Migrants who have made Melbourne or regional Victoria their home talk about employment opportunities in the following video. They discuss what it's like to work in Victoria, how they found a job and what new skills they have acquired since living in Australia.
Download the transcript for the Working in Victoria video (DOC, 31 KB)
Most jobs in Victoria are not advertised. Most are found through personal and professional networks. Join your industry association before you leave your home country and use your own networks to contact people in Australia and start networking now to tap into this hidden job market.
Key trade and professional organisations for each industry can be found in the Victorian Industries section.
Use the online Australian job websites to research job opportunities online and familiarise yourself with the Australian job market. This will help you get a feel for what sort of salary and working conditions you can expect with your skills, qualifications and experience.
Find out which recruitment companies in Victoria specialise in your field and make contact with recruiters. The best way to find a recruitment agency is to search the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association which lists recruiters by industry area and location.
Approach companies and exporters in your own country who have offices in Australia. Another option is to contact relevant companies and organisations in Australia directly.
Research the kinds of networks that will be available in the area where you plan to live. Networks may include groups such as volunteer groups, sports clubs, professional bodies and community groups.
Before you leave your home country, you should prepare copies of important documents that you may need for your job search. These include:
Prepare copies of job descriptions and overviews from your previous places of employment as these are good records of your responsibilities, notable achievements and your performance. Also prepare a copy of any career or aptitude tests.
Line up testimonials and referees in advance. Where possible, get written testimonials from employers, clients and suppliers, and have these translated into English if necessary. Australian employers value referee checks and these are usually done once they have narrowed down the final list of candidates.
Let your referees know the details of the jobs you are applying for and the types of questions they are likely to be asked for telephone references. Where possible, line up Australian referees.
Create a personal Australian email address that ends with .com.au as a familiar reference point for potential employers. Base this email address on your name and not a nickname to avoid sounding unprofessional.
If you are planning to migrate to Australia as a skilled migrant you will need to have your qualifications and skills assessed as part of your visa application by the designated Australian assessing authority for your occupation.
For more information about having qualifications assessed for your visa application, visit the Occupations page for information about your nominated occupation or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Upon arrival to Australia, you may need to have your skills and qualifications reviewed for employment purposes and undertake further training or bridging courses. Vetassess offer this service.
The following websites provide information about career planning, job preparation and the labour market:
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.