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How to find a job in Australia with no local experience

As a new migrant career coach, I know this is the among the top hurdles that test the survival of most new migrants. I am always asked ‘How do I break the ‘no local experience no job, problem?’ How do some new migrants get jobs quickly? Honestly there is no one magic answer or quick fix solution to these questions. Here are some feedback tips given by the new migrants that I helped get jobs in the last 2 years.

  • Be positive. This is number one requirement. It has nothing to do with your skills, qualifications, or experience but more about your temperament. Remember that Rome wasn’t a build in a day and you need to prepared for a long haul. You cannot change the economy or the job market. Things take time.  You want an express job hiring service, but the job market bus in Australia, is currently going all stops as a slow passenger service, with occasional engine trouble and breakdown issues.
  • Tune in, be smart, prepare well in advance. Almost half of the new migrants that I helped secure jobs last year started their coaching before or immediately after they landed in Australia. They didn’t waste time money and energy trying themselves. Invest in the future.
  • Accept change: Migrants who resist change struggle. People that believe this is my job role level and that needs to be my level of earnings would struggle. Yes, maybe you were a big team manager in your career before but that may necessarily not match up here. You may have worked in 4 different countries, but Australia is Australia.
  • Write a professional resume and delete your bio-data or better still get help from a professional to write it up. Help employers to understand your candidature better. Write a proper cover letter. Don’t copy of use common template resumes. They don’t work. Try to search for jobs beyond the traditional job boards.
  • Yes, small steady steps do lead to success. Similarly, small temporary & contract roles lead to permanent job opportunities. Be willing to learn new things in your new country. Forget instant gratification. It’s the hard yakka path that achieves results. Keep the meter rolling.
  • Don’t consult all your relatives, friends, and well-wishers. Yes, you read that correct. That just adds to confusion. One says this and another says that. Both conflicting!  They got a job in 2 weeks and you cannot in 2 months, but they migrated here pre GFC, 10 years ago, when economy was booming.  What worked before for them, will not work for you.
  • Stop comparing that someone who migrated here a week after you, got a job before you. Everyone works and lives at their own pace. Skills, education, and experience sound similar but are different. There is a difference between a Software Programmer and a Software Tester, though both are IT Professionals.
  • Education: Get internationally recognised industry accreditations. Don’t enrol in a Master’s courses. This does not/not necessarily equate to a direct entry into a senior role. It’s better to consult a Career Coach and do specialised short term courses that can help you get into a role now.
  • Stop trying the same thing and expecting a different result. If you have been searching for roles and getting rejections for some time, you need to consult a professional, quick, before it’s too late. Use social media, but meet people in person. Read through the feedback and success stories of other new migrants on the website of Careers Reborn.
  • There is hope. Migrants before you got a their first job without any local experience and so would you. However each path is different. Consult a professional Career Coach who works with new migrants. They provide results.  Yes, they charge fees but imagine struggling to find a job for months, compared to what you can earn in a month! The fees do provide a lot more value, not just in terms of getting a job, but in terms of positivity, energy and support.


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