Making the move to Australia can be an exciting time, but also somewhat daunting if you are looking at moving under a Work, Employer Sponsored or Skilled Visa. Or you may be already in Australia on a temporary visa and need to find work suited to your qualifications.
One of the most common questions we receive as a migrant specialist is “How do I find work in Australia?”
There are a number of different ways to find the perfect job for your immigration journey. Let’s get started by breaking them down here.
1. Check Out the Government of Australia Website
This is a great starting point. This website (in particular this page here) lists skill shortages. Skilled Visas are designed to target genuine skill shortages, which means the industries are actively looking for recruitment. The Australian Government likes to keep these updated in order to diversify the country’s business expertise and increase entrepreneurial talent. Take a look and see if you fit the profile.
2. Search the Job Classifieds
There are a number of common websites in Australia that list vacancies and job classifieds. It’s worth checking these out to see if you can find a vacancy that suits you first. In particular, the sites compiled in the list below will often state whether the job will be suitable for immigrants and whether or not the employer will provide visa support. This is a really helpful tool, which will save time during your job search.
• Seek.com.au: When looking for employment in Australia, Seek is the first website you should go to. Bookmark this page and refer to it often. There are thousands of jobs in all different fields.
• Australian Government Job Search Site: Again, this is a great site to bookmark. It is recognised as the second most effective resource for those seeking employment in Australia.
• Career One: Career One has an easy-to-use interface, helpful blog articles on employment in Australia, and features vacancies for larger companies, like Uber.
• Recruit.net: Another larger website for Australian vacancies be sure to adjust your country on the homepage to “Australia” before searching.
3. Find Information on Australian Government Department Websites
The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment. They maintain a regularly updated site with a list of most employment websites Students can also use the Graduate Careers site, established by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia.
4. Get Networking
A simple business and professional concept, but a good one! Network through any means you have. If you have a professional qualification where the equivalent is recognised in Australia, try emailing the governing Australian organisation for specific advice on membership and job opportunities.
Do you have friends or family members, professional contacts or acquaintances that have already moved to Australia? Perhaps you are in Australia under a Visitor Visa or Student Visa, and have made friends along the way. Often word of mouth is one of the best ways to create contacts and make your intentions for permanent work and immigration known. Networking is also very effective, if you are looking for a business or organisation to sponsor you on an Employer Sponsored Visa.
If you don’t already have one, a LinkedIn profile is a great tool to add to your portfolio. This professional social network is a fabulous resource for building contacts in many fields, networking with other professionals, and maintaining a professional online presence.
5. Contact a Migration Specialist
If you have exhausted all of your personal searching options, and find you are meeting a “dead-end” of sorts, it may be worth to contact a migration specialist for some further advice. Our Migration Specialists at Northern Immigration Australia work daily within the field and it allows us to network on your behalf, know of opportunities that are perhaps not advertised, or we can simply point you in the right direction for your skills and expertise.
In our personal experience, moving to Australia and finding work as a migrant can be a wonderful opportunity, opening doors to many new probabilities. We wish you the best of luck on your job seeking; remember to check job and Government sites every day and don’t forget to set-up your LinkedIn profile! Keep applying for jobs and never give up! You only need one person to say yes. Keep going. All the best!