Jobs in Oz

Oz has a relatively low unemployment rate, so finding a job may be easier than you expect. If you are not a citizen, (e.g. a New Zealander), you may not automatically qualify to work and obtaining a visa may be more difficult than finding a job.

The more job applications you fill out, the better your chances of success. When looking for jobs in Oz, or any other place, never put all your eggs in one basket. Make as many contacts as possible with prospective employers through telephone calls, writing, or cold calling or visiting them in person. Whatever the job, it is important to market yourself appropriately. This also depends on the type of job for which you are seeking.

Consultants usually handle the recruitment of executives and senior managers. These consultants interview all applicants prior to presenting a shortlist to employers, along with advertising in the Australian national press and overseas press. On the other hand, the opposite happens for other manual jobs requiring no previous experience. They could be advertised at Employment National offices, in the local newspaper or even in shop windows.

Writing in for a job is a little different. Address your letter to the personnel director or manager and include your curriculum vitae (CV). Please note that seeking employment through writing from overseas is probably the least successful method. It can, however, be successful for those seeking temporary work for up to four years. If you are planning a visit to Oz, tell prospective employers when you will be available for interviews and arrange as many as possible during your stay. Be aware that some companies may want to review your visa before interviewing you. Making a visit for an interview makes an impression of your commitment to prospective employers.
The method you use for job hunting depends on many things, including qualifications, experience, the type job you are seeking and special circumstances. You might begin by doing the following:

Find A job in Oz Tips:

- Visit local Employment National offices in Oz (e.g centrelink), used mainly for non-professional skilled and unskilled jobs.

- Check the internet and online bulletin boards (e.g seek.com.au)

- Contact private recruitment consultants and employment agencies

- Obtain copies of Australian daily newspapers.

- Networking (basically getting together with like-minded people to discuss business) is a popular way of making business and professional contacts in Oz.

- Information about specific professions, trades and industries, particularly job opportunities in individual states, cities or areas, can be obtained from local chambers of commerce in Oz.

- If you have a professional qualification that is recognized in Oz, you can write to an Australian professional organization for information and advice Membership in the organization may be obligatory to work in Oz.

- Apply to international and national recruiting agencies representing Australian companies in other countries. Agencies mainly recruit executives and key managerial and technical staff, and some have offices overseas, e.g. in Britain.

-Apply to foreign multi-national companies with offices or subsidiaries in Oz and make written applications directly to Australian companies. You can obtain a list of companies working in a particular field from trade directories, copies of which are available at reference libraries in Oz. Australian missions and chambers of commerce overseas can also be contacted.

- Place an advertisement in the “Situations Wanted” section of a national newspaper in Oz or a local newspaper in the area where you wish to work and trade magazines or newspapers.

-Ask relatives, friends or acquaintances working in Oz whether they know of an employer looking for someone with your experience and qualifications.

-If you are already in Oz, contact or join expatriate social clubs, churches, societies and professional organizations, particularly your country’s chamber of commerce.

- Students can use the Internet to contact prospective employers via Gradlink, established by the Graduate Careers Council of Oz.

- Apply in person to Australian companies. Always obtain a job offer in writing and a contract; steer clear of an employer who will not provide them. An official job entitles you to accident insurance, unemployment benefits, state pension and superannuation, redundancy payments and official protection from exploitation, among other benefits.

Applying for a job in Oz: When looking for a job for which no special qualifications or experience are required, it is not necessarily what you know, but who you know. Your best chance of obtaining some jobs, particularly temporary jobs, in Oz is to apply in person, when success is often simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Many companies do not advertise but rely on attracting workers by word of mouth and their own vacancy boards. Always leave your name and address with a prospective employer and a telephone number where you can be contacted, particularly if a job may become vacant on short notice. Let it be known to friends, relatives and acquaintances, that you are seeking a job. Anyone else that you come into contact may have a lead or able to help you.

Curricula Vitae: curricula vitae (CVs) are important in Oz when looking for a job, particularly when jobs are plentiful.

Do not forget that the purpose of your CV is to obtain an interview, not a job, and it must be written with this in mind. This means that it must be tailored to fit every job application. You can employ a professional writer who can write one for you should you not wish to do so. A good CV should be: brief (four pages or less); typed/printed on white A4 sheets (one side only); without strange fonts or bizarre layouts; word perfect and user-friendly; without ego, verbosity, salary demands or unexplained gaps in employment. Include a paragraph of your achievements. Your cover letter also needs to be grammatically correct with no errors and grab the reader’s attention.

Interviews: Dress requirements are not as strict as in other countries, but always dress smart and appropriate when applying for a job – shorts and thongs are out. Do your homework regarding prospective employers. Know what they are all about. Try to anticipate questions that you may be asked and then more, and of course, rehearse your answers. Be prepared to answer questions about the reason you want to relocate to Oz and what you think of the country and its people. Questions may be blunt and to the point and your responses should be positive. Personal references or professional referees are also becoming a requirement from employers to contact if necessary. You should be ready to present evidence of your educational, trade and professional qualifications and references from former employers.