Sharing my knowledge and experience with Migrants and International Students choosing New Zealand as their study and employment destination!!!
WARNING: I believe in bringing the topics right in your face with no sugar coating. I talk about mistakes, naivety, procrastination and at times lack of common sense. My writing style takes away the cushion of excuses from you and often invites you to come out of your comfort zone.
I am a ‘no-nonsense’ guy. Hence reader's discretion is advised.
Recruiters don’t talk to me!!?? (sob…sob…sigh…sigh…)
Wow…Is that your best excuse for
struggling to get into employment??
If yes, sob…sob…sigh…sigh actually suits
Come to think of it…if recruiters
are not talking to you, may be you don’t know how to work with them or it may
simply be that you’re not suited for the jobs you’re applying for and you are a
little paranoid having that extreme and irrational fear or distrust on them.
Whatever the reason you can’t make this an excuse for your struggle.
Nah…I am not going to talk about who’s
right and who’s wrong. Enough has been said about what makes you a great
candidate and what the characteristics of a good recruiter are. All I am interested
in is asking you is this ONE question.
You going through a recruiter; is that
the only channel available for you to get into your desired role? Candidates
who don’t get placed by recruiters, don’t get jobs…right?
You would’ve seen candidates who were continuously
getting rejected by recruiters finding jobs. I can share many success
stories where candidates bypassed the recruiters and got in front of the hiring
manager who had the need and the budget to approve their applications.
I know how difficult it is to get
rejection after rejection on your job applications and it’s frustrating not to
know what to do. My suggestions:
Identify your weaknesses and negate
them as much as you can
Know your strengths and amplify them
Be visible, be find-able and have a
Reach the HIRING MANAGER directly
Feel free to talk to me on how you can
do that. Different things work for different people.
And of course pls have realistic
expectation from recruiters. They are not your mentors, it’s not their job to
teach you how to find a job. Their job is to source the best candidate available
in the market for their client and in this instance ‘unfortunately’ you are not
the right match
Sob…sob…sigh…sigh!! O... Come on now... Stop crying for god's sake.
The internet is full of articles that will tell you why NZ is unique and what makes this beautiful country so special but like any other country, NZ has its own culture, work environment, specialties, positives, and challenges. Like any other country, if job seekers take things for granted or focus less on preparation or try to ignore the Kiwi ways the time taken to get what they want will be comparatively more than otherwise.
To help you, the ‘job seekers’, I’ve listed down 6 statements that can be the deciding factor in helping you achieve your employment goals faster. You should know what are these statements, what they could mean for you and what sort of questions you should be asking to understand their effect/s on YOUR job search plans & execution strategies. Statement 1:The unadvertised Job Market.Meaning: There's an open discussion on the internet that talks about the unadvertised job market. Some articles claim 80% of the jobs are not advertised and some claim that th…
Thinking or dreaming about becoming X is ok but you know, just thinking and dreaming won’t be enough, you will have to do something more than that.
This is where our two-step approach comes into the picture.
The primary thing needed to become an X is to learn ‘how to become an X’
And the final step in learning how to become an X is To learn how to learn ‘how to become an X’.
That’s it. It’s that simple.
I’d say please go and learn it and keep doing it.
Keep doing it, not once or twice….
Keep doing it till you get what you want.
We are in 2017 and there are billions of resources available on the internet for learning anything and everything including job search. Blogs, articles, associations, experts, videos, webinars, eBooks. You just name it and these resources are all there on numerous social media platforms sharing their knowledge and expertise with you if you want.
Remember, learn what’s needed.
Then learn how to learn, what’s nee…
Students, when they arrive at the Auckland International Airport; what do they have?
A big smile on their face, spark in their eyes, enthusiasm and determination to achieve their goals, butterflies in their stomach and a commitment to themselves that they will try to get a job as soon as possible and make sure they are not a burden to their parents back home and friends, if any, in New Zealand.
Their attitude is nothing less than that of a total innocence and sincerity.
Once here, they don’t take much time to make friends with the groups they stay with or with the guys they move around or the ones who are in their college. Soon they get introduced to this very special group of students/immigrants who are the ‘been-there-done-that’ kinds. They are a respected lot having solutions and or opinion on almost everything and are often addressed as ‘Seniors’. These so-called seniors always feel the uncontainable sense of responsibility in sharing their pearls of wisdom with these newbies.