the South West.
Job opportunities are available in:
- agriculture and farming — including production at vineyards and fruit orchards;
- hospitality and tourism — for hotels and resorts, vineyards and breweries, restaurants, hotels, cafes, pubs and clubs as well as at local tourist attractions; and
- small businesses, and customer service roles such as retail and food service.
Ready to work and wander out yonder in WA?
If you're 18—30 years of age, and ready for deadly new experiences working in regional WA, go to wa.gov.au/government/work-and-wander-out-yonder and follow the instructions to register your details so that employers can find you — it's that easy!
How we can help
Jobs and Skills Centres keep in touch with all the latest updates to support services and programs available to Aboriginal jobseekers in WA. They offer free advice and guidance about training, career and employment options, and can help you find information and resources and support services.
If you'd like to talk to someone about your options, or you want to find out more about the services available, contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre. The centres are located at TAFE campuses across Western Australia.