Job Search: A Never – Ending Treasure Hunt
As per forbes.com, “job hunting these days has completely changed, and getting the perfect job is every individual’s dream”. But, it’s an arduous task, and it becomes even more chaotic when you’re on a student visa. Even though it’s difficult, it’s not impossible.
Here’s a few steps to help avoid the confusion of being an ‘alien’ while searching for a job.
The first problem is restriction on number of hours allowed to work. So, look for casual and part-time jobs. Don’t ever try for a job saying full-time.
Remember, your visa matters more than work experience.
The first thing one should do is to write a resume as per Australian format.
The resume should address the selection criteria given in job description.
Don’t add anything which is irrelevant for the job to be applied. It is advisable to have expert advice over the resume and almost all Universities have a career service or workshops that can help in reviewing resume.
Importance of Volunteer Work
Volunteer work experience is another important aspect of job search today. Companies do hire candidates who have volunteer work experience. Also, it is the best way to have local experience in your area of expertise.
Volunteer work helps you gain the trust of local employers plus you get local referees for further job search. In some cases, even volunteer work is the first step of employment in the same company.
We live in a digital era full of gigabytes and terabytes. So, the job search and resume has also gone digital. At the beginning of your studies, start creating online profiles so that by the time you graduate you have a fully endorsed and recommended profile. Make sure they are 100% complete.
- The recommended professional websites is LinkedIn for professional networking.
- Another great website that directly connects students to employers is www.comet.is.
- The other websites that are of equal importance are www.Spotjobs.com, au.gradconnection.com, www.careerone.com.au , www.indeed.com and graduate opportunities to name a few.
- At www.gumtree.com.au, jobs are advertised directly by the employer who can be contacted by a call or text message.
- If you are a highly experienced professional then www.seek.com.au is the answer for you.
It is also advisable to follow organizations’ Facebook page. The most preferred way is to apply directly for jobs advertised on the companys’ websites.
Setting up job alerts is another way to look for jobs in your field.
Above all, your university’s career portal is where you will find the most suitable jobs.
Roles to look for with little or no experience
If you are good at teaching try looking for jobs as a casual tutor. There are many tutoring academies which recruit university students. In this way you yourself will learn many things.
As per visa conditions, we are permitted to drive on our country’s driving licence with a valid photo ID from RTA (except for few countries), so working as a delivery driver is another role you can look at . All you need is exceptional driving skills. However, a few organizations require an Australian driving Licence and in some cases, a particular Australian state of residence. If you are in NSW, you have to reside continuously in Australia for 6 months to obtain a driving licence.
Looking at retail, it is one of the largest sectors for job search. While most of the companies prefer an online application, there are a few outlets which have a display sign stating the role they require. On such display signs, it may also mention whether to apply online or in person.
Needless to say, in Australia everybody is equal and no work is considered to be small or big. So, grab what you get.
A word of advice
There is no doubt that getting a job is the first thing on one’s agenda. However, jobs can change, but grades cannot. Even companies prefer candidates with better grades and volunteer work experience.
So, concentrate fully on studies in the first few weeks of your semester, or if possible, for the whole semester. It is also preferable to call via provided contact details before applying for a job. This way you can get an idea of its requirements.
Last but not least, while doing all this, don’t forget to enjoy life since it can only be lived once.
Photos: Youngtae Kim, Jasmine Yu and Tram Bui