Find Part-Time Work in Australia

April 7, 2010

Australia and New Zealand are just two of the fabulous destinations you can choose from with SWAP.

If you’re going to study in Australia, or if you’re going on a working holiday visa, then you’re going to need to find a decent job once you get there. Where to look?

Universities: Most universities have a job placement centre that has listings of available positions. You might also get help through whatever office assists international students.

Hostels: For really temporary work, maybe a few days at a time, check bulletin boards at hostels. They’re a great resource in cities and more rural areas alike, especially if you’re looking for seasonal work doing fruit picking or other labour.

Windows: Found an area of town you like? Job hunt the old fashioned way and look for help wanted signs in shops, cafes or whatever interests you.

The Internet: While most job sites online are geared toward people looking for full-time, long-term work, there are some that list temp positions. Or if there’s a specific place you’d like to work – a museum, theatre, sporting arena – check their website directly to see if they’re hiring.

Temp agencies: If you can type pretty well, answer phones, run errands and prefer to work in an office environment, sign up with a temp agency or two. Julia Ross is one of the largest agencies, but there are plenty to choose from.

Consider interning or volunteering: No, it doesn’t pay cash, but it could give you some great experience. Check out volunteering.com.au to see what kind of opportunities are available.

No matter what kind of position you’re looking for, be ready to make a great first impression at an interview and have the following things ready to go:

  • Your tax file number (apply for a TFN as soon as you arrive) or the application receipt from the tax office that proves you’re getting one soon
  • Your Australian bank information to arrange for direct deposit (get an account when you arrive, too)
  • A paper copy of your resume
  • An electronic version of your resume, in case a recruiter wants it available to email to clients
  • A list of at least three references and their contact information, including email addresses for those further away than a local phone call
  • The results of any skill tests (typing, computer programs) you have taken at temp agencies

Dress as you would for any professional interview, even if you just want work as a telemarketer. The more responsible you look, the better your chances of getting steady work.

Good luck!

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