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  1. Haven't posted for a while, but decided to write up our experiences in the hopes that it helps others. Obviously these are our experiences and views and results may be different for others I hope they are helpful but please remember that there are always many ways to achieve a result and what works/not for one may/not work for another - so please do your own research and always make up your own mind about what is right for you/your family/situation. As with all things in life, the more you are prepared to put in the more you will get out. OK ..... sorry, this may be a long post We arrived in country without any jobs and started to look for them here. It has taken me over 7 months to find a job and having spoken to may agents and people over this period, I would like to share my observations and experiences. These are the things that I wish I new before starting to look for a job in Australia; 1. Be humble, be prepared to learn and help others - In my experience these three things are absolutely key to finding work and expanding your network! Park your ego at the door and adjust your approach to be much more humble, less aggressive, more accepting and more willing to learn. Accept that you are not entitled to anything (no one is) no matter how good your CV is or what you have accomplished or what level you have reached. Remember that you are now competing in an open economy against many great local and international candidates for a limited number of vacancies - be respectful and show good form. 2. Ensure that you have enough resources to sustain you while you settle/look for a job. We all hope for the best and while it is possible to arrive with a job and/or find one within weeks of arrival, this may not always be the case. So have a plan "B" to ensure that you are covered in the event that things take longer than you anticipate. I have been told by several agents that it can take between 6 and 12 months to find the right job and this was the case for us. So, hope for the best, but be realistic with your planning and ask yourself the tough "what if" questions Your plan doesn't have to be all about cash savings it could include taking lessor jobs while you look for the right opportunity, work from home/online, start a business, do volunteer work, arrive at different times, transfer within your company etc Important thing is to think about it and have a plan so you are not caught of guard. 3. Australia works on networks - Every video you watch or agency you talk to will tell you the same thing. Only 15%-20% of jobs go through the formal agency market and over 80% of jobs are filled through networks or by the company directly. So start building your network now. You can do this before you arrive in Australia. Don't underestimate this aspect. I looked at it as "planting seeds" that may take time to grow, but when they do ....... Tools like LinkedIn or professional bodies in your line of work or colleagues from previous companies in the Australia branch etc are really good ways to start this process. Look up people in your own network that are in Australia and reach out to them. The best thing that I found was having connections introduce you to others in their network. Don't be shy about growing your network, but please be respectful and don't troll people Just a hint - a 5 person network isn't enough. Also this network is a "business" network not a mates network. Of course mates can help and you should reach out to them, but focus on growing your business potential network. Ok, one last thing on networks is to treat people with respect and how you would like to be treated. I know everyone says this but it really is important here. This is a small market and so you will find that people here are generally more helpful, more humble, more accommodating, more tolerant and less direct, less self absorbed and less entitled. The reason (yes because its good form) but also because this is a small market and everyone knows everyone, so you should treat each interaction with integrity or you may find your network dries up quickly. 4. Meet and Greet - Sitting at home relying on email alone will not land you a job because there is no emotional connection to the person on the other end. Most Seek or Indeed jobs advertised get between 300-700 applications! So, before you arrive expand your network as much as you can and arrange short Skype sessions with as many people as you can. My experience is that if you approach people to learn about the market, about a company, about who you can speak to etc you are much more likely to be engaged that if you hardline them for a "job". Once you are here arrange to have meetings and continue to expand your network. One local person told me that a boss once told them that " ... if you want a new job, then you are at least 100 coffees away from that new job...". Coffees are a thing here, so set up as many as you can. Again, these are short, humble, learning experiences to grow your network and obtain further introductions. I am not suggesting that this is the same/will work for every person/situation or industry its just what I did and the advice I got from others. 5. Diversified approach - Use all the tools available to your advantage! I suggest that you (1) Reach out to the big agencies in your field - find out who they are by looking at various job adds and then seeing who posts most of them - build a personal relationships with them (2) Go onto job boards like Seek and Indeed and LinkedIn (3) Leverage your networks as noted above (4) Pick a small number of company's you may want to work with and approach them directly - I have had the best results this way (5) read the financial papers as many jobs are still posted here, especially government jobs. Again and I can't emphasise this enough - you need to call, meet and Skype with people directly. Sitting at home and relying on a few job applications only and some emails alone will not build your network or land you a job. You need to do a number of things combined. 6. Prepare before you arrive - There are many things you can do to prepare before you arrive. The first is to decide when you will be in country as you will need to communicate this to the people you are going to talk too so that they know. I would suggest that you then create accounts on the various boards, post your CV, reach out to networks, reach out to agents and send them your CV etc. That will get the networking/introduction part going even if they tell you they can't help you until you are in country - they at least know who you are I would also suggest setting up a number of meetings with key agencies and some of your network for the second/third week you are in country. So give yourself a week or two to settle and then get straight into building your network. The quicker you start this the better. So basically get all the admin done before arriving and start the networking process - once you here you just continue with that process. 7. CV's, LinkedIn, job boards and other tools - This topic is to big to cover in this post but I will cover a few basics just to get you thinking. There are a number of resources on this site and also on the web about "Australian" style CV etc. All these things are your "advertisements" or "calling cards" so ensure that they are (1) aligned - nothing worse than CV and linkedin dates don't align etc (2) appropriate - contain the right content (3) honest and right - include the right dates and titles etc look them up if necessary (4) relevant - tailor it for the job you are applying for. OK a few things on CV's that I have learned from agents directly (this is not an exhaustive list); a) Your CV should be about 3-4 pages maximum and should not have any personal information (nothing about religion, gender, age, marital status, children, hobbies, interests, address etc) b ) include your email and phone number (ensure your email is something professional and not something like HotFluffy@......) c ) Lots of white spaces, don't go smaller than size 11 font and don't cram large amounts of text or bullet points in. Less is more! Your looking for 3-5 bullet points for each job and they should cover major achievements, not all your responsibilities etc d ) People here don't know many of the companies you have worked for so included a short 2-3 liner on who they are, what they do, size (like number of people or profit) e) Only include details on the last 10 years of your work history - The rest summarise into one liners just to complete your job history f) Only include the most relevant qualifications g) Don't include all the "buzz words" like "detail oriented" or "strategically focused" or "dependable" etc Every CV has these and it doesn't work - rather focus on what you have achieved instead of describing who you are - so things like "developed XYZ" or "built ABC" or "improved XYZ by x%" etc So things that agents have told me about job postings and reviewing CV's. Many jobs advertised get well over 500 applications both locally and internationally. Obviously this means that agents do not have the time to read everyone one of these. Many use "automated bots" to scan your CV looking for the right phrases and words - so ensure that these are in there. Also they will personally only scan 20-30 seconds through the first page of your CV and if they like what they see they will go further - otherwise its on the "too much effort" pile or "to difficult" pile. Statistically speaking they will find 5-10 good CV's way before going through 500 submissions and will never come back to this pile again. So you need to ensure that you capture their attention in the first half a page of your CV. 8 - DON'T GET DESPONDENT - Always remember why you are here. Don't take things personally. I have applied for over 100 jobs in 6 months and only heard back from less than half of them. Sometimes it took 2 -3 weeks to hear back and the answer was "Dear John, we regret to inform you that ......" others I just never heard back. This is a numbers game, so don't just apply for 2 jobs and then sit back and hope you get one of them. While if is of course possible for this to happen, for may people you need to try many times. So may advice here is that if things seem tough, if you have applied for may jobs and not heard back or been rejected for many - DON'T start second guessing yourself or doubting yourself. Ensure you have prepared properly and just keep at it - things will turn around OK, this is a very long post and I hope that it helps. Again, these are my experiences and observations. Its not about right or wrong just my thoughts and insights. Others may have different views so please don't place any reliance on my experiences - do your own research and make the right decision for you.
  2. NastashaBrandsma

