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We moved back to Adelaide 7 months ago after having to move to country Victoria for a couple of years to secure our PR through sponsored employment. My wife sent out emails and letters to potential employers in her field about 3 months before our return and through that secured a full time job the week we got back to Adelaide. I was out of work for 4 months (longest I've ever been in that situation) despite applying for jobs in my recent field (journalism) and previous roles in admin, customer service and data entry as well as numerous others fields I thought I could try my hand at. Eventually got a group interview for multiple positions as water meter reader. Never thought I'd end up doing something that different. It's casual but virtually full time and they need people who are reliable and trustworthy. It's quite hard work in some respects and can be frustrating to start with and you need to be pretty fit as there's a lot of walking and scrambling under bushes sometimes. Think a few people have left recently so will ask about vacancies.
Thanks Burgermeister for your input.
would be highly obliged if you can share a link where to go for meter reader role.
Also, would appreciate if you can further share an experience
of writing emails directly to potential employers. Where to get list of potential employers, whom to address etc.
Once again many thanks for your valuable inputs.
Whenever I read on here about skilled migrants struggling to find work, it is almost without exception in the IT field.
Is there just a glut of skilled applicants, or is this field in some kind of decline in SA?
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I think this field has always been smaller in Adelaide than in the Eastern States. That goes back 15 years or so.
Almost everyone I know who trained in IT has moved to the East, (Canberra, Sydney) or developed their career in another field to stay within SA
When I was looking for journalism work 4 years ago (as a mature aged student just finishing uni) I looked up a list of suitable organisations throughout SA and sent emails to the editors outlining my interest with a brief background, cv and portfolio of work. I also applied for about 25 jobs in 4 different states as getting a regional job (sponsored) was the only way for us to stay in Oz. Got a job in Victoria within 10 weeks (as the editor was looking for someone a bit older). But within another few weeks I had calls from 2 in SA who had kept my enquiry emails.
My wife did the same when we were planning to move back to SA, just looked up vet practices in the area and sent emails to practice managers. She got a call a few days before we moved, from one who needed someone quickly, had an interview the day after we got back and started the following week.
Job market is tough all round here at the moment I think, and frustrating as we're unlikely to have much of a contacts network, but personally I believe perseverance pays off in the end. Good luck.
Hi have you thought of starting your own business
I saw your post and thought of giving you some pointers:-
Please visit Manpower Associates in CBD, they have many manual labour jobs, convince them you desperately need a job to survive. They have couple of nice consultants there, they might help you. make appropriate cv to suit such job otherwise not worth going there.
Also, go to Chandler McLloyd, All staff resources etc for Process Work jobs..........look for process work jobs you may get some. Also, make appropriate cv, otherwise not worth going there.
Some IT jobs advertised on Adelaide University website. Only Service Desk analysts - worth a try.