If you are someone looking to venture into the Australian IT sector, irrespective of whether you are an immigrant or a native, there are some things you should know. Of course, being a native would have the work cut short for you, because one expects that you would be familiar, at least in bits, about how the Australian IT industry functions. That being said, there remains no doubt that the IT sector is gaining some serious traction in the country, with an impending boom being predicted, along with the stark skills shortage in the industry poised to create some very lucrative opportunities for IT professionals. However, this also translates into more competition, and as someone looking to carve a niche in the industry, “ordinary” just won’t do; you need to stand out, and how! The IT industry can be particularly trying, and we decided, therefore, that some help in that direction might help smooth out what can otherwise be a rather jagged transition.
1: Have a professional CV writer create your new documents.
Integral to your landing a job, a CV is something that every company or employer demands out of prospective employees. Not only must it highlight your skills and experiences, but also the value you will inevitably bring to the company were they to employ you. It must, therefore, be clean and precise and not beat about the bush; brevity is key. Make sure that your CV is attractive enough to have the employer hooked.
The quickest and most effective way to do this is by hiring a professional CV in New Zealand. In addition to providing resume writing services for those job seekers applying for jobs in New Zealand, professional CV writers also assist Kiwi job seekers looking for new job opportunities in Australia.
2: Online presence
You cannot be a tech person and not be intimate with technology. Social networking has expanded to such an extent that it has become almost impossible not to bump into it; the job industry has also not gone untouched. Take a look at LinkedIn, for example. Pretty much every professional worth their dime has a profile up there, and makes doubly sure that it stays active and is updated every once in a while. There are reasons for this, of course; LinkedIn is not just professionals’ Facebook. It is a place where employers and recruiters scout for prospective employees and people with a certain skillset. Therefore, if you are looking for work, updating your LinkedIn profile is only going to benefit you; publish posts relevant to the IT industry and get in touch with others within the industry, so as to expand your reach, as well as open more doors for you (we will get to this in a bit).
Again, make use of the internet here. Intimate yourself with the IT industry in Australia and its many nuances. There are many websites which can provide you with invaluable information in this regard which will, in turn, help you in your search for a suitable job. These include the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and NICTA. Other sites such as Seek and Hays, along with Working In Australia can help you locate jobs across cities and states in the country, so that you can zero in on just the one you want.
4: Network within the Australian IT industry
Build a network. This is vital! It does not matter if you are new to the country or new to the industry, or an experienced veteran; contacts can do you a great deal of good, and believe me, I know what I’m talking about. Being in IT means that you meet with a number of people within the industry, especially owing to its popularity. This also means that you have greater opportunities to build relationships with professionals within IT. An expanded network means that you remain updated about what goes on within the industry, and are ready for any move at any given moment. You could also get in touch with recruitment agencies in the country such as Manpower and Hays, which could then provide you with some invaluable information about the industry. Networking, of course, can be done both digitally, or in real time, and it is up to you which to choose; while both have their respective pros and cons, what matters is that you, as a professional, must absolutely build a network of professionals in order to have more opportunities at your disposal.
Job-hunting can be a very trying process, even if you happen to be an extremely experienced and skilled professional. The IT industry even more so, and especially in Australia, which, with growing opportunities also poses greater competition and therefore, more challenges. This also means that employers are becoming increasingly selective of who they pick to work in their company. What you need to do therefore, is step up your game, and following the aforementioned steps might just help you get there.