Using the web to find a job

Many ŌCHT tenants want to use the internet for training, preparing a CV and looking for work.

About a third of people who took part in the ŌCHT 2020 Tenant Satisfaction Survey were interested in using community computers for training purposes if they were available at ŌCHT.

A shade under 10% were interested in help preparing a CV and getting ready for interviews or volunteering work, which suggests many people want to do this themselves.

Doing it yourself is easier than you might think.

Job Club

ŌCHT runs a weekly Job Club as part of our Employment Service. It’s open to any ŌCHT tenant who wants to use it.

Take a look at our video explaining what Job Club does and how it might be able to help you.

 

Remember, we’re here to help. If you want help getting ready for employment, call our Employment Coach Tracie Palmer on 0800 624 456.

 

Making the most of the web

There are plenty of websites with some great resources for anyone looking for work or volunteering opportunities.

The government’s Careers site has some fantastic tips for preparing for work. You can start your journey at www.careers.govt.nz.

Careers.govt.nz has tips for finding work, information about training, heaps of job profiles to help you work out what you’d like to do, and lots of inspirational stories from people who have found work.

You’ll want to convert what you learn into looking for work. The two biggest job sites in New Zealand are Trade Me and Seek.

Remember, we’re here to help. If you want help getting ready for employment, call our Employment Coach Tracie Palmer on 0800 624 456.

Trade Me Jobs

Trade Me has a great, easy-to-use searchable jobs database. You can find it here.

Trade Me also has a Careers Advice section. It has tips about everything from writing a CV and a covering letter to identifying the skills employers want.

 

Seek

Seek is the second of New Zealand’s big job websites. You can find it here.

Seek also has a Careers Advice section with heaps of tips, including tools such as CV templates, covering letter templates, and a checklist to help you identify your skills.

Getting help with a CV and covering letter online

A simple Google search will help you find the CV and covering letter advice and templates you might need.

You’re generally better using templates made for New Zealand job seekers, and you’ll find them on NZ-focused sites.

Trade Me and Seek have them on their Careers Advice sections.

The government’s Careers site also has some tips for creating a New Zealand-style CV.

Remember, we’re here to help. If you want help getting ready for employment, call our Employment Coach Tracie Palmer on 0800 624 456.

Finding volunteering opportunities on the web

Volunteering is a great way to meet people and to develop new skills.

Many voluntary organisations have their own websites where they advertise for help. A simple Google search for the organisation you’re interested in can help you get started.

Many organisations also advertise their volunteer roles on bigger, collaborative websites. These sites are the best place to see a lot of jobs, fast.

Volunteering Canterbury is a brilliant place to find work with local organisations.

Seek also has a site specifically for volunteer work, Seekvolunteer.co.nz.

There are many other sites, including:

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, we’re here to help. If you want help getting ready for employment, call our Employment Coach Tracie Palmer on 0800 624 456.

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