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Hello there Does anyone know any good employment services or… 
8th-Nov-2012 10:56 am
Hello there

Does anyone know any good employment services or recruitment agencies for a graduate of law and accounting degrees with limited experience other than a few years in retail and a few internships? I have numerous disabilities too that are not visible so I might be eligible for disability employment services too.

Looking for any kind of desk job here but preferably not telemarketing.

Campbell Newman is making my life hard here :(

Anyone know if there are any good counselling services out there that I coud use. Feeling lost and depressed here.
8th-Nov-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Ex government or competing with ex government?
8th-Nov-2012 01:06 am (UTC)
Sorry-I don't quite understand what you mean by your comment but I am looking for any services whether they are government funded or non government funded (services competing with the government)
8th-Nov-2012 01:08 am (UTC)
You mentioned Newman, I was wondering if you're ex government or competing with lots of people who just got sacked. I'm a scientist in the latter position.
8th-Nov-2012 01:13 am (UTC)
I wasn't been sacked really. Just competing with a lot of people who got sacked. Yeah since the job market is flooded with job seekers right now it is REALLY hard for me to find a job. In addition, the government has frozen recruitment for a LOT of graduate positions in my fields so I am basically screwed. Yeah I interned in a government position hoping I would get a position because normally interns get hired if their performance is satisfactory but because of Campbell Newman the pervious interns who got hired had to leave so I did not get a job, oh well
8th-Nov-2012 09:11 am (UTC)
My first advice is to look at regional centres, if your disabilities allow you to live outside Brisbane. Employment prospects are better in Ipswich, Redcliffe, Bundaberg, Mount Isa etc because there's a smaller pool of applicants there. There's a lot of people who won't go outside the Brisbane city limits, if you will then they are no longer competition.

My second advice is to hook up with a temp agency. Being a temp throws you in the deep end but you learn to swim very well very quickly! Seriously, it is the best way I know to expand your skillset in the shortest possible time. Also, people who are on a budget are often more willing to hire someone for say ten thousand dollars for twelve weeks than an ongoing salaried employee. Different agencies have different focuses, so ask people in the area you want to work in about their experiences. Some quick tips, though: ask about training, if they're a good agency they'll offer it, and a candidate who they know is upskilling is more valuable to them; an agency that's been around more than ten years is an agency that went through the GFC so they have experience with flooded markets, so if you get in with one of them, ask for advice; and when you sign up, make sure they know you're available, ring them at least twice a week (I suggest Mondays and Wednesdays).

Also, look outside your specialization and industry, you never know who wants someone with your skills. Even prisons have offices.

However, and this is the best advice I can give, never stop jobsearching for yourself. Set yourself a quota of applications per day and apply for five or ten jobs a day. I have never gotten a permanent job through a recruitment agency and all my permanent employers have avoided using them; the prevailing attitude has been that a proactive applicant was more likely to be a proactive employee, so an applicant going after the job themselves gave a much better impression.

I hope this helps.
8th-Nov-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your reply

I want to go rural but I am not sure if my health allows me to do so. I need to get regular blood tests every 3 months, appointments to the endocrinologists and meds checked on regularly. Also. I don't have a licence yet and have to rely on public transport and I am not sure if rural areas have adequate public transport.

I thought about tempting but I am not sure whether an agency would take on a graduate with limited experience, At most I probably only have 2 months admin/ office experience (which is a bit depressing). I worked in retail most of the time :(. I think they only look at you once you have at least 1-2 years experience. However, temp work sounds cool as it gives you exposure to a variety of different work. Are you aware of any temp agencies that will take on graduate students?

Yeah I have been looking outside my specialization. In fact I have been looking for nearly everything from general office positions to professional positions.

Yeah I guess I just need to keep on searching for jobs but its hard when I have limited experience. Even volunteer work is so competitive to get these days. It is even harder when employers think you are overqualified and won't hire you and think that you will leave them once you get some experience. Not everyone wants to be a lawyer etc. In fact I don't really want to be a lawyer anymore. A lawyer has to work over 50 hours a week and I don't think I am able to do that in the state of my health. Ah oh well.
9th-Nov-2012 08:10 am (UTC)
First off, there is nothing wrong with staying in Brisbane, if that's where you feel most comfortable. Moving to a place you're unfamiliar with is scary at the best of times. It's also okay to admit that.

I live in Ipswich now, having moved here from Brisbane for work, and I don't have a car either. So I can tell you from experience that your worries about public transport is unfounded; Ipswich has a public transport system on a par with Brisbane's, and my friends in Redcliffe and Logan tell me theirs is better. For medical issues, I'd ask your specialist about which regional hospitals s/he would recommend, or if s/he does rotations in the satellite cities. Ipswich has three good hospitals and several excellent medical clinics, I imagine the other satellite cities have equally good facilities. 'Not Brisbane' does not mean 'uncivilized' or 'incommunicado' or 'without resources'.

I temped for five years and when I started I had three months' experience. However spoilt for choice they are, temp agencies will take anyone on. Even when I was completely unsuited to their target market, no agency ever refused to sign me up. I won't make an agency recommendation because when I temped I did mostly government work (you probably already know the quirks that make government jobs different). It's true that at first they will offer you only little things, basic office stuff for a week or so, because they don't know you yet. Show up on time, dress and behave appropriately, do the job to the best of your ability (in short, be a good little employee) and scarf down all the training they have to offer, and the jobs they offer you will improve. Also take advantage of their resume writers and advisors.

And don't ever say it's too hard. That's what makes it too hard! If you had the guts and fortitude to make it through uni to get your degree and get to graduate school, you have the guts and fortitude to get that job.
13th-Dec-2012 09:25 am (UTC)
(Total side note - jobs in Redcliffe? Where?! I'd love to work closer to home.)
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