Contacting prospective employers is daunting in best of cases. When migrating and seeking employment in Australia, this task seems very challenging indeed!
Australia is always on the lookout for migrants with high-value skills and qualifications, but it can be challenging to land a job when you first come here. It’s vital that you are realistic enough to understand that your dream job may take some time. Prospective employers usually always ask about residency status. Keep in mind that searching for a job and landing one from overseas may not be possible, however, it is recommended that you start applying a couple of months before you plan to arrive in Australia.
Here are some tips when it comes to contacting prospective employers:
- Visit Australian job sites before migrating, so that you can familiarise yourself with the jobs available. Apart from looking for jobs, invest time in reading the blogs associated with these portals as they provide tonnes of invaluable advice and help you get a feel for what sort of salary and working conditions you can expect with your skills, qualifications and experience.
- Most jobs in Australia are not advertised. Most are found through personal and professional networks. Join your industry association before you leave your home country and use your own networks to contact people in Australia and start networking now to tap into this hidden job market.
- Approach companies and exporters in your own country who have offices in Australia.
- Research the kinds of networks that will be available in the area where you plan to live. Networks may include groups such as volunteer groups, sports clubs, professional bodies and community groups. Join online Forums, Facebook groups and community websites to get a head start even before you arrive.
- Apply for job vacancies just a few weeks before your intended travel to Australia, mentioning your tentative availability date, because prospective employers are unlikely to wait for too long.
- Don’t hesitate to send an application letter with your Resume to as many potential employers and recruitment agents in Australia to let them know you’re available.
- Provide an Australian mobile number and address as soon as you arrive and provide updated Resumes to the prospective employers.
- Don’t expect to land a job at the same or higher level than when you were home because you don’t have ‘local’ Australian knowledge. This, of course, does not apply to niche industries, professions or top management level jobs. See Chapter on Myths about Employment
- Be flexible with your first employer and don’t try to over negotiate because you can lose out on the opportunity.
- Learn how to prepare an ‘Australian Ready’ Resume and Cover Letter and learn how to address Selection Criteria. This will take some effort, dedication and time so start practising as early as you can. (Aussie Migrant: JOBS has sample resumes and cover letters provided by experts to help you get started. Buy Now)
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ExpatForum and Australia Forum – have designated posts created by members who target to arrive in a target city within a certain time frame and stay connected from the time they have applied for their visas. It is a great social platform for connecting with fellow migrants.
Keep in mind that migrants can take quite a while to find a job, so don’t feel dejected when you don’t score a job on your first interview. Some of the top job sites worth looking at are (A more comprehensive list is provided in subsequent chapters of the Book):
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According to one research, only 30-40% of jobs are actually advertised, which includes recruitment agencies. If you aren’t having any luck with agencies, it may be that you need to revise your job hunt strategy to include the hidden job market and at the same time look for ways to improve your skills and experience.
When you contact recruiters and employers, always keep a record of them, so that you know who you have contacted to avoid overwhelming them with too many emails. Even though you have many skills already, you must be prepared to learn new skills. You must be ready to meet new people in person or online when you’re in the process of contacting prospective employers for a job. It is essential for you to research the industry and profession you would like to work in Australia. You need to know the major organisations in the industry, the associations representing professionals in that profession, the various online and printed publications available and key individuals in both the industry and the profession. The good thing is that Australia is blessed with a lot of quality resources, written in English and produced by government, private and non-government organisations. Whilst you may be familiar with your industry and profession in your current location, you need to learn how it is regulated in Australia, what qualifications are required and where you can go to source new mentors and professional development opportunities. The job hunting process may also be different from your past experience. Most new arrivals in Australia find their first job through networking (not applying for jobs via websites or through recruitment agencies).
You will also need to understand how the market is different in Australia, what the typical workplace culture is like and how people manage their careers. This information is not automatically available, so finding some people to talk to before you arrive in Australia will give you some good clues before you start applying for jobs.
Most importantly, be consistent in your efforts and flexible in your approach. Life in Australia will naturally be different from what you have experienced so far in your original country of residence. Although you may be very familiar with how things work in your home town, there is every chance, even if English is your first language, that there will be many differences in work culture and the job hunt process. It is important to be open to new ways of doing things, self-learn and continually strive to improve your understanding the ‘Australian’ way of doing things.
In Summary, some of the main factors which will give you the edge when seeking the first break:
– A Winning Resume – Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills – Seeking Professional help from career guidance experts and Resume Writers – Networking – Volunteering
– Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills – Seeking Professional help from career guidance experts and Resume Writers – Networking – Volunteering
– Seeking Professional help from career guidance experts and Resume Writers – Networking – Volunteering
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