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Hi everyone

 

I currently serve as the Managing Director of The Change Consulting Group and work as a programme level change and strategy implementation consultant in Cape Town.
 
I have 14 years of experience in leading enterprise change and strategy implementation programs in the FMCG, financial services, retail, and energy sectors, with a specialist focus on culture change, ERP implementations, corporate turnarounds, post-merger integration and leadership development. 
 
Notable clients include Coca-Cola, SAB Miller, Philip Morris, Universal Music, Clarins, Nashua, Old Mutual, Woolworths, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Vodafone, and Anglo American. 
 
Having recently received an Australian permanent residence visa I currently seek consulting opportunities in Sydney, and am very interested in either permanent or contract positions ideally as a Change Lead or Senior Change Manager.
 
I will be in Sydney from 27 January to 5 February if recruiters and/or potential employers might like to meet with me.
 
I would really appreciate any help from the Forum.
 
Regards
 
Stephen
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Send me a PM and I may be able to put you in contact with someone that may give you solid pointers - however a bit short notice.

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Hi StephenR, 

 

Mate that is a bit short notice but there are Change roles going. Check out Seek.com.au

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8 hours ago, ottg said:

Send me a PM and I may be able to put you in contact with someone that may give you solid pointers - however a bit short notice.

 

Sorry to sound daft but what is a PM?  Tried to message you and got a message back that your account can't receive messages??

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9 minutes ago, SurferMan said:

Hi StephenR, 

 

Mate that is a bit short notice but there are Change roles going. Check out Seek.com.au

 

I've been using Seek for some months already, looking for specialist change recruiters.

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Do you have a LinkedIn profile and do you know how to look up your alumni to find those who may now be settled in Australia?  Making contact with them for a chat can be a good first step.

 

Re your trip to Oz in a couple of weeks:  I would suggest that you'll have more luck getting people to meet you if you make it clear that you only want to discuss the industry and how things work here rather than out and out asking for a job.  I KNOW that you want a job, but right now you need to be doing PR/marketing/chit chat not straight up selling.  It's hard I know but will give you a better feel for things in the long run and change management is often about the nuances and perceptions.

 

When we came over my husband as an electrical automation engineer went out for coffee with numerous people in Perth to ask about the industry etc.  This proved invaluable because he quickly learnt that industries seem to collect in certain states.  Obviously mining is where the minerals are but he didn't know at the time that certain manufacturing industries were Melbourne based etc.  Taking the time to chat and most importantly listen proved more worthwhile than hitting Seek straight away.  By the time he got to looking at Seek it was easier to target his search which made for a quick success rate - got a job in 2 weeks by knowing which state to target.

 

All the best with your trip and let me know if you would like me to post links to some videos I put together for LinkedIn for other forumites.

 

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Hi RYLC

 

Thanks for your very useful post.  

 

Yes, I have a LinkedIn profile (za.linkedin.com/in/rothgiesser if you wish to have a look) and have made a list of Australian contacts.

 

Concerned at this stage about engaging with specialist change recruiters or South African change or project professionals who have Australian experience and can help me understand the context, etc.

 

And I couldn't agree more with you advice re learning as much about the industry etc. by speaking to people.

 

Take care

 

Stephen

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Hi Stephen

 

 I did a course on LinkedIn and the 2 videos I made (although a little rough and ready) are the short - and free - version of the course.  Basically they cover how to get key words into your listing and how to find past colleagues / uni mates who now live in Australia and can help.  You also get to see what sort of roles (names) they currently have.

 

My other idea was around pursuing training opportunities with larger organisations.  Might not be quite the same as what you are currently doing but is a kind of "mind map" way of teasing out the fields to look in.  Some large firms have their own division for this sort of thing so look at more than management consultant type firms.  For example the top accounting firms do their own training.

 

Here are the links to the two videos.

 

 

 

 

 

and a summary: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bhry0gv5odjx46i/LinkedIn%20Basics.pdf?dl=0

 

 

Cheers

Leanne (RYLC = Rock Your Learning Curve :) )

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Hi everyone

 

Thanks very much for the support.  I was very blessed to be offered a job at PwC and I start on 4 April!

 

Look forward to seeing you all on the other side!

 

Stephen

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  • 3 weeks later...

Just wanted to add that if I can be of assistance to anyone looking for work in Australia, including resume and covering letter writing, preparing for interviews, how interviews are conducted at the consulting firms, etc., I am very happy to do so.

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