Migrating to a new country is a testing process as it is. Incorporating the challenge of finding employment in a new and diverse market can sometimes be an even greater hurdle. Many newly settled professionals in Australia sometimes struggle to find work and it can be for a multitude of reasons. A lot of the time it is simple things than require some slight attention to correct. However, normally by the time you are aware of such required changes, the job is gone and your back to square one.
There is a chain of process that you can and should follow to ensure your desirability will be as high as possible when you are searching for a new role. Listed below are 8 points the migrating professional should be aware of when seeking work in Australia.
Research the region
You should always complete research on the companies of whom are active in the area you are looking to relocate. Sometimes migrating professionals know they just want to move to Australia but are un-phased on the specific state or city and this is fine. However, do your research on the companies hiring people with your specific skillset. This will allow you to target your search and maximise your time.
Obtain Australian Accreditation
You most likely have qualifications, tickets or licences of which allow you to do your job in your home country. However, just because you have these in your country doesn’t mean they allow you to do your job in another. Australia has a very high level of safety regulation and education standard which will most likely require you to have your existing qualifications certified by a governing body in the sector you work in. Hence, It is always a good idea to obtain Australian accreditation for the qualifications you have. Consider this before you reach Australia to avoid setbacks.
Ensure Your Resume is “Australianised”
A lot of the time migrating professionals will miss out on jobs because their resume isn’t fit for the Australian job market. If your resume holds poor grammar, punctuation, formatting and focusses on wrong components of your capability or experience, you will miss out on a role. Professionals of whom hold English as a second language need to be especially aware of this point. In the recruitment industry, nothing looks worse than a poorly formatted resume with extended grammatical errors. To ensure you are meeting expectations, it’s most likely a good idea to seek a professional to develop your resume.
Go through your own personal networks to see if you know anyone who has migrated to Australia from your country. Investigate the process they went through and if they can help you by recommending you to their employer or any other professionals in hiring capacity. Using past contacts to showcase your capability is one of the best things you can do.
Target Your Job Applications
One very common thing you see from migrating professionals in the recruitment industry is the over excessive forward sending of their resume to 100’s of jobs. It tends to happen the more desperate a job seeker gets. However, you should refrain from doing this as it looks very bad for your professional profile and reputation. Instead of applying for every single job on Seek, you should spend time to target your resume sends for relevant opportunities only. Try to partner with maybe 2-3 specialist agency recruiters who have a proven track record placing professionals in your space. Don’t work with any more than 3 agency recruiters as there is a chance this will dilute your desirability from direct employers if your resume is being forwarded to too many hiring companies.
Expectations & Patience
You should have a relevant expectation to how long the process can take and what your worth in the Australian market might be in first instance. It is highly likely you will be earning less at first until you prove yourself as an effective resource in the company. The Australian job market can be challenging and you will be competing against Australians who have proven experience in local market already. Hence, you should factor in that you might not be working for 6-12 months once you reach Australia. Plan this into your costs and savings before you reach Australia so as you don’t exhaust your funds before you even get started. If you require sponsorship, this will obviously add some further costs to the employer to incorporate you into their workforce. It’s an idea to advise the employer that you are willing to take a lower salary in exchange for sponsorship.
If you get to interview stage, there is a few things you should keep in mind:
Ensure you’re dressed in a presentable fashion (it’s always suitable to ask the interviewer what the expected dress code is).
It sounds silly, but make sure your hygiene is intact. There is nothing worse than sitting in an enclosed interview room with a candidate who smells bad.
Be polite to the receptionist. You will find the receptionist is normally the office manager for some companies and operates as the backbone of the business. Her opinion matters! If you are rude to her, you can sometime lose a job before an interview even starts.
Once the interviewer arrives, be sure to greet with a firm handshake and keep eye contact during the interview. Answer questions directly, if you don’t know the answer to something, be honest and admit it and don’t interrupt the interviewer when they are speaking. Be sure to express your strong points via valid examples from your achievements in the past. Be confident but not cocky.
When the interview is concluding, try to have some valid questions for the interviewer which expresses your keen interest in the role. Ask them if they have any further questions for you, set a timeline for expectations around when you can hear back from them and then move on. Always thank them for their time.
Know Your Point of Difference
Knowing your point of difference is important as it sets the tone for your “sales pitch” for all the potential employers you will meet. Have this defined early in the process. You will be competing with local talent who know the market, companies, guidelines, procedures, standards, expectations from local companies and complexities of the local work culture. Hence, you need to give yourself every chance possible to prove why you are going to be a better option than the next candidate.
The Australian employment market can sometimes be difficult to navigate. However, once you obtain a role, the opportunities for your personal and professional growth can be endless. You should try to stay with the same company for as long as possible to show to alternate employers in the future that you have company loyalty and your worth supersedes the salary of which you will earn. The important thing Australian employers like to see are values of integrity, loyalty to the company and dedication to the role. If you can showcase these points, you will give yourself a good chance of finding your next dream role in the land down under.
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