Message to Canberra Mums looking for a job. This story by Polly Dunning appeared in the Canberra Times recently (14 Feb 2019) and it struck a chord. The work Mum’s do isn’t counted in national productivity statistics, which is astounding. When they decide to re-enter or enter the work force, their skills are downgraded yet they are multi-skilled and work under pressure (daily). There is plenty to put in a resume for Canberra Mums.
The best time to look for a job is in Spring in Australia but there are more job searches in January than any other time of the year. Data from Indeed data shows December is the slowest for both job postings and job searches. In Adelaide and Canberra, recruiters start to post jobs mid to late January.
This story was written by David Martin-Guzman and appeared in the AFR on January 9, 2019. Many of my clients are not big fans of recruitment agencies and this is a major problem for Hays. The stories I could tell you about Hays. But I digress. Always make sure you are being paid the correct amount if you were places by a recruiter or labour hire organisation.
This from The Age, 9 January 2019 by reporter Craig Butt. Below are some of the median salaries for jobs you don't need a degree for. Universities are flogging their degree programs for all they are worth. I sometimes wonder if they are REALLY worth the HECS debt. It's up to the individual but doing research before enrolling in a degree course it very necessary.
From The Age, by Charlotte Grieve, 7 January 2019 "Shane Bywater guesses he’s been a referee on over 150 resumes. Most of the time, he considers the task a privilege and an opportunity to help someone out.
I occasionally bang on about the ABS figures no longer reflect the true state of unemployment and under employment in Australia. I have good company now with a senior ANU demographer agreeing with me.
People ask me, why I like helping people get jobs in Adelaide, Canberra and the NSW South Coast. Why I spend so much time on getting resumes and cover letters on top of the 'must interview pile'. The two testimonials below from Matt and Ashley from Adelaide, answers that question.
I didn't know Sisto Malaspina well. He was killed in Bourke Street last Friday by a mad man. When I first arrived in Melbourne back in 1988, one of the first places I went was Pellegrini's Cafe in Bourke Street and it was Sisto who served me. I remember because he said as I was a new customer, he'd throw in a cake for free. That was appreciated because I was broke and probably looked like it.
I’ve spend a lot of time in Canberra, working in Federal politics (those were the days) and the Australian Public Service in the Department of Employment (called DEEWR then). I worked in Labour Market Strategy. Below is the scree from the APS jobs portal. If you’re thinking of applying, send me an email and I’ll give you some tips for free.