Five reasons why Work for the Dole will work for you

It’s the frustration of so many job seekers: you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience.

This is where a Work for the Dole activity can come in handy. If you’ve never participated in a Work for the Dole activity, it’s natural to have some reservations about it. You may be wondering how a Work for the Dole activity help you land paid employment. Here’s five reasons how:

Your host could become your new boss

A huge amount of participants land paid employment immediately after their activity, largely due to hosts employing participants. So if you arrive to your activity on-time and with the right attitude, it could turn into a paid job for you very quickly.


You’ve added to your suite of skills

If there isn’t a paid position available at your activity, it doesn’t mean it was all for nothing. Activities focus on giving you hands-on experience. That means you won’t just learn about the skills required for a job, you’ll get to practice them. Before you know it you’ve added a whole new set of skills to your resume!


It helps get you back into a routine

Being unemployed can be the biggest motivation killer. You’re out of a routine, there’s not a whole lot of reason to get up and go in the mornings, and you’re just feeling a bit down in the dumps. A Work for the Dole activity gets you moving and gives you back your routine. And just like that, your motivation is back and you’re ready to throw yourself into your job hunt!


Your confidence comes back in droves

You think that the idea of finding work should excite you, but more often than not the thought of a new job makes you anxious, and your brain goes in to overdrive thinking “what if I’m no good? What if I can’t do it?” An activity will build up your confidence, it will have you performing different tasks and learning every day, and it can show you that you ARE capable.


You’ve made new friends

Unemployment can be an isolating experience. Work for the Dole activities provide great social interaction. It can strengthen your ties to the community and broaden your support network, exposing you to people with common interests. What’s more, these new friends could be referees for your next job!

Need more proof? Check out Jake from Darwin, who became a paid animal assistant with RSPCA after completing his activity with them. Kelly from Brisbane was kept on as a paid employee after her activity wrapped up. And Steven from Tassie found his passion for computers thanks to his activity and went on to study IT at university.

Want more Work for the Dole info? Ask your consultant at your next appointment, or visit the Department of Employment webpage.


An activity can be your chance to show your host what a great addition you would make to their organisation. Remember to stay open minded, participating in an activity gets you one step closer to finding work!


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