8 tips to find a job in the hospitality industry in Australia
Australia is known for its friendly people, easy going lifestyle and outdoor living. It is not surprising, then, that the hospitality industry is one of the busiest and most dynamic in Australia, with a lot of job opportunities.
However, it also means that during your application process, you will face competition. Moreover, you will also have to handle some administrative and legal paperwork.
Remember that you need a TFN before starting any declared job in Australia. Read our guide if you need more info about it
Australiance gives you 8 tips to help you find a job in hospitality in Australia:
1. Get your visa
Let’s get the legal stuff out of the way first. You must have the appropriate visa to work in Australia. You can work full-time in Australia with a permanent residency, a work visa (working holiday visa/work and holiday visa, skilled visa or sponsored visa). You can work (but not full-time) with a student visa. But you can’t work with, for example, a tourist visa or a visitor visa. So make sure you have the appropriate visa before applying for a job!
2. Assess your work experience and highlight your talents and skills
If you have prior experience and qualifications in the hospitality industry, you will be more likely to find a job in this field in Australia. Take the time to assess them and highlight your talents and skills. Then, professionally display them in your Australian CV. Don’t forget to adapt your resume to the Australian market! This stage is fundamental since it will be your first encounter with your future employer, and you only have one chance to make a great first impression.
If you need help in this fundamental process, our coaches at Australiance can help you get the perfect resume.
3. Get an RSA certificate
In Australia, bar and security staff working in licensed venues (i.e. pubs, restaurants, bar, nightclubs) must undergo the Responsible for Service of Alcohol training (referred to as an RSA certificate). You can get an RSA certificate by doing a half-day course only. You can also take other certificates that will help you like, for example, the RSG (Responsible for Service of Gambling) if you wish to work in a casino or in a bar equipped with gambling machines, or a barrister training to work in coffee shops. If you wish to know more about the potential certificates, don’t hesitate to join one of our workshop event “How to find a hospitality job in Sydney”, happening every last Thursday of the month. This event was initially for Spanish speakers but due to its massive success, it is now open to all nationalities and held in English.
4. Target the large employers
One good way to improve your job prospect is to identify some of the biggest employers in your area. Large hotel chains and casinos such as The Star in Sydney are good places to start, or food chains such as McDonalds, Guzman & Gomez… You are generally more likely to be hired in a food chain selling products from your home country because you might already know the product well (ex: Crêpes for French people, Burritos for South Americans, Sushis for Japanese people…) You can research online the minimum levels of experience and qualifications required. Some companies may even have a Careers section on their website and take applications online, all the more reasons to nail your CV drafting.
5. Master English
It is often harder to learn oral English than reading and writing, simply because people have various accents, speak fast and because you have less practice. If this is your case, don’t despair. Consider a creative solution. Perhaps you can seek out restaurants or hotels that attract a high number of customers from your home country, or even another country that you already have fluent language skills in? Seek them out and approach them for a job. What a great way to find work while also practising your English! Moreover, if you feel that you need more help, you can consider taking English lessons at your arrival in Australia. If you are interested in this idea, Australiance is able to help you since we have partnerships with some of the most reliable English schools in Australia.
6. Live in a relevant location
Plan to live in an area where it will be easy for you to find work. As a general rule, there is more work available in big cities like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne than in regional Australia, but this isn’t always the case. Thanks to the mining boom, there is a significant shortage of hospitality workers in Western Australia at the moment so once again: do a little research and it will pay!
7. Network and make yourself known!
Tap into existing networks of expat workers, students, and backpackers to get an insight into the local job market, make contacts and get tips before you arrive. Find online forums catering to these groups and you will be on your way in no time. Attend workshops and events organised by Australiance and other business institutions. If you wish to be in touch with our networks or to get tips to join networking events in Australia, feel free to contact us. Having been settled here for almost 10 years, we have a wide network of international people in Australia!
8. Drop off your resume cleverly
One of the best ways to find work is to get out there and meet prospective employers. Walk around the city or your local area and introduce yourself to the local restaurant, café or bar owner. Turn up well before the lunch rush and you will be more welcome than turning up during peak hour. Practice a short verbal introduction beforehand and have your written resume ready with all your contact details. No need to mention that you need to be appropriately dressed and to have a perfect Australian resume.
Although it is not as simple as expected, finding work in Australia in hospitality shouldn’t be a headache. Make sure you do your homework and arm yourself with the correct visa. Polish your CV, get qualified – particularly in English – if necessary and research the best towns, cities, and employers to work for.
Most of all, be ready to put yourself out there and get the best of your time in Australia.
This article was proudly approved by the Star, a large hotel chain and casinos, and Australiance, the guide for smart expats in Australia.
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