Community Job Fair v2.5

If you are an Australian in New York, and you are seeking full time employment, we may have good news!

After our recent article on the challenges Australian Job Seekers would have faced if H.R. 7164 passed the Senate, a decision has been made to broaden our existing Community Job Fair 2.0 to include all Australian job seekers in New York City. 

The risk to Australian Job Seekers is that as long as there are thousands of E-3 Visas that go unused each year, other countries will continue to seek to access the balance through attempts to repealing the E-3 Legislation such as H.R. 7164 – which failed to pass, solely on the concerns of just one Senator. 

The goal of Community Job Fair 2.5 is to increase the number of Australians who successfully apply for E-3 visas, starting with New York.  By extending components of our Community Job Fair to all Australian job seekers in NYC, we can raise the number of Australians who successfully find work, and thereby reduce the number of E-3 visas that go unused.

There seems to be no shortage of highly qualified Australians coming to the United States who would qualify for an E-3 visa.  Where there is a shortage, is access to ethical, professional guidance in areas such as resume writing, the U.S. interview process, as well as finding and building relationships with recruiters.

Further, there is a persistent challenge for Australians to explain the E-3 visa to prospective employers, as well as correctly completing paperwork.  Education is a key factor to increasing new approvals as well as reducing the number of E-3 denials. 

Equally important is providing a platform to connect job seekers with Australians working in the U.S. who want to assist others find work through mentorship, sharing personal experience or a job posting.

Integral to this initiative, is the Employment Group inside our Yammer private network.  Currently recruiters and employers have access to some 300 highly qualified Australians who are on the ground, either actively or passively seeking work in NYC.  This number is expected to grow significantly with the re-launch.

If you are not a member of The Australian Community, 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. 

Due to the limited number of volunteer resources available to this initiative, the initial focus will be New York City.  Other cities will be included as funding become available and additional resources can be added.

If you are not a member of The Australian Community’s Employment Group, you can still submit the form on this page to be listed in our job seeker database.  Each application will be vetted to ensure that every participant is an Australian citizen, and on the ground in NYC.  Those who submit false information will be blacklisted from this initiative.

Please complete all fields, including the hyperlink to your LinkedIn profile.  Just copy and past the link from your web browser, or look under “See contact info” on your LinkedIn profile page.  

Candidates will be passively searchable by recruiters and employers who may be seeking for an employee for a particular role, within a specific industry.  You must be a member of The Australian Community to access to the Employment Group inside our Yammer private enterprise social network.

All participants, members and non-member, will receive a monthly Newsletter and details of upcoming social and professional events where you can network, as well as employment focused events hosted by The Australian Community and its partners.  Non-members may need to make a small donation to attend these events.

Applying for U.S. positions, or contacting U.S. recruiters from Australia is a exercise in futility.  Thousands of Australians make this same mistake each year, and all they do is burn a contact or job opportunity in the process.  You MUST be on the ground in the U.S., ready for an interview if you are to be successful in finding work.

Just remember, there is a Universe of difference in a recruiters mind between a candidate who says: “I can meet you for a coffee on Thursday” and “I am willing to come to the U.S. if I receive the right offer”.

Step 1:

To receive the full benefits of this program through accessing our Employment Group, you must be a member of The Australian Community.  You can click here to join.  Annual membership is only $45.

Members and non-members must complete the form at the bottom of this page to register.

Step 2:

Once you submit the form and your Australian citizenship verified, you will be added to our Job Fair Database should an employer or recruiter contact The Australian Community seeking a particular candidate.

Members of The Australian Community can access our Employment Group and access rich content including sample one page resumes, videos, podcasts  as well as best practices on finding work in the United States.

Step 3:

Members can connect with c.1,000 other members through more than two dozen Groups inside our Yammer network covering Accounting to Visas.  Networking, Mentoring and U.S. Taxes are amongst our largest Groups.

Some of the more popular Groups inside our Private Network.

Step 4:

Recommended content inside the Employment Group includes:

  • Community Job Fair Next Steps
  • The “Perfect” Resume
  • Top 10 Tips for Australian Job Seekers
  • Finding “Australian Friendly” Recruiters in NYC (and other cities).

Step 5:

Members can watch the Immigration video series on challenges facing Australians, inside our Visa Group.  This series was recorded with a leading U.S. Immigration Attorney based in NYC.

Step 6:

Share!  If you have a question, find an interesting article, or you wish to share a new best practice for finding work, share it with others inside our Employment Group!

Not in NYC?

If you are planning to arrive in the U.S. some time in the future, we would highly recommend that you read our online book “Moving to the U.S. for Aussies“.  You can also listen to a  series of podcasts we recorded on the unique challenges faced by Australians.  If your arrival is imminent, you can join The Australian Community so as to hit the ground running.

We can provide great resources and tools for our members who are looking for work, but these resources only account for a small percentage of the total effort required to find employment.

Finding work ultimately depends on your experience, your resume and how quickly you build relationships with recruiters and individuals who will make introductions to employers on your behalf.

The Australian Community is providing great tools to assist Australians, but you need to use them if you are to increase your chances of success.

Good luck!

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.

All contributions are fully tax deductible under Section 170 of the IRS Code. The Australian Community is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.