3 things to remember before moving to Melbourne


Moving to Melbourne permanently has been one of the most exciting things I’ve done in my life. It has not only brought so many opportunities for myself and my husband but it has also taught us that though we’re just moving down to Melbourne from Sydney, there’s a few things to remember before making the big move.

1.  Make sure you have a residential address ready when you apply for work

If you have been applying for work before moving to Melbourne and have been typing in a residential address that is outside of Melbourne, your chances of getting a response is very slim.

How do you get around this?

Ensure you have a residential address in Melbourne ready to put on your application form. Or if you are going to put in an address from a different state, make sure you personally call the hiring manager and tell them your plans for relocation. This will not only help the hiring manager remember you but it will also increase your chances of getting called for an interview.

Or if you would much rather spend time packing than looking for work, you can get the recruiter to do most of the searching for you. On Linkedin, there’s a plethora of recruiters eager to help even if you’re living interstate. So make sure you sign up and start networking.

 2. Work close to home or live close to work?

From my experience working in Sydney, if you tell a hiring manager that it took you more than 30 minutes to get to the interview, they will appreciate the time and effort you made to get there. The next question they’ll ask is if you would be ok with travelling more than 20 minutes for work.  As long as you show them you’re keen, have the right attitude and the right skills for the job, employers in Sydney have no problem hiring anyone that lives far from work.

However, here in Melbourne, after going through a few interviews, I noticed that telling a hiring manager that you plan to live in an area which is more than 20 min away seems to worry them. The managers that interviewed me always emphasised that it’ll be too far to get to work and may not work out. At first, I thought, maybe it was just me, however, after meeting a few Sydney expats, it became apparent that employers in Melbourne preferred candidates that already live in close proximity to work.

How do you get around this?

Tell them your plans for moving closer to work once you get the job. It’s as simple as that.

3. Think like a backpacker

Lastly, trying to find a rental place is impossible without a job. So if you’re left in the middle because no real estate agent will lease out a property to you while you’re looking for a job and you’re not successful in finding a job immediately, then you’re only option is to do something differently from what everyone else is doing.

How do you get around this?

If you’re like us – on a budget, with originally no family and friends here in Melbourne, the best way to get around this is to think like a backpacker on a shoestring budget: stay in a hostel or in a airbnb.

From my experience and other travellers’ experience we’ve met along the way, we have found that airbnb seems to work out more affordable most of the time rather than staying in a hostel here in Melbourne. It’s affordable and you also get your own room rather than sharing a room with 6 other people. Make sure you also look outside the areas where all the tourist attractions are, as the prices differ a fair amount. Remember you’re relocating, you’ll have plenty of time to be a tourist once you’ve secured a new job and rental property.

If you want to check out the differences between a hostel and an airbnb, check out my post “Hostel VS Airbnb” by clicking on this link  https://autumnbeats.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/hostel-vs-airbnb/ 

Until next time,

Autumn Beats.

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