By Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services' Managing Director
"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya focuses on the support IMPACT provides people who are looking to get into the workforce.
With the new year well and truly upon us, there’s no time like the present for those who are looking for a new job.
On your own, looking for employment can be a daunting process, but IMPACT Community Services has a team of people ready to help you on your journey into the workforce – whatever that may look like.
The Bundaberg region has rarely seen the volume of job vacancies as it is experiencing at present.
In early December 2021, the job search site Seek showed there were close to 600 vacancies.
While many small and medium size business are looking for staff, still many people are finding it difficult to get their feet in the door.
Jobseekers can feel frustrated when they are not progressing into employment as easily as they expect.
This is where building resilience is so important.
Our thoughts create our feelings and our feelings create our actions.
IMPACT’s employment services manager David Maxey-Fisher said sometimes when we don’t get a job, we have negative thoughts (such as, I failed) which can create negative feelings (I am not good enough or worthy) which then lead to negative actions and behaviours (there is no point in applying for jobs).
People sometimes “externalise” the situation by blaming the employer or some other circumstance rather than bringing it back to themselves and taking ownership on what they learnt and what they could improve on for the next interview/application.
Sometimes you’re just not “the person for ‘that’ particular job” and that’s ok!
While the region has had a previously poor unemployment rate compared to the state on a whole, jobs and hope aren’t entirely lost.
Our employment service team are trained to help people with their resilience and to help them break away from any negative thinking that holds them back.
IMPACT facilitates a range of services to support you on our 2022 job quest. For more information on how we can help, phone 4153 4233 or click here.