FINDING a job in any country is nerve-wracking and can be stressful. You have to update your resume, scour the internet for roles, meet recruitment agents, prepare for interviews, and then deliberate over offers.
Whether you’ve just moved to Australia or are only having a look to see if you want to move to Australia, the job process can be very stressful and you need to be focused in your search.
The top 10 tips to finding work in Australia
- Decide on the city in which you wish to live and work, and the visa for which you are going to apply. Develop a budget for relocation and a schedule for your move to Australia.
- Get your work qualifications assessed by the appropriate Australian authority so that you can hit the ground running in your search for a job from day one.
- Try to secure a job before you move to Australia via Australian branches of UK companies, or getting a transfer from the UK through an Australian company.
- Register with employment agencies before you leave and make sure you speak to an agent on the phone. They will be your link to the company and it is important you have a good rapport with them from the start.
- Before working in Australia, you need to obtain an Australian Tax File Number. Go to the Australian Taxation Office website and apply online.
- Networking is big in Australia. Find UK expats groups that can help you find a job in Australia on LinkedIn and Facebook; ask questions and send your résumé around. You could also find Australian groups related to your specific industry.
- Research potential employers – read their websites in depth to learn their strategies and structure, get familiar with the Chairman’s Report, financials, know their share price. Ask your recruitment agent for a list of the prospective employer’s usual interview questions.
- When applying for Australian job search , use the lingo and the phrases that are used in the advertisement or on the employer’s website.
- Behavioural-based questioning is half of the job interview. Prepare well for that line of questioning.
- Don’t spread yourself too thin — your job skills may be useful in other industries which you never had thought of. Use the jobs in Melbourne function on internet sites such as seek.com.au cleverly. Newspapers also carry job advertisements.