Applying for Positions in Australia

AustraliaAustralia is one the most rewarding countries in the world to work in.

With respectable salaries, a steady economy, beautiful weather and plenty of executive opportunities, applying for a position here can work wonders for your career.



Your Resume Is Key

Resume writing is a challenging task at the best of times, and even more so if you’re unfamiliar with the Australian marketplace. Yet like all candidates, your professional resume will be your first point of contact with an employer or recruiter – and your first chance at making a strong impression! For this reason, your resume needs to be impeccably written and presented, and also up to Australian standards.

Reviewing or rewriting your professional resume before you begin applying for positions is crucial. You will need to ensure that your resume speaks to Australian employers and recruiters. Also your English and grammar usage needs to be spotless. You will also need to pay strict attention to any specific requirements listed and make sure your resume complies accordingly.

Providing a Detailed Resume for Australian Employers

It’s important to be as detailed as you can in your resume – lazy descriptions or vague explanations will get you nowhere. When it comes to describing your employment history, you should also include valid details, such as the country/city, where each of your jobs were located and even some brief information about each business. Since Australian employers may not be familiar with overseas marketplaces or companies, providing as much information as you can about your international experience is vital.

However, it’s also important not to get too detailed or technical. At all times, make sure that you use professional, yet plain English in your resume and avoid any jargon or technical terms that Australian readers (or recruiters in general) may not understand.

Knowing What To Include in an Australian Resume

Australia also differs from many other countries in terms of the personal information that you need to provide in your resume.

While your ethnicity, age, marital status or gender are often strict requirements in other countries, they are not needed when applying for a position in Australia, and it can be illegal for private employers to request these details from you in order to assess your suitability for the job. It is also unnecessary for you to include a photo with your application. However, as an international candidate, you should make it clear to the employer that you are currently based overseas. Including any citizenship or visa details.

Refine Your Interview Skills

Whether your interview is conducted over the phone, via video conferencing or face-to-face in your home country (or in Australia), your interview skills must be refined. This is the point at which your application moves beyond the paper stage. It’s crucial that the employer or search consultant gains a positive impression of you.

Dress appropriately, use professional English when speaking and make sure that you speak clearly and concisely. Various interview coaching programs can help you prepare for an interview with Australian employers and can teach you which interview techniques will help drive your success.

What Next?

Keen to expand your career horizon on Australian shores? Resumes Australia is an innovative and expert resume writing service open to all candidates in Australia and abroad. For our international clients, we offer this exclusive resume and interview coaching package to ensure you achieve success down under.

kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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