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How To Focus Your Job Search In Australia

The first ‘job seekers’ in Australia were the 800 convicts who sailed with the First Fleet which arrived in Australia on Jan 26, 1788.

Squatting on lands traditionally held by the aborigines, the settlers built up an economy based on sheep rearing, agriculture and natural resources.

However, today the economy offers many more opportunities – in diverse sectors like IT, sales, financial services and health care – to job seekers who want to forge a new beginning in the Lucky Country.

There is a shortage of skilled workers today in Australia and this is the reason why the government now offers a ‘Skill Stream’ category for immigrants.

The Unofficial List Of The Top 9 Cities For Job Seekers In Australia
This list also includes corresponding hot sectors in each city.

  1. Sydney: Hot Sectors: Property and business services, retail, manufacturing, and health and community services. Trends: Since the 1980s, jobs have moved from manufacturing to the services and information sectors.


  2. Melbourne: Hot Sectors: Finance, manufacturing, research, IT, education, logistics and transportation, conventions and tourism. Trends: In 2009, more new jobs were created in Melbourne than any other Australian capital – almost as many as the next two fastest growing cities, Brisbane and Perth, combined. Melbourne’s property market remained strong, resulting in historically high property prices and widespread rent increases.


  3. Brisbane: Hot Sectors: Information technology, financial services, public sector administration, tourism, petroleum refining, stevedoring, paper milling, metalworking and QR railway workshops.


  4. Perth: Hot Sectors: Services related to resources industries, other services, agriculture. Trends: Employment growth has occurred not in manufacturing but in retail and wholesale trade, business services, health, education, community and personal services and in public administration.


  5. Adelaide: Hot Sectors: Manufacturing, defence technology and research, commodity export and corresponding service industries. Health care and social assistance represented nearly 13% of the state average annual employment. The retail trade is the second largest employer. Trends: In recent years there has been a growing trend towards part-time (which includes casual) employment, increasing from 11.6% of the workplace in 1991, to over a third today.


  6. Gold Coast City : Hot Sectors: Tourism (most important), marine, education, information communication and technology, food, tourism, creative, environment and sports.


  7. Canberra: Hot Sectors: Government administration and defence.


  8. Hobart: Hot Sectors: Seaport & Tourism (Cruise ships to Antartica), shipbuilding. Trends: The last 15–20 years have also seen Hobart’s wine industry thrive as many vineyards have developed in countryside areas outside of the city.


  9. Ballarat: Hot Sectors: Tourism and hospitality (main sectors). Other sectors for job finders: Manufacturing, education and information technology as well as primary industries including agriculture, mining and renewable energy.


Hot Jobs in Australia

accountant, farm worker, architect, fashion illustrator, airline crew, builder, carpenter, day-care specialist, computer professional, community and social worker, performing artist, economist, television researcher, geologist, hairdresser, horticulturalist, technical writer, physiotherapist, optician, cabinet-maker, beauty therapist, painter/decorator, chef, caterer, journalist, leisure manager, advertising agent, glazier, doctor, lawyer, nurse, ranger, retailer, teacher.

The Unofficial List Of Top 100 Employers In Australia
Sorted Alphabetically

Advanced Solutions International
Air New Zealand
Altis Consulting
Amgen Australia Pty Ltd
ANZ Banking Group
Atlassian Pty Ltd
Australia Post
Australian Taxation Office
BHP Billiton
Bluefin Resources
BlueScope Steel
Brambles Industries
C3 Business Solutions Pty Ltd
Check Point Software Technologies
Coca-Coal South Pacific Pty Limited
Coca-Cola Amatil
Coles Myer
Commonwealth Bank Group
Competitive Foods
Davidson Recruitment
Diageo Australia
Distribution Central
Downer EDI
Employment Office Group
E-Web Marketing
Finite Group
Fletcher Building
Fonterra Co-op Group
Google Australia Pty. Ltd.
Ikon Communications
Insurance Australia Group
JDS Australia Pty Ltd
Juniper Networks
Kiandra IT
Leighton Holdings
McAfee Australia Pty Limited
National Australia Bank
NetApp Australia Pty Ltd
OMD Australia
Orbis Global
Paul Ramsay Holdings
Philip Webb Pty Ltd
Pitcher Partners Advisors Proprietary Limited
Porter Davis Homes
Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd
Queensland Health
Queensland Rail
Ramsay Health Care
Readify Pty. Ltd.
Rinker Group
Rio Tinto
SAS Institute Australia, Pty. Limited
Silver Chef Limited
SingTel Optus
Skilled Group
Sonic Healthcare
South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area HS
Spotless Group
Swaab Attorneys
Sydney West Area Health Service
Telcoinabox Pty Ltd
Tempo Services
The Nova Group of Companies
The Physio Co
The SMART Group Pty. Ltd.
Toll Holdings
Transfield Services
Unique World Pty Limited
United Group
Viteknologies Pty Ltd
Wavelength International
Westpac Banking Corporation

Use the following criteria to shortlist companies you should target:

• Global or a local organization; private or public company; large vs small organizations?

• Company’s financial health & growth

• Stability & low stress environment

• Learning opportunities, focus on innovation

• Overseas projects, vertical growth

• Flexibility, work-from-home

• Health, financial & family benefits

• Community involvement, ethical work environment

• Location