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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

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Finding employment

Finding a job can be daunting however, a good place to start is with setting goals. Your Transition Coach will work with you to understand your skills, interests and career expectations.

Under the Defence Force Transition Program, you may be eligible to attend a Job Search Preparation workshop, a two-day workshop where you will learn how to create and maintain a CV, write cover letter, determine what a job advertisement is asking for and research and prepare for interviews.

Before you apply for jobs, you should prepare a cover letter and CV. You should personalise your cover letter and CV for the organisation you are applying for.

When it comes to applying for jobs, there are many channels you can use, some of the more commonly used channels include:

  • Online Job sites - Online job sites are increasingly popular with employers who are looking for the right staff. They will put job ads online and you are able to search by skill, location and salary to find all positions that are currently listed. You can then submit your application online and it gets sent direct to the employer.

  • Your personal network - ask your friends or families if they know of any positions available. Personal referrals come with a lot of weight and are more likely to be considered by employers, so this can be a very successful way of getting employment.

  • Recruitment Agencies - There are a variety of recruitment agencies available to you depending on the type of job you are looking for. They will work with a number of different organisations to find employees to fill the available roles. You may wish to be proactive and approach some agencies with your cv to see if they have any positions they feel you might be suited for.

  • LinkedIn – you can find open positions and general information on the current job market. LinkedIn is an important means for building your professional network. Not only should you think about starting to establish a presence on LinkedIn, but it is also a good avenue to apply for jobs as companies are starting to advertise jobs more and more on this platform.


The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business jobactive website provides comprehensive support tools and information specifically for veterans seeking employment. You can find:

  • labour market advice
  • employment planning tools
  • government employment assistance.

APS Careers

The Government recognises the skills and experience transitioning ADF members and veterans have to offer and encourage you to consider a career in the Australian Public Service. You can find opportunities available in your area on the APS Jobs website

Job Outlook

Job outlook is a useful tool that can help you to find careers, learn about different career types, discover which careers are in demand near you and learn more about industry jobs and growth outlooks. Be sure to take 5 minutes and complete the career quiz which will help you determine your work style and identify career opportunities for you. Further information can be found at the Job Outlook site.