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Need help in searching for jobs?

Need help in applying for jobs?

Need help in preparing for job interviews?

Need to know what support you can have in the workplace?

This page has lots of resources for you to get started.

If you need more support in this area, go to Job Support page.

If you need more help, you can contact any of the mentors here.

Looking for a job? Tahlia is here to give you tips!

Please click here for an English transcript of the above video.

Searching Jobs

Here are some websites where you can look if there are any jobs available. You can also contact or approach organisations directly to see if there are any upcoming opportunities. 
Job Search in the Deaf sector
General Job Search

Career One

Care Careers (National Disability Services)

Ethical Jobs

Indeed Job Search

Job Active

Jora Job Search

SEEK Job Search

Training providers and universities will also have a lot of career information to help their students find work.

Applying for Jobs

When you apply for a job, you must have a cover letter, resume (also called CV), your referees and sometimes Key Selection Criteria in your job application.
Cover letter

A cover letter is one page to introduce yourself to potential employers.

Youth Central have good examples for students to use from Year 10 to finishing TAFE or university:

Click here to see different examples of a cover letter.
Click here to see other tips about cover letters.


A resume is a formal document that lists all your skills, education and work experience.

Resume is also called Curriculum Vitae or CV. This helps employers see if you can do the job that you have applied for. Youth Central have good examples for students to use from Year 10 to finishing TAFE or university:

Click here to see different examples of a CV.
Click here to see other tips about CV.


Referees and their contact details can be included in your CV to vouch for your skills and experience for the job you are applying for.

You must always ask the referees first for their permission to vouch for you in your job applications and tell them which jobs you are applying for.

Click here to see tips about referees.

Key Selection Criteria

Key Selection Criteria is a list of questions of how you can meet the job requirements.

Many job opportunities require people to answer all questions on the Key Selection Criteria by giving examples of your skills and experience.

Click here to see different examples of Key Selection Criteria.
Click here to see other tips about Key Selection Criteria.

Job interview

To prepare for your job interview, make sure you are able to prepare for the day and answer the questions.
Prepare the day before

Ensure that you have all the items ready:

  • Book interpreters for the job interview
  • Your work clothes
  • Your personal items: wallet, phone, keys,
  • Bring your myki if travelling on public transport
  • Change your phone to silent to avoid interruptions during the interview
  • Your cover letter, resume and key selection criteria printed and in a display folder
  • Change batteries for your hearing aid or cochlear implant
  • Work out how long it will take you to travel to location for the interview, ensure you are 15 minutes early
  • Sleep early and wake up early!
Answer Job Interview Questions
Explain how EAF works

Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) is a financial scheme from the Australian Government to support people with disabilities in finding jobs and continuing employment.

EAF provides $6000 every year to cover any additional costs to provide you equal access to your workplace. The workplace pays first, then the Australian Government will re-imburse the amount in full. The limit of $6000 for any costs for one year will re-new every year.

EAF provides funds to cover:

  • Provide Auslan interpreters for your job interviews
  • Modifications in the workplace
    – Auslan interpreters and/or live captioning for team meetings, conferences, video calls, training or professional development
    – Cover the cost of CapTel (Captioned Telephone for $55 per year)
    – Hearing loops/FM system/Microphone
    – Deaf Smoke Alarm
    – iPad for FaceTime and Skype calls

Click here to see a video of how EAF can help you in the workplace. Auslan and captions are available on this video. To see more Auslan and captioned videos about EAF, click here.

Click here to go to the JobAccess website for full information about EAF.

You can find other useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists. Click here to learn more about other support.

Explain solutions in the workplace

Some employers may find there are barriers for you in the workplace. Here are some suggestions to include in your answers for the job interview:

  • You can answer all emails while another work colleague answers all telephone calls
  • You can also respond to phone calls via National Relay Service
  • If you can speak, you can also respond to phone calls via CapTel (Captioned Telephone for $55 per year which can be covered by EAF)
  • You can effectively communicate with your work colleagues via instant messaging system, email, SMS or via writing
  • For team meetings, you can organise and book live captioning or interpreters (in person interpreting or via Video Relay Interpreter (VRI)). The workplace pays and then the Australian Government pays back the cost up to $6000 from EAF.
  • EAF also can cover the cost of Basic Auslan and Deaf Awareness Training for all staff
  • and many more!

Have more suggestions to include here? Then type your ideas and suggestions in the below comment form!

Good and bad job interviews

SensWide Employment has two Auslan videos to show what is the good and bad in job interviews.

Good job interview (no captions)
Bad job interview

In the workplace

Got a job? Congratulations! One step closer to living your own life and have financial independence! Here are some links to help you get started:
Organise your EAF
Money Smart – Tax File Number, payslip, superannuation
Pay and contract negotiation for women: know your value
Here are some services to provide you access in your workplace through your EAF:

Here are also some ideas of how to make your workplace more Deaf-friendly.

Losing your job

There may be many reasons that caused you to lose your job or have been made redundant. This can affect your finance, health and relationships. Here are some links to help you get back on your feet:
Money Smart – Losing Your Job
Money Smart – Redundancy
Money Smart – Financial counselling

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