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After ideas on how to make a move to Canberra simpler

By Paul0075 16 August 2010 21

Hi Guys,

My first post, so go easy. There’s gonna be some naïve questions / statements here.

I have been intending to make a move to Canberra for more than a decade, and have decided to give it a shot sometime in the new year.

I in NSW, and have moved to WA before and learnt a lot of things about planning it out better, but there’s a few unknowns in Canberra, and my knowledge of how the ACT works these days isn’t that strong.

Need some ideas on how to effectively find a place to rent without getting too ripped off (yeah I know it’s tricky), I understand rents are calculated differently there than in NSW.

— Should I bring my ageing early 90s car with me, and risk going through the hassle of the Dickson inspection centre, or just get something to replace it when I get there?

— Which areas of the ACT I should avoid living in?

— How tough is the job market to crack, if your work history involves once working in IT for a few years, including supervising staff, but stopped doing that about 8 years ago? And would it be considered favourable if your gig these days is involved in the media? Also done the retail / customer service thing too, but some years ago.

— My views on Canberra seem to get a little knocked around on each visit. When I grew up, my folks and I visited friends in Canberra semi regularly, which was the 1980s, but only in the past 12 months have I been regularly back in Canberra. I still like what I see, although it seems to be a bit less like the Canberra that I remember from the 80s and my handful of 90s visits.

Thanks in advance Guys!


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peterh 1:03 pm 25 Aug 10

Paul0075 said :

Ladyesprit & Essfer, thanks for you suggestions too.

As for the agencies, any suggested places I should target? I have had a few calls with Effective People a few weeks ago, just to get some ideas on how to go about things. They seemed very helpful.

Sites like linkedin are always promoting jobs in canberra, most of the recruiters have some sort of presence there, and there are a few standout orgs around, depending on your career path. For ICT employment, check out clicks IT recruitment, peoplebank, nfinite, greythorn. If you think that a bit of training is due, speak to cliftons, dimension data learning solutions, Australian Management Control, Acorn. Allhomes is the best for rentals, and don’t forget that they run a jobs site too, called capitaljobs.

Seek and the other jobs sites may have a few on offer, but the local companies can create a profile of your quals, skills and career path. one other option is to send a letter (snail mail) to each of the companies in canberra in your particular field of expertise – you might get a call back from a few. (if you are targeting government, don’t attempt this method, it fails. a lot)

Retail isn’t the lowest rung on the ladder, it is an end to a means to gain some level of work in canberra. don’t dismiss it, it may be the only thing on offer after the election results are known.

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