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Things I wish I knew about finding a job in Australia when I arrived


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Many others also mentioned that you should not only rely on recruitment agents.

Have multiple strategies and do those simultaneously. The most important one is getting to meet your prospective employer face-to-face. That is where you can sell yourself.

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2 hours ago, ottg said:

Many others also mentioned that you should not only rely on recruitment agents.

 

I'll go as far as saying don't even bother with recruitment agents.  

 

1. Activate LinkedIn Premium - you can get the first 30 days for free if you cancel before the 30 days are up.

2. Apply for jobs directly from LinkedIn.  Don't apply for just one and sit back, apply for any and all jobs that you think could work.

 

All you need is that first company to give you a shot.  Once you've posted an Aussie company on your LinkedIn, companies will start contacting you.

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@Bela

Sorry to hear about your frustration looking for a job. I have found that Australians prefer speaking on the telephone, so perhaps call companies directly instead of emailing your cv. Agree with @ChrisH about LinkedIn. Connect with as many people in your field as you can. Both my husband and I landed jobs that way. Happy to chat through our experience if you want to pm me. 

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DXB2OZ

My first job was through a recruitment agent. I don't think any new arrival can afford to not bother with any avenue that may lead to a job. I would say try all of the ideas given and don't disregard any of them.

 

My suggestion is along the same lines as many of the comments here - always follow up an application with a phone call. But get the application in there anyway.

 

Best of luck - it is incredibly tough in the beginning, but worth it.

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1 hour ago, DXB2OZ said:

I don't think any new arrival can afford to not bother

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Don't exclude them as part of your strategy but note as I said you will need 9 other strategies to make it more effective.

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Sassyninja

One tip from me: 

 

Verify your right to work and whatever else is available on Certsy e.g. Excel to stand out on Seek. 😉

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3 hours ago, Sassyninja said:

One tip from me: 

 

Verify your right to work and whatever else is available on Certsy e.g. Excel to stand out on Seek. 😉

 

You can also get an automated letter via VEVO confirming your work eligibility. 

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