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Finding a job

Looking for work is never easy, especially when you are first starting out in your career.

There are many questions you need to consider. Are you looking for full time or part time work? Do you want to specialise? Do you need a workplace near public transport?

Some people want to work in not-for-profit organisations only, whereas others look for the relative security of government jobs. Whichever the case, these tips will give you the best chance of getting into the work of your choice.
  1. Make sure your CV or resume is up to date.
  2. Include volunteer work in a separate area.
  3. Record major CPD activities, such as workshops or short courses, on your resume to show you have built on your skills since graduating.
  4. Write your cover letter at a high level (not overly detailed) and focus on a few important points relevant to the job. Do not describe your whole experience unless you are specifically required to use it to address selection criteria.
  5. Make sure your letter is enthusiastic, but not over-the-top, so that it provides insight into you as an applicant.
  6. If you are new to the workforce or the sector, highlight transferrable skills to boost your employability.
  7. Keep your cover letter to no more than a page and write in the active not passive tense.
  8. Keep notes to use in applications, for example, document your skills and attributes and how you can demonstrate them in a resume/letter/interview.
  9. Address the job selection criteria with evidence not assertion – you may need to prove your experience in an interview.
  10. Before you attend an interview, look at the organisation’s website to get an idea of how the organisation operates and its services. Make sure the organisation’s values match your own.
Begin your job search

Look at the featured ads below or visit one of the listed job sites.

Community workers can access quick and discounted police checks here. If you do have a criminal record, you can find our advice on how to manage this here.

http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/ (sector specific job site)
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/jobs/ (sector specific job site)
https://www.seek.com.au (generalist job site)
https://jobsearch.gov.au/ (Job Active)
https://atsijobs.com.au/ (Specialised job site for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

Many of the major employers, such as Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglicare and Benevolent Society, have career sections on their own websites.

For employment in government agencies, such as child protection and local government roles, search out websites dedicated to government careers.

Employment agencies can also assist you to find work. A word to the wise though – agencies often match community workers with personal care/support work roles for which professional community workers (those qualified with a diploma or degree) are over qualified and more suited to higher level roles, such as case worker or case manager.

https://wiseemployment.com.au
https://www.drakemedox.com.au
https://www.taylorcare.com.au
https://www.brcrecruitment.com.au

Featured jobs

Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Family Violence)
Department of Health & Human Services


West Division – Child Protection – Central Highlands Area – Ballarat
Salary: $98,396 - $108,724 plus superannuation


The Senior Child Protection Practitioner – Family Violence is responsible for supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners in the integration of theory and practice whilst demonstrating their expertise through case practice and the supervision of child protection practitioners. The Senior Child Protection Practitioner – Family Violence will work collaboratively with the Team Manager to strengthen case practice, to provide effective service delivery and to support other practitioners to develop plans to bring about the changes necessary to ensure the safety, stability and development of children and young people and to promote the achievement of case plan objectives within specified timeframes.

Are you:
  • Committed to working with children, young people and families?
  • Able to effectively engage to provide families with the optimum capacity for change?
  • Continually improving your skills and knowledge to further develop your professional practice?
This role may at times be required to operate outside normal office hours (at night and on weekends and public holidays) with relevant overtime or time in lieu provisions applying. Rural employees may be required to participate in an on call roster.

For further information on the position description and the selection criteria visit: www.careers.vic.gov.au

Please contact Kim McKinnis on 5333 6047 or 0423 675 880 for further information.
Job Reference number: DHHS/WWD/0520896
Applications close: Midnight, Thursday, 11 June 2020

For more information about the Department of Health & Human Services visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au
To apply online and for other DHHS and Victorian Government job opportunities please visit www.careers.vic.gov.au

Police Checks form part of the Department of Health & Human Services recruitment process.

The department promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment and is committed to a more diverse workforce. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant, or if you have a disability, and require advice and support with the recruitment process, please contact our Diversity Unit on DiversityInclusion@dhhs.vic.gov.au




Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Non-Supervisory)
Department of Health & Human Services


West Division – Child Protection – Central Highlands Area – Ballarat
Salary: $98,396 - $108,724 plus superannuation


In the context of a whole of community approach, Senior Child Protection Practitioners have a specific statutory role in protecting children and young people from harm and promoting their rights and healthy development.

