Job skills

Subject guide

This NSI Libraries online subject guide provides links to information available on the web. Some resources require a DEC username and password. Don’t know your DEC username and password? Contact your Campus Student Administration or your teacher.

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Subject web links


Job search sites

Australian JobSearch

An Australian Government initiative





Council jobs

NSW government jobs


Recruitment agencies

Byron Employment


Recruitment agencies in Sydney



Job search skills

Job guide (Australian Government)


Job applications

How to apply for a job (Australian Government)

ACPeople: resumé

How to write a cover letter (youthcentral)

How to write selection criteria (Australian Government)

Job interviews (youthcentral)


Professional networks


Allows you to stay connected with colleagues, find jobs or get expert advise.




TAFE Studylinks


Job vacancy and employment information service for NSI students and prospective employers. Current students log in with their DEC username and password.

Job seeking resources for NSI students

Current students use their DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Government information and legislation

Centrelink has been incorporated into the Department of Human Resources website.

Department of Education

Department of Employment

Fair Work Ombudsman

Provided factsheets and templates

Hot Topics: Employment and the law (Updated April 2013)

NSW Fair Trading

Protects the rights of all consumers and advises business and traders on fair and ethical practice (Factsheets in other languages are available).

NSW Industrial relations


Help and workplace solutions for the employment of people with disability.

NSW Anti-Discrimination Board

Modern award lists (Australian Government)

Award Finder

Awards set out the minimum pay and conditions of employment for an industry or workplace.

Qualifications and skills recognition

Provides you with links to regrading bodies, for example, Qualification RecognitionSkills recognition (NSW), Trades Recognition Australia and more.

Work, Health and Safety laws provided by WorkCover NSW

Refers to the legislation, policies, procedures and activities that aim to protect the health, safety and welfare of all people at the workplace.


Related subject guides

Human resources management


   eJournals, eBooks & other eResources



Freely available journals

For the entire list of free journals go to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) which provides access to over 3,000 free online journals.



Click the link of one of the selected journals or databases. Log in using your DEC username and password.



Business Source Complete


ProQuest Central

Click the link to the ProQuest or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.


Training toolboxes (Australian Flexible Learning Framework)

14.05 English at work

424 Basic skills in the Cybercentre

420 The world of work

These training packages contain tutorials, quizzes and resources for your course. Log in using your DEC username and password. You can view or download these resources. A CD-ROM of the packages may be available at your TAFE library.



Oxford Reference Online

Log in to Oxford Reference Online using your DEC username and password.



eBooks on Ebscohost

Log into eBooks on Ebscohost using your DEC username and password.

Business Source Complete (eBooks)


Contains 39 eBooks on occupations and careers.


Online videos

Login to the Student Portal using your DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option. You can search for a course by keyword or access them by subject or software.

  • Building confidence (2014)
  • Manging your career (2012)
  • Negotiating your salary (2012)


Login to vLearn via Equella or the listed videos using your DEC username and password. Over 50 videos are currently available on job skills e.g.





   Databases covering job skills subjects

Here is a selection of subject specific databases provided. For the full list of general databases and regarding instructions go to the eResources Portal.

Name Description Access


Provides an A to Z listing, and the ability to search, for eJournal titles that are available from our eJournal database providers EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest.

To view the entire list of databases included, see the Databases A-Z tab within the eJournal A-Z product. eJournal titles can be accessed by clicking the link of the available database provider listed under the title.

No authentication is required to access the index. You will need your DEC username and password when accessing journal titles.

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.The database is updated daily.

DEC username and password required.


Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO's searchable database provides full text, and index access to many local and international magazines, newspapers and reference books. Most general subjects are covered. It also contains Australian newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph etc.

DEC username and password required.

This subscription service provides NSI students and staff with access to over 6,500 full-text Australian Standards (conditions apply).

