carecareers’ Workmate of the Year 2018: Sagarika!

carecareers’ Workmate of the Year award is a celebration of all of the brilliant people who work in disability, community and aged care. It’s also a chance for our audience to tell us about the exceptional people they work with.

The many, many entries tell extraordinary stories of unsung heroes who go above and beyond. Individuals with great generosity of spirit and passion for the people they work with. Regardless of what you do or where you work in this sector, it is a source of pride to be sharing a vocation with people like this.

There are so many people deserving of recognition – you can find them on our Wall of Fame.   In the end,  however,the Workmate of the Year is voted by carecareers’ audience from a shortlist of 10 nominees.

Step forward Sagarika Malawanna, Workmate of the Year 2018. Sagarika is a Personal Carer at Help at Home, SA . Her colleagues and friends describe her as “One of the most beautiful carers I know” and “a shining light for all who know her”.

Passionate, Affectionate, Considerate, sympathetic, observant, very good team worker, fantastic (and a Great cook!) were other descriptions of Sagarika. Not a bad list!

We particularly liked “Sagarika never has a down day! She is always in happy spirits and brings a lot of joy and laughter to work!” It probably won’t surprise you to learn that she is modest too.   When we told her she had won the award, Sagarika’s main priority was to thank the team that supported her.

Thank you to everybody who nominated or voted for a workmate. Your generous words remind us again and again that it’s great people who make this sector what it is.

It’s on again! Nominate your 2018 Workmate of the Year!

Workmate of the yearA beautiful, warm, kind and giving person with a heart of gold and the patience of a saint”.  That’s Veronica Mattheson, as described by her workmates at Joblink Plus in Muswellbrook, and a worthy winner of last year’s carecareers Workmate of the Year award.

Do you work with somebody who deserves that kind of praise? Well, now is the time to recognise them by nominating them for the 2018 award.

The carecareers Workmate of the Year award celebrates the quiet achievers in our sector – the unassuming, salt-of-the-earth champions who make life better for the people they support and their co-workers.

We’re looking for nominations for our 2018 Workmate of the Year, people who:
• Deliver outstanding support
• Go the extra mile
• Are a pleasure to work with
• Make their workplace a better place.

Do you know someone who deserves the title? You can nominate them for the Workmate of the Year Award now. Nominations are now open until 28 August.
Every entrant will be listed on our ‘Wall of Fame’ , and we’ll post a shortlist of finalists on our Facebook page so as many people as possible can vote for a national winner.

Nominating is easy – you just need to provide few details and a photo of your workmate (a photo from your phone is just fine). It won’t take long and it costs nothing. Just being nominated can mean an awful lot for these quiet achievers.
Both the national winner and their nominator will receive an iPad.
So get your entries in to win a great prize and to let a workmate know you think they’re doing an awesome job.

Nominate your workmate here

Waiting to hear about a job application? Read this…

Woman waiting anxiously

You’ve just sent off a really good application for an attractive job.   Well done! But now you are waiting for a response, and it’s hard to relax. Here are some things to think about …

Make sure your application was received

If you don’t get an automatic acknowledgement of your job application, follow up with a phone call to make sure it has been received. Some software systems have minds of their own and wrongly classify all sorts of emails as ‘spam’ or ’junk’.  A phone call will confirm that yours has got through. It will also let the employer know you are keen.

Be patient…

The recruitment process often involves a number of people who need to read all the applications. They then have to get together to assess the information that candidates have provided. Unless the recruitment need is super-urgent, this process can take time, sometimes weeks.

…but not too patient

If you have not heard after say 3 weeks consider making a phone call to check on progress. Recruiters are only human and they sometimes forget to send all their emails. If you are chasing them, they will be in no doubt that you are serious about the role.

Be persistent

For 99.99% of jobs that are advertised there are more applicants than places available. So unless you are extraordinarily lucky, at some stage of your life employers will tell you “No thanks”.  We know it can be deflating but don’t take it personally and, even more importantly, don’t give up.

Learn from the experience by asking the employer for feedback, reset your approach with carecareers tips and advice from our Career Consultants, and then get working on your next opportunity.  As they say if ‘Plan A’ didn’t work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.

Be proud

When an employer says “Yes please” to your job application, you’ve arrived somewhere special. You’ve joined a sector that counts some extraordinary people in its workforce.  People who are passionate about improving the lives of others, and who can go home from work every day knowing they have made a difference.  Great people to work with. It was worth putting in some work to get here, wasn’t it?

Good Luck!

The carecareers team