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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

Team Leader
Territory Families

  • Deliver statutory and non-statutory welfare services.
  • Make an impact on the lives of children and their families.
  • Experience the uniqueness of working in Katherine
Professional 3 (Remuneration Package Range $119,794 - $133,973)
Northern Region - Big Rivers Child Protection
Katherine
Ongoing vacancy


Are you considering a Team Leaders role as your next career move in Child Protection? If so we would love to hear from you.

Territory Families works with families, individuals and stakeholders to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected.

As Team Leader, Big Rivers in our Katherine office, you will provide leadership and supervision to a team of professional staff in the delivery of statutory and non-statutory welfare services to vulnerable children, families and communities. This involves undertaking statutory responsibilities and exercising delegations under the Care and Protection of Children Act, and ensuring the accurate and timely recording of information on the client information and case management systems.

To be successful, you require an Australian tertiary qualification, eligibility for membership of a relevant professional body; sound understanding of the principles and functions of supervising staff in the delivery of statutory and non-statutory welfare services, and highly developed professional skills in conducting strength bases assessments, developing and delivering effective interventions and applying best practice principles.

In addition, you will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, family and community structures, and the ability to communicate and work in a culturally safe manner.

In return, you will be offered support to grow and develop your career, excellent progression opportunities, competitive salary, market allowance and the opportunity to make a positive difference to children and their families in the Big Rivers region. If successful, you may be entitled to receive relocation assistance.

For a confidential discussion please contact: Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8600 or TF.RecruitmentNR@nt.gov.au

Quote vacancy number: 2876
Closing date: 18/08/2020

Click here to apply

To view all career opportunities in the Northern Territory Government please visit https://jobs.nt.gov.au/Home/Search

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



2 x Remote Services Team Leaders
Territory Families


Professional 3
Full Time fixed vacancy to 30 June 2022
Remuneration package range $119,794 - $133,973 (including salary $103,969 - $116,440)
Plus competitive housing and remote allowances
Wadeye-Port Keats, Ngukurr-Roper Gulf, Northern Territory


Are you an experienced Safety Support Practitioner looking to take on a leadership role in a remote community setting? If so, we would love to work with you.

Territory Families works with families, individuals and stakeholders to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected.

As a Remote Services Team Leader, you will lead and supervise a team of professional and safety support staff in the delivery of integrated statutory and non-statutory welfare and safety services to vulnerable children, families and groups residing in remote communities. This involves undertaking statutory responsibilities and exercising delegations under the Care and Protection of Children Act, and ensuring the accurate and timely recording of information on the client information and case management systems.

To be successful, you require an Australian tertiary qualification, eligibility for membership of a relevant professional body; sound understanding of the principles and functions of supervising staff in the delivery of statutory and non-statutory welfare services, and highly developed professional skills in conducting strength bases assessments, developing and delivering effective interventions and applying best practice principles.

In addition, you will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, family and community structures, an ability to communicate and work in a culturally safe manner.

In return, you will be offered support to grow and develop your career, excellent progression opportunities, competitive salary, market allowance and the opportunity to make a positive difference to children and their families.

For a confidential discussion please contact:
Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8600 or TF.RecruitmentNR@nt.gov.au

Quote vacancy number: 32132
Closing Date: 26/08/2020


Applications should consist of a one page summary sheet, resume / CV and copies of relevant qualifications.

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



8 x Remote Services Practitioners
Territory Families


Professional 1 / Professional 2
Full time fixed vacancies to 30 June 2022
Remuneration range $73,269 – $116,254 (including salary $63,321 - $100,856)
Plus competitive housing and remote allowances
Arafura, Big Rivers and Arnhem Regions
Northern Territory


Be part of the team delivering child and family safety programs in remote communities.

Territory Families works with families, individuals and stakeholders to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected

Our Remote Services Team have immediate need of Remote Services Practitioners in the Arafura, Big Rivers and Arnhem Regions to provide family support services to vulnerable children and their families, deliver evidence based and culturally competent case work and case management services, work collaborative with stakeholders and provide intensive family support where place-based intervention is considered the safest and most effective approach. Other responsibilities include providing statutory case management services to children in stable long term placements with kinship carers and departmental carers within the community.

To be successful, you require to have completed a relevant professional qualification, demonstrate excellent verbal and listening skills, be computer literate and have a strong knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, family and communicate structures, as well as the ability to work constructively and sensitivity with people from diverse cultures.
In return, you will be offered an attractive salary package including competitive housing and market allowances, support to grow and develop your career, excellent progression opportunities and the opportunity to make a positive difference to children and their families in remote communities.

For a confidential discussion please contact: Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8600 or TF.RecruitmentNR@nt.gov.au

Quote vacancy number: 41159
Closing date: 27/08/2020


Applications should consist of a one page summary sheet, resume / CV and copies of relevant qualifications.

