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Tips for Finding a Job in Australia

International students studying in Australia have the privilege of being able to work whilst completing their studies. For students studying vocational or higher education courses, during the study terms, you can generally work up to 40 hours per fortnight. During scheduled study breaks and holidays work hours are unlimited. Students who are completing a postgraduate course do not have work restrictions.

Active Migration Education often advise students to try and find employment in their field of study in order to increase their employability upon graduation. If you intend on applying for an Australian work visa after your studies this is also a perfect time to search for a potential sponsor.


How You Can Increase Your Chances of Finding a Job:
When applying for a job, employers get their first impression of you from your CV and cover letter. Therefore, it is extremely important that they are of a high standard.

  • Have someone who speaks fluent English to proofread these documents and correct any errors.
  • Make sure that your CV is up to date with all recent employment.
  • Make sure it includes all relevant personal information such as your email and phone number, your skills, qualifications and achievements.
  • Tailor your cover letter for each job application. Focus on your skills and any other information that is relevant to the particular role that you are applying for.

If an employer is interested in hiring you, they will likely ask you to come in for an interview. If you are asked to come in for an interview, it is important that you are well prepared.


How to Prepare for an Interview:

  • Practice with a friend or family member (this can help ease your nerves)
  • Prepare for common questions such as:
    • Tell me about yourself and your employment history
    • What interests you about this job?
    • What do you know about our company?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Arrive at your interview 5-10 minutes early – this will show that you are eager and reliable
  • Bring any documents required for the interview
  • Dress neatly and appropriately
  • Turn your phone off or put it on silent


Before starting work, you must apply for an Australian Tax File Number (TFN). Application information is available on the Australian Taxation Office  website. If you need assistance in finding a job, the websites listed below allow you to search for jobs in Australia:


For further information on your work rights whilst studying in Australia, take a look at our Working Whilst on an Australian Student Visa article.

If you are interested in applying for a student visa to study in Australia Active Migration Education can help. For all your course, university and visa needs get in contact with one of our friendly consultants today: info@activemigrationeducation.com.au | +618 61026565