In general new migrants specially from non-native English speaking countries find it difficult to get a job. This is because the local employers are averse to risk and tend to look for people whom they understand and know culturally well if given a choice. This is generally true across the world as people inherently tend to have a sub-conscious bias. For jobs which are highly competitive (or say generic skills), employers have a choice and they will mostly choose local or native English speakers. However, there are exceptions on either side of the spectrum with racists on the far right who discriminate on purpose and idealists on the far left who might be very objective and be open to multi-cultural work places. But one thing that we have to remember is that they will always be a minority.

This is, however, less of an issue when it comes to technical jobs. Employers are looking for people to come and solve a problem or do some specialist work for them. They want the best people and so they more often go by merit than cultural biases. So getting a job in IT, engineering, analytics, digital marketing and specialist finance jobs is relatively easier.

Sales, marketing, administration, project management (except in some cases), consulting etc tend to be generic in nature or say its difficult to evaluate a person objectively of their capabilities. So it is a bit more difficult to get a job as compared to your friend who works in IT as a developer. Having said that, its not impossible to get a job in these fields and many employers in the recent years are more open to diverse backgrounds and respect quality work experience irrespective of where it has been done. If your sales is specialist sales job which involves technical expertise like medical equipment, pharmacy, automobile, engineering equipment, construction, hi-tech products then you will most probably fall in the technical job seeker catageory and you might get a job easily.

Most of the migrants I have interacted with have managed to find a job even though it was difficult in the beginning. Here are some things you can do to improve your chances and get a job quickly.

Resume first: Prepare a kick-ass resume which will grab recruiters attention. It takes time and you should be looking to spend at least a month by revising everyday till you find it to be satisfying to yourself. Then show it to your friends or colleagues to seek feedback. Unless it amazes them you should keep working on improving it. Do not fall for some resume mentors who pop-up in LinkedIn feeds. They are frauds or scammers who provide false promises and take advantage of gullible migrants. THERE IS NO AUSSIE FORMAT for a resume. Whatever looks good and is impressive everywhere works in Australia as well. Just concentrate on your skills and achievements, and try to highlight them. Remember this only you or someone from your field can only make a resume for the jobs you are looking for. So try and connect with people in Australia who are in your field and ask their help if you are able to. There is a popular online community Indianz.org - Career advice and jobs where you can contact Indians already living in Australia who can share their experience or help you with your resume. Do not hesitate to ask even members for help as in most cases its the strangers who will be the most helpful.

Interview Prep: In Australia, the job interviews are more behavioural oriented and they spend considerable time in recruiting. Unlike in India, and US, the recruitment process can be 3 month long before you get your offer letter. Once you apply, on average it takes 2 weeks for the recruiter to reach you even if you are the best candidate in the pipeline. Further it is not uncommon to have more than 3 rounds of interviews and each atleast an hour long. So have patience and be well prepared for each step of the selection process. The biggest googly you will encounter is the behavioural interviews as its very uncommon in India. Most of the candidates prepare well for technical interview however they are faced with questions like 'tell me a situation where you have worked against odds and achieved something'. or 'tell me how you have taken your team success with an example from your recent work situation'

Many Indians or migrants, in general, get many calls but are unable to convert them. So the most important of all, once you have a great resume is to prepare well for interviews. Again remember to reach out to Indians already living in Australia to get their insights and to learn lessons from their experience. I have used Indianz.org forum very well to get my first job so I highly recommend to join it as soon as you arrive

Discipline and Lifestyle: It common knowledge that most of the Australian cities are very expensive to live. So when you arrive your saving perish very quickly and that can leave you in distress. So being able to sustain for atl east 6 to 8 months is really important. Many migrants quickly look for a part time job to pay for their expenses and to extend their savings for few more months. While that is not entirely wrong, some people get carried away in their part time job and lose focus in job search. For example a software engineer I met started to drive for Uber to make ends meet. However working odd hours and on weekends have distracted his focus and he was neither able to apply for jobs or answer recruiter call. So remember to have a suitable job, that you leaves you with 4 hours on all weekdays to apply and prepare is important. 

Networking: You might have already known where to look for jobs as the most common advice you would receive from people is to start applying on Seek , Linkedin, apply direct, indeed, Jora and dozen more job portals. But the most important source of job openings is through your own network. However, its not easy to network unless you have something to offer to the other person. In other words, why would anyone be interested in you if you are of no imporanct to the other person? So online groups, meetups are the best places to find people who can help. Then you can catch up over a coffee and ask them for help with jobs. I cant stress the importance of joining online forums like indianz.orgmeetup and other online interest groups. Especially on indianz.org we have a job feed where users and recruiters post relevant job posts and referrals to find candidates. This is even more important for people in IT, finance and hospitality fields.

