Handyman ad in the local rag, changing light bulbs etc for people. Lots of people live alone especially women and need those jobs a man usually does around the house.
Our experience of UK vs Oz for employment....
Hubby got made redundant in April 2009 (as a paralegal), After 5 months of interviews and no feedback or offers (I couldn’t believe that no-one even got back to him after an interview!) I got him a job at my work as a warehouse operative (read stacking boxes) which was a fraction of his previous income, but it was income. He did that for six weeks and then got offered a two month contract with an asset manager, they liked him but had a permanent hire freeze, so he was back to being unemployed in December 2009. Finally in February 2010 he got offered a 12 month contract as a Governance and Legal Assistant. This contract was renewed for another 12 months, but April 2011 came and they terminated it with no notice. Called him in and told him to pack up and leave with an hours notice.
It was at this point we decided to head out to Australia and try our luck – I’d had a very good and secure job throughout this time, so it was a gamble for me.
June 2011 we headed to Perth on WHV’s.
I was offered a job within 3 days of landing – it was a PA role and I hated it so didn’t go back for a second day. 3 weeks after that however I had another PA job to go to – a six month contract with the government. Six weeks into this I decided it wasn’t for me so sent out my CV to 15 ASX listed companies and the very next day got a call to come for an interview. The following week I was starting work for them on a six month contract as an Assistant Company Secretary with the possibility of sponsorship. They did sponsor me and I’m now a permanent employee on permanent visa – so happy days!
Hubby also got offered a job within the first 3 weeks of being here, that was for nine weeks, he then walked straight into a six month contract as a document controller. He didn’t enjoy that so towards the end he sent his CV out to a few contacts he’d made and lo-and-behold got offered a great job in the City. It’s a permanent job, they are paying for him to go back to Uni and convert his English law qualifications to meet the WA Legal Society and qualify as a lawyer sometime next year. Things have never looked rosier for him.
So, Australia has worked for us where England was failing, so probably the best move we ever made in terms of jobs.
But – doesn’t work for everyone. A friend came out in Jan on a WHV and hasn’t managed to get a job, been flitting from one crappy backpacker job to another (despite a law degree, business masters and accounting experience). Another friend is a teacher and is also struggling to find something permanent, she gets the odd job here and there.
*Sorryfor the essay!!
Last edited by nicolac34; 04-07-2012 at 03:26 AM.
Hopefully getting my visa and heading down under mid next year, I think it really depends on what industry you are working for.
Last edited by thangvan; 10-12-2012 at 02:03 PM.
There are jobs out there, just got to think about wanting to do something that might be below your original 'standards', degrees or not.
Not forgetting also that 40% of employees are casual. This creates other problems for those that find themselves in such a position getting loans etc.
How long the lower employment figures will continue to feature is unknown. The mining boom, as the financial sector in London, only employ so many folk in that area.
My view is that it is only a matter of time before the under employed, casual and those not working but not getting benefits becomes more known in the general community.
Seem to be doing ok but none are just setting out in life and as such a pretty much set up in life. (Little or no debt)
Is Jan 2009 much different than now? Yes actually - it was much worse. Getting a job just after xmas is very hard.
If you are a recent graduate with a blank CV and no experience - then I can understand that things will be hard. But that also depends on the sort of life you've led. If you have a Duke od Ed award, do volunteer work at aged concern, have captained the local cricket side, had a major role in the school play, won a major chess championship - then you may have a half decent chance of getting a job.
But if you spent all day playing computer games, and smoking and drinking on the street corner hassling old ladies as they walk by, then why SHOULD someone give you a job? You have to earn the right to work.
** Top Tip - whenever I have an interview, I make a note of the peoples names, and I make a point of calling them a couple of days later and asking for feedback on my interview technique. If possible, I take the opportunity to sell myself a little bit more and stay in the interviewers minds (be careful not to piss them off). At the very worst, you may learn something about your interview technique that is letting you down. **
** Also the obvious - research the company and the position and your new boss - it is so easy these days with google. Be prepared for the obvious - ie 'why should I employ you?' If you are stumped, admit you have a mental blank and ask if you can come back to the question later. Just because you are being interviewed doesn't mean you can't take control of the interview and direct it in a more favourable direction. You don't have to be a sheep! **
Last edited by newjez; 04-07-2012 at 06:23 AM.
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I will add one. If you have the names of the people interviewing you, do some research on them. If they are senior management then the companies web site might have details. Or check linkedin as you can try to put something about yourself that suits their past
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