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8 Tips to Land a Job as an International Student

Updated: Jul 30, 2023

Written by: Issac Nelapana

Posted on 25 Oct. 2022

“Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that...”

We have all read those words at some point in our career. As you get older, however, the stakes get higher, especially when you start competing for the most sought after jobs in the country. As an international student, having applied to over 200 jobs across 2 years*, I’ve always wanted to read those words as the outcome of my application. Fast forward to 2 years later, and I can be seen working as a Digital Marketing Specialist at a Melbourne-based agency.

*Fun fact: 20 of the above rejections were from Coles – one of the largest supermarket chains in Australia. What position was I applying for? A good old Store Team Member!

Ever since then, I have received several LinkedIn messages from recruiters enquiring about my interest in an advertised role, and from international students planning their maiden trip to Australia. So, if you’re thinking of coming to Australia, and have zero work experience (just like me when I got here), then this blog is for you.

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