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SCAM ALERT - Beware of emails posing as a WorkPac recruiter

BY: Samara Thorne29/01/2024

​We have received information regarding a recent scam where individuals are sending fraudulent emails and impersonating representatives from WorkPac.The email requests that the recipient click on the attached job offer to check their details. The attachment is malicious – do not open the attachment. The email uses a WorkPac recruiter's name and title but is not from a WorkPac email address. ​For advice on how to spot and avoid email scams, please visit  https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/protect-yourself/ways-to-spot-and-avoid-scams​​​Remember​​WorkPac email communication only comes from an @workpac.com email address. If you are unsure about any email, SMS or message, please call our team on 1300 967 572 or email us at contactus@workpac.comto report it. ​​If you have identified something as potentially fraudulent or a scam, please screenshot it, before deleting it from your inbox and deleted items on your device.​​Reporting​​If you receive any fraudulent email such as this one, please report it to: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam​Example of the Scam Email​​Example of legitimate WorkPac email​​

How to stay safe this cyclone season

25/01/2024

​Stay safe this cyclone season by making sure you’re well prepared and understand the processes to follow if a cyclone hits your area.  Keep reading for WorkPac’s full guide to cyclone season 2023/2024. WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION?The main sources of cyclone information are radio and television stations. During a cyclone threat, some stations keep local staff on duty 24 hours a day to broadcast cyclone information. Because of the high chance of the power supply being disrupted, it is important to have a battery-operated radio to listen for cyclone advice.The Bureau of Meteorology provides the latest watches, warnings and supporting information on this website and through its telephone service.Bureau of MeteorologyAutomated Telephone Messages: Cyclone Advice (Watch/Warning):QLD: 1300 659 212NT: 1300 659 211WA: 1300 659 210Emergency services agenciesEmergency Management Australia:Emergency Response AssistanceWestern Australia:Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) Phone: 132 500 (see local phone directory for regional offices)Northern Territory:Northern Territory Emergency Services ( NTES)Phone: 131 444Queensland:Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ)Phone: 132 500 (see local phone directory for regional offices)New South Wales:State Emergency Service (SES)Victoria:Vic EmergencyVictoria State Emergency Services:Be StormsafeTasmania:TasAlertTasmanian Fire ServicesTasmanian State Emergency Services

Essential Do's and Don'ts for Great Resume Writing

BY: Samara Thorne19/01/2024

​Getting the fundamentals of good resume writing right is a guaranteed way of ensuring that your application doesn’t immediately get passed into the “not this time” bin. Remember the main purpose of your resume is to get you to the next step in the hiring process, that is an interview. This means providing a logical and well-structured overview of your experience and skills that makes it easy for an employer to see your suitability for a role. The average employer or recruiter only spends a few seconds looking at a resume for information relevant to the role they are hiring for, so you need to understand what they want to see – and in some cases, what they don’t want to see. Here are the basic do’s and don’ts for great resume writing. DO: Tailor your resume to suit the positionTake time to ensure that the person who will be screening your resume understands why you are applying for the role. Highlight transferrable skills and experience/achievements that are relevant to the requirements of the role. DO: List your experiences chronologicallyList your jobs in reverse chronological order with your most recent job or experience first. In most cases your recent experience will be the one that will interest the employer most so give it the most weight. For this and every other position ensure you include key tasks and measurable achievements. DO: Use action words (and back it up with evidence)Tell the employer about when you "grew", "built", "increased", "drove" or "led" something and evidence it with figures. Action words contextualise your achievements and reinforce your level of responsibility and suitability. DO: Proof read your resume Incorrect spelling, grammatical errors and information inconsistencies are some of the most common mistakes seen in resumes. These oversights are certainly picked up by an employer and demonstrate a lack of attention to detail and effort. Check your resume thoroughly, check it again, and then get someone else to check it. DON’T: Lie or embellish the truth Quite simply, don’t lie about anything on your resume. Don’t embellish the truth around your experience, qualifications or skills to draw an employer’s attention as it is a major risk to your credibility when (not if) you are found out. DON’T: Overstate your value or achievements Employers certainly want to know about the positive impact you had in your previous jobs but they don’t want arrogance. State facts and provide evidence. If you can’t back a big statement with measurable outcomes then don’t include it. Take a step back and think about how what you write might sound to someone else. DON’T: Use long winded sentences or paragraphs Be specific about your previous responsibilities and related achievements.  Use bullet points and keep the message short and to the point.  Remember you only have a few seconds to grab attention so keep it succinct. DON’T: Use fancy or unusual fontsDecorative or bright fonts add absolutely not value to your resume, if anything it detracts.  Use professional, easy-to-read fonts (i.e. Arial, Tahoma, Times New Roman). Use these simple pointers as a checklist when next updating your resume. Doing so will help ensure you are left with a logical, strong resume tells an employer exactly what they want to know in the initial five to ten second screening process.

