Moving abroad to find work can be one of the most life-changing experiences you’ll have. Stepping on a place into the unknown with just a passport and a backpack takes some guts, but for most people, it’s a risk that pays off.
That’s why more and more people in Melbourne and the rest of Australia are choosing to spend a few months to a year working in a new country. Whether they’re travelling alone or with friends, there’s always a worry in the back of their minds. What if I can’t find a job?
Finding a job abroad can be difficult and this is especially true if you’re moving to a non-English speaking country. Luckily, you don’t have to do the job search alone. You can call on recruitment agencies for some back-up.
How can a Recruitment Agency Help?
Make recruitment agencies your first point of contact for a smoother transition into your new home. They can offer you background information so you’re more clued up for a job search in a foreign country. Things like salary guidelines, market information, visa requirements and resume advice will help fill in the gaps in your own knowledge.
Recruitment agencies are skilled in identifying your strong points and matching you with a suitable role. They’ll be able to tell you whether it will be fairly easy to find the job you’re looking for, or can offer advice on a good alternative path.
You can find recruitment agencies that are familiar with placing travellers into roles. While some agencies focus on placing local jobseekers first, you may find agencies overseas that specialise in placing foreign applicants. Most countries impose strict visa restrictions for workers from abroad. For example, anyone arriving in Australia with a Working Holiday Visa is only permitted to work for a maximum of 6 months with one company. Contact recruiters to help you find contractual positions or maternity cover at the right company, so you don’t miss out on the role you want.
What if Something goes Wrong?
Recruitment agencies can help you nail that difficult first position in a new country. Some specialised companies will even help with your visa, travel, accommodation and social aspects for the big move.
However, things can still go wrong and when you’re alone in a new country, it can be tempting to pack up and go home. Most agencies offer ongoing support and advice. If you’re having troubles with payment from your employer, visa issues, or you’re just not happy with the position, they can get you back on your feet.
Thinking about departing Melbourne and trying your luck at working abroad? Bon voyage – we’ll see you when you get back! If you’re looking for your new life-changing position here in Australia, give us a call on 03 500 200 30. We’re the experts at placing local applicants in their ideal jobs.