"You never know your friend's EX could be your employer!"


Kelly got her first job in her skill background, which was accounting, but without even an interview! How could she get it? Here is Kelly’s story. 

“My story was not a typical one. Because my employer is my best friend’s ex-boyfriend. Well, I knew him for a long time when he was still with my friend. After they broke up, we still kept in touch.  

2 years ago, he planned to open his own company in Hobart and he was looking for an accountant. He searched all his friends who studied accounting and thought of me. I received his phone call asking: ‘would you want a job?’  

I said ‘yes, why not?’  

Then I was offered a job without preparing my CV or attending an interview. It happened just like a dream. At that time, I was still in my last year of Bachelor of accounting in UTAS.” 

“It is a startup company and my job is a part-time accountant with 10-15 hours per week. Actually, I am also work as a reception, administration and communicator. The job is quite challenging because I have no experience and have to learn everything by myself. I have learned lots of experience from it but am still worried for every task.” 

Kelly has been attending Career Coaching in MRC since July. After 2 years of working, now it comes to her first time of preparing a CV and cover letter. She is looking for a full-time job as accountant and with a bigger company.  

“MRC helped me a lot with my CV. Before I attend the Career Coaching session, I prepared a CV with 5-6 pages. But volunteer David helped me shorten it into 2 pages with more specific details in my area. I also learned some interview skills from this program. Now I am quite positive with my job hunting.” 

Kelly’s advice for those who are still looking for a job: 

“Networking is quite important. You never know whether your next employer could be your friend’s EX!” 

Photo credit: Kelly

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