Carlene is a woman who has faced many challenges in her life. She was working in construction on the North Coast of New South Wales when she had to leave her job due to domestic violence. She decided to move to Grafton and start anew but didn’t know where to start.
That’s when she turned to TURSA, a local organisation that helps people gain skills, training and support to achieve their job goals. Clint, her employment advisor, enabled her to figure out what she wanted to do and how to achieve it.
Carlene knew she wanted to go back to construction, so she started doing more training and getting more tickets. TURSA helped her with most of her tickets, including confined spaces, elevated platforms, and traffic control.
With the help of TURSA, Carlene could apply for construction jobs, and she landed a job with Ahoy Traffic. She’s now working on the bypass in Grafton, doing traffic control, and looking to do ongoing traffic control. But her ultimate goal is to be in construction.
Carlene also went through the Steps Course, a program offered by TURSA that helps people gain confidence and rebuild their self-esteem. Again, she found the course helpful, giving her the skills and support she needed to get to where she is now.
Carlene said about her experience, “I found it really helpful with my skills, with the support that was given to me. So I reached out to that support, and I found that it really helped me to get where I am now. It gave me confidence again in myself because I lost a lot of confidence in my self-esteem, which was falling away since I moved from Coraki; when I came to Grafton, re-engaged with TURSA, and when did the Steps program, it rebuilt my confidence back up and got me to where I am now.”
Many people turn to traditional job agencies for assistance when finding a job. While these agencies can help connect job seekers with potential employers, those who have been long term unemployed, manage a disability or face other barriers to employment often need more support, beyond basic job search assistance.
TURSA offers 360-degree support to job seekers, providing comprehensive service throughout the job search process. In this blog, we’ll explore the difference between traditional job agencies and TURSA’s 360-degree support, as well as some tips and hints to land a job that needs more attention.
Traditional job agencies typically offer job listings, resume and cover letter reviews, and interview coaching. While these services can be helpful, they often only scratch the surface of what job seekers need to succeed in their search.
In contrast, TURSA provides comprehensive 360-degree support to job seekers, including job search assistance, resume and cover letter review, interview coaching, training and education opportunities, and even ongoing support after job placement. This holistic approach addresses all job seekers’ challenges, from finding job opportunities to developing the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the workplace. In addition to this there is excellent practical support for both job seeker and Employer to access the resources needed to ensure sustainable employment. This includes things like wage subsidies for example.
When it comes to landing a job, here are some tips and hints that will help:
As mentioned earlier, networking is one of the most effective ways to land a job. Attend industry events, join professional organisations, and connect with people on LinkedIn to expand your network and increase your chances of finding job opportunities.
Don’t just send the same generic resume and cover letter to every job you apply for. Take the time to tailor your application to each position, highlighting how your skills and experience match the requirements.
Don’t just send a thank-you email and wait for a response. Follow up with the hiring manager to inquire about the status of your application and express your continued interest in the position.
Research the company, practice common interview questions, and prepare your own questions to ask the interviewer to show that you’re genuinely interested in the job.
Follow companies you’re interested in, connect with industry leaders on LinkedIn, and even reach out to hiring managers directly through social media to stand out from other applicants.
By following these tips and seeking comprehensive 360-degree support from TURSA, job seekers can increase their chances of landing the job they want and achieve their potential. If you need support to gain confidence and prepare – aim for a more comprehensive approach that addresses all of your needs as a job seeker.
To access comprehensive 360-degree job support from TURSA, you must be registered with Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services (DES), Transition to Work or another relevant program. These programs provide funding and support to job seekers who face barriers to employment, such as disability, injury, or a lack of experience or skills.
By registering with these programs and working with TURSA, you can receive the support and guidance you need to overcome these barriers and succeed in your job search. Feel free to contact your local TURSA office to learn more about the registration process and the services available to you.
Your friends or family will thank you later.