Are you:
  • Committed to working with children, young people and families?
  • Able to effectively engage to provide families with the optimum capacity for change?
  • Continually improving your skills and knowledge to further develop your professional practice?
This role may at times be required to operate outside normal office hours (at night and on weekends and public holidays) with relevant overtime or time in lieu provisions applying. Rural employees may be required to participate in an on call roster.

For further information on the position description and the selection criteria visit: www.careers.vic.gov.au

Please contact Kim McKinnis on 0423 675 880 for further information.
Job Reference number: DHHS/WWD/000380254
Applications close: Midnight, Wednesday, 10 June 2020

For more information about the Department of Health & Human Services visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au
To apply online and for other DHHS and Victorian Government job opportunities please visit www.careers.vic.gov.au

Police Checks form part of the Department of Health & Human Services recruitment process.

The department promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment and is committed to a more diverse workforce. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant, or if you have a disability, and require advice and support with the recruitment process, please contact our Diversity Unit on DiversityInclusion@dhhs.vic.gov.au




Remote Services Practitioner
Territory Families

  • Experience the uniqueness of working in a remote location.
  • Provide statutory case work and case management services
  • Make an impact on the lives of children and their families.
Professional 1 (Remuneration Package Range $73,269 - $94,428)
Professional 2 (Remuneration Package Range $97,204 - $116,254
Northern Region, Remote Services
Various Remote Locations
Fixed vacancy from 01/07/2020 to 30/06/2022


Experience the uniqueness of working as a Remote Services Practitioner in remote communities across the Northern Territory.

Territory Families works with families, individuals and stakeholders to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected.

The Remote Services Team provides family support services to vulnerable children and their families residing in remote communities including; Angurugu, Jabiru, Lajamanu (Hooker Ck), Maningrida, Ngukurr-Roper River, Ramingining, Wadeye-Port Keats, Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu –Bathurst Is).

Currently the team is recruiting multiple Senior Remote Services Practitioners (P2) and Remote Services Practitioners (P1).

As a Remote Services Practitioner you are responsible for delivering evidence based and culturally competent case work and case management services to vulnerable children and their families, working collaboratively to enhance the safety and capacity of families and communities to care for their children and young people, and providing intensive family support where place-based intervention is the safest and most effective approach.

To be successful, you require an Australian tertiary qualification, eligibility for membership of a relevant professional body, demonstrated experience in conducting strengths based assessments and the ability to develop, implement and monitor case planning processes.

In addition, you require to have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, family and community structures, and the ability to communicate and work in a culturally safe manner.

Senior Remote Services Practitioners are required to demonstrate more extensive skills and experience in strengths based assessments, case planning processes and the professional development of the P1 practitioners.

In return, you will receive a competitive salary and market allowance, excellent professional development and career progression opportunities, and a chance to make a real impact in the community you serve.

For a confidential discussion please contact Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8409 or TF.RecruitmentNR@nt.gov.au

Quote vacancy number: 41159
Closing date: 09 June 2020

Applications should address the Selection Criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit www.jobs.nt.gov.au

Picture your life out here – www.OurLifeOutHere.nt.gov.au





Manager Remote Services Arafura
Territory Families

  • Manage regional and remote family safety and support services.
  • Child safety, youth justice and family violence services 
  • Make an impact on the lives of children and their families.
Senior Professional 1 (Remuneration Package Range $138,640 - $154,697)
Northern Region, Remote Services
Darwin
Fixed vacancy to 30/06/2022


Take leadership for the management of community based teams that promote the safety and wellbeing of children and families residing in remote communities.

Territory Families works with families, individuals and stakeholders to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected.

As the Manager, Remote Services Arafura you provide effective leadership and management of community based Teams that provide family support, child safety and statutory responsibilities and family violence services.

To be successful, you require an Australian tertiary qualification, eligibility for membership of a relevant professional body and extensive experience in the delivery of welfare and family violence services. Demonstrated strategic, conceptual, analytical and creative skills, knowledge and understanding of human resources and financial legislation, and policy frameworks relevant to statutory welfare practice is essential.

In addition, you will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, family and community structures, an ability to communicate and work in a culturally safe manner, and a willingness to travel remotely.

In return, you will be offered support to grow and develop your career, excellent progression opportunities, the chance to make a real impact in the communities you serve and you will be rewarded with a competitive salary, industry allowance and a unique lifestyle of working in the Northern Territory.

