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Winter Safety Tips for Care Workers

Winter Safety Tips for Care Workers

As we dive into the depths of January, and the mercury dips ever lower, it is vital for care workers to consider their safety and wellbeing.

Not only are frontline key workers dealing with all the challenges of providing outstanding care throughout a global pandemic – but are also faced with sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice and freezing fog!

Here we’ll run through our advice to take good care of yourself throughout your shifts, from safe travel to proper winter nutrition. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s important to put your health at the top of your priorities, to make sure you can keep providing your essential services to your residents and patients when they need you most.

Care Workers Winter Dress Tips

You don’t need us to explain that care shifts can be diverse and varied.

There is every possibility that you work in several different care homes or facilities. Outreach social care staff also need to visit people in their own homes, or at community hubs, and in some cases, it’s quite challenging to predict where you will be required!

The best way to deal with this is to dress appropriately; if you prepare for the worst and need to take off a few layers, it means that you’re fixed to handle even the coldest of days.

  • Keep spare clothes with you, at your desk, in your bag, or the car so you’ve got layers on hand if you need them. Think gloves, a hat, scarf and spare socks (damp, cold feet can cause a tremendous amount of discomfort!).
  • Layer up, with lots of fabrics to trap warm air close to your body. Yes, you might have to shed a jumper here or there during the day, but it’s best to have a back up if you find yourself needing to head out at short notice.
  • Wear sensible shoes. If you live for a pair of glamorous heels, you can still bring them with you! Nevertheless, if you’re de-icing a car, waiting for a colleague or need to walk outdoors in potentially icy conditions, having a decent grip will keep your feet firmly beneath you.

Particularly at this time of year, the weather can change its mind at a moment’s notice.

We’ve all gone off to work in the gloriously crisp winter sunshine, only to head home in a blizzard, so it’s best not to rely on the weather report alone, and to have a contingency plan.

Think Warm Nutrition for Cold Work Days

The next recommendation we’d make is to consider your lunch.

We’ve all worked a shift where there isn’t time for a proper sit-down, or when we need to grab a snack quickly. But, if you’re on your feet all day and encountering cold temperatures, you do need to pay attention to your body and refuel when required.

Having something warm, even if it’s a thermos of coffee or an insulated soup container, means that you can restore your core temperature if you’ve needed to travel on a snowy day, and can do wonders for your energy and morale as well as your health. Don’t leave it to chance. If a snowstorm does hit, there is no telling what the roads might look like, or how long a queue you might end up in, so having something warming with you saves being caught out in potentially risky situations.

Delays to public transport are very common in snow and ice, and if you do end up waiting for hours to get to your destination if you’ve got food with you, you’re going to find the experience a lot more comfortable!

Charge Your Mobile and Bring a Power Bank

Next up, let’s think about the absolute worst-case scenario! You’re heading home, but there is a mass exodus with everyone trying to get back before the roads ice over.

There is a massive queue for the train, the buses are running nightmarishly slow on freshly gritted roads, or public transport services are suspended without notice due to dangerous travel conditions. In any of these situations, or if you find yourself locked out or stranded in icy weather, you need your mobile to call for help, let your shift manager know that you’re running late, or give a home care patient a ring, so they’re assured that you are on your way.

You’ve got a few options here:

  • Charge your mobile before you head out for the start of a shift.
  • Bring a charger with you (with a plug adapter if you use a USB charger, as not all staff rooms will have the facilities to charge on a USB adapter!).
  • Invest in a power bank as a back up if you’re out and about, and your battery starts to run down.

Always check your battery before you head out the door, and spend a few minutes waiting to have a decent charge before starting your journey.

Bring Your Own Supplies

Now, it might sound like we’re preparing for a six-foot snowstorm the likes of the UK rarely sees, but the reality is that cold weather can be harsh, and sudden.

