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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

Child Protection Practice Leader, Case Planning
Department of Health and Human Services


Contemporary Child Protection Program
Drive Sustainable Change - Relocate to Victoria Today
Convenient Preston location

The North 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 Preston Child Protection Program service a diverse client base within one of Victoria's growth corridors.

An outstanding opportunity currently exist for highly a motivated individual join the Preston based team in the capacity of Practice Leader (Case Planning) – CPP5 Classification.

The Child Protection Practice Leader (Case Planning) is responsible for providing expert case practice advice and leadership; supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners while demonstrating expertise through case management.

Pivotal to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, ideal candidates will possess;
  • Superior understanding of child development, attachment and trauma theories in relation to child protection practice
  • Leadership acumen coupled with experience assuming a mentoring role.
In return you will receive;
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Supervision by Leaders in the field
  • Exposure to innovative Social Work Practices
  • Ongoing Professional Development
For a confidential discussion please contact Natalie Pupillo on Ph: 0401 718 406

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help Victorian families. It's a great time to join the team.

Reference: VG/DHHS/NND/399461
Closing Date: 05-Oct-2020
Salary Range: $108,726 - $119,052

Click here to apply

For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/




Child Protection Practitioner
Department of Health and Human Services

Contemporary Child Protection Program
Multiple opportunities available
Convenient Preston location

The North 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 Preston Child Protection Program service a diverse client base within the northern Melbourne Metropolitan area.

Multiple fixed term and ongoing opportunities currently exist for Entry level Child Protection Practitioners (CPP3) in our Preston office.

As a Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3), 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
For a confidential discussion please contact Jackie Epstein on 0477736138.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help Victorian families. It is a great time to join the team.

Reference: VG/DHHS/NND/567943
Closing Date: 09-Oct-2020
Salary Range: $68,884 - $83,640

Click here to apply

For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/



Trainer/Assessor to deliver the Diploma of Community Services
Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA)


About the business and the role
Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA) is a quality-driven, nationally Registered Training Organisation (RTO), committed to continuous improvement in the area of Healthcare and Nursing education. We offer high quality, engaging, interactive online, and blended delivery modes.

We are currently seeking Trainer/Assessors to deliver diploma of community services at Sydney/Melbourne and Perth Campuses.

Some of the responsibilities of the role will include:
Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lesson planning and course delivery
  • Reviewing available resources to plan lessons
  • Conducting and evaluating assessments
  • Resource and assessment tool validation (as required)
  • Conducting simulated & practical placement assessments
  • Associated administrative tasks
Key Selection Criteria
  • Vocational competencies at least to the level of qualifications delivered (Diploma or higher qualification in Community Services)
  • Following ACWA Guidelines, must have a qualification in an area and at least 2 years of full time relevant industry experience.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116 (required)
  • At least two years full-time relevant industry experience or part time (after combining should be 2 years)
  • In-depth understanding of ACWA regulatory guidelines and standards (highly desirable)
  • 2 years of experience as a Case Manager (optional)
Please note successful candidates are required to have the following checks:
  • National Police Clearance (valid within the last 6 months) or willing to apply for one
  • Working with Children Check or willing to apply for one
Benefits:
  • Assessment markings from home are paid on top of the hourly rate 
  • Employee Assistant Programme available for staff and students
Please feel free to visit www.ihna.edu.au for further information about IHNA.

To apply send your updated Resume and cover letter to hr@hcigroup.com.au and mention the location your applying for.

All recruitment, selection and promotion decisions will be based on the best qualified and experienced candidate who can perform the genuine occupational requirements of this position. IHM provides equal opportunity in employment to all suitably abled people without discrimination or harassment based on a personal characteristic protected under the Equal Opportunity Act. Indigenous Australians are also encouraged to apply for the position.




Senior Child Protection Practitioner Family Violence
Department of Health and Human Services

Dynamic Child Protection Program
Senior Leadership opportunity – Family Violence Focus
Drive Change and Your Career - Relocate to Victoria Today

The North 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 Preston Child Protection Program service a diverse client base within one of Victoria's Growth Corridors.

An outstanding opportunity currently exists for highly a motivated individual join the Hume Moreland team in the capacity of Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Family Violence) – CPP5 Classification.

The Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Family Violence) supports the capacity of child protection practitioners to better respond to risk for children exposed to family violence. In particular the SCPP5 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.

