Sunday, 16 February 2014

Getting a job in Australia

One of the questions we get asked the most is about how to get a job in Australia . One of the pieces of advice we give is to look at the employment sites listed on the Elite Executive Services helpful links. offers an opportunity to post your CV and it takes very little time and there is no fee for doing it. You might also look at websites such as which also has a wealth of information or go to the Employment section on the free relocation app Applocation Australia.

Don’t forget to use social media channels and spend time on your  LinkedIn profile. The numbers of positions being filled by Australian employers using LinkedIn is increasing every year. Make sure that when those who are looking to find someone with your skills search LinkedIn that your profile stands out.

Krista Canfield, a LinkedIn spokeswoman, suggests that a profile with a photo is seven times more likely to be viewed than one that does not have a photo. Make sure that your photo is a head shot and that it reflects you well: some of the photos of people on LinkedIn would scare prospective employers away .

Your Headline is what will attract searchers to your profile and so make sure that it has the right keywords and is eye catching.  Melonie Dodaro, founder of Top Dog Social Media, a social-media marketing company points out that you need to be at the top of LinkedIn search results and so need to use the keywords which are most relevant to your skills and experience.  See her infographic on creating a great LinkedIn profile.

Use keywords again in the summary part of your LinkedIn profile and again make it as interesting as you can. Keep it short and to the point but make people want to meet you. Dodaro recommends a call to action in the summary such as  “If I sound like somebody who could add value to your organization, I’d love to talk to you about how to do that. Here’s how to contact me.”
When you complete your profile make sure that it is as thorough as possible. The skills you brought with you from an earlier job may be an attractive mix when coupled with your previous job. Not every employer is looking for the same things. Apparently profiles of LinkedIn users having  more than one job position listed are twelve times likelier to be viewed than those who have listed only one.
When your profile is as good as it can be search for groups relevant to your ideal job and start following prospective companies within the industry you wish to enter. This is a great way to see what is happening in the Australian workforce and to gain valuable knowledge for interviews as well as making yourself more visible.

Good Luck!!