Expat tip: Other ways of landing a job in Australia

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With Australia’s active domestic and foreign skilled migration, searching for jobs can sometimes become challenging for unemployed expatriates. These migrants tend to rely on traditional job sources like newspapers and the internet, but they are less aware that a hidden jobs market in Australia exists. According to experts, this type of market, which does not utilise advertisements, accounts for at least 50% of the total available jobs in the country. Below are details on how migrants can tap into this alternative method of searching for a job in Australia.

Hidden jobs market in Australia for more opportunities
The hidden jobs market

The Australian job-search landscape involves two components: first, the jobseeker approaching employers that accounts for 77%; and second, the employers approaching potential jobseekers that comprises 23%. In this total, a great number of available jobs do not appear in jobs boards and advertisements. Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays recruitment agency in Australia and New Zealand, holds the same idea, saying: “The statistics vary, but the consensus seems to be that at least 50% of jobs are not advertised.”

Penetration of the hidden jobs market

Deligiannis hints that many vacant jobs in Australia are not advertised. So, in order for every expat in Australia to open the door to this hidden jobs market, going beyond the usual recruitment procedures is necessary.

Networking is one way to penetrate into the rich hidden jobs market. According to Deligiannis, this method “covers more than simply adding new LinkedIn connections. It means staying in touch and one of the best ways to do this is to share relevant and engaging content.”

Partnering with recruitment consultants is needed for this method to work. However, jobseekers must stay in contact with their consultants, who will become their representative when it comes to advocating their strengths and expertise to employers. To establish a stable connection, jobseekers “should make your connections aware when you are job hunting and ask if they know anyone you could talk to about a job. You can also join an industry association or professional group and attend functions or seminars,” Deligiannis added.

Because recruitment consultants can provide crucial information about employers—such as company culture and types of interview questions—it is vital for jobseekers to keep fresh contact with these representatives in order to have access to the pool of hidden jobs in their next job search. Also, doing so will make recruitment consultants prioritise them for fit positions in other companies in case previous applications are unsuccessful.

 

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