The current COVID-19 global pandemic has led to hundreds, if not thousands, out of work people Australia-wide. The 23rd April 2020 data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in conjunction with the Australian Taxation Office, reveals that at least 6% of workers have lost their job over the past month, with the accommodation, food, arts and recreation industries being the most impacted due to the coronavirus. In this rapidly changing job market, the Australian Government has been making unprecedented decisions to support businesses and those Australians looking for work.
Whilst many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and have significantly reduced their workforce, there are some areas of the economy that have an increased demand for workers. As a variety of businesses and organisations are still operating and have multiple jobs on offer, the Australian Federal Government (AFG) has launched an online portal that lists all of the job opportunities in one place – the Jobs Hub.
On the website (https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub), the AFG has collated vacancies from a wide range of industries that have all reported increased demand as a result of the coronavirus. Typical jobs here include roles in supermarkets, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, health and aged care, transport and logistics, and of course, government services. These are all critical jobs that contribute to keeping the economy going and keeping as many Australians in work as possible. There are three categories that can assist job seekers and the team at Public Service Resumes have explored them all in order to provide you with more guidance. These are;
Find employers hiring now
The list here shows some of the organisations who are currently seeking employees and can be filtered by region and industry. When searching in each region, there is a comprehensive list of a wide range of employers and positions they currently have available. If you are seeking for a specific industry, you can also narrow your search by selecting from one of the ten categories available.
Once you click on each employer, it takes you directly to that specific employer’s job site, which then lists all of the positions they have available at their company.
Search jobs by location
If you are more interested and/or driven by data, then this is the link for you. Here, you will find a comprehensive overview of the latest information on jobs in demand across multiple locations Australia-wide. You can customise your search by selecting the location, which then provides a colourful graph displaying the top ten online job advertisements over the past week.
Once you click on each industry category, you are provided with a link to the current jobs available.
Australian government jobs
This search option is very similar to the first but is specific to government jobs as the title indicates. This comprehensive list provides individual job boards for the Australian, State and Territory and local governments, meaning it’s easier to locate what is available and where.
As you click on each area, it takes you direct to the sections specific site and then lists all of the jobs currently available to apply for.
All in all, the Jobs Hub is a very easy-to-use platform and saves people a lot of time scrolling the internet or looking up employers individually. The fact that it provides an up-to-date list of a wide selection of business and organisations that are currently hiring and how to contact them, certainly takes some of the pressure off job searching in these uncertain times. Whilst all of this information is at our fingertips, it is essential to still undertake your own individual research and preparation prior to applying for any role.
Some of the jobs currently available may differ from roles you have had in the past but the good news is that many of the same skills and attributes that you have used in past jobs are directly applicable to other jobs. By researching the employers you want to work for, you can understand how your skills can meet their needs. Better yet, give the team at Public Service Resume a call as this is an area we excel in.
It is also important to tailor your application to each role you are applying for. This means having an up-to-date resume, cover letter and specific responses to key selection criteria if there are any. Public Service Resumes offer an invaluable service when it comes to putting together your application documents. We have a strong team of professional writers and staff that have had extensive exposure to application and recruitment processes, which includes working on selection panels, working within human resource departments, as well as working in senior executive roles. If you are having trouble putting together your application documents then look no further than Public Service Resumes. We have a proven success rate and can take the stress out of the application process.
If you are successful for an interview, it is also imperative to take some time preparing. This means re-reading your application, so you know exactly what you have said to the employer and being ready to talk about your past jobs and how your experience is relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Try and think of examples of times you did well at work and achieved a good outcome for your employer and how these experiences could apply to this new role. It can also be helpful to think about your answers to common interview questions. You can build your confidence by practising out loud with friends or family and having some questions ready to ask at the end of the interview. For more tips on interviews, Public Service Resumes offer professional coaching sessions that assist with providing valuable insight, interview practice and confidence in your interview technique. We gain our clients the competitive advantage and ensure they are prepared and confident for their interviews.
No matter what situation you find yourself in career-wise during these unprecedented times, the team at Public Services Resumes can support you. We are committed to your success and the team are on standby and waiting to help!