Find a Job in Australia: Tips for Foreigners

Visiting Australia, traveling, meeting and discovering is all good, but sooner or later there comes a time when the need to work is felt to replenish the bank account. With the financial crisis and the ever-increasing influx of backpackers looking for small jobs in Australia, it sometimes seems difficult to get off the hook and find a job in Australia. Today, we give you 5 tips to find a job, a job in Australia!

1/ Improve your English to get a job in Australia

The lower your level of English, the lower your chances of finding a job. Employers have a preference for employees with whom they can communicate without problems. Speaking correctly can also make a better impression during a job interview and perhaps make a difference. Knowing how to speak the language also means being able to get in touch with your interlocutor and therefore make yourself more sympathetic in his eyes!

In fact, if your English is not good, it is better not to look for a job in Australia working as soon as you arrive. Starting your journey with a few weeks or months of travel will allow you to immerse yourself in an English-speaking environment and consequently to progress in your command of the language. Don’t hesitate to move away from the French community and try your hand at staying with the locals through collocations or hospitality networks such as CouchSurfing, WWOOF or HelpExchange living with Australians is the safest and fastest way to improve your English! Read our article on WWoofing and Helpx.

2/ Don’t wait until the last minute

Too many travelers enjoy traveling in Australia and only start looking for work once their bank account is dangerously close to zero. Don’t make the same mistake! Start looking before you need it all. In this way, if you find, so much the better, but if you do not find immediately, it does not matter.

This “soft” approach will allow you to reduce the level of stress involved in job search and keep more flexibility in your approach: when you have more time and money ahead of you, you are free to look for work elsewhere if necessary. So, if you don’t find in the first city, you can always move to the next, and so on. Similarly, if you are looking for a seasonal domain such as fruit picking, you will have more margin to wait until the start of the season possibly.

3/ Don’t do like everyone else!

Working Holiday being an increasingly popular visa, the competition between travelers for small jobs is sometimes very tough. The solution: avoid the competition! Do not hesitate to move away from the most famous significant centers to look for work in less famous and therefore less frequented regions.

This advice applies not only across the country (for example, don’t go to Shepparton or Bundaberg for fruit picking, but rather to the small towns around them) but also across cities: often it is better to look for work in a suburb rather than in the city center.

You can also choose to live in the suburbs, which will have the double advantage of lower rents than in the centre and reasonable proximity to your work if you are in the district. Suburbs are not necessarily synonymous with boredom: all large cities have dormitory suburbs, certainly, but also dynamic suburbs where life is good (West End in Brisbane, Newtown in Sydney, Glenelg in Adelaide, etc.).

4/ Adopt the right attitude

To find work, it is essential to project the right image to your potential employers, as much as it is essential for you to be in the right frame of mind. First of all, be positive! You need to build confidence, motivation, and enthusiasm.

When you walk (door-to-door distribution of CVs, for example) take care to be clean and well dressed and to avoid as much as possible the image of the backpacker “short and tap.” Ask to speak to the manager if possible, you will often be refused, but it doesn’t cost anything to try. Have a smile. Present yourself preferably in the early morning (particularly important on farms, where you are likely to be put to work now if they are looking for labour) and avoid canvassing during “rush hours” (i.e. do not drop off a CV in a café or restaurant in the middle of lunch all staff will be far too busy with customers).