We’re not suggesting you bring a tent, foil blanket and snowshoes with you to work every day, but it is well worth thinking about what you sling in your bag so that you’re not putting your health at risk if you do have a busy day of appointments, or know that you’ll be leaving work in cold, dark conditions.

If you usually bring a small bag with you, we’d suggest upgrading that to a backpack. They are easier to carry, don’t put a strain on your shoulders, and have more capacity to bring extra layers, a bottle of water, and perhaps some reading material if you do end up with a long wait ahead.

There are some small, light things you can stash away that will be invaluable in an emergency!

  • A small torch is an excellent idea if your road is iced over and you need to walk in the dark.
  • Hand warmers are a great way of keeping your fingers or toes warm.
  • Some energy gels or dextrose tablets will help give you a boost if public transport isn’t running, or you can’t get a cab from the station and find yourself with a long slog home.
  • Spare cash is a good plan should the train stop running – most taxis these days have snow tyres, and contactless payment machines and are pretty reliable. Still, if you’ve got a bit of cash as a backup plan, you won’t find yourself stranded.
  • Socks are a must-have, and when the buses are packed, or running very late, it’s essential to keep your feet warm, particularly if you do need to walk.

We hope these suggestions are useful – and please remember that even if a light dusting of snow is forecast, if you end up needing to make your own way home, have a busy day of client appointments lined up, or are likely to be spending a good chunk of your shift outdoors, being prepared is essential!

Transport conditions can change without warning if roads haven’t been gritted, so making a few provisions will make a big difference in your safety, wellbeing, and comfort.

If you’re at all concerned with the weather, lack of transport options, or managing to negotiate your shift in snow and ice, always get in touch with your immediate manager to ensure you’ve got everything you need.

Above all, stay safe out there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Social Care Worker Gifts

Top 10 Social Care Worker Gifts

Christmas is fast approaching, and with a year that has been challenging for many, it’s an excellent opportunity to show your love and appreciation for the social care workers in your life who have been at the front line managing the strain of the pandemic! So here are our top ten social care worker gifts!

Working in care is tremendously rewarding, skilled and varied – but we all need a little break from time to time, and we’d like to make Christmas 2020 as memorable a time as we can!

  1. Candles & Bath Salts

Nothing says pure relaxation and quiet bliss like a long soak in a foamy bath, or chilling out by gentle candlelight and enjoying the aroma. Social care workers often work demanding hours, long shifts, and a thoughtful gift will allow them to take some time for themselves.

  • Neom’s Perfect Night’s Sleep Scented Candle comes in a charming travel size, and uses natural lavender, jasmine and basil fragrances to let your mind drift away as you fall to sleep.
  • Wicks and Reeds make a beautiful soy wax Eucalyptus and Lavender candle. With a sweet gift tin, wooden wick and elegant recyclable packaging, this is ready to give as a gift.
  • Westlab Sleep Bath Salts on Look Fantastic are a fantastic gift for a tired social care worker that needs to take a weight off.
  1. Travel Mugs and Christmas Coffee Cups

Every care worker needs their tea or coffee to start the day off right, and there’s nothing worse than getting to your shift on time, and finding a stone-cold cup of joe waiting to greet you!

Travel mugs are a stylish, useful and thoughtful gift that will get years of use.

  • These super cute Patterned Bamboo Travel Mugs at Etsy come in a range of colours and are made from eco-conscious bamboo.
  • Rex London makes some unique ‘gifts of random kindness’, and the bright and cheerful Unicorn Bamboo Travel Mug will be sure to brighten even the dreariest of winter mornings!
  • If you’re looking for something a bit more personal, Getting Personal make these slick Personalised Travel Vacuum Flasks, ideal for social care workers who like their caffeine with a hint of style!
  1. High-Quality Face Masks – or Make it Personal!

Every professional in the health and social care sectors will have felt the pressure of wearing a facemask for an extended period.

While work in hospitals and clinical spaces requires specific medical-grade facemasks to be worn, for everyday use a soft, silky facemask will be a breath of fresh air for any social care worker.

