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Temp work in Sydney

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1. Posted by cel27 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hi everyone,

I'm on a working holiday visa in Australia and have been in Sydney for over 2 weeks now. I'm more qualified working administration as have the relevant experience & qualifications. I've been to almost every recruitment agencies in Sydney and sent them my CV. I not had a call from any of them.

I have a disability (parital hearing loss in both ears) and I'm wondering whether they it might put them off. I have told them to email me or send me SMS. I'm just getting really bored and tired since I've done all the hard work and would just be happy to be on a 9-5 office job.

I don't know if that is normal to any traveller. I might consider heading to Melbourne if nothing works.

Let me know if you have got any suggestions.

Thanks, Claire

2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

Hi Cel, I'm not surprised: temp agencies aren't famous for their customer service. Your disability might put them off, but of course they won't tell you that.

It'd be more to with the fact that its peak arrival time for working holiday makers in Sydney, and we are heading into the downside of the year (towards the holiday break in December). Accountants are very busy, but would have hired most of their temps pre-tax time in June. Those that have been travelling in the North over the winter are heading south and hooking up with old employers. Being school holidays may also mean demand has fallen off as families go away.
The tourism organisations are gearing up for summer so you might want to try agencies that deal with them. Try the Sydney Convention Visitors Bureau at 80 William St. They may be looking for temps. Events companies will also be gearing up for the coming season.

Have you tried www.jobmap.com.au?

Anyway, good luck

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 11y

I never heard back from any of the places or agencies where I applied either - same time of the year, in Melbourne. And then from early January on I was pretty much overwhelmed with work.
I think it's a bad time of the year for office work like jobs. (I was looking for web development work, but I think that qualifies as being in the same field.)

If you have the money and the time, it might pay off to go travelling for the next three months and only then look for work.

4. Posted by vicki80 (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

I had trouble in Sydney as well at the beginning of the year looking for temp work and also I was more than qualified (being a PA back home) and willing to do anything they gave me (filing etc) I think they just have so many people on their books they never get round to everyone. That and no one ever seemed to know about things if you called up to enquire how it was all going!
The best agency I ended up with was PKL, and a friend got lucky with Cox Purtell - they at least would make it sound they were trying to help us.
Hopefully you'll get something cos there is only so much sightseeing that can be done. If not leave and try somewhere else - Perth is good for jobs