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This is an exciting time for graduates – Grad Connection continues to do a great job identifying in one place most of the opportunities available throughout Australia. Today there are 97 companies such as Commonwealth Bank, John Holland, GE, BHP Billiton, Department of Finance, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Defence……..- – all with applications open. Through this site you can ask questions relating to Graduate Jobs and the employers that offer these positions, at the Graduate Jobs Forums. Either a member of GradConnection, another student or even an employer may be able to help you out with answers.

Most of the Career Fairs are over for this year – check out the Graduate Opportunities Career Fair Dates for what remains for the year.

Good Luck with your application

From my experience, these two words mean the same thing in most Australian jobs.

Wikipedia has a good summary account of the role of the résumé which includes:

A résumé (pronounced /ˈrɛzjʊmeɪ/ rez-ew-may or /rɛzjʊˈmeɪ/; French: [ʁezyme]; sometimes spelled resume) is a document used by individuals to present their background and skillsets. Résumés can be used
for a variety of reasons but most often to secure new employment.[1] A typical résumé contains a summary of relevant job experience and education. The résumé is usually one of the first items, along with a cover letter and sometimes job application packet, that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment. The résumé is comparable to a curriculum vitae (CV) in many countries, although in English Canada and the United States résumé is substantially shorter than CV.

To decide how long your résumé should be, make sure you follow any instructions given. It is becoming more common in government job vacancies for the size of the application to have a word or page limit.  For example the DEEDI ‘Guide for Applicants – Making a difference’, the following guidance is given:

You are required as part of your application to provide the selection panel with a resume. Your resume is to provide the selection panel with a summary of your education, work history, and any other training and
skills you have gained through school, study, work experience and hobbies. Your resume should include where you have worked to date, jobs held during your period of employment and major duties performed. Your resume may also contain the details of two referees who can provide an objective assessment of your work performance. Your resume may be considered as a part of an application or may be considered on its own, so it may be vital to include as much information as possible to allow the panel to assess your suitability for the role. A resume should generally be no more than four pages.

 

 If no limit is given – ask the contact officer or recruitment area what is expected. Generally, if your résumé exceeds four pages, it is too long.

 

It is unlikely that taking on this voluntary role will by itself create a pathway to career advancement. However, there are elements of this role that you can use to substantiate claims against many selection criteria in a job application. For example:

  • Undertaking this voluntary role has demonstrated your drive and commitment to support the values and code of conduct of the organisation
  • Being selected for this role supports that the organisation has confidence in your well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, and capacity to act with integrity
  • Attending training (and annual refresher training), and providing advice to employees,   has increased your understanding of human resource policies and procedures (including privacy and right to information)

As well as job coaching services, I also provide training for Harassment Contact Officers. For more information on this, please visit my web site here.

Many government selection panels will give you 15 – 20 minutes to peruse the questions and think of answers before you meet the interview panel.  Good preparation to anticipate questions (especially examples of achievements to demonstrate your capabilities) will assist to maximise this time. Remember that you can take notes with you into this perusal time.

This is a sample sheet that I give to my clients to help them to prepare for interview.

INTERVIEW PREPARATION – The Lists of Five

 

TOPICAL ISSUES/CONCERNS RELATED TO THE ROLE

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SHAPES STRATEGIC THINKING  (What are the five key messages  that I must get across in relation to this capability?)

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EXAMPLE:  (What is the most relevant example I have to demonstrate this capability –  which shows that I have addressed these 5 points)

ACHIEVES RESULTS

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EXAMPLE:

PRODUCTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

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EXAMPLE:

 

PERSONAL DRIVE AND INTEGRITY

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EXAMPLE:

 

COMMUNICATES WITH INFLUENCE

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EXAMPLE:

 

5 REASONS WHY I AM A GREAT FIT FOR THE ROLE

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Good Luck preparing for your next interview.

 

 

Health is a large and complex industry sector, with many funding and workforce challenges in the coming decades (increase and aging of the population, chronic disease, increased use of technologies etc). If you are about to apply for a health leadership role you will probably know a lot about these – if not, you might struggle to be competitive.

When considering a leadership role in the public system, it would be wise to show that you are familiar with State Government Strategic Health Plans, and the Business Plans and Priorities of your local district.  Also you should show that you have thought about the impact of the Australian National Health Reform Agreement on the advertised role.

As a busy clinician/technician wanting to move into a health leadership role, you may not have taken the time to find out what leadership frameworks or development opportunities exist in your organisation. Thanks to the intranet and Google, these are now easier to find.

Here are a few:

NHS Leadership Framework

Queensland Health – Healthcare Culture and Leadership Framework 2010

Victoria Health – LINK in Health (Leadership, Innovation, Networks and Knowledge)

Pan-Canadian Health Leadership Capability Framework Project

Good Luck with your Leadership application. The health sector needs great leaders to lead the coordination and cultural changes required for the future.

If you are applying for a leadership role, your language should reflect that you have shown leadership. Your resume and job interview should show that you are a person
who has ‘ succeeded in …..’ ‘initiated ……..’, ‘championed…………….’, ‘worked in partnership…………….’  etc.  Here is a list of verbs to have in your repertoire:

  •   Championed

 

  • Positioned

 

  •   Promoted

 

  • Anticipated

 

  •   Modelled

 

  • Capitalised

 

  •   Led

 

  • Focussed

 

  •   Inspired

 

  • Nurtured

 

  •   Motivated

 

  • Created

 

  •   Translated

 

  • Integrated

 

  •   Challenged

 

  • Oversaw

 

  •   Defined

 

  • Drove

 

  •   Ensured

 

  • Delegated

 

  •   Enabled

 

  • Built

 

  •   Sustained

 

  • Negotiated

 

  •   Resolved

 

  • Identified

 

  •   Represented

 

  • Mentored and Coached

 

  •   Took responsibility

 

  • Committed to action

 

  •   Established

 

  • Galvanised

 

  •   Persisted

 

  • Overcame

 

  •   Consulted and Listened

 

  • Acknowledged

 

  • Reflected

 

  •   Achieved

Any other suggestions?

………  but I still want out ! How can I apply for a job now?

When people first complain about workplace harassment and bullying, they generally just want it to stop. However when trust in the organisation to resolve this situation disappears, it is not unusual for the employee to think about moving to another job. Even when an investigation or other resolution strategy does sustain a complaint, the employee can be left feeling disillusioned and uncomfortable.

If you are in this situation, the employer will often asks ‘What outcome are you looking for?’  If you feel that the best option for you is to move on – why not consider asking for financial support to engage the services of a job coach.  A good job coach will:

  • help you to come to terms with the ‘grief’ of losing your old job
  • explore with you career options suited to your skills and aspirations
  • coach you to write a great Cover Letter and CV  (and address selection criteria if necessary), and prepare for common interview questions
  • help you to answer challenging interview questions like ‘Why do you want to leave your current job?’ or ‘Give us an example of when you have experienced conflict in a team and how have you managed this?’
  • give guidance on how to provide a referee report when your supervisor (if they are the person causing you distress) is not the best option

Employers can be very receptive to this option – especially when the alternative is paying for ongoing mediation, workers compensation claims, or the costs of a more protracted dispute.

As well as individual job coaching,  I also conduct workplace investigations for employers. For more about these services please click here.

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