Skillmax Jobseekers

2014 course dates now available. 

Job search strategies for the Australian employment market. 
Skillmax - Jobseekers
- for skilled migrants
- free for eligible participants
- delivered in part-time classes
- funded by the NSW Government

Skillmax - Jobseekers is for skilled migrants seeking employment in their chosen profession. It focuses on successful jobseeking strategies.

It provides you with an awareness of the Australian employment market and workplace culture, so you can understand how things are different here. Skillmax - Jobseekers will then teach you how to overcome those differences with strategies including how to promote yourself in person, in writing and on the phone and how to tailor your applications for each job. 

See what former students say about the Skillmax course - watch the Skillmax Jobseekers video.

Skillmax - Jobseekers is free for eligible participants. It is funded by the State Government. 

Course topics include:

  • workplace culture 
  • trends in the Australian labour market
  • finding your fit in your field of expertise
  • developing a career portfolio 
  • writing your résumé and cover letter
  • identifying employment opportunities
  • preparing for a job interview
  • career management skills
  • marketing yourself effectively

Additionally, human resource specialists and employers will provide presentations and interactive workshops on the current expectations of finding work and career advice.

You will learn:

  • successful jobseeking strategies
  • about Australian workplace culture
  • how to tailor your application for each job
  • how to develop your CV
  • how to prepare for an interview
  • how to identify employment opportunities


Nationally Recognised Qualification
Students can obtain Statements of Attainment for modules from Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English. 

This qualification is recognised throughout Australia.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer

RPL from previous training, work or life experience is available to all students. When you begin your studies we give you information about how to apply for RPL . As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), NSW AMES recognises all equivalent qualifications issued by RTOs under the Australian Quality Training Framework.


When you begin your studies with NSW AMES, we give you information about assessment and how we record and report your results. If you have any questions or concerns about assessment or want to make an appeal, first talk to your teacher. At the end of your course we give you a written record to show that you have successfully completed a module, course or qualification.

Skillmax - Jobseekers   is free for eligible candidates.

Candidates must:

  • be an Australian permanent resident or citizen
  • have overseas qualifications
  • be seeking work in their field of expertise
  • have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent*
  • have been in Australia less than 5 years

English entry level

Entry is at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent English level.

(See English for Employment if your English level is at IELTS 5.5 - 6.)

English Language Tests (IELTS equivalents)*
NSW AMES recognises a number of English Language tests which can be undertaken to meet the English language requirements for the Skillmax Program.These are set out in the following table, together with the minimum results required.

 English Language Test  Minimum Requirement

 6.5 overall

 TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT)  90 overall
 TOEFL - Paper-based Test (PBT)  577 overall
 Occupational English Test (OET)  At least A or B in all bands
 ISLPR  3+

Applicants without an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) or equivalent may be eligible for a free English Language Proficiency Assessment.

See below for How to apply.

2015 Course dates

Click to download 2015 Skillmax Jobseekers courses timetable

Course location:

Refer to detailed information in the timetable - various locations available.

How to apply

Apply online

(For courses at NSW AMES, Sydney City only.)

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