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Its been 1 Week in Sydney and I have been having a wonderful busy time already. My status is I dont have a job and once I settle down and hopefully when I get a job will bring on my family.

Flight was smooth via Thai, didnt have problems with Customs and Quarantine guys told OK to my packaged food, and some masalas(I had declared them in the arrival card). Quarantine would scan your baggage through the XRay machine for sure including your cabin luggage.

Stayed for a day in Parramatta with my uncle and then moved on to find a shared accommodation in Campsie.

Rentwise, I am paying up 150/wk and its a shared accommodation with my own room. Other fellows here are Indians, One Yugoslavian, 2 Pakistanis, 1 Bangaladeshi. In total there are 10 people each having their own rooms. Kitchen, bathrooms and toilets are shared here.

I had to pay 2 weeks bond and 1 week advance rent. But the owner wouldnt pay me a receipt. I find that a bit strange.

Medicare was quick as I just had to show them my passport and I had to fill in a form and they gave me a small chit of paper.

Bank accounts: I opened one with Commonwealth bank because I was told that they were the largest bank with plenty of ATMs around. I opened two accounts 1. Everyday Account(zero balance account,0% interest too) which they would charge me $4/month and 2.NetSaver Account(no monthly charges, 5% interest, but no ATM withdrawal is allowed). Only thing I have to do is do some $2000 transaction per month. That means if you transfer the money from one account to the other the total transaction should be 2000 AUD/month.

Interviews: I have reactivated most of my contacts in linked in and had a few leads here before landing in Sydney. Last tuesday, was my first interview and had to take a train to North Sydney. Interview went on fine and I am awaiting the results from them.

I have a few more leads which I am pursing but these are not major ones, just some 1 to 2 week contract ones, but that definitely would get me started.

Travel: Travelling around is very easy by train. I have not traveled in bus yet, but it should be easy too. Traveling and planning is easy with a site 131500 Transport where you can state the starting point and destination and you can make it from anywhere to everywhere. Traveling is really expensive in Sydney.

Broadband: I took a prepaid mobile broadband (a cousin of Tata Indicom Photon Plus that we have back in India) which gives you speed upto 3mbps(claimed but not really). It costed me $80 a no contract one and rates are for 1GB they will charge around 30 dollars with option of unused data rolling up to next month. I couldnt wait for contract ones because once I got a job I ll throw this and take a ADSL connection.

Thats it friends, hope I have given you some insight of what life is like in Sydney. But its a lovely place and has perfectly matched my imagination.

I got calls from a few friends here complaining that its been 1 month, 2 months they have been here and not a single interview call. I think the secret of getting calls is to specialize and constantly update to latest technologies so that you stand out of the crowd. The context of jobs is for IT only.

All the jobs/calls was via Linked in and not via Seek. Many guys dont advertise jobs but they find you via Linkedin, either through your activity in the group, or via connections etc. So again Networking is very very important here.

I found most of the jobs coming from Sydney area(especially the north area), 1 call from Canberra, 1 from Melbourne and a small lead from Perth.

I have also got calls 3 of them from US :) all willing to allow me work remotely while staying in Australia. But thats a different story which would be too premature to discuss at this point.

Got a few leads here, have 2 interviews this week(both companies are in North Ryde) and have a couple next week. So will surely hit the jackpot soon. Fingers crossed.

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Hi Royen:

Welcome to SYD, thank you for the great write up and I think you're going about the job hunt exactly right. I generally find that a contract position would be a good one to start in for the first job, that way you get your first job experience out of the way and then the next jobs are easier to get.

And sometimes those contract positions do turn into perm positions (it's a question of comfort for the employer).

With transport it'll be a Green or Orange Weekly pass, can't do better than that I'm afraid.

If you have a moment, do get on the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay, really nice and relaxing way to see the harbour and get to my side of the harbour (Manly side).

If you're the aspirational type you can pick which multi-million dollar mansion you'll move into in 10 yrs :D.

