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Early last year I came to Australia from the United States on a Working Holiday Visa. I was perhaps not your typical WHV holder — I didn’t come here for an adventure (although, it has been one). I came here in order to be with my partner and to live as normal a life as we could despite being on the other side of the world. Before moving to Sydney I had worked in public relations in New York for nearly ten years and planned to continue along my career path here.

That turned out to be easier said than done.

My first encounter with Cox Purtell came when I was about three months into a job outside my field that wasn’t a particularly good fit for me. I came across a LinkedIn post promoting CP’s Perks at Work questionnaire—essentially a short series of questions that covered my experience, work status and the type of role I was interested in pursuing. Within a few hours I received a reply from Recruitment Services Director, Alan and we arranged a time to meet.

When I first met Alan, I’m sure it would have made his life much easier had he put my file on the bottom of the pile. With my de facto sponsorship still a few months off, I was stuck with my current Working Holiday work restrictions—meaning I would either need to seek sponsorship from my employer or look for short-term contracts. And although I had a PR career under my belt, I lacked local experience and knowledge of the Australian media landscape.

Alan was realistic but optimistic about my circumstances. We kept in touch over the next couple of months until one day I received a call from him: he had arranged an interview for me with a PR agency.

That was five months ago and I’m still really enjoying my work at the agency. Alan and I keep in touch, and I’ve happily recommended him to several friends. My experience aside, I would not have found this job on my own.

I’ve never been much of a “digital” person when it comes to job hunting. I always relied on my experience, my resume, my colleagues, and my professional network to propel me to my next role. But when you come to a new city you have to put yourself out there in ways you may not normally. I’m so glad I said ‘what the heck’ that day and clicked a few buttons. Thank you, Cox Purtell, for creating a digital tool that got me to my real-life goal."
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Article by Alanna Schindewolf

Early last year I came to Australia from the United States on a Working Holiday Visa. I was perhaps not your typical WHV holder — I didn’t come here for an adventure (although, it has been one). I came here in order to be with my partner and to live as normal a life as we could despite being on the other side of the world. Before moving to Sydney I had worked in public relations in New York for nearly ten years and planned to continue along my career path here.

That turned out to be easier said than done.

My first encounter with Cox Purtell came when I was about three months into a job outside my field that wasn’t a particularly good fit for me. I came across a LinkedIn post promoting CP’s Perks at Work questionnaire—essentially a short series of questions that covered my experience, work status and the type of role I was interested in pursuing. Within a few hours I received a reply from Recruitment Services Director, Alan and we arranged a time to meet.

When I first met Alan, I’m sure it would have made his life much easier had he put my file on the bottom of the pile. With my de facto sponsorship still a few months off, I was stuck with my current Working Holiday work restrictions—meaning I would either need to seek sponsorship from my employer or look for short-term contracts. And although I had a PR career under my belt, I lacked local experience and knowledge of the Australian media landscape.

Alan was realistic but optimistic about my circumstances. We kept in touch over the next couple of months until one day I received a call from him: he had arranged an interview for me with a PR agency.

That was five months ago and I’m still really enjoying my work at the agency. Alan and I keep in touch, and I’ve happily recommended him to several friends. My experience aside, I would not have found this job on my own.

I’ve never been much of a “digital” person when it comes to job hunting. I always relied on my experience, my resume, my colleagues, and my professional network to propel me to my next role. But when you come to a new city you have to put yourself out there in ways you may not normally. I’m so glad I said ‘what the heck’ that day and clicked a few buttons. Thank you, Cox Purtell, for creating a digital tool that got me to my real-life goal.

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