The Palaszczuk Government delivered 4,700 Queensland jobs in January, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The ABS data show that 4,700 Queensland jobs were added across the month, taking total job creation in Queensland under the Palaszczuk Government to 240,500, including 128,400 full‑time jobs.
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Jackie Trad, said the rise in January meant the Palaszczuk Labor Government had now achieved 40 consecutive months of employment growth.
“We know there is nothing more important to Queensland families than the security of having a job,” Ms Trad said.
“That’s why we have maintained an unrelenting focus on creating more jobs in more industries, right across Queensland.”
“Today’s data means the Queensland economy has seen a rise of 128,400 full-time jobs since the Palaszczuk Government was elected.
“Compare that to the record of the LNP – with Deb Frecklington as Assistant Treasurer, they oversaw a net decline in full‑time employment, due in no small part to the fact they sacked 14,000 Queensland workers.”
Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the result indicates strong confidence in Queensland.
“Our Skilling Queenslanders for Work and Back to Work programs continue to deliver opportunities for thousands of Queenslanders to enter the workforce,” Minister Fentiman said.
“We are equipping Queenslanders with skills and training they need to secure the jobs in growing Queensland industries.”
The Deputy Premier said the ABS figures showed the participation rate had increased under the Palaszczuk Government, another indicator of the nation-leading confidence held by Queensland consumers.
“Last week Queenslanders were confirmed as the most confident consumers in the country, according to the Westpac-Melbourne Institute consumer sentiment survey. At the same time, Queensland business conditions and confidence both rose in January, even as the national average declined,” she said
“We know that coronavirus will continue to impact both the tourism and export sectors, and I echo the Premier’s call for the Commonwealth to match our $27 million assistance package dollar for dollar.
“Coronavirus is one of the issues I will be discussing with other state and territory treasurers at the Board of Treasurers meeting tomorrow – sadly it’s an issue the Federal Treasurer doesn’t think is worth discussing until April.”
IMAGE | Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad
Following an extensive community consultation process to identify the community’s values and ideas, a 15 year visionary roadmap for Landsborough’s public spaces has been endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council.
Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Landsborough Placemaking Master Plan’s development had been a collaborative process between community and council.
“Placemaking is all about involving the community in the design and management of public spaces to create a ‘sense of place’ for a town,” Cr Baberowski said.
“It is about much more than the bricks and mortar. It’s about improving our public spaces to strengthen Landsborough as a destination and encourage community and local businesses to invest in activations such as arts, events and shop front improvements.
“More than 1,000 people were engaged through surveys, community events, workshops and general correspondence during three engagement phases from January 2018 to September 2019.
“I and really proud of the community and appreciate the efforts of each and every person who shared their thoughts about Landsborough to help us create this visionary roadmap to the future.”
Together with the community, a vision for the town’s public spaces has been developed:
Landsborough continues to evolve into a vibrant, well-connected and creative community. Drawing on its past, to enrich its future, it will be a place for today’s lifestyles with a village atmosphere. Diverse public spaces are sensitively designed and layer social, cultural and recreational uses, as well as activities—to create memorable experiences that sustain Landsborough as a locally loved destination. Distinctively relaxed and accessible, Landsborough balances its rural character, with a strong connection to nature and never loses its sense of being in the Glass House landscape.
Landsborough residents, visitors and businesses can expect to see work on the Cribb Street Streetscaping component of the plan start in coming months.
In addition to council’s capital works budget commitment, implementation of other parts of the plan may be delivered by a variety of stakeholders, including private developers, other levels of government and the local community.
Works on State Government owned land, will require the approval of the relevant State Government department.
Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to download a copy of the plan.
The irony of job search advice: There’s so much available that you don’t have to spend more than four seconds Googling before you land on some nugget of wisdom or another.
Yet, at the same time, there’s so much available (some of which completely contradicts other advice you’ll find) that it can easily overwhelm you. Which, in fact, is probably the exact opposite outcome you’re looking for when you go sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel in the first place.
So let’s do this: Let’s boil things down to a short list of sound, timeless job searching tips that’ll help you fine-tune your strategy so that you may sail through the process (or at least cut out some of the unnecessary time and frustration).
1. Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit
When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.
Thus, it behooves you to make it very simple for both the computer and the human to quickly connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”
Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Line it up. Line it up.
2. Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications During Your Job Search
You want that job search to last and last? Well, then continue to rely solely on submitting online applications. You want to accelerate this bad boy? Don’t stop once you apply online for that position. Start finding and then endearing yourself to people working at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers. Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few questions. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you getting an interview. (More on that here.)
By lining up with people on the inside of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision makers interview people who come recommended or by way of a personal referral before they start sorting through the blob of resumes that arrives by way of the ATS.