  • Take a look at these luxurious Soft Satin Face Masks – made by FormalSaints and with the option to add personalised initials.
  • My Picture offers customised facemasks, with any photo, design or logo made with antiviral and antibacterial fabric.
  1. Clothing They Will Wear With Pride

2020 has been a revolutionary year for social care workers and NHS staff, with recognition and appreciation that is long overdue. It’s never been a better time to wear your heart on your sleeve!

  1. Tote Bags

We all need a bag for our ‘stuff’ – and a social care worker will always have countless files, equipment and resources to lug about with them!

  • This Fashion World black tote has 20% of the profits going to NHS Charities Together. We love the simplicity and sentiment of the logo!
  • We’re also charmed by the Essential Worker tote at Zazzle – and since care workers have indeed kept the nation going, it’s a fitting gift.
  1. Coffee Subscriptions

A coffee subscription is a gift that keeps on giving; and rather than a one-off present will deliver a caffeinated surprise long after the Christmas decorations have been taken down!

  • Blue Coffee Box offer subscriptions of gourmet coffee, with a Blue Coffee Bag option, or a Blue Coffee Box with two full-size bags of coffee, included in a presentation box.
  • The Coffee Factory also offers fantastic monthly gift subscriptions.
  1. Moisturising Hand Masks

Hand sanitiser has become a necessity, but with increased hand washing protocols and frequent sanitiser, even the softest of social care worker hands is likely chipped, sore and red.

  • The Body Shop has a set of Moisture Gloves, designed to be used with hand cream for an overnight treatment.
  • Beauty Bag has an elegant VIP The Gold Hand Mask that will return moisture and nourishment to the most tired hands.
  1. Smart Lunch Boxes for Quirky Tea Breaks

Lunches and breaks tend to be taken on the go for care workers – and a smart lunch box that keeps your toastie warm and your salad cool is essential!

Give a gift that will make lunch something to look forward to; however short and sharp that lunch break might be!

  • John Lewis has this smart Mepal Lunch Pot 700ml which can be heated in the microwave, stored in the fridge and has a separate compartment for soup, yoghurt or cereal.
  • Chilly’s is perhaps the best-known food pot brand, and makes these cute pastel coloured pots that keep food steaming hot for up to six hours!
  1. Warming Neck Wraps, Heat Socks and Feet Warmers

As winter kicks in and the mercury drops, keeping warm and well is a priority. Working in social care can be physically challenging, and we do not doubt that a soothing neck wrap, blissful feet warmers or heated socks will go down a treat.

  • Huggaroo makes an amazingly soft weighted Neck Wrap. It can be heated in the microwave and contains soothing lavender to lift away the stress of the day.
  • Pick up a gorgeous fleecy Foot Warmer Hot Water Bottle from Heat-Treats – this looks so comfy we’re not sure we’d ever want to move!
  • Heat Holders are great for social care workers that spend a long day on their feet, with insulating yarn and machine washable to keep toes warm throughout the day. Pick them up on Amazon.
  1. Luxurious Bubbling Foot Spas

Putting your feet up takes on a whole new meaning with the divine relaxation of a scented, warm, bubbling foot spa!

 

We hope this list has given you some great ideas for Christmas gifts that will bring a smile to any social care worker this year! Let us at OUTT know what special gifts you’d recommend – and your favourite gift you have received that has brought a sprinkle of festive magic to your day!

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OUTT Academy – Social Care Training

OUTT Academy – Social Care Training

Whether you’re an established social care worker or thinking about applying for a care staff job, you know that social care training is just part and parcel – no matter how much of a drag it is. The thing is, training feels almost designed to be inconvenient.  You have to turn up for one hour every week for what seems like forever; and by the time you’ve registered, everyone has made a cup of tea and sat down, it’s time to go home again (did anyone say ‘course extension’?).

And even when you’ve been good and done all your updates and refresher courses, something else crops out of the woodwork to add to your bursting-at-the-seams to-do list.

