Working in Sydney
Updated 2019-06-26 12:12

Sydney is full of opportunities for foreign professionals and students coming from around the world to get the exposure of better quality of life and broader choices. However, finding a job in this beautiful city can initially be difficult for many reasons like English not being the native language for some expats, the lack of work experience in Sydney or anywhere in Australia, narrow knowledge of the Australian workplace culture and no clues about how to get the jobs. Here are some tips to go about job hunting in Sydney.

Sydney is one of the leading cities in Australia with a cosmopolitan population. Australia's thriving economy owes a lot to Sydney's diverse culture and the number of businesses operating there, which contributes to its attractivity in the eyes of expats, especially when it comes to working. Initial exhaustion for getting the job is normal; however, once you get into your field, you will be delighted by the local work environment, the pay scale and ethics of Australians.

Where to look for a job

Job websites

Finding a job is not as difficult as it seems. However, Australian employers prefer prior work experience inside Australia. As an expat, you would probably be lacking there but do not worry. There is a plethora of other options like websites or online portals like Indeed , My Career , Seek and Adzuna where you find expat jobs every now and then.

Public and recruitment agencies

Centrelink is a government agency that helps expats as well in finding a job. It provides assistance for skilled professionals having something exceptional to offer.

Many professionals also choose to go through recruitment agencies that play a vital role in connecting candidates and employers to get the best for both of them. They also ensure that they give the best results for candidates by providing impeccable service. Also, recruitment agencies charge employers rather than candidates, so it's definitely worth a try.


Volunteering is also quite popular in Sydney like in the rest of Australia as it provides to expats the opportunity of having internal experience and making new connections. In this way, you get to know employer, co-workers, and understand the work culture before you actually take the plunge. Keep in mind, however, that volunteering is unpaid most of the time. But it can definitely add value to your resume.

Word of mouth

Consult your friends or family members who are already in Sydney. They can be helpful in updating you regarding the latest job openings in your field of expertise.


In Sydney, job hunting works widely on internal references and connections, so it's better to do your homework first while you are preparing to leave. Also, do not limit yourself to your area of specialisation so as to get a broader range of choices. Try to meet employers in person, as working on contacts would also bring something better on your plate.

Your resume

Keep your resume in British English and updated as per universal standards. Always state your visa status in your CV to avoid any confusions. Include every kind of experience that is related to your skills. Australian employers prefer a detailed resume rather than bullet points. Also, avoid using acronyms that are internationally not recognised. It is better to spell the word.


Once you have landed a job, you will also need to get a TFN (Tax File Number) from the Australian Taxation Office

Useful links:

Career One
Job Seeker

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