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  string(5373) "Dear little sis,

Okay, I’m dedicating myself to your case, and helping you find a job in Sydney!

I’ve done it all before you; been the borderline naive, fresh faced, working holiday visa hoping to find a career! And now I’m on the other side of the desk – the temp consultant who has seen hundreds of similar people come through the door.

I want to give you a rundown of what may seem like the basics, but perhaps may not be obvious to someone new to the Australian job market! From my experiences, I’ll try to outline what should help fast track your search for temporary employment and start the money rolling in.

So, before you can even begin your search, you need a decent CV. This one should be straight forward, but you would be surprised how often people get it wrong. (And I see hundreds of these a week!)

Just think simple; if you’ve just moved over from the UK or Ireland, change your home address and phone number to your local Sydney details. It is vitally important to make yourself contactable! Most importantly, make it look good! Nothing fancy, just bullet points on what you did day to day. Done!

Now, where to go from here briefly stumped me. I didn’t really know what I was applying for and so I didn’t really know where to start. I think at one point, I actually Googled; “best recruitment agency in Sydney”. Considering how many agencies there are, this didn’t bring up many useful results.

So my next stop was Seek; it’s a good idea to see who is advertising and what’s available. Also, I wouldn’t underestimate the power of word of mouth. You’ll inevitably know people, like me, who have gone through the process before. They will have good and bad agency experiences and, no doubt, will be happy to share them (or rant about them)!

I actually heard of Cox Purtell because a friend who I’d met in Melbourne had a friend who raved about her experience with CP in Sydney, and so I got in touch!

Once you have the names of a few relevant agencies, make yourself known to them. Now, when I say a few, I would emphasise the few. Having no previous experiences with agencies, I thought it was a great feat that, of the 20 or so agencies I applied to, 8 contacted me to initiate a meeting.

I hadn’t given any consideration to how temping and remaining in contact with 8 prospective employers was going to be time wasting and, mostly, just confusing! So, pick a few and, simple as it may be, just get in touch.

Be a CV among hundreds or an eager voice on the end of the phone. If you are friendly, articulate and professional, you will instantly make a good impression and they may even agree to meet you, on the spot – which I often do!

So the next stage is the interview. What they’re trying to determine is whether your experience and personality is going to work for their clients. Focusing on interview techniques is a whole other story, which shouldn’t be an issue.

However, the clothes you intend on wearing may be! You’re obviously coming to Sydney with a backpack full of clothes from your travels in South America. Discard these immediately.

Everyone knows you’ve been travelling, no one needs you to prove it in your cotton headband and flowing maxi skirt! Buy a work outfit – Just one, to start. A work dress, of appropriate length, with appropriate shoes, and tights. And no gaudy jewellery. Think school, just less kilt.

Arrive in an outfit that fills your interviewer with confidence that you’ll impress their client on site in every aspect, including presentation. (Australians don’t actually wear flip flops and summer dresses to work, even though the weather’s nice - who knew?!)

At this stage, it should have gone relatively well and now it’s just a waiting game. The agency has said they’ll be in touch with jobs for you. You’ve let them know you’re living on baked beans and boxed wine and are more than ready to get started.

But, as I said, it’s a waiting game. The best way to go from here is be smart with your consultant. Keep yourself front of mind. Get in touch by calling through with updates and inquiries (obviously don’t overdo it). Remain likeable, patient and eager at all times.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, bring enough money to finance your first weeks in Sydney without work. It is an expensive city and cash flow can quickly become a problem. Don’t spend it all in South America – I will not be lending you money!

Just be patient, it may take a little while but provided you’ve done the right prep, companies will want you!

I hope that helps. Speak soon.

 

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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Dear little sis,

Okay, I’m dedicating myself to your case, and helping you find a job in Sydney!

I’ve done it all before you; been the borderline naive, fresh faced, working holiday visa hoping to find a career! And now I’m on the other side of the desk – the temp consultant who has seen hundreds of similar people come through the door.

I want to give you a rundown of what may seem like the basics, but perhaps may not be obvious to someone new to the Australian job market! From my experiences, I’ll try to outline what should help fast track your search for temporary employment and start the money rolling in.

So, before you can even begin your search, you need a decent CV. This one should be straight forward, but you would be surprised how often people get it wrong. (And I see hundreds of these a week!)

Just think simple; if you’ve just moved over from the UK or Ireland, change your home address and phone number to your local Sydney details. It is vitally important to make yourself contactable! Most importantly, make it look good! Nothing fancy, just bullet points on what you did day to day. Done!

Now, where to go from here briefly stumped me. I didn’t really know what I was applying for and so I didn’t really know where to start. I think at one point, I actually Googled; “best recruitment agency in Sydney”. Considering how many agencies there are, this didn’t bring up many useful results.

So my next stop was Seek; it’s a good idea to see who is advertising and what’s available. Also, I wouldn’t underestimate the power of word of mouth. You’ll inevitably know people, like me, who have gone through the process before. They will have good and bad agency experiences and, no doubt, will be happy to share them (or rant about them)!

I actually heard of Cox Purtell because a friend who I’d met in Melbourne had a friend who raved about her experience with CP in Sydney, and so I got in touch!

Once you have the names of a few relevant agencies, make yourself known to them. Now, when I say a few, I would emphasise the few. Having no previous experiences with agencies, I thought it was a great feat that, of the 20 or so agencies I applied to, 8 contacted me to initiate a meeting.

I hadn’t given any consideration to how temping and remaining in contact with 8 prospective employers was going to be time wasting and, mostly, just confusing! So, pick a few and, simple as it may be, just get in touch.

Be a CV among hundreds or an eager voice on the end of the phone. If you are friendly, articulate and professional, you will instantly make a good impression and they may even agree to meet you, on the spot – which I often do!

So the next stage is the interview. What they’re trying to determine is whether your experience and personality is going to work for their clients. Focusing on interview techniques is a whole other story, which shouldn’t be an issue.

However, the clothes you intend on wearing may be! You’re obviously coming to Sydney with a backpack full of clothes from your travels in South America. Discard these immediately.

Everyone knows you’ve been travelling, no one needs you to prove it in your cotton headband and flowing maxi skirt! Buy a work outfit – Just one, to start. A work dress, of appropriate length, with appropriate shoes, and tights. And no gaudy jewellery. Think school, just less kilt.

Arrive in an outfit that fills your interviewer with confidence that you’ll impress their client on site in every aspect, including presentation. (Australians don’t actually wear flip flops and summer dresses to work, even though the weather’s nice – who knew?!)

At this stage, it should have gone relatively well and now it’s just a waiting game. The agency has said they’ll be in touch with jobs for you. You’ve let them know you’re living on baked beans and boxed wine and are more than ready to get started.

But, as I said, it’s a waiting game. The best way to go from here is be smart with your consultant. Keep yourself front of mind. Get in touch by calling through with updates and inquiries (obviously don’t overdo it). Remain likeable, patient and eager at all times.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, bring enough money to finance your first weeks in Sydney without work. It is an expensive city and cash flow can quickly become a problem. Don’t spend it all in South America – I will not be lending you money!

Just be patient, it may take a little while but provided you’ve done the right prep, companies will want you!

I hope that helps. Speak soon.

 

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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