This page describes how to apply for jobs in Australia and covers:
Watch the following video to find out how to create a resume specific to each job, what details should be included and how to make yours stand out.
Download the transcript for the Resume Design video (DOC, 27 KB)
In Australia, people usually apply for a job through a written application. Your job applications need to be of a high standard and tailored for each job to give you the best possible chance of being selected for an interview or testing.
Job applications usually include a cover letter expressing your interest in and suitability for the role and a copy of your resume, also known as a Curriculum Vitae or CV. Applications should be tailored to specific jobs and demonstrate that you have:
Job applications are sent by email, mail or lodged electronically on a website. If a preference is not stated you should check with the employer or recruiter to see how they want to receive your job application.
Your resume should be clear, concise and easy to read. It should always be tailored to the specific job for which you’re applying. It should also be current and include the details of your most recent work experience.
Many Australian employers prefer a chronological style of resume. This style of resume places your most recent relevant work experience up front and progresses chronologic ally through your relevant work history.
It is important that your resume is in an appropriate format for Australian employers. Employers in Australia want a detailed picture of past experience and skills, not just a snapshot of qualifications and previous positions held. They generally prefer resumes to be two to four pages long.
The following is a suggested format for your resume:
In Australia, there is no need to include personal details such as your age, marital status or religious beliefs.
Take letters of commendation and other supporting documents to the interview rather than attaching them with the resume.
Your cover letter should be no more than one page and include:
Some job applications require you to address the key selection criteria the company will use to evaluate your application. You can write your responses to the selection criteria on a separate page to be included with your job application. Use specific examples of your skills and work experience for each of the key selection criteria to demonstrate your suitability for the role.
Answering the selection criteria takes a lot of extra time but it’s very important to include this information when it’s required as part of the job application if you want to be seriously considered for the job.
For more information including sample cover letters and resumes, visit the following websites:
You can also contact an organisation that helps migrants tailor their resumes and interview techniques for the Australian market:
Discuss your job search strategies and requirements with your industry group to gather information and feedback on applying for jobs within your industry sector.
The information or services, and the views expressed that may appear on any linked websites are not necessarily endorsed by the Skilled and Business Migration Program and the Victorian Government. It is recommended that you make your own inquiries as to the appropriateness and suitability of the information on this site for your particular circumstances.
See our online career guides to help you get a job in one of the following fields: