Well, assuming you have full working rights, or are able to obtain a suitable visa in the near future, you may find the following useful.
I have interviewed and advised over 3,000 overseas born professionals (OBP) over the past 11 years and still keep in touch with many of them. The vast majority are now settled in Australia and enjoying successful careers. However, in the initial stages of resettlement things may not have been so rosy. Finding work, for most OBP, can be a struggle and a test of one’s inner strength and will to succeed. I’ve seen far too many success stories to be pessimistic.
Here are a few tips that will hasten the process of finding professional employment.
- Get advice from a local
- Get your paperwork (qualifications recognised, etc.) in order.
- Identify your barriers (communication skills, interview technique, skills, etc.) and remove them. To do this, you will most likely need to speak to someone in your industry working in Australia, or take guidance from an English language and communication expert if this is your deficiency.
- Do your research on your industry and suitable employers before you come.
- Bring as much money with you as you can. Finding employment may take longer that you think.
- Many jobs are found through the ‘side door’. Find someone who has contacts in your industry.
- Seek assistance with your employment documents (resume, cover letter, key selection criteria, LinkedIn profile, etc.)
- Approach companies directly, even if they are not advertising positions. Of course, this needs to be done in a professional and culturally appropriate manner, so seek advice on how to do this.
- Work on your ‘pitch’. Who are you and what have you done that is relevant to the needs of a particular employer? Practise and get advice on how you can improve your presentation, particularly over the phone, as this is likely to be your first spoken interaction with your prospective boss.
Do not rely on recruiters to ‘get you a job’, particularly if you have no Australian experience. You need to be proactive in your job search; it is nobody else’s responsibility but yours.