International Nurses and Midwives: How to Get a Job as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia

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Migrating to Australia permanently or temporarily offers many fantastic career opportunities for experienced and qualified nurses and midwives. Australia is a diverse and beautiful country offering picturesque beaches and landscapes, a pleasant climate and a laid back lifestyle.

Within Australia, nurses and midwives can register as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse, midwife or a combination of these. There are over 380,000 registered nurses and midwives in Australia however, this number doesn’t accurately reflect working professionals.

MedicalJobsAustralia.com is often contacted by international nurses and midwives interested in working as a nurse or midwife in Australia. As we are an online jobs site, we can’t provide specific career guidance or advice to individual medical job seekers however, we can share the following information on where to look online.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA)
If you are interested in working in Australia as a nurse or midwife, you must be registered with AHPRA’s Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, meet all of the registration standards and in some cases complete a skills assessment.

For more information, please visit the following links:
www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/International.aspx

Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection

In addition to gaining your registration through AHPRA’s Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you must also apply for a visa through the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection and be granted the right to work and live in Australia.

If the paperwork process seems like it is too much, you also have the option to employ migration agent services to assist you with applying for an Australian work visa and your relocation.

For more information, please visit the following links:

www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Form/Immi-FAQs/i-am-a-nurse-how-can-i-work-in-australia

www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/SOL

5 Ways to Impress Health Care Employers and Recruiters With Your Online Profile Picture

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Having a high quality, professional online profile picture is an important element to finding your next clinical professional or health industry worker job in Australia. More and more Australian health care employers and recruiters are now turning to Google searches and social media to review your online profile picture and learn more about you.

Here are MedicalJobsAustralia.com’s recommendations to help you improve your online profile picture to make a lasting first impression with a potential health care employer or recruiter.

1. Have Online Profile Pictures
These days, most health care employers and recruiters expect to see a profile picture of you online. If a potential health care employer or recruiter looks you up online and your profile picture doesn’t exist, it may hurt your job interview chances. Employers and recruiters often question why a potential job seeker’s profile is left blank.

2. Take or Replace Your Photo with a Professional Online Profile Picture
Most smart phones these days take excellent photos. Ask a friend or family member to take a standard head shot of you smiling and upload this as your online profile picture. There are also a range of photo Apps available in the App Store or Google Play Store to help you take professional photos, like Pixlr and Hipstamatic.

3. Use Natural Lighting or a Well Lit Environment
Try to make sure your standard head shot is taken using natural lighting or in a well lit environment. Dark or bad lighting will only make your online profile picture look dull and bad.

4. Avoid Group Shots and Cropped Photos of You From Group Shots
Group shots and cropped photos of you from group shots is perhaps one of the biggest mistakes made by job seekers with online profile pictures. You should avoid uploading an online profile picture with a group shot showing you with a group of family/friends/pets/colleagues or a cropped photo of you taken from a group photo showing part of someone’s arm around you etc

5. Size Your Online Profile Pictures Correctly
Within each social media and online site like LinkedIn and others there are specific recommended dimensions for your online profile picture. You should use that as your guide. Generally, square profile pictures tend to work best at 200 x 200 pixels. If you don’t have the tools to resize your photo, you can find free online resources like PicMonkey and Gimp and Apps in the App Store or Google Play like Square Sized to make resizing your online profile picture easy.

Top 3 Online Job Sites for Nursing Jobs in Australia

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Are you a nurse or midwife in Australia looking for a new job? It’s best to start your online job search using the top three online job sites for medical jobs in Australia. Below, are our top 3 online jobs site recommendations to help you find the best nursing or midwifery jobs throughout Australia.

1.MedicalJobsAustralia.com

MedicalJobsAustralia.com is Australia’s premier health and medical jobs site for clinical professionals and health industry workers. As the largest online advertiser of medical jobs in Australia, MedicalJobsAustralia.com lists 3000+ health and medical jobs including nursing and midwifery jobs and adds new jobs daily. Using MedicalJobsAustralia.com’s simple job search tool, you can search for jobs by entering keywords or searching by occupation, location and work type. Nursing and midwifery jobseekers can also sign up for daily, weekly or fortnightly job alerts and search and apply for jobs on MedicalJobsAustralia.com’s Job Board.

