Finding a job

Looking for work is never easy, especially when you are first starting out in your career.

There are many questions you need to consider. Are you looking for full time or part time work? Do you want to specialise? Do you need a workplace near public transport?

Some people want to work in not-for-profit organisations only, whereas others look for the relative security of government jobs. Whichever you choose, these tips will give you the best possible chance of getting into the work of your choice.
  1. Ensure your CV or resume is up to date.
  2. Include volunteer work in a separate area.
  3. Employers like to see applicants that have kept up to date and built on their skills since graduating. Record your major professional development activities, for example workshops you have attended, on your resume.
  4. Write your cover letter at a high level (not overly detailed) and focus on a few important points relevant to the job. Do not describe your whole experience in the cover letter unless you are specifically required to use it to address selection criteria.
  5. Make sure your letter is enthusiastic, but not over-the-top, so that it gives an employer an insight into you as an applicant.
  6. If you are new to the workforce or the sector, highlight transferrable skills to boost your employability.
  7. Keep your cover letter to no more than a page and write in the active not passive tense.
  8. Keep notes to use in applications, for example, document your skills and attributes and how you can demonstrate them in a resume/letter/interview.
  9. Carefully address the position selection criteria with relevant evidence not assertion – you may need to prove your experience in an interview.
  10. Before you attend an interview, look at the organisation’s website to get an idea of how the organisation operates and its services. Make sure the organisation’s values match your own.
Begin your job search

Look at the featured ads below or visit one of the listed job sites.

Community workers can access quick and discounted police checks here. If you do have a criminal record, you can find our advice on how to manage this here.

http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/ (sector specific job site)
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/jobs/ (sector specific job site)
https://www.seek.com.au (generalist job site)
https://jobsearch.gov.au/ (Job Active)
https://atsijobs.com.au/ (Specialised job site for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

Many of the major employers, such as Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglicare and Benevolent Society, have career sections on their own websites.

For employment in government agencies, such as child protection and local government roles, search out websites dedicated to government careers.

Employment agencies can also assist you to find work. A word to the wise though – agencies often match community workers with personal care/support work roles for which professional community workers (those qualified with a diploma or degree) are over qualified and more suited to higher level roles, such as case worker or case manager.


Featured jobs

Child Protection Practitioners
Department of Health & Human Services (VIC)

Job description
  • A strong commitment to develop and support Child Protection Practitioners
  • Work collaboratively with your team to strengthen case practice and to provide effective service delivery
  • Highly rewarding career opportunities

Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children and families. A career in child protection will provide a range of professional pathways that support your personal growth and development.

We offer a supportive team approach, quality supervision with great training and development.

Skills and experience

We are looking for experienced child protection/child and family welfare professionals to join our child protection teams.

Key responsibilities

  • Assessing children and young people to bring about the changes necessary to ensure their safety, stability and development
  • Conducting risk assessments and investigations
  • Working collaboratively with families, community services organisations and other professionals to develop and implement effective plans for children
  • Managing complex cases, problem solving and presenting matters to the Children's Court of Victoria as required
  • Be responsible for supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners in the integration of theory and practice while demonstrating your expertise through case practice
  • Working collaboratively with the Team Manager to strengthen case practice
  • Provide effective service delivery and support other practitioners

To be a child protection practitioner you need a current and valid driver's licence and a recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and make a difference in vulnerable children's lives.


  • Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3) $68,884 to $83,640
  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4) $85,279 to $96,759
  • Team Manager and Senior Child Protection Practitioner (CPP5) $98,396 to $119,052

For more information about the role descriptions of Child Protection Practitioners at different levels, please email childprotectionjobs@dhhs.vic.gov.au or visit https://childprotectionjobs.dhhs.vic.gov.au/roles/role-descriptions.



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