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*sigh* - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Job hunting is depressing. And I'm not even doing it for me!

It's a fair and equitable system though. Joe says for every application I put together for him, he'll do something big around the house for me. Which is awesome, because if there's anything I dislike more than jobhunting/rejection, it's housework. ;)

Please guys, if you hear of anything good going in the Brisbane area, let us know.
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leggz From: leggz Date: March 23rd, 2009 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
What kind of stuff is he looking for?

I just applied for a bevy of part-time jobs that might work around my school-time-table. I'm sick of having no money and waaaaay to much time in the afternoons.

I actually managed to get my Job Seeker ID reinstated over the phone - particularly nice phone pleb I suspect - so I have a range of wonderful options in front of me!
tania From: tania Date: March 23rd, 2009 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Indoors work preferably - admin, something like that. He's good with computers but isn't too keen on the general public, so wants to avoid retail and the like. He's clever and learns fast. Wants a full-time job, as we want to take holidays which means needing savings and paid leave. :)

He'll have to chase Centerlink, I expect, they haven't got back to him yet. I assume he'll get a jobseeker ID through them? When you've got a jobseeker ID, does an agency find jobs for you or what? (It's been ages since I've been out of work, I can't remember how the system goes.)
leggz From: leggz Date: March 23rd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
He will get back-paid to the date he left his employer, so that's a start. Also make sure he takes out all the cash in his savings account before he prints out the balance to take into Centrelink for his interview - if they see he has nothing in there they will start his payments straight away.

He'll get a job-seeker ID which will be tied to the types of jobs he's looking for. They will look for him, and he will be expected to look via the Job Network site [which only publishes jobs for members in return for being paid by the government for each Centrelink person they employ] and other avenues like Seek and My Career, and other such fun resources. :P

He'll be assigned a Job Network Employment Agency that he'll need to report to and they will make sure he can speak, read and has a decent resume. Great service for some in the community. :]

It might take a bit longer for him to get something, but I'm sure it will happen. Just tell him to stick his proverbial nose to the grind-stone and something will happen soon.

Also, the addage that going in and dropping in your resume is the best way to be noticed is 100% true. Tell him to canvas the area near home. He might be pleasantly surprised.
tania From: tania Date: March 24th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you know which forms he'll have to fill out? Are they available on the Centerlink website? He's emailed them last Friday but they haven't got back to him yet. Knowing Centerlink, they won't.
leggz From: leggz Date: March 24th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
He'll need to call and organise an interview time - I doubt they'll do anything over email, they're completely useless with technology for the most part.

When he calls make sure you redial and redial and redial. It can sometimes take hours to get through, but you need to speak to someone and organise your interview time.

He will have the forms sent out to him and he'll have to fill them in and report to his closest branch. The one nearest me didn't take appointments, so I had to rock up at 8am and wait for hours. Fun, fun. x__x;
tania From: tania Date: March 24th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweet, he wound up calling, got through, and had the whole thing sorted in 15 minutes. :) They're sending out the paperwork now. As you and I both predicted, the online contact went absolutely nowhere. 9_9
roxxychan From: roxxychan Date: March 23rd, 2009 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I donno how you can job search for him XD It's like if you are his mum or something the lazy bum ;P lol

I have been looking for job for the past month and I mean applying for 6 jobs per day. I have only heard back from one and that's to say if you havnt heard a reply from us in 14 days you havnt gotten an interview.

That just shows how hard it is to get a job at the moment ~~...

As leggz explained he will get assigned to job agency. They will help look up jobs for him but he must also look up jobs himself (10 a day when he goes to job search appointments on I think Tuesdays and Thursdays per week) and gets the joys of fillimg out one of those lil job search booklets *stabstabstab*. I am just happy I don't have to fill those things out anymore ~~;;

If he doesnt comply (which I have seem some people skitz out at these places o_o ) Centrelink will stop his payment and he will get a 3 month no money slap on the wrist.

Serina Russo is who I am with and they are fantastic ^^ If he gets a choice of where he goes try that place ^^. The other thing he could do too is to work for the dole. It sounds like crap I know. But he will/should get some extra money for doing it ^^.

Um... *scratches head* If I can think of anything else I will mention it but he will prolly need to widen his seach cause there is some administration jobs out there no probs! Only thing is 200 people are applying for the same job ^^;;
tania From: tania Date: March 23rd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* I don't mind jobsearching, whereas he hates it - and on the flip side, he doesn't mind housework, but I hate it. So we're both happier with our current deal. It's not like he's doing nothing while I jobsearch for him. Then I WOULD be annoyed. ;)

We'll definitely give Sarina Russo a shot, thanks for the tip!
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: March 23rd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I know it's not Canada, but if you wanted to move to Vegas, I've got some freelance indoor/outdoor work. XD

Other than that, much more more I can do than wish you both good luck!
tania From: tania Date: March 23rd, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Putting myself out of a job to get Joe a freelance one would be a wee bit self-defeating though. ^_^; Besides, the only way we're likely to get into the US in the first place is if I do wind up signing up with someone like Disney, and get a sponsored visa. I imagine if that happens in the current social climate, I'll be subject to a degree of scorn from Americans for taking one of their jobs - a friend of mine, Daniel, was over there as a tourist recently and said he came across that quite a lot, and had to explain each time that he wasn't working there, just holidaying.
ruggels From: ruggels Date: March 24th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
No scorn at all , especially for "white collar" (even if animation union) jobs, but it also depends on the industry, and the co-workers. Usually the bitter oens are the ones that didn't learn computers very well. However I doubt there would be a lot of available jobs, Yes Disney is bringing 2D back, but the current economy has them being conservative and the Screen Actor's Guild, not signing a contract, and not being firm whether to strike or not (amazing itnernal factionalizoing) means that no one is willing to risk a production that might be shut down for a strike, so Large Studios are resting on their backlogs, AFTRA Union members are comfortably doing Television Drama, and Smaller Studios are either in mothballs, out of business, or shooting in Canada, or even non-union shoots in places other than California.

The situation should improve once it is Known whether SAG will shit or get off the put. If they strike, the economy in L.A. will collapse (as it's allready too expensive to do a lot of stuff there), and if Sag Signs, the Movies will come back albeit slowly.

11 have fought ~ fight the power!