I am based in Auckland - looking for work around the CBD or the Shore. This is the first time in ten years I have have any kind of extended hiatus in my roles.
I've been testing now for a couple of decades - mostly for large corporates, various industries, enterprise systems, with a fair amount of data migration thrown in.
My last role finished at the end of February - so I thought, well, there won't be much advertised in March, so I'll take a couple of weeks off and start looking in earnest in late March.
There have been a few contract roles advertised, but most have required test automation experience (which I haven't had any exposure to). The roles that I have applied for because they seem to fit my skillset, I don't even get the courtesy of a reply! And most ads seem not to have a contact name/number, so I can't even follow up to find out what I'm not seeing! I think I have lost what little confidence I used to have in recruiters.
So here I am at the end of May, with savings rapidly depleting, still looking.
I am listed at a number of agencies (which has done me no good so far), and I have reached out to my LinkedIn network, plus family and friends.
I am even considering permie work (despite having contracted for most of my IT life) but can see employers thinking that "he'll be off as soon as a contract role comes up", despite my individual contract roles averaging over two years...
I'm not at the end of my tether yet - but I can see it!
Any assistance/advice gratefully received.