How to create your own job – Naishadh’s story
I landed on the shores of Australia, in Brisbane, on 6th August 2007 on a cold day. I knew very little about Australian culture and weather so the very next day my training began. The first few things were to organise my bank account, TFN No, and in the most important of all ‘look for work.’
I was confident that I would land up a decent job within next few days as because of my experience and qualifications, but, I soon learnt that I had no idea about looking for work as I never had to look for work in India. This is the case for most of the skilled migrants. In India because my experience and network was so strong I could change the job without any hassle.
I started a journey in Australia in an unknown territory with very minimal support! When it came to applying for jobs I knew only 1 mantra – www.seek.com.au I spent more than 4-5 hours per day and applied to about 60-70 applications per day. I received a 75% response saying that my application is unsuccessful and got 5-7 phone calls per week for interviews.
During this time I learnt 3 valuable lessons: 1) To socialise and meet new people irrespective if you’ve the job or not 2) Surround yourself with positive people or keep yourself away from negative and toxic people who crib and complain about jobs and careers in Australia 3) Your job hunt has to be strategic, not generic, you must plan and work on the plan
Then came the ‘D day’ in early October, I was interviewed for a Sales Engineer position based in Dandenong, a suburb in Melbourne. After reaching the train station I found that it was a long walk to the company. I kept walking and walking and after 90 minutes I reached the company. The first question my boss asked “How did you get here?” I said “I walked”. I could see light in his eyes and he smiled. The interview went fine and next day I got the call that I was selected and could start work in 2 weeks. I am still so proud of the fact that I didn’t give up and kept my morale up.
I’ve always been always passionate about having my own enterprise and working for myself. I soon discovered an incredible opportunity of writing professional resumes and cover letters; further research in the subject led to me undertaking courses offered by two brilliant and accomplished resume writers. After 6 months of study and training I launched my business—Resume Solutions—and started helping professionals and skilled migrants who are struggling to find work. I also completed Get Hired Now (Job Search Training) and Interview Coach training; this boosted my credibility and also competency in delivering holistic solutions to my clients.
From someone who didn’t know how to look for work and now assisting individuals in finding meaningful employment is such an extraordinary opportunity and I enjoy every second of it.
Professional Résumé Writer, Job Search Coach, Interview Coach
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