Guidelines to Get a Job in Australia

Are you an International Student or planning to study in Australia?

If so, this article is just for you!

As an international student getting a part-time job or internship become very essential to meet your living costs and gain real-time work-life knowledge and skills. In Australia, job hunting can be a fierce struggle. You might need to go through different stages and hurdles even before you get into an interview.

We have listed a few suggestions that will guide you to present yourself in a silver line and also help you demonstrate yourself as the perfect candidate for the job.

Understand your Work Rights:

Make sure you are well known about the work rights as an international student in Australia. Generally, international students with a valid student visa can work up to 40 hours per fortnight. A workweek in Australia is considered to be Monday through the following Sunday. The hours of work limit do not extend to any work that is required as part of your studies or any volunteer and unpaid work. Be sure to check the conditions here.

If an international student chooses to break these restrictions, his or her visa may be canceled. Find out more information on work restrictions for your visa here.

Research Resourcefully

Do you have enough information about the job you are applying for?

You should make sure you are well known about the job roles and responsibilities and in brief information about the company. It will make you more confident about the job task and help you a lot while dealing with an interview. Employers also want the candidate who has all the information and understanding of job and company which will also reduce the training sessions.

Tip: Rather than using “To whom it may concern” use LinkedIn or study team profile to find the person who will receive your application and address formally to them.

Address Job Description Carefully:

Your job application should address each job description and fulfill its requirements. Your full details like name, social media handles, image, contact details, email address with a personal statement should be mentioned sensibly. To satisfy your accountabilities you can present your previous work history, skills, experiences and training certificates. Likewise, your education qualification and background should be addressed properly from latest to oldest. Don’t forget to add references. References are the most important part of your resume.

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Attractive Resume and Cover Letter

As in the previous point, your resume should contain your job experiences, skills, knowledge and personal information starting with the most recent. Make sure you keep the descriptions short, to the point and relevant to the job you are applying for. Best will be if you can add your own unique but professional layout format so that it won’t look like others. Similarly, the cover letter should be clear, concise and readable. It should not be more than a page. The letter should direct to the responsible employer describing a bit about yourself explaining why you would like to work with the prospecting employer and why you are fit for the job.

Tip: Ensure you submit these as PDFs to avoid any formatting errors.

Learn how to write Australian style resume and cover letter

Follow-up after submitting your application:

We do know how it feels waiting for the reply after applying for any job?

Recruiters will take some time to collect all the applicants, filter and go through each of them. But, it’s okay to make a polite inquiry if you have not heard back in a week or after the expiry of application. It shows your eagerness and initiation for the job. Employers appreciate those who are driven and determined.

Also, read 6 Things you must do after a Job Interview

Prepare for the Interview

Do you get nervous in your interview? All do somehow!

You may encounter a casual lunch interview, phone interview, group interview or anyone. The only thing that makes your day is your preparation, positivity, and confidentiality. Be prepared for all the possible questions you might get to answer. Stand in front of the mirror and practice to speak. Ignore biting nail, tapping your feet and other unusual behavior in your interview. Yes and don’t forget to dress well even in a video interview.

Check out more interview tips here.

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