For a copy of the Job Description or to view career opportunities in the Northern Territory Government please visit https://jobs.nt.gov.au/Home/Search

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



Team Leader- Safety Hub
Department of Health & Human Services


Contemporary Orange Door Program
Outstanding Leadership opportunity – New Multi-disciplinary Centre
Drive sustainable change – Convenient Bendigo location


Stemming from the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendation, the Hub, now known as the Orange Door is a new way to access help and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence as well as families who need support with the care, well being and development of children.

An outstanding opportunity currently exists for a highly motivated individual to join the Orange Door program in the capacity of Team manager – CPP5 classification. This dynamic role is a pivotal position for Child Protection within the Orange Door.
The Team Manager role will provide supervision and support to Community Based Child Protection Practitioners and will work alongside other key stakeholders within the Hub including Family Safety Victoria, Family Violence Services and Child First.

Pivotal to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, you will possess demonstrable skills in the following key areas;
  • Highly developed People Management skills strengthened by your strategic as well as operational focus.
  • Superior Stakeholder Management experience with the ability to forge relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Leadership acumen coupled with experience assuming a mentoring role.
In return you will receive;
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Supervision by Leaders in the field
  • Exposure to innovative Social Work Practices
  • Ongoing Professional Development
For a confidential discussion regarding this exciting opportunity please contact Michelle Kalz on Ph: 0407 530 677

Reference: VG/DHHS/ND/578861A
Closing Date: 11/Aug/2020

Click here to apply for this role

For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.



Team Leader - Mallee Area
Department of Health & Human Services


Contemporary Child Protection Program
Outstanding Leadership Opportunity
Drive Sustainable Change – Outstanding Mildura location


The Child Protection Program assumes Statutory responsibility under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to provide child protection services to vulnerable children and their families.

An outstanding opportunity currently exists for a highly motivated individual to join our vibrant Child Protection Mildura based Team in the capacity of Team Manager – CPP5 Classification on a fixed term basis.

The Child Protection Team Manager is responsible for effective service delivery, managing resources and budget, cases awaiting allocation and small teams of practitioners. Team Manager work collaboratively with the Senior Child Protection Practitioner to strengthen case practice, provide effective service delivery and to support other practitioners.

Pivotal to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, the ideal candidate will possess demonstrable skills in the following key areas;
  • Highly developed People Management skills with the ability to forge relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Superior Stakeholder Management experience underpinned by a strong business acumen.
In return you will receive;
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Supervision by Leaders in the field
  • Exposure to innovative Social Work Practices
  • Ongoing Professional Development
For a confidential discussion please contact Nadia Roberston on Ph: 0458 883 876.
Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help Victorian families.

Reference: VG/DHHS/ND/378498
Closing Date: 11/Aug/2020

Click here to apply for this role

For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.



Advanced Child Protection Practitioner - Loddon Area
Department of Health & Human Services

Contemporary Child Protection Program
Multiple Advanced Level opportunities available
Drive Sustainable Change -Multiple opportunities available

The North Division Child Protection Program prides itself on its commitment to making children safe, supporting stronger families, and protecting future generations.

The dynamic and professional practitioners located within our Loddon Child Protection program service a diverse client base within one of Victoria's outstanding regional centres.
Outstanding opportunities currently exist for an Advanced Child Protection Practitioners (CPP4) in our Bendigo office.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4), you will work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. You understand that small changes can have a real impact!

In this role your social work, psychology or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who all share a common goal.

We offer;
  • Exposure to contemporary Social Work Practice
  • Supervision by leaders in the field
  • Ongoing professional development
New Graduates and experienced welfare professionals are encouraged to apply.

Relocation assistance available for successful candidates.

For a confidential discussion please contact Jackie Epstein Ph: 0477 736 138
Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help our families.

To learn more about what Bendigo has on offer, please visit:
https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/explore-bendigo

It is a great time to join the Bendigo team.

Reference: VG/DHHS/ND/1171667
Closing Date: 19 Aug 2020

Click here to apply

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.




Child Protection Practitioner - Mallee Area
Department of Health and Human Services


Contemporary Child Protection Program
Multiple opportunities available – Relocate Today
Outstanding Mildura location

The North Division Child Protection Program prides itself on its commitment to making children safe, supporting stronger families, and protecting future generations.

The dynamic and professional practitioners located within our Mallee Child Protection Program service a diverse client base within one of Victoria's outstanding regional centres.

Multiple fixed term and ongoing opportunities currently exist for Entry level Child Protection Practitioners (CPP3) in our Mildura office.

As a Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3), you will work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. You understand that small changes can have a real impact!

In this role your social work, psychology or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who all share a common goal.

We offer;
  • Exposure to contemporary Social Work Practice
  • Supervision by leaders in the field
  • Ongoing professional development
Relocation assistance available for successful candidates.

For a confidential discussion please contact Jackie Epstein on 0477736138.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help Victorian families.

To learn more about what Mildura has on offer, please click on the following link.
https://www.visitmildura.com.au/

It is a great time to join the Mildura team

Reference: VG/DHHS/NND/1171666
Closing Date: 19 Aug 2020

Click to here to apply




Child Protection Practitioners
Department of Health & Human Services

Benefits
  • 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 communities 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 include
  • Assessing children and young people who are in need of protection
  • 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.

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.


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