Australia is a great place to migrate to. You already know this. Otherwise, you won’t be here to read this post about finding a sponsored job in Australia.
There are 183,608 people whose visa applications granted in the last fiscal year (2016-2017) who will testify to that. And from that numbers, a big chunk hold the employer-sponsored visas.
Employer sponsored visas are designed predominately to fill gaps in the workforce that companies cannot fill locally in Australia. This could be because of your occupation is in demand, or because you have a particular skill or talent that would be an asset to Australia.
The most commonly recognised employer sponsored visas are the 187, 186 and the 482 (formerly 457)
According to the Department of Home Affairs, the Employer Sponsored category outcome for 2016 –17 was 48,250 places that break down into:
- 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Stream (RSMS): 10,198 places
- 186 Employer Nomination Sponsored (ENS): 38,052 places
- 457/482/TSS visa: 25,040 places (this isn’t included in the round up numbers above)
Those numbers look significant, right? Despite all the ongoing debates on immigration and the government’s efforts to push down the numbers even further, migrant workers are still coming to Australia. Why? The reason is simply economical. Where there is demand, there will be supply.
1. Why Sponsored-Jobs?
For many, sponsored jobs are the sweet spot between skilled independent visa and the likes of short-term visas with work right such as working holiday, student, temporary graduate and training visa.
But before we go further, it’s good that we see first why this type of visa can be the perfect one for you:
Reason 1: No Points Needed
As per July 1, the minimum point requirement for a visa applicant to get General Skilled Migration is 65. Some people won’t even past the 60 points mark and there’s a rumor between applicants that if you can’t score 75, don’t bother to try anyway.
If you’d like to see how many points do you score, you can check it here.
Reason 2: Pathway to Permanent Residency
Migrants covet the status of Permanent Residence and Citizen. Employer-sponsored visa like Temporary Skilled Shortage or TSS can provide them with enough experience/skills/assessment to satisfy the requirements needed for those statuses, one step at a time.
Reason 3: Economy
Visa application can be costly. By having a sponsor (namely, your employer) you eliminate the risk of spending your own money to obtain work visa.
2. How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia?
Before we go there, there are some basics that you need to cover. These are the most important ones:
- Qualification. Are you qualified for the job? Do you have proofs to back that up?
- Experience. Do you have enough experience for that job?
- Relevant occupation: Is your occupation included in the Skilled Occupation List?
Hint: all the above questions need yes as the answer before you can proceed with your plan to migrate to Australia under the employer-sponsored stream.
Now, let’s move to the next step, namely
Finding the company that is willing to be your sponsor (by hiring you).
Not all companies can sponsor skilled migrants. They need to satisfy first all the requirements and criteria as an SBS (Standard Business Sponsor) before they can act as sponsor for their workers. If you’re an employer and would like to know about SBS, you can go to the following page.
1. Do your Researches
As our senior migration Scott Walker often said, to obtain an Australian visa is not about the visa itself; it’s about devising a visa strategy by considering all of your situations, strengths and weaknesses alike.
Nothing can build a good strategy quite like good research. So go do yours.
The researches can be broken down into:
- Job market research
Familiarize yourself with Australia-related job market websites, online forums, Facebook pages and groups and other online communities (e.g. based on nationalities). You can scan for everything related to Australian Job Market. Bookmark and highlight topics that interest you for future reference that ranges from your occupation and regional/state eligibility.
See the LMT section below
- Regulation research
You don’t have to do this if you plan to use a migration agent, but it’s always ok to educate yourself on this matter. It’s your future anyway. You can start by browsing the DHA website, followed by searching for every keywords that contain your targeted visa i.e TSS visa.
Department of Home Affairs Website, in particular the following page: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Form/Immi-FAQs/how-can-i-get-sponsored-to-work-in-australia
- Future research
Jobs aren’t always here to stay. Industries come and go. It’s important to get insight which job is going to stay let’s say, in the next five years.
For example, the Department of Jobs and Small Business made a forecast that the largest growth will take place in these sectors:
and that By 2022, there will probably be fewer jobs in
while the JOBS EXPECTED TO GROW the most are
By the end of your researches. You should have, at the very least, a list of:
- occupations that your skills and experience can cover
- companies that you want to work for or
- companies that most likely have available positions similar to your occupation and currently hiring people for that position
- regions in which your occupation is listed as eligible
- if any, obligatory assessment and assessment provider for your occupation
The lists above are important for the next step, namely:
2. Enter the Australian Job Market
Online presence matters these days, for better or worse. Social media presence in particular, is a valid mean for future employers to assess the character of their next recruits. Without saying, it’s extremely important to have a positive trail of online presence such as essays in Medium or an updated Linkedin profile. Nonexistent defamatory/drunken statuses on your Facebook or Twitter is a must.
Before entering the job market, make sure you’re easy to find by your future employer. For this purpose, LinkedIn is the best of all social media (yes. LinkedIn is a social media).
- Create a profile if you haven’t had one
- Update it with your most recent experience including complete educational and professional background to monthly details
- Choose a presentable profile photo
- Follow the big fish in your industry by following their profile, and start joining any professional groups that interest you (marketing, leadership etc)
- Grow your connections by adding people. Hints: Focus on these type of connections: those with jobs similar to yours; the HR type; the business owners.
- Network with your LinkedIn connections. This can be as simple as liking and give (genuine) comment to someone’s status.
- Include your LinkedIn profile in every CV/Resume that you’ll send
3. Search for Available Jobs
TSS visa requires companies to conduct obligatory labour market testing. To put it simply, it’s a proven effort that they already source locally to find someone to fill the position. One of the easiest way is for them to advertise the job vacancy e.g. on the local newspaper, national-wide job market and job search websites.
Labour Market Testing
The Department of Home Affairs regulated how LMT should be conducted. Acceptable websites for LMT:
- JobActive (Australian government-backed job search)
- LinkedIn Jobs
- Other online job ads advertisement other than Gumtree
- Local newspapers
4. Prepare your CV
It’s pretty standard to have a clear, concise and presentable CV. If you don’t know how, here is an example of how to write a CV.
5. Write a Killer Cover Letter
The sidekick of every good CV is a killer cover letter. This is that one chance you can use to impress your would-be employer.
6. English Requirements
The majority of Australian visas put emphasis on English requirement. You have to have a certain IELTS score to be eligible to apply. Mastering English will definitely give you an advantage, not only when you’re applying for employer-sponsored visa, but also when in the future you plan to apply for Permanent Residence and Citizenship. If English is your weakness, you need to make a move right now to improve it.
7. Apply for the Job
Get back to the list that you’ve made in your researches and start firing some job applications.
8. Visa Application
This is where we take over. Once a company is interested to hire you, all you need to do is to contact us. Your future employer may also contact us directly regarding the intention of hiring you. Either way, we can help both you and your company to apply for the employer sponsored visa.
Conclusion and Troubleshooter on Finding a Sponsored-Job in Australia
Depends on your key factors (qualification, experience and occupation) above, to find a sponsored job in Australia can be an arduous journey. It’s imperative to seek the right guidance and to never give up.
Please share your experience about finding a sponsored job in Australia in the comment section below, so that your story can inspire others as well.
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