7.1- Learning English
A fact that needs to be repeated extensively is: You need to focus and invest time to learn English. From the day you decide you want to move to Australia, you should start a daily routine of studies. Everything else you will do depends on how good you can get with the new language.
You should plan and split your learning process into two phases:
- Step one is to study and practice General English.
- Step two is to prepare specifically for the Language Certification Exam (e.g. "IELTS", "TOEFL", "PTE", etc...).
The best way to learn is undoubtedly through full immersion by living in an English speaking country, but we understand most of our readers are just planning for the medium to long term.
In addition to the traditional English courses that can be found in almost every corner, online apps and courses are increasingly common, allowing you to choose your schedule and take lessons from the comfort of your home or work.
Here are our tips for learning English:
- Sign-up to Duolingo, a free app that lets you score points and learn a new language. Go to https://www.duolingo.com.
- Enroll in a traditional (face-to-face) or online English course, such as http://www.openenglish.com, http://www.englishtown.com, http://www.myenglishonline.com, among several others.
- After gaining confidence speaking English, take private lessons with a teacher who speaks English natively. You can search for a foreign teacher in your city or you can do it online through sites such as https://www.verbling.com, http://www.italki.com and https://www.busuu.com.
- Get ready for one of the English exams. You can find below a list of online courses by exams accepted in Australia (you only need to choose one exam to take):
7.2- Finding a job in Australia
The number one tip we can give is: Create your account and optimise your profile in the social network Linkedin. Complete all your information in English and remember that this is the modern curriculum.
If you are unsure how to format it properly, search for professionals in Australia and try to learn from their examples.
Australian professionals and employers are in large numbers on this social network, so you must have a solid profile to be able to do some networking and start connecting with individuals in the Australian market.
You should be careful not to be simply adding people randomly as it can be classified as SPAM. Ideally, you should find professionals with mutual contacts or you can start by interacting with them through their posts. Another alternative is to register for the premium plan for at least a few months, in order to send private messages to anyone on the network, something that can give you an immediate return.
It is of great value to have a personal website. Just the fact you have a website is already positive and can demonstrate professional organisation, creativity and it's a much more enjoyable way to learn about your skills when compared to just reading a traditional CV. There are a number of tools that can help you to create your own website, with no need to do any coding. We highly recommend Strikingly.
The goodie oldie résumé can not be forgotten. In Australia, the first candidates to be ignored on job openings are those with generic resumes. For many, having a great resume means having a full list of their qualifications in the most varied areas, but most Australian employers are looking for someone with specific and in-depth qualifications about the expertise advertised for the job, so no need for your whole professional history if it's not relevant to that job. You will need to get used to making small adjusts for each job you're applying for. You can find some examples on our Document Templates page.
To finalize your preparation phase, it's a great idea to have reference letters (In English) from at least two workmates/employers in your network. Again, you can check our document templates to get some ideas.
Once you have everything previously mentioned, you should start a long (and sometimes exhausting) process of getting in touch with Australian employers.
Ideally, you should look for specific companies in the area you want to work with and send a casual email, even when there are no openings listed. This is where a lot of people lose the opportunity to be noticed. Most applicants will be very formal and will say very generic sentences, hoping that the company will notice their CV and Cover Letter. Use your creativity by giving some insight into their market or even something curious you think is worth sharing with them. You only have a few seconds to differentiate yourself from all other applicants.
As an example, there are cases of programmers who offered to do a small free project for Australian companies to demonstrate their skills and at the end of the process, they got the job vacancy and a sponsorship for the immigration process.
Below you will find a list of websites to help you find companies and job ads:
- https://jobsearch.gov.au/ (From the Australian Government)