What's your plan

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

– Stephen A. Brennan

Planning Your Job Search

When on a mission to secure employment in Australia, and after creating a competitive Australian CV and a cover letter that meets (or exceeds) the expectations of Australian employers; you then need to start planning your job search so that you can be as effective as possible and increase your success rate.

Without proper planning in your search for jobs in Australia, you will not have a direction to move in, and you may end up going around and around in circles.

You need to ask yourself: “what is my job search strategy for finding a job in Australia?

If your plan is to simply search for jobs online and apply, hoping for the best, your job search will likely end in failure.

Remember: this is the way everyone else is searching for jobs in Australia, and not everyone is successful using this method, especially if they are seeking their first job in Australia or if they need employer sponsorship.

You therefore need to be different, go the extra mile and take the paths that not all job seekers are willing, or aware, of treading.

Creating a powerful job search strategy, that will assist you to rise above the rest, is essential to successfully securing a job in Australia.


Where to Start…?

The best place to start is to first decide exactly what type of job you would ideally like in Australia. Without taking this step, your search will be blind and you will not give the impression to Australian employers that you are someone who knows exactly what they want and where they want to be.

NB – Australian employers (and employers in general) like people who know exactly what they want.

This step is also important when finalising your Australian CV and cover letter, so that you can have targeted marketing documents for your job search, which in turn will create a more powerful job search.


1. Your Ideal Job

To begin determining what your ideal job in Australia would be, you need to spend some valuable time thinking about exactly what your ideal job would look like.

If you’re not sure, make a list of all the various jobs you have held in the past that you loved, followed by a list of all the things that you liked most about these jobs, followed by a list of all of the things that you did not like about them.

We all have things that we do not like about our work, but the beauty of planning in this way is that you can now decide exactly what you would like your new job to look like, and what you would not like it to include.

For example, you may be an HR Generalist; however, you are finding that what you really love about your work are projects, organisational and culture change and performance management. You have also found that what you really don’t like is Payroll and highly administrative tasks. You also like recruitment, attraction and retention; however, you would not like an HR role that was solely recruitment orientated.

Now you are starting to paint a good picture of the type of job you should be aiming for in Australia!


Create a list of all of the things you liked about your work (past & present); and a list of all the things that you did not like about your work (past & present).

A table, such as the example below, can help you to organise your answers.













2. Your Ideal Company

Another important aspect of designing the type of job you would ideally like, is to think about what type of company you would like to work for, for example: a large, global corporation; or a small, family run business?

A great way to get started on this task is to look at what industry/s you have worked in previously, and making note which of these that you do/did enjoy working in the most.

You should also consider things such as whether you would like to be employed in a team environment, in a specialised field; or whether you prefer an autonomous role with broad scope.

Writing down as much detail as possible in this task will really help you to narrow down the specifics of the type of company that you would gain the most satisfaction from working for.



Write a detailed description of the type of company you would ideally like to work for. Be as descriptive as possible, including things such as type of industry, size of organisation and type of environment.

An example of a way to organise your answers is by creating a table like the one below.













3. Your Ideal Career

Based on your answers to the exercises in the previous two sections, have a think about what type of job you would like to be going for in Australia.

Will it be similar to your current role? Or would you like to take on a role that has more responsibility? Perhaps one of your previous roles turned out to be your ideal role and you will now be aiming for that type of role. Have a really good think about this, and write down your answer.

It is also really beneficial to consider what type of role you would like to be working in, in 5 years’ time. You can then keep this in mind when deciding on the type of company you would like to work for in Australia.

For example, if you would like the opportunity to move up the ‘ranks’ in a company, you will need to select a company that has scope for career progression so that you would not be limited to the one role indefinitely.

This particular exercise will not only help you to hone your focus on jobs that are ideal for you and that you will ultimately excel in; but will benefit you additionally, by preparing you for these types of questions in any future interviews.



  1. Write a detailed description of the type of role you would like to aim for in Australia, now.
  2. Write a detailed description of the type of role you would like to see yourself in, in 5 years’ time.
  3. For both of your above answers, include the responsibilities and duties that you would enjoy, even as far as how many employees you would like to manage or supervise (if this is something you would like to see yourself doing as part of your job). Be as descriptive as possible.

Feel free to create a table similar to that below, to help organise your answers.











Adjusting Your CV

Now that you are clear on your ideal job, and therefore the type of jobs you will be aiming for in Australia, it is a good time to go back to your CV and cover letter to adjust these accordingly, so they have a focus around your ideal position.

Are there any skills or experiences you can add or highlight, in support of the types of jobs you will be aiming for?

Are there perhaps any courses you can do to help you to achieve your ideal job? These are all things that you should spend time considering, so as to present yourself as the ideal candidate for the types of roles you will be applying for.


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