Meet our new job coach

Job hunting? Job coach Lyn wants to say hi and has some tips to get you started!

ŌCHT job coach Lyn is ready to help you as you look for work. She’ll restart Job Club at the city library after we emerge from the Covid-19 omicron outbreak.


Welcome and haere mai to my first 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.

You probably already know a bit about our service. I’m here to help ŌCHT tenants who are looking for work.

I can help with advice on everything from where to look for work (you’ll be surprised by how many ways there are to find a job) and to how to improve your CV and write a covering letter, to helping you prepare for an interview and supporting you as you move into employment.

If you feel you’re not quite ready to start looking for work just yet – don’t worry, I’m here to help you get started, too!

That’s probably the simple way of describing what I do – but the bottom line is, I’m here to help! I’m just a phone call or an email away, and I’d love to hear from you.

You can get hold of me by calling ŌCHT on 0800 624 456 or by emailing me at

Covid-19 is restricting us all so much at the moment and so many of my conversations with people are over the phone.

As you can imagine, hearing from so many keen people makes me even more determined to restart Job Club as soon as we can, and to start using the community lounges for drop-in sessions.

Unfortunately, we’ll need to wait until the Covid-19 Omicron surge has

If you’re looking for work – or getting ready to think about it – I’d love to catch up with you so we can go over your CV and talk over some of your options for employment.

We’ll can get into the “how” of “how to find work” – because that can be the biggest challenge of all. Whatever happens, I’m here to help!

I’ll let everyone know when the sessions and Job Club can get started. In the meantime, have a think about what you’d like to do and what help you might need – and check out the first of my Top Tips!

Lyn’s Top Tip #1

When searching for work you need 3 things: 

  • a current CV  
  • an open mind to what’s out there and a good understanding of your skills  
  • a positive attitude – there’s job out there, so don’t give up!

Remember: looking for work can be more like a marathon than a sprint. 


The Do Good Jobs website has these excellent tips (and more) about staying positive on the job hunt:

  • use your sense of humour – laugh off the knock-backs and keep focused on your search
  • volunteer – it’s a great way to develop your skills and to show you’re keen to work (it also helps you build up your referees)
  • have a routine – treat each day of your job search as a day at work, get up and get into it!
  • keep up to date with what’s happening in the area you want to work in – read the news, talk to friends, you never know what you might learn that’ll help your job search
  • know the market – is the job you want so popular that everyone’s applying for it? Maybe there are other options worth exploring?
  • let it go – not getting a job isn’t the end of the world, it just means you’re open to new opportunities
  • you’re not alone – heaps of people apply for the jobs you’re interested in – the difference is, Lyn is here to help you out!

We’ll go through these tips and much, much more at the drop-ins and at Job Club – and in the job coach column.

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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