A Guide To Finding A Job In The Orana

  1. Get to know your area – just by taking a stroll around the CBD, you will be able to familiarise yourself with the local layout and the types of businesses that populate the area. There might be a lot of cafes, pubs or other retail outlets. This will also give you an idea of what kinds of jobs are on offer and if you will need to brush up on training in order to gain employment.
  2. Match your skill set – do your skills make those required in order to successfully secure a position? Make a note of areas where you would be able to slot into a business or where you could improve.
  3. Make yourself a sellable product – is your appearance clean and tidy, is your resume and qualifications up to date and do you have current references for potential employers to contact? You will be more appealing as an employee if you are friendly and presentable, and have accurate contact details.
  4. Check-in with businesses – when you visit a business, check if the retailer is not too busy serving customers, then you can politely enquire about potential employment opportunities. If they don’t have any vacancies, maybe they know someone who does.
  5. Word of mouth – Jobs are not always advertised in the media; often it is by word of mouth or a sign in the window. Be prepared to be open-minded to following these options.
  6. Be prepared – There will always be places that are looking for employees but they are too busy to actively seek out staff, but are in need of assistance. Make sure you are open to this opportunity and often employers appreciate someone who shows some initiative.
  7. Join social networks – Sometimes, jobs are promoted via business circles such as LinkedIn or through the local Business Chamber. Develop a profile and make yourself known to business channels or networks.
  8. Jobs board – does your adopted town have a board where employment opportunities are offered? It’s a good idea to keep an eye on these, possibly even creating a post with your own details.
  9. Adapt your resume – Whatever position you apply for, make sure your resume reflects the particular details of that job. If the position is a barista, be sure to outline any cafe and catering experience you have had.
  10. Look online – there are numerous websites geared to finding a job. Put in your search terms and go from there. The following links are a starting point when seeking a job in our region:

Find a list of possible 187 visa positions available in the Orana region HERE

Connecting Community Services / Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre – Migrant Support Team

A free service is available to migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds who have been in Australia for less than five years. The migrant support services can assist you in becoming more familiar with and involved in the community.

Connecting Community Services provides the following connections:

  • English language
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Justice needs
  • Education & training
  • Government services
  • Family support
  • Social support
  • Visa application information and citizenship

Migrant support services are based in Dubbo, with outreach services in Wellington, Narromine, Gilgandra, and Mudgee.

Connecting Community Services’ Migrant Support Team can be contacted on 02 6883 2300. Alternatively, you can send an email directly to Khaled Taleb, Migrant Support Officer at or Menna Alnaqa, Migrant Support Coordinator at

Social Activities in Dubbo for Migrants

  • Monthly Multicultural Cooking Classes are held at the CCS WAAC Centre – Wingewarra Street.
  • CCS’ Multicultural Cookbook is seeking recipes from migrants.
  • CCS Migrant Team will inform the community whenever a Multicultural Event / Workshop / Program is scheduled in Dubbo.

For more information, visit Connecting Community Services’ Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn pages or email the Migrant Support Team at the above address. Alternatively, you can visit the Migrant Support Team at 31-33 Church Street, Dubbo. For additional resources, please visit

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