找工作!part3應徵訣竅&黑工、contractor


好不容易找到農場,不是留完資料填完表格就可以回家等電話了,後續才是關鍵,遊戲才剛剛開始!
不管是哪種類型的工作 
,有朋友在裡面介紹進去還是最快的方法,朋友不嫌少!建立屬於自己的情報互聯網,你就不用大老遠跑去南澳或西噢,也可以知道那邊的狀況如何。


工廠(be a shed hand)

有兩大種類,一種在大城市週邊,加工各種準備要往大城市輸出的東西(包裝CD、食品、肉加工包裝、生活用品組裝等等),大部分是輸送帶上的工作所謂的生產線的一員,大多要找當地AGENCY,或之前有類似經驗,但僧多粥少尤其帶城市周邊人口尤其多,通常能嘎進去就可以很穩定的做下去,因為沒有季節可言城市一年四季都需要東西,有個比較好的時機點是大節日前(聖誕、復活節連假等),常常要趕工出貨,所以會加派人手,如果能在這種時候進去,之後就有機會久待,就算沒有也有了經驗比較好找類似工作。


另一種是農場的副產品,可能農作物摘下來要立即進行清洗、去蕪存菁、包裝才出貨,那麼大多坐落在農業重鎮裡或農場附屬小型工廠, 

農場

除了塗法煉鋼、挨家挨戶得拜託,在順利見到supervisor之後,留了資料填完表格,如果他跟你說還要在兩週,你不要傻傻回家等電話,最好能每三到五天打一次電話確認,如果人就在附近那更好,一個禮拜去一次,關心狀況讓他記得你的臉,積極的態度都會讓人印象深刻。

運氣

我很不喜歡把所有事情都往"運氣"這兩個字上推,找不到工作,在說自己運氣不好之外你做了什麼?季節與作物的功課做了沒?現在到底哪裡有工作?跑了幾家農場?履歷投了多少封?修改了幾次?朋友的電話都打了嗎?朋友交得夠多嗎?網路上資訊都追蹤了嗎?每天早中晚都打havest專線了嗎?還有什麼你能做的還沒做?如果都做了卻還是沒找到工作,可以嘆口氣說運氣差喝坯茶休息一下,下一個小時再接再厲!有這樣的態度再來怪運氣,或者燒香拜佛跑跑教堂,反正沒工作閒著沒事,要絞盡腦汁的加強。
還是再次強調,等工作兩週到一個月都算正常範圍,超過一個月半至兩個月就有點久了,可以考慮換地方那裏可能真的沒工作。

黑工

非常反對黑工,簡單來說就是姑息養奸,打換行情讓農場跟工頭都食髓知味,當然我不是自命清高一昧的說不是,曾經有一直窮途潦倒也做過三個禮拜黑工,所以大致上知道狀況,正所謂知己知彼百戰百勝。所以不是叫大家快要餓死路邊了也打死不做黑工,它可以當作一時的權宜之計,讓你有機會走下一步。可以換個角度想想其實很幸運的是,亞洲人找不到工作其碼有黑工,那其他國家的背包客呢?
但是更多的狀況是一旦做了黑工就很容易依賴,為什麼,因為黑工很好找,背包客棧打開就有了要多少有多少,讓人無法學習進步,催眠自己接受"薪水比台灣高很多"這件事。
真的相當不忍,在看到東南亞跳機的大媽大叔跟同是台灣背包一起做十三塊的薪水,我們在同一個農場工作只因為我是直接受雇農場他們是跟工頭來的(老闆娘並不清楚工頭沒付適當薪水,後來有告知),有簽證合法工作權的背包客,不需要這種待遇,不如辦觀光簽就好,真的。

這種事不能只靠澳洲政府,我們自己如果沒有這種自覺堅決說不,黑工永遠沒有結束的一天

contractor

可以簡稱工頭,相信大家都不陌生,但是到底什麼是工頭,又為什麼需要工頭,簡單介紹一下。一個正常的工頭,是不會跟你收錢的,因為農場會另外給他一筆費用,他的工作只是幫農場找人,為什麼要幫農場找人呢?因為大部分的農場偏遠,而且農夫很忙所以需要人幫他找人,且農作物的特性是在某些時段會需要大量人力,平時的照料只要農機具就夠了,所以一間農場不可能特地闢一個人事部,管理一年需要三個月的臨時雇員。所以就發展出contractor這樣的角色,也可以說是承包商,農場發包給contractor再發包給每個背包客,所以你可以想成農場跟contractor是公司對公司的關係(也就是ABN的狀況),至於薪水作風各有不同,有的是農場會直接匯進大家的戶頭,有些是由contractor匯,原因是農場跟contractor已經是買斷的性質,但這種狀況比較少,請小心為妙。


 分享一個我在某家agency網站上找到的求職秘訣,雖然我覺得內容比較是給找full-time的人看得,但還是有很多態度跟要訣值得學習,也可以看出很多西方職場環境的不同處事方法。

 

Job Interview Tips and Advice

Job Interview Tips

 

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier - even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don't know. Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation which help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews.

Practice

Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.

Prepare

Prepare a response so you are ready for the question "What do you know about our company. Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. If you're not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.

Watch

Take a look at my Job Interview Tips Videos, so you'll be sure to dazzle a potential employer and leave the right impression. 

Get Ready

Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.

Be On Time

Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.

Stay Calm

During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!

Show What You Know

Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.  When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.

Follow Up

Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a thank you note.

First day tips

Your first day is here. How should you prepare to make sure that your first day sets the right impression with your new colleagues and your boss? Consider this:-

 
Preparation

 

  • Dress in the outfit that you know makes you shine. If you feel confident, you'll look confident to others
  • Whether you're driving to work or using mass transit, be sure to leave plenty of time to get there early
  • Treat your first-day like a job interview, and remember first impressions do count
  • Eat breakfast before you leave your house -- fresh breath and clean teeth (no poppy seed bagels, please) are a must
  • Your work day begins when you leave your house. You never know when you'll come into contact with your co-workers or boss
  • Keep your head up and remember to make eye contact.
  • Be polite and friendly to everyone you encounter, whether it's the receptionist or the mailroom clerk, your colleagues or your new boss
  • Introduce yourself to those you meet and remember that it's okay to ask questions. People generally like to help others and it usually makes them feel good about themselves
  • While it's okay to hold onto some of things you learned in your previous jobs and use that knowledge in your new job, remember that every workplace has its own way of doing things
  • Your first few weeks or even months on a job is not the time to change the way things get done. Do not utter these words: "That's not how we did it at my old company". Let it go!
  • Don’t gossip. Don’t even hang around people who gossip!
  • Ask questions, offer to help anyone who might need it, ask if there is anything else you can do to help (anyone). People gravitate towards people who are open and helpful
  • Ask your new boss for an “end of first day” meeting to review your performance and to ensure that you know precisely what is expected of you. If appropriate, clarify any concerns you might have relating to your duties.
  • Do not comment on anyone or anything unless it is constructive
So you finally made it to your new workplace. Now take a deep breath and walk in with a smile on your face:-)


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