1. The most common type of work visas for Australia.

2. No local Australian work experience? Don't despair! - by Ken Soong

3. Three quick contrarian job search tips that you can use in Australian and elsewhere! - by Ken Soong

4. Your cover letter must focus on the reader - not you (the writer)! - by Ken Soong

5. Top 20 highest-paid jobs in Australia! 





Work & Holiday Visa

(subclass 462)

This visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.


You might get this visa if you:

  • are at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age

  • don't have a dependent child with you at any time during your stay in Australia

  • have a passport from:

    • Argentina

    • Bangladesh

    • Chile

    • Indonesia

    • Malaysia

    • Poland

    • Thailand

    • Turkey

    • USA

    • Uruguay

Downlaod PDF application form here.


Temporary work (skilled) visa (subclass 457)

This visa lets a skilled worker travel to Australia to work in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor for up to four years.



You might get this visa if:

- you have been sponsored by an

  approved business

- you have the required skills to

  fill a position nominated by an

  approved business


Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.

It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.


You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

· nominated an occupation that is

  on the relevant skilled

  occupation list

· obtained a suitable skills

  assessment for that occupation

· not yet turned 50 years of age

· achieved the score specified in

  your letter of invitation based

  on the factors in the points test

· at least competent English


For other work visa options

Visit https://www.border.gov.au




No local Australian work experience? Don't despair!

View the clip below on how you can land yourself a job in Australia despite not having any local Australian work experience.




Three quick contrarian job search tips that you can use in Australia and elsewhere!




Your cover letter must focus on the reader - not you (the writer)!

Too many eager job seekers, in trying hard to impress their prospective employers, would go the extra mile in writing up a darn good impressive-looking and fantastic-sounding cover letters so as to improve the chances of being shortlisted for an interview opportunity.

Unfortunately, that would usually mean long formal jargon-filled letters that are too boring for anyone to read from the beginning till the end. In this fast-paced time-poor me-me-me world, nobody would be interested in reading how good you are unless you can link it (ie. how good you are) to their benefits (ie. how you can benefit the person you are your message addressing).

Hence, I have come up with a very brief cover letter that actually got me an interview opportunity and a five-day training session. I was teaching but was interested to find out about the solar energy industry and the best way to find out about an industry is to talk to people who are in it themselves! Since I had no relevant experience whatsoever, I had to think of a completely different way to write my cover letter and here is what I have come up with - instead of focusing on how much experienced I had (which was completely none), I had to focus on how I might be able to help the company! I am happy to share it with you here. Hopefully, you will find it useful one way or another.


Finally, instead of emailing your cover letter and CV electronically, I suggest you post out hard copies of your cover letter and CV (not more than one sheet single/double-paged) in a good old-fashioned handwritten, postage-paid, stamp-pasted, lick-sealed envelope which will physically end up sitting on your  potential employer's desk. 

Good luck, my friend!




Top 20 highest-paid jobs in Australia!

The first step in working towards landing yourself a well-paid job in Australia can be taken way before you arrive Australian shores. If you plan your migration say six to seven years ahead, you would have enough time to get the necessary formal and professional training to get yourself qualified to work in your chosen field!

In August 2013 News.com.au published an article entitled The 20 jobs that are highest paid per hour. According to this article the 20 jobs are as follows 

1. Anaesthetists $124.10

2. Internal medicine specialist $88

3. Other medical practitioners $69.30 (In this group the ABS includes dermatologists, emergency medicine specialists, obstetricians and gynaecologists, ophthalmologists, pathologists, diagnostic and interventional radiologist, radiation oncologists and medical practitioners.)

4. Dental practitioners $68.60

5. Mining engineers $65.50

6. Chemical, gas, petroleum and power generation plant operators $63.90

7. Barristers $61.80

8. Financial dealers $60.80

9. Geologists and geophysicists $59.70

10. University lecturers and tutors $57.60

12. ICT sales professionals $57.60

11. Marine transport professionals $57.10

13. Electronics engineers $55.90

14. Other building and engineering technicians $55.70 (In this group the ABS includes maintenance planners, metallurgical or materials technicians, mine deputies and building and engineering technicians not elsewhere classified.)

15. Generalist medical practitioners $55.10

16. Crane, hoist and lift operators $54.60

17. Civil engineering professionals $53.90

18. ICT business and systems analysts $53.40

18. Train and tram drivers $53.40

19. Aircraft maintenance engineers $52.50

20. Medical imaging professionals $52.30