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How to Find Sponsored Jobs in Australia

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 7:04 PM

I decided to blog this post after receiving the question: "how do I find a sponsored job in Australia?", on a regular basis from clients and visitors to Nab That Job in Australia!.


Finding an Australian employer to sponsor you is the trickiest part  for emigrating to Australia.  I have a few recommendations, which are all listed out in detail in my free eGuide, "Mission: Find a Job in Australia", which you can download here.

 

Do Your Research. You will not often find Australian employers advertising that they are looking for someone to sponsor from overseas.  The main reason being,if there is someone with the required skillset in Australia, it is easier for the Australian employer to offer a job to someone who is already established in Australia and can start work  immediately - in comparison with employing a foreign national and going through the sponsorship process, the cost involved and the time delay for the sponsored individual to commence employment in Australia.    

 

You are also unlikely to find an Australian employer to sponsor you through the use of a recruitment agency,unless that recruitment agency specifically mentions in their job advertisement that the Australian employer is willing to sponsor the right candidate.

 

My advice: search out companies in Australia whom you would like to work for. In general, larger companies in Australia are more likely to sponsor people from overseas than the smaller companies, however you should not strike out the smaller companies because some are still willing to sponsore the right person.  Wikipedia provides a list of Australian companies.  You can also research the Yahoo Companies Directory to find companies in Australia to approach for sponsorship.  The advantage of Yahoo is that they have categorised the companies for you to make it easier to find what kind of company you are looking for.

 

Search out global companies who are based in both your home country and in Australia, and find out whether they offer transfer opportunties - usually global companies do.  Even though it might mean working in your home country for a period before an opportunity arises in Australia, it is worth it in the long run, if it means you can emigrate to Australia through that company.

 

Keep a list of the companies that interest you, and contact them all. I recommend phoning to speak to the manager of the department you would like to work in.  If that fails, speak with the Human Resources department.  Find out whether they are a company who are willing to sponsor someone from another country with the right skillset.  Find out how often they destroy applications /resumes / CVs as well - most companies in Australia hang on to applications for 3-6 months, so to be safe, you should follow up your applications every three months.  Keep a record of all of the dates you apply for jobs and speak with the company, for ease of keeping on top of your Australian job applications.

 

Plan a trip to Australia. Once you have quite a healthy list of companies you would like to work for (no list is too long), and have applied and spoken to all of them, you should plan a trip to Australia where you can meet with each of the employers.  If you are unable to set an appointment with every employer, make a plan to visit the company anyway, dropping off your updated resume, and try to get in front of either the department manager, or a Human Resources Manager.

 

If you are able to, when you visit Australia, line up some volunteering work for some organisations in Australia.  Companies that are most likely to accept volunteers are charitable and non-profit organisations. Approach them and set it up before arriving in Australia so you can build it into your plan for your trip to Australia.  Also ensure that you are volunteering in the area of your profession.  It will be to your advantage if you have experience working in Australia when you are looking for a sponsor, even if it is volunteer employment.  www.nonprofitorganisationsaustralia.com has a comprehensive listing of non-profit organisations in Australia by state / region / city or town.

 

Build your networks. Use social media, join industry groups, make friends in all the right places and put yourself out there.  Use your networks and use other people's networks - especially if you already know people in Australia.  The more you put yourself out there, the more success you will have in finding an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor you.

 

Are there any courses or further education in Australia in your industry you can enroll in?  If you can get a student visa and go to Australia to study, you are normally entitled to a certain amount of hours per week that you can work.  This is an awesome opportunityfor you to network, get your foot in the door and gain valuable Australian experience and qualifications.

 

Prepare your marketing materials for success.  Do your research to ensure that you will be competitive in the Australian job market - that means ensuring your resume / CV is in a successful Australian format, and ensuring you have a high-impact cover letter that will entice the Australian employer to review your resume / CV.  You can do a free assessment of your resume to find out how successful you will be applying for jobs in Australia, and what you can do to improve your current resume, here.  There are also free Australian cover letter writing tips here.

 

If you are serious about increasing your chances of finding an employer sponsor in Australia, you should consider having your resume professionally rewritten specifically for the Australian job market.  Nab That Job in Australia! is the only Australian Emigration Job Search Strategist who works specifically with overseas nationals to increase their chance of finding an employer sponsor in Australia.  The rates of their Australian resume / CV and Australian cover letter writing services are very reasonable and competive, with the option of writing your own resume / CV with the guidance of the eWorkbook, "Australian Resumes: Secrets Revealed".  This eWorkbook is available for only AU$22.50, and includes ten free tried and tested high-impact Australian resume / CV templates; as well as a key Job Contacts List for Australia.

