4. Use Linked In to network with local recruiters
Ok, that’s the first step to the beginning of the most valuable part of this post, the one worth a whole book. But I’ll tell you in a nutshell what I’ve done that landed me a job, step by step:
a) Sign up to linked in;
b) Create a comprehensive profile, recommend your friends and ask them to recommend you too. Be thorough when describing your experience, and list all your achievements throughout your career;
c) Once you have a respectable and trustworthy profile, you’re good to start the job hunting using this fabulous tool;
d) Search for recruiters in the country you’re planning to relocate (see picture below)
e) You’ll likely receive tens to hundreds of results, so this is where you either nail or doom it. DO NOT ADD ALL THESE PEOPLE TO YOUR LIST! Instead, come up with personalized messages using the trick I’ve taught you before. Present yourself through a message (not a friend request), explain your situation and your potential to get employed, mention the work permit you already got (did you?) and offer something that the recruiter might appreciate as well. For example, you can tell them that you can help them advertising some of their positions to your list of contacts in Australia. That’s just an example, but I’m sure you can come up with your own plan.
f) Ask them, in case they find it appropriate, whether you can send a connection request to enrich your both networks.
This is where I managed to get in touch with almost 20 respectable recruiters that were willing to have a chat with me and forward my resume to some of their customers for an interview. The last step is where we’ll wrap up our plan in gold:
6. A killer resume
In my case, I hired a specialized company to write a resume I’d never be able to write myself. Think of your organization: they usually outsource what they don’t do best, such as payroll, cleaning, etc. Do you know why? Because that’s not their business. You are a remarkable Information Security professional, but perhaps writing an effective resume aligned with current market trends and requirements won’t be an easy task. And let me be clear here: you’ve walked a long way with your plans of migrating to your dream country, the visa has been sorted out, and your savings are enough for you to sustain your situation in case of an emergency, and so on. Why would you spoil a chance of finding a job because your resume does not sell you well?
I’ve learnt this lesson the hard way, burning several opportunities with recruiters in Australia because although I’ve got a good experience, I was not able to put it down into words when writing my resume. Suddenly, after getting it prepared by a specialized company changed everything. I’m a living proof of its effectiveness. Once you manage to get connected to a recruiter, it’s YOUR obligation to present him with a sellable material of your career. He’ll read it just once, and if they doesn’t like what they see, ciao ciao.
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So just to wrap up everything I’ve said throughout the past couple of weeks, moving abroad requires more than a will; it requires a huge investment of your time, money and compromise so to make you get what you’ve dreaming of. It took me more than 2 years from the starting point to being here and writing this article, but I can tell you with all the conviction of someone that has gone through it:
IT WAS WORTH EVERY MOMENT.
Adriano Dias Leite