3. Remember That Your Resume (and LinkedIn Profile) Is Not a Tattoo
Yes, your new resume is lovely. Your LinkedIn profile, breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you’re gunning for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search (and career).
If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.
4. Accept That You Will Never Bore Anyone Into Hiring You
Don’t get me wrong—you absolutely must come across as polished, articulate, and professional throughout your job search. However, many people translate this into: Must. Be. Boring.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Realize that few people get hired because they had perfect white space on their cover letters, memorized all of the “correct” interview questions or used incredibly safe, common phraseology (i.e., clichés) throughout their resumes. All of this correctness is going to make you look staged and non-genuine. Instead, give yourself permission to be both polished and endearing. Memorable, likable candidates are almost always the ones who go the distance.
5. If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Very Nearly Don’t Exist
Considering that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, this is not an understatement. If you’re a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using it to your full advantage. Don’t believe me? Think about it this way: If tomorrow morning, a recruiter logs onto LinkedIn looking for someone in your geography, with expertise in what you do, and you’re not there? Guess who they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you.”
If you figure out how to harness the power of no other social media tool for job search, figure out LinkedIn. It’s (by far) the best resource we have available today for career and job search networking, for finding people working at companies of interest, and for positioning yourself to be found by a recruiter who has a relevant job opening.
6. Thank You Matters
I once placed a candidate into an engineering role with a company that manufactures packaging equipment. He was competing head-to-head with another engineer, who had similar talents and wanted the job just as badly. My candidate sent a thoughtful, non-robotic thank you note to each person with whom he’d interviewed, within about two hours of leaving their offices. The other candidate sent nothing.
Guess why my candidate got the job offer? Yep, the thoughtful, non-robotic thank you notes. They sealed the deal for him, especially considering the other front-runner sent nothing.
Consider crafting, original, genuine thank you notes (one for each interviewer) the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. The speed with which you send the notes, and the quality, will make an impact.
And finally, remember that the interviewer cares much more about what you can do for them than what you want out of the deal. Certainly, they’re going to care a bunch about what you want once you establish your worth. But during the interview, you must demonstrate why you make business sense to hire, period.
Now, go forth and show your job search exactly who is the boss.
USC has signed up for a national employment support program with the aim of improving job opportunities for university graduates with a disability.
The University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP) program is a collaboration between universities, disability employment services and the National Disability Coordination Officer program.
Nicola Wilson from AccessAbility Services at USC’s Student Services and Engagement helped facilitate the program at the University’s Sunshine Coast campus.
Ms Wilson said the need for USEP was highlighted by a recent national Graduate Destinations Report that showed graduates with a disability were twice as likely to be unemployed and seeking full-time work as those without a disability.
“Through USEP we partnered with Mylestones Employment at the start of Semester 2 and they offered free and confidential on-campus consults to assist current USC students and recent graduates who identify as having a disability find work related to their fields of study,” she said.
“USC is really proud to be part of USEP and confirm that the program will be available to eligible students across all campuses from the start of 2020, both in person and via phone or webinar contacts.”
National Disability Coordination Officer for Southern Queensland Debbie Rooskov said USC should be commended for working to boost the career outcomes for students with disabilities.
“This is a brilliant additional level of tailored support that will be a huge advantage to USC’s present and future students with a disability, in ensuring they enter the workforce with confidence,” Ms Rooskov said.
“Importantly, the disability specialist recruitment officer will have up-to-date relationships with organisations who are already leading the way with diverse workplaces and advocate for equal opportunities.”
Recent USC graduate and recipient of a Chancellor’s Medal at her September graduation, Belinda Harris has taken up the offer of one-on-one consultations.
“It’s a very confronting reality that if you have a disability, you’re less likely to get a job,” Ms Harris said.
“It’s a topic I’ve always felt really passionate about and had spoken to USC about the need for specific career assistance for students with a disability. So I’m so happy to see USEP introduced at USC,” she said.
For more information visit the USEP website at www.usep.com.au or contact USC AccessAbility Services via AccessAbility@usc.edu.au
Quick Tips That Will Help You Get Hired Fast
Applying for Every Job You Find Isn’t Always a Good Idea: Focus your search on jobs that you’re qualified for. You’ll have a better chance of getting selected for an interview. Sending out random resumes and cover letters is just going to be a waste of time. Before you start job hunting, take the time to decide what type of job you’re seeking.
Don’t Stop Applying for Jobs While You Are Waiting to Hear Back From an Employer: Most job seekers are rejected by over 15 employers before landing a job. Learn from your mistakes and keep applying until you get the right offer. Worst case scenario, you’ll be juggling multiple job offers. That’s a good thing.
