How to Get a Job in Australia
Find a job in Australia
Every year, millions of people relocate to Australia. Many of these people move to the land Down Under to take employment and live a high-quality life. Moving to Australia isn’t easy and it takes a lot of work to obtain a visa to live in the country. Prior to emigrating Down Under, you will need to know about the various visas available to individuals seeking a move.
It is important to know about the visas Australia offers prior to looking for a job. You need to know the qualifications needed to gain the visa you desire and what jobs are in demand. If you are unaware of these two items, you will spend a lot of wasted time searching for employment only to find out you may not meet the requirements. It is important to note that your Australian visa may not qualify you to work in Australia. Some visas have conditions attached to them.
Most common Australian visa types
There are a variety of visa types offered by Australia. Two of the most common are the skilled independent visa (189) and the subclass 190 State Nominated Visa. The skilled independent visa is provided to skilled workers that are not sponsored by a company, employer, family member, or nominated by an Australian state or territory. The other sought after visa the the Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa (TSS). The TSS visa is an employer sponsored visa and holders can convert their visa into Permanent Residency and ultimately full Australian Citizenship.
The temporary work (skilled) visa gives skilled workers permission to work in Australia as long as they are in a nominated occupation. The nominated occupation must be approved by an employer or sponsor for up to four years. The sponsor must be an approved business that is allowed to sponsor your visa.
You will most likely see the phrase “right to work” in job listings by Australian employers. Companies sponsor high-level job candidates if there are no local workers capable of filling the job. Australian companies won’t always do this. Hiring high-level candidates from abroad is considered the exception rather than the rule. For the most part, only highly experienced, highly skilled job candidates are hired for industries short on workers. The top of the range are the ones that can expect all expenses to be paid for relocation Down Under.
If you are young and want to get your foot in the door with an Australian employer, a working holiday visa is one option. A working holiday visa could be turned into a full working visa. However, you will need to demonstrate you are indispensable to your employer.
How to get a job in Australia: Resume
The most common way to find a job in Australia is to search advertisement posts and to reply to them. You should reply to the position you qualify for with a cover letter and CV. If shortlisted for a position, you may complete a job interview via telephone or over the Internet on Skype or Zoom. Depending on the job, you may need to attend a live interview with the employer. This means you would need to be in Australia.
Interview for a job in Australia
Applying for and interviewing for a job in Australia is very similar to the process conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada, and United States. You will undergo a similar interview with questions about your background, work history, education, and possibly what you offer the company that is looking to hire you.
Here are some valuable tips to consider before interviewing for a job in Australia
- Research the company/employer you are interviewing with. Learn about everything they do, their history, and anything important and related to your potential role.
- Practice your interview before hand. There are common interview questions you are likely to have experienced. You can practice answering these stock questions. In addition, look online for questions related to the specific job role that you can practice answering.
- If you are meeting in-person, then you need to look like a capable, employable person. An online interview is no different, so dress for success and make a great first impression.
- There is no substitution for good preparation. Be prepared for the interview by practicing questions. This will also help you to be calm for the interview.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will be moving Down Under to live and work. There are a lot of questions you can ask during the interview to ensure you are a fit for the job and moving to Australia is the right decision.
Unfortunately, your first job in Australia may not be the next logical step in your career. You may have to take a step backwards to ultimately achieve the job and lifestyle you want in Oz.