If you are an Australian in New York, and you are seeking full time employment, we may have good news!
Our Community Job Fair has seen its first upgrade for 2020: From v2.5 to v2.8. This is part of the twelve point plan outlined in our recent article. The article highlights the new challenges facing Australian Job Seekers when Congress passes Legislation that will remove Australia’s exclusive access to the E-3 visa.
The goal of our Community Job Fair is to increase the number of Australians who successfully apply for E-3 visas. The more Australians taking up unused E-3 visas, the less impact the new Legislation will have on Australians.
By extending components of our Community Job Fair, we can raise the number of Australians who successfully find work. In doing so, we reduce the number of E-3 visas that go unused.
Our vision is to have this program running Nationally. However, due to funding restrictions, our Community Job Fair is limited to New York for the present.
Understanding the Needs of Australian Job Seekers.
Our Community Job Fair v1.0 dates back to 2012. Over the past eight years we have directly connected hundreds of members with recruiters and employers, some of whom are on their third and forth E-3 visas!
In that time, we have been listening to the needs of our membership who are actively and passively seeking their next role. Equally importantly, we have been listening to the needs of our members who are employers, and want to quickly fill professional positions with Australians who qualify for an E-3 visa.
In case you missed the memo, there are more than 200,000 applications for only c.60,000 H-1B visas each year. It can cost an employer more than $12,000 for the H-1B visa filing fees – before legal fees, and can wait six months to find out if the application was successful.
Having an employee return with a work visa in under three weeks of a job offer, and costing only a few hundred dollars, represents significant value to a corporation.
A database of more than 2,000 Australian professional workers in New York, all eligible for an E-3 visa, is an unparalleled opportunity for our corporate sponsors to connect with members who are looking to take their career to the next level.
Education Education Education!
A process of educating employers as to the value proposition of an E-3 visa, has for the most part been non-existent since the visa was first created. In part, our Community Job Fair v2.8 is about educating employers why they should employ our members.
One major hurdle we have overcome, is assisting Australians explain the E-3 visa to a prospective employer. The video below was recorded by Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, a U.S. Immigration attorney who is also an Australian.
This video was first published early in 2019 in Chapter 17 of our book Moving to the US for Aussies. The book has received over 100,000 downloads, and not only provides information on finding work, but also guidance to overcoming many of the challenges facing Australians who are living and working in the United States.
How it works:
Australians who are eligible for an E-3 visa, register through the form on this page. You do not need to be a member of The Australian Community. However, if you are a member, you have access to our private Yammer network.
Our private network connects you with our knowledgebase, contained in more than two dozen groups. The Groups cover topics from Accounting to Visas, as well as our Employment and Networking Groups.
Employers and recruiters who are members or sponsors of The Australian Community are welcome to post positions directly to network. Or they can request a search of our database for a specific candidate by forwarding a Job Description.
When a candidate who matches the sponsor’s J.D. is found, the member is contacted by The Australian Community. The member has the opportunity to review the role before their information is forwarded to the employer or recruiter.
This process further protects the privacy of our members. Member feedback is that they do not want their resume posted to a job board. Nor do they want their information shared without their permission.
More than just a Database!
Currently the Community Job Fair database lists ore than 2,000 professional Australian workers. Our goal for 2020 is to grow the database to more than 5,000. In addition, there will be an increase in professional events in 2020. Some of these events will be small groups discussing Best Practices on finding work. Thought Leaders will also be attending to share their experience at these events.
In 2020, we will be building on the success of our 2019 Networking events. We already have Networking events planned for March, June and November at venues that can accommodate more than 100 members. These events are complimentary for members and a guest, and include food and alcohol.
Our monthly social program will continue at various New York locations, which also provide an opportunity to meet other professional Australians, and make new connections.
You do not need to be a member of The Australian Community to register for Community Job Fair v2.8. However you must be a member to access to our knowledgebase and certain networking and educational events.
You can click here to learn more about all of our member services, and join. Annual membership with The Australian Community is less than one month of LinkedIn Premium – and is tax deductible.
About The Australian Community
The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and its Mission is to connect Australian living in the United States through social. professional and charitable initiatives.
The Australian Community is qualified to receive tax deductible donations, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Sections 170, 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.