Remain active during your job search

Remain active during your job search

Indigenous Affairs Employment Community Development Programme (CDP)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Man standing in front of window dressed in orange workwear shirt with silver bands. To the right are the following words: If I can give some advice to job seekers in my position, it would be to get back into work as soon as possible. Even if you don’t find that perfect job that matches your skill-set or long-term career ambition, keep yourself occupied.” Gavin Heinrich, CDP participant, Port Germein

The sudden loss of a job can be a terrifying and disheartening experience. Aside from the obvious financial concerns the loss of routine may impact health, relationships and overall mental wellbeing.

Gavin Heinrich never expected to be suddenly unemployed after many years of working in the mining industry. Determined to seek employment again, Gavin contacted his local Community Development Programme (CDP) provider at Port Germein in South Australia to discuss his situation. Together they looked at opportunities for him to obtain new skills and training whilst looking for long-term employment. During his search, Gavin remained active and obtained his Heavy Rigid truck licence, Work Zone Traffic Management certificate, Forklift licence, and White Card.

Gavin’s demonstrated work ethic, positive attitude and valuable skillset have now led to full-time work with Mount Remarkable District Council.

“If I can give some advice to job seekers in my position, it would be to get back into work as soon as possible. Even if you don’t find that perfect job that matches your skill-set or long-term career ambition, keep yourself occupied,” Gavin said.

“Enrol yourself in training courses, get involved in community activities and take up short-term work. Give yourself a routine. Just don’t sit idle. Your attitude is a crucial part of the job search.”

The Community Development Programme (CDP) is the Australian Government’s remote employment and community development service. It supports around 33,000 remote job seekers in more than 1,000 communities to build skills, address barriers and contribute to their communities through a range of flexible activities.

The program is designed around the unique social and labour market conditions found in remote Australia and is an essential part of the Australian Government’s agenda for increasing employment and breaking the cycle of welfare dependency.

CDP participants receive personalised assistance from their provider to help build their skills, get a job and participate to their maximum capacity in activities. CDP providers also help remote-area employers meet their workforce needs by encouraging them to look to the bush for employees.