Let’s stop right there.

– It doesn’t have to be stressful.

– It doesn’t have to be expensive.

– It doesn’t have to be time-consuming.

– It doesn’t have to be difficult.

OUTT Academy: The New Way to Upskill

 Let’s be honest – the more certificates and training you’ve done, the better your CV.

No matter what anyone says about candidate quality or on the job experience, we all know that great recruiters are only going to take a second look if your list of skills makes you look like the social care version of an astronaut. Certifications are great; they back-up what you know you can do, and validate all your experiences into one, short sentence.

We also know that a lot of care homes will have a mandatory checklist of training. So, if you’re bang up to date and can tick every box, you’ll save a prospective employer a whole lot of time and cost because you’ve already got all the skills they need – and the qualifications to prove it.

If you’ve got the right training, you will get the job 100% of the time over an applicant who doesn’t. It’s obvious, right!

And here at OUTT, we love doing things differently.

Not because we’re trying to be awkward, but because we’ve spent years in social care and know that if something is complicated and expensive, it shouldn’t be.

Pretty much every workforce manager in the country is crying out for fantastic care staff, and if all you need to show them that you are that person is a certificate, we’re here to make that happen.

For free.

Flexible Social Care Working – Training Included

We’re not pulling your leg, here. There isn’t a hidden cost or a non-refundable subscription. You won’t have to give us your credit card details, your life insurance policy number or your inner leg measurement.

No kidding – OUTT wants every single candidate who uses our digital employment service to get all the training they need, completely free of charge.

Because we can, and because you deserve it.

Care homes can be hectic and demanding, and yet care workers are an invaluable part of the fabric of UK communities. When we need you, you are always there, and it’s a privilege to be making those jobs easier to find, easier to train for, better paid and flexible around your life.

OUTT Academy:

  • Is free of charge, to all candidates who are registered with our service.
  • Delivers credible, certified training to back up and reinforce your knowledge.
  • Every course is certificated, and you can use that qualification anywhere (even though we know you’re never going to want to leave!).
  • All mandatory training is included – so once you’ve finished the course, you’re good to go.

It’s one thing to have a network of the best social care employers, and offer ultimate flexibility when it comes to choosing your shifts, deciding who you want to work for, and receiving pay that recognises your skills.

But we created our academy because we want amazing social care staff, and know that on the job training routes often never seem to happen, and independent courses are ridiculously expensive.

So we made it better, and we made it free.

Social Care Training On Your Terms

Flexibility is a word we hear all the time but in reality? It very rarely exists.

Training has to work around your life. You can’t be expected to attend half-day training courses that start at 8 am (unless the course fee includes childcare and school drop of service?). Thought not.

You know when you work best. For us, that’s probably late morning when our coffee has done its magic.

For others, it’s first thing when their mind is fresh. Maybe you’re a night owl, and have the best focus in the early hours.

With OUTT, it doesn’t matter when you want to study, how much time you have to commit, whether you’re learning on the train commuting to work, or on your mobile waiting for the kiddos to (finally!) drop off to sleep.

Every course is:

  • Available on-demand, on any internet-connected device.

Want to learn on a tablet while you soak in the bath? Prefer to read on your mobile? Like to sit down at a PC with a cup of hot chocolate in your PJs? No problem.

  • On the same, streamlined portal.

Social care training covers a vast spectrum, but we wanted to make it easy. Every course is accessed from the same, central portal; one login, one password, one hub – that keeps track of where you are, what you’ve done, and which courses you’d like to do next.

Free Training Courses for ALL Care Workers

The OUTT training team is continually growing our course content so that you can keep expanding your knowledge as you go.

You might decide to do a refresher every few months, or you might want to cover a massive list of topics before applying for that next level role.

Whatever, however and whenever you want to learn, the academy remains at your disposal for as long as you’re an OUTT member.

Self-empowerment is a forceful thing, and the OUTT academy is designed to give you back control over your career and decide for yourself what your next step will be.