 

If you feel more comfortable having an Australian Emigration Job Search professional to rewrite your resume to a successful Australian CV template, then you can expect to pay between AU$90 and AU$245,depending on your number of years work experience; and between AU$35 and AU$65 for the Australian cover letter writing services.  To find out how much your resume would cost to be rewritten, visit Australian Job Search Assistance.

 

Remember: an estimated 75% of jobs in Australia are not advertised, and are found in the Australian 'hidden job market'.  It is essentialto your success that you access this enormous resource of job opportunities in Australia.

 

I hope you have found this information useful.  My suggestion is for you to access the free eGuide, "Mission: Find a Job in Australia" so you can start prerparing your Australian Job Search Strategy, and increase your likelihood of finding a sponsored job in Australia.


Good luck finding sponsored employment in Australia!

 

--

Nadine Myers

Australian Emigration Job Search Strategist

Nab That Job in Australia!

 


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31 Comments

Reply Richard Farrow
11:49 AM on December 1, 2009 
Would appreciate an honest assessment on the whole aspect of employer sponsorship as a route into Australia to live and work in light of the fact I am 45 (only look 35 mind you!). I'm getting some conflicting information from various internet sources including one that suggested that if over 44 you have to have a very specialist skill to have any chance of sponsorship. And I'm sadly without that as I am only a Chartered Accountant of which I imagine there are very many in Australia. Thanks
Reply Nadine Myers
2:23 PM on December 1, 2009 
Richard Farrow says...
Would appreciate an honest assessment on the whole aspect of employer sponsorship as a route into Australia to live and work in light of the fact I am 45 (only look 35 mind you!). I'm getting some conflicting information from various internet sources including one that suggested that if over 44 you have to have a very specialist skill to have any chance of sponsorship. And I'm sadly without that as I am only a Chartered Accountant of which I imagine there are very many in Australia. Thanks

Hi Richard,

Thank you for your comment. One thing to remember is that any advice you receive is just that person's opinion. Their opinion is based on information (sometimes limited information) that they have gathered on the topic. The most important thing is what YOU believe.

Here is my opinion for you: it is harder to find sponsored employment when you are 45+ , however, it is not impossible. These days, with the Baby Boomers starting to leave the workforce, a huge gap will be left from this huge pool of workers. The world is starting to accept this fact and change their way of thinking towards 'older' employees - they have to if they want to maintain a strong workforce! You will have noticed that the age of retirement is moving further and further back, and with your age being 45 years, you still have approximately 20-25 years of productivity left in you - that's a mighty lot!

It is true, in my opinion, that you will more likely be sponsored if you have a specialised skillset. You need to set yourself apart from 'the rest' by offering something that is harder to come by.

You say you are a Chartered Accountant. Are there any areas that you can specialise in to set yourself apart?

What about business emigration - have you considered that as an option? I know of someone looking to sell an Chartered Accountant Practice in Australia and is having trouble finding anyone interested. It may be worth looking in to. Here is the Australian government website with further information: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/ .

Otherwise, with your years of experience, you must have a lot to offer an employer. I would not give up. Stay open with your options and work with what you have.

I really do believe that if you want something and can stay focused, you will eventually reach your goal. If you want this - do not listen to any negative talk. Focus on solutions, not the problems.

You may also find this website useful: http://www.sponsorshipaustralia.net .

I hope this information / 'my opinion' is useful to you. :o)
Reply amanda
11:52 PM on June 6, 2010 
Hi I have a friend in the UK who would like to come to Australia to visit and work for a couple of years, he is in the hospitality industry, and has 28 yrs experience in waiting and management, he would need sponsorship to gain employment here, how could I possibly even start looking for someone to be able to do that for him , i have absolutely no idea ahere to start, he is willing to go anywhere in Australia.
Hope you can help , kind regards Amanda.
Reply Nadine Myers
5:15 PM on June 7, 2010 
amanda says...
Hi I have a friend in the UK who would like to come to Australia to visit and work for a couple of years, he is in the hospitality industry, and has 28 yrs experience in waiting and management, he would need sponsorship to gain employment here, how could I possibly even start looking for someone to be able to do that for him , i have absolutely no idea ahere to start, he is willing to go anywhere in Australia.
Hope you can help , kind regards Amanda.

