Hey peeps. I have a Master of Health Promotion from Australia and almost two years of working experience in the same field in Regional Victoria. I am looking for jobs in Melbourne and gave up to five face to face interviews in the last five months for multiple positions in one of the same organisations. I am getting calls saying my interviews went really well but I am unfortunately unsuccessful "this" time. I have started to think there is something more to this than my actual skills and qualification. I am not over qualified in this field. I have started to believe there is something more to this than meets the eye. I fear my Indian name and appearence is denying me opportunities and that I am being called for interviews as a part of the recruitment procedure. I am lost and I am going to apply for Centrelink benefits as I do not have any other options to support myself. I am Permanent Resident. What should I do now? Please help me !
I might be able to help.
There are plenty of Indians working in regional Australia in various health related positions. Indeed after my last trip to Rockhampton I was surprised that the local hospital has a significant proportion of Indians working as nurses and doctors.
Here's a few things you need to know;
1. Racism in employment does occur but it's not as widespread as touted. A major recruiting company was asked and they mentioned in some sectors such as IT there is bias but that's largely because they are inundated with foreign graduates.
2. Secondly regional areas are short staffed in many areas of health so I should expect work is/will be available.
So lets now examine you;
- Are you presentable (do you wear a suite are you well groomed)?
- Do you have any visible disabilities (i.e. wheelchair)?
If you ticked those two boxes then lets go to the next questions;
- How is your written communications skills?
- How is your verbal communication skills?
If you ticked those two lets move onto the next questions;
- What grades did you get in your masters/undergrad?
- Are your qualifications equip you for the jobs you are applying for?
I assume that 2 yrs work experience means your grades are ok?
I am assuming you are involved with health marketing/promotion so these are the type of positions you are applying for. Next questions
- How many vacancies are there?
- Are my qualifications competitive with other applicants
- Is my work experience sufficiently competitive
Now here's where you might be caught short. Do you know who else is applying? I know there lots of marketing graduates, many with experience who are looking for work. Judging from your feedback you are being pipped at the post at the interview stage. So now lets examine the facts.
Fulltime promotional positions would require exceptional communication skills, they also require you to be presentable. An Indian appearance is not an obstacle as there hundreds of Indian graduates working in marketing, events management and promotional work in Melbourne.
One of the things you can do is contact the interview panel and get feedback. If you don't know why you are being knocked back then it's important to get feedback. I used to do this in my 20s and 30s and found the major reason was that the other applicant had either performed better in the interview or had a set of skills that were better matched to the job. See if there are skills that you can pick up? speaking in public? multimedia? health diploma?
Finally lower your standards. I know plenty of people of different backgrounds who think the world owes them a favor because they have a Masters degree. Sometimes you need to eat humble pie for a little while till you get the break you are after. Rather than head to centrelink braoden the type of jobs you are willing to do, keep yourself occupied even with a clerical/admin position.