With a healthy economy and a shortage of skilled workers Australia offers very good employment prospects.
Your chances of finding work are especially good if you are looking for employment in a high demand occupation, included on the Skilled Occupations List published by the Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA).
How to look for work in Australia:
You should focus your energy on job search methods that work best. In Australia these include; cold canvassing employers for work and networking with friends, acquaintances and employers you know.
Networking is the most successful method of job seeking with around 37% of people in Australian finding work this way. This method involves letting all your friends and acquaintances know that you are looking for work with the hope that they in turn may be able to use their contacts to find a vacancy for you. You can ask friends, relatives and acquaintances if they know of any jobs available where they work. Since many employers prefer to find new workers through people they already know, your chances of finding a job this way will be very good.
Canvassing is also an effective method of looking for work with around 35% of Australian job seekers finding work through cold canvassing. This involves approaching employers directly before a vacancy has been advertised. Contacting employers directly is a perfectly acceptable practice in Australia. You can approach the company you wish to work for to ask if any vacancies are currently available or may become available in the near future. You can contact the company by telephone, by sending a canvassing letter with your resume or visiting the employer in person.
The other 28% percent of Australian job vacancies are filled through ads that employers generally place in the newspapers and on the internet. Having a quality application letter and a good resume or CV tailored to the specific position will greatly increase your chances of securing a job this way.
It may also be worthwhile to register with relevant Recruitment Agencies, especially if you are looking for a professional or managerial position. In a great majority of cases you will be able to use an agency for free as agencies charge employers a fee for their services. Agencies specialise in different fields such as; medical, administrative, IT and executive. There are also a number of agencies that deal with trade occupations. You can find out which ones are relevant for you by looking in the Australian Yellow Pages, where they are listed under Employment, listing their specialty.