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Old 24th September 2015, 04:56 AM
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Hi Friends,

I see a lot of people facing difficult times after coming to Australia and there are lot of scary stories about how a person couldn't get a decent job for 6 months to 1 year and had to resort to casual jobs etc. So, I will share my story to elevate your hopes and spread some optimism in the process.

First Week
I landed in Melbourne on 28th June as I thought it would be optimal time to come just before job market opens. Before coming to Australia, I worked a lot on my LinkedIn profile, getting recommendations and endorsements, getting technical and project management certifications, creating Australian CV and cover letters etc. My first week was spent on getting accustomed to the Austalian timezone, opening bank account, finding house, getting myself registered on Medicare and so on.

Apply, Apply, No Reply
After first week or so of settling down, I started applying for jobs on Seek, Indeed, LinkedIn, ApplyDirect and so on. I kept track of all my applications by creating a month-wise folder structure. For example, I created a folder for the month July and inside it, I created sub-folders for each job application with folder names like [day_PositionTitle_CompanyName_RecruiterName_Locati on_JobPortalName]. For example, if I applied for a Web developer position on 10th July from Seek for company named ABC via RobertWalters, my folder name would be 10_WebDeveloper_ABC_RobertWalters_Melbourne_Seek. I found it quite useful because from folder itself I could find all the major things about a particular position. Inside each folder, I would keep a word document which contained JD, customized Resume and Cover letter. So when a recruiter called, I knew exactly which version of CV they were looking at. I kept all these folders inside Dropbox so that they won't be lost in case my machine crashed.

I found that job market in Australia is very sluggish. So after applying for a position, you may not get a call for weeks or even months. For example, I applied for one position in July first week, for which I got interview call in last week of August. It can get very unnerving and frustrating at times, especially when you lose steam after a month or two. Patience is the key here. Some of the recruiters were quite unprofessional who didn't pick my follow-up calls or didn't show courtesy to return my calls. Most of the time, I didn't even get rejection emails. I hoped that situation would improve in August when job market is at it's peak, but it was not be. August turned out to be highly depressing month in my job-hunt. I waited and waited for calls, and none came.

Ray of Hope
By the time September came, I was quite depressed, my hopes were at bare minimum and negative thoughts started filling my mind. I thought of going back to India as I was not able to penetrate Australian job market. To add it to it, a lot of job descriptions I found were highly unrealistic. For example, one position required .Net, Java, C++ plus windows server management experience, that too for a mid-level developer with 3-4 years of experience. I started to think nothing good is going to come my way. But, I was wrong!

September proved to be quite lucky for me. I started getting lot of interview calls and not just from recruiters but from the clients themselves. In September itself, I gave nearly 20 interviews, phone plus face-to-face. I gave all sorts of interviews, recording video responses online, telephonic interview, psychometric tests, coding exercises, behavioural interview etc.

My lucky day came few days ago when I was showered with not just one but three offers, one contract and two permanent positions, all in Melbourne. It was unbelievable, few weeks ago I was contemplating going back and now I had three offers at my disposal. I was overjoyed that finally all my efforts paid off and all the risk I took was not in vain. I accepted the best offer with good market rate and excellent prospects for the career growth. I would be starting from the first week of October.

Conclusion
What I understood from my experience is that Australian recruiters are not after technical jargon and syntax, they like to see your attitude and problem-solving ability. In the case of technical interview, you will be given a problem scenario and asked to design a system on whiteboard to solve it. These type of interviews can be quite hard, especially for the IT people from India who are used to answering the specific questions related to the their field of technology.

Behavioural interview is another difficult one which is aimed at gauging your personality and attitude. They are difficult to tackle because you can not escape a question by giving a simple yes/no answer. You have to apply STAR approach, describe Situation, what Task you worked on, what Action you took and what was the Result. If you follow this approach, your answer will have a better structure and your response will be exactly what the interviewer is looking for.

Another important thing here is to show how socially active you are. Recruiters give a lot of weight to the technical forum participations, your blogs, open-source contributions. If you haven't done something like this, I suggest you start doing it as early as possible. Create a GitHub account, contribute to an existing open-source project, participate on StackOverflow or other such forums, join Meetups etc. If you have done so previously, do highlight it on your resume.

To sum it up, keep applying, keep an open mind, don't be too rigid about package, city or technology, have a lot of patience, don't quit and success will be on your way. All the best!

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Good luck and thanks for sharing!!

Well done mate!!

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Great job done, mate. Congratulation on your new job. I know that if people have great communication skills, the chance they can get a job will be very high. I believe with your impressive IELTS scores, you do possess great communication skills which might help you a lot in terms of securing a job.

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Great job done, mate. Congratulation on your new job. I know that if people have great communication skills, the chance they can get a job will be very high. I believe with your impressive IELTS scores, you do possess great communication skills which might help you a lot in terms of securing a job.
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Yes, communication skills play a very important role when it comes to securing a job. Also, the fact that you need to exude friendly and confident persona at all the times. I have seen people from my country are also quite wary of offering a smile. The more you think of an interviewer as your future colleague, the easier it will be to succeed in an interview.
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Thank you for sharing your experience.... very useful indeed....

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Congrats on getting 3 offers. It's true that things can change over 1 day for the better. Your story also tells all new migrants that there are jobs out there and employment market is not as bleak as what it seems. Enjoy the rest of your holiday before work starts!

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Congrats on getting 3 offers. It's true that things can change over 1 day for the better. Your story also tells all new migrants that there are jobs out there and employment market is not as bleak as what it seems. Enjoy the rest of your holiday before work starts!

Have a great day !
Absolutely! There is a job for everyone provided you have right mindset, persistence and patience. People have unreasonable expectations based on their experience in their home country, which is what causes them to get into trouble here. If you plan well and keep trying, success is yours!

All the best!
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Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on getting the offers. I plan to move in January and reading a story like this with such positive attitude is very helpful. I believe that employment won't be a nightmare if we deal with it in a positive and active way. Enjoy your time before getting to the job!

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Congratulation mate. Once again thankyou for posting a success story.

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Waah Captain Jacksparrow. Congrats on the job offer. Time to open Rum bottles

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