Global Migration Solutions’ clients will be guided by Australian Employment coach to assist you in securing an employment in Australia. You will learn how to:
- find Australian jobs with “no local experience”
- set up your resume to pass the 10 seconds scan test by Australian recruiters
- build up a strong local network to help you find hidden jobs that are not advertised
- market yourself on LinkedIn and online in social media in a powerful and genuine way to help jobs come to you
Tips about finding a Job in Australia? Don’t Make these MISTAKES!!!
Moving to a new country can be an amazing experience, full of hope & ambition for a positive future.
For most people, this also involves finding a job and earning some money to fund these aspirations.
The brutal truth is that in these current economic times,
it is hard to find a good job even for a local and being an immigrant with no local experience can make it even harder.
Not having a tailored and localised Cover Letter, Resume, LinkedIn Profile or Selection Criteria Answers will result in you being rejected and burning leads that you can’t afford to burn.
The longer you are unemployed, the more financial strain you are potentially
placing yourself under which can lead to you taking jobs that you would not otherwise consider taking.
Here are some of the most common mistakes new immigrants make and the advice we have provided them:
This should be no more than 1 page.
Your cover letter is a summary of your experience but it has to sell you – the same way that the back of a book tries to sell you on reading what lies within!
Whilst Australia is not the US (who prefer 1-2 pages), we like some details – so please try and keep it to 3-4 pages at most.
Be succinct, mention key responsibility and achievements. (remember you are trying to sell yourself for an interview here)
Don’t number your experience: we hate this and looks like kids were doing their homework in order.
Don’t include an objective – you have a higher chance of getting yourself rejected than selection.
The majority of potential immigrants include an international phone number and address on your resume & cover letter! This is THE NUMBER 1 MISTAKE that will result in your instant rejection!
What to do: localise your information
Let’s be brutally honest here:
- Most companies don’t want to sponsor you unless the market is completely dry, and
- If they are looking to recruit it generally means that they want someone now. By highlighting that you are not in the country will harm your chances of getting an interview.
- List a suburb where you plan to live (or even use a friend’s address for the time being) – no one is going to check
- Set up a local mobile number (not landline – who has one of these today!?!). You can either get a friend to buy a local sim card for you and set it up (i.e send it directly to voicemail or redirect it elsewhere) or try even something like LocalPhone or Skype where you can have a number in Australia and pick it up overseas.
Australian law prevents people asking your Date of Birth, your Marital Status etc – so don’t include it! All you need to include are the following:
- Address (or suburb)
- Mobile number
- Email address
- Visa Type
- Link to LinkedIn profile
You should list this high up under your contact details. If a hiring manager sees that you have no local experience (first problem) they will not look hard to see your visa status and will believe (incorrectly) that you require sponsorship. So make it very clear and obvious that you have rights to work in Australia.
Don’t complicate the situation – if you are an Australian Permanent Resident say just that. Don’t bore them with the details such as it being state based, what number the visa is nor the dates of validity!
Your profile is not a direct copy and paste of your resume – it is another way of selling yourself
Your profile needs to be keyword dense and appropriate
Make sure that it is a reflection of your resume – if they don’t match up you become a “questionable” candidate rather than a “solid” one
Again you don’t need to include these on your resume unless it explicitly says so (i.e. for Government applications).
All you need to do is write “Available Upon Request”
When to Start Applying for Jobs
The rule of thumb is no more than 6 weeks prior to your arrival into Australia.
Apply any earlier and you run the risk of people contacting you to find out that you aren’t in the country and you will be rejected.
Whilst Australia’s national language is English, Australians have their own version of it. Many immigrants use words that Australians simply would never use such as “telephonic”. Especially if you are coming from a non-English speaking background, make sure that you engage a professional to review your documents to ensure that they read correctly in structure, grammar and word usage so that you have the best chance of being selected for an interview.
Again you don’t need to include these on your resume unless it explicitly says so (i.e. for Government applications). All you need to do is write “Available Upon Request”
Like everything else in the process, your dress style may require some localisation. Don’t ask other immigrants who are fresh off the boat as they are less likely to know – best to ask a local such as the recruiter
Whilst you might not like what they have to say, it could be the difference between making you look great for the job or just average
Give yourself enough time
Updating your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile will take time. Given all the other demands on your time prior to migrating to Australia means that you constantly be busy. Try to work on your documents approximately 2 months before your arrival so that this becomes one less thing to worry about.