Its been 1 Week in Sydney and I have been having a wonderful busy time already. My status is I dont have a job and once I settle down and hopefully when I get a job will bring on my family.

Flight was smooth via Thai, didnt have problems with Customs and Quarantine guys told OK to my packaged food, and some masalas(I had declared them in the arrival card). Quarantine would scan your baggage through the XRay machine for sure including your cabin luggage.

Stayed for a day in Parramatta with my uncle and then moved on to find a shared accommodation in Campsie.

Rentwise, I am paying up 150/wk and its a shared accommodation with my own room. Other fellows here are Indians, One Yugoslavian, 2 Pakistanis, 1 Bangaladeshi. In total there are 10 people each having their own rooms. Kitchen, bathrooms and toilets are shared here.

I had to pay 2 weeks bond and 1 week advance rent. But the owner wouldnt pay me a receipt. I find that a bit strange.

Medicare was quick as I just had to show them my passport and I had to fill in a form and they gave me a small chit of paper.

Bank accounts: I opened one with Commonwealth bank because I was told that they were the largest bank with plenty of ATMs around. I opened two accounts 1. Everyday Account(zero balance account,0% interest too) which they would charge me $4/month and 2.NetSaver Account(no monthly charges, 5% interest, but no ATM withdrawal is allowed). Only thing I have to do is do some $2000 transaction per month. That means if you transfer the money from one account to the other the total transaction should be 2000 AUD/month.

Interviews: I have reactivated most of my contacts in linked in and had a few leads here before landing in Sydney. Last tuesday, was my first interview and had to take a train to North Sydney. Interview went on fine and I am awaiting the results from them.

I have a few more leads which I am pursing but these are not major ones, just some 1 to 2 week contract ones, but that definitely would get me started.

Travel: Travelling around is very easy by train. I have not traveled in bus yet, but it should be easy too. Traveling and planning is easy with a site 131500 Transport where you can state the starting point and destination and you can make it from anywhere to everywhere. Traveling is really expensive in Sydney.

Broadband: I took a prepaid mobile broadband (a cousin of Tata Indicom Photon Plus that we have back in India) which gives you speed upto 3mbps(claimed but not really). It costed me $80 a no contract one and rates are for 1GB they will charge around 30 dollars with option of unused data rolling up to next month. I couldnt wait for contract ones because once I got a job I ll throw this and take a ADSL connection.

Thats it friends, hope I have given you some insight of what life is like in Sydney. But its a lovely place and has perfectly matched my imagination.

I got calls from a few friends here complaining that its been 1 month, 2 months they have been here and not a single interview call. I think the secret of getting calls is to specialize and constantly update to latest technologies so that you stand out of the crowd. The context of jobs is for IT only.

All the jobs/calls was via Linked in and not via Seek. Many guys dont advertise jobs but they find you via Linkedin, either through your activity in the group, or via connections etc. So again Networking is very very important here.

I found most of the jobs coming from Sydney area(especially the north area), 1 call from Canberra, 1 from Melbourne and a small lead from Perth.

I have also got calls 3 of them from US :) all willing to allow me work remotely while staying in Australia. But thats a different story which would be too premature to discuss at this point.

Got a few leads here, have 2 interviews this week(both companies are in North Ryde) and have a couple next week. So will surely hit the jackpot soon. Fingers crossed.

Regards,
Roy
 

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Thank you Amaslam. It feels great here.


As of now I am happy with the return tickets because I dont have to travel everyday, but am sure to take on the coloured weekly passes once I get a job.

My train went past the Circular Quay area and the Sydney harbor sight was simply awesome.

Added the multi million mansion to my "list to achieve" dream list. Will surely try to get one in 20 yrs(a bit realistic from my point of view).

