Where are the jobs? Take some good advice
IF YOUR job is to provide career advice, you need to know what you're talking about.
You need to know employment trends, which skill sets are in demand in which regions, which industries are primed for employment growth, and any number of other useful snippets of labour market information.
You don't need to look too far to find it. The Career Development Association of Australia is delivering 100 Where the Jobs Are workshops across the country, to help participants deal more effectively with their clients.
The workshops started in October last year, with the remaining 70 to be offered before September this year.
Carole Brown is the immediate past president of CDAA and a developer of the materials used in delivering the workshops.
She said the workshops would provide valuable insight for anyone whose job includes provision of career and employment advice.
"The half-day workshops are designed for career teachers, employment advisers and others delivering career advice to improve their knowledge and confidence in locating and interpreting quality labour market information and applying this information effectively with clients and service users," Ms Brown said.
"Workshops cover employment trends, skills shortages, vacancies, expected growth in national and regional labour markets and other factors that should be considered when making career choices."
Ms Brown said support for the workshops had been strong so far, with more than 800 people attending the first 30 sessions.
"In total over 1500 people have registered to date with 25 locations still to be finalised," she said. "We are certainly on track to exceed the target of 2000 participants."
For people on the other side of the fence - the ones out looking for work - Ms Brown offered some simple advice.
"A key mistake is to not narrow down what they are looking for - know yourself and what you can offer and then get out there and market these things," she said.
"Not being flexible and having a poor resume are also common problems."
For more information about locations and registration, go to www.cdaa.org.au and follow the links to Where the Jobs Are.