If you’ve been sponsored to work in Australia, are moving here to study or are planning a working holiday, you might be looking to start your job search. We’ve got some simple steps you can follow to help find a job in Australia.

Searching for a job

Most jobs are advertised online through job search websites.

Looking through individual job listings will give you an idea of any requirements for a position before you apply. These include preferred qualifications, skills and any supporting documents you might need to submit when you apply. You’ll also get an idea of how much you can expect to be paid.

The Australian Government also has information to help you with your job search in Australia and information about re-training. You can contact service providers such as Jobactive to help you with the job search process by providing support in resume writing and interview preparation.

Applying for a job

Two of the most common items you’ll need to provide when you apply for a job are a resume (also known as a curriculum vitae or CV) and a cover letter.

  • Resume or CV – this is a brief account of your education, skills and qualifications. This document is generally 1-3 pages long.
  • Cover letter – this is a letter of introduction which supports your resume. This document is generally less than 1 page long.

Preparing for an interview

If they like your application, most employers will ask you to come in for an interview. This consists of a face-to-face meeting where you’ll be asked questions about yourself so the employer can see if you’re a suitable candidate.

Setting up a bank account

When you’re successful in your search and get that new job, your employer will ask for some personal information, including bank account details for your pay. You can set up a bank account before you arrive in Australia, so that you're prepared with those banking details for your employer.

You may also be asked for a tax file number (TFN) when you apply for a bank account and when you start a new job. Find out more about TFNs and tax considerations before you set up an account.

In Australia, employers will generally contribute a certain amount of your pay into your superannuation fund, to ensure you save for a comfortable retirement. Learn more about super through the NAB Group.

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