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.

Journey to Australia: Job Hunt Part-1

I guess this would be the burning question for most people thinking of migrating to other countries. Most of us are used to have a job, and the thought of going jobless is uncharted territory. Will I get a job? What if I don't? What if can't prove myself? What if I go jobless for long? How will I survive?

Source : https://www.bridgebc.edu.au
First things first, you have made a decision - you have to go now. Keep those worries aside, they are not going to help you at all. By this, I don't mean flush down all your worries and sit back and relax. You have a lot to do, and the earlier you are prepared - the better. I'm splitting my job hunt journey into two. The first part(this post) explains what I did before arriving to Australia. The second part is still going of for me(as of 04-Sep-2018), and will account my lessons learned through my journey.

Now what can you do before you get here? Lots. Let me break it down for you

  • Research
  • Prepare
  • Network

Journey to Australia : Visa granted, now what?

Sep 2017
When I got the call from an excited agent informing that our Visa is granted, I was surprised. 10 months back we were enjoying our new jobs and doing what every other software engineer does in Bangalore. We hadn't thought about uprooting to any other place, we had no plans at all. The Visa grant opened a new door for us, and we had no idea what lied on the other side of the door.
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I'll be summarising a few decisions we had to plan to open the door effectively. I'll categorise it as follows

  • Where to go?
  • When to go?
  • How to go?
  • Do we go as a couple, or one after the other?
  • How much money would we need?
  • What's the strategy for job hunting? - I'll be putting this up for another post