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Work in Australia


Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, it requires thorough preparation, starting with a successful application. Expertise in Labour Mobility has prepared a set of country guides describing the main routes to employment in 31 countries. This is a brief abstract of the Looking for work in Australia guide, highlighting the main focus points. For more detailed information, consult the full guide on Australia.

Work permits in Australia

  • It is important to have obtained in advance the correct visa that gives you the right to work in Australia.
  • There are various categories of entry visa. For each category a different point system is used.
  • To obtain a migration visa and work permit, applicants need to accumulate a certain number of points before they are considered. Points are awarded based on employability skills, age and language skills.

The application procedure in Australia

  • Questions are usually very direct. For example, "What makes you the best candidate for this job?"
  • Panel interviews with approximately three people are very common in the Australian application procedure.
  • Concentrate on your future rather than on your past achievements.

Writing a resume in Australia

  • The Australian CV is more commonly called a resume.
  • The key focus of your resume should be to persuade the employer to invite you for an interview. Therefore your resume is a marketing tool, which should be adapted to the market in which you intend to use it.
  • Your resume should be typed and be no more than two to three pages in length.
  • Photos are generally not required with a resume in Australia.

The application letter in Australia

  • Key words in writing your Australian application letter are "precise", "positive" and "honest".
  • Try to grab the employers interest with the first paragraph of your letter.
  • Emphasize what you have to offer to the employer by quoting examples.
  • Foreign candidates should stress how they can add value or contribute to the workplace in Australia.

Do's and don'ts in Australia

Do:
  • Look interested, ask questions.
  • Find out beforehand about the position and the organization.
  • Ask if you don't understand the question you have been asked.
  • Think in advance about questions that may be asked.
  • Provide examples to illustrate your achievements.
Don't:
  • Be surprised to receive an entrance test before an interview.
  • Criticize Australia.
  • Be showy and pushy when answering questions.
  • Sit until invited to do so.
  • Criticize former employers.
  • Go over the top, stay calm and stick to the facts.

Management culture in Australia

  • Australian organisations have a flat structure characterised by words like "common sense" and "equality".
  • Before reaching a decision, different specialists" opinions are usually heard.
  • Australians are extremely positive people, negativity in any form is not accepted during negotiations.
  • Meetings start often with some informal small talk.
  • Australians take punctuality seriously.
  • In business, personal relations are very important.

For more information on employment in Australia, order the Looking for work in Australia guide, one of 28 Expertise in Labour Mobility Looking for work in guides. It's all you need to make that first successful step abroad!

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