Finding work and working in Australia

Australian employers attitudes

The geographic location of Australia has contributed to a relatively conservative attitude when Australian employers hire professionals from other countries.

Employers value local ‘Australian’ experience far more than US and European employers. Communication style, attitudes, and culture fit are large barriers for migrants.

The the majority of employers in Australia are classified as small to medium sized enterprises. This means a large number of jobs are not advertised.

These smaller Australian organisations often have more limited resources for verifying skills and training for dealing with migrant applications. Subjectivity can be a factor for choosing the ‘right person’ for a smaller team due to the costly impact of a poor hire.

Gaining advice and a mentor will help you to connect with networks of contacts and referrals to get that are often used to identify suitable people.

Larger Australian organisations are often said to have rigid recruitment processes for many reasons, such as the perception they have many people to choose from and the need for a robust system to satisfy equal opportunities commitments, quality procedures and workplace Unions.

Understanding Australian employers style and demeanour

Office attire, language and communications styles are very different between Australian industries and businesses operating in Australia. Body language and non verbals can make up over 60% of an interaction and often the perception of a candidate and employee.

Australian employers often seem casual and laid back, indeed Australia has a reputation for a laid back and relaxed way of doing things. However this is a trap which many migrants fall into to their detriment.

An interview may be requested in a manner that seems informal or casual E.g ‘lets have a coffee together’ or ‘can you come in for a chat’ – However this may actually mean quite a formal interview with more than one interviewer present ! A business meeting or a ‘catch up over coffee’ may actually be a critical part of a decision making process.

It is important in Australia to appreciate the formal legal employment contract and the implicit employment contract between employer and employee are both two way agreements –

It is important to understand and consider that Australian employees know and appreciate they have something to offer the organisation – and their attitude strongly reflects this –

Different countries culture and attitude to work particularly the employer – employee relationship’s for both the implicit and contractual agreements may negatively impact a migrant’s chance of success in the interview and on the job.

The belief and attitude of the employee in the ‘servant – Master ‘ relationship with the employee as a servant in some countries affects many migrants approach and style which is unfavourable for the Australian labour market.

Complex Australian employment rules, Workplace relations, Health and safety legislation, industry codes and Laws are often very different to a migrant’s home country systems and laws. Displaying understanding and ability to adapt is very important for you to know and then also how to demonstrate this understanding.