While millions of humans are binge-watching Marie Kondo, rolling their t-shirts and getting rid of clutter, we thought it might be a good opportunity to spark-joy your job-seeking tools.
It’s actually a great time of year to look for a new job. Your goals are fresh in your mind and easy to define right now which helps in the search for your perfect role, and in nailing the interview. Getting to the interview could be your first hurdle though. Don’t let it be.
A well-written and relevant cover letter/resume combo is the first contact you have with a potential employer ––and the first thing an employer or agency uses to vet candidates. Trust us, this will be the decider to whether you get a foot in the door or a foot in the face.
Whether you’re new to Aged Care, or you’ve been working in the industry for years, chances are your CV needs an update or at least could do with a zsooszh.
So let’s give it a “Marie Kondo” workout and help put your best foot find it’s place, forward ––and moving toward that next great role in 2019.
It’s 2019, get with the times!
According to Forbes, “Objective” statements describing what you want from an employer are out. Instead, employers prefer to see “Profiles”, short summaries of results-laden achievements. Present your best self at the top. An employer only has a few seconds to look over each resume. Hook them with the first paragraph.
Take out old-school buzzwords. “Team-player, results-driven, success-orientated”, while they all might be true, are a bit stock standard. Try finding unique ways to describe your approach to work and the way you achieve results.
How relevant is your info?
Any past employment that doesn’t relate, has no transferable skills, or noteworthy achievements, bin ‘em. No one needs to know you worked at Blockbuster video in 1996, even if it was the coolest job at the time.
If you had a string of jobs in hospitality from 2010-2016, maybe just choose the most relevant, with the most relative skills and achievements.
Also if it’s more than 15 years old, then get rid of it. We don’t even hold onto criminal records that long.
Fact-check your own facts.
Don’t put anything on your CV (or cover letter) you aren’t comfortable talking about. Interviewers often refer to CVs, and if there’s something on there you forgot about you’ll look like a ninny in the interview when it’s brought up.
Quals are important. Put them where they can be seen.
Qualifications are the first things an employer looks for. If you have qualifications make sure they are on the first page of the CV, Let’s not waste the reader’s time.
New to Aged Care?
Maybe you don’t have a lot of or any, work experience in the field; don’t fret. According to a government survey, 80% of hiring managers give high importance to practical experience. you may have this experience in other areas, not necessarily a job, but in tasks.
While work placement is extremely valuable, it’s not enough to just say you completed 240 placement hours. Be task-specific, what did you actually do, or achieve while you were on placement?
Present clearly that you have the core skills of aged carers even if you have never worked in the field as an employee.