Jobs in Australia

Guide to Get a Job in Australia

Getting a job abroad is a fantastic way to integrate, meet new people and develop new skills that will, in turn, prove incredibly beneficial when you apply for jobs in your home country or elsewhere abroad. These suggestions will help you not only present yourself in a brighter light but will also demonstrate to your potential employer why you’re the perfect candidate for the job in Australia.

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UNDERSTAND YOUR WORK RIGHTS

International students in Australia, on a valid student visa, can work for up to 40 hours per fortnight while classes are in session and unlimited hours when class is not in session. Hours of work that are required as part of your studies will not count towards your ’40 hours’ and most volunteer and unpaid work are ok too (be sure to check conditions here). If you choose to break these restrictions you are at risk of having your visa cancelled.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

Make sure you fully understand what the role entails and what the company does. This will make your application easier to assemble and will make it easier when it’s time for the interview. Each application should be specifically tailored to the role you are applying for, don’t make it generic. Employers are looking for candidates that have a true desire to work with them and aren’t just submitting 100 applications randomly.

READ & ADDRESS THE JOB CAREFULLY

Your application should address each one and articulate, using examples, how you fulfill each of these.

1. Values: How the employer works and what it expects of its employees. Check that you are comfortable with these.
2. Accountabilities: The day-to-day responsibilities and duties of the role. Your previous work history should have skills and experiences that are transferable to this role.
3. Key Selection Criteria: Often listed in the job description, these outline the qualities, knowledge and skills required for the role. Include specific examples or situations where you have demonstrated the qualities they are seeking.
4. Qualifications: Sometimes specific qualifications will be required and form part of the screening process for the employer.

MAKE A RESUME AND C.V. THAT GETS ATTENTION

Resume: Your job history, starting with the most recent. Keep the descriptions short, to the point & relevant. Format the layout to your own unique, professional style so that it won’t look like others.
Cover Letter: Clear, concise and easy to read. try and keep this shorter than one page. This is essentially a letter directed to the person responsible for hiring and will describe a little bit about yourself, why you would like to work with the prospecting employer and explain how you align with each of the selection criteria.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Put yourself in their shoes; the employer has to filter through an abundance of applications often on top of their usual workload. If you have not heard back in a week or two after application close it is ok to make a polite enquiry. It shows that you are eager and have initiative. Employers appreciate those who are driven and determined.

PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW

Put yourself in their shoes; the employer has to filter through an abundance of applications often on top of their usual workload. If you have not heard back in a week or two after application close it is ok to make a polite enquiry. It shows that you are eager and have initiative. Employers appreciate those who are driven and determined.

DO THE WORK BEHIND THE SCENES

Find out when they plan to make their hiring decision. This will provide you with a timeline and you can follow up if you have not heard anything since the meeting.

To find out jobs opportunities in Australia, visit Job ads at ADSCT.

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