Australia and New Zealand culture
Australia and New Zealand are multicultural countries, popularly called a 'melting pot' as our people come from many different backgrounds and we blend many cultures, religions, and beliefs into one society. Both our personal lives and professional interactions reflect a blend of cultures.
There is not an official national language, but English is the de facto language used in all official government proceedings, street signs, and in all major stores and restaurants.
There is no state religion recognised in the ANZ, but many communities have multiple houses of worship.
Whatever religion you practice - or don’t practice - you will be able to find a community of like-minded individuals with whom to celebrate, should you choose to do so.
It is customary when meeting an individual in a professional setting that you will either shake hands to greet each other or have no physical contact. It is not customary to greet anyone by giving a hug or otherwise invading the personal space of another.
You may present your business card in a professional or networking setting, but you might not receive one in turn. Often, individuals will not immediately share their business card or contact information. When exchanging business card, there is no proper etiquette.
While some individuals will only briefly glance at the card before putting it into the jacket or pants pocket, others take a lengthy look, grasping the card with two hands and placing the card in front of them at the table, if seated. This is likely due to individuals having greater contact with business colleagues in Asian countries, where this type of attention and behaviour is customary.
Do not include a photograph on your resume, as well as personal details such as date of birth, marital status, nationality, or physical characteristics.