5 Tips for Finding Your First Job as a Migrant in Australia
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5 Tips for Finding Your First Job as a Migrant in Australia

February 16, 2020

One of the best things about applying for an Australian skilled independent visa (subclass 189) or skilled migration visa (subclass 190) is that you don’t need to have a ready job or offer to have your application approved.

When you apply under any of these two categories, you can start looking for a job once you move to Australia.

Many new migrants, however, are doubtful about their chances of finding work once they arrive in Australia, which is something most job seekers often feel. The fact that they are newcomers in an unfamiliar land, with a new culture and lifestyle that they have to adapt to, can make this stage doubly challenging.

Landing Your First Job in Australia

Leading Australian immigration consultants assert that although new migrants may have more obstacles to overcome, they still have the same chances as all job seekers do of finding work that suits their needs, background, and preference.

If you have recently immigrated to Australia and are ready to land your first job, follow these tips as go you through the whole job-seeking process:

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1.     Start your search online

Once you receive your visa, you can start looking for a job even before you leave for Australia.

The Internet is still the best tool to use when seeking employment, regardless of where you are. There are numerous online job sites where you can look for openings in the city or state where you are headed. You can also send your application to companies that are hiring directly on these websites.

A lady applying for work in Australia
if you want to catch the attention of and impress the recruiters, you have to put some thought and effort into making it. image: Unsplash

If a website asks you to create a profile, do so. This will enable the site to give you listings of vacancies that match your qualifications and preference.

When creating your profile, don’t do it haphazardly. This means avoiding copying and pasting the content of your resume or CV. Employers will also look into your application outline; if you want to catch the attention of and impress the recruiters, you have to put some thought and effort into making it.

2.     Send a customized application pack to every company you apply

Whether you are sending your CV to a company by email or submitting it personally, make sure it matches the job description. Again, this means avoiding sending a generic resume.

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Before submitting your resume, rewrite it to ensure it fits the requirements on the post. Additionally, make sure it meets Australian standards.

You can find resume and cover letter templates that meet Australian standards which you can use on the Internet. Look for tips on making them so that your documents will get higher chances of being noticed and shortlisted. 

3.     Follow all application instructions

Once you find a job that you are interested in and qualify for, read the instructions for applying. If you are not asked to submit a photo or university credentials yet, do not do so.

If you are asked to fill up an online application form instead of submitting a resume, follow this instruction. Avoid skipping any question as well, since it may be ignored or rejected.

Additionally, whether you are submitting a resume with a cover letter or an online application form, double-check them. Make sure you are sending the right documents and that they are error- and typo-free.

Lastly, if you are submitting a resume, always attach a cover letter along with it that provides details on why you are qualified for the job.

4.     Start networking

Aside from using the Internet to search for jobs, use it to begin networking.

There are numerous online forums and meet-up groups for expats that you can join to start connecting with others that have already established their career here. You can ask them for tips and advice. You can also learn a lot from the experiences they will share with you.

Additionally, use networking sites, such as LinkedIn, to send feelers out that you are ready to jumpstart your career in Australia.

Networking the old-fashioned way, by befriending locals or getting in touch with your friends or acquaintances who are already established here can help you land your first job as well. They may know of job vacancies that you may be interested in.

5.     Ace your interviews

Lastly, whenever you have an interview, make sure you prepare well for them.  A good way to start is to learn the local culture and language.

Try to adopt a more laid-back and friendly personality, something that Australians are known for. This means that if you tend to appear serious or too high-strung, you have to tone it down a bit during your interviews.

Additionally, unless you are applying for a senior-level position, you don’t need to wear formal business attire for interviews. Smart casual clothing is acceptable.

If you want to impress your interviewers, learn how native Australians speak. For instance, locals love to use abbreviations and shorten words. Instead of saying conversation, they use convo; afternoon becomes arvo.

Although you are not expected to be an expert in using the local lingo or colloquialisms, you can show that you are excited about your new life in Australia by learning a few common phrases.

Your eagerness to learn and adapt to a new culture and lifestyle will help you score some points during any interview.

Getting an immigration visa is one of the biggest achievements you can attain. Once you land your first job in Australia, you will have another notch on your belt that you can be proud of.


Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.

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