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.
Said no immigrant job seeker ever!!
However, we all know that the transactions are taking place. Money is being DEMANDED, money is being OFFERED and money is being ACCEPTED in broad daylight and jobs are being SOLD.
You know it, I know it and I am sure even the Government and the authorities know it, but the problem is you and I can’t prove it and I doubt if the Government has the intentions and resources to prove it as well. That said, we should expect some movement as this (2017) is the election year in New Zealand but employers who are involved in all this are so beautifully covered and have found exceptional ways to work around the laws, that they are almost untouchable. They are making a mockery of the system, abusing their privileges and laughing their way to their banks. Their books and records are perfect and yes, you guessed it right… the transactions ARE taking place!!
Since no one can prove the foul play, hence it’s proved that they are doing nothing wrong! Also since the …
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…
Migrants coming to New Zealand on various visas that authorise them to conditionally or unconditionally work have just one question on their minds. Will I get the job?
A question, that is responsible for all their apprehensions, fears, insecurities and in many cases sleepless nights. However, I keep telling you the difference between ‘a’ job and ‘the’ job. Migrant job seekers are looking for ‘the’ job. It’s ‘the’ job that fetches them their further visas and helps them ultimately qualify for their NZ Permanent Residencies.
“Will I get ‘the’ job?”, is the question.
There is a lot riding on this question, there’s so much at stake. The answer to this question will decide whether they have succeeded in their pursuit for a better lifestyle for themselves and their families, whether their decision-to-relocate for an overall convenience has paid off and whether the time, emotions and money that they invested towards achieving an exceptional work-life balance was worth or not.
Every job seek…