LinkedIn tips to boost your job hunt

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LinkedIn Tip #1 : Use CAPS wisely

This might look surprisingly trivial for some, but take a look at the LinkedIn profiles out there, you'd see all sorts of casing out there. To explain this more, take a look at the following
     2. vinesh balan
     3. vinesh Balan
     4. Vinesh Balan
which one looks professionally appealing? The 4th one of course. The first one is the worst you can do. All caps means you are yelling! When I joined in my new organisation, for some reason my name appeared in all caps everywhere - I was hesitant to ping/email people with that name.

This is applicable to everything else as well. Take a look at your designation
   1. Software Engineer
why would you wan't to yell that you are a Software Engineer?

Organisation name
   2. Applied Materials
Which one looks more elegant?

Of course there are exceptions. For example as a heading of your description, or the name of some organisations -

Please note that if someone is trying to find you over LinkedIn, your name is the first thing that'll pop up. If that doesn't look professional, it might be an early deal breaker.

Journey to Australia: Job Hunt Part - 3

This has been an eventful week. Thanks to all my LinkedIn network for the comments and likes. Yes, I started working this week.

Lot of people have started asking me inputs for job hunting as well. I hope you'd get a lot of info through my blog posts. As always, I'd be happy to help - ping me on LinkedIn. This post is a continuation of the series. I'll be explaining the Quality strategy and how it improved my applications. I'll also add a few general do's and don'ts that would keep your spirits high during this period and how to retrospect your current situation.

When the Aggressive Strategy started to get more depressing and anxious, I met Terry(from OBP). He explained to me what he does, what I could've been doing wrong and what I can do differently. I was extremely hesitant to spend more money on these services as the first one hadn't worked out well. But desperation eventually took over and I decided to go with it. This is a more relaxed strategy(or rather I'd say less aggressive). A few differences from what I did -

Journey to Australia: Job Hunt Part - 2

Hope you have found my posts related to my Journey to Australia useful. So far I've outlined my journey starting from why, moving on to how and eventually arrival at Melbourne. This post will explain in brief of my experience with job hunting in Melbourne, as an Embedded Software Engineer. The post would be highly specific to Embedded Engineers, but there would be general pointers here and there as well.

Once you've arrived and all ready to fire all guns, what do you do next? For me, it was to put into practice all the inputs/strategies I had received from Career Launch Australia(henceforth mentioned as CLA). I can't go into much details on this. But in a nutshell it was to have a blockbuster resume, excellent network and communication skills, positive attitude, and an aggressive approach.

Did this work? This is where my journey hits a roadblock. Yes it works, for certain profiles which heavily use recruiters, and is in high demand. For example, in the case of Anitha. She is an Automation Test Analyst with experience in Selenium Web driver(note - this is in high demand over here). The second day after we arrived, she connected to a recruiter(with the help of CLA) and had a great chat in person! The following week she approached another recruiter, who arranged an interview for her with the client. The client had a 30 minute discussion(not very technical), and boom - within 2 weeks of landing in Melbourne, she had started working.

This was a great start, and my belief in the strategy was at it's peak. I had to take some time off all this activity as we had to move out of the temporary accommodation and house hunting is a full time job of it's own over here. But I was confident of getting something soon(if not 2 weeks, even a month). But did I? (Hint : it's my 8th month of joblessness right now)

So what went wrong? After 8 long months of my job hunt, here are my observations. I'll be explaining on the different strategies I adopted, why things did not work for me, what helped me, what boosted my spirits, and what put me down.

Journey to Australia: Arrival

This post elaborates things to be done at your Arrival to Australia(the following post focuses specifically on Melbourne).

Landing on an unknown country can be scary if you are not well prepared. With Internet, you can be best prepared for what is to come. But there are things you can still miss out. I'll try to put my experience in the best way possible. If you have questions/concerns please leave a comment.

The following points would be explained here

  • At the Airport
    • Immigration
    • Border Protection/Customs
    • Phone SIM cards
  • Day 1
    • Myki Card
    • Bank Account
    • Medicare
    • Centrelink(if you have kids)
  • Things to do
    • Tax File Number
    • Library Card
    • Driving License
  • Misc info
    • Shopping?

Journey to Australia: Time to Fly!

It's time to Fly!

Dec 2017
As per plan, I'd be travelling to Melbourne in about a month. I was on my notice period at my current company, and good byes and how did you do it comments were floating around me. I felt happy that I was doing something different, and excited about the future.
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With January fast approaching, I still had to make a few decisions. Summarising a few below

  • Flight - Which one? Where to? What route?
  • Accomodation
  • What to pack?
  • What documents should I keep ready?
These might be routine stuff to a seasoned traveller. But for someone migrating to an unknown country - preparation was key.