One of the first questions I ask prospective OBP Australia clients is, ‘What sort of work are you looking for?’
If the answer is, ‘I’ll do anything’, or… ‘CPA, Accountant, Assistant Accountant, Bookkeeper, Admin… I don’t care,’ then I begin to worry. Obviously people are anxious to find employment, particularly as they can see their savings rapidly diminishing as the period of unemployment extends beyond their original expectation. However, this desperation puts you at a distinct disadvantage, for several reasons.
Remember, how can you convince an employer that you can do the job if you don’t understand what the job involves? Make that pre-interview call (and the interview itself) a discussion about the job and ‘the fit’, as opposed to desperately trying to respond to their questions with ‘winning answers’ – you could be saving everyone a lot of time.
Not everything mentioned above is black & white. That’s why it is important to seek counsel so you can calibrate your job seeking approach in your new country. Just as with everything else in the settlement process, finding employment is about navigating the cultural nuances and eventually feeling more confident with your decisions.