More than 170,000 Queenslanders will be out of work this Christmas with ABS figures revealing the state’s unemployment rate remained the highest in the nation under Labor.
The jobs data released today showed Queensland’s unemployment rate rose 0.3 per cent to 6.4 per cent (trend) in the last year and there were 173,600 Queenslanders on the unemployment queue.
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Queensland had suffered five years of failure under Annastacia Palaszczuk and people were paying the price with their jobs.
“No other state in Australia has a jobs crisis as bad as Queensland under Annastacia Palaszczuk,” Mr Mander said.
“More than 173,000 Queenslanders out of work doesn’t happen by accident – it’s a direct result of five years of economic failure by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“The economy has been bogged down by Labor’s nine new and increased taxes, debt soaring toward $92 billion, and an unwillingness to build infrastructure.
“Labor’s not working for Queensland and the only jobs Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor care about are their own.”
ABS figures showed the unemployment queue grew by 12,019 in the last 12 months and was up 18,225 since the last state election.
“Queensland can’t afford another four years of failure,” Mr Mander said.
“The LNP has a plan to create jobs by building better roads and new dams, delivering cheaper electricity prices and guaranteeing no new taxes.”
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.
Seniors from both college and high school will be setting out to look for jobs soon. However, the education system doesn’t typically leave students ready to face the working world.
Landing a job in spring would be the ideal outcome, but graduates may not really be sure how to get employed. The critical aspect of landing a job, regardless of whether you’re leaving high school or college, is being prepared. You should have a firm grasp of what kind of a job you’re looking for and find out what the requirements for that position are.
To help, 13 experts from Forbes Human Resources Council share their insight into what high school and college grads should be doing to land a job in spring, and why those elements are of such importance.
1. Network And Practice Interviewing
Graduating can be an exciting and stressful time for seniors. It can be easy to forget the basics of job searching — networking and interviews. Remember to keep your contacts as you collaborate on projects or work with teachers for possible future letters of recommendation or job referrals. Also, practice interviewing with friends or teachers to help you be prepared for when the time comes. – Kelly Loudermilk, BuildHR, Inc.
2. Know What You’re Passionate About
Really putting thought into what they are passionate about is important in identifying the right job or career. College and high school counselors can assist with personality profiles, but talking with friends and family about what you are good at and drawn to will also help. My advice: try things! Don’t wait until you are sure. Take chances and try various options. – Diane Strohfus, Betterworks.com
3. Learn To Expand Your Personal Boundaries
The ability to set appropriate boundaries rises as a key marker of psychological well-being because we’re constantly being pulled in multiple directions. The challenge for young people is that moving into work life requires shifting personal boundaries to include the needs/demands of colleagues and team. This is a key factor for success. – Leeno Karumanchery, PhD, MESH/Diversity
4. Do Your Leg Work
Research a few companies you’re interested in and contact their HR to see if they have short-term intern programs or job shadow days. Get your foot in the door by showing eagerness to take a paid or unpaid opportunity to work in your field of interest. Potential employers are impressed by candidates that are proactive and enthusiastic. The experience will also help build your resume. – Regina Romeo, CPS HR Consulting
5. Identify Company Values You Can Get Behind
Job vacancies are at an all-time low and the fight for top talent is on! You will have a plethora of employment options. Start now to identify five to 10 companies that enact values that resonate with you. Do you value trust, hard work, efficiency? Find companies that value the same and their management philosophy will be well-aligned with your needs. Share this during the interview process to impress. – Christine Wzorek, White Label Advisors
6. Find A Mentor And Create A Plan
It can be difficult figuring out your next steps in this exciting time of your life. It’s important to set yourself up for success by preparing in advance. Network as early as possible and start planting the seed in your areas of interest with those you meet. Find a mentor already in the workforce, and create a plan for yourself with actionable steps to reach your goal by graduation. – Charles Ashworth, Copper
7. Identify What Makes You Unique
Help employers understand why you stand out from the crowd by focusing on accomplishments or attributes that make you unique and of which you are exceptionally proud. Be willing to take risks and put yourself out there. If employers aren’t connecting with who you are, those are not employers with whom you want to align yourself. You have a right to find an employer who values you! – Sherrie Suski, Tricon American Homes
