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- Check your visa to see if you are able to work
- Connect with other people who might be able to help you find work
- Understand the industry you want to work in and use the appropriate approach
Internet searches are a good way to check the kinds of jobs that might be available but remember that not all jobs are listed on the internet. Sometimes you can find a great job by being in the right place at the right time.
Check your visa to see if you can work
Before looking for work, make sure your visa permits you to work in Australia. The Student visa has clear restrictions.
Read more on the Visa conditions page on the Department of Immigration and Border protection website.
Talk to your college, school or university
Many universities, colleges and schools provide a service to help students find part-time work. Contact the student services office at your educational institution to see what help they can give you. Some universities and colleges also have their own employment websites and career advice services for students.
Many students find work through connections their fellow students, friends and family. Tell people that you are looking for work and the kind of work you are looking for.
Understand the industry
The best way to find part-time work is to understand the industry you want to work in. Each industry uses different ways to recruit part-time workers.
Hospitality is a term that covers a cafes, restaurants, catering companies. Workers in hospitality often find a job by knowing someone. If you want to work in a cafe, try going in with a copy of your resume and a small summary of your experience. Speaking to the manager or owner. Even if they don't have work when you drop in, they might be willing to keep your information and call you when they need help.
In hospitality it is normal to be offered a 'trial' shift or two. A trial is like a real job, except that they are not making a commitment to an ongoing arrangement. They want to see how you go first, and then make a decision.
If you accept a trial shift, you are entitled to proper pay and conditions. Don't accept a trial without pay. It is illegal for the employer to ask you to work without pay.
Jobs in information technology and communications
If you are studying in computers or information communication technology (ICT), your friends and fellow students may be able to help you make connections into a part-time or casual job.
There are also a number of agencies that recruit for ICT jobs.
Health jobs are often advertised through specialist agencies. Research the agencies that operate in the area you're interested in. Contact them and see if you can meet them so they can put you in their database. It's a good idea to register with more than one agency, to increase your chances of getting work.
Searching for work on the internet
There are a number of online job websites that you can use to search for work in Victoria.
Search for part time work melbourne to see the most popular job sites. Remember that the first few search results may be paid advertisements. Start with the organic results under the advertisements.