New Migrants to Australia Job Advice… top tips

Inside top tips to help migrants succeed in Australia.

New Migrants may find that getting an Australian job may be more challenging than they expected.

The first place to start is by tapping into the hidden Australian Job Market. Given that Australia’s economy is made up of small and medium sized businesses (over 70%) many jobs are not advertised visibly.

What are the top tips for New Migrants Finding Australian Jobs?

Write an Australian style CV/resume and cover letter. This is essential. Australian employers generally expect three or four pages with a clear, detailed history of your professional experience.

Most Australian government and public organisations expect job applicants to complete “selection criteria“. Selection criteria describe the qualifications, knowledge, skills, abilities and experience a person requires in order to do a job effectively. They are divided into:

1. essential criteria

2. desirable criteria.

You must meet the essential criteria to be considered for a position because without having the relevant qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience you would not be able to do the job. If you do not meet the essential criteria, you will not be shortlisted for interview.

It is not necessary for you to have the qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience described by the desirable criteria, but your chances of being shortlisted are better if you do. Where there are several applicants who meet the essential criteria, the selection panel will shortlist on the basis of the desirable criteria.

Most new skilled migrants even native English speakers find it difficult to address Australian Selection Criteria correctly. We recommend you find someone to help you or get professional assistance as it will save a lot of time and frustration

Adopt Australian-style interview techniques and approaches. A delicate aspect of this is the need to promote yourself without overselling. Australians don’t take kindly to over-confident or boastful people but you don’t want to undersell yourself either.

When finding an Australian job it is important to understand the relevant employment conditions, law and documentation so you know your rights in the context of what employers offer. More than a quarter of Australian employees work on a casual basis, and casual workers can be especially vulnerable if they don’t know their rights.

Gain local experience through volunteering. A comparatively large proportion of Australians do volunteer work to contribute to the community, meet people, learn skills and improve their career opportunities. Volunteering may not be a normal part of your own culture, but it has more benefits than you probably realise. People from all walks of life in Australia including Top Executives consider it an essential part of their culture to volunteer. Many Australians volunteer as a natural part of building their career and to improve their chances of finding an Australian job.

It won’t take you long to notice that taking an interest in sport is a fast lane to the centre of Australian culture. Knowing your footie and cricket is good for networking; it’s a much more potent ice-breaker than the weather, for example. And joining a sports club has many benefits, not least the inexpensive facilities and activities they provide.

We highly recommend finding a local mentor who can give advice and help you stay positive and motivated. They can also act as a referee (likely to carry more weight than a referee from your home country).

Manage your expectations. It typically takes 6-12 months to find a job, and an estimated 50% of skilled migrants accept positions that don’t make use of their highest qualifications. Having the right information about the job market is the surest way to reduce your job-hunting time, and the associated stress and frustration.

The more people you meet the better – Get out and mix with Australian’s who are highly approachable and friendly and you will quickly find yourself on the road to finding an Australian job through networking. The majority of migrants find this the biggest key to success in Australia.