October 11, 2010 4:23 am

How to Find Sponsored Jobs in Australia


Searching for sponsored jobs in Australia is challenging.  For one, when looking through the job search websites such as Seek.com.au and CareerOne.com.au, you will notice that the majority of jobs that are advertise request that you already have working rights in Australia before you apply for the job.  Every now and then you may come across a job that makes it clear that they will sponsor the right applicant to fill the role, however, these types of roles are few and far between.

If you are like the many job seekers out there looking for sponsored jobs in Australia, you spend hours daily and/or weekly, trying to find the jobs that are actually offering sponsorship.  The websites don’t offer a way to make this type of search easier for it, so you have to go through each job advert one by one.

This is why we created the Australian Sponsored Jobs Listings on Sponsorship Australia.  We know how hard it is to find a job that is offering sponsorship in Australia, and because the aim of Sponsorship Australia is to help you to find a sponsored job in Australia, we decided to do the work for you, so that you can find sponsored jobs much easier and with much less time.

Therefore, every Monday and Thursday, we search through the various Australian job search sites and job boards to seek out the jobs that are open for overseas skilled workers to apply, and post them on Sponsorship Australia’s Job Board section of the site.  We are currently finding around 80 jobs per week in Australia that are offering sponsorship, and posting them so that you can apply directly without wasting any of your precious time to find these jobs yourself.

By signing up to Sponsorship Australia as a Premium Member, you will be alerted when the new jobs are posted, and can sign in and access these jobs and apply for the positions that you feel you are a fit for.  Further, the Sponsorship Australia site gives you guides and tips on how to increase your success rate when applying for sponsored jobs in Australia.

What if I can’t find any jobs that suit me?

Each week there are a variety of occupations that are covered in the sponsored jobs listings on Sponsorship Australia.  However, there are bound to be weeks when you cannot find any jobs listed here that suit your background.  What do you do then?

Our advice is to go to the main job search websites – we like SEEK.com.au – and do a search for your occupation.

When you have selected a job that looks like a good fit for you, follow these steps to increase your chance of being considered, even if the advert states you must have working rights for Australia to apply for the job:

1) Check who has advertised the position

Was the job advertised by a recruitment agency, or by a company?  This is very important.  If the job is advertised by a recruitment agency, and they have not stated in the advert that the job will offer sponsorship or support a 457 visa application; you are likely to be unsuccessful applying for the position.  Why?  Recruitment agencies want to fill their roles quickly, and it is not in their best interests to assist an overseas national who requires sponsorship.  Recruitment agencies work for the company who has the vacancy, and therefore the company pays the recruitment agency a fee if they successfully fill their vacancy.  However, if a recruitment agency introduces a candidate who requires sponsorship, the company will not only have to pay the recruitment agency the fee for the introduction, however, they will also have to cover the costs of the sponsorship application (at least the company portion).  Most companies will not favour this scenario; and therefore recruitment agencies prefer not to work with people who require sponsorship.  Further, recruitment agencies usually have a policy whereby they cannot introduce a candidate to an employer if they have not first interviewed the candidate in person.  If you are unable to attend a face-to-face interview with an agency, it is unlikely you will be considered for their vacancy.

2) Research the Company

If a recruitment agency has advertised the vacancy, and they mention the name of the company whom they are recruiting for, take the details of the company, and do some research.  Look up the website of the company, and if it is not listed in the advert, do a Google search for it using the Australian Google.com.au.  Check out the company to see if it is a company you would like to work for.  Go to the contacts section and see whether you can find the contact details of the HR Department, and if not, take the details you can, such as the general email address, telephone number and address of the office.  Also check the Careers section of the website, if there is one, and read up on their preferred methods of receiving job applications – for example, sometimes they request that you send your CV through their careers section.  Other times there is an email address listed for you to submit your application.  Be sure to make note of these details and send your CV directly.  We prefer using email addresses if they are available, as you can make it more personal when you apply, rather than following the instructions on the site that usually does not allow you to do too much except upload your CV and enter your contact details.

Follow the instructions above in the case where the job advert is advertised by the company.  Check the advert for the contact details of the right person, and make note if they are listed.  If they aren’t, look up the company website and try and find the details there.

3) Approaching Sponsorship

By applying directly to the company, and not through the job search website, you can usually by-pass the requirement for you to have working rights before applying for the job.  This does not mean this rule will no longer apply to you, it simply means that you can still get your details in front of the right person before getting “screened out”.

