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Tips for Optimising Your Resume For Visa Sponsorship for Australia

Your resume gives a potential employer their first impression of you.

The first impression you make with your resume will not be repeated if it is not the best match for the job, so it is imperative that you optimize it to make the best impression.

Especially when it comes to finding a visa-sponsored job in Australia.

To get a deeper understanding of you and your work experience, your resume needs to make the hiring manager want to talk to you directly. It's a magnet for job leads.

Even if a company states in the job listing that they are accepting international applicants the truth is they will always go with someone else that is located in Australia first.

If you intend to find sponsorship for a job, do your research and develop a strategy. In order to qualify for visa sponsorship in Australia, you need to match the job perfectly.

It's all about: how do you show the hiring manager or recruiter that you are the ideal candidate for the position on your resume?

Here are some tips for optimizing your resume for jobs that sponsor Australian visas

1. In order to be considered for the job, your resume must match the description exactly

It is imperative that you check all the boxes in the job description. It is therefore necessary to write and rewrite your resume for each job that you apply for.

2. On your resume, highlight the skills needed for the job

The job description should use their exact words.

The job description should NOT be copied and pasted into your resume.

As an example, if the job description specifies "must be a team leader", then your resume should read "Managerial Skills: Leader for project X." Then explain why the company valued Project X.

3. Provide a list of all relevant studies and certifications

Start by listing your education in Australian terms.

What exactly does this mean you wonder?

Here's an example:

You have a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Neurobiology from the University of Washington.

Bachelor's degrees in Australia usually take three years to complete. The "with honours" refers to one year of research after completing a three-year Bachelor's degree.

So a four-year degree from UW is the equivalent to a Bachelor of Science with honors in Australia.

It may seem minor, but hiring managers or recruiters only skim through resumes to see if it ticks all the boxes.

4. Include all relevant work experience.

If you have any gaps in your work experience, be sure to address them.

It is not necessary to list every job you have ever held. Your work history does not need to span that far back. Be sure to keep it relevant to the position you're applying for.

5. Format and lay out your resume carefully

At a glance, you should be able to understand your resume.

Due to international recruiting, the hiring manager may have a stack of 100 resumes to sort through.

In order to get a quick sense of who you are, make sure your resume has all your most important information on the first page. If they don't see your qualifications for the job on the first page, they may never get to your second page. Don't waste any time. Be concise.

Choose an easy-to-read font and bullet points to make your document easy to read. The best fonts to use are Helvetica or Arial. It is better to increase the font size rather than decrease it.

Many people make the font size too small on the first page in order to fit more on it. You can have a resume that is several pages long as long as the information is relevant to the job.

6. A4 size documents are suitable for Australia

You will notice a difference when your resume is printed out, and it also looks odd to recruiters in Australia when they look at your resume online.

7. Make sure you use Australian English in MS Word or Apple's Pages.

Change your settings to Australian English and you'll see how different it is from American English.

The differences go beyond spelling. Grammatically, there are some differences as well. Whenever you see a grammar mistake in auto-correct, just Google it.

Keep in mind that the hiring manager is only going to glance at your resume. Whether a word is misspelled or a sentence is grammatically incorrect, it can make a difference.

8. Resumes should not contain personal information.

Name, e-mail address, and phone number are the only personal information you should include in your resume.

If possible, keep your email address the same as your name or your first and middle initials with your last name.

9. Do not include your photo on your resume

Professional photos are not required on resumes due to strict anti-discrimination laws. Race, gender, age, appearance, etc., must not be considered in hiring processes.

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