In Grafton, we had the opportunity to sit down with Zeona, a remarkable mother of five boys ranging from 9 to 25 years old. Zeona, who had spent years as a stay-at-home mother, needed to rediscover her confidence and direction. With determination and the support of Jeff (Employment Advisor) and TURSA (Training & Employment Job Services Provider), her story developed.
Before embarking on her journey of self-discovery, Zeona admits to feeling lost and unsure of her aspirations. But determined to make a change, she pushed herself to enrol in a TAFE course on community services. Little did she know that this decision would catalyse her transformation.
Zeona’s remarkable journey began when she applied for a job before connecting with Jeff and TURSA. Despite her initial doubts about her qualifications, she secured a potential job and sought guidance from Jeff and support from TURSA. The impact was transformative, reigniting her confidence and igniting a newfound excitement for the future.
Jeff offered Zoena guidance and practical support where it was most needed. This all played a pivotal role in Zeona’s journey of rediscovering her confidence. Jeff identified where TURSA could practically assist. For example, when Zeona needed clothing and shoes for an interview, TURSA ensured she had the necessary resources.
Zeona, with unwavering determination, recalls her experience with TURSA and Jeff as a significant turning point. Their support and belief in her allowed her to secure employment within a month of joining forces. Today, Zeona proudly works as a domestic care worker at Australian Unity.
Zeona’s success doesn’t end there. She is now eagerly training to become a support worker, expanding her skill set to include tasks such as showers and more. With the support and encouragement, she has received, Zeona believes she can step into this new role by the end of the year.
Reflecting on her journey, Zeona expressed gratitude for the support she received from Jeff and TURSA. Zeona felt rediscovering her confidence and career trajectory would not have been possible without their guidance and belief in her potential.
Zeona’s confidence grows with each passing day, proving that anyone can overcome self-doubt and achieve their dreams with the proper support and opportunities. Her inspiring journey is a testament to the transformative power of having someone support and believe in you. A team that is dedicated to empowering individuals and helping them realise their full potential.
As Zeona forges ahead, she is a shining example of resilience and determination, inspiring others to never give up on their goals.
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.