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Finding a job

Looking for work is never easy, especially when you are first starting out in your career.

There are many questions you need to consider. Are you looking for full time or part time work? Do you want to specialise? Do you need a workplace near public transport?

Some people want to work in not-for-profit organisations only, whereas others look for the relative security of government jobs. Whichever the case, these tips will give you the best chance of getting into the work of your choice.
  1. Make sure your CV or resume is up to date.
  2. Include volunteer work in a separate area.
  3. Record major CPD activities, such as workshops or short courses, on your resume to show you have built on your skills since graduating.
  4. Write your cover letter at a high level (not overly detailed) and focus on a few important points relevant to the job. Do not describe your whole experience unless you are specifically required to use it to address selection criteria.
  5. Make sure your letter is enthusiastic, but not over-the-top, so that it provides insight into you as an applicant.
  6. If you are new to the workforce or the sector, highlight transferrable skills to boost your employability.
  7. Keep your cover letter to no more than a page and write in the active not passive tense.
  8. Keep notes to use in applications, for example, document your skills and attributes and how you can demonstrate them in a resume/letter/interview.
  9. Address the job selection criteria with evidence not assertion – you may need to prove your experience in an interview.
  10. Before you attend an interview, look at the organisation’s website to get an idea of how the organisation operates and its services. Make sure the organisation’s values match your own.
Begin your job search

Look at the featured ads below or visit one of the listed job sites.

Community workers can access quick and discounted police checks here. If you do have a criminal record, you can find our advice on how to manage this here.

http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/ (sector specific job site)
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/jobs/ (sector specific job site)
https://www.seek.com.au (generalist job site)
https://jobsearch.gov.au/ (Job Active)
https://atsijobs.com.au/ (Specialised job site for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

Many of the major employers, such as Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglicare and Benevolent Society, have career sections on their own websites.

For employment in government agencies, such as child protection and local government roles, search out websites dedicated to government careers.

Employment agencies can also assist you to find work. A word to the wise though – agencies often match community workers with personal care/support work roles for which professional community workers (those qualified with a diploma or degree) are over qualified and more suited to higher level roles, such as case worker or case manager.

https://wiseemployment.com.au
https://www.drakemedox.com.au
https://www.taylorcare.com.au
https://www.brcrecruitment.com.au

Featured jobs

Case Manager, Youth CONNECT program
Churches of Christ in Queensland, Children, Youth and Families, Townsville

6 month fixed-term, full time opportunity

Help break the cycle of homelessness in young adults with this Case Manager position in our Youth CONNECT program.

About the role
In this newly created role, you will be working in our Youth Connect program. In partnership with the Queensland Government, the Youth Connect program focuses on helping young people leaving state-based care get on their feet and develop the skills and confidence to live independently.

You will be responsible for supporting young people in the program.

Each day will be distinct in this varied role however, your key everyday jobs will include:
  • Undertaking the initial screening and intake processes;
  • Overseeing the development and ongoing review and evaluation of case plans;
  • Directly supporting and assisting young people with finding education, training and employment opportunities and other critical life skills;
  • Providing culturally safe, trauma-informed and strengths-based service delivery to clients.
About you
You are passionate about the welfare of children and achieving the absolute best outcomes for them.

Empathy is second nature to you, and you are compassionate toward your clients and work colleagues.

To be suitable for this position, your qualifications for the role will consist of:
  • A degree qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Social sciences or related;
  • A good understanding of child development and trauma theory;
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting young people from adolescence to adulthood.
Importantly, you will be someone who closely aligns with our organisational values of: Unconditional Love, Continual Innovation, Mutual Trust and Wise Stewardship.

Who we are
We offer over 200 services in more than 100 communities, positively impacting around 45,000 lives each year. Our care services range from children, youth and family services, early intervention and protection, affordable housing, and seniors and support living, making us one of Australia’s largest, most diverse not-for-profit organisations.

We provide a range of services to children, youth and families ranging from foster and kinship care to residential and supported independent living services. We provide support for more than 2,800 children, young people and families each year. Over 800 dedicated foster and kinship carers help us provide a vital safety net for these young people.

Imagine working for us

Our values encourage us to be accepting of differences and embrace all. Our size and variety offers you real choice and opportunities to grow your career. You’ll also find we offer a family friendly work culture.

Remuneration packages come complete with salary-packaging benefits that can increase your take-home pay along with a generous five weeks of annual leave and the ability to purchase more (for eligible employees). To ensure your career can grow, we are constantly exploring innovative training and development programs. Most importantly, you will help us to positively impact the lives of thousands of vulnerable Australians. Just imagine that.