8. Build Your Professional Brand
It is important that college seniors be aware of how to brand themselves in a professional manner and be aware of how they act and speak to their new environment. This may mean a social media audit, the way we dress to an interview, the way we conduct ourselves at a networking event. Branding is also about how I speak and what I speak. All the lingo of school should be left in school. – Tasniem Titus, Dentsply Sirona
9. Globalize Your Thoughts And Actions
Today’s workforce is global and multicultural. High school and college seniors can get a head start by participating in global projects and study-abroad opportunities or simply seeking a mentor globally. By demonstrating global thoughts and actions, the seniors can create a clear differentiation and announce their readiness to be successful leaders of the future. – Vineet Gambhir, Summit Partners
10. Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts
Recent graduates, go clean out your social media closet! You can bet that employers are looking at this, and if your social media looks like that of half the young people I know, it’s in dire need of an overhaul. Hide the accounts you don’t want people to see, delete embarrassing photos, get rid of any radical commentary and generally look like someone an adult wouldn’t mind employing. – Tracy Cote, Genesys
11. Make Your Resume Real-World Ready
It’s critical that employers can envision candidates as successful employees. Students with relevant internship experiences stand out for me. Employers can understand that you needed income, but if all you’ve got on your resume is bartending and babysitting, it’s harder for them to understand how you’ll contribute in their environment. – Joyce Maroney, Kronos Incorporated
12. Close Your Skills Gap
Whether it’s high school or college, students should prepare themselves for graduation by either volunteering or taking internships during holidays and vacation periods to bridge the gap between formal education and workplace needs. Students who demonstrate the skills and outcomes for which employers are looking will certainly stand out once they are ready to enter the workforce in any season. – Dr. Timothy J. Giardino, Cantata Health & Meta Healthcare IT Solutions
13. Improve Your Communication
Use every opportunity to practice your communication skills. About 70% of what we do in business relates to written and oral communication. Speak up in class every opportunity you have. Seek out chances to give oral presentations in front of peers. With experience, your skills will only improve so the key is seizing every opportunity you have to become a better communicator. – Heide Abelli, Skillsoft
A new 20-year blueprint for growing a connected, healthy and vibrant Sunshine Coast was endorsed by council today (November 14).
The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 will provide the platform for how council, the community and other tiers of government will work together to enable the region to become a fairer place with more opportunities for all.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson acknowledged that the adoption of the community strategy – along with council’s decision a few weeks ago to proceed with a UNESCO Biosphere nomination – are arguably, the two most significant decisions which council will make this year.
“Council wants to see the Sunshine Coast as a strong community that is connected, engaged and inclusive – a place where together we thrive,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our community strategy outlines what we can, and will, do as a local government, and how we will go about it.
“At its foundation are strong social justice principles – equity of access, the efficacy of human dignity and a level playing field – so everyone can benefit as the region continues to grow and change.
“As the Sunshine Coast grows to over 500,000 people and the resourcing available to the human services sector becomes increasingly constrained and competitive, our council has recognised that more needs to be done in a holistic sense and with a focus on newly emerging challenges and opportunities.
“Our community strategy provides an effective blueprint and policy levers to bring the key stakeholders together and ensure there is a common platform and community-oriented agenda that we are working from.
“Throughout the course of the last 18 months, we have worked with a wide range of stakeholders on the development of this strategy.
“From many community organisations, mums and dads, young people, service providers, local business owners and council staff, just to name a few – because we want to make sure the community is a clear beneficiary as the region grows and matures.
Specifically, the community strategy aims to achieve five outcomes:
To empower our community to live healthy and active lifestyles
Ensure our community places and spaces are vibrant, inclusive, accessible and adaptable, and meet the needs of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
Strengthen connection, inclusion, awareness and opportunity for everyone in our community
Build capacity in our communities to be connected, resilient and to respond to local issues
Nurture creative and innovative approaches to building a strong community.