Do's and Don'ts for Great Resume Writing

19/01/2024

​Getting the fundamentals of good resume writing right is a guaranteed way of ensuring that your application doesn’t immediately get passed into the “not this time” bin. Remember the main purpose of your resume is to get you to the next step in the hiring process, which is an interview. This means providing a logical and well-structured overview of your experience and skills that makes it easy for an employer to see your suitability for a role. The average employer or recruiter only spends a few seconds looking at a resume for information relevant to the role they are hiring for, so you need to understand what they want to see – and in some cases, what they don’t want to see. Here are the basic do’s and don’ts for great resume writing. DO: Tailor your resume to suit the positionTake time to ensure that the person who will be screening your resume understands why you are applying for the role. Highlight transferrable skills and experience/achievements that are relevant to the requirements of the role. DO: List your experiences chronologicallyList your jobs in reverse chronological order with your most recent job or experience first. In most cases your recent experience will be the one that will interest the employer most so give it the most weight. For this and every other position ensure you include key tasks and measurable achievements. DO: Use action words (and back it up with evidence)Tell the employer about when you "grew", "built", "increased", "drove" or "led" something and evidence it with figures. Action words contextualise your achievements and reinforce your level of responsibility and suitability. DO: Proof read your resume Incorrect spelling, grammatical errors and information inconsistencies are some of the most common mistakes seen in resumes. These oversights are certainly picked up by an employer and demonstrate a lack of attention to detail and effort. Check your resume thoroughly, check it again, and then get someone else to check it. DON’T: Lie or embellish the truth Quite simply, don’t lie about anything on your resume. Don’t embellish the truth about your experience, qualifications or skills to draw an employer’s attention as it is a major risk to your credibility when (not if) you are found out. DON’T: Overstate your value or achievements Employers certainly want to know about the positive impact you had in your previous jobs but they don’t want arrogance. State facts and provide evidence. If you can’t back a big statement with measurable outcomes then don’t include it. Take a step back and think about how what you write might sound to someone else. DON’T: Use long winded sentences or paragraphs Be specific about your previous responsibilities and related achievements.  Use bullet points and keep the message short and to the point.  Remember you only have a few seconds to grab attention so keep it succinct. DON’T: Use fancy or unusual fontsDecorative or bright fonts add absolutely no value to your resume, if anything it detracts.  Use professional, easy-to-read fonts (i.e. Arial, Tahoma, Times New Roman). Use these simple pointers as a checklist when next updating your resume. Doing so will help ensure you are left with a logical, strong resume that tells an employer exactly what they want to know in the initial five to ten second screening process.

New Year, New Job?

BY: Katie Matlock09/01/2024

As the new year begins, many of us are heading back to work and may have a new year’s resolution for a change of job. This may be for many reasons; maybe you're feeling restless, you're just looking for a change of pace, or you want to go in a completely new direction. Whatever the reason, we have the resources to help. When it comes to applying for jobs, stay diligent, check out job boards regularly and set up job alerts so you don’t miss new roles. Popular roles often don’t stay open for long, so doing this will ensure you're not missing out.  WorkPac has 100's of jobs available which you can view and apply for hereby filtering jobs by title, location and job type. You can also set up a job alert with us here. The myWorkPac app allows you to search available jobs, set up job notifications on your phone and complete your profile to get you job ready. Download from the App Store here or from Google Play here.  ​Touching base with a recruiter is another great way to get a bit of guidance. With offices Australia-wide we’re bound to have one in your area, so give us a ring on 1300 967 572 or find your closest office here. Here’s some great tips on writing a resume that stands out and nailing that all important interview. Our blog has plenty of other posts that can point you in the right direction as well. Often preparation is the key to success, so making sure you have all these basics covered before you start applying can help you land the job you're looking for. Searching for a new job can be a long and challenging process, but the payoff when you land the job you're looking for is always worth it. So, keep looking, keep applying, and stay focused on your goals for 2024.