OUTT isn’t a secret, either – we’re always happy to welcome new social care workers with open arms (virtually, of course!).

You are free to share away, tell your friends, and let anybody working in social care know that the OUTT training academy is free of charge and accessible to anybody.

– Like what you’re hearing and want to learn more?

– Interested in flexible working that fits around your life?

– Keen to get some free social care training certificates under your belt?

 

Register with OUTT today, and we’ll hook you up.

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Healthy Lunch Alternatives on Your Social Care Shift

Healthy Lunch Alternatives on Your Social Care Shift

We get it – you’re in the middle of a busy social care shift, have a short lunch break, and haven’t eaten anything since you snagged a bite of toast on your way out of the door this morning. It’s always tempting to grab a quick bite to eat from the canteen, or even nip out for a cheeky McDonalds!

However, as a carer, we’re willing to bet you’re on your feet for most of the day, and always feel that energy lag creeping in towards the end of your shift.  To stay healthy, and put as much care into yourself as you do into your patients, it is essential to make sure you’ve got a decent lunch!

Not only will that keep your energy levels up right until end of shift, but it’ll make you feel so much better about your food choices.

Self-Care for Carers

Self-care may be a buzzword you often hear, but it’s also essentially important. We all know you can’t pour from an empty cup, and since we’re all human, it is never going to be possible to work at 100 mph running on fumes. An NHS survey back in 2017 found that 25% of English nurses struggle with maintaining a healthy weight – and that demonstrates just how challenging it can be to prioritise your own diet when your career is all about helping others.

There’s also the added challenge of all those thank you cookies! It is fantastic to know that you’ve helped somebody, and to receive a token of appreciation – but less so when you realise you’ve existed on doughnuts for the past week… (Don’t worry; we’ve all been there!)

So, let’s look at some manageable, sustainable ways to prioritise your own self-care, to try and make sure as a carer you protect your own health.

How To Make Time for Lunch on a Social Care Shift

The first thing to think about is whether you actually take a lunch break. Yes, we know, it’s on the rota, but that is very different from taking it! The problem is that a lot of carers whizz past their lunch break without a second thought.

It’s easily done – you’re busy, running behind, a patient needs some extra support today, and all those good intentions about looking after yourself go out the window. Here are our top tips for making sure you find time to eat  – and that it’s something more substantial than a packet of crisps from the vending machine;

  1. Pack your lunch the night before: mornings are chaotic for the most organised of us. If you get your lunch ready and it’s sitting in the fridge ready to grab, you’re far less likely to forget than if you put more pressure on yourself to fix up a meal at the crack of dawn.
  2. Batch cook or meal prep. We’re not advocating you start following a bodybuilder lifestyle, but if you have one evening a week where you’ve got time to cook, it can be a great way of stocking up. Even if it’s boiling a load of eggs, chopping up chicken, or preparing a giant tub of pasta, the more quick and easy options you have in the fridge, the easier it is to steer clear of the staff room snacks.
  3. Use a shopping list. If you want to lead a more healthy life, the best place to start is in your trolley. Avoid the confectionary aisle (no matter how loud it calls you!), and make a list of all the ingredients you need to make the lunches you have planned out. If you can be disciplined enough to buy just what you need, you’ll save a bundle as well as having everything to hand to knock up a decent lunch for the rest of the week.
  4. Stocktake your Tupperware. One of the problems with bringing in lunch is keeping it hot or cold, and making sure it stays fresh until break time. You can buy any size or shape Tupperware in any supermarket, or invest in a decent thermos for hot pasta and soups.
  5. Treat yourself to a lunch box. It doesn’t need to be Paw Patrol themed either; you can get stylish lunch bags that provide insulation to keep your food cold. This is ideal for social care shifts where you don’t have a fridge available.

If you try to make it easier on yourself to get your lunch ready in advance, it makes being healthy a whole lot less stressful.