Hi Amanda,

If your friend has only waiting experience, it would be difficult, however, you say he has management experience, which will definitely go in his favour. The trick would be to identify his specialty area/s and focus on that/those. Also look at the types of businesses he has worked for in the past, and see if you can find similar businesses in Australia that he can approach.

He will need to really sell his experience and skills strongly to be considered for a sponsored role in Australia, and his CV will play a very important part in being considered for an interview. The CV Assessment tool on this site is very useful, however, we can also have one of our consultants review his CV to assess whether he is selling himself effectively and meeting the expectations of Australian employers. He can send his CV to Sara, at info@nabthatjob.com if he would like, and she will give him her recommendations.

Hope this helps!
Reply linzi
10:24 AM on January 19, 2011 
Hello, I am a uk lawyer specialising in Crime. I am 2 years post qualification however i had a number of years working for the same firm whilst training. I ahve been with this firm for 8 years. I am hoping to receive sponsorship with an Australian legal firm, I am happy to re-train into another area of law and wondered if you had any advice.

I am planning on travelling around South America before entering Australia next February 2012.

Thank you
Reply Nadine Myers
5:22 AM on January 26, 2011 
Hi Linzi,

I'll be honest, I do not know of many cases of people finding a sponsor in law. I am not saying it is not possible, however, it will be very challenging for you, particularly if you don't have a lot of work experience behind you. Having worked for the same law firm though may go in your favour, because at least you have worked in the area of law.

All you can do is apply and apply and keep applying for jobs. Approach companies directly and follow up your applications with a phone call.

There are a lot of tips and guidance on finding employer sponsorship at http://www.sponsorshipaustralia.net. You can also sign up for sponsored job alerts if you wish from this site.

I wish you luck and hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Nadine
linzi says...
Hello, I am a uk lawyer specialising in Crime. I am 2 years post qualification however i had a number of years working for the same firm whilst training. I ahve been with this firm for 8 years. I am hoping to receive sponsorship with an Australian legal firm, I am happy to re-train into another area of law and wondered if you had any advice.

I am planning on travelling around South America before entering Australia next February 2012.

Thank you
Reply Wubishet Zewde
12:48 PM on March 10, 2011 
Hi
I am Veterinerian from Ethiopia.I want to work in australia any where in the country.I applied online Australia skilled work VISA assesment and passed.I am not sure the reality of the site.The site named as Australia immigration agent.They asked me to pay 449AU dollar to start VISA process but I failed to pay the mentioned fee.S
Reply Wubishet Zewde
12:51 PM on March 10, 2011 
Hi
I am Veterinerian from Ethiopia.I want to work in australia any where in the country.I applied online Australia skilled work VISA assesment and passed.I am not sure the reality of the site.The site named as Australia immigration agent.They asked me to pay 449AU dollar to start VISA process but I failed to pay the mentioned fee.So that I stared to findout the sponsor and obtained this website.Please help me
Thank you
Reply NAlmeida
2:36 AM on May 20, 2011 
Hi I'm currently in the advertising industry with over 4 years of experience in handling brands(Campaigns etc).Whats the possibility of gaining a job in this industry in aussie?
Reply vijay mann
10:29 AM on July 30, 2011 
hi There
this is vijay currently on australia on 456 visa with almost 5 yrs exp in software development dot net technologies would like to find a sponsered employer here..
how shd i proceed?
thanks
vijay
Reply Yoshi
10:37 PM on August 28, 2011 
Hi there.
I worked for a railway company in Japan as a signal engineer between April 1995 and December 2003. After that, I worked for hotels (customer services) in New Zealand between May 2006 and April 2008. Recently I have applied for a railway signalling position for Brisbane and unfortunately my application was not suceeded.
I want to immigrate to Australia permanently. I spoke to my friend living in Australia but originnaly from the UK last week, and she suggests me to check job opportunity with being sponsored. I have just read your information which is useful. Giving me what I should do more is much appreciated.
Kind Regards
Yoshi
Reply Chhabi Bhusal
12:05 AM on April 22, 2012 
Hi
I'm looking employer sponsership in aged care nursing or in community work.
I have 3 and half year experience as a Nursing Assistant and as a PCA Team Leader. I have completed Cert-IV in Community Service Work and Cert-III in Aged Care Work. I have been working as a PCA Team Leader in Southern Cross Care Nagle Apartment and as an AIN in Rockdale Nursing Home.
I'm very keen, skillfull and look forward at working in this field as I have an experience in nursing. I assure you of working with commitment and team work and shall perform best in the assigned task with complete sincerity and utmost dedicationrequisite.
As a PCA Team Leader I have job responsibility as follows,
? Caring the residents: showering, drying, dressing, grooming ,oral and denture care, washing dirty clothes and fixing in the cupboard after drying them, making bed ,keeping the room clean and tidy, feeding, toileting, pad changing for specific residents, - Administering medication - Non-packed medication Eye drops , Eye cream, Eye patch, Ear drops, different kind of cream on different body parts, pain patches, S8 drug patch, Nebuliser, puffers, oral drops, Movical, Protos Ural, Packed medication: Administering regular tablets from the blister pack, Administering PRN tablets, Short term tablets, S8 drug tablets such as Endone tablets Observation and Treatments Measuring BP, pulses and Temperature, Checking BSL, Giving Insulin injection, Giving Clexane injection , Administering oxygen Wound care: cleaning and applying dressing on wound with different kind of dressings or bandages according to the skin type. - Reporting and Documentation: Verbal reporting to RN, Care Team Manager, Doctor, Family members about the condition of the residents if there is any changes for further information, Booking Ambulance or Calling emergency Ambulance if the residents need to go to hospital, Making paper work ready for the further treatment to hospital such as hospital transfer form and medical history, Documenting in the Autumn Care System about the new changes during the shift, Receiving residents from hospital, Recording the new issues - Dealing with the Pharmacy and Doctor Make appointment with Doctor for the residents if it is necessary, Reporting and consulting with doctor about the situation of the residents Making order with the pharmacy for new medication, Checking new medication according to the medication chart charted by Doctor, Reporting to pharmacists if there is any mistakes on medication packing, - Dealing with the family members and relatives of the residents Verbal reporting about the issues about their personal belongings if there is necessary, reporting if any behavior changes, Reporting about medication changes Filling Staff Roaster: Filling the staff roaster if someone call sick or swap or someone is absent - - Dealing the residents with dementia; Advocating the residents according to their needs and interests - Creating fair work environment

