So you've decided on a lifestyle change and want to make the huge leap to Australia, but getting that all important visa could be tricky. Having a job in Australia would vastly improve your chances of getting a permanent visa so here are a few tips on how to achieve your dream of working in Australia.
If you work for a large multi-national company then surely your first step should be to approach your employer about a transfer. Many companies offer temporary work transfers and this should give you an idea of what it's like to live and work in Australia. Once there you are free to apply for other jobs and your employer can act as your sponsor on any visa application. The best part of a job transfer is that your employer will usually cover all visa costs.
Searching for Australian Jobs
The Australian job market is highly competitive yet there is still a healthy demand for certain skilled occupations. Your first port of call should be to visit the government website of the location you are interested in and have a look at what skills are in demand in that area. As a general rule, the Australian job market is always on the lookout for doctors, nurses, other medical staff, skilled engineers, electricians and some specialist construction workers.
You can also get a good idea of whether your skills are in demand by searching an Australian job agency such as JobSearch. This enables you to upload your CV and contact companies who are actively seeking skilled staff.
Australian Job Fairs
There are a fair few migration events organised in the UK that enable the potential migrant to find out more about working in Australia. Job Fairs also act as recruitment forums so you will get to know exactly which companies are looking for workers, how to apply, how successful you are likely to be and information about applying for visas. See AustraliaJobFairs for information about the next UK event.
Think carefully about your CV before you send it to potential employers as this is their first impression of you so it needs to be good. Rather than a European CV it needs to be more of an American résumé in style. Personal details are all in the first section and include a brief summary of your best and most relevant skills. Career history is next followed by Education, Qualifications and any Professional Skills including details on hobbies. End with full details of 2 referees. You can get more advice here on Australian CV writing skills.
One word of warning is to beware of agencies that try to charge you a fee to list your CV with them. Most reputable agencies don't charge and those which promise to find you a job once you hand over a fee may not deliver. You can't buy your way into Australia so treat such promises with extreme caution.