How to Find a Job in Melbourne with Working Holiday Visa

Melbourne is not only the the graffiti and cafe capital of the world, it is also one of the top destinations that 20-somethings choose to do their working holiday. This beautiful and diverse city is filled with opportunities.

A working holiday visa is granted to anyone from a pre-approved list of countries who is under 30 to work in Australia for one year. During this time, they can work for any employer for up to 6 months. For more information about the working holiday visa, click here.


Apply to Jobs Online

You can start your job search even before you physically arrive in Melbourne. The most popular job posting site in Australia is You can make a profile and start applying for jobs a month before you arrive.

If you are applying to jobs in different fields, you may want to modify your resume to match the field that you are applying to.

For example, you may be looking for jobs in either marketing or finance. You can create a resume tailored towards marketing-related jobs and another one for finance.


Reach Out to Your (LinkedIn) Network

There’s an old saying that says, “your network is your networth.” More often than not someone in your network can help you land a job.

Reach out to your connections on LinkedIn and ask them if they know of any opportunities is a great way to find a job.

If you don’t know anyone in Melbourne, use LinkedIn to search for HR managers working in your industry, and then send them an InMail.

You can use the template below:

Hi [name],

It’s been a while, but we met at _______. How have you been?

I’m going to be doing a working holiday in Melbourne and I’ll be arriving in 2 weeks.

I am currently looking for a job and I was wondering if you know of any prospectives.

Either way, I would love to meet up for coffee once I’m in town.


[your name]


Find a Recruiter

There are many job agencies located in Melbourne (Labour Hire and Recruitment is one of them). Agencies match employers with job seekers.

With a simple Google search, you will be able to find recruitment agencies that specialize in the field that you are looking for a job in.

Reach out to these agencies and book an appointment with one of their recruiters.

During your appointment, tell your recruiter about what kind of job you are looking for, and don’t be afraid to show your personality.

When they see an opportunity that fits, they will contact you.

Once you arrive in Melbourne, give yourself 2-4 weeks to find a suitable job. Job hunting is a process that can take a bit of time. Be patient. Everything always works out in the end.