How to find work in Sydney

Are you looking for work in Sydney? Have no idea what the labour market is like? Then come & discover all you need to know right now!

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Note: If you looking for work in regional New South Wales, and not in Sydney, please visit the Find work in New South Wales page.

A small beach in Sydney
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If you are not an Australian citizen you must have a visa that allows you to work. If you want to backpack around Australia, go to the work and travel Australia page for more details. However, if you are an international student or are looking for a sponsored / professional worker visa, please check out the Australian Visas page.

Because it is such a large city you will find work in almost every industry, except mining (but there are mines in regional New South Wales, so some recruitment agencies deal with mining vacancies), pearl farming, and some other small and obscure industries.

Due to the large number of industries and sectors that operate out of Sydney, there are literally 1000's of jobs on offer in just about any industry you can imagine. There are lots of unskilled jobs that also require staff. Regular sporting and cultural events mean that staff are needed for catering, cleaning, and serving of food/beverages, etc.

Some of the largest industries (by the number of people they employ) include: retail/trade, health care, manufacturing, professional / scientific / technical services, education & training, and financial & insurance.

Many international companies operate out of the city, so people who can speak a second language are often sought after. Often people who work with a company overseas can get a transfer to the company's place of business in Sydney.

Best ways of finding work

There are numerous ways to find work apart from using a search engine. Below I will go over some of the more common and give you the links and resources where needed. These methods will work in all major cities across Australia.

Backpackers and Hostels

There are four main things you can do to try to find work at hostels.

  1. Look at the notice board/s. You can often find casual and part time jobs advertised.
  2. Ask at reception if they know of anything. Sometimes you can even find work in the hostel itself.
  3. Ask other people staying in the hostel, it is amazing how many people will know of a job or an opportunity.
  4. Don't limit yourself to one hostel, spend the whole day going to as many hostels as you can.

Recruitment Agencies & online job listings

Have a look at some local recruitment agencies. I have compiled a selection of the best recruiters right across the nation, along with user reviews, star ratings, search, listings by their speciality, a direction finder and more.

When using a recruitment or employment agency, you may be required to come into their office and attend an interview or do some kind of aptitude testing depending on the agency and the kind of work you are interested in. Some of the website will also have job listings for you to look at which you can apply for straight away.

Hospitality Jobs

If you are interested in something like bar work, waiting tables, dish washing, kitchen hand work, cooking/chef, it is now time for you to get pro-active!

Some things to note:
  1. Many of these types of jobs will not be advertised online or with recruitment companies.
  2. The best way to find these jobs is to simply walk into the business and ask if they have any work.
  3. Take copies of your resume with you in case the business owner asks for one.
  4. If you get a good impression make sure you get a contact phone number. If you haven't heard anything back within a week, call them back.
  5. DO NOT go in during the middle of a busy period like the breakfast, lunch, or dinner service.
  6. If they do not have any work, ask them if they know of any other business that do. Australian's are very friendly and if they know of job somewhere else they will happily tell you about it.
  7. Most people can find a job in one day by following these steps!

Other options

Another option, if you are really stuck for money, is the attend a medical or clinical trial in Sydney. Check out the Medical and Clinical trials in Australia page to find out more details. You can also Check out the Backpacker jobs in Australia page for some extra ideas.

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