Top 10 Tips for Applying For Jobs

1. Always seek a career opportunity that you are interested in, some people just apply for any job, we suggest you find the career that will set you up for your entire working life!  

2. Please don’t just send a resume and hope for the best, research the company, work on a cover letter to support your application and address it to the company. 

3. Find out what the employer is looking for by carefully reading the job description and addressing the selection criteria and essential requirements for each job. 

4. The key words they are using can be included in the covering letter and that will increase your chances to be selected for an interview. 

5. When you do receive a call from the employer always be professional and courteous, don’t ask for things that are unrealistic and work with the employer. 

6. When you go to the interview listen to the questions very carefully and ask questions if you need clarification. 

7. Always present yourself as if you were starting the job on that day, always be on time, get there early to the interview and relax and prepare before you go in. 

8. If you are unsure of how to prepare for an interview please ask Soldier On Staff to give you some hints and even ask for a “Mock Interview” a few days before. 

9. Confidence is very important at the interview, the more prepared you are the more confident you will be on the day. 

10. Always ask Soldier On staff for support, the Employment Team here at Soldier On want you to succeed and want to work with you. 

Dennis O’ Sullivan from the Employment Team says ” We have tremendous support from all the Soldier On Pledge Partners, please don’t miss this opportunity to gain employment with some of the best employers in the country. From labouring positions to Internships with High Tech companies, Building & Construction opportunities in Melbourne and Sydney earning very good salaries, Mining jobs in the Northern Territory, Senior Technical Officers, Truck Drivers, ICT Specialists, Retail opportunities in the Petroleum Industry, Security Officers, Management, Transport and Logistics, Farmhand roles in country areas, Green-keeping and Apprenticeship opportunities. Find the job that suits you and ask Soldier On Employment Staff to assist you with an application. Now is the time to start looking and start applying!”

If you want to talk with one of Soldier On’s qualified Education and Employment staff – please reach out via employment@soldieron.org.au

 

Host a BBQ This November

Throw another snag/prawn/steak/soy alternative on the barbie and enjoy the mental health benefits!

Sharing experiences and catching up on what’s been happening in our individual and collective lives is an enjoyable way to actively reduce stress and the likelihood of depression and anxiety.

Connection to family, friends, community and a meaningful purpose and vocation not only supports our health and wellbeing but also our relationships and economic prosperity.

At Soldier On working side by side individuals and families to build connection is at the heart of all our programs and services. Whether its strengthening connections to self and others, connections to the community, or employment – it is the cornerstone of what we do.

This November, we are asking Australians to host a BBQ. The activity has a dual purpose – it is a way for you to reconnect with family and friends and enjoy the warmer weather whilst also raising funds for Soldier On.

By hosting a BBQ you will be doing you and your friends a service in strengthening their protective factors against depression and anxiety as well as supporting those, and their families, who put their lives on the line to protect and secure Australia.

What an awesome excuse to enjoy some sun, good food and time with friends and family.

Register your BBQ (or virtual BBQ) here: http://bit.ly/SOBBQ

Jordan’s Transition Story

“At the time of my discharge I considered myself mentally well, however I don’t consider this to be true now”

Jordan discharged from the Army after 5 years’ service, including an operational tour to Afghanistan.  Jordan said his experiences as a soldier combined with prolonged unemployment and financial stress, as well as a lack of direction in life, contributed to his declining mental state.

“I had always wanted to join the Army, but I never gave any thought to what happens after. My decision to discharge was sudden, and I was ill prepared for the challenges of civilian life. I didn’t have a job to go to, or even a direction to follow. As a result, I developed severe depression and anxiety.”

“My partner and I led a nomadic life after I left the Army. We moved across country four times in two years chasing employment opportunities and for various other reasons,” he said.  “I can [now] recognise that there were deeper issues that I was trying to avoid.”

“It was only through the support of my partner that I eventually confronted the reality that I was not well, and that I needed help.”

Jordan and his partner made the decision to move to Canberra to access support offered by Soldier On.  Jordan credits Soldier On with putting him in touch with counseling services and helping him gain meaningful employment in an industry he was interested in.

“I now work as an Associate for PwC, after completing a 12 month Veterans Internship.  The internship is designed to assist transitioning veterans establish a new career and build new skills.” he said.

Jordan is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Politics and International Relations.  PwC offers flexible working arrangements, which greatly assist with his study schedule.

“My experiences in the Army gave me some valuable experiences, ones that I’ll never forget. I hope to use the skills and experiences I’ve gained to help other Veterans who may be facing similar issues.”

*Jordan joined the Australian Army in 2009. He was deployed to Afghanistan within Mentoring Task Force 2, where he served in a force protection platoon that protected Australian mentoring teams as they trained the Afghan National Army.  On returning to Australia, he continued to serve in 5RAR until his discharge in 2014.

The Story Behind The New Brand

To coincide with the launch of #sidebyside services, we are also excited to unveil a refreshed Soldier On brand.

After consultations with participants, key stakeholders, staff and the Board, the refreshed brand highlights the organisation’s commitment to connection, creating positive forward momentum and continuous growth.

The chevrons represent each stage of an individual’s journey, of working towards and becoming stronger as they move through different life phases and events.

