Best Tips For Finding a Job in Melbourne

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    These tips will make it easier for you to find a job in Melbourne if you just arrived in our great city!

    Working in Melbourne is a dream for many people. The city has a thriving job market that is expected to grow almost 10% in the coming years, alongside a vibrant start-up community for entrepreneurs. Read on and learn how to make a job in Melbourne the next step in your career.

    There are a lot of considerations to make when planning the move, such as accommodation, education, childcare and transportation. Workers relocating on a foreign assignment, whether temporary or permanent, may already have some of these factors covered by their employer’s relocation package.

    What Is the Job Market Like in Melbourne?

    Over the past five years, the state of Victoria has experienced the strongest job market growth in the whole of Australia. As the capital of Victoria, the majority of these jobs have become available in Melbourne.

    In general, however, the city’s job market is competitive. You must give yourself every possible advantage by tailoring your cover letters and networking, both before you arrive and while in your new role.

    Perseverance is key


    Getting a job in Melbourne is about 90% hard work and perseverance and 10% luck. Timing is key. You could reach out to 50 potential hiring managers in a week. If none of them have any openings at that time - you’re out of luck. If just one has picked up a new project or a team member has just started maternity leave and you contact them at the right time - you may have your first interview.

    Keep trying and never give up. However, if you keep getting the same results i.e. rejections - then something has to change. You’re doing something i.e. resume, cover letter or in the interview stage that isn’t working.

    Jobs Opportunities Centred Around Central Melbourne 

    So where exactly are the majority of these job opportunities? While there are plenty of employment opportunities across the entire Metropolitan area, by far the biggest concentration is in the City of Melbourne which covers Melbourne CBD, Southbank, Docklands, North Melbourne, Parkville and other inner-city suburbs, according to the Grattan Institute. Within the City of Melbourne and CBD lies the headquarters of large multinational corporations, a dense concentration of hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes, the University of Melbourne Parkville education and research precinct and major public hospitals including Royal Melbourne and St Vincent’s.

    Employment Growth Expected Across Other Locations 

    While the city centre of Melbourne has enjoyed most of the job growth, other key employment centres include the central-local government areas of Port Phillip, Yarra and Stonnington. In addition, the Victorian state government’s Plan Melbourne envisages the development of ‘Key Activity Centres’ across the metropolitan area by 2030 that will be a focus of new employment growth and infrastructure development. Once this plan is rolled out Melbourne jobs are likely to increase in key suburbs including Footscray, Frankston and Ringwood to name a few.

    Personal contacts and networking

    Often jobs are not advertised, so networking is one of the most powerful strategies to find work in Melbourne. Some of the ways to access job opportunities that aren’t advertised include:

    • making a list of local employers and companies you would like to work with and contacting their human resources department to explore job opportunities
    • asking your friends and professional contacts to let you know if they hear of any suitable jobs
    • joining ‘service’ clubs in the community – such as Lion, Rotary or Apex
    • getting in touch with local business associations such as traders groups and chambers of commerce
    • joining relevant interest groups and local employer groups on LinkedIn, and joining in their online conversations
    • participating in volunteer work.

    Networking demonstrates your initiative and enthusiasm, as well as research and communication skills, which are highly valued in Melbourne. Successful networkers show an interest in the people they meet, ask relevant questions and, most importantly, listen and follow up on advice they have received.

    On arrival

    Partners and children are usually covered by the main working visa, so there is no requirement for a partner to have a job lined up in advance. Many families move first and allow time to settle in before exploring the local job market.

    In some ways, this can be easier, as there is time to network, explore different working options, get used to a new daily routine and be able to attend interviews easily in person.

    Recruitment agencies can be a useful way of finding work once relocated, as are advertisements in local newspapers. Having already moved to Australia with family, interested employers can be more confident in a candidate’s commitment to the country as well as being eligible to work, which can make it easier to land a job.

    In-Person Applications

    It is still common in Australia to apply for jobs in person. To do so, you should print out a resume and tailored cover letter, place them in an envelope addressed to the appropriate hiring manager of the company, and personally deliver it to the company reception. This may move your resume to the “top of the pile” as employers realize that you are very interested in the role. It may also help you to access jobs that are not yet advertised online.

    Online job websites

    Many employers will advertise on jobseeker websites. New job advertisements are published daily. You can set up a personal account (which is generally free) so that suitable jobs can be emailed directly to you.

    Some of these job websites include useful information to help you in your search, such as resume writing, presentations and preparing for interviews.

    In-demand industries


    Certain skilled occupations are in demand in Australia. A current and up-to-date list is maintained on the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection Website. Even if a visa is already sorted and proof of a particular skill is not required as a condition of entry to the country, this list is a useful port of call for seeing what kinds of industries are worth considering when looking for a job.

    At the moment, the list includes nurses, medical positions, childcare managers, architects, engineers, teachers and special needs teachers, analysts, programmers and social workers among others.

    Voluntary work and work experience

    Voluntary work and work experience can include paid or unpaid work in the public or private sectors. This work provides an insight into the Australian workforce as well as valuable work experience to help you apply for jobs and develop your skills. Voluntary work and work experience can also lead to gathering Australian referees which will help with your job search.

    Ways to find suitable voluntary work or work experience include:

    • directly approaching employers
    • letting family and friends know you’re looking for voluntary and work experience roles
    • searching online for internships and volunteering opportunities.

