I agree with Suzer about the selection criteria. I work in recruitment for a large employer in Adelaide and I recently advertised a PA role and had over 90 applications. 70 of them had not bothered to put selection criteria with the application as required and some of the CVs were so bad it was ridiculous that they were applying for a role that needed good admin skills. Selection criteria statements are crucial when they are asked for and they take some time to complete, once you have done a few you should have built up lots of examples of how you have multi-tasked, managed competing priorities, worked in a team etc etc and you can just cut and paste then but to start with they are very onerous.
You will get there eventually, I applied for around 40 jobs from Feb - June, got 5 interviews and was offered the one I have now which is fab.
Good luck with it....
I have taken the position and start Monday!!
Originally Posted by suzer
After a year of not working I can't wait to get back to work and adult conversation! Although I will miss my kids!!
Have just applied for my 25th job since arriving. I had my first rejection email this morning, hurray!
As for 'selection criteria' it would help if employers were consistent. I had a company ring and ask me to resubmit an application because I had matched my skills to the person spec as per the job advert, but they really wanted me to match it to the job spec.
She also audibly sighed when I confirmed that my referees (previous employers) are in the UK.
Can someone introduce these people to email?? Or a fax machine??!
Good luck and enjoy!!
Originally Posted by Here at last!
Selection criteria are very specific and will be called just that.
Originally Posted by fuji70
Erm thanks, but they weren't called 'just that' at all. I've re-checked the advert and I completed the application as per the instructions. I've heard similar stories on here too.
Aussie employers are human, just like everyone else.
It is also not what you know but who you know. It is extremely frustrating at work when you hear people getting jobs with no experience whatsoever in the job that they will be doing when you know there are people like yourselves who are more than competent to do the role. It's because they have friends here that have got them that "foot in the door". Grrrrrr.
I was just saying that then that doesn't quite qualify as selection criteria. If you're unsure and what to address and how, it never hurts to contact the prospective employer to ask before you complete your application.
Originally Posted by fuji70
I was sure....being as I read the advert properly.
However, I have taken to ringing employers to double check now. Should be unnecessary if the advert and job pack info is clear, but when in Rome....
And Moosh, I couldn't agree more. The 'who you know' thing drives me nuts and is an attitude that should have stayed in the print unions in the 70s!!
Meanwhile, the hunt continues...
I'm coming to learn that there are quite a few of us ex-pat multi-job searchers about!
The next time I get a job rejection email/letter (and I get them almost every day, so it won't be a long wait) I'm going to send them a polite reply.
It will thank them for their correspondence, but point out that despite their protestations to the contrary, my skills and experience did in fact match the job spec and that the actual reason my application was unsuccessful was because I am not Australian and have neither Australian work experience or references.
42 job applications later, I finally have an interview. It's to work as a multicultural officer for the government. The one profession it would seem, where they simply can't ignore my application due to my nationality.
I may also start a Christmas recycling push a la Marks & Spencers, only with job rejections instead of old Christmas cards. There's so many of us receiving them both on and off this forum that I reckon I could be quids (sorry Adelaide....dollars!) in!! ;)