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Carers

Stuck for ideas? Tired of that sad, slightly soggy egg mayo sandwich? Find drab salads bland and unappetising? Same here.

Food should be healthy, energising, and enjoyable; your lunch is a well-deserved break in your social care shift, not an obligatory task that you don’t look forward to.

Here are some fantastic ideas for budget-friendly, easy to prepare, healthy lunches that you can make in a flash!

There are tonnes of lunches you can make that will keep you full till home time, stock you up on vitamins and healthy fats, provide a burst of energy, and won’t break the bank or take hours to prepare.

Some of the most straightforward options are also the best:

Pasta is very easy to batch cook, and you can add extra toppings or veggies to add variety. Think adding tomatoes and pesto, cheese and Mediterranean veg, tuna mayo – the possibilities are endless!

Salads provide a great bang for your buck when it comes to nutrition, and again you can make a bigger batch and portion it out over a few days. Make sure to avoid making a tub of lettuce; salad can be vibrant and delicious – think about goats cheese and beetroot, pomegranate and feta, or prawn and Marie Rose sauce. Even some ‘exotic’ veg like asparagus or sun-dried tomatoes make a salad a more flavourful option.

Soups are fantastic when you’re short on time, but are a lot healthier than a quick biscuit to dunk in your tea. Again, you can batch cook a vat of soup to last all week long, and use up any leftovers in your fridge to try out new combos. We love potato and leek (with a bit of bacon if we’ve been good!), a traditional chicken and veg for the winter, or a lighter carrot and tarragon for a fast burst of goodness.

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy and will look forward to. A great lunch is the best route to a winning day full of energy, vitality and health!

Interested in learning more about establishing that elusive work/life balance as a social care worker? Feel like you’re working every hour, but never have time to sit down to lunch? Check out OUTT, the new way to take back control of your live, shift patterns, pay, and social care career.

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Manage Care Worker Stress

Manage Care Worker Stress

Care workers are key-workers and for perhaps the first time ever, the world is really beginning to appreciate just how important our roles are! The unsung heroes of the healthcare world, care workers suffer similar stresses to other healthcare professionals.

Working in the care sector is extremely stressful for many reasons, and each role and responsibility can have its own pressures; physical, mental and professional. It’s unlikely that any care worker will find their role entirely stress-free, but there are things that can be done to help negate the effects of workplace intensity and tension. Here are a few tips on the best ways to manage care worker stress.

Why Is Stress A Problem?

It may sound like common sense, but a happy worker is an effective worker – people work better when they’re secure and clear-thinking.

People under undue levels of stress and duress often suffer from fatigue, confusion, a lack of mental comprehension and even physical symptoms such as headaches, chest pain, muscle soreness and dizziness. Not one of these is conducive to the clear mind and attitude required for effective and compassionate care work, nor a healthy, happy human being.

What Are The Best Ways To Manage Care Worker Stress?

It’s well known that care workers and other key-workers often find themselves working long shifts fraught with difficult situations, less-than-ideal working conditions and unexpected changes in practice or plans. Practising some self-care and investing time in yourself isn’t always easy when you’re constantly working under pressure, but there are ways it can be done.

Exercise regularly
Many consider regular exercise to be too much of a time commitment or too labour-intensive when they’re already overtired. However, even just a brisk walk each day can boost fitness levels and endorphin (happy hormone) levels.

Consider getting up earlier and taking a walk with a coffee to watch the sun come up, or pop on some headphones and walk without a plan for half an hour after work to build up hunger for your dinner. Try running, stretch out on your living room floor and find yoga and pilates tutorials online. Dance to your favourite song round the kitchen or just get off the bus one stop early and walk home. There are lots of ways to get in some exercise without having to spend any money, spend little time and little effort!

Sleep!
Well, you probably don’t need any more encouragement with this one! Make sure you’re able to get at least a few unbroken hours of sleep every night (or day, if you’re on nightshifts) by nailing down a bedtime routine with no screen-time, some wind-down time and no distractions.