Pivotal to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, ideal candidates will possess;
  • Highly developed risk assessment skills in a family violence context
  • Superior understanding of child development, attachment and trauma theories in relation to child protection practice
  • Leadership acumen coupled with experience assuming a mentoring role
In return you will receive;
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Supervision by Leaders in the field
  • Exposure to innovative Social Work Practices
  • Ongoing Professional Development
For a confidential discussion please contact Natalie Pupillo on Ph: 0401718406
The is an outstanding opportunity to shape service delivery for Victorian families exposed to family violence.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling and professional career today

Reference: VG/DHHS/ND/455194
Closing Date: 05-Oct-2020
Salary Range: $98,396 - $108,724

Click here to apply

For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.





Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, Community Based
Department of Health & Human Services

  • Contemporary Orange Door Program 
  • Outstanding Career opportunity – New Multi-disciplinary Centre 
  • Drive sustainable change – Bendigo location
The 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended the establishment of multiple Safety Hubs across Victoria. Known as the Orange Door, the Program delivers a innovative approach of accessing help and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence as well as families who need support with the care, well being and development of children.

An outstanding opportunity currently exists for a highly motivated individual to join the Orange Door program in the capacity of Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, Community Based – CPP4 classification. This dynamic role is a pivotal position for Child Protection within the Orange Door.

Working within a multi-disciplinary setting the Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, Community Based will provide advice, support and consultation to practitioners within The Orange Door, as well as to Family Services, Specialist Family Violence Services and Men's Services where required. Advice, support and consultation will occur where there are significant concerns for wellbeing of children and young people.

Pivotal to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, you will possess demonstrable skills in the following key areas;
  • Highly developed risk assessment skills in a family violence context.
  • Superior understanding of child development, attachment and trauma theories in relation to child protection practice
  • Superior Stakeholder Management experience with the ability to forge relationships at all levels of the organization
In return you will receive;
  • Expert supervision 
  • Exposure to innovative Social Work Practices
  • Ongoing Professional Development
For a confidential discussion please contact Michelle Kalz on 0407 530 677
There is an outstanding opportunity to shape service delivery in family violence and child wellbeing in Victoria.

Reference: VG/DHHS/NND/586241
Closing Date: 01-Oct-2020
Salary Range: $85,279 - $96,759

Click here to apply

For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.




Advanced Child Protection Practitioner
Department of Health and Human Services

Various Opportunities Available
Office Location(s): Preston Victoria
Advanced Child Protection Practitioners
North Division – Preston Area

  • Contemporary Child Protection Program
  • Exciting Career Opportunity – Outstanding Location
  • Drive Sustainable Change – Relocate Today
The North 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 Hume Moreland / North East Melbourne (Based in Preston) Child Protection Program service a diverse client base.

Outstanding opportunities currently exist for Advanced Child Protection Practitioners (CPP4) in our Preston office.
As an 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
For a confidential discussion please contact Jackie Epstein - jackie.epstein@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Reference: VG/DHHS/NND/378591
Closing Date: 16-Oct-2020
Salary Range: $85,279 - $96,759

Click here to apply

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help our families.
It is a great time to join the team.

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.





2020 Child Protection Career Information Series - Mallee Area
Department of Health & Human Services

  • Dynamic Child Protection Program - Relocate to Victoria today
  • Entry Level – Senior Leadership Opportunities available
  • Outstanding Mallee area (Mildura & Swan Hill)
Recent innovations to the Child Protection Program in Victoria have significantly enhanced the Practitioner experience.

Benefit from these changes and take your Social Work, Psychology or Welfare related career to the next level.

Whether you are in Victoria or decide to relocate, we can facilitate your transition.

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

We offer;
  • Increased Work Life balance
  • Supervision by leaders in the field
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Exposure to contemporary Social Work Practice
  • The CP Rural Incentive Program
Relocation assistance available for successful candidates.

New Graduates and experienced welfare professionals are encouraged to apply.

For a confidential discussion please contact Jackie Epstein on 0477736138.

Attend an Online Child Protection Careers Information Session on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th or Thursday 8th October 2020. Various times available.

To register please visit; https://childprotectionjobs.dhhs.vic.gov.au. Then click the "Child Protection Career Information Series 2020 - Mallee Area" link at the top of the page to register your interest.

To apply for a role
Please go to www.dhs.vic.gov.au/childprotectionjobs and nominate Mildura as your location preference.

To find out more about living in the Mildura area and surrounding attractions, click here.

This is a genuine opportunity to contribute to long term and sustainable change for those children most at risk.


Reference: VG/DHHS/NND/CPINFONORTH
Closing Date: 06-Oct-2020




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