    Approach work experience in the same way you would any job search or networking activity by doing your research and preparing what you’re going to ask before contacting the employer. Ensure you have an updated professional resume ready.

    Working from home jobs

    Work from home jobs and online or internet jobs are a growing industry and an exciting opportunity, saving time and money for both businesses and employees alike.

    Businesses, on one hand, save more in utilities, office equipment and rent, while you can save more in time, sleep, energy and money. Imagine getting up in the morning, making a coffee and taking ten steps to your office, all while in the comfort of your favourite UGG boots.

    Most of the working from home positions are largely in the capital cities, including Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. However, more online jobs are growing in regional areas – there are now even several works from home jobs in country NSW.

    1 in 3 Australians now earns money from home regularly, which is up from 1 in 12 only ten years ago. Rapid innovations in technology and the internet now means we can spend more time with family, work in our pyjamas and avoid the horrors of the morning commute.

    Average Salary

    As with most of the world, the average salary in Melbourne varies across different sectors. It is important to remember that the cost of living in Australian cities is relatively high, and you should consider your potential living costs in relation to earning power before you move.

    In Australia, the average worker earns around 86,250 AUD (56,000 USD), with men earning on average 242.50 AUD (157 USD) more per week than women. This average is matched in the state of Victoria, where workers usually earn a wage of over 1,600 AUD (1,040 USD) per week.

    Minimum Wage

    In comparison, the national minimum wage in Australia is set at 19.49 AUD (12.65 USD) per hour. This equates to around 740 AUD (480 USD) earned (before tax) per each standard 38-hour working week, or around 38,520 AUD (25,000 USD) per year.

    The Top Occupations In-Demand in Australia 2020-2021

    Nurses and Medical Staff

    There are a lot of different factors that come into play and mean that Australia is a suitable destination for any registered nurse or other medical staff looking for somewhere to move to and work. Due to it being a growing industry coupled with the fact that there are quite a number of nurses and medical employees who will be reaching retirement age soon, there is an increased demand for nurses, giving high occupational ceilings for roles in this sector.

    The health care industry overall has had the biggest increase and growth in 5 years, and this is expected to continue through to 2022. The occupations in this industry that are the most in-demand are registered nurses, disabled and aged carers, personal care workers, receptionists and nursing support.

    Software Programmer and IT

    There is currently a growing and critical need within the tech industry for software developers of various abilities, such as those experienced in user experience, mobile and back-end design, front end and full-stack developers. In fact, according to a report from last year,  9 of the most advertised jobs out of a list of 15 were for UI/UE designers, software engineers and developers.

    Trades and Construction

    Given that the construction industry always has a demand, especially for technicians and trade workers such as electricians, carpenters, joiners and plumbers, it’s not surprising that these rank so highly on the most in-demand list of professions. There has also been a demand for non-skilled labourers too. So, if you are experienced in this kind of work, you will have an easier time getting work.


    Although in the past there was a huge demand for migrant primary school teachers in Australia, that has changed in recent years. There are still options for migrants looking to work in teaching though, particularly in secondary schools in more regional parts of the country. That is why it still ranks so highly in the occupational ceilings list.

    It is even the case that many qualified teachers from Australia need to go out to the regional parts of the country for their first employer. Within this group, the least in demand is undoubtedly inner city female primary school teachers.

    White-Collar Management/Professionals

    Just as is the case with software developers, there is a growing demand for various white-collar management and professional positions. Including the likes of those involved in marketing, advertising and accounting. Therefore, if you have experience and qualifications in these kinds of positions, you are likely to find it easier to land a job.

    Migration has always favoured skilled workers in Australia, so if you have a management or professional role or skill involved in this area, you are in good standing for employment.

    Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers

    Motor mechanics are in demand all across Australia and if you are in a specialist area such as automotive electrician, automatic transmission mechanic, automotive air-conditioning mechanic or brake mechanic, even better.

    This category also includes other trades such as metal machinists, sheet metal workers, panel beaters, welders, fitters and metal fabricators, although demand for particular specialisations varies across different Australian states.


    Although it may not feature as highly in the list of the industry and professions with the most demand for migrant workers, there is still a huge demand for skilled and qualified engineers of all kinds.

    This includes mechanical, industrial, electronics, transport and electrical engineers.


    Whilst, like many Western countries, Australia has a demand for temporary farm labourers to help with mundane tasks such as crop picking, there are also many opportunities for more highly skilled agricultural workers.

    No matter whether you’re a dairy or mixed crop farmer you’ll find farming on an unimaginable scale in Australia with good salaries to match.

    However, this year the number of livestock farmers on the list has been cut from 5934 in 2019 to 0. It is in fact the only job category to be removed from the list so we are wondering whether it is an administrative error as farmers and agricultural workers are still needed in Australia.

    Melbourne is a city notorious for how hard it is to find a job. Especially if you don't have experience in the career you want to pursue. The amount of people living in the city, the skilled job seekers, and the fact that a lot of companies outsource their workforce makes job hunting in Melbourne really hard.

    Jobs in Melbourne can be competitive, with both nationals and expats from around the world in the jobs market. ... Often there are more jobs available in rural Australia than the urban centres, which is why Melbourne can prove more difficult for finding work.

    Melbourne as a city has a well-developed job market, which makes it easier to find a workplace, even for unskilled workers. While not cheap, the average house in Melbourne is around A$100,000 less than in Sydney. Accommodations are the biggest expense in Melbourne.

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