I have a question regarding the contract job scenario. Pardon me if my question sounds a bit naive as I have never contracted before. Can the employees take leave for a couple of weeks and when they return carry on with the contract?
I understand that the contractor will not be paid for the leave period. This is because if I were to get a job, I have to go back home for a week and bring my family.



Hi Royen:

Welcome to SYD, thank you for the great write up and I think you're going about the job hunt exactly right. I generally find that a contract position would be a good one to start in for the first job, that way you get your first job experience out of the way and then the next jobs are easier to get.

And sometimes those contract positions do turn into perm positions (it's a question of comfort for the employer).

With transport it'll be a Green or Orange Weekly pass, can't do better than that I'm afraid.

If you have a moment, do get on the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay, really nice and relaxing way to see the harbour and get to my side of the harbour (Manly side).

If you're the aspirational type you can pick which multi-million dollar mansion you'll move into in 10 yrs :D.
 

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Hi Royen:

This is most restrictive in the first year. Usually it is explicitly defined in the employee manual. The standard at my company is:

First 3 months: Upto 5 leave days
3-6 months: Upto 10 leave days
6-9 months: Upto 15 leave days
9-12 months: Upto 20 leave days
Thereafter: 20 leaves days or more depending on management approval.

Most have some sort of "upon approval by management, business needs"

From a contractors viewpoint I think no leave till the contract ends (if < 6 months) and some leave (but not weeks) if contract > 6 months. Should be explicitly listed on employee paperwork or employee handbook, but if not clear you can freely ask the company HR.

As for leaving for a week to bring family I think it's a reasonable request and most employers should be open to it (meaning won't put an objection unless you have < 5 leave days). You can discuss it with the manager when you start or just before you start.


Thank you Amaslam. It feels great here.


As of now I am happy with the return tickets because I dont have to travel everyday, but am sure to take on the coloured weekly passes once I get a job.

My train went past the Circular Quay area and the Sydney harbor sight was simply awesome.

Added the multi million mansion to my "list to achieve" dream list. Will surely try to get one in 20 yrs(a bit realistic from my point of view).

I have a question regarding the contract job scenario. Pardon me if my question sounds a bit naive as I have never contracted before. Can the employees take leave for a couple of weeks and when they return carry on with the contract?
I understand that the contractor will not be paid for the leave period. This is because if I were to get a job, I have to go back home for a week and bring my family.
 

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That was very informative in indeed. Thank you very much again. This will atleast prepare my mind of how things will be when I start my contract.

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Hi Roy, Wish you all the best with forthcoming interviews. How about earlier interviews that you did in India? Are these interviews at SYD are extension of Interviews that you had in India?
 

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Hi Royen,

Thank you very much for writing in detail. I wish you good luck for the Job search. I was looking for information regarding Parramatta and Westmead. Is there any particular reason you choose Campsie like low rent,easy transportation like that.
Which airways you choose from India?. What are the normal interview questions they ask, I mean any general questions. Expect to hear from you soon...
 

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dear Royen,
All the best for your job search. Few months back i was in the same boat. You are in the right track. To help new immigrants find first job, I wrote a blog. Currently moved that blog to my signature
Hope it helps
Ashish
I have already read your blog ashish and also added my comments. Really informative indeed. Wait till I get a job and then we can plan up a meeting over some coffee/beer.
 

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Hi Royen,

Thank you very much for writing in detail. I wish you good luck for the Job search. I was looking for information regarding Parramatta and Westmead. Is there any particular reason you choose Campsie like low rent,easy transportation like that.
Which airways you choose from India?. What are the normal interview questions they ask, I mean any general questions. Expect to hear from you soon...
Well it doesnt matter where you stay because Sydney is so well connected by trains that you can stay anywhere. I found the accommodation in Campsie first so didnt take much time to decide. Anyways, its just for a couple of months and when I have my job, I ll move on to my own unit.

I flew via Thai Airways. Swadeeka :)

The interviews have never been deeply technical, most of them are all questions of how you fit in the team and some team management questions. Some just ask ver high level abstract questions.
 

