A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Part-time Jobs in Australia

Working part time is a very beneficial way to get some extra money to fend for yourself and practise your English skills while studying in Australia. It is daunting for you to go job-hunting in a foreign country. Don’t worry. Below Scots will give a comprehensive guide to finding part-time jobs in Australia.


1. Make sure you are eligible or not to work in Australia




Before you start to think about applying for a job, make sure that your visa permits you to work in Australia. International students in Australia on student visas can work up to 40 hours per fornight during their study period, and there is no limit on the number of hours an overseas students can work during holiday periods from their study. That means you can earn enough money to cover your living expenses or perhaps save some money to do some travelling around Australia.


2. Learn your rights 


Before starting any work, make sure that you understand your rights and employment conditions, including the minimum wage, pay arrangements, rest periods and breaks and how to judge if you are working in a safe and health working environment. You can visit Fair Work Ombudsman for information about pay rates, working conditions, employment contracts, recruitment and dismissal, and Australian Human Rights Commission that helps with discrimination and breaches of human right at the workplace.


3. Get a tax file number




While a student visa allows you to work in Australia, you need to pay tax on your earnings like an Australian citizen. That is why you will need to get a tax file number before beginning your work. You can apply online for the number through the Australian Taxation Office website. 


4. Prepare a CV and write a cover letter


A CV (also, a resume) highlights your skills, attributes and experience to show to a potential employer. Along with your CV, send a cover letter to express why you would love to have that particular job that you are applying for. If your previous experience is likely to be unfamiliar to an Australian employer, make sure you explain this experience. That way, the prospective employers can recognise your level of experience overseas and translate this to your qualification level in the Australian workforce. Also, make sure your resume is concise and gets straight to the point.


5. Start your job search




The first thing to do when starting your job search is to consider the job type that you are looking for. Consider a job that is in line with your personal strengths and interests, and convenient for you (eg. located on or near your campus or in your local area). Some popular part-time jobs for students include Retail, Hospitality and other Services, Industries.


Some useful ways to find a job include:

  • Online (eg. Seek – the biggest job search site in Australia, Gumtree – one of best job search sites in Australia,  Australian Jobsearch, Career One, Now Hiring)
  • Newspaper adverts
  • Shop windows
  • Physically applying (eg. hand your resume in at different shops)
  • Canvassing (i.e. cold-call prospective employers and say that you would like to work there even if their are no open positions)
  • Networking (i.e. start making friends in Australia as soon as you can. Who you know may recommend you to a good job).

6. Just keep applying. Don’t give up




Don’t be disappointed if you send resumes and don’t get replies. Just keep applying and don’t  give up. If you are doubting whether you should apply for the job or not, we suggest just applying. No harm done! You may never know, perhaps you are the person they are looking for!


7. Prepare well for the interview


You got yourself an interview. Congratulations! Now be well-prepared for the interview: Go get something smart to wear, do homework about the company, walk in confidently, be formal in your speech, keep eye contact, and be yourself.


8. Consider unpaid work/internships


One of benefits of part-time work is to gain extra money for your living expenses. In addition, the experience that you can gain from working in a foreign country can be as valuable. Aside from enriching experiences, volunteer work and internships look great on your CV for future job opportunities. Internships may give you insights into the career path that you wish to chase when you graduate.


9. Use our Student Services




Our Student Services are all about you. Student Services helps you with all the other things outside your classroom: information about living in Sydney and Australia, accommodation, finding a part-time job and all the other things you need in a new country. For any details of our student support, please email us at Contact Us.