HOW TO GET A WORK, HEALTH & SAFETY JOB

How to get a work, Health & Safety Job

Do you have a natural ability to recognise, evaluate and manage health and safety hazards in the workplace? Perhaps, you are a strong advocate for achieving workplace change regarding health and wellbeing? If this is the case, a work health and safety course with Asset College would be perfect for you! Once you have completed the course, your next step will be to create The Perfect Resume to showcase your newfound knowledge. When you do you can skip the queue and go straight to the interview!

How to Land an Interview in the WHS Sector

A Work, Health and Safety Officer role is a hugely rewarding position, yet extremely competitive to get into. Responsible for safety leadership and the protection of staff on the workplace, the Work, Health and Safety Officer needs to understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality, especially regarding incidents involving security and/or personnel issues. Recruiters and hiring managers will also be looking for a candidate that has familiarity with the local WHS regulations. This is where Asset College excel. The WHS courses come highly rated and guide you through leading staff through WHS risk management, responding to WHS incident investigations, and contributing to the development, implementation, and maintenance of an organisation’s WHS management system to name a few. The trick is to highlight these aspects on your resume to ensure you can stand out from your competitors.  

Crafting The Perfect Resume

A great first impression in the initial 6-seconds can be the difference between you being shortlisted for the job of your dreams and being rejected. Recently, the Founder of The Perfect Resume, Melissa Peacock presented to a group of students to discuss the importance of emphasising how necessary a resume’s organisation and design is when trying to land a job, stating, ““If you were to hand in a blank resume with no content, would you get an interview?” The answer is of course no. “Therefore, this suggests that the words you put in your resume are extremely important!”

Just like the 6-seconds a human takes to make a judgement about a stranger, there are also six vital sections on your resume that hold significant importance to the readers, namely: the career summary table, profile, skills, education, technology, and reference sections. If you are already in the WHS sector and have years of experience, you want to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Analyse accident data, new processes, and machinery for potential safety concerns
  • Perform specific safety training and facilitate the incident investigation process
  • Inform management of compliance issues, safety risks, and improvement opportunities through the conduct of daily, weekly, and monthly audits.

If you are just starting out your career in the WHS sector, you want to showcase your knowledge gained throughout your health and safety course, such as:

  • Awareness of the WHS consultation and participation process, including the importance of negotiating and ensuring all parties are on board with the changes.
  • Insight of the potential workplace hazards on a construction site (or area you are looking to get into), including confidence in the ability to initiate an emergency procedure if the need arose.
  • Excellent leadership, problem-solving, written and communication skills to be able to facilitate continuous improvement, with a focus on conducting work tasks safely.

If you have knowledge of these areas and want to join a professional organisation that provides an opportunity to grow, then get your resume up to scratch and start applying today to be considered! If you would like assistance with your application, feel free to send your resume to info@theperfectresume.com.au for a free resume review. They are experts in helping people to land a job in the WHS sector, therefore, they can help you too!

 

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