Looking for work, with a twist..

25 05 2009

Since my arrival back in Melbourne, I have been looking for work, without much success. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there in much the same situation as me. Luckily I was put in contact with a recruitment expert called Phil Webster at Align Recruitment who very kindly offered me a great deal of very good advice. He told me that most employment in some select industries (IT in my case) works on a referral basis, often bypassing the advertising of the role altogether, which explains why proportionately few IT jobs are advertised, compared to other skill areas. This might not be news to some, but I find it an interesting trend that correlates with the increased usage of social networking tools in high-tech business circles such as Linked In and Twitter. Just goes to prove that it is in fact more about who you know, than what you know. On this basis, I am going to modify my strategy and hopefully, land myself a job! Watch this space.


Househunting, sightseeing and extreme weather

19 09 2008

Today was a busy day. We began with trying to sort out our accomodation situation, as it directly affects our chances of employment. The neighbourhood we live in now, a place called Praharn seems to have lots of different jobs available, from shop work, cleaning work, catering/food etc, all in a vibrant high street scenario. Minimum wages are also good, 15 AUSD per hour which seems pretty decent.

Hostel living is not all its cracked up to be, our fellow residents are boring, and dont seem to be very outgoing, so not much keepking us here. We have been looking into short-term rents, particularly furnished 1 bedroom apartments. As the public transport system is quite good, we have a good scope of locations to look in. There is however a big demand for housing as there are quite a few universities in the locality. Rent prices range wildy, starting from 110 AUSD to 700 AUSD a week, with our price range being around 220 AUSD  week, roughly 55 quid a week, so same prices as newcastle. We found a few leads, sent a few emails and phoned a few places. Waiting to hear back now.

We ventured into the CBD today, walked around federation square, watched a rubbish clown climb 6 buckets and juggle machetes, then walked around to the Eureka tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. The 88th floor offered us some fantastic views of Melbourne and Phillip Bay. Pics to follow soon.

On the way home, we were treated to thunder and lightning, torrential rain and hailstones, and blazing sunshine, all in the space of about 15 minutes….. I guess yesterday’s cliche proved right!