Please note: Downloaded standards expire after 5 days. This service is provided strictly for course-related research and private study by current NSI students and staff and that, by use of the service, users agree to adhere to the SAI Global Terms and Conditions for usage.

DEC username and password required.

Important: Log off as soon as you're finished.



Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete (BSC) is a business research database, providing full text a large number of journals. Coverage is provided in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

DEC username and password required.

Gale databases provide access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics. The sub-collection General OneFile includes over 6,300 full-text titles and 400 newspaper services (a total of more than 11,000 titles). Also included in the subscription is the 'General Reference Centre Gold'.

DEC username and password required.

eBooks on EBSCOhost

eBooks on EBSCOhost provides full-text access to a wide range of online books, including books on job hunting and job skills.

DEC username and password required.


Student Portal


Staff Portal

Contains over 1,500 high quality online courses teaching creative and business skills on about 1,600 subject areas such as MS Office, Adobe programs, digital media, social media, web development, programming, design, smart phones, tablets and computers. These comprehensive courses are available in all levels from beginners to advanced.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: log in to the Student Portal with their DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option.

Staff: log in to the Staff Portal with their DEC username and password and click the My training tab.


IBISWorld is an online research provider of Australian Industry, Risk and Company data that saves you time by presenting facts and forecasts in an easy-to-digest report format. The following reports can be downloaded directly from the website or viewed online:

  • Australia industry reports (ANZSIC)
  • Global industry reports
  • Australia risk ratings reports
  • Australia risk scores listing
  • Australia business environment profiles
  • Australia company reports

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


MarketLine Advantage offers a comprehensive collection of business profiles such as:

  • 33,000+ company profiles incl. 2,700+ SWOT
  • 3,500+ industry profiles incl. Porters Five Forces scorecards
  • 110+ country profiles
  • 160+ up-to-date case studies  

It also gives you access to country statistics, market data analytics, financial deals (monthly) and company financials & top ten industry players guide as well as news and opinions (live feed).

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (eg john.smith@det).

A collection of key Oxford reference publications bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. Includes bilingual dictionaries, encyclopaedias, subject reference, quotations, maps & illustrations and 20th century timelines.

DEC username and password required.

ProQuest Central provides access to a set of databases containing more than 125 billion digital pages covering arts, literature, social science, general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest includes the world's largest digital newspaper archive including ANZ Newsstand and periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles.

DEC username and password required.

vLearn via Equella

175 vLearn videos are now available via Equella.
Subject areas covered are business, career development, hospitality & food services, anatomy, beauty services, child studies, customer service, English language, health & safety, history, HRM, nursing, nutrition, sport & recreation, tourism and more.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.

Writer's Reference Center

The Writer’s Reference Center available via Facts on File provides the essential one-stop online reference for writers, with all the tools necessary to write and research effectively.

  • Includes almost 100,000 definitions
  • More than 150 essays covering grammar, style, research, and more
  • Top grammar errors, often confused words, and most common punctuation mistakes feature

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).


   Library catalogues

The NSW TAFE Library catalogue lists all the resources held in NSW TAFE libraries. You can search by keyword, author, title and subject and also limit searches to specific types of materials and specific campus libraries. The catalogue has links to, and the addresses and contact details of, all individual NSW TAFE Libraries.

Subject headings

Catalogue links to some job skills subjects and availability through NSI Libraries are listed below. Please note: the search results are limited to items available in NSI Libraries. Do a new search if you want to find items held by your local library or to get results for all TAFE NSW Libraries.


Ability -- Testing

Employment interviewing


Applications for positions

Employment tests


Business communication

Job hunting


Career changes



Career development

Resumes (Employment)


Cover letters



Employment agencies

Vocational guidance -- Australia

Macquarie University Library

Macquarie University Library has an extensive collection of resources in the job skills area. NSI has a reciprocal borrower's agreement with Macquarie University ($55 per calendar year). Please ask your NSI library staff for details on how to access this service.     


Last updated by SXZ: 10/10/2014