I’ve found Canberra to be a very different experience in gaining employment, compared to my previous home, Sydney. I really need to vent.
I’ve worked as an onsite technician in the fields of Security Systems, Communications and IT. For the past seven years I’ve had no issue obtaining work, and have spent a grand total of 2 days unemployed when one company was affected by the financial downturn in 2009.
I have to say my job-seeking experience has been less than desirable since moving to Canberra in July (To be with my partner who lives here, after 4 years it’s about time). I have spent since April this year applying for jobs, including many of those APS / ACT Government positions requiring lengthy selection criteria responses. I’ve only been lucky enough to land temporary work this month. Whilst that’s like gold at the moment, they can only give me work when large projects are on! Five months unemployed isn’t fun.
Has anyone else had this problem? I really can’t stay silent and continue to chase one empty opportunity after another. I’d really rather not go on welfare, nor would I want to go work for Woolies or Maccas given my qualifications and experience.
I’m extremely frustrated with spending hours responding to selection criteria, only to find the employer doesn’t even want to get to know me. As it stands I’m ready to put on my suit and begin answering phones for tech support on the Monday after my temp work is finished! I’m willing to work! I’ve plenty of experience, and am keen to further my learning as well. It is getting to the stage where I’ve had to look into outsourcing the job hunt, and offer incentive for someone successfully finding me placement!