Job Tips

It’s 2019. Time for a career change?

Support worker and client on journey

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the festive season however, and with whomever, you celebrated it.  For most of us, it has been an opportunity to enjoy a well-earned break.

The beginning of a new year offers a chance to make sense of the old one.  Time away from your work can help give you perspective.  The longer you spend apart from your job, the clearer you can be on whether you want to return to it.  For that reason, at this time of year many people are refreshed and determined to make changes.  Are you one of them?

If you are ready for new challenges, and you are looking for more meaningful work in 2019, here are some things to think about:
• The care sector employs all kinds of people and offers a wide range of rewards and benefits,
• There are openings galore in the disability sector as the workforce is set to double in size,
• The aged care workforce is predicted to triple in size by 2050,
• You can find opportunities now on our Job Board, and the numbers of vacancies will grow rapidly over the coming weeks,
• You can find out where you might fit with our Career Quiz

Up for it? Then set your goals, update your résumé, set up a Job Alert, and ensure your profile is complete in carecareersPeople Search. Now you are ready!

We hope 2019 is going to be a great year for you and your career. If we can do anything to help you advance it, please contact us on 1300 637 637 or info@carecareers.com.au

Good luck!
The carecareers team

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

What employers look for in People Search

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The carecareers People Search service – in which employers can find and offer you work – has been growing for a few months now.

Employers love it – but they tell us sometimes they don’t make contact with a candidate because the profile does not tell them enough.

Want to make sure you get noticed? We now have a good picture of which candidates’ profiles catch employers’ eyes, and which get passed over. And it’s not always the obvious ones! You can use what we have learned to increase your chances of getting a job offer:

It does not matter if you are short on experience – In a recent survey of disability sector employers, more than half said that they recruited support workers with no previous experience. 20% said that they only recruited support workers with no previous experience. If you have no direct experience yourself, then talk instead about why you think you would suit the work.

Make sure you complete all the sections – Profiles that contain very little information are quickly dismissed. The fields are there for you to capture attention, so be sure to use them all. You don’t want employers to think you just can’t be bothered. They might read it as a lack of commitment.

Don’t leave gaps in your work history – Gaps can give the impression you don’t want to talk about something. You don’t want that, so be thorough. It doesn’t matter if a previous job was in a different industry. Perhaps you took time off for travel or family commitments. A quick note will cover it and avoid confusion. Just include something like “February to October 2015 –Travel”

Keep it relevant – Be proud of your achievements in whatever field, but if they are not relevant, be brief. It’s true that this sector needs a whole range of skills. But with some skills it’s just too hard to see a connection. If in doubt, call us.

Inject your personality – You need to stand out, so help Hiring Managers to understand why you are unique. Allow your personality to shine through. You don’t have direct experience to describe? Then talk instead about your passions, motivations and aspirations.

Include a photo – (or at least an avatar) – Hiring Managers tell us it makes them much more likely to read a profile.

See more hints in Five Tips to help you stand out in People Search

And if you have not yet registered for People Search, start here.