If you’ve recently arrived, here’s how to get a job in Australia

by K B , updated on March 11, 2013

How to create your own job –  Naishadh’s story

I landed on the shores of Australia, in Brisbane, on 6th August 2007 on a cold day. I knew very little about Australian culture and weather so the very next day my training began. The first few things were to organise my bank account, TFN No, and in the most important of all ‘look for work.’

I was confident that I would land up a decent job within next few days as because of my experience and qualifications, but, I soon learnt that I had no idea about looking for work as I never had to look for work in India. This is the case for most of the skilled migrants. In India because my experience and network was so strong I could change the job without any hassle.

I started a journey in Australia in an unknown territory with very minimal support! When it came to applying for jobs I knew only 1 mantra – www.seek.com.au I spent more than 4-5 hours per day and applied to about 60-70 applications per day. I received a 75% response saying that my application is unsuccessful and got 5-7 phone calls per week for interviews.

During this time I learnt 3 valuable lessons: 1) To socialise and meet new people irrespective if you’ve the job or not 2) Surround yourself with positive people or keep yourself away from negative and toxic people who crib and complain about jobs and careers in Australia 3) Your job hunt has to be strategic, not generic, you must plan and work on the plan

Then came the ‘D day’ in early October, I was interviewed for a Sales Engineer position based in Dandenong, a suburb in Melbourne. After reaching the train station I found that it was a long walk to the company. I kept walking and walking and after 90 minutes I reached the company. The first question my boss asked “How did you get here?” I said “I walked”. I could see light in his eyes and he smiled. The interview went fine and next day I got the call that I was selected and could start work in 2 weeks. I am still so proud of the fact that I didn’t give up and kept my morale up.

I’ve always been always passionate about having my own enterprise and working for myself. I soon discovered an incredible opportunity of writing professional resumes and cover letters; further research in the subject led to me undertaking courses offered by two brilliant and accomplished resume writers. After 6 months of study and training I launched my business—Resume Solutions—and started helping professionals and skilled migrants who are struggling to find work. I also completed Get Hired Now (Job Search Training) and Interview Coach training; this boosted my credibility and also competency in delivering holistic solutions to my clients.

From someone who didn’t know how to look for work and now assisting individuals in finding meaningful employment is such an extraordinary opportunity and I enjoy every second of it.

Naishadh Gadani
Professional Résumé Writer, Job Search Coach, Interview Coach
Résumé Solutions

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jagjit Singh September 2, 2010 at 5:42 am

I agree with you and the same way I am stuggling as I landed in Adeliade in Mid July-2010 and still struggling and I do follow your tips.

Arjun Bharadwaj September 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

Inspiring!!!!! May your 90 min walk reap into sweet fruits!!! 🙂

Leah Gibbs September 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

What a great story, thank you for sharing your journey with us

Bonnie Power September 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Naishadh’s story can be inspiration for all the professional immigrants who have come to Australia seeking working opportunities. When you build rapport with people in Australia, it is different from nearly anywhere in the world. The more interviews you can get, the faster you will learn the rules. Knock on the doors of Industry Associations to ask for their advice in learning about how your industry works in Australia. Talk to the Career Counsellors within your tertiary institution (they help students get into work all the time, it’s one of their KPIs). Good Luck to all the immigrants in Australia seeking work, I wish you all the best in securing something like what Naishadh has accomplished.

Karalyn September 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Thanks Bonnie, I know Naishadh will be encouraged by the support!

Pratik December 17, 2010 at 4:10 am

Hi! Groups,
I am also Planning to move in next March’11.
I am also looking for work and want to secure employment before leaving my present job, but i think that is quite tough don’t know rather is it impossible!
Can anybody in group suggests tips for doing so, if have anybody had fortunate in securing job before leaving the country.
I am sure All engineers who are in process to migrants will appreciate the post on same.

karalyn December 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Hi Pratik, Have a look at what Chef Shane did here for some ideas: http://interviewiq.com.au/manage-your-online-brand1 He found making the most of social media, and moved from Thailand to Vietnam. He’s originally from New Zealand Karalyn

Jimmy January 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

NIshadh, very inspiring your post

Jen October 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

This is a fantastic post. It demonstrates the importance of persistance and the fact that jobseekers need to dedicate a lot of time to their job searching activiities. I’ll be sending this article on to our international students. I know this will be a really useful article for them.

Grace Khasar (@graceskII) February 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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Sarah Taylor (@saturngirl) February 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

@misslizzypeters any good for you? RT ‏@InterviewIQ If you’ve recently arrived, here’s how to get a job in Australia http://t.co/e1PMJ9raQd

Chris Weatherill (@ChrisWeatheril1) February 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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