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4lan

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Hi Everyone,

 

I'd like some help and advice please.

 

I'm currently preparing a visa application with a view to move to Queensland and probably the Brisbane locale.

 

I'm an IT professional with over eight years experience, four at second level desktop support and the rest as second and third level network specialising in security. My work exposure is with an enterprise infrastructure of approximately eighteen thousand users with a substantial number of "branches" and being direct responsible for the corporate data centre network.

 

I'm flexible with regard to my network skill utilisation and all other aspects of my abilities.

 

Does anyone have suggestions regarding avenues of investigation regarding job opportunities, such as agencies or websites to interrogate etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

Kind Rergards,

 

- 4lan.

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Hi Everyone,

 

Does anyone have suggestions regarding avenues of investigation regarding job opportunities, such as agencies or websites to interrogate etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

Kind Rergards,

 

- 4lan.

 

Hey 4lan

 

My experience is not a positive one in securing work in IT and from what you have described, our skillbases are probably not a million worlds apart. I'm a Network and Systems consultant / manager with MCSE and CCNA, 10 years of relevant industry experience, and skills in secure network design and implementation for Defence. Yes, I've done helpdesk 1/2/3 line support throughout those years too.

 

Heres my top tips:

 

Tip 1: Apply for every job you think your skills may be applicable for, and then apply for everything else. (I had one interview for Linux even though I'm predominately Wintel) Good websites are SEEK - Australia's no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site and Find Jobs. Build a Better Career. Find Your Calling. | CareerOne.com.au. There are others, but most positions end up on one or the other, or both.

 

Tip 2: Be prepared for a lot of disappointment, and for gods sake, dont mention your english or 'recently arrived' until they find out at the interview'. Dont put your nationality, DOB or marital status on your CV. Scrap a Hobbies and interests section if you have one. Dont mention that all the companies on your CV are in the UK until Interview. This for me, really has been absolutely key to getting to the interview stage. I wish this was a joke, but its not.

 

Tip 3: You'll be applying mostly to agents - find the proactive ones and then ride them like a stubborn donkey. Its laid back over here to the point of horizontal and unless your proactive and chase you'll never get anywhere.

 

Tip 4: Cover Letter, Cover Letter, Cover Letter. You'll spend hours doing them. Draft a monster 10 page cover letter outlining everything you can think of, then copy and paste off the bits that address the selection criteria for each individual job. Aussies dont even bother reading the CV if the cover letter doesn't address the selection criteria.

 

Tip 5: Expect to go back down to the bottom of the corporate ladder. You have no experience or skills in IT until you have worked in Australia. Some people will wonder if you can find the power button (Its on the bottom, if you were wondering haha)

 

Tip 6: Brush up on your interview technique. Prepare for those dreaded questions like "What attracted you to this position" and "Where do you see yourself in 1,2,3,4 and 5 years time" and most importantly, the aussies love the "What are your strengths and weaknesses" questions. Have good answers to these and customise them to spin the role they are advertising into your answers.

 

Tip 7: The most important tip. Dont Give Up. Don''t get disheartened when nobody even acknowledges they saw your application, and dont expect a call unless you a) get an interview or b) got the job.

 

Tip 8: When all else fails, scream and re-train as a welder, electrician, builder or plumber.

 

Tip 9: If your successful, let me know what you did differently!

 

All the best, and enjoy Australia - dont forget to 'buy Australian, think Australian, and be Australian!'

 

Top Pom Tips for IT guys:

 

1) I strongly suggest leaving a laptop with a Hauppauge WinTV card accessible via VPN with relatives to record all the quality TV you like in the UK. to fly over the web to watch here. You wont get it here, and the ads will drive you NUTS!!

 

2) Broadband is expensive to the point of ridiculous for anything with more than a few GB of download a month. AAPT, dodo and iinet do some reasonable plans for about $100 a month which give you the same monthly quota you'll pay 25 for in the UK.

 

3) Get yourself a VoipCheep.com account and a SIP phone, and call back to the UK for FREE. Set up a Sipgate account and take a british number with you for your relatives to call on - or send them to budgetcom.com for a 0.5p a minute gateway via standard land line.

 

4) Bring all your IT kit with you - even the ADSL uses Annex A and G.DMT modulation so it all works. Its expensive here with even a Netgear DG834g costing over $100. I personally use Dreytek Vigor 2800's (not for security, but for functionality) at my folks in the UK and here to establish a nice an easy LAN to LAN VPN. These have an Aussie streamlined firmware which you can download to ensure you get a rock solid connection (Mines been up since I've been here! 45 days now)

 

Melodic

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Hi guys, im thinking about heading back out to Sydney next year sometime on a 1 year working holiday visa, hoping to get a bit of contracting if poss, but from reading the stuff on this board it seems like its near impossible to get any IT related jobs! At the moment I do 3rd line WINTEL support but really dont mind working on a 1st line helpdesk if thats what it takes!

 

melodicminor - thats a great post and one ill save for when i need it!

 

thanks,

Dave

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At the moment I do 3rd line WINTEL support but really dont mind working on a 1st line helpdesk if thats what it takes!

 

melodicminor - thats a great post and one ill save for when i need it!

 

thanks,

Dave

 

Glad you found it useful Dave, You have the right attitude, and as long as your prepared to do any work, I'm sure you'll find something to do while your here. I'm not sure whats going down over by the opera house, so you may find it a bit easier to get your foot through the door over there.

 

Enjoy

 

Melodic

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Glad you found it useful Dave<snip>and as long as your prepared to do any work, I'm sure you'll find something to do while your here.

 

Yes many thanks for all the advice, much appreciated!

 

- 4lan.

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