Top 10 Tips for Job Seekers

Here are our top ten tips for people who want to live and work in Australia or New Zealand.

1. Do some sole searching

Before you make any decision about moving Australia or New Zealand you should look at your motives,as to why you want to move to the other side of the world, really do some sole searching, you can't just go home if you don't like the job or if things are not going your way, it is expensive, and it can be very lonely, moving to Australia or New Zealand requires a commitment of at leaset 2 to 3 years.

2. Decide on your preferred location

You should do some research about the country of your choice, you need to look at things like the lifestyle you expect to find. Australia is a very large country, and each state, city and region are unique, New Zealand is much smaller, but each island is also unique and quite different from Australia.

3. Research the Australian immigration requirements

Skill Matching are not a migration agents, and, therefore can not give migration advice, however, you can log onto the Australian Department of Immigration website, to find out the immigration department requirements, you can also find information on our associates migration agents Migration Matters (Aust) Pty Ltd., website

4. Review your CV

Put in a lot of effort when it comes to preparing your CV, this is your introduction, you need to get people to notice you for the right reasons. Remember that you are applying for the same positions as others from all over the world. Write a short letter of introduction stating who you are, what you are looking for and tell what you have to offer. Make sure your CV is in a readable format such as pdf. or doc., it should contain your personal details including your date of birth and nationality; qualification details; (you do not need to go back to high school certificates), however, if you have completed an apprenticeship, diploma, degree or higher qualification definitely include these details including the name of the qualification and the institution. You could also include any other qualifications or certificates you have received. Compose a comprehensive employment history detailing, who you worked for, the position held, how long you held the position, then dot point your achievements whilst in this employment. Also include 3 referees who can vouch for your work ethic and work history for at least the past 3 – 4 years.

5. Find out about Australian registration requirements

More research, research job registration requirements for Australian jobs, some jobs in Australia require registration before you can work.

6. Start the registration process.

If registration is required it can take some time to get all of the information and documentation together. It can also take quite a bit of time for the registration authorities to process your application. If you have the required registration you will be viewed more favorably by prospective employers, remember, you will be applying for the same positions as others who have the required registration.

7. Respond to requests

When a suitable position becomes available, you will probably be asked to supply some information. Respond to this request quickly, even if it to say that you will have to get back with the information, let the person who is contacting you know that you are keen. When you have gathered all of the requested information double check the details and make sure all of the information you are about to supply is in fact what has been requested, make sure it is accurate and complete, you don't want to be embarrassed by people having to get back to you a number of times to clarify what you are supplying. You should aim is to look competent, which you won't if you cannot supply information about yourself. If you are unsure as to what is being asked of you, ask for clarification, remember it is better to ask the question than to send the wrong information.

8. More Research

When you are selected for an interview you will be provided with the name and locality of the business, research the locality of the business, many of the towns and regions in Australia are isolated, so you should look at the size of the locality, look at things like housing, schools, hospitals, sporting facilities, shopping facilities, how far is it from the nearest major city, how long will it take to et there, how will you travel (by air,car, bus), do you know anyone in the area? Does the region provide the lifestyle you are looking for, if you want to live near the beach, a job in Alice Springs (Central Australia) wouldn't be suitable. Also research the business, if they have a website, have a look, ask the recruitment officer questions about the business.

9. Make a list

Before the interview, make a list of questions to ask the employer, don't make it just about the position, ask about the business, the lifestyle in the area, talk about housing, what you can expect when you arrive, and anything else that is of interest to you. It's not like you will get another chance so make the most of your time. It's OK to ask about remuneration, after all, you have expectations, you also have to know if it will be beneficial for you to travel across the world for this job. The employer also wants to know that you are really keen, so show them that you are interested and that you have done some research, make sure you know what you are talking about, don't hesitate in blowing your own horn and tell them how good you are, be prepared to discuss you CV and your experiences, now is the time to sell yourself so don't be shy.

10.Be patient

Finding the right job and relocating across the world takes time, when you are successful and have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, the process has just begun, you now have to go through the visa process, sort things out at home, tell everyone you are leaving, sell or rent your house, plan your travel to Australia or New Zealand and the relocation of you possessions.

In summary

1. Do some sole searching;

2. Decide on your preferred location, research until you find the region that will provide the lifestyle your are looking

3. Find out if you have the required qualifications, skills and recent employment history to be able to gain a visa to enter
and work in Australia or New Zealand;

4. Review your CV, make sure it provides a comprehensive summary of your qualifications, skills and employment history as
well as your personal details. Write a covering letter to introduce yourself;

5. Find out about Australian registration requirements;

6. Start the registration process if required;

7. Respond to requests for information quickly, accurately,show how competent and capable you are, don't keep people waiting,
always be aware of the time zone difference;

8. When chosen for an interview, research the locality and business, make sure that this is where you want to live, don't
waste your time or the time of others, if you are not committed this will come through and may sabotage future job offers;

9. Make a list of questions to ask the employer, make the most of your interview time. Ask all the questions that will allow
you to make an informed decision if offered a position; and finally

10.Be patient.