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It’s true, changing jobs can be daunting and overwhelming. Just the thought of preparing for the interview or resigning can invite those tummy butterflies in. The good news is – it’s normal and very human, says Kate at Carejobz who has clocked up 17 years as a recruiter in the aged care industry.

“It’s much, much more than just clicking that ‘apply now’ button,” she says.

Chances are if you are job hunting then you have probably been considering a new direction or changing your employer (rather than your role) for some time, as these decisions aren’t normally made overnight, so, where do you start?

You hit the jobsites and send your CV off into cyberspace. If you are lucky you have been shortlisted, if you are unlucky-a “rejection” email, or worse still, no response at all.

Then the questions come. “Was my CV not good enough? Have I not got as many skills or as much experience as I thought I had? Am I not employable?” And so on. It can be confidence-knocking after three rejection e-mails.

That’s where we come in. We have built up strong networks in the aged care industry and are speaking with decision makers every day, tying up ends. If you were not selected for an interview or unsuccessful at interview stage, we find out why so we can give you constructive feedback, which will assist you in moving forward. How can we get better if we don’t know? So we act as your middle man to find out what’s going on behind the scenes.

First of all we have a good chat to peel back the layers to uncover what really makes you tick and what put’s the fire in your belly. Where are your passions? What do you love about your role? What do you like least? Do you like large or small teams? Would you prefer a step up into a larger facility or bring the pace down a bit in a smaller facility. Believe me, there is something for everyone, it’s all about finding the right fit at the right time.

So let’s go back to why you are job seeking. It could be anything from wanting a salary increase that was turned down, not enough management support, you have plateaued at your current level, or looking for a bigger challenge. This gives us a great starting point to look at organisations who can offer you what you desire.

How do we choose the right job? We like you to have opportunities, so will often have 2 or 3 roles that could be of interest to you, based on your requirements which we then explore together in more detail, looking at every aspect. For example: the team, how many staff report to the role, who you report to, who they report to, how many beds, what level of care, the last audit summary, the facility’s reputation in the community, why the last person left the role and the responsibilities of the role.

We then work with you to ensure that you have a CV that will get you an interview. Did you know that it takes a recruiter between 5-7 seconds to read a CV? That means that we need to make that CV as relevant and eye-catching as possible to ensure that you don’t end up on the reject pile.

Once your CV has been shortlisted, we are at the interview stage. As I sit here writing this, I am thinking of how many people have called me to say they are nervous and think it’s a bad thing. It really isn’t – it’s very human and helps us to perform, to a certain degree. Please bear in mind, the person interviewing you can also be out of their comfort zone and if you can relate with them, you’re already off to a good start.

I could write a book on interview stories, but my favourite by far, albeit many years ago was when my client called me after the interview to tell me that the candidate turned up with six bright yellow shopping bags full of her weekly shop, which took over the office and then started to open a packet of biscuits and eat them during the interview. Obviously there is a long list of “do’s & dont’s” but in summary, you want to ace that interview and we are here to help you as much as possible with preparation and research.

Often you will be interviewed directly by the person you will report to, which is a great way to find out if you share the same goals and values. Now, if you are a Clinical Manager or a Facility Manager reading this, you will already know how important that relationship is. When we are given both of these roles to recruit in the same facility, we love it because it’s like a Yin and Yang combination and when it works it is golden.

We also understand that resigning can be daunting too, often emotional as you may have built up great relationships with your residents and staff, so we are also on hand to guide you through this process and go through your new contract with you to ensure that you have the best offer possible.

I could talk about the aged care industry all day long and often do, as many of my candidates will tell you! So if you share my passion and would like to catch up for a chat about your career, to make sure you are on the right track where you are or just about the industry in general, feel free to call me on 0508 800 221 or e-mail me at kate@carejobz.com.

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