Helping Parents Return to Work

Our ParentsNext program is about so much more than finding work. We can help you find a balance between your parenting duties, life admin and personal goals. As well as helping you to develop a tailored, flexible plan to achieve what you want to achieve.


When Maddie first came to Campbell Page, she felt a deep sense of helplessness. She’d found herself alone with a baby, no money and no support from family or friends. She didn’t know where to start, let alone what her goals were and it was severely impacting her mental health.

We set about finding immediate support for Maddie by connecting her with a counsellor. Over the next few months we worked slowly with her to make a plan at her pace, and slowly, things got a little less overwhelming.

Maddie now has a fresh start, she’s got a new partner in her life that cares about her and her son, and she’s landed a traineeship as a dental assistant.

I can see that the [Candidate] Coaches main goal is to help me, and to treat me with respect.


Travis was preparing for his son to start school when he joined the ParentsNext program. He was in between career paths and wasn’t sure which direction to head in but he wanted to be financially secure for his son.

After lengthy discussions with his Candidate Coach about his options, Travis expressed a keen interest in Youth Work, and was enrolled in a Certificat IV in Youth work at the local TAFE.

Travis was nervous about starting study, particularly with his son starting kindergarten at the same time, but he excelled. He has since graduated and commenced additional education this year.

I have completed a certificate and want to thank you for supporting me through it.


Here’s what some of our customers had to day about our ParentsNext program.

Thank you, I have never had support like this. [I always felt passed around]. I feel like ParentsNext really care. I am now studying and due to start work.


I’m showing my kids that because you are a single parent doesn’t mean you can’t go [the] places ParentsNext have steered me.


Campbell Pages’ ParentsNext program has gone above and beyond to accommodate me as a parent and [has] worked with me to achieve my goals


I am so proud of myself, I am the first person in my family to achieve any qualification and now I have my traffic control ticket”


[I] love the flexibility of ParentsNext and the choice I get. [I] feel like I am not just being pushed through the system.

Names have been changed to protect our customers privacy.

Campbell Page Works Towards White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that Campbell Page is proudly working towards becoming a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace in an effort to raise awareness of and enhance positive action to help stop men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon Australia is a national organisation working to change the attitude and behaviours that perpetuate men’s violence against women by engaging men and boys to lead social change.

The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to stop violence against women. White Ribbon Workplaces engender a whole of organisation commitment to stop violence against women, meeting 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

The program builds on existing gender equality and diversity initiatives, providing the tools to strengthen a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of the organisation.  The program supports organisations to respond to and prevent violence against women, whether it occurs inside or outside the organisation, through supporting women experiencing violence, holding perpetrators to account, supporting all employees to challenge inappropriate behaviour and strengthening gender equality within the broader community.

Violence against women has been deemed “a major, public health problem” by the United Nations. Although this is a global issue, the statistics in Australia are alarming:

  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence in Australia.
  • One in three women in Australia have experienced physical and/ or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.

Both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men, with 95% of all victims of violence in Australia reporting a male perpetrator.

Men and women also use and experience violence differently. While men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places, women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home.

Not all men use violence- the majority of men are respectful and loving but there are distinct gendered patterns in the perpetration and impact of violence. All violence is wrong, regardless of the sex of the victim or perpetrator.

We look forward to creating a workplace and a community that keeps women free of violence.

We understand that the topic of men’s violence against women may be distressing for some people. If you feel like you need to talk to someone about these issues please contact one of these 24 hour support services, or visit http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/finding-help

  • National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14.
  • In an emergency, or if you are in danger or experiencing violence, call the Police on 000.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with a variety of other organisations to make a difference within the community. Click here to find out more about who we are or here to find out more about partnering with us.

ParentsNext spaces a haven for families

Campbell Page is set to begin delivering  ParentsNext  from July 2018 across multiple locations in New South Wales.

ParentsNext is a refreshing pre-employment program providing early intervention assistance to parents with young children.  Ultimately, the program assists parents to gain confidence and feel empowered by developing skills that will allow them to engage in paid work all within the context of their individual family situation.

The ParentsNext team have been busily preparing the finishing touches to program spaces, making them friendly, relaxed and welcoming environments for families.

We are thrilled to be offering this program to our customers and are excited to start working with parents to provide support, guidance and practical measures to help them achieve their goals.

To find out more about ParentsNext or to register, click here.

What Does Harmony Day Mean To You?

Hi All,

We know that 1 in 5 people in Australia have a disability of some nature. With this in mind, I have noticed that a wave of change is happening in our country. More and more employers are advocating for inclusion and diversity, for acceptance and for understanding.

This is what I know for sure, that a wave of change is happening in our country.

Last week I had the honour of attending a Harmony Day forum in Melbourne CBD: Disrupt-Create-Connect, The Business of Multiculturalism, presented by Polaron Language Services in partnership with Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria. I attended with Sally Close from Tip Top Bakeries. We were 2 of 100 invited people representing our companies in support of social inclusion and diversity.

I was delighted to meet Huss Mustafa, General Manager, Commonwealth Bank. Huss spoke passionately and proudly as an Australian Muslim from Turkish Cypriot background.

He spoke of his challenges growing up as a young boy…Huss was determined to prove his teachers wrong.

He spoke of his challenges growing up as a young boy, such as the parent-teacher nights where he translated to his parents how the teachers warned him to lower his expectations due to cultural differences. From that moment Huss was determined to prove his teachers wrong.

It was easy for me to understand where and why his passion for social inclusion and diversity derives. Huss is determined to support and employ the community that represents us all. Huss told me how he recently assisted a young lady with a disability into a CBA branch, and how this had such a positive impact within the community. We will definitely be meeting up again soon to discuss how Campbell Page and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia can work together.

We enjoyed a message from The Hon. Robert Clark MP Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations.  I was delighted to meet Michelle Sheppard, Founder LGBTI Jobs. Michelle is a passionate businesswoman, who just happens to be transgender. She is admired for her public and bold moves to make workplaces as inclusive and diverse as possible. She is often labelled as an inspiring advocate and role model for youth and adults alike.

I learnt today that Sussan’s fashion stores nationally are empowering and supporting women returning to work from breast cancer. Dr Sabitra Kaphle, Population Health Team Leader Daniella Health is truly trailblazing in the Hume region for inclusion and diversity.

A wave of change begins with people like this.

A wave of change begins with people like this. Like all of us at Campbell Page, these change makers recognise the potential in all people to be meaningful contributors to the community. That’s why as an organisation we are reaching out and championing employers everywhere, -helping them create innovative and supportive workplaces.

What does Harmony mean to you? To me, it means embracing change and coming together to make a difference.

Looking forward to keeping you updated on the next phase of our journey!

Kind Regards,

Cassandra Warin

National Disability Employer Partnership Manager

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Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment. If you would like to find out more about our Employer Partnerships click the link here or make an enquiry

3 Ways We Can Help You in Employment

If you’ve aced our first day at a new job but after a few weeks routine has set in and you feel like you need a little help, then this article is for you.

More often then not getting into work is a huge positive step forward, but it’s easy to forget that change still brings with it a transition period. Starting a new job marks exciting challenges such as learning new things, starting a new routine and making new friends. Many of us also face a transition period where we need to adjust to working longer hours then we are used to, and understanding what is required of us to perform well at work.

At Campbell Page we are here to help the transition into your you job as seamless as possible, through mentoring, up skilling and our In-Work Support Program.

Read below to find out more about the 3 Ways We Can Help You in Employment:

  1. Mentoring

    Once you’re employed, our Campbell Page Employment Specialists will maintain their dedication to you and your career. We will provide you with ongoing mentoring and support, so you never feel alone. This can include regular appointments and conversations, financial assistance to ensure you are able to get to the shifts you have been allocated. We can even help you choose and purchase the right uniform if you have not been provided one by your employer.

  2. Upskilling

    We provide the support and resources you and your employer may need. This involves helping you gain the skills required in your current position, and to progress your career down the track. From assistance to enrolling you in training workshops and courses that will build your skills, we want to help you stay in the workplace for the long term.

  3. In-Work Support

Sometimes you get thrown a curve-ball and your position in life is no longer what is was when you first applied for your job. If you are struggling with an injury, illness or disability our In-Work Support Program can provide you with the assistance you need to maintain employment. We provide education for employers and co-workers to help support you in the workplace, access to workplace assessments and assistance in maintaining work through a variety of mentoring and support programs specified to your needs.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please visit the About Us page on our website or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

8 Ways to Ace Your First Day at Your New Job

So, you’ve just gotten off the phone with an interviewer you were dying to hear back from, and they have offered you the job – Congrats! Now you need to start planning your first day at your new job.

Before you let the first day jitters get the best of you, take a deep breath and read 8 Ways to Ace Your First Day at Your New job to prepare yourself for your new adventure. 

  1. Develop a Morning Routine

    The first thing you need to do to ensure you you ace your first day at your new job first (and every day after that) is to develop a morning routine. This means taking into account how long you will need to wake up, get ready, eat breakfast and get to your new workplace. Ensuring you have triple checked your commute time or the public transport timetables is a must!

  2. Don’t Be Late – but don’t be too early

    Speaking of your morning commute, ensure that you will arrive at least 10 – 15 minutes early on your first day – you never know what paperwork might need to be completed before you officially start your day. It also communicates to your new employer that you are still the eager, organised and timely job seeker they met in the interview stage of recruitment. You don’t want to be late on your first day at your new job.

  3. Dress to Impress

    Wearing your tracksuit pants and old high school tee-shirt will not fly in any workplace. Think back to what you wore to your interview and reflect on whether it was appropriate attire for day-to-day work in your new role, if not dress it up or down. If you have been given a uniform ensure it is ironed, fits well and is worn the way your new employer has specified (E.g. shirts are to be neatly tucked in, black shoes are to be polished and covered in, no excessive accessories, etc).

  4. Ask Questions – and be confident doing so

    No question is too silly, so be confident asking questions about anything in the workplace you are curious about. As it is the first day at your new job, your employer and co-workers will be open to answering all of your questions, so make sure you take note of the answers so you don’t have to ask again.

  5. Be Friendly 

    Smile, be open to meeting your new co-workers and let them know that “it is a pleasure to meet you”. You will be spending the majority of the day alongside these people so it is best to get off on the right foot and make some new friends in the process.

  6. If You Get Invited to Lunch, GO!

    Your first day can be scary and you might feel safer eating your lunch alone in the break room, however if you get invited to lunch with your new co-workers GO! These people are reaching out to make you feel comfortable more quickly in your new job, so take them up on their offer and get to know everyone.

  7. Leave Your Personal Life at the Door

    This goes without saying, but it is always important to keep it in the back of your mind when starting a new job. Sharing photos of your pet or family is fine, once you establish a connection with your co-workers – but bursting into tears on your first day because your partner just broke up with you is a big no-no. Focus on the instructions you are being given, who you are meeting and the information you should be retaining instead of how many likes you might be getting on Instagram.

  8. Take Everything In

    Your first day will come and go in a surreal blur, so make sure you take as much in as possible. If there is anything that went over your head or might need some more clarification, remember – tomorrow is another day!

 

 


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please visit the About Us page on our website or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

4 Things to Do While Waiting to Hear Back from Your Job Interview

You’ve done it! You wrote a great resume, landed an interview and made a wonderful first impression – now you have to play the waiting game. Stuck on what to do while waiting to hear back from your job interview?

While it may be a difficult time, these 4 Things to Do While Waiting to Hear back from Your Job Interview should help ease your stress.

1.Be Patient

While you may be a combination of excitement and stress, it is important to be patient. There may have been a number of candidates who interviewed for the same position as you, therefore the reviewing process may take a while.

2.Keep yourself busy

Part of managing the stress that comes from waiting to hear back about a job, is to keep your mind from dwelling on all possible scenarios. The interview is over – you have done (mostly) all you can, why not keep yourself busy doing things that you put off doing while you were preparing for the interview? Cleaning your bathroom may not be your idea of a good time, but it will keep you busy enough to stop you from jumping to conclusions.

3.Follow up 

If you didn’t follow up the day after your interview now is the perfect time. If you did follow up a day or so after the interview, perhaps wait until a week or so has passed and gently and politely ask how long you can expect to wait until you hear back. Remember that too many emails or phone calls may undo all of the work you put into your first impression, so keep it short, and limit yourself.

4.Continue your job search

I’m sure you have heard more times than you can count “not to put all of your eggs in one basket”. This rule applies so perfectly to anyone on the hunt for a job. Waiting to hear back from an interview is no excuse to stop your job search, no matter how well you did in your interview. It is always best to have a back up plan just in case.

 


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please visit the About Us page on our website or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

 

5 Step Guide to Job Interview Success

So, you have written an incredible resume that has gotten you an interview with a potential employer – now what? Our Guide to Interview Success is exactly what you need.

Often we get so carried away with making ourselves look great on paper that we forget we may then need to present the same confident, hardworking individual in person or over the phone in an interview.

Compiled below is a 5 Step Guide to Interview Success that will help you make an excellent first impression.

  1. Prep! Prep! Prep!

Once the initial excitement of being offered an interview has worn off you must now begin to think about the process of the interview itself. What will you be asked? What is the company background? Practicing your answers to commonly asked interview questions is a great way to prepare yourself and decide on what your main points about why you are the right person for the job will be.
We recommend doing your homework well before your interview date, not on the way to the interview, as this will give you a much better chance at interview success.

  1. Dress to Impress

Aim to dress professionally, yet suitable for the position you are interviewing for. For example an extremely corporate outfit might seem a little overdressed for a job interview if the position does not call for you to dress similarly each day. At the same time it is important not to under-dress. Wearing a singlet or old tee shirt with shorts and thongs is too casual to be deemed professional at any job interview. If you are going for a job at a local retail outlet a collared shirt with dress pants or a tailored and non-revealing dress would be suitable.

  1. Arrive Early

Plan out your day around the interview. Will you be driving, walking or taking public transport? How long will it take via your chosen transportation method to arrive at your destination? You have probably heard the phrase, “If you are not 15 minutes early, you are already late” – this can be a tricky one as some employers will enjoy your eagerness, while others will feel rushed to get to you. In any case, arriving early is a great way to show not only your eagerness for the position but it demonstrates a great work ethic, which could lend way to interview success. If the interviewer is not ready for you, it also gives you a few minutes to compose yourself.

  1. Non-verbal Communication is Key

Non-verbal communication is as important as verbal communication. When you first meet your interviewer you should stand, smile and create eye contact before giving a strong (dry!) handshake. No matter how nervous you are it is important to make eye contact with your interviewer whenever they are speaking to you, or you are speaking to them. It demonstrates respect and illustrates that you are listening and taking in everything they say. Smiling during the interview is also a great way to relax yourself and make both you and the interviewer feel comfortable.

  1. Follow up the interview

Regardless of how you think the interview went, it is polite to send a follow up email or note thanking the interviewer for their time. It is not only polite, but not all individuals who were interviewed will do so, so it will make you stand out even more than you already have. You should do so after the interview, but it shouldn’t be the first thing you do when you leave. Wait a day or two, as the interviewer’s mind is more likely to be clear, rather than foggy after interviewing 6-10 other people that day.

Good luck!

 


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please visit the About Us page on our website or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

 

6 Resume Tips and Tricks to Help You Get Hired

Writing and updating your resume can be a tedious task that we are all guilty of putting off from time to time. There are so many questions that run through our heads – one page or two? Is this skill relevant to this position? Is it eye catching?

At Campbell Page we are dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long term employment, that’s why we have compiled the following Top 6 Resume Tips and Tricks.

  1. List your experience from most recent to least recent

    There are hundreds of ways you can layout your resume, but the most popular is reverse chronological as it demonstrates clearly what position/industry/training you have come from.It makes it clear to your potential employer why you want the position and what skills you already have.

  2. Short and Sweet

    If you want your skills, work experiences and achievements to shine, keep your resume to two pages. It keeps the information clear and concise, which is what an employer wants from a resume when shortlisting candidates. You need to catch the employers eye within the frst minute of picking up your resume.

  3. Keep your work experience recent and relevant

    You should only include the last 10-15 years of work experience on your resume, and only include the experiences that are relevant to the position you are applying for now. If your have limited or no work experience that is relevant to the position do not stress. Skills that are transferable such as organisational skills, customer services skills, computer skills and communication skills can be the main focus of your resume.

  4. Use keywords

    When you read the job description what were the keywords used? Those words can be the difference between getting an interview and not getting a interview. Make sure you take notice of what words are being used multiple times to describe the ideal candidate or the position responsibilities. This is important as some companies now use processers that scan attcahments for key words they are advertising for.

  5. Keep your contact details visible

    You no longer necessarily need to provide an address in your contact details, however you should have a personal email (not your work email) and a phone number that you are always contactable on. These details should be at the very top of your resume, so your potential employer can contact you with ease if your have been shortlisted.Your personal email should be professional, for example john.smith01@gmail.com.

  6. Style it like a professional

    A resume with a lot of graphics and colours can be distracting from the content. White space on your resume will make the document easier to read and increase your chances of being put into the “YES” pile on the employer’s desk.

Remember, your resume is a tool to get you an interview. The interview is where you will go into more detail about your previous experiences and achievements in the workplace.

Looking for more tips and tricks about applying for jobs and interviewing? Click here to view our Job Seeker Resource Kit.

 


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please visit the About Us page on our website or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au