PS - classic example....
May not be dazzling but gets you in the door... I'll buy you many, many pints if you get a job before you get here....
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You have pretty much confirmed everything that I have already heard regarding HR in Adelaide and the need to network. I have been trying to build up a network of contacts via LinkedIn with some success so far and spoken with a couple of recruiters in the area.
My sincerest thanks to everyone on this thread so far - your advice and assistance has been invaluable.
I have been in Adelaide for two years now and have a Generalist HRM background. We had visited Australia in the past but had never been to Adelaide; arriving in November 2009 we decided to take a couple of months out getting the Housing/location situation straight and enjoy a well earned break over Christmas. I started looking for work in January and quickly discovered that most people were still on holidays, so it was pretty quiet up to the end of Jan. I had to revamp my Resume layout and started to apply for HRM roles with no luck. After six weeks in I decided to ‘spread the net’ and applied for a variety of roles across HR, Admin and Training (at various levels) but still struggled to get even an interview, the feedback was due to my lack of experience with SA employment legislation. I had registered with numerous agencies but had very little success. After 4 months I decided to get involved with some voluntary work and ended up working on a HR project for a large charity, this was great as I could get the appropriate exposure to the legislation and gain a greater understanding of the HR market. Then out of the blue received a phone call from an agency and went along for an interview with Westpac for a HR Business Partner role, and as they say the rest is history! As you know it’s important to have a structured plan of approach but also remain flexible, creatively think about the different ways you could potentially enter the HR market, face to face networking is the key- more so than on line/over the phone. The language and work culture is different too, so really invest time in researching business and understanding their values and strategic priorities-talk the lingo! Yes, the HR market is very different, it’s a lot smaller, everyone knows everyone else and most of the Senior HR professionals that I have met have been in their roles for quite some time! The volunteering route is a great option, I met some contacts there who have now moved to different sectors and roles and we remain in touch.
Good luck with your search and enjoy the experienceJ
I was recently talking to a colleague and he said when he came his goal was to get a job earning $50,000, he is now a Director and I felt he had realistic expectations and has obviously worked hard. I told him my story of starting out in an admin job on fairly low wages and building from that and we both knew where each other was coming from.
thanks for the information ...has been really great
At the moment I have just returned from the UK and looking at HR roles again. I have been here a year. I was working at BHP as a recruiter. My background is HR having worked in recruitment from 1988 after getting a degree in Psychology. I worked for telecoms blue chips in London working up to International HR Mgr. Then did consultancy work overseas. It is interesting to see how everyone is getting on and managing to find their way into HR here. I think you are all right - you need to do it differently to get your foot in the door here. If anyone hears of a role in their org I would be really please to know about it.