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Skills of returning Australians and New Zealanders in high demand
15 of the 25 Australian and New Zealand placements through Global Opportunities so far in 2015 have been in a temporary or contract position.
Rules for returnees
1. Be realistic and flexible
– in terms of role level, salary, sector and location. While you should not have to sacrifice building your career, it pays to understand that the local job market is competitive and being flexible and open to a variety of opportunities will help you get back into the job market quicker
2. Revise your CV for the local market
– UK CV’s are only 1-2 pages long. The Australian and New Zealand standard is 3-4 pages long so make sure you expand on your responsibilities and achievements overseas. Click here for more advice on editing your CV for the Australian and New Zealand market
3. Be on the ground
– as the market is quite competitive at the moment, ideally you’ll need to have concrete relocation plans or ideally have returned home in order for there to be any traction in the job application process\
4. Make networking a high priority
– a few weeks before your flight home, utilise LinkedIn, contact ex-colleagues and managers, and register with 1-3 recruitment agencies to help you get ready for your job search upon your arrival
5. Go for a contract role
– as already mentioned, a contract role is a great way to get back into the market quickly and should definitely be considered alongside permanent positions. You do need to be on the ground and available to commence work immediately to be considered for these types of roles as they tend to move very quickly
6. Be patient
– we can’t say how long it will take for returning expats or any candidate for that matter to find a new job but be prepared for it not to happen straight away. It really depends on how open you are to different roles, pay rates and sectors and how well your skill set fits into the current market. Patience, as well as proactivity and persistence will pay off
Are you interested in working overseas or perhaps are you an overseas Aussie or Kiwi looking to move back home? Find out more about our Global Opportunities team.
International experience is generally highly regarded by employers, but returning expats need to be patient when trying to secure a job on their return.
Contract and mid-level positions are ideal for these workers, though they need to highlight their relevance to and understanding of the local market.