RDAMR MediaRelease

NEW SERVICE TO KICKSTART REGIONAL CAREERS

August, 2018

A new service being launched in the region this month will help local people improve their job prospects and employers recruit staff.

Career Connections will support the community by improving access to careers-related services across the Murraylands and Riverland.

Services offered will include resume and cover letter assistance, coaching and tips for job interviews, career planning, job search and mentoring for individuals, while businesses will have access to tailored, regional-specific recruitment to help grow and maintain their workforces.

Career Connections is available to all members of the community, including:

 Jobseekers  Youth / students  Under-employed  Employees facing redundancy  People looking at returning to the workforce or seeking a career change  Self-employed  Employees looking to further or improve their careers  Employers seeking new / more employees to expand their workforce

Career Connections is an independently-run initiative of Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR), and will be delivered by the organisation’s team of highly skilled, experienced and qualified career practitioners.

The service will see career practitioners collaborate with employers, training organisations, employment and disability services providers, not-for-profits and community organisations to help create tangible outcomes across the entire workforce and business community.

“Our team have a proven track-record in helping people to turn their lives around through employment and career planning,” said RDAMR Chief Executive Officer Jo Podoliak.

“Together they have previously assisted over 2800 jobseekers across the region and created meaningful employment and training opportunities for more than 1600 people.

“We often see people who are unclear about how they can change or advance their careers or who haven’t recognised their potential or value they can bring to an employer.

“We work individually, and confidentially, with these people to empower them and equip them with the skills and tools to self-manage their own careers.”

This fee-for-service offering will be based on RDAMR’s Career Development Centre which operated highly-successfully over the past eight years. This new model enables RDAMR to broaden its service offering.

Ms Podoliak said Career Connections would work closely with local employers.

“Our career practitioners have an unparalleled understanding of the local employment market,” she said.

“A one-size-fits-all approach to recruitment doesn’t work. Instead we will provide tailored recruitment support to help businesses of all sizes.

“We know the unique recruitment challenges facing businesses in the Murraylands and Riverland.

“We will use this knowledge to help them build a sustainable local workforce for now and into the future.”

From our experience, the majority of people had a positive view on employment, Ms Podoliak says.

“People don’t want to be unemployed,” she said. “They want to work and make a genuine contribution to their community. Often people just need some support and a lending hand.

“It is rewarding to see people recognise they need support with their careers and engage with us to create a brighter future for themselves and their families.

“We believe Career Connections will have a major positive influence on the future of our community.”

Appointments are fee-for-service and rates differ depending on circumstances.

For more information about Career Connections or to arrange an appointment, contact RDAMR in Murray Bridge or Berri:

 Murray Bridge – (08) 8535 7170 or visit 137 Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge.  Berri – phone (08) 8580 8500 or visit 6 Kay Avenue, Berri.

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