Quality can often beat quantity when it comes to rest, so do what you can to really rest.

Eat well
Care workers are often on-the-go and as a result rely on convenience and speed to facilitate their diet. However, eating healthily over quickly can have a huge benefit to both body and mind and so it’s worth investing time in if at all possible. Meal prepping on your days off can help save time and ensuring you always have healthy snacks to graze on in your car will prevent you from having to revert to fast food or unhealthy convenience snacks.

Talk
It is important that to stay mentally happy, everyone has an outlet to discuss their worries and anxieties – both work ones and otherwise. If you have a partner at home, or a friend or family member who you can trust to be open and honest and to give a fresh perspective, sit down and chat through anything bothering you with them.

If you have a professional problem, seek advice from your manager. It is always best to remain transparent with your communications than to be dishonest and let problems build.

Use Your Holiday Allowance
OUTT provides paid annual leave allowances and we encourage all of our staff to take full advantage of it! Take time for yourself away from the workplace, even if you’re not jetting off somewhere tropical or distant. Space – both physical and mental – from work is a good thing and can help you ‘reset’ your energy and attitude.

 

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!

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Tailor Your CV for a Senior Care Vacancy

Tailor Your CV for a Senior Care Vacancy

Senior care vacancies come up from time to time in some sectors of care, and when they do, they’re fiercely competed for.

If you’re applying for a senior care vacancy, now is the time to revamp your CV – and to tailor it exactly to the role you want to secure. OUTT has teamed with expert CV builders Wozber to help our employees flourish, and here are their top tips to get the senior care vacancy you’re submitting your CV for!

Stand Out

Competition for a senior care vacancy may be not just crowded, but also tough.

Make sure that whatever makes you different to other candidates is clear. Put these details on your CV and ensure that you clearly explain why it is important to the role you are applying for!

Map Out Your Suitability

All of your qualifications, experience and professional relevancy should be easy to read and presented upfront so that it’s easy to understand. This one page of A4 may be the only chance you get to sell your best features to the hiring manager, so ensure that a quick glance at your CV tells them exactly why you fit the role.

Tailor Your CV To The Job Description

One of the most common mistakes that people make when writing a CV (in all industries, not just healthcare!) is that they simply write out what they’ve done and what they’re good at – without considering just how relevant that is to the job they’re applying for.

Read and note down the key points from the job description of the vacancy you’re hoping to secure. Ensure that your relevance to any key points are clear. If there’s a requirement for your own vehicle, mark it down (preferably with a note about your clear driving licence). If there’s a desire for the successful candidate to be able to adapt quickly to changing situations, note down an example of you having done so. If the role involves learning new skills, demonstrate a time where you had to learn something different.

You don’t need to have done every single point on a job description to be successful in applying for it, but if there’s anything you’re unable to relate to, be honest: and show willingness to learn and adapt.

Link To A Professional Online Presence

Link to your LinkedIn profile so that employers know they can look up your online CV for any more info on you, particularly references from colleagues and managers and skillsets. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that your profile is up to date and looks good – so take some time to work on it.

Please bear in mind though: when an employer googles you, your LinkedIn may not be the only social media profile that pops up in the search results. Ensure that anything else public is non-offensive and non-controversial. This is a good opportunity to double check your privacy settings!

Format Well

Scrap the swirly fonts and stay strictly professional. A CV being submitted for a senior care vacancy should be smart, well-formatted, easy to read and appropriate. It should not be over one A4 page in length (there are some exceptions, but for the most part, they simply won’t be read), should contain only relevant information and must convey the professionalism that would be expected from a senior care worker. If you’re not a whiz at Microsoft Word or, indeed, at formatting, involve the experts – Use Wozber!

Wozber are the experts, and OUTT thoroughly recommends their services to all of their employees. They’re able to help you write, format and tailor your CV for every role you apply for; increasing your chances of new work, professional development and career growth every step of the way. What are you waiting for? Wozber that way forward!

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