Frequently, my first interaction with a prospective client starts with, ‘Can you get me a job?’
What I can hear in these words, more than anything else, is frustration. To initiate a conversation with such a desperate plea demonstrates that the person has probably exhausted all their known avenues to employment.
Why does the recruitment system favour applicants with local experience?
Answer: Because it does.
Solution: Find alternatives to the ‘recruitment system’.
There are enough theories floating around as to why it is so difficult for applicants without local experience to penetrate the Australian recruitment system– lack of local referee, cross-cultural issues, etc. – but unless you’re planning to do a PhD thesis on the subject, then such contemplation is really not a productive use of a your mental energy, and probably detrimental to your mental health too. It’s far better to concentrate on factors over which you have control than to analyse systemic problems.
It is a brave decision to leave one country to start a new chapter of your life in another, often leaving a well-paid position overseas, not to mention family, friends and your cultural roots. There may be times when you question whether you’ve made the right decision. At these times it is important to remember why you came, and draw on that same courage you had when you decided to emigrate, to help you face the next challenge. Be honest with yourself and don’t avoid the hard questions, because blaming the system is futile, however right you may be.
Here are 20 tough questions that really cut to the chase:
After more than 10 years of interviewing and advising over 3,000 overseas born professionals, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s very difficult to achieve all of this without support.
Not everybody is facing the same barriers, so it’s important to identify early which barriers you need to overcome and implement an action plan for doing just that. Early action can save you time and money in the long run.
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