Enjoy your life: Jobs will come and go but your time in your life moves on. So remember to enjoy your life in the beautiful cities in  Australia. Relax on weekends, take time out, go to the beach, have a family outing or just make your favourite dish at home. It gives you strength to fight your biggest battles in life. Do not stress too much as you will definitely make a good life here, though in some cases it may take some time. You will almost in all cases will fail a do or die interview. If you desperately need a job and you are stressed about it, interviewers cant see who you actually are and what you are capable of. So go with a free mind and make up your mind that you may not get the job at the end of the interview but its still not the end of the world. It takes 10 to 15 interviews on average to get a job offer. You may get it on your first or you may get on your 31st but you will get it at some point. 

Wish you all the best

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing most of the Indians arriving in Australia do is to get a driving license. However, its a tiresome and difficult path to obtain a driving license if you were to get one here directly. First one has to write a driving knowledge test, then obtain a learners license.There after you have to pass a driving test in one of the closest RMS centers post which you will receive a P1 (provisional driving license if less than 25 yrs of age). You need to hold this provisional license for 2 years and then graduate to P2 which lasts for 1 year. You may directly receive a P2 if you are more than 25 years of age.

 

However, if you already have an overseas license (in thais case Indian license) you can directly convert your license to Australian one after you pass a driving test. But, the name on the driving license should match exactly as in passport, and also the format of the license needs to be in recognized formats. Most of the states in north India have old formats and so if you are from UP, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand you most probably face problems converting the license. Andhra, Karnataka and Telangana license in my experience have had no issues (only the newer licenses with chip on them)

 

 

The process is to get a letter from the consulate and produce it to the RMS center. However, the consulate being very bureaucratic want you to supply documents to give you the letter.

In most cases they ask you to get the extract of driving license from the issuing RTO

 

If the name is wrong then you have to give a self declaration affidavit before a notary

and fill IDLV forms with VFS center and submit the documents.

You shall get the letter in about 4 to 5 working days. Many people have this issue and they have successfully converted their license to Australia one after a successful driving test. You can join https://indianz.org which is a popular local portal used by indians living in Australia. So you can post there to get more opinions from people.

 

If you are moving to Sydney most would suggest Parramatta or Harris park as the most popular suburb for Indians in Sydney. However, Indians live in many suburbs across Sydney depending on their work, family or personal needs. These are some suburbs/regions that will be suitable for most migrants coming to Sydney for the first time

 

Parramatta/ Westmead/ Harris Park/ Wentworthville/ Toongabbie/ Seven Hills:

This is where you can see a lot of Indians because of the proximity to Shopping (also Indian grocers), restaurants, temples, the convenience of public transport and also lower cost of rents. This region is considered to be the second city in Sydney and Parramatta is a great CBD with many amenities. Many banks and Governments offices have recently moved their operations here and so there are plenty of local employment in the area. However, Parramatta is not an Indian ghetto but a vibrant second city with diverse demographic. There are many restaurants serving Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, and many more in church street which display the rich cultural diversity of this region.

Move here if

 

  1. Your work is closer to Parramatta
  2. Have a family who needs to be in an Indian community (or you not comfortable living in a multi-cultural society)
  3. You find a good deal for a place to live (either rental or purchase)
  4. Love Indian food

You can ask more opinions from Indians living in Parramatta at IndianzOrg - Parramatta Community. IndianzOrg is the most popular community among Indians in Australia.

 

Ashfield/Burwood/Strathfield/Home bush/Newtown:

These suburbs are much closer to the city (within 15 mins to Townhall in train) with all the best amenities like shopping, schools, parks, and restaurants.

Strathfield is one of the busiest train junctions, with trains every 5 mins to City, and also Western and Northern suburbs. It is mostly self-sufficient suburb with local schools, hospitals, and shopping. It has an Indian restaurant as well. Rentals are expensive and highly competitive for obvious reasons. Strathfield is also very popular among Korean community

Homebush is 5 mins away from Strathfield but has only a slow train to the city which takes about 30 mins to the city. However, it has good Indian restaurants and also the rents are comparatively lower (not anymore??) . It also boasts of a DFO and some good shopping area. Some people change train at Strathfield and take express train to city (which can save up to 5 mins of commute)

Burwood is also a very central place with just 12 mins from the city center in train. Most of the Indian movies get released in Events cinemas here. However, Burwood is kind of the defacto Chinese cultural capital in Sydney with numerous restaurants, acupuncture clinics, and vibrant shops. So the place is very expensive to rent (and more so to buy). Burwood, however, is a family suburb with 8 schools, 2 parks and 2 big shopping centres

Ashfield is similar to Burwood with schools and shopping but even more closer to the city. Rents are also similar to Burwood but in our observation, more Indians live here. Ashfield also has some good Indian restaurants and some not so good Indie grocery stores

Move here if you

 

  1. Don't want to drive
  2. Need short commute to city
  3. Need ultra convinient access to public transport and amenities
  4. Dont mind paying a a bit more in rent for the location

 

You can ask more questions directly to Indians living in inner west at IndianzOrg - Inner West Community.

