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Looking for work questions

Postby catnap » Tue May 16, 2017 10:10 am

Hi Lorina,
To refresh your memory ....I am currently studying Cert III Education and Care. I have been looking for work the last 2 years after completing Cert IV OSHC, but nothing came up.I am just wondering how to go about looking for casual work or relief work? I have applied online Seek,com for work, but nothing yet! Do I have to be qualified to obtain work as a casual or relief worker? I know some centres will take workers if they are studying. Should I approach Director's at Childcare Centres and ask for this type of work? I put my name down online Goodstart, but that was about 6 mths ago. Someone told me to approach family owned centres for work.
Hoping you can advise, thanks!
Cheers
Lesley :D


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Re: Looking for work questions

Postby Lorina » Wed May 17, 2017 12:34 pm

Hi Lesley,

I'm surprised to hear that you are finding it difficult getting a job! Since you are currently studying you are "actively working towards your qualification" so it shouldn't be an issue.

I would probably suggest that your approach centres and drop off your resume and a cover letter stating what position you would like as well as your experience. You could also email the centre after a couple of weeks, asking whether they have any positions available, etc.

You should also reach out on facebook which may be another alternative and approach small and big chain centres... etc.

Just keep trying!

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Re: Looking for work questions

Postby Lorina » Wed May 17, 2017 12:38 pm

Also, have you tried a childcare agency... It's an alternative and they help you to get casual work as well as full time work...

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Re: Looking for work questions

Postby catnap » Wed May 17, 2017 2:03 pm

Hi Lorina,
thanks for your reply and assistance. I have sent my resume in to a couple of places when I was applying on Seek.com. One centre advertised on Seek, actually asked to hand the resume in. I did my OSHC prac there a few years ago, so I was hoping to get into that centre, but that was 6 wks ago. I did follow it up, but nothing! I will approach a couple of others and see what happens. I think this area I live in(Sunshine Coast) is hard to get work. (not only in childcare) As I have not gained any previous work in childcare, they might look at someone who has more experience, perhaps?I have only been in and completed work placements, so I have all that on my resume. Any paid childcare was in NSW in a private home in OSHC, but that was in the 1980's! I guess I will just make a list of the centres and keep approaching the Directors and see if I can get a foot in THAT door! I am not on Facebook, but I have also tried Gumtree and We Need A Nanny and other similar agencies online last year(had a couple of ladies make enquiries)....not sure about other Childcare agencies?
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Re: Looking for work questions

Postby Lorina » Sat May 20, 2017 4:21 pm

It must be frustrating because you're eagerly looking for work... You may have to look outside your area, just so you're able to find more work. it may be necessary to drive a little further away... Even though you may not have had that much experience, you seem to be very eager so that's a good thing!

Here is a list of childcare agencies on the Sunshine Coat that I have found:

Childcare Agencies

So, you could always give them a go.

Like you mentioned, the best way is to go about it is to approach other centres and let them know you're interested. The more the better chances.

I'm sure you find something soon!

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