You Need a Specific Cover Letter, or Your Resume May Not Get Noticed: You only have a few seconds to impress a hiring manager enough to select you for an interview. Hiring managers want to see what you can do for the company written in the first paragraph of your cover letter. Here’s how to match your qualifications to a job, and tips for how to write a cover letter.
You Should Also Target Your Resume to the Job: It’s not just your cover letter. Your resume should be edited and tweaked, so it’s as close a match to the job as possible. Otherwise, it may not get picked up by the applicant tracking systems companies use to screen resumes or the recruiter who reviews it.
You Don’t Need to Include All Your Experience on Your Resume: Some job seekers put decades of work experience on their resumes. Unfortunately, that’s not going to impress anyone. It dates you, it’s too much information, and it may be too much experience for most job openings.
You Can Include More Than Full-Time Employment on Your Resume: If you’ve been out of work, you don’t want your resume to look like you haven’t done anything since you were laid-off. There are other things besides your employment history you can use to bolster your resume.
Dress Like a Manager or a Successful Person in Your Profession: Maybe appearances shouldn’t matter so much, but they do. The first few minutes of an interview are when you get to make that critical first impression. Be sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the type of job and company you’re applying to. Here’s appropriate interview attire for a variety of different jobs and work environments.
Be Yourself at the Interview: Rehearsed answers, fake smiles, and saying what you think the interview wants to hear instead of what you actually believe, mislead the employer. Employers want to know who they’re hiring and that’s the person they expect to show up for the first day of work.
Storytelling During a Job Interview Is an Excellent Way to Share Your Experience and Skills: One way to show the employer what you’re actually like is to tell a story. When you’re asked questions during a job interview, relay the specific skills and experience you have, as well as how you handled the situations you’re asked about. The more concrete information you provide, the more the hiring manager will know how qualified you are.
Never Say Anything Bad About a Previous Employer: One of the most common interview mistakes is badmouthing your boss or co-workers. The first thing the interviewer is going to think about is what you will say about their company when you’re moving on.
You Should Send a Thank-You Note After a Job Interview: It’s important to follow-up after a job interview. It’s a way to show your appreciation for being considered for the job. It’s also a way to reiterate your interest and share anything you neglected during the interview.
Networking Is an Essential Component of Successful Job Hunting: Most jobs are found through networking, whether it’s online or in-person. You never know who can help you find your next job unless you tell your connections that you’re looking for a job.
References Can Make a Big Difference in Getting Hired: References are important, and employers check them. Get recommendations from bosses, co-workers, clients, subordinates, and suppliers. Store them on sites like LinkedIn and share them whenever possible. If you’re worried about getting a lousy reference from your supervisor, work on getting some personal references you can add to your credentials.
It’s Acceptable to Apply for the Same Job More Than Once: You applied for your dream job, and you didn’t hear anything back from the company. Then later you see the job posted again. A “do over” is fine but be sure that you’ve carefully matched your qualifications to the job requirements in your resumes and cover letters. Also, check LinkedIn to see who you know. You might be able to get a referral the second time around. Here’s how to find contacts at a company.
Polish Your Shoes Prior to Your Interview: This one’s an extra, but, yes, hiring managers do look at your shoes. If you don’t have shoe polish, a leather or multipurpose cleaning wipe will work. It’s important to look your best from head to toe!
Pay Attention to the Details: Job hunting can feel like you’re playing a multitasking game to try to keep up. There’s so much you need to pay attention to when you want to impress a prospective employer.
Shoppers are being encouraged to buy local this Christmas, with the help of council’s free parking in the Caloundra CBD.
The Caloundra parking amnesty will run from Sunday, December 1, 2019 to Monday, January 27, 2020.
The parking meters will be switched off but signed time limits will still apply.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said free 2P parking is a great way to bring visitors and locals into the CBD and encourage them to shop local.
“The amnesty period will cover the pre-Christmas shopping time and the post-Christmas summer sales, both important retail engagement periods for locals as well as visitors to town,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Funds raised throughout the year by Caloundra’s parking meters are used for a range of projects in downtown Caloundra, including street activation, public facilities and business support programs.
“During this period, parking officers will continue patrolling downtown Caloundra to address compliance with parking regulations, and in turn, ensure parking availability is optimised during the Christmas holidays.”
On and off street parking is available at various locations throughout Caloundra.
To find things to do in downtown Caloundra during the Christmas and New Year holiday season visit Downtown Caloundra’s Facebook page.
Federal Government drought support measures announced today will deliver much needed economic stimulus for farm-dependent communities and small businesses doing it tough as they brace for another long, hot summer.