Epping/Eastwood/Rhodes/Ryde:

Epping and Eastwood have express trains to the city and also to the northern suburbs. Both the suburbs are very family friendly and have moderate access to public transport, shopping, and restaurants. In Epping, there are 3 Indian restaurant (how good they are is debatable though) and 2 Indian grocers along with Coles. Epping has beautiful homes and a much greener neighbourhood than the western suburbs we discussed above. However, the rents are not so cheap despite being far from the city.

Rhodes is a magnificent suburb with water side apartments. Its a newly developed suburb so you will find everything to be fresh and clean. Its very beautiful and has some amazing bike and running tracks. Rhodes also has a commercial district which houses offices of major companies like HP, Unisys, PG etc. Since everything is new and close to water, the rents are very high for the location and so be willing to shell out some good cash for the lifestyle. There is a train access from Rhodes with 20-25 mins commute time to City.

Move here if

 

  1. You have an office in the Northern suburbs of city
  2. Want a beautiful place for your family
  3. If you know someone who lives here without whom you can't live

You can reach Indians living these suburbs at IndianzOrg - Inner North West Community.

Wolli Creek/ Tempe:

Wollicreek is close to the city with just about 20 mins to the station. This suburb is entirely built in the last 5 to 6 years so you will find modern high rise apartments next to the station. Wollicreek is close to the airport and you can reach domestic and internation airport within 10 to 15 mins. You can also get most of your daily needs in the near by shopping center. Wolli Creek is again a train juncion where both airport and south east train line stop, so its very easy to get to the city from here. Rents can be a bit expensive depending on the proximity to the station

 

Tempe is close to Wolli Creek and you may find a better deal for rent here.

 

Move here if you

 

  1. Work in the city
  2. Prefer short commute 
  3. Willing to spend a bit of money for the convenience

 

Ask more details from Indians living in these suburbs at  IndianzOrg - Wollicreek Community

 

Sydney Olympic park/ Wentworth Point:

Both these suburbs have high rise apartments and are new developments. Rents are considerably high in Sydney Olympic park despite having no direct line train service to the city. People living in Sydney Olympic park have to take a train and change in Lidcombe to reach city which can take up to 30 mins or more. However, it's a beautiful place with great sporting facilities.

 

Wentworth point is a nearer to Rhodes and has awesome water side brand new apartments. Surprisingly the rents are lower (at least for now). However, there is nothing else in this suburb except construction cranes, as this is still a WIP suburb. Apartments are still under construction and an amazing shopping centre is under the wraps too.

Move here if you :

  1. Love to live in a beautiful place and don't mind travelling a bit more for that
  2. Are a Facebook socialite and need great photos from your apartment every week 
  3. Don't have to work or you want to enjoy a great life style

 

If you have any questions please post your questions at IndianzOrg - Olympic park to get replies directly from Indians living in this area.

 

Chatswood/ Lanecove/ Artarmon/ North Sydney:

These are the northern suburbs of Sydney which are newer and more affluent by demographics. Chatswood is the prime example of the futuristic transformation of Sydney. Chatswood has a train station along with a wide choice of shopping malls. It boasts of a very vibrant town center with numerous Asian restaurants. Rents are high here due to the popularity among Asian community despite being more than 25 mins from the city in Train.

North Sydney is very close to the main city center and also houses many offices, acting as an extended Sydney CBD. North Sydney, however, demands a premium for this convenience in rents.

 

However be mindful that if you are driving to office or even on weekends, the traffic in northern suburbs is quite congested generally. So if you hate waiting at a traffic signal and if you drive often then this is not a place you want to be in.

Move here if you:

  1.  Your office is close to northern suburbs
  2. Don't mind spending on rent for an affluent, vibrant and neighborhood

You can ask more questions directly to Indians living these suburbs at IndianzOrg - Northern Suburbs. IndianzOrg is a popular community among Indians in Australia.

 

Rockdale/ Kogarah/ Banksia/ Hurtsville:

These are the southern suburbs of Sydney with train access. They are about 30 mins far from city on average and have a train every 5 to 10 mins during peak hours. Each of the shops have local shops, Coles and Woolworths, so you don't have to go out for your daily shopping needs. Rockdale and Bansia are popular among Bangladeshi and Pakistani community as well so you will find some sub-continental grocers in these suburbs

 

Hurtsville is a busy suburb with many amenities. However, it is at about 30 mins from the city and also popular among the Chinese community. Rents are moderate and a very family friendly suburb.

 

Move here if you:

  1.  If you are looking for a moderate cost for rental
  2. Need convenience for shopping and commute
  3. are okay with a bit longer travel time

You can reach more people living here at IndianzOrg - Sydney South Community

 

Potts Hill:

This is the newest Suburb with brand new apartments and not many have even heard of this. Its about 45 mins to city but you get brand new apartments in a township for a very reasonable rent. This is just a suggestion that you may explore.

 

 

Other suburbs you can look at are Campsie, Canterbury, St Peters, Mascot, Bondi Junction, Meadow Bank, Five Dock, New town. Please comment below or reach our community members at Indianz.org - Sydney if you need more information.

 

Happy journey and wish you a great stay in Sydney