Career changer

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

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

Over 50 and looking for work? 5 tips to help you

 Aged 50 looking for work tips

Man Aged 50 or over

Are you aged 50 or over and anxious about your employment prospects?  Worried that your age might count against you?  Well that’s understandable because, despite laws against it, some mature age workers do encounter bias. A survey published last year showed that workers as young as 45 can experience age discrimination when applying for roles.

On a brighter note, the disability, community and aged care sector employs a higher percentage of mature-aged workers than most.  Why is that?  Well just maybe because employers in a people-centred business value the accumulated wisdom, maturity and experience that come with age.

But an enlightened attitude to older workers does not necessarily mean that age is irrelevant. You might still come across individual hiring managers who, even unconsciously, lean towards younger applicants. If you do find yourself in that situation, here are a few tips to help you help yourself:

5 Tips if you’re aged 50 or over and looking for work

  1. Think young – It’s a hoary old cliché that you are as young as you feel. It’s vital to keep that in mind when you are talking to potential employers. Their priorities are their organisation’s future and what you can to do to help it. They will quickly switch off if you talk about the ‘good old days’, so instead think and talk about what’s important to them now.
  2. Be flexible – Just because you’ve done something brilliantly for years does not mean there is no other way of doing it. Be open to new ideas and to doing things differently.  These days you’ll hear more and more about ‘Lifelong learning’.  Adopt that mindset and welcome opportunities to learn new skills.
  3. Keep your résumé current – It’s not that hiring managers disrespect a long employment history. It’s just that they are much more interested in what you can do now. So when preparing your résumé concentrate on the last 5 years and/or 3 jobs.  After all you have probably had most to offer in your recent roles because of all your previous experience. So let your résumé highlight where you’re at now and your potential.
  4. Embrace technology – When it comes to IT, you don’t have to be a complete geek but you do need to show willing. Hi tech is here to stay and it’s entering more and more aspects of our lives.   Most of the systems you will encounter are not that hard to learn. If you have never touched a computer in your life, there is help available. Libraries, local councils and others offer free programs to get you started. It’s never too late. The author’s 88 year-old mother has recently discovered she can keep in touch with friends on an iPad, and now there’s no holding her back. If she can do it, anyone can!
  5. Play to your strengths – Don’t forget that age has advantages too. Older workers are known for being more loyal and stable as well as bringing the wisdom and good judgment that come with experience. Use yours to ensure you become a real asset to an employer.

 

Good luck!  And don’t forget you can use the carecareers site or contact us at info@carecareers.com.au for more advice.