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Step Three - Job Hunting

There are many ways to find an apprenticeship or traineeship job. In this section you will find tips and links to help job hunt using a variety of approaches. Don't stick to just one method, try them all!

You will also find information to help you approach employers, with your resume and cover letter, and with the application and interview process.

Australian Apprentice Job Hunting Stories

Australian Apprentice Job Hunting Stories

Before looking at the various job hunting tips below, you can view over 200 short videos of Australian Apprentices highlighting how they found their jobs.

MyGain YouTube Channel

Finding a Job

Research and contact employers

Research and contact employers

When looking for apprenticeship or traineeship positions, or when you are about to apply for one, you will need to research the employer. This gives you the best chance of finding out about apprenticeship positions.

Some employers don't list job openings on their website, so it is best to contact them directly by phone and ask to speak to the person responsible for hiring new staff.

The Hidden Job Market
Look for jobs advertised on job sites

Look for jobs advertised on job sites

There is a wide range of national, local and industry specialist job search websites where you can look for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

How Group Training Organisations can help you

How Group Training Organisations can help you

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employ Australian Apprentices directly, and hire them to other businesses while the apprentice or trainee is undertaking their training.

There are a number of GTOs in every State and Territory. Some hire apprentices or trainees in all industries, while some may only hire for specific industries.

search for a GTO
How Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers can help you

How Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers can help you

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers administer the training contract (see Step 4), but also have a recruitment side to their business. Register and set yourself up ‘job alerts’ on their websites to keep up to date with the latest positions.

Search For A Provider

Using your networks

What are networks?

A professional network is a community of people you are connected to, who may be able to help you out in your career. This can be something as simple as tagging you in a job ad on social media, or as important as referring you for a position.

You will build your networks as you progress through your career, but even when you are starting out there are people you can include in your network to help you out.

Who is in my network?

Chances are you already have a network. At its centre are the people closest to you: your family and friends including your social media contacts. Your network can also include your acquaintances and everyone you know socially. The minute you ask an acquaintance if they have heard about a job opening, you are making that person part of your network.

Here are some people to consider:

  • neighbours and family friends
  • employers and co-workers
  • club members
  • teammates and classmates
  • teachers and coaches
  • community leaders.

How do I use my networks for job hunting?

The people in your networks can help you find job vacancies, and might be able to refer you for positions. They can only do this if they know what industry and occupations you are interested in!

Talk with your networks about your career planning and what you are looking for. Make it clear whether you are looking for apprenticeship or traineeship positions only, or if you would be interested in other types of opportunities such as work experience. Ask your networks to let you know if they hear about opportunities, and whether they know any employers you could get in contact with.

You can continue developing your professional networks by attending industry events, or by making connections through social media. These are valuable ways to meet potential employers, and to find out more about the industry or occupation you are interested in.

Applying for a Job

Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes and Cover Letters

Having a solid resume and cover letter is a vital part of job hunting.

The Resumes and Cover Letters page has lots of tips and resources to get you on your way.

Resumes and Cover Letters
Job applications and interviews

Job applications and interviews

Applying for a job requires some preparation and attention to detail. Job interviewing also needs some preparation so you make a good impression.

Find some helpful tips and resources on the Applications and Interview page.

The Application and Interview

Next Step

Step Four - Sign Up

Step Four - Sign Up

Becoming an Australian Apprentice involves signing a formal training contract with an employer. You must be signed up properly before you start your apprenticeship or traineeship.

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