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.
Be anyone you want.
So, you want to become an X?? Great, what next??
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 needed. Period, that’s all you need to do.
Lack of time on the visa, lack of experience, lack of ‘Kiwi’ experience, lack of references, lack of soft skills, lack of communication skills, lack of social media skills, lack of ‘kiwi format’ CVs & Cover Letters, lack of interview skills or anything else that I have missed. What is it that cannot be fixed, if you want?
Identify your issues,
Learn how you will fix them.
And finally, learn how to learn how you will fix them.
Let’s take an example of one of the favourite issues of migrant job seekers, ‘lack of references’.
“I don’t know anyone in the company I’m applying in”, “I’ve recently arrived in NZ and no one knows me here”, “It’s only the people with references from within the company who will be interviewed/hired”. I’m sure a lot of it would sound familiar. If you aren’t using any of these above statements you must have heard someone using them for sure. ‘Lack of references’…. Right?
Say, if you have identified this as the main issue that is stopping you from getting into the workforce, which in itself is debatable, but let’s go with it and say ‘lack of references’ for whatever reason is your biggest issue then how do you learn to fix it? I’ve been googling for the last 22 minutes just for our case and I think I have a total of 14 points that can fix the problem.
Step 1 – I will learn everything about these 14 points. I might not be comfortable with every point, not every point will work for me, I might have to tweak some points to make them effective for myself and some points might be completely irrelevant to my profile/background/requirements. It’s also possible that at the end of it all, I might be left with 1 point or none. If that is the case, I’ll do more research to find more points and I’ll also learn if I’m researching in a way that I should. Google is not the only source of information. I’ll keep doing my research until I don’t have my shortlisted points.
Step 2 – I will learn everything about my shortlisted points and I will learn how to implement them to counter the issue of ‘lack of references’.
After reading this, I know some of you will hear these voices and or questions in your head.
“O… this is going to be time-consuming.”
“What’s a guarantee that I will get a job by doing this.”
“Hmmm…. I wonder if I actually know my problem. I have no idea why I’m still jobless”
“Yeah… I know, we have to learn and learn and blah and blah and blah.”
“See, I have tried everything that you’re saying and nothing works…ok?”
If that’s what you’re hearing or something similar is going on in your head, this article is not for you.
I am sorry to have wasted your time.
However, if not, then go out and identify your issues, learn how to solve them and finally learn how to learn how to solve them.
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 un advertised 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
We feel bad when recruiters don’t respond to us…..right? Especially when it’s no more a cold call. It’s a situation where you’ve already had the first interaction or a meeting or an email exchange or an introduction through a common contact and suddenly everything goes quiet!! There’s no response to your follow-ups and at times there’s no response even after committing that they will respond. We feel bad!! Come to think of it, aren’t we all culprits of a similar behaviour?? Knowingly or unknowingly, we all behave in the same way with others as we claim, recruiters behave with us. We don’t respond…. We just don’t respond!! Lack of time, lack of attention, lack of purpose or it could be as simple as lack of respect!! Reason can be anything or it’s just that we don’t know ‘how to say NO’. We opt for not responding. Is it good? Just some food for your thought!! I understand, no one is perfect and that includes me. I sometimes end up missing or delaying m