Our employment figures released at the beginning of May do not paint a good picture for Adelaide. With the demise of manufacturing jobs it’s unfortunately going to get worse before it gets better. Some suburbs in the far north have youth unemployment figures above 40%. Although the retail, housing and tourism sector is still strong it cannot satisfy the needs of a diverse labour pool.
I often see job ads, notices in windows, and hear of vacancies from friends and it’s clear that there are jobs that people just aren’t aware of. The first person to hear of a vacancy may be the person working in that sector and a jumpstart to approach that business may be a real advantage for a person looking for work. This is where we can help.
I hope that this thread goes a little way towards securing employment for some out of work people.
I remember reading about a programme called “Operation Starfish” and the quote from author Loren Eiseley
As a young boy walked the beach at dawn, he noticed an old man ahead of him picking up starfish and tossing them into the sea. Catching up with the man, the boy asked why he was doing this. The old man explained to the boy that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” exclaimed the boy. “How can your effort make any difference?”
The old man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it safely into the waves. He turned to the boy and said, “It made a difference to that one
Let’s see if we can make a small difference.
If you can post details of any available job or contact point for a job that will be great start…
I will make a start and hopefully other people add to it:
Anyone who has lived or visited Adelaide will see that young people are the cogs that run the fast food and retail industry.
My son works for Woolworth’s so let’s start there. We secured him a job 5 years ago by registering him on the WOW site.
Woolworth’s have their own employment web site. It’s called World of Woolworth’s or WOW.
The details are:
Woolworth’s have many brands such as Big W, BWS, Dan Murphy’s, Masters etc. Employment is not limited to youth and to entry-level workers.
I have just completed a search of the site and there are currently 34 jobs available within 80 km of Port Noarlunga (some are at the local Colonnades centre and in Seaford, others in the north).
The web site allows you to register, load your details and CV, thereby making future applications quick and easy.
This is one example of one employer. There are armies of young people working in retail and replenishment throughout Adelaide. It might not be their ideal job but it brings in the Dollars and it’s always easier to get another job once you already have one. My son was fortunate that Woolworth’s was starting its new online shopping division and they were looking for 40 people. There are a number of big stores (Bunnings, Masters, Aldi etc) all in the pipeline and timing and being ready is really important.
With retail the main thing to remember is that employment is fluid. There is a high rate of turnover and if you apply somewhere today, try again tomorrow or the day after. There are always people leaving and persistence will pay off.
Bunnings is another perfect example. Their employment website is: https://www.bunningscareers.com.au/search#
Register your details and be ready for when vacancies arise / new stores open. If you know anyone who works there ask them to let you know when positions are vacant…they will be first people to hear. Employment is not limited to youth and to entry-level workers.
Another major employer of youth is McDonalds.
My daughter, son and plenty of their friends have all worked there. Ignore the stigma of the McJob…it’s employment, and pays Dollars, and with flexible hours allows TAFE training / other career paths to be explored.
Their website is:
The recruitment process is:
Step One – Online application form
The first step starts right here in the form of an online application form and quiz. You can apply to up to 10 restaurants within one application. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a short quiz made up of multiple-choice questions. This is to help McDonald's understand the position in our team that suits you best.
- Make sure you have the following info at your fingertips before you start the application:
- Your contact details including personal email address
- Right to work information if applicable
- Dates and details of any work history
- Current contact details of at least two referees (1 personal and 1 business or academic)
- Also, think about the hours and days that you want to work, taking into consideration school, sports and outside commitments.
- If you have not turned 16 years old yet, you will need a parent or guardian’s consent. Consent can be given either electronically or via a signed paper form. Parental consent must be provided before or during your interview.
Step Two – Interview
If your application looks good you will be invited to an interview via email. The interview normally takes place at the restaurant and should take approximately 30 minutes. The interview consists of a face-to-face interview and may also include a brief supervised audition on shift.
The interview gives both you and McDonald's the chance to see if we are right for each other.
- Print off your application form and don't forget to bring along any supporting documentation that you may need, such as your Passport, Birth Certificate, right to work permit or if applicable, Parent/Guardian Consent Form (if applicable).
- You may like to think about the answers to the following questions:
- Why do you want to work at Macca's?
- Give some examples of a situation where you have worked or participated in a team.
- Wear something clean and smart that you feel comfortable in. It is okay to come in your school uniform. Ensure that you wear closed low-heeled, non-skid shoes.
Step Three - Reference checks
We may conduct a reference check to confirm any information that may assist us with your application. This could be with your previous employer, school teacher or parent/guardian.
- Don't forget to let your referee(s) know that we may call.
It’s the same story as any other retail job. If there isn’t a job today there may well be one tomorrow.
I hope that others add to this thread with details of vacancies in other employment fields and for different workers. Every job reported may make a difference.