If you are an Australian in New York, and you are seeking full time employment, we understand the challenges you are currently facing.
As part of our COVID-19 Response Initiative announced in our May Newsletter, we have expanded our Community Job Fair services to assist members quickly get back to work as the New Economy opens up.
Our Community Job Fair has seen another upgrade in 2020: From v2.8 to v3.0. This is part of the twelve point plan first outlined in an article highlighting the challenges facing Australian Job Seekers and the E-3 visa.
COVID-19 has posed an entirely new set of headwinds for the E-3 Hopeful. More recently, those on an E-3 visa who have been terminated are facing additional challenges in not only finding work, and securing a new E-3 visa – but even remaining in the U.S.!
Our news article titled E-3 Visas and Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 offers guidance from an Immigration Attorney, and discusses a number of options specific to the E-3 visa holder. However, as the New Economy opens up, those who are on Employers’ and Recruiters’ collective radars will be first hires back into the workforce.
By extending the existing components of our Community Job Fair 2.8 to include a proactive outreach program to Employers and Recruiters, we can raise the visibility of highly qualified Australian candidates.
We anticipate that as the New Economy opens up, USCIS services and U.S. Consulates will follow. Keeping our members up to date with the most recent USCIS information will be an important component of Community Job Fair 3.0
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.
Community 3.0 is NOT Disruptive!
Community Job Fair 3.0 is designed to work alongside Employers and Recruiters to quickly find highly qualified candidates. Employers and Recruiters can either post Job Descriptions directly to our Employment Group inside our private Yammer Enterprise Network, or submit queries for specific candidates by contacting our office on 646 249 1741.
What makes this program even more unique is that it is a free service both on the Buy and Sell side. This not only reinforces our position as a public charity, committed to its members, but Recruiters can leverage 3.0, and still earn their commissions.
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 v3.0 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 additional resources through 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.
Pain, Power, Vision, Value, Control
The vision for The Australian Community Job Fair v3.0 includes the following services.
- Leverage the exiting infrastructure and content of the Employment Group inside our private social network, which can support more than 250,000 users.
- The expanded content would include videos, articles and best practices from Subject Matter Experts on finding work, broken down by Industry/Location.
- Host (and record) monthly meetings where job seekers can access Subject Matter Experts, and share their personal experiences, wins and challenges with other Australians. Recordings would be shared to the Employment Group for those who cannot attend.
- Provide additional resources such as job search, resume writing, and interview best practices to assist members in finding work.
- Leverage our Accommodation Group inside our private network to better connect members to professional Australians during their U.S. job transition.
- Reintroduce push notifications to external and internal recruiters when Australian candidates meet their criteria.
- Identify and leverage Australian innovation in the H.R. industry.
- Identify and meet with more Australian Friendly recruiters, and Human Resources personnel within U.S. corporations who have Australian employees, to have them participate directly in our Community Job Fair by posting positions.
- Identify and meet with members holding executive positions within Fortune 500 companies to sponsor meetings with internal recruiters and H.R. executives to pitch the quality of available Australian candidates with immediate work visas.
- Meet with Australian Alumni organizations in the U.S. to communicate the value proposition of working with The Australian Community to assist their Alums find work.
- Initially work with the c.400 Australian lawyers who are members of our organization to understand their pro-bono initiatives, and how to leverage those hours to assist our members.
- Reach tens of thousands of Australians looking for work in the U.S. through to communicate the value proposition of joining the Australian Community’s Job Fair.
More than just a Database!
Currently the Community Job Fair database lists more than 2,000 professional Australian workers. Our goal for 2020 is to grow the database to more than 5,000. How-to videos discussing Best Practices on finding work, as well as interviews with Thought Leaders will be featured in online events.
You do not need to be a member of The Australian Community to register for Community Job Fair v3.0. However you must be a member of our Yammer network 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.