Let’s Get Working Seminar

At the start of the year, Population Program Manager Edward Obi worked with Martin Collins at Envision Employment to organise workshops in each council area for jobseekers and those who want to help jobseekers find employment.
The seminars covered job search methods, the importance of developing and maintaining a network of contacts, personal experience of looking for local employment (what works and what doesn’t) and skills transfer from one industry to another.
We hosted two events for George Town and West Tamar before postponing the remaining four events in Meander, Northern Midlands, Break O’Day and City of Launceston due to COVID-19. We had good turnout at both events and one jobseeker left the George Town seminar with a job in social work. It was decided to revisit the project once the immediate crisis has passed.

Once things (somewhat) returned to normal, we were able to revive our idea and put on a bigger and better seminar in October.
The forum, designed to provide job seekers with some practical tips and tricks for landing their next opportunity, discussed the concept of the “hidden job market”, where jobs are not advertised or known about beyond the employer’s immediate network.
The percentage of hidden jobs in Tasmania is particularly high, sitting at 40 per cent compared with the national average is more like 20 per cent.
These figures, presented by James McCormack, are quite alarming and no doubt dispiriting to people trying to find work but not coming across opportunities.
But there were solutions such as networking, leaving resumes with potential employers and searching social media.
However, the best result would be for more vacancies to be advertised and NTDC encourages all employers to do so.
While there might be a cost to some formats, others are free and the bonus for your business will be reaching more people and increasing the pool of applicants to choose from.
Positions vacant, Seek, LinkedIn, social media channels are all ways to test the market.
You can even get in touch with NTDC and we will post it on our jobs page, Jobs in Northern Tasmania, which has thousands of followers and can reach tens of thousands of people.
Finding work can be tough in the best environment and 2020 has been a year of extra hardship for many.
What came through the Let’s Get Working session was a sense of optimism.
Entrepreneurship facilitator Adam Mostogl spoke about being a job creator not a job taker by starting your own business. He advised people to think about their “head, heart and hands” when considering options: asking themselves what do I know (head), what do I love (heart) and what skills do I have (hands) that could go from a side hustle to a business.
Micro-business consultant Ari Reich described how people wanting to start their own business could access the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme and all the support that entailed.
FermenTasmania CEO Karina Dambergs detailed what employers are looking for in agricultural jobs, which are becoming increasingly available to the local job market and provide terrific variety and career progression.
And communications business owner Daniela Cavalletti spoke about the power of networking and how to put yourself out there; something so important if this hidden job market prevails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Speaker Video Links

James McCormack

Australian Government Employment Facilitator James McCormack discussed the concept of the “hidden job market”, where jobs are not advertised or known about beyond the employer’s immediate network. James also spoke about the importance of including transferrable skills on a resume as it is something that employers look for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniela Cavalletti

Cavalletti Communications business owner Daniela Cavalletti spoke about the power of networking and how to put yourself out there; something so important if this hidden job market prevails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Mostogl

The Van Diemen Project Director & Entrepreneurship Facilitator Adam Mostogl spoke about being a job creator not a job taker by starting your own business. He advised people to think about their “head, heart and hands” when considering options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karina Dambergs

FermenTasmania CEO Karina Dambergs detailed what employers are looking for in agricultural jobs, which are becoming increasingly available to the local job market and provide terrific variety and career progression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ari Reich

APM Employment Services Micro-business consultant Ari Reich described how people wanting to start their own business could access the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme and all the support that entailed.