– Insights into finding employment around Ballarat, with Janina Isted HR Specialist & Ballarat Newbie
We’re going on a job hunt in “3350” …
When I first moved to, and started working in Ballarat at the end of last year (and even before) I realised quickly that one major reliable source of current vacancies (like in other cities in Australia) is www.seek.com.au.
However, when I dug deeper via a lot of trial and error, and lucky finds I can warmly recommend the following specialised or local online job boards:
- The government’s job search website jobsearch.gov.au does include heaps of jobs which could go unnoticed when you are used to listings on privately owned job website that some employers may not be able to afford.
- LG Assist via lgassist.com.au specialises in local government employment jobs, containing many administration jobs but I also found it to be huge on environmental and forestry position (may also be dependent on the season).
- For Ballarat itself, I found it extremely useful, as individual as well as professional recruiter, to screen the very own local job site jobs4ballarat.com.au, which has been on air with combined powers of the radio stations 3BA and PowerFM in association with City of Ballarat & Rivers since November 2015.
Local employment recruitment agencies or those with local presence can be another valuable channel. They know the market and role requirements, and act on behalf of employers. They typically specialise i.e. in a field (e.g. manufacturing), professional level of roles (executive or manual labour), nature of employment (temp) or people circumstances (health condition – eligibility may need to be tested). Register with them and be approached when suitable vacancies arise.
These are some familiar names which are open to anyone, in alphabetical order:
- Inspire HQ – recruitment, temporary placements, HR services and a keen interest in ensuring wellbeing and inspiration
- JK Personnel – ‘one-stop’ shop for recruitment i.e. on-hire business, selection for employers, consulting, working with major manufacturers of the region.
- People @ Work – temp on-hire solutions, sourcing and selection for employment with client organisation, other HR services
- Simpsons – labour hire specialist acting as employer assigning employee to host organisation
- WorkforceXS – all-rounder with experience across a variety of disciplines
With over 100,000 residents, Ballarat’s largest industries of employment are:
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Forestry and Fishing
Many jobs are either requiring specialised skills (e.g. nurse or welder), or highly affected by customer behaviours. When it comes employment opportunities in the hospitality and retail sector, businesses seem very much reliant on casual and seasonal staff (e.g. Christmas retail assistants or waiters at a lake restaurant during the tourist season). Those roles are typically filled at short notice through social recruitment networks as for instance the public facebook group Ballarat jobs vacant/wanted, or other closed groups on the social network (often displaying the same call). for staff and labourers.
Many employers also rely on the word of mouth network and recommendations. Hunt in the circle and befriend like-minded professionals, like the workplaces’ facebook pages and be the first to know of personnel demands.
3 top tips:
- Know your occupational area/field and search accordingly!
- Unless you are an Executive, don’t expect employers to approach you i.e. apply for vacant positions as described, or express interest in person!
- Get known to the local crowd and businesses personally and or online through social networks to find out about the hidden job market gems (mind your fb profile)!
Janina Isted is a Human Resources expert, local professional and new resident from abroad! Originally from Berlin, Germany, she has come to Ballarat to enjoy the perks of living and working the Australian dream in a city that offers capital city like amenities, and a “taste” of the local flair and the countryside alike. With over 10 years of combined professional experience in the field of HRM, sales & marketing as well as project management within complex global organisations in Europe, Janina is enthusiastic to explore and nurture the local labour market dialogue.