Mayor Jamieson said the community strategy will be implemented through delivery of the first five-year Community Strategy Action Plan 2019-2024, which will in turn guide council’s annual operational planning.
“The action plan outlines our key priorities in order to achieve the outcomes in our strategy, along with a clear approach to regular measuring and reporting of our progress,’’ Mayor Jamieson said.
Council engaged with approximately 1600 people over two phases of engagement, through a range of methods, including pop-up stalls at community events, focus groups, surveys and stakeholder forums.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay thanked everyone who contributed to the development of the community strategy and supporting action plan.
“In developing our strategy, we asked what a strong community means to the people of the Sunshine Coast,” Cr McKay said.
“Our communities’ voices have been heard and have influenced the vision, outcomes and actions this strategy encompasses.
“We now look forward to working collaboratively to strengthen the fabric and vitality of our communities.
“Together we can build a more connected and inclusive community – a strong community, where we all thrive.”
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) Chief Executive Officer Mark Henley said that while many councils have economic strategies, any economic strategy will be stronger for being underpinned by a community strategy to ensure that everyone in the community is engaged and supported.
“It is important that a community strategy is developed by the community, for the community,” Mr Henley said.
“Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that their community is inclusive and accessible and a great place to live.
“At QCOSS, we believe in equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community, so we congratulate council for building their community strategy on principles that strengthen connection, inclusion and opportunity”.
Use this guide to build your job application skills and help you get your next job.
Employers will check your qualifications match the job they are hiring for. The types of things they look for include:
- education level
- demonstrated industry or job experience
There are ways for you to boost your qualifications. You can contact your employment services provider or check out myskills to learn more about the jobs and qualifications in demand and how to get them.
For some jobs, your level of experience is very important. An employer might not have the resources or time to train you and will need you to hit the ground running.
When you apply for a job take a good look at what the employer is asking for in the job ad. Do you meet the minimum experience level needed? Have you done that type of work before?
On your resume and in your interview you have to clearly outline how your experience matches the job so the employer knows you have what they need.
Get details about the skills different jobs need and how to get them at the find a job blog
Your job interview is normally the first time an employer meets you. First impressions matter. You have to be prepared, dressed properly and show enthusiasm.
To boost your interview skills, practice talking about your work history and your achievements with someone before your next interview. You can also search for practice interview questions on the internet.
You can get more tips to improve your interview skills from your employment services provider or check out Job Jumpstart.
The job market is competitive. Employers get a lot of applications from a lot of great candidates. Sometimes a different person is a better fit for the job you applied for.
Don’t be disheartened. It does not mean you are not right for another job. Pay attention to any feedback you get from employers, your provider and other people you trust. A small change to your resume, application or the way you present yourself at interviews could make the difference next time.
Job Jumpstart has heaps of tips to help you boost your chances at getting a job.
It can take time to build experience and qualifications. Getting the right attitude is something you can do right now.
Employers need to know you want the job. You communicate your enthusiasm by:
- showing interest in the job and the person interviewing you
- being friendly
- making good eye contact
- being prepared
- having good posture and personal presentation
Sometimes nerves can get in the way of showing your great attitude. Before your next interview, practice answering questions with a friend, your provider or someone you trust.
Face to face customer service is common in lots of jobs, so what you wear and how you present yourself at an interview is important.
If you look messy or you don’t smell great, an employer won’t feel comfortable letting you represent their business. Before you go to an interview make sure you:
- shave or tidy up your facial hair
- brush your teeth and hair
- put on deodorant
- wash and iron your clothes
Little details make a big difference. We’ve got some videos that can help you figure out what to wear to an interview.
Employers take about six seconds to decide if they want to keep reading your resume. If the first thing they see is a spelling error they will not keep reading.
Here are some things you can do to improve your resume:
- Ask someone to proof read for spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Make sure it is up to date with your latest work and education experience.
- Double check your contact details are correct.
- Check your format – is your resume set out in a way that makes it easy to read?
- Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for.
