If you're unemployed or after a career change, now's the time to act.
As of Friday there were more than 2000 jobs advertised on Seek for Wollongong, the Illawarra and South Coast.
The top 10 sectors looking to hire were health and medical, trades and services, hospitality and tourism, community services, retail, government and defence, manufacturing, transport and logistics, education and training, administration and construction.
Some roles are for brand-new businesses, such as Stepz Fitness, Neverland, Big Bowl and Gong Cha in Stockland Shellharbour, all expected to open by the end of October.
Others are for businesses who have expanded during the lockdown, such as Footlocker and Specsavers also at Stockland Shellharbour.
But many are for businesses who have clung on through NSW's longest lockdown, without the support they needed to keep staff on the books.
Bull and Bear are looking for kitchenhands, first and second year chef's apprentices, baristas, wait staff and cafe all-rounders.
Owner David Vidal said a number of former employees did not meet the government's eligibility requirements for JobSaver this time around, and had gone on to find employment elsewhere.
"It's entirely understandable - they were keen to work, and they found work," he said.
"I had an inkling it would be challenging because we didn't have JobKeeper this time, and we were already understaffed from last year's lockdowns.
"It's hard to find people who are hospitality oriented."
Daniel Buchanan, Centre Manager at Stockland Shellharbour, said community support for local business was crucial.
"These new retailers are a testament to our strong performance as a centre, and how supportive the community is of its local businesses," he said.