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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.

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An interesting new direction/specialty for HR practitioners – the employee development and social media specialist, creating HR programs that drive employee engagement and development using Web 2.0 tools.

Not-so-traditional Resume

Graduate Recruitment application season is here again. It is pleasing to see the range of strategies that different employers are using to seek out the best talent, who fit with where their organisation is heading. The trend is certainly towards ensuring candidates have researched the employer’s current roles and future challenges.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has just opened its applications (closing 18 April 2011) for a wide range of graduate opportunities (Human Resources, Law , Marketing and Sales, Architecture and Design, Business and Commerce, Accounting, Information Technology, Government).

The ATO application form requires candidates to answer 15 multiple choice questions. The first 12 questions test ability to research and analyse a variety of documents available on the Tax Office website (e.g. Which of the following are listed in the document Compliance program 2010-11 as initiatives and innovations for Small-to-medium enterprises?). The next three questions are about values and code of conduct (You happen to see a colleague hit a parked car while leaving the work car park……? ).

Australia Post’s application process is also open (closing 4 April 2011) and reminds applicants ‘Your application is your “brand”, so make sure you’ve thoroughly checked it for spelling and grammar.’ The application form asks about a candidate’s leadership experience (sports teams, voluntary organisations, etc) and asks the following five questions (with a limit of 100 words per questions).

  • Australia Post’s retail network is one of the biggest in the country, serving over a million people each day. Customers are the lifeblood of our organisation. Tell us about a time when you have met and exceeded the customer’s expectations through the service you have provided?
  •  In an organisation as large and diverse as Australia Post, one great opportunity is to build relationships across several teams. Tell us a time when you were able to encourage others within your workplace to work collaboratively or to support an idea?
  • As a graduate, we’re not only interested in your scores, but in who you are – what you stand for, where you’re going, what you have done in the world and what you would love to do from here. Tell us your career aspirations and areas of interest?
  • It is an exciting time to be at Australia Post as we are currently moving in a new direction with our ‘Future Ready’ strategy. This transformation strategy means that we will have a greater focus on our customers, will be embracing the digital world and more. What skills and attributes do you have which will allow you to successfully contribute to driving Australia Post into this new era?
  •  Tell us why you have ultimately chosen to apply for the Australia Post Graduate Program?

For more ideas on who is advertising for Graduates in Australia try GradConnection, UniGrad, Career One’s Virtual Career Fair, or check out a Career Fair (schedule – most in mid March to early April 2011) in your state.

 

If you are a human resource professional and applying for a public sector job that has the five Leadership Capabilities i.e. Shapes Strategic Thinking, Achieves Results, Cultivates Productive Working Relationships, Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity and Communicates with Influence, you may find the following document very useful.

Medicare Australia – A Capability Profile for Human Resources

(Sorry – have just realised that this link now goes to home page of Medicare. Pity – it was a good document.) 

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Do you want coaching from an expert who understands the Intergrated Leadership System (Australian Government)  or Capability Leadership Framework (Queensland Government)?

Contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com   or 0403766812.  I will provide a no obligation free quote.

My specialty is coaching people for job interviews. I enjoy assisting people to win jobs – and would love to hear from you.

 Cheryl

 

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