Tips on looking for work in Australia

More than 140 000 jobs are advertised in the Australian newspapers every week. Fitters, mechanics, electricians, hairdressers, and accountants are in high demand. Unfortunately for expatriates, the Australians are well qualified and have enough people who can fill these positions. Most of the 19 million citizens are trained and qualified. It is however possible to find work in Australia in any of the following occupations:

  • Engineers
  • Au pairs
  • IT personnel
  • Qualified pastry chefs
  • Cabinet makers
  • Refrigeration technicians
  • Medical personnel, including qualified nurses, radiographers, midwives, doctors, and radiation therapists
  • Toolmakers
  • Dentists
  • Construction labor
  • Speech therapists
  • Upholsterers
  • Panel beaters

There are a staggering 72 types of visas. If you plan to find work in Australia you should consider under what entry program you fall, such as academic, training, sport, family visiting, religious work, retirement, media, medical, research, business, holiday work, or employee exchange program. You are not allowed to work on a visitor or family visa. Students are allowed to work full time during the semester breaks.

They are looking for specific types of skills and limit the number of people who can obtain permanent residence. The government has a 76-page instruction manual for obtaining visas and residence allowance in the country. They prefer people under 45, fluent in English, and well qualified. UK citizens are able to get employment faster than most foreigners since many of the Australians have worked and lived in the UK before.

IT and health personnel are recruited from around the world. Although the government expects written proof of qualifications, persons working in the IT field can provide a four years employment history as an alternative to qualifications.

Holiday work exchange program

The Australian government has a holiday student exchange program with Canada, UK, Japan, the Netherlands, Korea, Malta, Ireland, and Germany. It allows students and people under 30 to work and stay in the country for one year.

Tips for your resume and interviews

  • Modesty is the key to employment in Australia.
  • Include copies of your qualifications.
  • List skills and work experience.
  • Include a separate page for references.
  • The resume must be two to three pages
  • Site the most important information first.

Health system

The Australian government provides medical insurance for everyone and the state hospitals provide subsidized and free services. A large number of people make use of the private hospitals, which the government encourages to lessen the strain on the health budget.

Where to find work in Australia

Sidney is the financial capital, while Melbourne offers more employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector. There are more opportunities for expatriates in the country regions. You should still go through a city recruitment agency.

The Australians believe in networking. Make use of any friends and family members in the country to build a contact list. The newspapers run job advertisements weekly. The Internet is widely used as a place of recruitment so you can start your search there. You can also find work in Australia through one of the many immigration programs. The companies will assist you in getting visas, qualify for jobs, and find housing.