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Jessica Berry

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  1. Jessica Berry

    Moving to Adelaide Suburbs

    We found the house search a bit of a pain to be honest, but that was also down to us taking the time to make sure we bought the right house in the right area. We did a lot of research and went to a lot of open inspections and a few auctions to get the feel for what was going on. Initially our plans were to find a block of land and build a new house on it, but that didn't happen in the end. We are very happy with our house and location so the time taken was worthwhile for us, but everyone is different. When we were looking to buy, house prices had jumped massively and houses were selling before they even got to auction, this is not necessarily the case now. Our house was up for auction but because we had been following what was happening we knew it would be sold before auction so we made an offer too good for them to refuse because we knew if it went to auction it could possibly go higher and they accepted it. In our area a lot of the houses around us go to auction because they are in demand and attract buyers, however a couple of the houses haven't sold recently but that is simply because the owners are greedy and are asking way above the going rate so they are now renting them out.
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    UK Gift Cards

    Thanks everyone for your input. Has anyone used this website? https://www.thegiftcardcentre.co.uk/
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    UK Gift Cards

    Has anyone bought UK gift cards from Australia as a present for someone in the UK and had them delivered to the UK? Who have you used and would recommend?
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    Moving to Adelaide Suburbs

    When we arrived in Adelaide we rented for a year. We wanted to take the time to find the right house and area to buy in. We spent a lot of weekends attending open house inspections in different areas to get a feel for the houses and the local area. It depends on your personal circumstances, budget, lifestyle, location of your job etc etc etc so what might suit one person isn't right for another.
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    Philip Schofield Gay (shocker)

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    The Adelaide vibe

    Although there are jobs that will go to new arrivals specifically because the locals know not to touch them! Happened a lot in the 457 visa days, high profile roles in Adelaide that were career suicide for locals, but to the poor sucker overseas seemed like a great opportunity then after a while there would be an article in the paper about the person returning home for family reasons!!!!! Although when I work with my clients, if they are willing and are aware of the risks there are organisations I suggest they target because I know they struggle to recruit and it is a chance to get their foot in the door and some Aussie work experience on their resume.
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    The Adelaide vibe

    Exactly. A recent admin job advert a friend applied for received 400 applications and this happens a lot, nothing new in the time I have been in Adelaide. Some adverts will state at the bottom...due to the volume of applications received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Again, this is not to say there isn't work here, but it depends what you do, what you are willing to do, attitude, approach etc etc etc. I applied for a job recently and within 1.5 hours of applying on Seek the company was contacting me to arrange an interview.
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    The Adelaide vibe

    I thought I would re-post a thread that I have posted in 2013 and 2015! The unemployment and under employment issues in Adelaide/SA are well documented in the press, on this site and in the past on Poms in Adelaide. SA currently has the third highest unemployment in Australia, which is quite good at the moment, usually we are number 1 or 2! You did multiple reccies and did your research so you were expecting it to take a while. In my experience, 3 months of job seeking is not unusual and up to 6 months I wouldn't be panicking, this is perhaps why SA Immigration have already shut you down. They are also aware that some migrants use SA as an easier option to get into Australia and then try to move elsewhere very quickly by saying they are unable to find work without giving it sufficient time. Kirsty has picked up work quickly so there is work out there, but this doesn't apply to everyone. I would also add that sometimes new arrivals can be harming their chances of finding work in various ways which they are not aware of because perhaps these things don't apply back in the UK.
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    The Adelaide vibe

    In my experience there are often other reasons certain groups of people are struggling to find work.
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    Two weeks in...

    I was between contracts one summer and had a job lined up but it was too hot on site to start so we had to wait for the weather to cool down! Timed perfectly with the Australian Open and I got to watch two weeks of tennis at home in the air con, reignited my interest in tennis. Every cloud and all that!
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    What is Traditional Aussie Fare?

    Schnitzel....parmi....compulsory items on a pub menu!
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    Do I Need Medical Insurance?

    Have you found employment? I am sure you are aware the Medicare Levy Surcharge is only payable if you go over the threshold, $90,000 for a single and $180,000 for families. If you haven't started working yet or will start in a few months, depending on your salary you may not go over the annual threshold. Just thought I would mention it in case other people are reading and they are not aware of the thresholds. https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/medicare-levy/medicare-levy-surcharge/
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    Two weeks in...

    Also initial phone screening is very popular in certain industries. This is undertaken before any face to face interviews and generally designed to knock people out of the process. The recruiter will ask what salary you are looking for. You need to be in the 'range' (or have some unique/exceptional skill to ask for more generally) or you usually won't proceed any further. When I work with clients, this is one of the areas I guide them on.
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    Two weeks in...

    I work with skilled migrants as an independent voice on the realities of them finding work in Adelaide, what that would involve and how to approach it. Some people choose to meet with me when they are over on a reccie to get the information before they make the move over (or decide not too!) and some meet me when they have already moved here. Migrants often make the assumption because they are on a skills list, their job/skills must be in demand which is a fair enough assessment but sometimes this is not the case. I've met people who have attended events in the UK who have been given, in my opinion, widely exaggerated information on the availability of jobs in Adelaide and the salaries they would earn.
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    Holiday/guided experience

    I may be able to assist. I will send you a PM (private message).