    CV Person

    Hi everyone! Please may someone send me the details of the guy who does your CV in the Australian format? A few weeks ago I read about the guy who does it and everyone remarked how phenomenonal he is. Thanks. Nastasha
  3. Are there any Interior designers, Architects or anyone in a creative field that could help me out with some info on what the standard in Australia is when it comes to CV's? Should I do a normal black and white standard CV on Word is do they also prefer something more creative. I know in SA they prefer having a creative CV and they don't even look at the 'boring' black and white CV's. I don't know if this is the same in Aus...
  4. JoByron

    Teaching CV, etc in WA

    Hi all We have just arrived in WA and are 6 days in... I am a teacher so I was wondering if it is necessary to have a new resume / cv written or can I just take advice from the DoE's site for this? I am living in a very small town 5 hours south of Perth so am hoping for some relief teaching so that I can get used to the new terminology and curriculum here. Any advice? Thanks in advance, Jo
  5. MandyRut

    Finding a Job

    We will be arriving in Australia next week. I recently started looking at getting my Resume, or CV as we call it, updated. I found an awesome company, CV Jedi (www.cvjedi.com), and was assisted by the owner, Ben Stokes. He did an amazing job, re-doing not only my CV, but also my LinkedIn profile. He also gave me some excellent advice about finding employment in Australia.
  6. Hi everyone I have been applying for a lot teaching positions and I have really received valuable information from schools regarding improving my cv and cover letter, so I want to share it with you, so that you will be able to write an excellent cv and cover letter before applying for teaching positions. Here is a guide from the Education dept of WA regarding writing a cv and cover letter. Other states might also have these available. How to write a cv and cover letter.pdf Regarding your cover letter The schools receive about 200 applications, so your application needs to stand out. Here are a few tips to make your cover letter stand out. Make your cover letter competitive.Don't make your cover letter too briefInclude a lot of detail in your cover letterYou are encouraged to address the 3 domains from the Australian professional standards for teachers.Enhance your cover letter by addressing the school context specifically.Have a look at the advertisement. The schools mention important detail in their advertisements. make sure you address these detail in you cover letter.Proof to the school that you have experience in the field that they are seeking, prove to them that you are the best candidate for the job.Don't be shy in your cover letter, this is the first part of your interview, what you say in your cover letter will get or not get you that interview.
  7. A tip or two concerning your CV or resume (with a stripe on the e), that I wished I knew when I got here. Read the job ad carefully taking note of all the terms and buzzwords to include in the actual CV. This is important, since it appears that many agents just stuff your resume into a database and retrieve it searching for buzzwords. Rewrite or tailor the whole resume around the terms and buzzwords in the ad. Don't make it more than about two A4 pages – I can get away with 4 pages since I've been in my business for 32 years, definitely not longer. I used to have a 14 page CV, but I had to cut it ruthlessly. No-one will read it if it's longer. Actually I still keep the 14 page one up to date, and then chop bits out and alter other bits to fit the ad. I have the whole 14 page one in the agent's database, but ask to tailor it before it gets sent in an application. Draft a cover letter of a page to a page and a half telling them about their company and how you see yourself fitting in there. Make it obvious that you have researched them, It shows you care, and once you can fake that, you can fake anything. Enjoy and remember I get a 10% cut of your salary for the first year.
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