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(@magnuskendra)
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Hey Mark,

I'm trying to decide whether I should keep applying to recruitment agencies in hopes of landing a suitable position or if I should just apply for a working holiday Visa to get over there sooner. I'm a marketing specialist in Canada, but my partner lives in Australia so whatever I choose, I'd like it to be a viable long-term solution aligned with my career and not a quick-fix (like a Visa that will expire in 12 months, but also requires that I work regionally outside of the scope of my professional specialties, ie on a farm). Any recommendations for agencies that specialise in marketing recruitment? I spotted one role in Brisbane on your board, but there were no links to apply (and yes, I reported the technical glitch).

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Posted : December 21, 2019 12:00 am
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Hi there @magnuskendra and welcome. 😊

Firstly, sorry for the problem you had with the role you found. That sounds quite odd so I'll look into that.

If you qualify for a working holiday visa, it cetainly won't hinder your cause and will offer you the benefit of being available for face-to-face interviews while also building your Austtaia based network.

With regards to agencies. Not 100 sure on that one as my background isn't marketing.

What I would do is perhaps check out the website seek.com.au which is the largest jobsite based in Australia. 

Though the jobs on here may not be offering sponsorship (any jobs that are will be selected by the algorithm we use and displayed on our website), the job adverts will give you good insight on the companies and agencies advertising the types of roles you would typically apply for.

Hope this helps

Mark

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Posted : December 22, 2019 8:18 am
(@magnuskendra)
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Hey Mark,

Are you sure someone can apply for a sponsored work visa, while they currently hold a working holiday Visa? I thought there were provisions in place that kept working holiday Visa holders from transitioning over to other visas.

Also: do you know how long a working visa approval can take? If I'm over there on a working holiday Visa (and that expires in twelve months) but a sponsored Visa takes far longer (18 months+), I would have to complete some kind of regional labour (ie working on a farm) to extend my stay. 

And finally, would it make more sense for me to seek employment in the gold coast over, say, Brisbane, since it's considered "regional" and my skillset (marketing) is on the list of skills that can be approved under the new sponsored work visa rules (491, I think?). I'd prefer to land in Brisbane, but if it's easier to get an approval in my field on the gold coast, than I would do that and just commute.

Thanks!

Kendra

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Posted : December 23, 2019 2:17 am
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Hi Kendra

Posted by: @magnuskendra

Are you sure someone can apply for a sponsored work visa, while they currently hold a working holiday Visa? I thought there were provisions in place that kept working holiday Visa holders from transitioning over to other visas.

I'll answer this with a caveat that I'm not a migration agent so before making any life-changing decisions, please take a second to confirm this information.

With that said, based on my understanding and research, it's not that unusual to transition from a working holiday visa to a 482 sponsored visa.  Key thing is to ensure you apply in plenty of time (before your WHV expires) and ensure you're WHV doesn't have aa“no further stay” condition (you can check you're visa approval letter to see what conditions were imposed)

Posted by: @magnuskendra

Also: do you know how long a working visa approval can take? If I'm over there on a working holiday Visa (and that expires in twelve months) but a sponsored Visa takes far longer (18 months+), I would have to complete some kind of regional labour (ie working on a farm) to extend my stay. 

I assume your question is around how long a sponsored visa approval takes? Current processing times for a 482 are between 4 - 8 weeks.

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And finally, would it make more sense for me to seek employment in the gold coast over, say, Brisbane, since it's considered "regional" and my skillset (marketing) is on the list of skills that can be approved under the new sponsored work visa rules

Potentially yes. Theoretically, your chances will be improved if applying in a regional area, however, you'll need to consider the likelihood of the roles being advertised in those areas.

I recommend you check out seek.com.au (Australia's largest job website) to get an indication of the number of marketing roles in the areas you might be interested in. This way you can get a feel for the market while also identifying recruiters working in these areas.

All the best

Mark 

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