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Hi All,

I've been trying to get in here for a while, application system only just now allowed me to do so. :(

I've just moved back to Australia after 17 years in Japan, with wife and 2 kids in tow. Kids now have their citizenship by descent and wife's 800 visa is in the works, but we don't expect too many problems with that going through.

Looking for work at the moment, not having a great deal of luck. Not sure if it's because I'm aiming low (because I'm 'new' here job wise) or because I'm unhirable, but it's getting awfully depressing being passed over for work without so much as a "go to heck".

I could complain more, but we've got no debts and small bills. Still, a simple job would make things a lot more bearable...

I hope that's enough of an introduction. :)
 

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Japan sounds like a very interesting country to live in, me myself I'm just trying to get into Australia but the job situation seems depressing. I wonder if I would end up in a similar situation? Hopefully not... been thinking about maybe attending some local courses since I might be able to get grants from my home country for that.
 

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Japan sounds like a very interesting country to live in, me myself I'm just trying to get into Australia but the job situation seems depressing. I wonder if I would end up in a similar situation? Hopefully not... been thinking about maybe attending some local courses since I might be able to get grants from my home country for that.
Well, I've actually landed a job now. It's not 'great' for money right now, but that will get better and all other aspects are very much what I wanted right now.

What I learned is that you do need to have a resume that tells your story, but can also get over the mountain of applications and the automatic filters most places use to thin out applications.

And your cover letter also needs to be written specific to the application and also able to get through the filters. It means you need to write to their specifications and make even the smallest 'thing' much more important than you think it is.

Over the application process, I went from having 'some' experience with public/customers to having 20+ years of high quality public interaction, simply due to interpretation of what 'interaction' means.

If you can quantify it somehow, it counts. It does mean getting very close to saying you're an expert at things you might not really be, but at the same time if you can do something adequately, that might well be more than enough. And if you need something specific work wise, you have to be able to fully sell yourself and maybe back it up.

It's an insane way to do things really. I'm sure an awfully large number of jobs are filled by people who are completely out of their depth, at least initially, based solely on how well they were able to put themselves into the spot. All the while someone who's fully capable of doing the job gets passed over because they haven't sold themselves properly.

I know because it happened to me more than once. 2 jobs I interviewed for I got ghosted on, even with well over 10 years of high level work specific experience. But because someone else came along who must have been able to BS their way in, they got the job and I did not.

Not worried, the job I did get was ideal for me, right now, and I'm very happy to be there.

Only sad part is I had to say no to another job that was equally interesting and I equally wanted. Only reason being I had this job already, but the other one I was interviewing for on Thursday and likely would have gotten it.

It may also be somewhat easier for someone new to Australia rather than myself returning after a long absence. Someone new isn't expected to have local experience and references, but for me not having local references may look odd and strange and doesn't help very much at all.

Good luck, whatever you end up doing.
 
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