Just thought I'd share some positive news as I have mixed feelings about this forum sometimes and the nearer I get to leaving (5 weeks) some of the posts reinforce my anxieties! Honesty is great but should be reined in a bit imo given most pre-emigraters (thats my own word!) will already be terribly anxious and at the end of the day no one can predict another's journey through anything in life - it would be very boring if that was the case! PIA has also been a god send at times though so like I say mixed feelings!
Anyway I read too often on here that you shouldn't bother looking at jobs before landing. Mentally I couldn't cope with doing nothing and just flying out jobless so I ignored all that 'advice'. Well nothing's in the bag yet but just to say that today I've been invited to an interview via Skype for Tuesday! My other half has an interview lined up for when we land and another lead to follow up. I've been doing some work on a voluntary, virtual basis for 6 months which has allowed me to build some networks and contacts. So I guess what I'm saying is there's no harm in trying to source work and for all the numerous 'thanks but no thanks' you receive someone might be willing to give you a go! And I reckon being proactive and positive in this way could have an impact on an employer. By the way all our research and applications have been sourced via seek, google and a few brazen emails. Wish us luck!