What would happen if you were the most qualified candidate for a job, but the decision maker was not even choosing to look at your resume?
This might sound ridiculous or even unfair – but it is happening every day. Too often candidates from overseas make simple errors in applying for jobs in Australia. These new migrants who are keen to secure their dream job down under may be perfectly capable, but they have not invested the right time and energy into learning how the job market works locally.
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These and many more issues are seen on a daily basis by people new to Australia. The time and money lost on ineffective job applications is astounding. I hear from Uber drivers a lot of the time that they “can’t get their foot in the door”. Many will state that the job market is too tough in Australia. These people are highly educated, well qualified individuals. There is nothing wrong with driving an Uber, but for many people this is not what they came to Australia for and may end up being the extent of their working career here.
So why does this happen?
In Australia, for most companies it is not just about completing the tasks. Whilst Australia is a beautiful multicultural country and we celebrate diversity, different cultures and of course, the delicious types of cuisine brought from overseas! There are certain cultural norms that are expected from all people, regardless of their background. The majority of Australian companies value the ability to relate to co-workers, respect cultural norms and maintain strong working relationships.
If you don’t get your cover letter right, they may not even view your resume at all! This is the first impression you are providing. You have enough time to properly craft the right cover letter, so why shoot yourself in the foot at this initial stage?
Here are some tips:
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