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Job Search Strategies

Developing a job search strategy will ensure you have an effective and efficient approach to accessing both advertised and unadvertised employment opportunities.

There are a range of methods you can utilise as part of your job search strategy. To increase your chances of successfully locating employment opportunities that fit your personal criteria, consider the following aspects of the employment market: 

Advertised Positions

Whilst print media, including newspapers, industry magazines and publications, advertise employment opportunities targeted at their readership, an increasing number of positions are promoted online through internet job boards, company and professional association websites, and recruitment agencies. These advertisements will not necessarily provide you with all the details about a position. Most professional appointments will have additional information known as a Job or Position Description, which outlines key responsibilities and reporting structures, as well as essential and desirable criteria. This additional information will assist you in deciding if a role is suitable for you to apply for and, if so, to tailor your application to the specific requirements.

Unadvertised Positions

On average, 70% of all jobs are unadvertised. To access these unadvertised, or ‘hidden’, jobs you will need to utilise your personal networks or try cold canvassing. Cold canvassing involves targeting specific companies or industries you would like to work for. A crucial part of this approach is developing your “pitch.” Researching the company will assist you to tailor your pitch to your audience and to communicate what you have to offer the employer that fits their business needs.

Online job boards with a graduate employment focus include UniHub
Graduate OpportunitiesGradConnection and GradAustralia. Curtin's Global Careers provides access to international graduate employment opportunities. Information relating to Academic and Research Based Careers can also be found on UniHub.

View the 'Creative Job Search Strategies' presentation for practical advice on how to search for job vacancies (presented May 2014).

If, after researching this information, you would like to discuss your job search strategy, contact Careers, Employment & Leadership to speak to one of our team. 

What you can do now...

Complete the 'Stop Googling, Start Networking' module online through Curtin Challenge, or book in to a Professional Development Workshop to complete the module in person.

Browse the Job Search Strategies 
resources available through UniHub.

Our Careers & Employment Roadmap and GO ebook can provide tips on directing your job search.

These resources are exclusive to Curtin students, log in with your OASIS details.