How to Find a Part-time Job in Northern Territory
- By Ken Teo at Ausinet – 4 November 2020 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology
Australia has the 3rd highest number of international students, closely tailing the United States and the United Kingdom. One of the benefits of undertaking studies in Australia for international students is that they can work part-time while studying.
You can work up to 40 hours per fortnight with your student visa during the semester, which enables you to earn an income that can support your living expenses while you still can focus on your studies. You can work as much as you want during your holidays. A part-time job also helps you build your professional network and develop your interpersonal skills.
Before you find work
The first thing to do when you come to Australia is to open a bank account so you can easily get paid. You should also apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to ensure that you are not taxed at a high rate.
Before you start searching and applying for jobs, you need a resume and cover letter. A professional resume lists your education, skills, interests and previous employment experience. On the other hand, a cover letter serves as an introduction to your resume and is written with a specific job in mind. Make sure you tailor your cover letter for each job offer to increase your chances of landing an interview!
Where you can find work
The key you need to consider when finding a job is to look for the one that is convenient for you so that you can concentrate on your studies as well. For example, find a job that is located near your campus or in your local area. Popular part-time jobs for students include the following:
Retail: Any kind of store that sells goods to customers, from groceries, clothing to consumable, e.g.: IGA, Coles and Woolworths
Hospitality: Jobs in cinemas, restaurants, bars, hotels, takeaway food stores, sporting venues and tourism.
Services: Job of call centres, IT support officers, supermarkets and various businesses requiring administration work.
Industry: If you are fortunate enough, you might be able to gain employment that is related to the field you are studying in
How you can find work
#1 – You can present yourself at the business location and hand over your resume in person. Ask the manager there whether they have any positions available. If there is no job opening at the moment you can always leave your resume there and ask them to contact you again if any opportunity becomes available in the future. Make sure you wear nice clothes and introduce yourself to make a good first impression.
#2 – Social media can be a very powerful tool to help you find a job. It lets you build your personal brand and gives you a chance to interact with companies you want to work for. Some of the best social media sites for job search are LinkedIn jobs, Twitter hashtags and Facebook jobs or groups (e.g. Jobs in Darwin NT and Darwin NT Jobseekers).
#3 – You can search the career section of a company website to find available part-time job vacancies. Most companies will allow you to apply online for a particular job position. You can then upload your cover letter and resume on the website.
#4 – Finding a job can be an overwhelming process especially when you need to put a lot of time and effort into it. Recruitment agencies could manage this on your behalf. They will contact you if there is a potential job opportunity. Popular recruitment agencies in NT include Hays, Randstad, Wise and WorkPac.
#5 – You can use Australian job search websites to search for part-time jobs in your area. The job websites like Indeed, CareerOne, Seek and Gumtree provide access to several freelance, part-time and casual job opportunities.
#6 – If you belong to a professional association such as The Institution of Engineers Australia (EA), you can check within your professional community whether there is any job vacancy in their company. You can also ask their advice about what you can do to increase your chances of getting a job.
#7 – Check with your educational institution as they may have a career service that will help you to get in touch with the potential employer. They might also have a job search page on their website, listing available part-time jobs or jobs boards on the campus.
#8 – Share your job search with your acquaintances or friends. The more you talk about it the more chances you have, someone might know another person who is hiring and you might get a job through word of mouth. Whether you are looking for part-time jobs or casual jobs, someone within the network could end up referring a job to you.
We hope that the tips above can help you secure your desired job. If you are someone who can balance study and work commitments, has the willingness to work and know good time management skills, you will get job offers from several companies at the end.