I just wanted to write a positive note about how I have found the job market here. Before moving to Adelaide I worked in Hospitality Administration in London - I loved this role but knew moving here the likelihood of me finding something similar would be slim. So I decided to temp for a while to get me on my feet. I set up an interview with Hays in the uk and they organised a meeting for me in their Adelaide office 3 days after I arrived! 2 days after that interview I was in my first temp job and temped successfully through Hays on and off for 18 months!
The up side to this is that I was working, earning (the money was not bad at all!) and I was gaining experience in the Australian job market and I got invaluable Australian based referees! The down side was that I couldn't plan too far in advance due to not being 100% sure that I would have work from one month to the next! The financial crisis has not affected my work in fact I have probably had better assignments since the crisis started!
About 3 months ago my partner (who is an aussie) and I realised how much we loved Adelaide! So it was time for me to start looking for permanent work! Using Seek.com.au I made a start! I heard nothing in the first couple of months but then this month I had three interviews on the same day and got offered two of the three jobs! Today I have accepted an offer for one of those and I am really excited - its even in the hospitality field! :D
I know it is very daunting moving without a job but if you have any admin skills I can recommend temping! There are full time permanent jobs out there and if you are struggling I suggest getting someone to look at your cv and covering letter style as I have found this to be key to getting in the door - what works in UK doesn't always work here!
Also thought I'd add my recommendations for recruitment/temp agencies as I have now had dealings with a fair few of them (These are of course just my opinions - everyone’s experiences are different!):GEEK:
Hays - Great for temping if you are an admin person ask to speak to Nicole or Kylie in Office Support! Always really nice and very helpful! Only problem I found was that they were desp for me to keep temping as I always got such good feedback so they weren't quick at putting me forward for perm. work.
Corus Recruitment -Cant speak highly enough about them, they got me my new job but more than that they treated me so well - not just like 'another candidate' but took the time to call and email me with constant updates and information! Helen was my consultant - Lovely!
ExtraStaff - Temping - found them a bit flaky and they did not have constant work for me. Recruitment - the jobs they had were good but they didn't seem to get the better paying jobs.
Manpower - MY advice - Avoid them like the Plague!!!! I had nothing but trouble with them, they never called when they said they would and then when I called they would fob me off and make me feel bad for taking up their time!
I hope this helps anyone in Admin looking to make the move or even just as a positive tale of the working world over here!
Good luck to all looking for work!