Like in any profession, there are great support workers and there are ordinary ones. If you check out some of the adverts for support workers on www.seek.com.au you will soon find that in many adverts the only requirements are qualifications in disability care, a working with vulnerable people card and a drivers licence. Job adverts like this don’t inspire great people to apply as great people are looking for great opportunities.
Here are our top tips for writing a great job advert to attract great people……
Tip #1: Include an interesting description of the person to be supported.
Describe what the person to be supported likes to do for fun or what they would like to be able to do. This will attract people with similar interests and having similar interests is great for building good relationships. Having a good relationship with the person who supports you is vital for good support.
I love music, disco lights and live gigs. I also love the sun and being outside. I’m fascinated by anything which has moving parts, and I think cruising around in the car with the music cranked up is pretty cool. I’m into being both physically and mentally active. I’m really enjoying drama classes right now, being on the stage and being the centre of attention.
People say I’m very charming and a smooth operator. I’m determined, and curious. I’m a Leo and that describes me perfectly! I was also born in Yorkshire which might be why I’m proud, and stubborn.
I’m soon going to be leaving school, so I have started doing work experience which delivers magazines to waiting rooms. I’m hoping to develop this into a mail delivery business.
I also have a disability and need help to achieve my life goals.
Tip #2: Use colour that reflects the personality of the person to be supported.
The look and feel of an advert is also key to attracting the right kind of person. The look and feel should make people reading the advert feel a certain way. Colours can make us feel different emotions. Think about the personality of the person to be supported and their personality and choose colours that align with them.
- Edgy and cool – black and white
- Playful and energetic – orange
- Happy and friendly – yellow
- Easy going – blue
- Mysterious – purple
- Outdoorsy – green
- Passionate – red
Tip #3: Include a photo
Include a photo of the person to be supported doing their favourite activity to highlight the fun and interesting things about them. Ideally the photo should be a closeup shot that shows them enjoying the activity. This will again help create an emotional response to the advert and help you attract the right kind of person.
Tip #4: Describe the personal characteristics you are looking for
Think about the person to be supported and their personality traits and consider what personality traits a support worker should have to increase the likelihood of building a good relationship. Also think about the person’s goals for the year and the kind of person that could help them achieve those goals. Here are some examples…..
Check out this list of personality traits to find ones that best describe what you are looking for.
Here are some examples:
respectful in your relationships with others
a good relationship builder
a fast learner
an excellent communicator and listener
able to take direction and follow through on tasks on time.
able to show initiative
a team player
Tip #5: Include a list of interests
Having a common interest can improve the likelihood of a good relationship with the support worker and can also bring about opportunities for developing further relationships with others who have a similar interest. Include a list of interests that would make applicants ideal candidates.
Tip #6: Describe the nature of the role
Make sure you include the basics:
- Part time or full time
- Shift times and activities
- Pay rate
- Superannuation benefits
- Other bonuses – opportunities to travel, do training and so on
Also include the above and beyond the basics stuff like that you will need your support workers to do. Examples are teaching, mentoring, using technology, networking, conflict resolution and so on.
It’s ok to be creative and intriguing!
Are you the…mentor, life coach, Personal Assistant, Isaac is looking for? Are you a creative and resourceful teacher, guide, right hand person?
Are you looking for…..a job which stretches your boundaries, where you work outside the box, which explores new territory…???? Kind of like working for Google?
Are you a teacher with creative genius who wants to walk on the wild side?
…a free-spirited 18 year old young man.
Tip #7: Describe Your Microboard’s Culture & Role
It’s important to include a description of the Microboard, it’s culture and role so that potential employees understand who will be their employer and what it’s like to work for them.
Explain what the purpose of the microboard is and what your microboard is like.
My microboard – Isaac’s Band of Brothers & Sisters – is hiring a small team to help me experience university life, set up my small business, get fit and improve my literacy and communication. “The Band” is a caring, focussed and fun bunch of friends who are skilled professionals committed to helping me have a good life.
Tip #8: Include details on how and when to apply
Make sure you include instructions on how to apply. You can also be creative here. Asking candidates to submit a two minute video explaining why they want the job can help you weed out those that are not serious about the job, have technical skills and the confidence you may be needing in a candidate.
Alternatively you can ask them to send in a CV and a statement that describes how they meet each of the criteria you have listed in your add.