These days redundancy is as popular as ever, but
while many sectors have to dismiss their staff others are complaining that they
don’t have enough.
Once the economy picks up the next hot topic in the
press will be skills shortages. Skills shortages seem to make the most impact
in the mining sector, particularly in terms of machine operators and drivers.
Other in demand skills includes locksmiths, aged
care workers and agricultural workers. For a full list of skill shortages
For now, here are a few sectors and roles that are worth
Transport/logistics - Drivers
As online shopping has become so hugely popular and
in demand, so too has the need for people to deliver the goods.
As well as searching for jobs using keywords like “driver”,
“courier” and “delivery driver”, you can also look on the websites of courier
companies. In a lot of cases only a “C” class license is needed.
Pathology labs also need drivers and so do many
companies that deliver goods in small vans.
For driving work that includes a larger vehicle, a
special license will be required.
It really helps to have contacts in mining, unless
you’re a qualified engineer or something, and people do venture into mining
from a wide range of sectors such as teaching, retail and even office work.
There is a one day course available to people who
want to see if this sector really is right for them called Drill Down Mining at
The majority of courses take place in Queensland
but the website will reveal other courses being held at different times and at
You can also visit mining companies’ websites and browse
through their career sections.
Call centres are on the out and the demand is now
for “knowledge workers” – basically people with good computer skills who have
the capabilities to be trained to complete a range of administration,
accounting, or finance work for their company.
“Broadly speaking, outsourcing is divided into three areas,” says Martin
Conboy, President of the Australian Business Process Outsourcing Association.
“Voice such as customer service, non-voice such as finance and HR back office
work and ITO, which is skills such as code cutting, web development and data
He says that the areas with most growth include print and document management,
HR back office, finance and accounting admin and online marketing.
Use terms such as “BPO”, “outsourcing” and “social media” when you’re looking on
job boards and employer websites.
This sector requires 400,000 extra workers over the next forty years because
this is most definitely a growing area.
Some of the roles are for trained nurses but there are also plenty of entry-level
roles as well. Near to a third of Australia’s population is over 50 (near 7
million people) which means that this is now a sector that will see endless
demand in the future.
Try to stay open to all the different options like part-time and contract work
while you’re looking for that all important permanent job. This way your resume
will stay full and you will still have some money.
find National Careers & Employment Expo events around the country visit:
Search for “career expos” and make a note of any events in your city so you have
the chance to meet potential employers face-to-face.