29 Aug 2014

Now hiring…again

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It never ends. I’m at it again, another recruitment process. At least this time it’s not because anyone resigned or because the person I recruited was a wrong fit. This time it’s because my team is growing again and we need another person. Nevertheless, recruitment processes are draining and it’s not like my job go on hold in the meantime.

I feel like I’ve done nothing but recruiting and training people over the last year. It all started going downhill in April/May last year when I had to make one of my team members redundant, then 4 months later another team member resigned leaving me in a very sticky position with only one person left in my team. My original team was only 3 people and myself. Since end of September last year I’ve been trying to find someone for my team. I tried  many different venues to find the right person for the role within the given budget (which changed a few times as well just to make things a bit more interesting) and after many interviews, hours of extra work and a bad recruitment later I found a new person for my team that started beginning of July. We are still very busy and I am still too involved in the everyday work and don’t really have time to do what I’m meant to be focusing on doing as a manager so I’ve now been given permission to recruit yet another person for my team.

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14 Sep 2013

Hello weekend!!

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So happy the weekend is here after a rather shitty week. It started off on Monday morning with one of my team members handing in her resignation at work. I didn’t see that one coming and with only three weeks notice period it put me in a bit of a sticky position. I need a replacement person quickly and clearly there will be no time for her to train someone new before she’s gone.

Initially I was pretty upset since she was a person I decided to keep when we had the redundancy a few months back and I had to get rid off one person in my team. I kept her because I believed in her future in the company. I now have a bit more perspective on the situation and I’m trying to be positive about the change. Hopefully something good will come out of it in the end.

I’m having a crash course in management this year that’s for sure with my first redundancy and now my first recruitment process. A steep learning curve indeed.

13 Aug 2012

Visa granted!

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I am pleased to advise that Anna…. has been granted a Temporary Business Entry (Class UC) Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa. This visa allows you to travel to, enter and remain in Australia and is valid until the date specified above.

I received an email from my case officer on Saturday night at 9.42 pm (isn’t that a weird time to receive an email by the way) informing me that my visa was approved. So now, finally I’m legal to work. My visa was granted for three years but I think Simon and I’ll be applying for our own visa, independent of work before then.But for now it’s all good and I’m relieved that it was sorted so quickly. I actually had my decision in about a week after handing in the missing application. I was called up by my case officer on Wednesday asking me to send in a proof of my health insurance (being Swedish I’m not covered by Medicare) so I did on Thursday and then on Saturday I had my decision. Today I applied for my Tax File Number too so as soon as I receive that I can finally open a bank account.

07 Aug 2012

Visa screw up

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I came to a realization last week – I’m in the country on the wrong visa!! I only discovered this as I was trying to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) online. If I don’t have one I can’t own a bank account and I’ll be charged more tax. My online application for the TFN was cancelled and I was told I wasn’t eligible to apply on my visa. I thought it was weird since the 457 work sponsored visa (that I believed I was on) gives you the right to apply for a TFN. I called up immigration and was told I was on the 651 visa, a normal tourist visa. Something clearly went wrong there! I thought immigration had made a mistake but as it turns out it was I who did.

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04 Jul 2012

Move Corp

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Who would have known it would be cheaper to hire a UK company for transporting our belongings than a local Swedish company. In my world it’s very strange how a company based in Britain who drive over and pick up the stuff in our apartment, then transport it back to the UK, ships it to Australia and then drive it out to us and carry our stuff up in the apartment in Melbourne can be cheaper, but it is. That’s why we’ve decided to let Move Corp bring our belongings Down Under. The only downside to it all is that they can’t pick up until mid-August which means we probably won’t get our stuff until November. We’ll already be back in Australia at the time of the pick up but my brother has kindly enough offered to help out.

We still need to have everything packed and ready by the end of next week and the apartment cleaned by then so we’re keeping busy. We bought proper moving boxes to pack in and lots of bubble wrap. I’m also stressing a bit about work trying to get things done before I go on holiday. My plan was to try to do less hours given that I have around 60 hours of flex that I won’t get paid for when I quit and I’m not that keen on just giving away my time to the company. I’m nice but not really that nice. 🙂 That plan didn’t really work out that well though since I still am 54 hours plus. Tomorrow is my last day of work before my holiday leave and my very last day in the office here in Gothenburg. I’ve been too busy to really think about it too much but I bet it will feel strange tomorrow when I clean out all my stuff.

27 Jun 2012

After the show

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My colleagues are so nice and I’ll miss them heaps when I leave. Not only do we work very well together but we always seem to find a way to have fun and laugh at work,  no matter how stressful things are. So as a little gesture of appreciation  I treated everyone in the office (well it’s only 7 people so it’s not that many) to a little summer fika today. During the fika they surprised me with a really nice gift, a funky bracelet from Swedish DIIZ called After the Show. It’s a pink  silicon bracelet with a very cool graphical print on it. I love it! The sun is shining and I’m off to have dinner with my favourite Outdoor colleagues at Moon Thai Kitchen. It’s safe to say my day could be a lot worse. 🙂



25 May 2011

Work your way around Australia

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If you plan on going to Australia and work this National Harvest Guide might be helpful. In the guide you’ll find information on harvest work opportunities, working conditions, how to get there and where to stay. The guide is updated monthly and is available free for download – HERE (pdf).