People Search

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?

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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

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.

New to the care sector? Let People Search work for you

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So you lack experience in disability, community or aged care work?  How will that look when you apply for a job?  Actually you might be pleasantly surprised. Our employers can be very perceptive when it comes to recognising talent…

We know that when you make a career change, it can be a little daunting at first.  On the face of it your qualifications and experience can sometimes look very different to what’s being asked for in job ads. How do you make the connection?

Well this sector is different and probably unique because it happens all the time.  Many, many of its people are in it as a result of a career change. And employers commonly say that ‘soft skills’ – your passion and ability to work with people; to listen, learn, and respond to others; be responsible and flexible – can be as  important as formal qualifications. Of most interest to them is the kind of person you are.

What you should do

Want proof?  Well, just complete your profile in People Search and see what happens. Since we launched People Search a few months back we’ve found that newcomers are getting just as much interest from employers as experienced workers. People who talk about their passion and commitment tend to get noticed.

But don’t take our word for it – just log on now and complete your profile.  And if you need guidance on how best to do it, check out this other blog Five Tips to help you stand out in People Search

Can we help? If you need advice on what’s going to be best for you, contact the Career Centre on info@carecareers.com.au  or 1300 637 637.