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As an international student, job hunting can be much harder. Employers are often unaware of cultural differences and visa requirements. You will want to provide this information to employers and learn about the Australian job market since it is likely to be different from your home country.

Before you begin job hunting, it is best to know your visa requirements and restrictions. Find more information about this from our visa page.

Skilled Immigration Programme

The Australian Government skilled migration programme targets young people who have skills, an education and outstanding abilities that will contribute to the Australian economy. International students with Australian qualifications account for about half the people assessed under the skilled migrant programme. Applicants must pass a points test and satisfy some basic requirements. These include a maximum age limit of 45, English language proficiency, post-secondary school qualifications, and work experience relevant to your nominated occupation. Points are awarded to applicants with Australian qualifications.

If you would like to learn more about this program, visit the Working in Australia government page.

Job Hunting Rules

Some helpful hints to use along your job search:

  • Research the employer thoroughly, either via their website or calling their offices to get more information. Do searches online to see if you can find any articles or other information about the company. The more you research, the better chance you will have at an interview.
  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses. If you can make a list of these, you will be able to draw on them in an interview.
  • Wherever possible, mail your resume to the company unless it specifically asks for you to submit it via email. This shows you have put in more effort and allows you to be more creative.
  • Always follow-up with companies when you have sent in your resume. After 1 or 2 weeks, call them to make sure they have received it.
  • When you get to an interview, always practice as much as possible. There are many good websites where you can practice mock questions. This along with your research of the company should give you a leg up on the competition.
  • If not provided, ask for a written job description and company prospectus or profile.
  • At the interview, dress in appropriate business attire, keep your appearance neat, remain confident with eye contact, and give strong, firm answers.

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