If you want to look for work in Australia, it is important to create a good resume so that your search is successful. The key? Focus on highlighting your experience in the area of the job you want to apply for. Read everything you need to know about how to write a resume in Australia!
Looking for a job is never easy, especially in another country, that’s why we want to help you with a simple guide with tips to make your resume and your search successful. First of all, it is essential to bear in mind that Australia has a standard curriculum for everyone and that they have anti-discrimination policies, so it is essential not to add a photograph or your country of birth, marital status or age.
Another fundamental point is that your resume must be written correctly. If you need, ask someone for help to check it for you and avoid spelling or writing errors.
Next, we leave you the detail of the elements that you must include:
Start by adding your name, Australian address, Australian cell phone and your email.
Information of interest:
Here you must add the key information and your skills for the job position you are applying for. They are divided into two, on the one hand, your characteristics as a hard worker, strong and physically fit, responsible and easy-going, etc. And also the necessary certifications, from driver’s license to a White Card (to work in construction), RSA (to work in bars, pubs and restaurants where alcohol is sold), etc. If you are applying for a professional job here you must add your studies, diplomas, software skills, languages, etc.
Detail the hourly availability you have to work, what days during the week, weekends and from when you can start. This is necessary to add it only if you have restrictions or preferences, if your availability is complete you can omit it.
You must add all your work experience related to the area of work you are applying to, from the most recent to the oldest and both in your country and here in Australia. It is important to be direct and specific with the kind of work you did and the fundamental skills and experience developed related to the job for which you are applying for.
Add more relevant studies and degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, English certificates, among others.
Add information from some former employers, detailing the company, the position and contact telephone number. Your new bosses may want to contact them to ask for references from you.
Below you can review and download some templates as a base and inspiration to start with yours:
If you want to look for work in a company or a professional job, it is very important that in addition to the previous resume tips you also submit a Cover Letter and have your LinkedIn profile well updated, which is widely used in this country.
What is the Cover Letter about? It is a document where you must explain your motivations for the job you are applying to and the skills that make you the right person for the position they are looking for. Here you must tell more about yourself, your interests and tastes, without exceeding one page in length.
On the other hand, there is LinkedIn, the social network of the business world and a fundamental platform in the search for work in Australia. Here are some key elements to achieve a good profile that is complete and striking for the jobs of your interest.
- Update your profile with as much information as possible, do not add irrelevant information, but do add all the jobs you have been in, the detail of your position and responsibilities, your skills, studies, management of software and programs, languages, etc.
- Manage your contacts properly, on this platform the number of contacts or followers you have is not relevant, the quality matters, whether they make sense with your professional profile or with the area in which you work. Also when you are looking for work it is very important to contact recruiting or human resources managers.
- Join groups of professionals in your areas of interest and development, this will help you generate contact networks and presence in the sector that interests you.
- Have references and validations from other users, they are very important to reaffirm the information you provide about yourself.
- Spend time on it, log in every day, interact, be active and keep your profile always updated. LinkedIn can give you a lot of information about the trends in your area and a good profile will allow you to appear in the search for recruiters.
Where to look for work
There are different ways to look for work in Australia. One that never goes out of style is to print some resumes and go and deliver them in person, this is done a lot in the Hospitality area, restaurants, bars, coffee or in Retail, stores of all kinds to work as salespeople.
You can always use some key websites, the most popular is Gumtree, where you can find casual jobs or something more stable, it is especially for backpackers, there is a lot of offer in the area of construction, cleaning and hospitality. You can also use Airtasker, the difference is that in this application people request services or workers and you must, having already built your profile and resume, offer your services.
You can also look for work in the Backpacker Job Board, especially for casual jobs, in the Hospitality and construction area and The Job Shop, a very useful platform to look for jobs in the field or region to be able to extend your visa for the second or third year of Work and Holiday Visa. It is always a good option to also check different Facebook groups where jobs are offered for specific areas.
Do you want to travel, study or emigrate to Australia? Leave us a comment below or contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise you on everything you need. There is a wide variety of courses and programs available!
See you in Australia, mate!