Listening to talk back radio today I heard numerous phone-in complainants saying, ‘there’s plenty of work if only people would get off their backsides’. This appears to be in answer to an earlier news story suggesting that the economy is patchy and the residents of some suburbs are having a hard time gaining work.
There was also some racist nonsense about certain ethnic groups being predisposed to gaining and staying on benefits.
One chap proudly rang in to talk about his journey to find work and told listeners that despite his disability, he held down 2 full time jobs.
Where’s the truth – plenty of work for all but the lazy or nothing to find, no matter how hard you try?
Like most ‘truths’ there is solid evidence to support bot the fact that work’s hard to find and there are opportunities for people who know where to look.
Most people are not great at looking for a job and lack presentation skills when they do get to an interview – you may have heard of people who have written hundreds of job applications and been knocked back for all.
Are they therefore unemployable?
No, they just shouldn’t look for work as Employment Consultants! My staff will tell you that I, ‘know my nothing times table’ – once nothing is nothing, and so is twice nothing! In other words, doing the same thing and expecting a different result is an unlikely pathway to success.
People with just great skills, including professional qualifications may still need guidance if they are to successfully pass the test of job application and interview. These require skills often unrelated to those required in the work for which they have applied.
Things are no different for people that have a disability, although the barriers they need to climb may be even higher.
That’s why organisations like NOVA exist – we support the job seeking activities of those people that come to us eager to get working and demonstrating their ability, but inexperienced in the art and science of getting to and through an interview.
we’ve recently expanded the tools we make available to people who want help to include assistance to people that aren’t registered with us – these include Martha Siede’s website: www.letsgetworking.com.au – if you haven’t checked out Martha’s work in progress can I recommend a visit?
If you have any tips that have helped you succeed in gaining work I am sure Martha and her growing readership would appreciate your sharing
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