Do you need to know how to dress for success? Do you know how to address key selection criteria?
Do you get stumped by tricky interview questions or how to write a resume?
Then a new magazine-styled newsletter, Community@Work, could be for you.
The magazine was produced by Work for the Dole participants and is a Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre initiative.
It was launched at the Sebastopol-based centre last Thursday.
It details community services available to the unemployed, as well as top tips for job searching, available programs, such as the CALD Education and Employment Pathways Program, and even how to access local childcare.
Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre executive officer Michelle Whyte said the newly released issue took three months to produce, with the next two magazines already in the pipeline.
She said they had worked with G Force, which manages the Work for the Dole program, since February on the project, along with Ink Digital Media.
“Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre saw an opportunity to produce a magazine-styled newsletter as a way of reaching out to others that use our centre and provide an educational, resourceful and informative publication to assist readers who are looking for work or those who are helping others within our community,” Ms Whyte said.
“A lot of people don’t know what’s available to them. It has a lot of hints and tips,” Ms Whyte said.
Ms Whyte said the next edition would focus on Ballarat’s growth industries.
Work for the Dole participant Jessica Verlinden is already working on the next publication, focusing her two stories on Ballarat’s growing food culture.
“My first article is on budget meals and making the most out of what you’ve got,” Ms Verlinden said. “And the second one is on immigrant food from South Sudan.”
Ms Verlinden hopes to become a stage manager and said working on Community@Work was proving an invaluable experience.
“It’s really helped in how I write things down and how I take notes.”
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.