The Government’s latest drought package, worth $709 million in direct support, includes no-interest periods for drought loans for farmers and now importantly for small businesses, further support for rural schools and remote students, and economic stimulus for regional communities.
AgForce General President Georgie Somerset said that regional Queensland would welcome any and all assistance available from all levels of Government as the drought showed no signs of easing.
“While there has been some rainfall in certain parts of Queensland recently, it has been nowhere near enough to provide any real relief for farmers and communities besieged by this crippling drought,” Mrs Somerset said.
“That’s why we’re joining the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in calling for the initiatives announced in the package today and previously to reach the people who need it as quickly as possible, so that they can survive the summer ahead.
“Countless farming families won’t be able to plant a summer crop this season, others can’t afford to feed their livestock, while businesses in farming communities continue to close at an alarming rate.
“Many farming families have been without any real cash flow for consecutive years now, and if they can’t spend in the towns where they live, everyone in the area suffers and communities wither.
“The Government’s decision to redirect $200 million into a Building Better Regions Fund drought round to support new projects that deliver social and economic benefits to drought-affected communities is therefore vital.
“As is the announcement of $15 million to support schools and childcare facilities facing financial hardship from ongoing drought conditions, including fee concessions for boarding students.”
Mrs Somerset said that while the drought stretched into an eighth consecutive year for some farmers, AgForce was also looking for the Queensland State Government to do more.
“AgForce wrote to the Premier’s office weeks ago seeking to have talks with the State Government to secure a commitment to increase the amount of drought assistance available, including funding local government to provide rates relief.
“It has been disappointing that it has taken so long to engage on such an important issue, but today we were advised we will be meeting with Premier Palaszczuk mid-next week to discuss further drought relief measures.
“We now look forward to joining them at the decision-making table to discuss a range of policy measures we’d like implemented to help provide additional support for farming families living through this terrible drought.”
“The support to date has been welcome and Governments at all levels must monitor changing conditions and promptly adjust their levels of assistance accordingly to meet the needs of affected Queenslanders.”
The Women to Women Business Expo at The J will feature a diversity of innovative local female-led businesses in the arts, services and food industries. W2W was created to support local communities and businesses by providing the opportunity to connect, collaborate, learn and create opportunities for success. The expo will be held on Wednesday, 3 July from 4pm to 9pm at The J, Noosa.
The event will showcase a variety of Sunshine Coast local female-led businesses identified for being innovative in the arts, service and food industries by offering vendor space, exhibitions and workshops. W2W Business Expo aims to bring businesses and consumers together under one roof.
This year’s event will include free workshops on the topics of business management, marketing and finance. There will be a wine tasting workshop (for a small fee) and food and beverages from onsite vendors will be available.
The keynote speaker will be Sandra Arico, President of Innovate Noosa. Participants can learn from the best and the brightest in the industry, as they network with like-minded professionals and learn strategies to advance their business.
The Women to Women Business Expo is proudly presented by The University of the Sunshine Coast, Centre for International Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CIDSEL), The J Noosa and Noosa Council.
Council has taken out two accolades at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.
The awards recognise councils and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works projects across Queensland.
Council collected the awards for innovation in the design and construction of public works projects for the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre and received a high commendation for the design and construction of public works projects over $10 million for its Evans Street Upgrade.
This is the second year that Sunshine Coast Council has taken out the innovation award with its Nambour Youth Activity Centre and RSL War Memorial receiving top honours in 2016.
Council’s $4.7 million Rainforest Discovery Centre sits within the 55-hectare Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and offers spectacular views of the heritage-listed Glass House Mountains.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the Rainforest Discovery Centre had been sensitively designed to fit in with the look and feel of the reserve.
“Visitors of all ages will go on a journey of inspiration and discovery in the Rainforest Education centre, which features interactive displays, multi-sensory experiences and exhibits,” Cr McKay said.
“Continuing that journey is an elevated boardwalk that snakes its way through the rainforest, a new viewing platform and café offering some of the best views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
“I applaud not only the construction team, who overcame a myriad of building challenges on this environmentally sensitive site, but also the many people, including the Design Advisory Panel, volunteers and Friends of Mary Cairncross, whose contribution has been, and will continue to be, central to the ongoing success of the new Discovery Centre.”
Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray said the $20 million upgrade of Evans Street was the largest transport project ever to be delivered entirely by council.
“Evans Street represents much more than a successful engineering outcome – it has transformed a congested, visually unappealing two-lane road, to a four-lane efficient transport corridor, with landscaping and architectural features, three major signalised intersections and state of the art technology,” Cr OPray said.
“It was a landmark project for council – it was technically challenging, and was completed successfully on budget and two months ahead of schedule.
“I would like to congratulate the project team for this well-deserved industry recognition.”
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