Study in Australia: Job-Seeking Experiences Shared

There are many choices of extra work during your study in Australia.  It’s not be too hard to find a part-time job. Here are some points to help you.

 

Australia is now one of best study destinations thanks to its world-class quality of education, globally recognised Australian qualifications, a simplified visa application system, a diverse culture and clean and safe environment.

 

Fining part-time work will increase your life experience, introduce you to new friends and help you to practice your English in the ‘real world’.

 

International students in Australia on student visas can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during their study period, and there is no limit on the number of hours an overseas students can work during holiday periods from their study. There are benefits of Australia work experience during your course. It would not be too hard to find a decent job in the country if you pay attention to the following points.

 

Understand types of extra work

 

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There are two types of extra work when studying abroad – part-time jobs and casual jobs. For part-time jobs, students would enjoy occupational insurance benefits from employers. This type of job includes waitresses; receptionists or sales at the supermarket; work at a grocery store; preparing coffee at beverage outlets; cleaning (home, hotel); childcare; etc. There is no time limit on casual jobs. You can do it at weekend or in your free time. As it isn’t long-term work, you wouldn’t be entitled to social insurance. This type of job also includes distributing leaflets, flyers, newspapers; phone market survey; outdoor survey; working on the farm; etc.

 

Find your strengths

 

One of the most important things you should do to succeed at a job is to first clearly identify your work-related skills and be able to explain to a potential employer why you are suitable for an employment position. This way, you can feel more confident during an interview situation.

 

Pay attention to soft skills

 

Recruitment priorities in order of importance are professional experience, soft skills and your resume/ CV.  If you want to be hired for the job without much work experience, don’t forget to demonstrate good social skills. Try to start with professionalism, friendliness and  eagerness to learn. This can compensate for the lack of experience.

 

Rely on job-search sources

 

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There are many different ways to find a job in Australia:

  • Online (eg. Seek – the biggest job search site in Australia, Gumtree – one of best job search sites in Australia,  Australian JobsearchCareer OneNow Hiring)
  • Newspaper adverts
  • Shop windows
  • Physically applying (e.g. hand your resume in at different shops)
  • Canvassing (i.e. cold-call prospective employers and say that you would like to work there even if there are no open positions)
  • Networking (i.e. start making friends in Australia as soon as you can. Who you know may recommend you to a good job).

Learn about an employer

 

You should research the company/ organisation you wish to join before applying so as to ensure the workplace is a cultural fit for you, and to be better prepared to answer interview questions.

 

Prepare a professional resume

 

A professional resume shows your personal information (full name, date of birth, address, phone, Email), work experience, achievements, and soft skills. As employers don’t spend much time reviewing individual resumes, you should use bullet points to draw their attention to important information within the resume. Also, because the CV is a persuasive introduction to your skills and work experience, it should show a match between your skills & experience and the job description specification.

 

Practise interview skills

 

If you are short-listed for an interview, then interview skills are something you should know. In a job interview, you need to keep calm, confident, answering the employer’s questions in a decisive, honest manner, and try to show your interviewer that you are suitable for the job.