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Professional documents 

professional-documentsDocuments relating to your professional experience are some of the most important things to bring to Australia.  Looking for a job is likely to be your primary focus when you arrive in Australia, so bring everything you need!

Unfortunately, many migrants are surprised at how difficult it is to find a job in Australia, even though they were granted a visa based on their education and professional experience.

Migrant job applicants who miss out on jobs are often told that they have "no Australian experience" or do not have the required credentials. As a result, some highly qualified migrants turn to survival jobs like taxi driving or cleaning offices to support their families.

You might think that this won't happen to you; but you should be ready to face the realities of the Australian labour market. You will improve your chances of success by having the correct professional documents from your country of origin. Many migrants fail to bring them, making their job hunting in Australia tougher than it otherwise would be.

Professional documents to bring to Australia:

 

  • A copy of your resume. Keep in mind that you will probably have to rewrite your resume to fit with Australian standards and style. We can help you! Visit our content on writing an Australian resume.
  • Copies of all certificates, diplomas, degrees, professional licences, and academic transcripts. You may need to show proof of your educational qualifications and have credentials assessed by a professional evaluation service. These assessments can help you find work more easily, and reveal if you need re-training in Australia.
  • Reference letters with all the contact details of your former employers.
  • A professional portfolio, or examples of your work (depending on your profession).