You can get more tips from your employment services provider, or check out our job search tips to see how to make your resume and cover letter great.
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.”
Ok team, Listen here. There is something really important we need to chat about. The Foundation for Young Australians (that’s us) released a new report that analysed 4.2 million job ads from the past 3 years and have sussed out what skills are most wanted by employers.
The great news is, you probably already have a lot of them, you just might not realise it.
The report, titled New Basics, is the latest in our New Work Order series that looks at the critical skills we all need to succeed in the changing world of work.
We can all agree that this kind of BIG DATA is a BIG DEAL so we’re going to break it down for you so you can make your next job application really stand out.
Here’s the skinny on which skills had the biggest increase in demand over the past 3 years:
Digital literacy is up by 212%
Creativity is up by 65%
Critical thinking is up by 158%
Presentation skills are up by 23%
Not only is the demand for these skills increasing, but jobs that want people with these skills are offering more cash as well. So if you want fat stacks, you’re going to need to know how to do these things.
When compared with similar jobs that don’t request these specific skills
Jobs that ask for presentation skills will score you an extra $8,853 / year
Jobs that ask for digital literacy will hand over an extra $8,648 / year
Jobs that request problem solving will cough up an extra $7,745 / year
Long story short, it’s pretty clear that learning these skills is well worth your time.
What this means in reality is that young people can no longer only rely on technical skills they might have studied for (think engineering, architecture, accounting, medicine) but they also need to be armed with a toolkit of what we call ‘enterprise skills’ to get the best jobs.
The great news for you is that you have most likely already developed and demonstrated these enterprise skills, you just need to be able to package them up in a way that makes it clear to future employers that you’ve got what it takes to get the job done.
When you’re working on your next job application or in an interview, here are some hot tips for selling your enterprise skill set:
Digital Literacy – demand up by 212%
The great news about this one is that a lot of young people already know a lot about this.
We know what’s #trending and have sussed out that virus is bad and viral is good. We have first hand experience of what might make one app great and another really clunky.
To talk about this skill in your resume you might want to mention if you run your own Instagram account, if you’ve ever promoted an event online, built a website or if you’ve used excel to input data about any given thing (best hot chips in your city, how much homework you need to do, budgeting etc).
Creativity – demand up by 65%
Lots of people are probably reading this one and thinking ‘But I’m not creative’. Dear friends, that is simply not true. We have all done creative things, trust me.
If you’ve ever had to present an assignment in a visual way? That’s creative. Ever built a Power Point presentation or video? That’s creative. Ever faceswapped on Snapchat with a couch cushion? That’s v creative (you weirdo).
You might present yourself creatively in the way you dress, the music you listen to or your Tumblr layout.
Critical thinking – up by 158%
This one sounds way fancier than it is. It is probably something you do all the time without realising.
If you’ve ever thought about how something could function better or more efficiently in your workplace or school, that’s critical thinking.
If you’ve ever been able to look at an issue in the media and see a different side of the story, that’s critical thinking.
If you’ve ever been able to reflect on a party you’ve thrown and realised that you definitely didn’t nail the good cheese to cracker ratio, then you’re a critical thinker.
Presentation skills – up by 23%
This one is kind of obvious. By nature of attending school at some stage you’ve probably had to present in front of groups.
If you can’t think of something formal you might think of a time you trained someone new at your casual job or when you inspired your sports team with a killer half-time rev up speech. It could even be when you addressed a group while planning a school assignment. Any time you’ve communicated clearly, you’ve presented!
Wouldn’t it be nice to learn about these employable skills in school?
Now, while we think it’s super important that you know how to sell yourself and your enterprise skills, we don’t think it’s only up you.
We think that the results of this report speak pretty loud and clear and that enterprise skills like digital literacy, critical thinking and project management need to be taught in schools. From primary school, and all the way through to uni.
We’re also keen to see young people properly exposed to the job skills they’ll need; so we’re talking great work experience placements and immersive on job learning.
If you’re thinking that it would have been nice to learn a little more about these skills in the classroom, maybe show your teacher this article? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