Job Tips

Waiting to hear about a job application? Read this…

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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.

FREE videos can help advance your career

When you are looking to change or advance your career, it is important to know what you are getting into. The best way to go about that is to do your research first. Knowing about a new role or workplace before you make your move will increase your chances of achieving your goals.

The good news is that the Internet makes research easier than it has ever been. There is a vast wealth of resources you can access at the touch of a button.

For the disability, community and aged care sector, we have a heap of useful stuff on carecareers of course.  But it is just the tip of the iceberg, there is a lot more on tap if you want it.

In addition to learning about potential employers you can find practical, instructional videos.  These introduce you to, or refresh you on, important topics.  Videos make learning easy and best of all, they are mostly FREE.

Active Support

Let’s take Active Support as an example. Active Support is a way of providing just the right amount of assistance, to enable a person with disability to successfully take part in meaningful activities. It is an important practice for many roles in the sector.

House With No Steps, a large and well respected provider, recently produced this great video which explains Active Support really clearly:

 

We have previously featured these Active Support videos from FACS NSW.  There is also an extended introduction to Active Support from Greystanes (another great organisation) and a whole range at Every Moment Has Potential.

All of these videos give great insights into Active Support, and it’s just one of many topics.  If you have others you think we should be highlighting, please let us know…

There are many more free resources and videos out there to help you if you are new to the sector – or if you just want to keep up with the latest thinking.  From time to time we will list new additions on this blog.

And remember, hiring managers always favour candidates who have done their research. It demonstrates to them that you have really thought about a job application and you understand what’s required.

Happy researching…