How to Get a Job as an International Student in Australia

How to Get a Job as an International Student in Australia

August 29, 2019 4 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey everyone, welcome back to Insider
Guides, where we help international students who want to study in
Australia. This video is for those international students who want to get a
job here. Ok, so tip one, as an international
student you are allowed to work in Australia up to 40 hours per fortnight
which is two weeks, or fourteen days. You’re also allowed to work unlimited
hours when your classes are not in session. Now it’s really important you
don’t break these terms because, and when I say that I mean it’s really important
that you don’t work MORE than that because if you do you break the terms of
your student visa and that can result in a whole bunch of issues. OK so tip to
use the right tools a lot of international students who come to
Australia go on seek.com to try and find a job it’s a really popular website and
it’s great, it’s huge, but there are other websites out there that are great too
and probably more targeted for international students and students in
general, such as spotjobs.com and oneshift.com.au. I highly recommend going to your
University jobs board and also places like Gumtree.com.au to have a look for jobs as
well Facebook groups are a really good one as well. In Australia,
first impressions matter and one of the best ways to make a good impression is
to have a fantastic cover letter. Keep it short, keep it concise. this is the first
time your potential employer will get a sense of who you really are. OK, so when
you’re doing your Résumé here’s a few little tips. First of all, with the skills, just focus on the skills that really relate to the job that you’re going for.
You can still talk about other skills but really your employer or your
potential employer are really looking for the skills that align with the job
that you’re going for and it’s really importantly you list them out. Secondly,
experience! So when you’re talking about experience, start from the most recent
experience and go down from there. Make sure you list out all your achievements.
You might be thinking ‘oh I don’t have experience and I want to go for this
coffee shop job’. Look that’s not a huge deal. List out all the experience you do
have such as any customer service experience or any volunteering
experience; things like that it all helps. So availability, this is a
really important one because if you apply for a job that you’re unable to do,
you’re really just going get on the nerves of your potential employer. If
they give you an interview and you come on in and then they find out that you
can’t work Friday nights in the bar or something like that, it’s just
really important you list that out in the Résumé and that way you’ve got a
better chance of getting that job. A couple more tips; don’t send the same
Résumé to heaps of different companies. Try and customise them a little bit. Also
when you are sending Résumés out via email make sure they’re in PDF format
and not in Word document format. I’ve seen some really weird resumes come to
my desk that have been formatted in all sorts of crazy ways and it would have
all been saved if if they send me a PDF. If you do need help with your resume we
have a little template on our website that can really help you. I’ll put the
link in the description below. Step 5: follow up! A lot of international
students don’t do this but I think it’s really important if you want to get a
job in Australia. I run a little company and I have to go through heaps of
resumes and the person who calls me up and says ‘hey have you seen my Résumé,
what do you think?’ and wants to have a bit more of a conversation, immediately
they become front of mind for me and I almost always give them an interview
when they do that so it’s a really good tip I highly recommend it. Alright so
you’ve got an interview, well done! The main thing here is to talk positively
about your experience and professionally as well. You want to come
across really well. They’re probably going to ask a bunch of questions that
relate to experiences that you’ve had in previous jobs that are going to relate to
that job. Things like ‘tell me about a situation where a customer was unhappy
and you had to resolve that situation’. It’s really important that you are able
to explain it and and show what you did, what was the result, and what was the
sort of feedback at the end of it. if you’re able to articulate those sort of
situations really well you’ll be above everyone else in the interview who is
probably going to struggle in that question. Alright so getting a job
in Australia is pretty competitive but with the tips I’ve just given you, you’ll
be one of the top candidates I’m sure of it. Thank you so much for watching and please feel free to hit subscribe and
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find work. Thank you!