Even in today’s economic crisis, unemployment is low in Australia. There are plenty of jobs of all levels available to those who want them. However, due to more and more people vying for Australia, it is becoming increasingly difficult to gain PR. Immigration policies have become a lot tighter over the last decade and most people looking to move and work need to be able to offer a skill in order to gain a work permit. As retirees regardless of how old you
The job market
If you’re looking to settle in Australia long term for professional and permanent employment, you’ll need to apply through SkillSelect. As this scheme gives priority to people who have skills, qualifications and experience, your prospective job will depend on your skills, qualifications and experience.
IT, consulting, agriculture, mining, tourism, chemicals, steel, industrial and transportation equipment, food processing.
Recent growth areas: IT, consulting, agribusiness, education, services sector and tourism.
Shortage occupations: see the Australian government Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
Major companies: Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), BP Australia, BHP Billiton, Caltex Australia, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Glencore, Qantas, RioTinto, Suncorp, Telstra, Wesfarmers, Westpac Banking Group, Woolworths.
What’s it like working in Australia?
• Average working hours: 38 hours per week. Extra hours may be paid at overtime rates.
• Holidays: all permanent employees in Australia are entitled to four weeks' paid annual leave per year. Public holidays vary depending on the State you are in.
Applying for jobs
Applying for jobs in Australia is very similar to India. Companies usually request a CV (called a résumé in Australia) and covering letter, or they may have their own application form. The content and layout of a résumé is similar to a UK CV.
You could include some comments on how you can add value or contribute to the workplace in Australia. Websites like CareerOne and Career Guide Australia also offer guidelines. Speculative applications are common in Australia and if you have a particular company in mind that you wish to contact there is nothing stopping you from applying direct.
It is not generally a good idea to apply for graduate jobs in Australia before having the correct visa and being resident there. The exception is if you already work for an international company that has branches in Australia, or if you have specialist skills or a profession included on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
Once in Australia you should visit Centerlink, a government approved job search network Job websites
Realistically, most professionals arriving in Australia don’t start their job search until arriving in Australia, but it may be wise to do some preparation before leaving home as the vacancies are available online.
• GradAustralia – graduate jobs with leading employers
• jobactive – national vacancy database, searchable by region and type of job
• Adzuna – vacancy database searchable by sector and region, includes graduate jobs
• CareerOne – large job site with 400,000+ opportunities
• Jora Australia – jobs across Australia
• SEEK – jobs across Australia
• UniJobs – Australia’s university jobs website
The Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (RCSA) is the professional body for the recruitment and HR services sector in Australia and New Zealand, and its website contains a list of member recruitment companies that follow the RCSA professional code of conduct.
Private employment agencies, along with their websites, are also listed in the Australian Yellow Pages. Search using 'employment services' or 'employment and recruitment agencies'.
The main daily newspapers carry job supplements and are generally state or territory based, including:
• The Age – Melbourne, Victoria
• The Australian – national
• The Canberra Times – ACT (Australian Capital Territory)
• The Courier-Mail – Queensland
• The Sydney Morning Herald – New South Wales
• The West Australian – Western region
The Australian government's jobactive employment services system aims to help people find employment.
As not all jobs are advertised, but are filled via an informal network, you need to be proactive, realistic and persevere. Take advantage of networking opportunities and expand your networks by joining professional associations and Chambers of Commerce, through online social and professional networking, and by undertaking voluntary work. Contact employers direct and ask if they are currently recruiting.
The experts at RISE Overseas and some readings at following links will be of further use to you:
• Career Development Association of Australia
• Career Advice Australia
• My Future
• Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
• Relationships Australia
• Mensline Australia