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

Jobs booming in this sector

carecareers job board

It’s something we have been talking about for a long time now – a jobs boom. The number of jobs being created in this sector is just staggering.

Job board giant SEEK’s latest report is headlined “Job growth boosted by community services and healthcare”. Not sure about about the career potential within disability, community and aged care?  This report is just what you need to read.

The report classifies the roles in our sector under “Community Services and Development”; the Australian Government lumps them into a larger category called “Healthcare”.

“Healthcare” is Australia’s biggest employer with just under 1 in 6 of the workforce. Remarkably, as the report confirms, it’s also the second-fastest growing. That means in pure number terms, more jobs are being created in healthcare than in any other sector.

Just how many jobs are being created?

According to the report the number of job ads in the category has risen by 49% in the space of a year.  The “key occupation driving growth in Community Services is Aged and Disability Support”.

The Productivity Commission forecasts that Australia may need almost one million aged care workers by 2050 if it is to meet the anticipated demand from ageing baby boomers.

And disability jobs are being boosted by the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Economists at Goldman Sachs estimate that around 50,000 jobs were created as a result of the NDIS in 2017, and another 100,000 may be expected by 2020.

As we said, these are staggering numbers. No other industry offers this kind of opportunity.