02 May 2008

Australian industry encouraged to use Facebook to recruit new skilled migrants

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The Australian tourism industry is being advised to use social networking sites, such as Facebook, to attract younger workers into the industry through Australian immigration. Businesses in the industry are being encouraged to use the wide range of contacts young people have on the sites to plug a skills shortage in the area.

By using the sites, companies could attract more people on an Australian visa into the sector. Anna Guy, the New South Wales chair of the Young Australian Tourism Export Council, said that the best way to do this was to use an existing member of the industry who loves their job.

"If you have a person who's happy in their job, it's all about bragging rights," she said, adding that if people are excited in their work they are likely to stay in their industry longer.

People who want to check their suitability for immigration can take an Australian working holiday visa online assessment. Skills shortages are widespread in Australia, with another recent report revealing that the state of Victoria is looking to Australian immigration to fill construction positions.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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