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?

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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
Research
First step - understand the market. Australia doesn't have a huge presence in the IT industry. Understand what skills/technologies sell. The best place to start is SEEK and LinkedIn. Look at the jobs available in the city you are looking to move. For me, being an Embedded Software Engineer with C/C++ in the Semiconductor Industry was a big let down. Australian market is dominated by Finance and Telecom. There are plenty of roles available for Java, Web technologies, Full stack developer(very popular), Cloud technologies, Automation Test Analysts etc. Embedded is a very limited industry, with a few opportunities here and there that would require niche skills.

The next important thing to understand is how the market works. Hiring in Australia depends heavily on Recruiters. They post ads, you apply, and if they are happy with your application - you'll get a call back. After meeting you, if they are happy, they'll present you to the client for an interview. The difficult part here is to get the attention of Recruiters. You have to use all means possible - phone call, meeting, email, LinkedIn. This is where your LinkedIn network comes handy, and referrals mean a lot!

Now if you are worried about all these, and have no direction on what to do - go for help(or feel free to leave a comment! I'll try to help wherever I can). There are lot of Consultancies that will help you make your life easier. Note : No Consultancy/agency can guarantee you a job. If their website site says Guaranteed, then it's probably fake and you'll have to double think before making your decision. Look for reviews, connect to people who have already taken their services and do due research before taking their services. It doesn't come cheap.

Prepare
Irrespective of how you prepare, you should be ready with the following before you land at Australia.

  • Resume. This is the piece of paper that brings attention to you. Google on Australian format resumes and spend a lot of time reworking your resume. If you land in Australia and don't get calls - your Resume is at fault! Resume's are read by both humans and machines. Humans being mostly recruiters and machines being ATS(Application Tracking System). Your Resume has to beat them both.
  • Tech Interview : Be prepared for tech interviews. Interviews here are generally not very difficult(except for a few organisations). But be confident of what you've done and prepare questions related to you technology. Some companies/recruiters do a MCQ test, which can be very confusing to crack.
  • Behavioural Interview : This is a huge part of interviews in Australia. Look up general interview questions and be prepared with answers. Eg: What are your strengths? Explain a scenario where you were in conflict with your manager?
  • Possible organisations : It would be good to understand the organisations where you can find work. Will help you understand the domain, and target resumes

Network
Network aggressively on LinkedIn. Find people who have similar profiles as you. Connect to them, talk to them. Understand how the industry is over there. They can also be excellent referrers, but don't jump the gun too soon. Be nice, and extract information. Aussies are extremely friendly people! Take their advice, put them into practice and things will begin to happen.

So all this is general advice, what did I do? I was lost. Had no idea how the market works, had no network to ask what has to be done. Applying via SEEK and LinkedIn with my old resume led to no responses at all(not even an email). So we started looking for help. The first such consultancy that caught our eye was - Career Launch Australia. You can go through their website and take a look at all their services. I'm on a contract which mentions not to reveal details, and I'm sticking to that. Rajiv Bedse, the CEO of CLA is a very charming person. Talks with him will relax you and assure that things will work out right. His team prepared us for interviews(non -tech), resume, and with any questions we had. He was our mentor who helped us while we were on road to an unknown world.

Now am I recommending CLA? No. Although it was helpful, it did not work for me and was really expensive. I'll add a few more points in my next post. There are other consultancies that provide similar services at a way cheaper rate(as cheap as 1/5th!) Eg : OBP

Hope this helps! As always, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Read all the posts related to my Journey to Australia -
  1. The Beginning
  2. Road to get a Visa
  3. Cracking PTE
  4. Visa granted, now what?
  5. Job Hunt Part -1 
  6. Time to Fly!
  7. Arrival
  8. Job Hunt Part - 2
  9. Job Hunt Part - 3