Struggle to find a job in Australia?

Australia has many skilled migration visas: For some of those visas like the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) or the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190), you do not need to have found a job in order to get the visa. For other visas though, such as the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) or the Employer Nominated Visa (Subclass 186), the person needs to have someone willing to sponsor them for working in Australia. Hence, the question arises: How to find a job in Australia?

How to find a job in Australia

Hidden job market

There are many jobs in Australia that are NOT advertised online. In fact, it is believed that about 70% of the jobs available are NOT advertised. You simply cannot find them on the internet or in the newspapers. So how to find or get a job in Australia if you don’t even know the company is looking for someone?

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Networking Jobs Australia

Things you can do yourself to find a job in Australia:

Networking: You can add new LinkedIn connections in your industry to reach out to the right employer in Australia. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is professional and up to date.

Directly approaching employers: This will depend on the type of organisation, whether you should send an email, give them a call or approach them in person. It also depends on how comfortable you feel with the different communication options.

Write a speculative (or blind) application to find a job in Australia: write an Australian resume and cover letter that are tailed to the individual companies or organisations you want to apply with. Find out whom to address the cover letter and resume to. Also, follow up after a week or two if you haven’t heard anything back from the organisation/ company. That shows you are sincerely interested.

How else to find a job in Australia? Job Sites!

While there are many jobs that are not advertised there is also a big number of jobs advertised. Here are some of the biggest and well-known job sites in Australia:

Seek LinkedIn
Australian JobSearch Xpat Jobs
Adzuna Careerjet
Indeed Gumtree
SimplyHired Airtasker


You can post your skills/ resume here and the employer will contact you if a job description matches your skills.

Job Sites

What you need to know when looking for a job in Australia?

  • Take your time: Not only are there thousands of migrants who are also looking for a job in Australia but there are also thousands of Australians looking for a job too.
  • Be flexible: Because of the time difference, you will have to be flexible when it comes to organising a job interview via phone or Skype. Maybe you will even be invited to Australia for a job interview. Make sure you grab that chance and arrange your priorities right so that you have time to attend the job interview.
  • Take a step back: When you are trying to find a job in Australia, be prepared to take a step back. What does that mean? It means be ready to accept that your very first job in Australia might not be your dream position or a position you would have accepted in your home country. It is important you take the chance and have a foot in the door to gain that Australian work experience. That work experience is often required later for skilled migration visas.
  • Make sure your cover letter and resume are according to Australian standards. Have a look at our Australian Resume template and conduct proper research on how to write resumes and cover letters. You can also Contact Us if you need help with that. Once you have a professional looking cover letter and resume, you can also upload it to the job sites and get contacted by employers. For example, Seek offers that service.
  • Search for “482 visa” or “sponsorship”: When you are on Seek, or Gumtree or Indeed or any other job site, you can not only put in your occupation in the search field but you can also look for “482 visa” or for example “sponsorship jobs”. This will also show you all the positions where Australian employers are able to sponsor you for a visa.
  • Get in touch with recruiters: Make sure you submit your resume and application to recruiters in your field. They invest a lot of time calling employers to find the best opportunities. Recruiters can help you find a job in Australia by telling you what organisations are currently hiring and where the jobs are.

Answering the question “How to find a job in Australia” is never a quick or short reply. It takes a lot of time and effort to find a job but it is important to understand that it is not impossible. You will find many people telling you that it impossible to find a job from overseas but that is not true. Many people have found jobs from within their home countries. But if you can’t seem to find a job in your industry or would like to even change careers in Australia, you can consider applying for other visas first.

If you have any questions or want to know more about suitable visas, fill our Contact Us form today and we will get back to you shortly.