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Job and apartment proving way harder then expected!!

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1. Posted by Scared no more (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Hi all

just wanted to have a bit of a rant and no-one else would understand except you lot!!

Travelled here alone, Got to Sydney end of Oct and am still looking for a job and place to live..... am crashing with friends who have been AMAZING!! but i really dont want to overstay my welcome here and also want to get settled and have a base here, its proving WAY harder then i expected!! Some places i have seen are dirty - no other way to describe it, it was dirty!!..... some are TINY - literally a bed in a room and that's it!.... some people just leave out kids or animals on the ads so i trek over to see it and wouldn't have bothered if they mentioned it!! Some people just ignore the texts/emails

Ideally want to move to the Randwick/coogee area but am going to look elsewhere - can anyone name a good spot for transport etc and thats not too over the top price wise??

The market here seems to be very slow and so i am still looking for a job and starting to panic about that - am a qualified accountant so for months before i left everyone said that Oz is crying out for accountants etc so am starting to worry!! told the recruitment agencies i will do anything to get started and am not fussy about work at all to just get something going!!........... still no joy!!

Really starting to worry did i make a massive mistake coming here!

Is anyone else having the same problems??

Anyone have any ideas on sites they used or agencies - i have contacted about 20 but will try any!! Lol

Thanks for letting me rant anyway!!

2. Posted by becky2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

I found a few Accountancy Jobs in Australia that may be of interest to you - I realise that there are many different areas to Accountancy but I hope you can find something on there :) and enjoy Australia!

3. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

I used Metier recruitment and got a job within a week, Robert Walters were also good.

How much are you looking to spend a week accommodation wise? For my last couple of months in Oz I actually moved into Ashfield Manor, which is a really nice clean and cosy B&B/guesthouse in Ashfield. That cost me $250 a week including breakfast, all bills, tea and coffee, room servicing, etc, etc.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4892 posts) 5y

Quoting Scared no more

The market here seems to be very slow and so i am still looking for a job and starting to panic about that

When I was looking for a webdevelopment job a couple of years ago, I experienced the same. I started looking in mid October, and didn't find anything throughout November and December (worked cleaning rooms in the hostel I was staying at to stretch the money). Then in the first week of January I got five job offers. Apparently the entire professional world in Australia is always ramping down on the way to Christmas, and then taking off like crazy once it's the new year.
Obviously I don't know if this is what's happening here (nor if you'd be as lucky as I was in the new year), but I consider it likely. If you have the money, I'd recommend taking a break from job searching for now and just going to see something of the country. Then come back in the last week of December and start applying again.

5. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 5y

Sydney is a notoriously difficult place to find decent (and affordable) accomodation. I've heard stories of waiting lists as long as your arm to see flea-ridden 1-bed hell-holes miles from the CBD.

Having said that there are some great places available, but unfortunately it may take a little time. My other half's cousin found a great apartment in Mosman but it took him several months of searching first.

6. Posted by Scared no more (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Thanks all
It's great to hear its not just me!! Visiting more apartments tonight so hopefully get sorted on that part soon!! Some of them have been just awful and insane prices!!

Met another recruitment agent today - said all week she has met Irish accountants looking for work but hopefully I'll be lucky and get placed soon! Once I get place to live sorted I can try get work anywhere - like pub, shop etc! Just to have some money coming in while I continue the search!!

Keep trying I guess!!! Lol

Thanks again everyone for your advice

7. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

I feel like Im the official and sole sponsor for this website, but as I've said before, go here and check out whats available in Sydney. You will not only find a place to stay and food, in exchange for a few hours work, but often local people will know someone who knows someone who is looking to hire. Like they say it's not what you know, but who you know. You may even find someone that has a nice room that will rent it to you rather than you doing the 4 hours work. At worst it will stop your immediate drain on funds while you regroup. Good luck.