Before you rush into anything, it’s a great idea to take the time to think about what kind of work you want to do in Australia, what you are most suited to, and where you best fit into the job market here. It might be that the job you were doing in your own country isn’t particularly in demand in Australia so you will need to broaden your horizons and explore other options. A bit of simple online research, even before arriving into Australia, could save you a huge amount of time and wasted effort.
For example, if you have experience in both marketing and English teaching and you are coming over from a non-English speaking country, you might consider focusing on finding a job in marketing for the simple reason that, even if you are a great English teacher, you will face strong competition from native English speakers in Australia. It’s all about giving yourself the best chance to stand out as the strongest candidate for the job.
Similarly, if you have been working as a shipbuilding engineer in your country you should start by checking whether there are any shipbuilding companies in the city that you are moving to. If not, what are your chances of finding the same job in Australia? While you obviously can’t change your past experience in your resume, you can certainly tailor it to the jobs that exist in that area.
Remember that it’s in your best interests to show any potential employer that your experience and skills match the requirements of the job. We will cover this in more detail in the section Getting Your Resume Right.
It also goes without saying that you need to make sure that your visa allows you to legally work full or part time, which is usually the case if you move to Australia as a permanent resident or a student (be sure to check your visa entitlements carefully on the government website).
So, once you have made the decision about what you would like to do for a living, and checked out how your strengths match up against the job market in your chosen city, you are ready for the next step – preparation of your resume and promoting yourself to potential employers.