International students in Australia are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while they study. Working part time offers a number of benefits, including the opportunity to gain new skills and experience, make new friends or simply earn some extra spending money. We look at what you need to know to get started.
What types of jobs are out there?
Many students work in retail or hospitality roles during their study years; however, it may be possible to find work in an area related to your course. You may be employed part time — working a set number of hours each week — or as a casual worker, where your hours and shifts can vary. Part-time workers receive the same entitlements as full-time employees, including paid leave, while casual workers do not.
Where can I look for work?
There are a number of websites that allow you to search for jobs in Australia, including:
There are also websites tailored to more specific roles within certain industries or freelance work.
Other places to look include individual organisation websites, with some larger companies allowing you to set up a profile and receive job alerts should any relevant roles become available. Finally, some institutions offer a careers service that can assist you in finding work.
How can I increase my chances of finding a job?
The first step of any job application process usually requires you to submit a résumé and cover letter. It’s important that these are of a high standard if you want to move to the next stage, so here are a few tips to follow.
- Ask a fluent English speaker to proofread your application for any errors.
- Make sure your résumé is up to date and lists all of your relevant skills and achievements, including those you’ve gained through your studies.
- Try to update your cover letter each time you apply for a job and tailor it to the specific organisation and role — if you have skills or experience that are particularly relevant, make sure you focus on these. You should also address any key selection criteria or questions included in the job advertisement.
If you make it to the interview stage, take some time to research the organisation and its products and services. Think about how your skills and experience align to the role (using specific examples) and try to prepare some answers to common interview questions. You should also come up with questions of your own to ask. It’s a good idea to practise your interview skills with a friend beforehand to help ease your nerves. On the day, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the interview to avoid running late, dress neatly and appropriately, and turn your phone to silent.