For a confidential discussion please contact Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8409 or TF.RecruitmentNR@nt.gov.au

Quote vacancy number: 32116
Closing date: 09 June 2020
Applications should address the Selection Criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit www.jobs.nt.gov.au

Picture your life out here – www.OurLifeOutHere.nt.gov.au







Manager Big Rivers
Territory Families

  • Regional leadership role.
  • Child protection, youth and family support.
  • Make an impact on the lives of children and their families.
Senior Professional 1 (Remuneration Package Range $138,640 - $154,697)
Northern Region
Katherine
Fixed to 30/06/2022


Do you have what it takes to lead Territory Families’ regional operations and make a real impact on the lives of children, young people, families and the Big River community?

Territory Families works with families, individuals and stakeholders to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected.

As Manager, Big Rivers you are responsible for the delivery of statutory and non-statutory services to children, families and communities across the region.

You provide leadership, motivation and support to staff within the designated program area to achieve outcomes and ensure the implementation of corporate requirements, such as accurate and timely data collection, and performance management. You will be responsible for developing and maintaining effective collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances with internal and external stakeholders.

To be successful, you require an Australian tertiary qualification, eligibility for membership of a relevant professional body and extensive post-graduate experience in the delivery of statutory welfare services. Demonstrated strategic, conceptual and analytical skills, well-developed knowledge and understanding of human resources and financial legislation and policy frameworks, relevant to statutory welfare practice is essential.

In addition, you will have demonstrated high-level communication skills, a willingness to travel remotely and the ability to work constructively within a culturally diverse setting.

In return you will be offered support to grow and develop your career, excellent progression opportunities, the chance to make a real impact in the communities you serve and you will be rewarded with a competitive salary, industry allowance and a unique lifestyle of working in regional Australia.

For a confidential discussion please contact Bianca Harris on 08 8973 8409 or TF.RecruitmentNR@nt.gov.au

Quote vacancy number: 29620
Closing date: 04/06/2020

Applications should address the Selection Criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit www.jobs.nt.gov.au

Picture your life out here – www.OurLifeOutHere.nt.gov.au




The Orange Door (VIC)

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and to delivering on the vision described in Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, Safe children. A key recommendation of the Royal Commission and the Roadmap for Reform was to establish a network of Support and
Safety Hubs (The Orange Door). The Orange Door will deliver a fundamental change to the way we work with women, children and families, and men. The Orange Door will bring together different workforces and practices to create an integrated Orange Door team to create a new way of support.

The Orange Door Team will include a mix of staff employed by local Community Service Organisations (CSO’s) for the Loddon region together with Family Safety Victoria and DHHS. These organisations are Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC), Njernda, Anglicare and Centre for Non - Violence working collaboratively to provide and deliver services for The Orange Door across the breadth of the Loddon region.

The Orange Door has 3 new full time ongoing positions available:



Integrated Practice Leader
-    Anglicare Victoria


The Integrated Practice Leader will work in collaboration with the Orange Door Manager, Family Violence Practice Leader, Aboriginal Practice Leader, Community Based Senior Child Protection Practitioners and Team Leaders to lead the delivery of high quality, safe and effective service responses to Victorians seeking support and services through the Loddon Orange Door. The Integrated Practice Leader will take responsibility for driving integrated practice across the Orange Door and providing practice leadership and expert advice to the Orange Door workforce on complex cases requiring an integrated or multi-disciplinary approach. The Integrated Practice Leader will build the capability of the Orange Door workforce to deliver integrated functions and services responding to family violence, child and family vulnerability and functioning, and perpetrator interventions, in line with the Orange Door Service Model and Integrated Practice Framework.

For more information on and enquiries please contact Francis Lynch - Regional Director on 03 5440 1100. Please go to https://www.anglicarevic.org.au/careers/ for the position description and to apply.
 


Advanced Family Violence Practice Leader
– Centre for Non-Violence (CNV)

The advanced family violence practice leader is a practice leadership position with CNV located at the Orange Door. The role will work in collaboration with the Hub Manager, Other practice Leaders (integrated practice  leader, senior child protection Aboriginal practice leader and practitioners) and team leaders to lead family violence practice in the Orange Door and support secondary consultations with internal and external service providers. The advanced family violence practice leader will be responsible for providing practice leadership on risk assessment, risk management and planning for family violence and providing expert advice to the orange door workforce in relation to complex family violence cases and perpetrator interventions.

