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I can completely agree with your opions! It's not only a problem getting a job it's also a even greater problem to stay in your job! My hubbie lost his job last week, because he asks if he gets a contract. One day after his "stupid" question they sacked him! He's a qualified CNC Machinist. Employers expect more from Immigrants than from their own people, for example a forklift licence, than he should read drawings on a CAD basic. So what else?
Me to, having problems. I'm an admin clerk, looking for work nearly for 4 1/2 months. Nothing!!! I'm on two waiting-lists. That's the game they play here "waiting-lists" so called casual pools, because they have more people searching for work than work itself!!!
PLEASE NEW ARRIVALS BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO! ADELAIDE HAS A LACK OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES! IT'S ALL A LIE FROM THE SOUTH AUSTRALIEN GOVERNMENT! SKILL-LISTS ARE WORTHLESS!
If possible go to other states with more job opportunities.
Last but not least Adelaide is a beautiful city when you have a job. Lots of facilities and attractions. Cheaper than other cities.
But sorry folks, I'm too frustrated at the moment.
I can sympathise with looking for work. It took me a couple of months and dozens of applications to get a job - with the South Australian Government - so I'll tell them what you think!!!!
Though I have taken a job that is below what I used to do i'm happy to get a job and be gaining experience.
It was hard writing applications every day for 2 months, attending interviews and coming close to getting a few jobs but not quite close enough. There is an art to applying for jobs here which may have already been mentioned but I'll tell you my experiences in case it helps anyone. I went to the Skills Recognition Services workshop on cv writing and it was a big help - I was sceptical thinking I knew all about applying for jobs and they couldn't teach me anything, but I learned a lot. The knack seems to be making your CV into a Resume and not looking English. I changed my email to a .com one, got my qualificatons recognised and changes the titles to match the Australian version and once I'd done that and a few other tweaks I started to get interviews through - says a lot doesn't it. I don't think its all about discrimination though as companies get that many CV's through they only look at each one for less than a minute and if they can't make sense of where you've worked or what qualifications you've got then it goes in the bin.
Personally, I found there to be lots more jobs available than when I was looking in England before we came here in January. But there is a lot of competition it seems so the application is the key.
Last edited by Leccyman; 24-06-2012 at 08:25 AM.
Moved to Happy Valley Jan 2012.
It is good news to hear the SRS have stepped up their game. I must admit when we came in 2007 my dealings with them were terrible and they epitomised every stereotype about 'typical government workers' with their general lack of interest and professionalism.
We have just got back to Perth from visiting our family in Adelaide. The employment situation seemed as bad as it was when we left there in 1985. Both my daughter & her husband are looking for jobs. The large food s/mkt chain he works for do not sack you they cut your hours down so much that you virtually have no job. My daughter has been to many job agencies. The lady at the agency said she won't have a job herself soon if jobs don't come in!
Thanks a lot for your hints!
I've to state that I've already an Australian resume and an Australian cover letter. I did it before I arrived and got even help from TAFE SA to shape my resume in a perfect way. But it's worthless, when there are no jobs and as you say it's very competitive here. We've also Australian family in NSW for more than 30 years. They helped us with good advise and tips for settling and getting into the workforce.
But as you see they live in NSW, where the job situation seems different.
I even applied for "odd" jobs in supermarkets, Coles, Woolworths, Foodland, McDonalds, a kind of work I also gained experience in my old homecountry when I was a student not too long ago. But only rejection letters....it seems to me that all qualified people here in Adelaide want to secure any job, because too many qualified people were fired from their former jobs?
And then it is allowed to start jobs (for example McDonalds) with only 15 years! That's unbelievable that we as Migrants are even competing with kids, prohibited to work in such kind of environment in most of Western countries at that early stage of life.
My hubbie has had a lot of job interviews, that are good news. But like before coming close to the job but not close enough.
Thank you for your comfort. The new financial year is coming, so hope is still there!
Unfortunately i can only agree with the negative comments being made...work wise i have been fine, in hospitality & training, working fulltime within government etc, however my hub HG has had too many jobs to count - hes a toolmaker/cnc etc...manufacturing is dire here and its not because he wont travel as hes worked in wingfield/northern burbs...hes currently a porter at flinders - because it helps pay the bills!
He's had numerous offers to move to Perth, im reluctant as our kids are settled here, oldest ones have their own lives here, he's tried the mines etc - its who you know not what you know though...oh for a ft permanent job for the hub...
The knack seems to be making your CV into a Resume and not looking English.
This so true, we applied for heaps of jobs, as soon as we took any reference to the UK off our resumes we started getting interviews.
Saying that if you get your head down, work hard and persevere you should be all right. We took 4 and 6 weeks to find jobs, both through recruitment consultants, so they are not all bad.
We've been here over 4 years - his resume is australianised...lol