Finding a job in Australia from abroad

Finding a job in Australia from abroad
Updated 2019-07-26 14:44

If you are looking to move to Australia and would like to get set up beforehand, there are a couple of ways you can secure a job before you go over. If you are coming over on a sponsorship (sponsored by a company in Australia for a labour shortage job), you will generally have your job sorted before you arrive. However, if you are coming over on a Working Holiday Visa, you can start your search before you arrive.

Make sure you arrange the correct visa before you come to Australia. The Working Holiday Visa is the most popular working visa for most countries and allows you to work in Australia for one year, with an extension of a second or even third year, for certain requirements that are met to extend.

Beginning your search from abroad


One of the best ways to get a head start on finding a job from abroad is to register with a job agency. A simple Google search will help you find reputable agencies in the State you are planning to move to. Then you simply need to register online with them, so they have your CV and cover letter on record. This will put you on their radar and may even allow you to receive online interviews before you arrive, or set up some for when you do arrive. Job agencies can also help with interview preparation, CV writing, and tips for getting noticed.

Good to know:

Agencies do not cost to sign up with them as they are paid by the employers that use them. Therefore, you are allowed to sign up to as many as you wish. Robert Half and Hays are a few that have numerous offices throughout Australia.


Online is probably the best way to search for jobs abroad as you will be able to see a wide range of advertisements. Some online sites such as Seek will allow you to set up an online profile with your CV that you can make viewable to potential employers. Some sites also offer advice and tips when applying for jobs. Applying online also gives you more control for the jobs you go for as you can search by location, salary, and industry, plus, set up alerts for new jobs. Popular online sites include Jora, Career One, and Ethical Jobs.

Another increasingly popular online website for job hunting is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great way to showcase all your experience, as it reads like a social profile but for your career. Always make sure your profile is up to date, and make sure you open your profile, so potential employers know you are looking!

CV and cover letter

It is essential when applying for jobs in Australia that your CV and cover letter are always up to date. A simple Google search can provide templates and tips for Australian CVs, or you can use the above resources. Remember always to tailor both your CV and cover letter to each job you apply for. This is time-consuming but will raise your chances of getting an interview substantially. Remove anything from your CV that isn't relevant to the job you are applying for, and try and find out who the position is advertised by so you can address the cover letter to them. This personalised touch will allow you to stand out. Research the company, so you know about them and include their company's objectives in your cover letter.

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