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Niki76 11-13-2013 10:22 PM

Hi Wishful,

Congratulations on finding a job!!
That's certainly very good news :)
Good luck in your new job!


ahbee 01-07-2014 03:50 AM


Originally Posted by scarlettku (Post 52504)
hi all,
I have the same situation here. I have 7 years experience as a manager and not able to find a suitable job for months. I guess the main problem is that I am still on a bridging visa (with no work restrictions). My friends from EY said they have a lot of TR working there, maybe some of you can try.

Wonder have you got a job yet ?

luke_Bran 01-27-2014 12:36 AM

Hi All

I would have to agree with Dexter regarding the HR requirements when employing staff members. I currently work in health and depending on the job unfortunately cull all applicants who do not currently have a PR or citizenship.

Before I go much further, let me say that I can understand both sides. My boyfriend is currently waiting on his working visa to come here and being an unskilled worker I have concerns for him getting employment.

However under my managerís cap and my general experience there is a greater risk of an employee leaving early on in their employment to explore or find a better job. The other issue is the short-term employment of six months is not conducive and we currently cannot accept any more staff on 457 Visaís. This makes employing transient workers an unnecessary risk.

The whole recruitment process is not cheap, especially when you break it down and think about the costs involved:
- Advertising
- Culling (3 separate panel members to cull)
- Interview (same 3 panel members to interview)
- Culling again (same 3 panel members to re-cull)
- Reference checks
- Medical checks (payment of the doctor and for the check; blood tests/X-Rays etc)
- Registration and insurance checks

Once a decision has been made and a job offered and accepted, more costs are involved:
- Facility wide orientation
- Supernumerary time for orientation to specific department and processes
- Follow up with immunisations

My other concern is in the amount of applications I generally receive (which can number in the 100's). Theses contain mostly generic CVís. It is interesting to read through some CVís and note that all of them have a very similar writing style and all have had between 7-10 years experience working in the field. It is then disheartening to find out that a number of the applicants have actually over exaggerated their abilities and are not suitable for the position without significant training at an additional cost. My advice here, is that if English is your second language, do not use an agency to write you CV, try and personalize it as best as possible.

However in saying all this, I completely understand your frustration in attempting to find employment and the few times that I have actually been 'allowed' to employ people on working visa's I have found them to be generally hard workers and committed to doing the best job possible.

Good luck with your job hunting and my advice is similar to many others, stick with temporary contracts in small companies or businesses, as you will have more of a chance gaining a position.

thesmoothsuit 02-04-2014 07:07 AM

My wife is currently in a bridging visa. What does she put when it asks for expiry date of her visa?

It doesn't have one.

norman 02-04-2014 08:16 AM

I'm also in Healthcare recruitment, though we do have several opportunities that offer the 457 employer sponsored visa. These though are generally in specialist registered nurse roles, and the majority are in private hospitals.

I do agree with luke_Bran though on the issue of generic applications - and these include mostly overseas nurses who apply for every vacancy going, regardless of specialisation - and they always have the required number of years' experience.

TBH, if I get multiple applications from the same person, they usually end up in the bin.

On the other hand, I get lots of applications from very good overseas trained candidates, and many of these are placed successfully.

Apologies if I've gone off thread here, just wanted to agree with luke_Bran that it can be very frustrating for Recruiters and it must be increasingly so for people checking visa applications.

thesmoothsuit 02-04-2014 10:38 PM

You would think my wife should get a job. She is applying for a Partner Visa onshore. She is on a bridging visa with full working rights. She has graduated from accounting at masters level. Did some previous work at a restaurant doing customer service. Did two volunteer jobs for university while at university. Averaged a distinction in her master course. Her English is very very sound. Quite good actually.

She hasn't put her visa status to some applications because they didn't ask, but she will inform them of such at any job interviews.

Surely she should be able to get a job since she has an Australian degree and going for partner visa so wants to be in Australia in the long term.

sueellson 02-08-2014 11:10 PM

I would also suggest that you do some voluntary work so that you get some Australian experience, people get to know you and then will refer you on to other opportunities.

Sue Ellson
Newcomers Network

AngeliquePrince 04-16-2014 07:30 AM

Hi All,

i totally agree with the perseverance to find a job, I have gotten a job since last year as a permanent employee. Guess more faith and by being positive reviewing resume details can pay off. Good luck to all who are still applying.

thesmoothsuit 04-20-2014 11:03 AM

Bridging Visas do not have an expiry date. What do we put down when a form asks for a visa expiry date in date format?

AngeliquePrince 04-22-2014 05:43 AM

Hi thesmoothsuit,

I believe you can put in there indefinite stay since you will be presenting or your wife will be presenting a copy of her visa upon request of the employers.

Hope this helps.

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