As an international student in Australia, you're allowed to work up to 40 hours every fortnight with no limits during specified term breaks.
Not only does this help students to meet accommodation and living costs, as it’s a great way to meet new people and to learn valuable skills. So, where do you begin?
Check out our handy guide on how to get a job in Australia below from writing a brilliant resume to creating a stand-out LinkedIn page.
How to write a resume in Australia
What should I include in my resume?
What should I not include in my resume?
You can find useful resume templates below:
Example resume for cleaning jobs
Example resume for hospitality jobs
How to find student jobs in Australia
There are a whole range of job opportunities to choose from in Australia. To narrow down your search, think about your previous experience, education and interests.
The most popular industries for international students are listed below:
Below, find a list of useful websites where you can find student jobs in Australia:
Student Job Australia
How to create a LinkedIn page
Take a professional picture
First impressions count so make sure to use a smart photograph for your LinkedIn profile.
The ‘about’ section is the perfect opportunity to show future employers how great you are! Write a short, snappy and memorable summary about yourself - a couple of sentences is enough. Cover your strengths, interests and proudest achievements.
Don’t forget to include your brilliant skills and voluntary work
Often students forget to mention their voluntary efforts. In Australia, this is highly regarded and could well land you your dream job! Don’t be afraid to be proud of your work. If relevant, make sure to mention voluntary work on your resume too.
It’s also important to include your top skills on LinkedIn. When companies are looking to hire people, they will usually include the skills that they are looking for in a potential candidate.
LinkedIn will scour the site for people who have these skills so make sure to update your skillset in accordance to the jobs that you are applying for.
Ask for recommendations
Don’t be afraid to reach out to past colleagues, managers and supervisors to ask for a recommendation on LinkedIn.
These act as references and if they impress prospective employers, will increase your chances of securing a great job.
Applying for hospitality jobs in Australia
Job opportunities in hospitality
Where can I find a hospitality job in Australia?
Troys Hospitality Staff
Frontline Hospitality Australia
Backpacker Job Board
How do I apply for a hospitality job in Australia?
You can apply online for jobs in hospitality via the websites listed above but a lot of students find it more beneficial to drop their resume at local bars, restaurants and cafes.
An example resume template for hospitality jobs can be found here.
What to do I need for a hospitality job in Australia?
In order to work on licensed premises (an organisation which sells alcohol), you must complete training in the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA). Without valid evidence that you have received this training, you may have to pay a heavy fine.
To find out how to complete your RSA training in your state, visit our dedicated guide.
In order to work in a registered facility which has gaming machines (such as a club or hotel), you must complete competency training in the Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG).
Without valid evidence that you have received this training, you may have to pay a fine.
Once you have undertaken your RGA and or RSA training, you will need to apply for a photo competency card. To do so, you must have the below:
How to apply for a job in construction
In order to work in construction in Australia, you must have a white card. This is mutually recognised in all Australian states.
Who needs a white card in Australia?
Note: your white card becomes void if you haven't carried out construction work for two consecutive years or more.
For further information, please visit australiawhitecard.com.au.
What do I need before getting a job in Australia?
You must obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) before being able to work in Australia. Our expert team can assist you with this if you need help.
What are my rights as an employee in Australia?
Every international student working in Australia has the same basic rights at work as any other Australian:
If you would like to learn more about your work rights, please visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
Student Visa Subclass 500 Conditions
We’ve broken down the working conditions of the Student Visa Subclass 500 below.
Further information on the conditions of a Student Visa Subclass 500 can be found over on our blog.
Whether you have questions about applying for jobs, work rights or would like interview tips, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email.
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