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.

If Batman was looking for support work…

As far we are aware, Batman has no history of working in the Australian care sector.  But should he ever grow out of wearing tights, he like anybody else will need a second career.  And he could do worse than consider a people-friendly industry that is expanding rapidly.  How could he make the leap?

We would of course suggest he started by completing his profile in carecareers People Search.  Let’s use his example to help you improve your chances of success when you complete yours.  Employers use People Search to find staff, so what gets their interest?

Batman's People Search profile
No photo?  Rookie error, Caped Crusader!  You don’t have to include a photo on your résumé but where there’s a dedicated space like this, never leave it blank.  See how it just leaves you guessing?  That’s how it feels to an employer too.

The short description is much better.  Despite being new to the sector, Batman has summarised personal qualities that will prove useful in it.  Good thinking, Batman!

Batman can expand on that information and engage employers’ interest in the long description. He just needs to think about what might be required and then make connections with his own experience and qualifications.  Employers won’t expect him to be fully qualified – many jobseekers in this sector are not.  But Hiring Managers do recognise and warm to people who have really thought about the work.

Holey Profile, Batman!

The same logic applies to the “Education” and “Employment” fields.  Don’t leave holes in them.  If you don’t think a particular bit of your history is relevant, just keep the description brief.

Maybe it has been a while since ninja school, but the information still helps paint a picture. And while responding to the Gotham Police Department’s calls for help might be classified as intermittent casual work, it’s an important part of life experience.   Include it Batman!  And use the Tags section for your employer-friendly assets like ‘First Aid Certificate’, ‘Computer Skills’, ‘Own Car’ (or Batmobile).

Now chances are you have leapt off fewer tall buildings than the Dark Knight.  But that doesn’t necessarily make your story any less interesting than Batman’s.  People Search gives you a chance to tell your story, so make the most of it. If you take the time to put your profile together, you will greatly increase your chances of an employer contacting you. What are you waiting for? Start here

Need help with your People Search profile? Contact the Careers Centre on info@carecareers.com.au or Batphone: 1300 637 637