Thursday, July 21, 2005

Oz Day 015.

Was planning to head out to wander Northbridge to look for "Help Wanted" signs in the windows. So far the pavement-stomping search for casual work has been mainly around the CBD area south of the train lines. I think it is time to expand the search a little. A reader's email reminded me that if I were looking for casual work restricted to outside office hours, it would make more sense to target the businesses that were open outside office hours.

The rain has sort of resulted in a change (or delay) of plans, with me hiding out in this nice and warm cybercafe instead of being out in the rain. It is a mild drizzly desert rain anyway. Goodness knows WA needs every drop of it, with the dams still under 30% capacity. Will probably go take a walk and see what I can find after this blog entry. Even if no leads are generated, the long quiet walk in itself resulting in a clear head would be reward enough.

The casino is of course another possibility. I had totally forgotten that Perth has a casino. [ Thanks, SouthLandian! ] Have registered on the website, but I have none of the skill sets required for the current vacancies. If I get bored (or desperate) enough, I will probably take the train there just to saunter up to the bouncer or reception to see if I can find work.

Had another one of those meetings with a recruiter today. She did not have a specific role in mind, but it was no harm to meet up and chat. At least it will remind me of how to knot a tie, or how uncomfortable officewear feels (compared to T-shirt and jeans), and it certainly helps hone my interview skills. Perhaps one of those recruiters might come up with something. How many is it now? Four? Five recruiter meetings? Am trying to systematically work my way through the list of recruitment companies to get a meet up with every single one of them. Perth is not that big a place - word will get around.


D. suggested that I take a break and go to the beach to chill out or something. However even after two weeks, I feel fine. Perhaps it is the excellent weather here, perhaps it is the change of environment, perhaps it is the sheer desperation to make this work out.. but I am going to land a job even if it brings me to my last dollar. And I'd have to be down to my last thirteen dollars here before I'd admit defeat and return to Singapore with my tail between my legs. [ It costs $13 for the shuttle from the city to the airport. ]

I am eating a lot more since I moved here, but yet in a very different sense I am a lot hungrier too.

Seasonal affected disorder? I certainly hope not. I have enough disorders and psychosis and unbalances to last me the rest of my life, without having to add one more!


Blogger Beach-yi said...

About job search...hope this will be helpful to you in some ways.

I am currently helping out my sister's friend in his internet cafe business. We have quite a few people walking in to ask for jobs.

My boss cum family friend is a Korean but is a very nice person who lived here for I guess nearly a decade or even more. He shares with me lots of experience and views.

One thing that stuck in my head is his view that if someone going around to look for jobs, even if it's for a casual one, should ideally armed themselves with a few copies of a brief C.V and maybe a namecard (no need for title and stuff, just name and contact details).

The idea is that it gives the signal to the people that one is serious about asking for jobs.

Or alternatively get to know the proprietor of the/a shop, if you start from small, and may he/she will offer a job. Hell, one of our ex staff got it with ius in this way cos he came to our cafe and play heaps of times but eventually he had to go cos of some attitudal conflict with the boss. Granted the fellow is just like only 16 years old, can't really expect much.

July 21, 2005 9:25 PM  
Blogger the virgin undergrad said...

Endure dude! dun concede yet.
if emigration's what u decided, persevere and u'll eventually find ur way! arguably our forefathers had an much much harder time when they left their homeland for singapore, and if they made it good then, so can u. tenacity and adaptation is in the singaporean blood.

July 21, 2005 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, all the best to your job search!!!

why did you put a prefix, why Oz Day015 and not just simply Oz Day 15.

Is your inner self telling you/us something???

July 21, 2005 11:18 PM  
Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately my C.V. is going to be more of a hinderance than help when it comes to finding casual work, especially in retail. Still, thank you for sharing that thought.

I am far from conceding defeat. In the famous words of John Paul Jones, "I Have Not Begun to Fight!"

I forsee I will be here at least for 100 days. And that the day-to-day update entries are unlikely to persist past 3 years (Day 999). Habit borne of old-style obsolete programming habits - prefixing the appropriate number of zeros makes it a lot easier should you need to search / sort / scan entries at at a later date.

July 22, 2005 11:22 AM  
Blogger the virgin undergrad said...

why not consider tutoring as well? the working hours are almost like casual work and it pays mother well. from what i heard there appears to be a shortage of tutors in unis ard perth so u might wanna consider that too.

July 23, 2005 11:11 AM  
Blogger Beach-yi said...

Well, I suppose so with your experience. One other thing I learned about the kind of CVs here and the information that they expect, is quite different from the kind people tend to use in Singapore.

For example, you are not expected to put in your nationality, age sex and marital status. And it's not really necessary that you put in all the experience you have, just the relevant ones and the qualifications.

But then again I am not a HR consultant :p .

July 23, 2005 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Kristian said...

True. Don't put age, nationality, sex or your residential status on your resume, just name and contact details.

July 26, 2005 9:23 AM  

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