There are two things you can try when it comes to bringing up your requirement for sponsorship, and there are advantages and disadvantages of both:

a)      Don’t mention that you need sponsorship until it is requested

b)      Mention you need sponsorship up front

By not mentioning that you need sponsorship, your CV attachment will be opened, and reviewed before the employer discovers that you require sponsorship.  If you had mentioned it up front, your CV might not have been looked at.  In this scenario, you have to ensure that you have a competitive and effective resume that will catch the employer’s eye, present all of your relevant skills and qualifications to them up front and dazzle them before they realise that you require sponsorship.  By doing this, the employer may be so impressed that they decide it is worth considering you for sponsorship.

If you elect to mention that you require sponsorship up front, you need to be tactful with how you approach the subject.  Be sure to address their selection criteria briefly before you mention that you require sponsorship, so that the hiring manager is aware of your match to the position before deciding to review or reject your CV.  When you do bring up the sponsorship requirement, be sure to state where you’re at in the process (i.e. whether you have your skills assessment or any other supporting information confirming that you qualify for sponsorship and are worth pursuing); and mention that you have a migration agent on standby to answer any questions the employer may have in regards to what is involved and to quickly process the application for sponsorship in the fastest time possible.  This way, if the employer does have questions, they can ask the migration agent for further details, and be confident that you are organised and serious about your sponsorship application.

If you do not have a migration agent, you can refer the employer to Nadine Myers at email address: info@nabthatjob.com, and one of our Registered Migration agents will be able to assist.

4) Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a fabulous tool for tapping into the hidden job market in Australia, and using the power of networking to find sponsored employment in Australia.  If you have already signed up as a Premium Member to Sponsorship Australia, you will already have access to the free LinkedIn Strategy for Job Search in Australia download – a powerful addition to your job sponsorship search strategy.

Download the document now and follow the steps for using LinkedIn as part of your job search.  In relation to searching for jobs through job search websites, you can then use LinkedIn as part of your company research.  For instance, if you note the name of the person who is hiring for the company, you can search for them on LinkedIn to see whether you can access the person through your networks.  If you cannot, try searching the company to see whether any of their other employees are in your network.  If you are unable to get connected to the right person through LinkedIn, follow the instructions in the LinkedIn Strategy for Job Search download on how to get connected to the right people, and to find sponsored job opportunities through LinkedIn.

5) Additional Company Research

Once you have exhausted your options through the steps above, you can try doing additional research on companies in Australia that are similar to the company you are currently working for in your home country, or that you have worked for previously.  Australian employers are always excited by job seekers who have experience in their industry, working for a company that is similar to theirs.  You need to use your strengths in this way and contact these companies that you identify, advising of your interest in their organisation and requesting that they consider you for any suitable vacancies both now and in the future.  Applying to a company who is not advertising a vacancy can be a smart move in your job search, as the company may have a vacancy that is suitable at the time but have not advertised it yet; or may have an opening in the near future that they can consider you for.  Companies often are open to being approached in this way as it can save them money in advertising costs if they are able to fill their vacancy before needing to go out to the market.  This is another way to tap into the ‘hidden job market’ in Australia.

6) Engage a Emigration Job Search Strategist to Find Opportunities For You

If you don’t have time to do all of this research yourself, Nab That Job in Australia! offers services whereby they seek out the opportunities for you, and apply for the jobs on your behalf.  By doing this, they are using the power of third party referral when they introduce you, which can often “edify” you and increase you chance of being considered for their vacancies.  Emigration Job Search Strategists use their expertise and networks to access opportunities that you might not have access to.  Further, they are perfect for those people who do not have the time to learn how to improve their job search, or to do the job search ground work themselves.

Final Tips For Your Sponsorship Job Search

When looking for a job with sponsorship in Australia you need to remember that it is a numbers game.  That means that the number of opportunities you pursue and the amount of work you put into your search is a direct reflection of how successful you will be.  Sure, applying directly for jobs that are advertising sponsorship means you have a better chance of being considered for the vacancy.  However, if you are not a Premium Member and are doing the search for sponsored employment from scratch yourself; you need to send your CV to as many suitable companies and vacancies as you can.  You need to ignore the negative responses, and just keep applying until you eventually receive a positive one.  As a rule, aim for at least 100 or more companies – the more companies you approach – the greater your chance is of finding success.

If you would like more information on how to find sponsored jobs in Australia, you can download the new eGuide, “Find Sponsored Jobs in Australia“, by clicking here.

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