Making the Move: Advice for International Job-Seekers in Australia

Nov 15
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Criterion is made up of team members from around the world and we consider our cultural diversity to be one of our key strengths. For those of us who make the move from overseas, job-hunting in Australia can differ from other countries in a number of ways.

What our team members have to say…

I moved here from Ireland at the beginning of this year and was surprised by the sheer number of new job vacancies that are advertised every day. Even so, the response process can be quite slow when you do apply. While some professions can expect a near-immediate start after stepping off the plane (such as sales or trades roles), others can take some time to find the right fit. If you decide to go through a recruitment agency, I’d recommend being quite firm about what you’re looking for to avoid being pressured into a role they need to fill quickly for a client.  

Fiona is our Head of Production and is from Scotland. She says she fell in love with Australia while travelling and moved here with no job, nowhere to live and only knowing one other person here – but was determined to build a career:

“Australia is full of opportunities! Stand out in interviews by playing to your strengths and skills that are unique to you and your country. Don’t be afraid to apply for a role you think is out of your depth, as Australian companies love people with overseas/international market experience.” 

Patricia is a Marketing Manager at Criterion and moved to Australia from Portugal six years ago:

“Expect some difficulties and be prepared to face some challenges, especially when you’re not from an English-speaking country. Get an English certification that proves your English skills and be prepared to work in a different industry or a lower position. But at the end of the day, it’s worth it as Australia is an amazing country and full of opportunities.”

Advice from our HR Manager!

Vicki, our HR Manager who is originally from England, has shared some of her advice for adjusting to the Australian job-seeking process and workplace.

Know how your skills are transferable to the Australian market

Research how the industry you’ve worked in differs or compares to the industry within Australia. For example, marketing in the UK is about two years ahead in general so you may have skills or experience that are going to help an Australian business transition into growth or change.

Understand the work rights of your visa

If you are a working holiday visa holder looking for sponsorship, be prepared to work hard and prove yourself in order to get a company to invest in you. There is a significant cost in doing this so you really want to make sure you are investing in the right person.  

Be prepared for a much more relaxed working environment

Especially if you are used to a very corporate environment. Get excited about experiencing great weather for pretty much 10 months of the year and walking past the Opera House and Harbor Bridge, it certainly beats a rainy grey London winter!  

Interested in joining the Criterion team? Keep an eye on our Careers page!

Submitted by Jessica Farrelly

Jessica Farrelly

Jessica is part of the marketing team at Criterion, specialising in content and social media. Originally from Ireland, she’s an avid traveller and moved to Sydney after a year spent living out of a backpack in Asia.

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