Thank you
Reply Vic
1:53 PM on July 9, 2012 
Hi, I'm a BSN,RN,LMT. I would like to work in australia. 24 years of age. I would like to work on your growing SPA industry.
Reply Deepak
4:26 AM on July 12, 2012 
I have interest to come in australia for work. I am Computer operator with 5 years experience. I can do job in food packing etc. like hand work.
Reply Helping a friend
8:52 PM on July 31, 2012 
I have a friend that wants to become an Australian resident, He has a visa for Australia how should he approach getting residence??
Reply melo
1:14 AM on August 30, 2012 
hi Im from Philippines a radiologic technologist, why is it so hard to apply in australia being a radiographer, how to become a member of AIR? if ever how high is the chance to acquire that AIR, i dont have a lot of money i dont want to spend money without good result. thanks
Reply Amandeep verma
3:33 AM on October 25, 2012 
hello, I Aman from India. i am B.B.A in finance and i have diploma in hospitality mang. and i have 3 yrs work experience of hospitality from Cyprus. can i find a suitable job in aus for me
Reply karma choden
7:02 AM on October 31, 2012 
hello Madam
My name is Karma Choden from Bhutan it is a small country covered by mountains and green trees,water falls and etc.....i am trying to fine sponser in australia.....i could not fine....so would would like to fine and give a help...only thing is i need an invitaion from Australia person........just for a period...
Reply Karma Choden
7:11 AM on October 31, 2012 
karma choden says...
hello Madam
My name is Karma Choden from Bhutan, it is a small country covered by mountains and green trees,water falls and etc.....i am trying to fine sponser in australia.....i could not fine....so would would like to fine and give me a help i am hardworking person...only thing is i need an invitaion from Australia person........I had an experience of working as receptionist in hospitality for a pas five years.....if Madam can help me then i would be very grate full to Madam....i am searching a sponser for a past three years but i am unlucky enough to fine....
Reply Iheozor
9:57 AM on December 26, 2012 
I passed Skill assessment for Australian Sponsorship Visa. Since then, i have nothing to showcase. I have the Skill cos i am a Machinist, Fitter with a Technical background and experiences. But to migrate has been my problem. My assessment result will expire after this year. I need a big help to actualize my dream in life. I have all it takes in terms of Skill and manpower but finance has been my problem. Can someone help. I have been to Australia Embassy in my Country but was directed to an agent whom i do not trust being one that has no money even to fall into a victim of whom i do not know. Please let someone with God fearing in him or her help God will pay back. Nadine Myers I need you to speak on this. From Nigeria.