How to get a job in Australia
These tips cannot guarantee you a job, but you will be much closer to landing one.
We break it down for you in four sections:
- Get assessed
- Have a plan
- Adapt your CV and cover letter
- Prepare for the interview
The assessment should always be your first step. Let us explain why…
A comprehensive assessment will not only reveal if you qualify to work in Australia, but also which visa you qualify for as well as the best way forward for you.
Just see to it that you work with an immigration agent registered with MARA, Australia’s Migration Agent Registration Authority.
Have a plan
Do you want to kick your job search into high gear right from the get-go? Then you must have a plan.
Our suggestion is set up your plan around the following:
- Companies you want to work for.
- Job sites you’re going to use.
- Friends, family and connections you can tap.
- Recruiters in Australia.
- A solid LinkedIn profile.
You want to research companies and check if they have a job section (most companies do). Keep an eye on it or upload your CV to a job portal.
A bit more daring? Then see if you can find the HR manager’s details and send them a friendly email with your CV. Say why you’re interested in the company and tell them what you can offer.
The company might not be recruiting at the moment, but who knows – you might be perfect for a future position.
Why do you need a solid LinkedIn profile?
Many employers, recruiters and headhunters use LinkedIn to find suitable candidates. In fact, 87% of recruiters find LinkedIn most effective when vetting candidates.
Imagine if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile or a profile with gaps? Your chances of getting the job has immediately decreased.
Don’t know where to start though? Start with these 31 tips.
Job sites and recruiters
You can start your search on these three prominent Australian job sites:
As for recruiters, your best bet will be to do a search on Google for industry specific recruiters. Recruiters in your field will be best able to serve you.
Adapt your CV and cover letter
The CV you’re using now might not be usable in Australia. Perhaps the Australian CV is shorter or it starts with education, while yours start with experience.
It’s important to get the style right or you run the risk of your CV reaching the bin before anyone’s read it properly. Here’s an article to get you started.
Here’s another tip: use Australian ‘language’. This includes using British English and terms or phrases common in Australia. For instance, it’s not ‘matric’ in Australia but ‘senior school certificate’.
Your cover letter
Your cover letter is your first impression – make it count!
Apart from the usual, be sure to mention that you’ve had an assessment done, that you qualify for a visa, which visa you qualify for, and that you’re available for both Skype and face-to-face interviews.
Prepare for the interview
We’re going to go ahead and imagine the perfect scenario – your efforts have paid off and you’ve secured an interview.
You can make a memorable impression by doing the following:
- Understand your visa and the immigration process: Many employers will ask about your immigration status or what’s needed for them to employ you. If you have the answers, you’ve cleared a massive hurdle!
- Be prepared to go to Australia: It’s unlikely that the first interview will be face-to-face, but you must be prepared to go to Australia for an interview if asked. It may count against you if you’re not willing.
- Research: The company, the Australian work culture, the position and the industry. You’re bound to get questions about all of these.
- Have copies of your visas, references, qualifications and professional registrations handy: You’ll be able to hand it over at a moment’s notice. And trust us, you’ll come across as professional.
There you have it – how to get a job in Australia!
It really comes down to knowing if you qualify, doing your homework and getting your name (and CV) out there. You won’t get a job in Australia if you sit back and expect the job offers to come to you.
The work will be worth it – you could find yourself in Australia sooner than you think!