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Job Hunting in Australia

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Right, first things first: let’s see if people skilled in your profession are in high demand in Oz right now. If you are thinking of moving to Australia and are experienced in one of these areas this may help you relocate here, especially if long-term immigration is your plan.

The Australian Government lists nearly 400 occupations in medium to high demand in Australia at the moment, and very high demand jobs feature on the Migration Occupations in Demand List – the one you’re likely to be most interested in. So here are some of the most in demand professionals in Australia at the moment, with average salaries in AUD:

OCCUPATION AVERAGE SALARY
Accountants $65,000 AUD
Anesthetists $80,000 AUD
Architects $85,000 AUD
Civil and Mechanical Engineers $130,000 AUD
Computing Professionals $65,000 AUD
Dentists $95,000 AUD
Paramedics $70,000 AUD
Chemists $56,000 AUD
GPs Up to $200,000 AUD
Obstetricians From $140,000 AUD
Occupational Therapists $56,000 AUD
Paediatricians $90,000 AUD
Physiotherapists $63,000 AUD
Nurses and Midwives $60,000 AUD

There is also an extensive list of trade positions seeing high demand in Australia at the moment – see the full list here.

Visas

Whether you arrive in Australia before securing a job or if you’re on the hunt for employment before you move to Oz, there are several avenues we suggest you pursue.

Bear in mind that finding a job and moving to Oz (or moving to Oz and finding a job, for that matter) isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. You’ll need to secure a visa before you arrive in most cases, and regulations regarding working in Australia are strict, so you’ll need to know your stuff before you go booking any flights.

Choosing the visa option for you

We’ve written a handy little article on visas for Australia, but put simply you will need either a Working Holiday Visa for a short term trip to Oz with some travelling and casual work thrown in; or you’ll need a Temporary Work Visa if you want to stay for up to two years doing something highly specialised. But you’ll need that job offer first.

The other option is to come to Australia on a three month Visitor Visa, and seek work once you arrive.

Partners and dependants of Australian citizens

The exception to this rule is if you’re entitled to immigrate to Australia as the partner or dependent of an Australian Citizen, in which case you can apply for all manner of clerical, manual and professional positions as if you were a local, with no visa conditions to satisfy.

We’ve spoken with expats from all sorts of employment sectors who’ve been there and done that, and are now earning their living in Australia. Here’s their advice…

Recruitment sites

SEEK is a popular job search site with our expats, and they also rate MyCareer and CareerOne, the latter being the Oz version of Monster.co.uk. Get signed up as soon as the idea of working in Australia occurs to you.

Depending on why you’re travelling to Australia and how long you intend to stay for, you may find the temporary and contract work sections on these sites useful, especially if you’re visiting the country on a Working Holiday Visa and fancy some short term work to fund your travels.

Another site worth checking out is the Australian Government’s Job Search site, which gets you access to lots of harvest jobs for young people as well as daily updated opportunities for blue and white collar work in the towns and cities. Gumtree is another good site for those seeking casual work like fruit picking.

Top recruitment sites for Australia

Networking

Not something that needs to necessarily happen in person anymore, chances are you’re already networking without even realising. Here are some smart ways to network your way to employment in Australia.

  • Contact friends and family already in Australia and letting them know that you’re looking to secure a job in your area of expertise is a start
  • Get on expat blogs and forums, chatting with others and sharing advice on anything from visas to cost of living in Australia is another way to make inroads that may pay off with a hot tip
  • Real face-to-face networking, which you can do once in Australia. Search online for organisations and opportunities in your local area – local Chambers of Commerce are a good place to start
  • If you have a professional qualification that’s recognised here, write to the Australian branch of your professional organisation for advice on finding employment in Australia, in your sector. You may have to join their body in order to practice in Oz, and chances are they’ll publish a journal of some sort advertising situations vacant
  • Get a list of businesses in your area of expertise by popping to your local reference library in Australia and asking to look at their trade directories. Copy out a list of the companies you like the look of, and send them an open application letter. This is better done ahead of arriving in Oz, of course, so see if you can access these lists online

Newspapers

Saturday papers are best for the jobs sections, and most papers can be found in the reading rooms of your local library in Australia, and sometimes at your Australian embassy. Also look out for situations vacant in trade magazines for your specific industry.

If you’re in London, single copies of most national Australian papers can be bought at Smyth, International Media Representatives, Archgate Business Centre, 825 High Road, London N12 8UB, UK. Or you can subscribe to most of them, through TNT Express World, Unit 6, Spitfire Way, Spitfire Estate, Hounslow, Middlesex TW5 9NW.

Though we’ll warn you now, it’s not cheap! Some national papers publish jobs listings online.

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Make your CV Australia-friendly

Succinct, one-page CVs might be the trend where you come from, but Australian CVs can be long and detailed as you like, according to our expats. So don’t be afraid to run to three of four pages if need be.

Here’s how you might lay out your CV for an Australian job, according to those who’ve been there, done that and got the job at the end of it:

  1. Basic info and contact details
  2. Summary of experience and list of key attributes
  3. Details of work experience and professional history, plus education
  4. Other skills, achievements and notables
  5. Referees’ details or references (email addresses are best for navigating the time difference)

Tailor the CV to each specific job you apply for, and remember to write a cover letter that uses Australian spelling – not a problem if you already use British English but worth looking into if your English is of the American variety.

Don’t forget to share your best job hunting advice with us if you’ve already made the leap and got yourself a job in Australia! What are your top tips for success?

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