To apply
To apply for this position please click here. For further information, please contact Kate Leslie 07 3327 1636.

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

Applications close: We will be assessing applications as they are received for a start ASAP.





Child Protection Practitioner
Territory Families


Professional 1 (remuneration Package Range $73,269 - $94,488)
Professional 2 (Remuneration Package Range $97,285 - $116,335)
Northern Region Child Protection
Katherine, Darwin, Nhulunbuy
Ongoing and Fixed vacancies available


Make an impact in new territory

Territory Families works with families, the community, government and non-government organisations to address challenges and strive for a safe and better future.
  • Our vision is to empower families and communities for a safe and better future.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership to deliver integrated, culturally competent family centred services to improve the lives of Territorians
Territory Families is recruiting experienced professionals in child protection, youth and family support.

We are looking for people who are willing to travel and work with Aboriginal families and community organisations to deliver quality outcomes for children and young people.

In return for your skills and energy you will be offered support to grow and develop your career, excellent progression opportunities, the chance to make an immediate impact in the communities you serve, and you will be rewarded with the best salary and conditions in the country.

Are you this person?

The challenges are real, and so are the opportunities to make a difference.

Bring your knowledge, skills and experience to the Northern Territory.

Our regional towns and remote communities might be just what you are looking for with the added attraction of some of the most stunning country in Australia.

Selection will be made at the P1 or P2 level depending on the experience of the successful applicant

For further enquiries about this vacancy please contact Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8409.

Quote vacancy number: 29620
Closing date: 07 February 2020

Applications should address the Selection Criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit www.nt.gov.au/jobs

Picture your life out here – www.OurLifeOutHere.nt.gov.au




Manager Big Rivers
Territory Families (NT)


Senior Professional 1 (Remuneration Package Range $138,721 - $154,778)
Northern Region
Katherine
Two ongoing vacancies are available


Make an impact in new territory

Territory Families works with families, the community, government and non-government organisations to address challenges and strive for a safe and better future.

Our vision is to empower families and communities for a safe and better future.

Our mission is to work in partnership to deliver integrated, culturally competent family centred services to improve the lives of Territorians.

Territory Families is recruiting experienced managers in the Big Rivers Region to foster safe, supportive, professional, adaptive and dynamic work environments. Our managers equip staff to work in a complex and dynamic environment by growing and developing the capability and capacity of our workforce.

We are looking for people who able to work with and listen to staff, value feedback, respect opinions and embed Aboriginal Cultural Security in their work. Successful applicants need to be able to travel, work with Aboriginal families and community led organisations to deliver quality outcomes for children and young people.

In return for your skills and energy you can make an immediate impact in the communities you serve, and you will be rewarded with the best salary and conditions in the country. Are you this person?

The challenges are real, and so are the opportunities to make a difference.

Bring your knowledge, skills and experience to the Big Rivers Region, Northern Territory.

For further enquiries about this vacancy please contact Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8409.

Quote vacancy number: 2875
Closing date: 30/01/2020

Applications should address the selection criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit www.nt.gov.au/jobs

Picture your life out here – www.OurLifeOutHere.nt.gov.au




Child Protection Practitioners
Department of Health & Human Services (VIC)

Job description
  • A strong commitment to develop and support Child Protection Practitioners
  • Work collaboratively with your team to strengthen case practice and to provide effective service delivery
  • Highly rewarding career opportunities

Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children and families. A career in child protection will provide a range of professional pathways that support your personal growth and development.

We offer a supportive team approach, quality supervision with great training and development.

Skills and experience

We are looking for experienced child protection/child and family welfare professionals to join our child protection teams.

Key responsibilities

  • Assessing children and young people to bring about the changes necessary to ensure their safety, stability and development
  • Conducting risk assessments and investigations
  • Working collaboratively with families, community services organisations and other professionals to develop and implement effective plans for children
  • Managing complex cases, problem solving and presenting matters to the Children's Court of Victoria as required
  • Be responsible for supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners in the integration of theory and practice while demonstrating your expertise through case practice
  • Working collaboratively with the Team Manager to strengthen case practice
  • Provide effective service delivery and support other practitioners

To be a child protection practitioner you need a current and valid driver's licence and a recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and make a difference in vulnerable children's lives.

Salary

  • Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3) $68,884 to $83,640
  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4) $85,279 to $96,759
  • Team Manager and Senior Child Protection Practitioner (CPP5) $98,396 to $119,052

For more information about the role descriptions of Child Protection Practitioners at different levels, please email childprotectionjobs@dhhs.vic.gov.au or visit https://childprotectionjobs.dhhs.vic.gov.au/roles/role-descriptions.

 

 

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