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Old 03-08-2012, 11:48 AM
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I understand what you say Vanmost in relation to Australian employers. What I think it comes down to is when an employer has a number of applicants in person, qualified and capable of doing the job it is difficult to select or sometimes interview someone who is not in the country. Australians also experience this challenge when applying for positions within other cities. This does not mean it can't happen, just more of a challenge.

You should make sure your resume is focussed and clear. I disagree a little with Allison above. If your company is not a multi-national then it is almost impossible to understand the context of your work.

My different view to Allison is also another good point. For as many resumes that are made there is an equal number of opinions on how they should look, be constructed, how long etc etc. I always tell clients that you need to be satisfied that you have provided a potential employer with the most relevant information that demonstrates your capability. As long as the presentation is clear and easy to read it is really the content that matters.

I hope this helps.


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I understand what you say Vanmost in relation to Australian employers. What I think it comes down to is when an employer has a number of applicants in person, qualified and capable of doing the job it is difficult to select or sometimes interview someone who is not in the country. Australians also experience this challenge when applying for positions within other cities. This does not mean it can't happen, just more of a challenge.

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Yup, I can understand. I didn't complain about it. Australia is far far away from rest of the world and Australians have a sense of isolation; therefore, there are many practices that are different than others. Yes, it's a challenge but not impossible.

I forgot to mention before, do register yourself with recruiters. Most of the people say that they don't work but in my case they did. As I said before, your cover letter and resume should stand out.


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Sorry for the confusion, didn't think you were complaining at all.

By the way could not agree more with getting professional help - of course.


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Ugh I know it's a matter of time and persistence and at some point someone will have an open mind and give me a shot but I am getting a bit frustrated. I'm only a few weeks into my search so I really shouldn't be worrying too much. It's just frustrating. I really do feel like my nationality is the reason a lot of employers don't give me a chance here - not because they're racist but because they just presume things.

The requirements for one of the jobs was academic achievements, well travelled and experience in sales. I have a university degree, I have traveled all over the world for years and I have *only* worked in sales for 7 years now (from retail to contact centre). And still they reject me literally in a matter of hours. It doesn't feel fair. I doubt there were many uni graduated applicants who've traveled all over the world and have a wide variety of experiences with cold sales... and yet because my visa is not permanent yet (can't really change that, matter of time, I explained this on my application) and because I have no local experience they just write me off - not even an interview.


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Hey Nelly87,

I see a lot of clients on a regular basis just like yourself. Lots of applications and no results, sometimes not even recognition of your application. It is frustrating because you spend a lot of time and effort on preparing material with little result. In that situation I feel it is important that you have your resume prepared as best you can and you are changing and adjusting your cover letter to suit the position you are applying for. If that is the case and you are happy the resume accurately reflects what you have to offer then you have done the best you can. The rest is up to them and the final decision is out of your hands. It is hard but try not to take it personally.

Hope this helps.


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