What is the biggest mistake migrants and international students make when looking for jobs in Australia?

Each country hires people differently. A Resumé that works for say, India or China, is not likely to work in Australia.

Australian employers are very focussed on skills and evidence for how you have used these skills. (you may have noticed most Australian jobs ask for minimum experience)

For example, a Masters degree is only of value in Australia if you can provide evidence of what you have learned and how you have used this learning. (What skills you have and how you have used these skills.)   This shows the skills you have to offer and has more meaning to the employer.

Instead of just listing units completed, consider including projects you were involved in during your studies and how you contributed to the success of the project and how this would be of benefit to the employer.

If you have overseas experience note the achievements in your Resumé.

Never under estimate the value of a part time job or volunteering.  Employers do not think it’s unprofessional if you work part time at a fast food shop or a supermarket while you are seeking a professional position.  Australian employers view ALL local experience as valuable as it provides local referees and proves that you want to work.

The more you understand the Australian work culture, the more you will be able to adapt your job search techniques to be successful.  After a one to one session, many of my clients say “I wish I had known how the Australia job market really worked when I first arrived here”.   Investing in correct knowledge early in your migration or study plans will result in you obtaining relevant and higher paying work faster. 

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