QUITE often, finding work is often more about who you know than what you know.
When it comes to the 'who' part of that equation, recruitment and labour hire companies can be extremely helpful. They do the legwork and match workers with businesses, leaving both employee and employer to focus on what they do best.
Building a solid relationship with a recruitment or labour hire company has benefits for both, jobseekers and employers.
For jobseekers, it means exposure to all of the agency's clients - you have your finger in many pies, so to speak, with more and more companies turning to agencies for short and long-term hiring.
On the other side, for employers, working with a recruitment firm means easy access to work-ready staff, with the bookwork taken care of.
As an example, with the construction industry (outside of mining and resources particularly) still finding its feet post-GFC, finding work as a tradesperson can be difficult, particularly if heading to the mines is not an option.
Working with a recruitment or labour hire company means access to a wide range of vacancies, even if many of these are not necessarily your preferred trade.
Signing up to various labour hire companies and being prepared to do general and skilled labouring work while waiting for trade work is also a valuable way to keep your name out in the market, and to keep your work networks alive.
The economic shifts felt across Australia post-GFC haven't just changed the game for jobseekers - recruitment and labour hire companies are approaching their work differently too.
A representative for Toowoomba-based firm HB recruitment said shifting demand had changed the landscape for recruiters and jobseekers alike.
"We are in for exciting times ahead in the world of recruitment and training ... the need for highly skilled and trained employees has never been higher," the representative said.
"Improved technology has assisted recruitment companies such as HB Recruitment and employers to widen their reach to gain highly skilled staff in this global marketplace.
"The traditional white and blue collar roles don't necessarily fit all the needs of the mines and mining-related construction ... 'orange-collar' seems to better describe the needs of this industry."