How the heck did I find a job in Sydney?

How the heck did I find a job in Sydney?

It all happened really fast.First, a trusted friend put me into contact with a recruiter based in Sydney.  I’ve worked with recruiters in the past and I’ll say from experience, it’s really important to make sure you trust them.  Fortunately, as I learned over time, I had been referred to a really great one.

Next, I started doing phone interviews with a company that had a position available—Clemenger BBDO.  It’s a good thing to have aspirations to work for certain organizations.  But unless they have a real position available (or are willing to create a space for you), it’s not a real prospect.

The real magic happened when the managing director of Clemenger’s Sydney office happened to be in San Francisco for a client meeting.  We met for a coffee and talked non-stop for an hour.  What I remember most from that meeting was that he said the agency was looking for people with a certain skill set, as well as people that would add to their culture.  Working in an industry where you have to spend upwards to 50, 60 and sometimes 70+ hours a week with your co-workers, agency culture is something I hold great value in as well.  Coming out of that meeting I had a new level of excitement for Clem’s.

After that, I did a phone interview with my future-boss (Al) and then a Skype meeting with the co-executive creative director.  Everyone I spoke to was smart, friendly and enthusiastic.

Finally, I was invited to Sydney for a final round interview.  Before I went, I did a lot of homework on both the agency and Sydney; I needed third-party opinions to help inform my decision.  When I arrived in Sydney, I already felt confident that it would be a good fit.  Upon my arrival, everyone at Clem’s—especially Al—were incredibly gracious hosts and made me feel very welcome.

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In the end, my final criteria were good agency (check), good client (check), co-workers who were both fun and smart (check), a city with character that would be fun to live in (CHECK).After a fantastic weekend in Sydney, Esther and I decided to go for it.

-M