In Adelaide, like anywhere else, when you just moved there, job hunting is a challenging but essential mission to fulfill. The steps of looking for work can be different from one country to another, even though quite similar between two Western countries. In this post, we will take you through the stages of the job application to find work in Adelaide.
1. Ensure to have the right Aussie visa
To be legally able to work in Australia, you obviously need a work visa. Any tourist or visitor visa would get your job application to be rejected. Therefore, you will need to apply for the relevant visa according to your working conditions in Australia.
Whether you are a skilled migrant (you have specific skills in high demand), sponsored worker (you are sponsored by your employer), an holiday worker (you are a backpacker doing farm job or short-term work) or you are a regional nominated worker (sponsored by an Australian State based on your highly experienced and skilled background), you are eligible to apply for a job position.
Find all the working visas on the Australian Immigration official website.
2. Writing your resume + cover letter the Aussie way
One essential thing you should remember when writing your job documentation for a position in Australia: get rid of all your “z”, “-tre” and make sure to start your letter by “G’day mate”. Ok, don’t listen to me for the last tip, but in general, make sure you use British English spelling instead of American English. Simply set up your document language as Australian English to avoid most of the common spelling mistakes.
Also make sure that your work experiences are divided into categories such as responsibilities and achievements. Summarizing your key strengths at the beginning of your resume will help catch the recruiter’s attention. Pass on unnecessary information such as your age, your marital status or your religion.
Referees – One of the most important things in your resume is to have and clearly provide referees. The same way as you need to provide previous landlords’ references when submitting your house application, you should list at list two or three people you have worked with or collaborated with in the past. If an employer is interested in your profile and after interviewing you, he/she will contact at least one of your referees to have a vague idea of your work ethic.
Help with your resume and cover letter writing here.
3. Registering with the recruitment agencies
They can be more or less useful, it is still a bonus to be registered with them. After a short interview with a recruiter who analyzes your profile, they will contact you to suggest a few available positions in your field. The process
The main recruitment agencies in Adelaide are Entrée, Hays and Hudson. If you are looking for a part-time and short term position, this is probably the best go-to agencies. Once you submit your resume with them, they will contact you for a face-to-face interview. They will usually ask you to bring a copy of your resume and your passport for visa purposes to ensure that you have the right to work in Australia.
4. Searching for job offers
In the local papers –The Advertiser and the Messenger both have a green section towards the end. They list a few available job positions. Most of the time, these positions are in the area of industry, trade or cooking.
Online – Make sure to visit these three websites every single day as new job offers are posted frequently. Seek, Career One and Indeed are the main sites where employers list their available positions. However, if you know exactly where you want to work, you can simply visit the company’s “Work with us” page, like my former employer is constantly looking for new people as it is continuously growing. Tafe SA, provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) often looks for new staff in the academic and administration fields.
The City Council provides assistance with finding a job in Adelaide, and so does the State of South Australia.
Finally you can try to network by attending formal meet up events. The Adelaide Word of Mouth (AWOM) is usually good idea to meet other worker or job hunters in Adelaide. A list of networking associations and events is listed on the Adelaide City Council, do not pass on to this useful link.
5. Entrepreneurs: build your own start-up in Adelaide
If you do not want to through the procedure of applying for a job and going to an interview, simply start your own business. A few expats reached their goals and are now successful in Adelaide. The City Council provides extended assistance with the process of entrepreneurship. They also provide grants and financial support. You will also receive advice on how to build a solid busienss plan.
BONUS – Personal experience
As a French expat who moved to Adelaide in 2013, I was unemployed for 6 months in 2014 actively looking for a job. Even though I accepted a few short term positions or got into shitty jobs, I wanted to get a full-time position. After determination and persistence, I was offered to become a Centre & Student Support Officer at AIB.
My biggest advice would be to never give up. Everyone can do something. Sometimes you need to start from the bottom and build your way up. There is no shitty job, they are all essential to the development of the city and the society.
Surround yourself with supportive people. Keep hunting and applying. Faith in yourself is the key!