Job hunting for international students is particularly challenging since the country, its people and culture is entirely new to foreign students. It is always advised to conduct ample research before making any decisions with regards to job applications. Luckily, finding employment is fairly convenient as compared to other countries, mostly because of the quality of services the country providers, in terms of job prospects.
There are ample facilities where students can search for jobs, starting from hospitality, service industry to professional employment. The list below provides a detailed description of all possible ways to find employment in Australia.
1. Employment sites such as Seek, Indeed, Jora Local, CareerOne
Sites such as Seek, Indeed and Jora Local have proved to be the most effective sites to find employment as all jobs advertised are paid by the books and these are the most legitimate sites for job hunting. The process to find job through these websites is fairly simple – you need to create an account on these sites, enter all required information and upload a copy of your most recent CV and cover letter in your account (Please note: Cover letter has to be modified as per the job advertisement requirement, whereas same CV could be used for multiple jobs). These sites advertise jobs from all different areas such as hospitality, service, medical, engineering, IT, business and other professional as well as trade related occupations.
Employers will then view your application on the job advertisement you have applied for, and if interested, will invite you for a second round of application process. If invited, you would expect either a phone call, email or a response to your application on the advertised website itself.
It is important to keep your CV updated on a regular basis and apply to those vacancies that cater to your CV in order to increase your chances of selection.
2. Direct application to company via Company Website
Majority of companies also advertise their job vacancies on their company website – when you search for a company’s website, in most cases, a “Careers or Jobs” page is available for potential applicants to directly express their interest for advertised roles, and alternatively jobs might be advertised in “Human Resources” or “About Us”. In this case too, it is essential to match your cover letter with the desired position students are willing to apply for.
You will most likely be competing with a smaller pool of applicants, which would decrease higher competition for the job. It is very important for you to research the company before applying for the job as this will be reflected on your cover letter.
You could also check the company’s LinkedIn page for more information since many companies advertise numerous positions on LinkedIn too.
3. Drop off your resume in person
Directly providing your resume unannounced is another way to approach companies for employment. This is mostly advisable in the hospitality industry in Australia. The probability of landing a job if you drop off your resume directly to the company depends on possibility of job vacancy, employer and also on whether the applicant is a correct match for the company. It is essential to drop off your resume in a polite manner since it would make a difference to the employer. You must first identify the hiring authority to ensure that your resume lands into the right hands.
4. Recruitment agencies
Recruitment companies act as a bridge between the applicant and the employer. They match your skills with job vacancies available within their employers. Most common recruitment companies in Australia are Hays, Robert Half, Randstad, Michael Page, Adecco etc. Once recruiters are able to find a suitable job for you, they will contact the applicant once they successfully upload their resumes on the recruitment company’s website. They might provide practise interview sessions in order to fully prepare you for the job.
5. Networking or Word of mouth
In the modern world, networking plays a vital role for career enhancement and development. According to review42.com, 85% of job positions are filled through networking platform. Websites such as Meetup.com provides individuals with opportunities to meet new people and explore your networking options and skills. This not only helps in career development but also improves a person’s interpersonal skills and boosts confidence.
Overall, the above methods of finding employment will assist international students to find suitable jobs in all kinds of fields and industries. For international students, due to work restrictions on their visa, it is advised that the work limitation criterion is mentioned to the employer at a certain stage of the application process to promote transparency.