Connecting Gold Coast students and graduates to opportunities

Job Search and Staying Safe Online

Where to start

There are several strategies you can use when it comes to finding employment or opportunities to develop your skills.

  • Research the industry of interest; where are the jobs? what does it pay? who’s hiring? what skills/experience is required? what are the job titles?
  • Word of mouth; talk to people in your network, this could be family, friends, teachers, community mentors or current employers.
  • Search job boards or websites for vacancies and create job alerts. These also include traineeships & apprenticeships.
  • Identify potential employers; search for them on LinkedIn, visit their website or follow their social media channels.
  • Call, visit or write to the organisation of interest to introduce yourself.
  • Contact or join the professional association responsible for the industry of interest.
  • Access free job search support by booking a one on one career counselling session at the Gold Coast Student Hub or join our regular Job Club.

Skills you need

‘Employability’, ‘transferable’ or ‘soft skills’ are interchangeable and relate to the skills that will help you succeed in the world of work. Below are six skills based on the World Economic Forum’s list of 21st Century Skills for the Future of Work and are valued by employers as they are most likely to translate into employment outcomes.

Emotionally Aware
Being emotionally aware is the ability to recognise and understand your emotions, and how they affect people around you.

Digitally Effective
Being digitally effective means you know how to engage with multi-media and digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others and create and consume digital content in an ethical and safe way.

Being collaborative means you can communicate and work in teams effectively and productively to achieve desired outcomes.

Being innovative means demonstrating a capacity to execute ideas to create value.

Culturally Conscious
Being culturally conscious is the ability to apply skills such as emotional awareness and collaboration skills to understand, traverse and engage with diverse cultures and broader social issues.

Self-management is fundamental to maintaining a healthy, happy, and meaningful life and career.

These skills can be gained through:

  • Volunteering;
  • Part-time or casual employment;
  • Work experience;
  • Internships or vocational placements for academic credit;
  • Community, sporting, cultural groups, or clubs; or
  • School-based programs such as traineeships.

How to stay safe when applying for jobs online

Your safety is important! Jobseekers can be subject to exploitation, and when you are away from home or in a foreign country, you are more vulnerable than normal.

Most students will have an awesome time. However, there are disreputable employers and scammers out there, which you want to avoid.

The best way to stay safe is to educate yourself of the risk, express caution when applying for work and do your homework on all potential employers.

Here’s some tips we would suggest to help you stay safe

  • Do not pay upfront fees. Never apply for any job which asks for any upfront fees.
  • Do not send any personal information. Do not exchange any personal information or banking details online. Do not share your passport information, visa details or any sensitive documents.
  • Speak to an employer before committing to a role.
  • Be sensible when meeting an employer for the first time. Arrange a meeting place where you will feel comfortable. Make sure you speak to them on the phone prior to meeting. Make sure that other people know about your arrangements. Take a friend with you to any interviews where possible. If physically meeting before commencing work is not possible, arrange a Skype interview and follow it up again with a phone call later.
  • Ask plenty of questions. Ask about pay, accommodation, working hours. Ask for photos if accommodation is included.
  • Ask for their ABN and look it up on the Government website. Check that their registered business name and address match the information they provided. Do they have a website? Check it out.
  • Does their email address match their website address?
  • Google the name of the person you have had contact with. Often, you will find their Facebook profile or LinkedIn profile. Make sure it matches the impression they have given you. Does this person work at the business named? Does their job title match? Does their current location/address match?
  • Have a look on Google Maps and check their business location matches the information provided.
  • Take a look on Facebook and Twitter to see if they have a good reputation.
  • Trust yourself and use common sense.

We manually moderate all the jobs on this platform - please alert Gold Coast Student Jobs at if you suspect a job advertisement is not legitimate.

What can I do if I have not been treated fairly?

If you have already found employment and believe the employment to be unfair, there are services available in Australia to help you. Even if you are not an Australian citizen, you have rights.

If so, contact Fair Work Australia. This is Australia’s ombudsman for workplace conduct. They also help provide information and advice about Australia's workplace rights and rules.

If you believe the conduct was illegal, contact the police.

Useful links

21st Century Skills for the Future of Work:

Fair Work guidance in relation to Work Experience, Internships and Vocational Placements:

Fair Work guidance in relation to Unpaid Work:

Gold Coast Student Hub for job seeking support:


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