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Finding a Job in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa

Finding a Job in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa


Before you arrive down under, people will tell you Working Holiday Visa jobs in Australia are in abundance and pay is 3x what you get in the UK. This isn’t always true. There are many things to consider when looking for a job in Australia while you’re on your Working Holiday Visa. As two marketing professionals working in Sydney, we have really landed on our feet. Here’s how we did it…

Stay True to your Niche

If you have experience in a role or industry back home, you’ve got great chances in Australia. There are many opportunities in professional roles including marketing, recruitment and finance. You’d be mad to turn your back on your existing skills and knowledge just because you’re in a new place. However, we understand you didn’t come to Australia to continue doing what you did back home. If you fancy a career change, now might not be the time – I say, play to your strengths. If you tended bar during your university days then you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bartending positions. Equally, if you’ve worked in an independent coffee shop before, they’ll snap your hand off. Whether your background is in an office role or hospitality and retail, there’s bound to be something to suit your experience. Make sure your CV highlights your skills and keep your Linkedin profile up to date.

Follow the Job Boards

If you’re not lucky enough to secure a role before you arrive in Oz, you’ll need to keep an eye on the job boards. Seek is the biggest job board in the country and where both of us found our roles. For Working Holiday Visa jobs in Australia, filter by temporary/contract roles and save your search. At one point in my job hunt I was refreshing this app 4-5 times a day and applying for everything within a couple of hours of the original posting. This definitely did me a favour as I was offered interviews at both roles I secured within 24 hours of applying.

For hospitality and retail jobs, keep an eye on the Jora Local app. Annoyingly, you have to upload your profile in separate sections, rather than just your CV as a document. It’s definitely worth it as jobs are uploaded constantly and all show the availability, expected hours and name of business – so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you apply.

Be Patient

Depending on what time of year you arrive on Australia, you might not get a job straight away. Craig was very lucky, securing a role within a week of touching down on Sydney soil. However, it took me a few weeks to get a temp role and a month to get the fixed term contract I am currently undertaking now. Bide your time and make good use of every moment. Keep your Linkedin and Seek profiles updated and you can even approach businesses you’d like to work for, even if they’re not actively recruiting. More on that in the next point…

Put Yourself Out There

Just because a company isn’t recruiting, it doesn’t mean you can’t apply. If there’s a place you’d really like to work and you feel matches your experience and attitude, then send along your CV with an informal cover letter explaining your situation. You can do this via email or Linkedin to an in-house recruiter, particularly if the business has a large team and multiples offices nationwide.

Connect with Recruiters

A quick Linkedin search will reveal a vast list of professional recruiters specialising in your industry. There are dozens of digital marketing recruiters in Sydney. We connected with many of them before even entering the country in the hope of forming relationships ahead of our visit. Simply type “recruiter + marketing + finance + accounting” into the main Linkedin search bar and send personalised connections to the top results. Use the small character limit to introduce yourself and invite the recruiter to view your profile. Even they don’t have any roles available for you at the moment, having your name on their books will mean you’ll be treated as a priority if any roles in your specialism do come up.

Don’t Forget the Holiday Part!

Finding a job on a Working Holiday Visa can be demoralising. Whether you’re not getting any replies or you’ve been rejected after an interview, it’s easy to forget why you’re here in the first place. Keep job applying to the weekdays and spend the weekends doing things for yourself. On our first weekend, we hiked Maroubra to Coogee Beach. The fresh air and beautiful views reminded us why we came here in the first place. Your job is just that, a job. It is a means of funding your ‘working holiday’ as you explore this vast and incredible country. Don’t let it get in the way of you enjoying your spare time. Wherever you are in Australia, don’t get too comfortable. You’re here to travel, have fun and see this fantastic place – not drown in paper work!

Here are some shots of us exploring New South Wales on the weekends!

How long did it take you to get a job on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia? Let us know in the comments!



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