Recently, one of our blog readers wrote in asking about the job prospect in Australia. The name and his/her job details have been changed to protect his/her identity
Our blog reader Mr Desmond Lim bought our book Migrating to Asutralia Good meh??? a few months back. He wanted to know more about job hunting in Australia. Mr Lim works in a Malaysian based MNC company. He has been trying his luck for job hunting in Australia for 6 weeks. Due to his VISA restriction, he can only find jobs in South Australia. He found that there are limited job for sub-sea engineer or oil rig engineer in www.seek.com.au. He wonders if there other way to get more job advertisement.
Currently he has an offer for a 3 months contract as an engineer but he is not too sure whether he should accept the offer because he is still being employed in Malaysia and worry about unemployment after 3 months and wanted me to give him some perspectives.
Below is my reply to Mr Lim. You might find it relevant.
From: Ken Soong
To: Desmond Lim
Date: 22 may 2016
Thanks for buying our book. Hope you find it useful in one way or another.
It is quite hard to find job now in Australia - any job. That means full time jobs are even harder to get.
Difficult but not impossible. Usually, one has to start as a casual/contractual staff like the one you have found. But there is no guarantee after three months you will get the full time job with them or even to re-new contract for another 3 months.
It really depends what is more important to you. Yes that is the uncertainty migrants have to live with. It is scary and not that scary at the same time. It depends on how much financial buffer you have. But one thing is certain, Australia is surely not as promising as most Malaysians imagined it to be - especially for migrants who have to work to survive. I of course belong to this category.
'Scary' in the sense you might not get back the same career opportunity here in Australia.
'Not so scary' because you might soon get used to doing something lesser than you are qualified to do. And then you see your kids settling well here in a relatively safe environment. That of course depends on which suburb you live in.
'Not so scary' also because after some time, with persistence, patience and maybe some luck, you are able to do something close to or even exceed your expectations.
In answering your question if there are more ways to search for jobs other than the job sites online, may i suggest you do as suggested in the next paragraph.
Write to them directly. But do not just send them your cover letter and resume. Do some research on their corporate history and operations, write a three to five-page proposal on how you can contribute by increasing their revenue, reducing their costs and further build up their reputation in a specific area. In other words, show them your commitment in thinking through their problems. This way, anyone who reads your proposal, cover letter and resume would not have wasted their time. Of course, the more useful your proposal is, the worthwhile is his/her time spent reading it.
Are you currently in Malaysia or in Australia? I see you carrying an Australian mobile number. On leave from your current job in Malaysia? I will be in the city from Monday till Thursday. We can meet up - if you want.
Ken (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)