Enquires for this position to Karen Andrews – The People and Culture Manager at the Centre for Non-Violence on 03 5430 3000. To apply for this position please go to our website https://www.cnv.org.au/jobs.



Aboriginal Practice Lead
-    BDAC

The position of Aboriginal Practice Lead, Orange Door Loddon, is an exciting opportunity for a senior Indigenous practitioner to make a difference to individuals and families in Community who are affected by family violence or accessing family services support. You will be working within an innovative integrated service system, alongside other Practice Leads ensuring the best service delivery and outcomes drawing on your extensive knowledge of the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This position will require the ability to lead other professionals and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service users, ensuring a cultural lens is used in the work of the Orange Door Loddon, as well as across the broader Loddon service network.

For further information contact; Family Safety Programs Manager, Sally Reiffel 0428435369 or sally.reiffel@bdac.com.au

All positions close 5 pm, Friday 29 May 2020.




Child Protection Practitioners
Department of Health & Human Services

Benefits
  • A strong commitment to develop and support Child Protection Practitioners
  • Work collaboratively with your team to strengthen case practice and to provide effective service delivery
  • Highly rewarding career opportunities
Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives of our communities most vulnerable children and families. A career in child protection will provide a range of professional pathways that support your personal growth and development.

We offer a supportive team approach, quality supervision with great training and development.

Skills and Experience
We are looking for experienced child protection/child and family welfare professionals to join our child protection teams.

Key responsibilities include
  • Assessing children and young people who are in need of protection
  • Conducting risk assessments and investigations
  • Working collaboratively with families, community services organisations and other professionals to develop and implement effective plans for children
  • Managing complex cases, problem solving and presenting matters to the Children's Court of Victoria as required
  • Be responsible for supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners in the integration of theory and practice while demonstrating your expertise through case practice
  • Working collaboratively with the Team Manager to strengthen case practice
  • Provide effective service delivery and support other practitioners
To be a child protection practitioner you need a current and valid driver's licence and a recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and make a difference in vulnerable children's lives.

For more information about the role descriptions of Child Protection Practitioners at different levels, please email childprotectionjobs@dhhs.vic.gov.au or visit https://childprotectionjobs.dhhs.vic.gov.au/roles.




Child Protection and Advanced Child Protection Practitioners
West Division – South West Area
Department of Health & Human Services (VIC)

Salary: $68,884 - $96,759 plus superannuation
Ongoing and Fixed-term positions available

  • Contemporary Child Protection Program
  • Multiple opportunities available – Relocate Today
  • Outstanding South West area location
The West Division Child Protection Program prides itself on its commitment to making children safe, supporting stronger families, and protecting future generations.

The dynamic and professional practitioners located within our South West Child Protection program service a diverse client base within one of Victoria’s outstanding regional centres.

Outstanding opportunities currently exist for Child Protection (CPP3) and Advanced Child Protection Practitioners (CPP4) in our South West Area.

As a Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3) or Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4), you will work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. You understand that small changes can have
a real impact!

In this role your social work, psychology or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who all share a common goal.

We offer:
  • Exposure to contemporary Social Work Practice
  • Supervision by leaders in the field
  • Ongoing professional development
New Graduates and experienced welfare professionals are encouraged to apply.

Relocation assistance available for successful candidates.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help our families.

It is a great time to join the team.

When applying, please ensure you indicate that you wish to apply for the positions available in the South West area.


For further information on the position description and the selection criteria visit here (CPP-3s) and here (CPP-4s).

For a confidential discussion please contact Karen Anderson on (03) 5561 9482 for further information.

Job Reference number: DHHS/WWD/00569414 (CPP-3s) DHHS/WWD/00544595 (CPP-4s)

For more information about the Department of Health & Human Services visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au
To apply online and for other DHHS and Victorian Government job opportunities please visit www.careers.vic.gov.au
Police Checks form part of the Department of Health & Human Services recruitment process.

The department promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment and is committed to a more diverse workforce.
If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant, or if you have a disability, and require advice and support with the
recruitment process, please contact our Diversity Unit on DiversityInclusion@dhhs.vic.gov.au

 

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