Job market tight for people returning to Adelaide from overseas
As a resume writer, I know that Australians – and especially people in Adelaide - who live and work overseas are struggling to find jobs when they return home. They will probably have to accept a demotion and pay cut to do so, according to new research.
This story is from the ABC.
About 85 per cent of returned expats reported having trouble finding work, while 83 per cent of local recruiters said they were cautious about recommending expats.
The findings are contained in a new report, They Still Call Australia Home, prepared by one of the world's biggest job sites, Indeed, and Advance, an Australian organisation that helps Aussies move and work overseas.
John Cheong-Holdaway knows the struggle all too well. After spending years as a senior policy advisor in the energy sector for the Indonesian government, he looked to return home as his daughter neared school age.
"When I was looking for my first job here … the jobs I was being offered were so much less senior than I'd been working on," he told the ABC."I needed to moderate my salary expectations to find a good job. I think a lot of people expect moving overseas to be difficult. They're told about culture shock. I think people don't expect the return home to be as difficult as it is."
The report surveyed 700 respondents and found the odds stacked against returning expats. Among the key findings were:
85 per cent of returned expats experienced barriers to finding work back in Australia
67 per cent have considered heading back overseas again to get the right role
70 per cent said their self-esteem was impacted by the difficulties associated with returning
83 per cent of recruiters said they were cautious about recommending expats who recently returned home for Australian-based roles
45 per cent think returned expats expect a higher salary
31 per cent prioritise a candidate with Australian-only work experience.