|Posted on June 26, 2010 at 12:38 AM|
If you’re reading this, you are currently seeking employment in Australia, and are wondering whether you're missing anything. Or perhaps you just want to be sure that you're covering all bases in your job search.
No matter what level of your career you are at - whether you’re finishing your education in Australia and seeking your first role, planning on changing careers, or are seeking a job in Australia from overseas (or perhaps you've just migrated to Australia) you will want to have the most up-to-date tools at your disposal to help you land the job you want in Australia.
It is still possible to search for jobs using the classified section of print newspapers in Australia (although job postings are now limited through this medium), help wanted signs in the windows of shops and offices (for entry level or hospitality posts), and word-of-mouth. Infact, it is recommended that you continue to use these methods of searching for jobs if you currently reside in the geographical area in which you would like to work. Even if you don’t, friends and business contacts may be able to help you find job leads in other cities, through the power of networking.
Whatever the case, it is always a good idea to be flexible in your Australian job search strategies, using the most effective methods to reach your desired outcome: your ideal employment situation.
With that said, at present, over half of all employers worldwide use the Internet for recruiting. Millions of job seekers submit their resumes online everyday and view job postings on hundreds of popular job search sites. The Internet has given people the ability to view and apply for job openings all across the globe, including Australia.
Read on to review some of the online job search tools available to you - some that you may already know of – and others you may discover as new job search tools to aid you in your search.
Job Search Engines
Job search engine sites allow users to search the major job sites, company sites, associations and other online job sites by keyword and location. They also frequently have tips and ideas about how to conduct a powerful jobsearch. I’ve listed a few of the major ones below. Depending on your area of interest, you can use www.Google.com to search for other job search engines. For example, if you are looking for sites based in Australia, search for “job search sites Australia.”, and try using www.Google.com.au, so you receive local Australian results.
Use this multi-site search engine tosearch job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
LinkUp is a very useful job search engine that searches jobs on company sites. The job postings are from small, mid-sized, and large company career sections, and are updated whenever the company web site is updated.
Social Networking Sites
Face-to-face networking is still one of the most powerful tools in your job search. Likewise, online networking is one of the most important components of your online job search. Below are some of the top social and professional networking sites you can use to enhance your career and boost your job search.
Network with present colleagues, contact potential employers, and increase your visibility by using this popular professional network.
Employers and job sites post job openings on Twitter, and job seekers use Twitter to help facilitate their job search. Use http://www.twitjobsearch.com/ to search for recent postings in your area of interest.
Facebook and MySpace
The two giants of social networking can be used to create contacts. They also often times have networks based on industry, alumni of academic institutions, and geographical area. Use these sites to connect with people you already know, and may have lost touch with. However, please bear in mind that potential employers may be able to view sensitive information on your profile. If in doubt, leave those scandalous photos off a public profile.
Online Job Applications
There are hundreds of websites in Australia where you can post your resume online and complete an online job application. You can both apply online via a job board, like Seek.com, or apply online directly at the company's web site. There are hundreds of job boards where you can post your profile: it’s best to search according to geographical location (e.g. Australia, or Sydney) to find the job board that most closely matches your needs.
In some cases, you are required to register and to build an employment profile. On others, you can upload an existing resume. Once you've created your profile, you can apply for jobs online and set up search agents to email you when new jobs are added to the system.
If you are interested in working for a particular company visit their web site. Career information is usually listed in the "About Us" or “Careers” section of the site. Follow the instructions for searching for and applying to jobs online.
Searching Specifically for Sponsored Jobs in Australia
There aren't many job search websites that list out sponsored jobs for you - with most of the Australian job boards you need to trawl through dozens, if not hundreds, of jobs, before you find any that are eligible for sponsorship. For this reason, we have combined efforts with SponsorshipAustralia.net and now provide a weekly updated list of jobs in Australia that are offering sponsorship to overseas applicants. You can subscribe to this mailing list by clicking here to register, and you can also search these lists anytime you like on Nab That Job in Australia, under "Search Sponsored Jobs"; or directly on the Sponsorship Australia website, by clicking here.