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Hi Roy, Wish you all the best with forthcoming interviews. How about earlier interviews that you did in India? Are these interviews at SYD are extension of Interviews that you had in India?
Some of them are new and some of them who had rejected me called me back. So have too many interviews at this moment.

I had an interview with a consultant yesterday for the same company I was working in India. I asked him abt local experience. He told me that if you have generic skills like Java/J2EE or Dot Net then they will ask for local experience because competition is huge.

But if you have very specialist skills like Oracle Apps, SAP Basis, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Ms CRM Dynamics then these are absolutely in demand and they dont care about local experience.

I felt a little bit down because so many of us came via the generic route with the visa. However, in the evening I got two calls for generic Java work as well as some on SOA so I firmly think we all have a chance. We need to have the proper strategy and channel to move ahead.

A small tip. Everyday read some self help books which boost your confidence and inner will. This has really helped me a lot.

Again the context of this discussion is IT only.
 

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Hey Roy

So nice to read your post, wish you luck with the upcoming interviews.

cheers
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Best of the luck ROYEN...... !!!
 

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Some of them are new and some of them who had rejected me called me back. So have too many interviews at this moment.

I had an interview with a consultant yesterday for the same company I was working in India. I asked him abt local experience. He told me that if you have generic skills like Java/J2EE or Dot Net then they will ask for local experience because competition is huge.

But if you have very specialist skills like Oracle Apps, SAP Basis, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Ms CRM Dynamics then these are absolutely in demand and they dont care about local experience.

I felt a little bit down because so many of us came via the generic route with the visa. However, in the evening I got two calls for generic Java work as well as some on SOA so I firmly think we all have a chance. We need to have the proper strategy and channel to move ahead.

A small tip. Everyday read some self help books which boost your confidence and inner will. This has really helped me a lot.

Again the context of this discussion is IT only.
Roy, Wish you all the very best for job search!!! Looks like you did plenty of work while in Bangalore, and that is helping now.

Our Medicals were finalized today. We are hoping to see some progress and probably visa grant next month!
 

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dats really gud Royen!!

all the best and keep us posted..:)....great post...really helpful

thanks again
 

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Hello Royen

All the best for your job search. Keep posting with your experiences. Are you looking for any part time jobs or courses with TAFE? Also did you get your TFN?

Best Regards

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Hello Royen

All the best for your job search. Keep posting with your experiences. Are you looking for any part time jobs or courses with TAFE? Also did you get your TFN?

Best Regards

Faisal
Thanks. For the moment I have decided not to do any part time/casual jobs. Its just been 9 days, but I might look at it after 2 months.

No courses planned either.

I have applied for TFN online, and it will take 28 days to reach me. Medicare would take 15 days to reach.

So still waiting for them

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Roy, Wish you all the very best for job search!!! Looks like you did plenty of work while in Bangalore, and that is helping now.

Our Medicals were finalized today. We are hoping to see some progress and probably visa grant next month!
Thanks! Wish you all the best for your Visa. The journey has just begun. :)
 

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Hello Royen

All the best for your job search. Keep posting with your experiences. Are you looking for any part time jobs or courses with TAFE? Also did you get your TFN?

Best Regards

Faisal
Hi,
I am serving in a Bank (ICT Dept.). I am going to apply for assessment. I discussed with some people who live AU. They discourage me to leave my job current. My working area is windows system, networking and server hardware. Would you pls tell me about the opportunity of this area?
 

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Hi Roy,

Wish You All The Best for your job search!!
Hope you will land a nice job very soon...!!

Cheers
Subbaram.

Thanks. For the moment I have decided not to do any part time/casual jobs. Its just been 9 days, but I might look at it after 2 months.

No courses planned either.

I have applied for TFN online, and it will take 28 days to reach me. Medicare would take 15 days to reach.

So still waiting for them

Regards,
Roy
 
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