Lyn’s Job Tips #2

Job coach Lyn’s back with more tips to help you look for work.

This week, Lyn helps you ask the question “am I work ready”. You can contact Lyn for help getting work ready by calling 0800 624 456 or emailing


Welcome and haere mai to my latest column as ŌCHT’s job coach.

My name’s Lyn, and I’m writing a column to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening at ŌCHT’s employment service – and to pass on some tips and tricks to help you as you prepare for work.

I hope you’re all doing well in our current COVID season. We’re still working under restrictions but I’m available if you want to contact me at 0800 624 456 or email 

READ MORE: Meet our new job coach 
READ MORE: Learn about our job service

How would you answer the following question: 

Am I work ready ? 

That can be a complicated question as there are a variety of answers and no one answer is right or wrong. It all depends on the individual person.

Working your way through this list can help you work out if you are work or job ready. 

  • Do you know your skills and what type of job you can do and want to do?
  • Do you know what your barriers to employment are and how can you solve them? 
  • Do you know what are the barriers to job searching and how you can solve them? 
  • Do you have a current CV with work history and skills? 
  • Do you have a cover letter ready that can be changed when needed?
  • Do you have a referees ready to talk to an employer that calls?
  • Have you done some interview preparation and practice?
  • Have you done some personal presentation preparation?  

Lyn’s Top Tip #2 

Once you’ve decided the type of job you want and have the skills you need, you are ready to start looking for that job.   

Now you need to give yourself time – time for: 

  • Preparing: You need to have a current CV, cover letter and your referees ready. Look for solutions for any barriers you may have. Practice interview skills and check out your personal presentation.
    As part of Job Club, we will go over all these things and I will also be running drop-in sessions in your local area for CV, cover letter writing and talking over your skills and what types of jobs are available. 
  • Looking: Checking out online job websites, as many as you can. If you haven’t got access to the internet your local library is a very comfortable place with lots of computers, that you can use. The librarians are happy to set you up on the computers there. 
  • Networking: Talk to people, let them know you are looking for work. They may know someone and have contacts who are looking for someone to employ. 

You can also contact me to help you on 0800 624 456 or email 

Remember: Looking for work can be hard work!

Did you know? 

Healthcare is a growing area for employment.
Read here about a sector that is expecting greater job opportunities over the next few years.
Read here about gaining free qualifications and opportunities for workplace training in healthcare.


Thanks for dropping by – and remember to keep your eyes peeled for more info from me on the website over the next wee while.

Ngā mihi nui

Lyn will be back with more top tips and more details about the employment service, the drop-in sessions and Job Club (when we can do them after the omicron outbreak) very soon.

Want to chat about looking for work?
Contact Lyn on 0800 624 456 or email

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