Are you working in a job that you dread turning up to each Monday morning?

Or have you ever employed someone you thought was going to be the perfect match, but it turns out they have more ‘skeletons in the closet’ than the local fancy dress shop?

If you find yourself answering YES to either of these questions, you’re most certainly not alone.

Over the past the past 4 years I have worked with thousands of passionate job hunters and progressive business owners across Newcastle and The Hunter, and unfortunately, so many of them struggle to find the right people or opportunity for them.

For job seekers and business owners alike, it’s really difficult to find the match.

Why?  In my experience it comes down to time and process. In particular investing the time to identify the best of the best, and being meticulous about the review and onboarding process to ensure the newly formed relationship will be a lasting one. 

Unfortunately, most people waste valuable time and effort when trying to do it all themselves.

As bestselling author and Business Coach, Kevin J. Donaldson says,

“Hiring the wrong people is the fastest way to undermine a sustainable business.”

So, before we get into the “how” of finding your next job or employee, let’s look at the timing. Is right now the best time to be searching, given we’re continuing to see the ups and downs that are part and parcel with the global pandemic… 

Is now a good time to be looking for a job?

Here’s that good news I was telling you about: YES!

While there has been plenty of talk about unemployment, the truth is, Australian job advertisements from a number of different industries have been rising since the middle of the year! Businesses are planning to grow and are actively looking for new staff. Now is your time to get a move on and capitalise on some great opportunities before competition for roles increases again!

Is now a good time to be hiring?

For employers, now is the perfect time to hire as jobs become the new premium. In fact, 16% of Australians are looking to move jobs within the next three months1. This means if you post a job now, you are going to get more applicants than you ever would have received before and you can take your pick of the lot!

The job market is chugging along steadily which is great news for job seekers and employers alike.

But when the streets are busy, it makes it hard to find the people you’re looking for. Luckily enough, there are some amazing online job sites and services you can use to make your life a whole lot easier.

Here are 8 of the best job sites in Australia as curated by our senior recruitment specialist, Callan Dooley, making your choice of which site to choose even easier!


SEEK is the #1 job site for employers and employees in Australia, with over 2.9 billion people using the platform worldwide. One of the great features of SEEK is that both employees and employers can easily canvas the job market.

Job movers can create a personal profile ruling out the need to apply for every single job, and employers can then find good matches for the roles they need to fill. It’s quick to post a job and it’s quick to apply; SEEK helps you get to your future quicker.

2. Jora

Jora aims to collect job ads from a bunch of different sites and put them all in the one place, making it simple and easy to create good business matches. For employers, Jora is free to use and you can post up to 10 free jobs a month.

3. Indeed

Indeed is a global job board which has expanded into Australia with over 250 million unique visitors per month. Employers are able to post for free as well as pay for sponsored ads if they want to fill the position quick smart.

4. LinkedIn

The #1 global professional networking platform, while LinkedIn is not a dedicated job board, it does advertise positions and you can apply for new roes straight through their site. With over 675 million members, it makes sense that LinkedIn has transitioned from merely a social platform to one which connects employers with employees who are looking for a career change.

One unique LinkedIn feature is job alerts. If you are interested in working for a particular organisation but they aren’t hiring, you can sign up to receive alerts for any positions that become available meaning you’re one step ahead of the rest.

5. Adzuna

Adzuna is a search engine for jobs that partners with 150 newspaper websites in Australia to post as many jobs as possible. It costs around $100 to post an ad for a job and their algorithm ensures only the highest quality candidates reach your eyes.

6. CareerOne

CareerOne is an interactive job board and career resource website. Employers can post jobs for free but to view profiles and download resumes, you will need to pay.

7. GradConnection

Over 71% of Australian university students are connected on GradConnection. Powered by SEEK, students can find graduate positions and internships that match their industry and level of experience – even if they have none at all. For employers looking to hire graduates, it will not only be advertised on the website but sent to top universities and quality candidates, making sure you can grow your team with the right people. 


If you’re a time poor business owner or job seeker, the value of working with a boutique recruitment agency cannot be understated. Not only do we take away all the typical pain and frustration associated with extensive searching, our rigorous matching process ensures we fill the right roles with the right people.

Not to mention, with a 98% success rate, our Recruitment Specialists don’t just promise results – they consistently create ideal connections for your future.

To leverage our time and connections, simply jump on the site and submit your enquiry.

Just as connecting with the right people is essential to growing your business and career, so too is selecting the right tools and enlisting the right help to ensure your success!

If you’re an employee on the search for new opportunities, or a business owner looking to grow your team, get in touch with Newcastle and the Hunter’s leading boutique recruitment agency. Coastal Recruitment Group connect passionate candidates with growing businesses.

Get in contact with our leading Recruitment Specialists today – call (02) 4058 1930 or email

1Independent research conducted by Nature on behalf of SEEK. Interviewing 4800 Australians annually –

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