2. SEEK

SEEK is Australia’s no. 1 jobs site and the most popular job and career site within Australia. It is comprised of a diverse group of companies spanning across the globe. SEEK offers jobs across a diverse range of occupations in Australia including a range of healthcare jobs including nursing and midwifery. You can search and browse SEEK’s health jobs under their Healthcare & Medical classification and also create a SEEK profile so registered employers can view and connect with your profile.

3. Indeed Australia

Indeed is the world’s #1 job site and offers aggregated online job ads from sources across the web. Using Indeed Australia, you can search and browse health care jobs including nursing and midwifery jobs by entering a job title, keyword or company and city,state, territory or postcode. You can also create an Indeed resume by uploading a copy of your resume or using Indeed’s Build your resume function.

The 5 Biggest CV Mistakes Australian Medical Professionals Can Easily Avoid

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Making a good first impression with an Australian health care employer or recruiter is important. To find a medical job in Australia, you should make sure the CV you are uploading and sending is simple, polished and professional. Here are the biggest CV mistakes MedicalJobsAustralia.com suggests you avoid.

1. A Busy Looking CV With Lack of White Space

When it comes to your overall CV design and layout, a simple and professional layout is best. Use concise text and white space throughout your CV to make your document look more professional and visually appealing.

2. Uploading and Sending a Non Current CV

When you are uploading and sending your CV, it is important your CV is current and up-to-date. Spend the time to update your CV, if needed, to accurately outline your tasks, experience, contributions and accomplishments. A summary paragraph or bullet points under each role works best.

3. A Lengthy CV With More Than 2 Pages

Your CV should be one to two pages in length including your most recent experience first and past experience in chronological order for the past 10 years. If you have experience and roles beyond this 10 year period, you should summarise key details into one paragraph or include a line of text such as, Additional work history available upon request.

4. Spelling and Grammatical Errors

If you don’t spend the time to proof your CV, you may not be considered for a future interview or job because of it. Ask someone you know to proof your CV for spelling and grammatical mistakes.

5. Including Irrelevant Personal Information

At the top of your CV, be sure to include your most up-to-date contact details including your full name and the best way to reach you ie a mobile or phone number and email address. Avoid supplying additional, irrelevant personal information such as your gender, marital status, children, religion and hobbies.

3 Smart Strategies For Finding a New Medical Job in Australia

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Whether you are a currently employed or unemployed medical professional, searching for a new medical job can sometimes take time, persistence and patience. Here are MedicalJobsAustralia.com’s 3 smart online strategies to give you the best odds for finding and applying for a new clinical professional or health industry job in Australia.

1. Find and Search for Jobs Using Top Online Job Sites Offering Medical Jobs in Australia
Many Australian online job sites offer job listings covering every industry without a sole focus on medical jobs. Some online job sites even list a limited number of jobs or older and outdated medical jobs on their job board. When you are searching for jobs, make sure you are regularly visiting top online job sites in Australia to search and find medical jobs.  As Australia’s biggest online medical jobs site, MedicalJobsAustralia.com lists over 3,000 medical jobs on our site, adding new medical jobs daily and our  job alert feature allows medical job seekers to sign up for daily, weekly or fortnightly emails sent directly to their inbox. To sign up for a MedicalJobsAustralia.com job alert, please follow this link: www.medicaljobsaustralia.com

2. Always Customise Your Cover Letter When Applying to Job Ads
These days most Australian healthcare employers and recruiters can instantly spot a generic cover letter when they receive one. To give yourself the best chances of landing your next medical job interview and job, make sure you include a cover letter that stands out from the crowd. You can do this by first researching the healthcare employer or recruiter online and then customising your cover letter to highlight areas outlined in their online job ad description and explain why you’d be an ideal candidate for their organisation.

3. Update and Proof Your CV and Ensure the Overall Format is Professional Looking
When you apply to a job ad, make sure the CV you upload online is current and formatted so it is professional looking. If you haven’t updated your CV in a while, it is important to take this first step and do this. This includes carefully reviewing your CV to make sure your contact information, dates, titles, positions and descriptions are all accurate and proofing your overall document to ensure it is free of typos, spelling and grammatical mistakes.