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If you’re thinking of moving to the Gold Coast, it’s important to have a plan for finding a job. The cost of living is significantly lower than in Melbourne or Sydney but there are also fewer jobs.

Unless you get a permanent residency Visa or Aussie citizenship – both of which take time – you won’t be able to claim unemployment benefits. So, getting a job is your only option for paying rent and bills.

Read through our guide to get prepared. We’ll cover how to get work-ready for Australia, what the Gold Coast job market is like, and some of the most in-demand jobs to help you decide if moving to the Gold Coast is right for you.

Getting ready to work in Australia

If you’re a New Zealand citizen, you won’t need a Visa to travel to Australia, or to live and work anywhere in the country for as long as you like.

But there are some other important things you need to take care of before you can start work:

You need a Tax File Number

To get paid in Australia, you’ll need a Tax File Number (TFN). This is a unique 6-digit number issued by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) so that they can identify you and keep track of your tax payments.

It’s not difficult to get a TFN, but the ATO doesn’t let you apply until you have an Aussie address. That’s why it’s important to apply ASAP once you arrive in Australia, especially since it can take up to 28 days to process!

You can apply through Australia Post either in-person or by filling out a form and sending it in. But most people opt for the online form. You’ll need to provide:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your full name and gender (they offer ‘indeterminate’ as an option, which is almost progressive!)
  • Your home address
  • Your phone number and email address

 

You might need an Australian Business Number

For any jobs where you’re the employee of a business, you need a TFN. However, if you’re working for yourself as a freelancer or an independent contractor, you should get an Australian Business Number (ABN).

An ABN is a unique 11-digit number that identifies your business to the public and the ATO. You can have both an ABN and a TFN – for example, if you work part-time in an office and freelance to supplement that income.

Technically you don’t need an ABN to work for yourself in Australia but there’s a huge downside to working without one – you’ll be charged the maximum possible tax rate!

Unless you can provide an ABN to the business that’s paying you, they’re obligated to withhold 46.5% of your payments or else face fines from the ATO. So, if you don’t want to pay $465 in tax for every $1000 you earn, get an ABN.

Once you’re in Australia, you can apply for an ABN online and the form takes about 15 minutes to fill out.

Tips to find Gold Coast jobs

You’re likely to find better-paid work in Australia than in NZ, but you’ll have to fight a little harder to secure it!

The unemployment rate in Australia is highger – 5.2% versus 4.3% in New Zealand. Australia is also experiencing a shrinking job market with more part-time and casual work being created, rather than steady full-time jobs. In fact, 14% of Australians are either unemployed or underemployed.

So, here are some tips to get your foot in the door:

Join local job sites

Sign yourself up to Australian jobseeker site. You can browse Gold Coast jobs and set up alerts for new listings that match your criteria.

The main sites are:

Consider a recruitment agency

If you’re looking for qualified roles within a specific industry, a recruitment agency could be helpful.

Check out places like:

You can also find recruitment agencies specialising in healthcare, accounting, IT, executive roles, and other fields.

Your job hunt begins before you leave

Don’t wait to arrive before starting to look for jobs – this should be part of your preparation that starts as soon as you’ve decided on the move.

Finding a Gold Coast job will be competitive because there are more jobseekers than jobs in Australia.  50-60 people apply for every job opening in Australia, on average. Being a skilled graduate doesn’t provide immunity against this – depending on your industry, you could be facing anywhere from 30 to 200 other applicants when you apply.

Of course, if your applications are good and you’re the right fit for the job, you can rise to the top of those applicant pools. But even then, it will take time to find something. That’s why it’s so important that you start early.

You also need to be mentally prepared for rejections or radio silence. With so much competition, you won’t always hear back.

Just stay motivated and remember that the more applications you submit, the sooner you’ll find work.

Be prepared to pause your career

You should always aim high when applying for jobs but don’t be unrealistic. Existing social networks are very important for landing the best jobs, especially in a competitive job market. That means new migrants usually face worse odds than locals.

As such, your first job in Australia may not be a big career move. Be prepared to accept a position that is equivalent to – or even slightly lower than – your current one.

The important thing is getting your first job in Australia, from there it gets easier.

Do your research

Look into the local job market to see which jobs are available on the Gold Coast, and whether they match your skills.

For example, if you’re skilled in a trade like stonemasonry or hydraulic maintenance, then you have skills that are in high demand in the area. But for office professionals like managers or IT personnel, the market is already saturated so it’s tougher to find work.

If you’ll have trouble finding work, consider further training or taking a job in a cafe or bar to tide you over while you hunt for the dream job.

Create a tailored resume and cover letter for every application

While you can save time in the short-term by sending the same form letter and CV to every job, you’ll actually make the process longer in the end.

With so many applications coming through, you need to grab recruiters’ attention. That requires a cover letter crafted to grab their attention, and a resume that highlights why you’re great for this role specifically.

For the best chances, do the following:

  • Adjust the work experience listed on your CV to suit what’s needed for the role
  • Find out more about the company and use this information in your cover letter, especially near the beginning
  • Ensure that you are addressing all key selection criteria listed in the position description – if you fail to do so, your application will be rejected out of hand

 

You may need to travel

While Gold Coast’s unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.65%, almost half the jobs are part-time or casual.

Fully 45% of Gold Coast jobs are not full-time, and nearby Sunshine Coast is not much better at 37%. It’s no surprise then that almost 50 000 Gold Coast residents work somewhere outside of their home town – about 17% of the population.

One of the most common places people commute to is Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane. There are better employment opportunities in the capital, especially for professionals, and the commute is not as long as you might think.

If you skip the peak-hour traffic by leaving at 7:00 am or 10:00 am, or if you catch the train, the trip takes about an hour. For comparison, commuting from the suburbs of Melbourne or Sydney to a job in the CBD takes most people 40-45 minutes.

Create a Comms Centre

If all goes well, you’ll be interviewing for jobs before you even leave New Zealand. But you won’t be able to do them in person, so you need to set up a professional, quiet space in your home where you can do phone or video interviews.

Australian employers conduct remote interviews in a range of ways. It’s best to be prepared for anything. They might want you to do:

  • A phone call
  • A video chat on Skype
  • A Google hangout with one or more recruiters
  • An online meeting with GoToMeeting or some other conferencing technology

So, get the basics set-up and ready to go before you start applying:

Always check how an interview will be held. If you’ve never used the platform they want, download it or sign up and get familiar ahead of time.

If you follow all this advice and keep at it, you should be well on your way to lining up your first Gold Coast job!

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