Getting a Job Sponsorships in Australia and Finding Work
Update: 12th of June 2013
This article was first published here back in May 2011, since then it has become one of the most read pages on my website and has led to the most comments. So many people have asked me how THEY can get a job sponsorship here in Australia, and I simply haven’t been able to answer that question for them comprehensively.
For more information, please visit the following page which will open in a new window…
But please do take the time to finish reading the information on this page first. On with the original article…
Whether it is possible for you to get a job sponsorship or not in Australia is largely dependent upon your skills and qualifications.
Who is this visa for?
“This visa is for Australian employers who want to sponsor highly skilled workers for a permanent visa to work in their business. The employees can be either:
- highly skilled workers from overseas
- highly skilled temporary residents currently in Australia.
So, before you can even think about the possibility of getting a job sponsorship, you will need to have a skill and qualifications to match, so your first task is to take a look to see if your skill is on one of these skills lists. The government recently removed it’s ‘Is Your Skill in Demand’ page, but take a look at this page instead and the links on it….
(This link may change, if it no longer gives the information I suggest it does, please let me know in the comments so I can update it.)
Assuming your skill is on one of those lists, how do you then set about getting sponsored? Here are a few ideas:
- Get yourself a professionally prepared Australian resume.
- Not all vacancies are publicly advertised, so do some research on Australian companies that might be able to make use of your specific skill. Send them your professional resume direct.
- Follow up with a telephone call to see if they have received it and at the same time, ask if sponsoring applicants from abroad is something their company would be likely to do.
- If the company says yes, we would sponsor from abroad, but we have no vacancies at present, ask if you can stay in touch. If they say yes, contact them every three months.
- Over time, you’ll build a network of people who you know in your trade. This increases your chances of something turning up.
- Finally, if you get the chance to come out to Australia, line up meetings with these people if you can.
Working Holiday Visas
But if you are young and you qualify for a working holiday visa, you can visit Australia for 12 months (extendable to 24 months under certain conditions) and work. What better way to build on that networking?
Of course, there’s also nothing to stop you searching for vacancies online and I have listed the best places to do that below.
More useful links:
My post on job hunting may be useful… Finding a Job in Australia Compared with the UK
For your professional Australian resume, I recommend The Resume Centre…
For more information about job sponsorships from DIBP…
Visit: Employer Sponsored Workers
Getting a Job or Finding Work
The three top online employment agencies in Australia are:
Applying for Sponsorships
Finally, if you are seriously looking for a job sponsorship here in Australia, don’t forget to check out this page: