How your LinkedIn profile can help you land a job

Prospective employers spend a great deal of time skimming through LinkedIn profiles looking for potential job candidates.

There are simply hundreds of candidates and it is all too easy to give the flick to those who don’t immediately hit the mark. We give our working carers some tips to help you stand out from the crowd.

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Work as a ‘mystery shopper’ for great job flexibility

Being a mystery shopper or doing paid online surveys may provide the job flexibility you need as a working carer.

The skills you need are an eye for detail, accuracy and attention to detail, excellent written communication skills, a great memory, flexibility, your own transport, and the ability to complete jobs and submit reports on time. You must have a computer and be able to connect to the internet.

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Young adult carers, employment and social inclusion

Many young adult carers find it extremely hard to get a job after they leave school and this can have a severe impact on their future life.

They have limited job opportunities given their lack of experience. They also face problems associated with finding work that fits in with their caring responsibilities.

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Writing a great job application cover letter

Your cover letter is perhaps the most important document when applying for a job.

Gaps in employment are one of the biggest barriers people find when trying to enter or re-enter the workforce. As a working carer, it is possible you have had either short or long gaps in your employment history.

If this is the case, make sure those times of being out of the paid workforce are well explained. You want to ensure you come across as stable and reliable, as well as skilled and adaptable.  

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Your ‘right to request’ flexible work

In Australia, under ‘right to request’ legislation, employers are obliged under law to at least consider flexible work requests.

They are under no obligation to offer flexibility to meet an employee’s needs, but consider it they must.

A lot of working carers are probably unaware that they have the right to make a flexibility request and many remain wary as to the boss’s reaction if they do.

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