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Need support looking for work? A Jobs Victoria Mentor can help.

If you’ve been looking for work for a while or you’re facing challenges that make it harder to find a job, a Mentor can help.

Jobs Victoria Mentors assist people to become work-ready, find a job that suits them, and support them in their new job during the first six months of employment.

Jobs Victoria Mentor services operate in the following local government areas:

  • City of Brimbank (located in the Western Metropolitan region)
  • City of Greater Dandenong (located in the Southern Metropolitan region)
  • City of Hume (located in the Northern Metropolitan region)
  • City of Latrobe (located in the Gippsland region)
  • City of Greater Shepparton (located in the Goulburn region)

Other supports for Jobseekers

There are a range of programs and services that can assist you to develop your skills or support you into employment. These services include:

Depending on your location, your local council may be able to point you to relevant services in your area. Online recruitment sites and job boards can also provide you with job opportunities relevant to your skills and location.

How can a Mentor support me to find work?

A Mentor will work with you to understand your work goals and aspirations and help you achieve them. A Jobs Victoria Mentor can:

  • support you to apply for jobs
  • assist you to develop your resume and prepare for job interviews
  • support you to become job ready
  • match you with jobs that interest you
  • help you enrol in training or obtain qualifications
  • assist you with personal needs, including transport to attend interviews
  • provide support for six months once you have a job
  • connect you to other community services.

Who is eligible for Mentor services?

Jobs Victoria Mentors provide targeted support to people who face significant challenges finding employment, including:

  • people who are long-term unemployed (12 months or more), or
  • people who are at significant risk of long-term unemployment.

A Jobs Victoria Mentor will assess your eligibility for support based on your individual circumstances.

You may be considered at significant risk of long-term unemployment if you experience some of the following barriers:

  • not completing secondary education (either in Australia or overseas)
  • no post-school qualifications
  • a lack of Australian work experience
  • low English language proficiency
  • low literacy (reading/writing)
  • lack of digital literacy
  • lack of knowledge of job search techniques/processes
  • limited social and professional networks that can help with job search activities
  • personal circumstances that limit employment options or make it challenging to search for a job and/or keep a job (e.g. experience of family violence, unstable housing/homelessness, a significant disability, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependence, criminal record)
  • low confidence and low self-esteem
  • other barriers considered on a case-by-case basis by Jobs Victoria.

How can I find a Mentor?

You can find Mentor services in the areas below:

City of Brimbank

City of Greater Dandenong

City of Hume

City of Latrobe

City of Greater Shepparton