“If it wasn’t for those half-hour coffee catch-ups, I wouldn’t have bothered with society at all. Each catch-up felt like a stepping stone, from the swamp that I had been in, towards higher ground “​ NSW participant

Each of these chevrons represents the stepping stones, the path to better mental health, social connection and employment and education opportunities. ​

​Finally, each chevron represents a focus of Soldier On’s mission statement – physical and mental health, family, community, and future. These individual parts come together to form the stepping stones – the path – to help those who put themselves online to protect Australia, and their families secure their futures. ​

David Savage #SideBySide speech

When David Savage, Australia’s first civilian casualty of the Afghanistan War was critically injured, Soldier On CEO and Co-Founder John Bale immediately knew that the organisation had a duty to support those who put themselves on the line for Australia – regardless of what uniform they wear.  David spoke to a group of Soldier On supporters this morning around the announcement of Soldier On’s expansion of services.

Read David’s full speech below

When my son Chris, returned from visiting me in the US Military Hospital in Germany, he went to the launch of a new organization – Soldier On. There he met John Bale.  On my arrival back in Australia, John came and visited me in hospital offering the support of Soldier On.  I am ever so grateful that he did – there is nothing established to assist civilians such as myself.

My injuries from the blast were life changing and permanent. I suffered severe respiratory failure twice, a traumatic brain injury, broken leg, arm, spine, severe nerve damage, loss of hearing and partial loss of sight.  The number of ball bearings that struck me caused the head of Trauma at Sydney’s St. Vincent’s to describe it as if I had been shot 8 times with a shotgun.  To date I have had over 20 major surgeries. After a year and numerous nerve surgeries, I finally learnt how to walk again. However, two years ago, I had a  set-back when some shrapnel in my spine moved, paralysing my right leg.

Apart from my incredible wife Sandy, my support has come from Soldier On, my former Police colleagues and ADF members that I have served side by side with over the years, because they get it!   To be honest DFAT, AusAID have been very disappointing in their response to my incident. They have no idea how to support service personnel and families, which they demonstrated by informing my family of the incident over the phone at 11.15pm -something ADF or AFP would never have done.

Prior to joining DFAT and being wounded, I had travelled the world for the UN, hosting, meeting and negotiating with heads of state and INGO’s.  Yet after being wounded I became introverted and afraid. I have trouble answering the telephone to friends, and I fear going into a supermarket.

Soldier On has helped me and my family in many ways. Connecting us to other families with similar experiences and ensuring financial disadvantage doesn’t prevent us from participating in social, community and sporting activities.  Being injured in service has affected every aspect of our lives.  Sandy has had to forego her career and salary to care for me, and our financial position eroded.

Through my Soldier On work I have been able to regain my sense of self worth. I may be unable to button up my shirt, write my name or recall my DOB but I can give back to those who have helped me.  By speaking on behalf of Soldier On to raise awareness, necessary funds and to encourage others to come forward to seek assistance – I  am able to assist those in the military and my first love – the Police and National Security community.

I, understand how difficult it is to seek help.  I, who acknowledge I have PTSD, was shocked when my psychologist suggested that I needed assistance. However, after some thought I attended the PTSD program.  Other attendees were from ADF and National Security Agencies -individuals still working and privately seeking assistance during their holidays bcause they didn’t want the shame or consequences of their employers knowing about their struggles.

We have to end this stigma around seeking help.

Mental Health affects more than just the individual, it affects family, friends, work and the community. However it doesn’t need to be the end.

Investing in support services like Soldier On is investing in your people. For me, Soldier On saved my life.

As Arnold H. Glasow says, ” One of the tests of leadership, is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”

Thank you for your time, and listening to me

 

Soldier On Expansion Announcement – #SideBySide

Today, on World Mental Health Day, Soldier On announced its #sidebyside services expansion.  Through this expansion, Soldier On is demonstrating it stands with those who put themselves on the line to protect Australia, helping them to secure their futures – just as they serve side by side to protect Australia.

Securing and protecting Australia in complex environments, domestically and globally, requires integrated multiagency and multidisciplinary teams of serving men and women from across the national security agency to work side by side.

On operations, onshore and offshore, Australian Defence Force and National Security Personnel support one another, side by side.  At home, this should not be any different.

Primarily recognised as a veteran support organisation, Soldier On has consistently supported other serving men and women who have been impacted by their side by side service with the ADF. This has included current and former staff from Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Immigration, Attorney-Generals and Defence and agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force.

As we have grown in our understanding of the impacts of service on individuals and families we have also developed a deep appreciation of the sense of isolation and alienation non ADF serving men and women and their families can experience when they are impacted by service.

Drawing on the growing body of international evidence around the importance of connection, community and collaboration, we have seen the positive benefits individuals and families from non ADF backgrounds experience when they are able to access services, support and connection alongside those they served side by side with.

It is with this understanding, Soldier On today publicly announces its #sidebyside services expansion

“Five years ago, I was wounded overseas working side by side with Australia’s military and when I returned to Australia I was welcomed by Soldier On who assisted me and my family.

I would encourage others from both the military and those who have worked side by side with the ADF to come forward and engage with Soldier On and take advantage of the services and mateship that they offer and to help you in your future and your transition to civilian life.”    David Savage, Former AFP Officer, Soldier On Ambassador

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