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Skilled immigrants return to the classroom to get job search tips

Australia has taken to offering skilled migrants, who are finding it difficult to land an interview or nail that great job interview, tips and lessons on being successful in their job search.

Skilled Immigrants Return To The Classroom To Get Job Search Tips

Ticking all the boxes when it comes to qualifications and experience offers the skilled migrant on the hunt for a job no certainty of being successful in Australia's competitive labour market.

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Seminars run by settlement agency AMES, can be the end of the migrant’s frustrations. Migrants learn that small and simple things like getting your resume ‘Australia ready’, meeting industry role players and understanding the Australian corporate culture could spell the end of their job search foils.

Since 1951, AMES Australia has provided a range of comprehensive settlement support programs, English language and vocational training, employment, community engagement and volunteering services to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Today our 1200 staff provide over 50,000 client services annually through our 27 Centres in Victoria and NSW.

Australia’s Department of Immigration offers all migrants access to their settlement services, designed to assist new migrants to participate as soon and as fully as possible in Australia’s economy and society.

Newly arrived migrant may be eligible for a wide range of settlement services such as assistance in accessing medical services, Centrelink, Job Network, the First Home Owner Grant and so on and this is what this department helps with.

Some migrants should, on paper, have no difficulty finding employment in Australia as soon as they arrive, but some don’t seem to have the knack for connecting with potential Ozzie employers leaving them frustrated and without a job – which they could have had in no time. One such case study is Turkish immigrant Jim Deniz said AMES.

Jim spent eight years in Europe studying a masters degree in geometric engineering. But he spent his first five months in Australia concreting.

“Sometimes I cried and until this weekend I was crying in the shower and I said I came here for bright future but I start to lose my hope,” said 26-year-old Jim.

“When a lot of skilled migrants arrive in Australia they have no idea what an Australian resume looks like, how to network with people in their industry - how to behave in an interview - so this program is aimed to equip them with those skills and get into the workforce in a meaningful way,” he said.

Consultants at the forum explained the fundamentals of job hunting and interview technique to a group of enthusiastic medicos, engineers and IT experts.

The student body included Cambodian doctor and Dermatology specialist Bopha Sokhan, who currently works in childcare but says she desperately wants to pursue her medical career in Australia.

“Because it is my passion - my passion is to help people and I really happy to see people live in their good health,” she said.

The 32-year-old will need to pass an English test, bridging medical exam and practical clinical assessment over the next 12 months - but she says the skills learned at AMES will prove equally important.

“We do a resume and we have to do a networking and we have to knock the door and apply for the resume,” she said.

And it seems the orientation, tips and networking opportunities offered by companies such as AMES is successful. Jim Deniz begins his new job as an engineer next month and is urging other skilled new arrivals to spread their wings in their quest for that perfect job.

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“They don't extend themselves - they don't extend their knowledge - they don't try to learn to have to live in this country so that's why they are stuck in that position in that role in construction or the restaurant,” he said.

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