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SSC Newspaper : October 2010
By Natalie O'Brien They dress up in rock'n'roll costumes, hold "love months" and competitions like "racing to the stars", but the team behind these fun ideas are deadly serious about one thing -- nding jobs for Strath eld people. ey all work for Job nd Centres Australia, one of the largest job service providers in the country. eir o ce in the heart of Strath eld is now the headquarters for the entire inner-west area. Cecile Arif, the centre's manager, says her 10-strong team is passionate about helping people. And they try to make the process a li le bit more fun by holding special theme days. "We are about motivating our teams and also job seekers," she says. Job nd is tasked with helping everyone who registers at Centrelink as being unemployed to nd work. Bimla Chand is one of their success stories. Chand, 50, who lives in Homebush West, says the centre helped her with everything from upgrading her skills to brushing up on interviewing techniques and presentation for job inter views. " ey were compassionate and caring," says Chand. " ey helped me rebuild my self esteem. ey push you a li le -- but in the right way. I can't thank them enough. " e centre put in the extra e ort and even organised a facial and makeover." Chand says Job nd has since organised on-going training towards her goal of becoming a legal secretary. Cecile Arif, who has a decade of experience in the employment industry, says the centre helps both job seekers and employers. Some of the things on o er for job seekers include tips on brushing up on interview techniques, learning how to build a resume, up-skilling and joining job focus groups. Each job seeker is given a personal case manager for support and guidance. Clients are assessed for their strengths and whether they have transferable skills and matched into suitable jobs. Job nd also "reverse markets" clients -- calling employers they already have on their books to see if they have any job openings. "We have everyone from mature age [people], voluntary workers, and parents returning to the workforce." e Strath eld centre also runs a series of education programs ("a day in the life of ") to give job seekers a realistic view of speci c jobs. e education programs consist of short documentary lms that show exactly what happens in a particular workplace. e programs are also useful for potential employers, since new sta will know exactly what to expect. "It helps employers as well because it gives potential employees a good understanding of the job," says Arif. According to the centre manager, the work of Job nd does not end even when they have placed a client in their chosen eld. "We have post placement support services," she says. "So we are focused as much on training and support as we are on keeping them there." Call Job nd Centres Australia on 8120 8800 Level 9, Strath eld Plaza 11 e Boulevard, Strath eld NSW 2135 www.job ndcentre.com.au "They were compassionate and caring. They helped me rebuild my self-esteem. The centre even organised a facial and makeover -- Bimla Chand, former job seeker . Strathfield Scene 15 BUSINESS www.ourstrathfield.com.au Job centre hits the right note Join us this weekend and enjoy pizza cooked on site in the wood fred pizza oven 36 Davidson Street, Greenacre www.citygarden.com.au (02) 9642 8899 Parking is easy. Convenient location on the cnr Hume Highway and Davidson Street START YOUR TROPICAL FISH EXPERIENCE TODAY! ◊ Tropical & Cold water fsh ◊ Fish & Reptile tanks ◊ Aquariums and all accessories ◊ Pumps & Filters EXCLUSIVE GARDEN DECORATION PRODUCTS ◊ Statues and Fountains in a dazzling array of sizes and colours ◊ Fish Ponds & Cascades ◊ Pots, Urns & Wall Plaques ◊ Gazebos, Pedestals & Birdbaths ◊ Variety of styles from classic to modern OPEN 7 DAYS 9am-5pm WE HAVE A HUGE OUTDOOR SECTION OF PLANTS AND POTTING MIXES SPRING SALE Save up to 30% on all garden and aquarium products It's only rock'n'roll ... Job nd sta are "passionate" about their work.