Worker and Drivers Safety - Managing Fatigue

11/12/2023

​With the silly season upon us and many of us continuing to work, travel and catch up with friends and family it is important for us to remember that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road death toll. Research has shown that fatigue can be as dangerous as drink driving. But unlike drink driving, there are no laws regulating driver fatigue. Your safety is in your hands. Thinking about hitting the road? Test how tired you might be before you get behind the wheel at: www.testyourtiredself.com.au So what is Fatigue? Fatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy that does not go away when you rest. People may feel fatigued – in body or mind. With physical fatigue, your muscles cannot do things as easily as they used to. You might notice this when you climb stairs or carry objects. With psychological fatigue, it may be difficult to concentrate for as long as you used to. In severe cases, you might not feel like getting out of bed in the morning and doing your regular daily activities Mental fatigue can ONLY be reduced with quality sleep! Why are you so tired? Typically, fatigue can be traced to one or more of your habits or routines. Fatigue can be a normal and important response to physical exertion, poor eating habits, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep. In some cases, however, fatigue is a symptom of an underlying medical problem that requires medical treatment. Health Concerns associated with Fatigue include: •High blood pressure •Heart disease •Stroke •Diabetes •Depression •Obesity •Digestive Disorders Causes of Fatigue The most common cause of fatigue is put down to being tired, mentally or physically, but there are also other factors that can trigger fatigue which include: •Medical – unrelenting exhaustion may be a sign of underlying conditions, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease or diabetes. •Lifestyle –such as sleep deprivation, overwork or unhealthy habits e.g. eating the wrong foods at the wrong time •Emotional concerns and stress – fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation. Please note: Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination. Symptoms of Fatigue •Eyelids drooping or bloodshot •Micro-sleeps •Blinking increases •Yawning becomes uncontrolled •Slurred speech •Loss of attention •Making errors •Reduced ability to problem solve •Failure to observe warning signs •Have a higher rate of incidents The Effects of Fatigue are similar to those of alcohol •Being awake for 17 hours impairs performance to the same level as having a 0.05 blood alcohol content. •Being awake for 20 hours impairs performance to the same level as having a 0.1 blood alcohol content Beat Fatigue: Most people need 8 - 10 hours sleep a night (not just lying down) If you miss out on your required level of sleep, you need to make it up quickly. •Maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy diet •Catch up on sleep debt with an early night •Limit stress levels if possible •Form regular sleep and wake patterns •Understand your sleep pattern and work with it.

WorkPac End of Year Closure Dates 2023

BY: Katie Matlock01/12/2023

​Need to get in touch with us over the end of year / new year period? From Monday 25th December 2023 to Tuesday 2nd January 2024, WorkPac’s office locations will be available via appointment only from 8.00am to 3.30pm. To ensure your enquiry can be handled quickly and efficiently, please contact us on 1300 967 572.For further information regarding when pays will be processed over the end of year / new year period, please check out our recent blog post here.On behalf of WorkPac, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout 2023. We hope this festive season brings you happiness and a joyful start to a prosperous new year.

WorkPac End of Year Pay Run Guide 2023

BY: Katie Matlock01/12/2023

​The end of the year is just around the corner! And we know how busy this time of year can be. To help we have popped together a handy reference of key dates so you can plan ahead, relax, and focus on what matters most this festive season.​Payroll Changes | All Divisions & FTMs​Week Commencing Monday 18th December 2023Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet by 10am Monday 18th December 2023 to ensure it is processed on time.All pay runs will be processed as per normal.​Week Commencing Monday 25th December 2023Due to the Christmas Day and Boxing Day Public Holiday your pays will be delayed by 2 working days. Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet by 10am Wednesday 27th December 2023 at the very latest to ensure it is processed on time.All pay runs will be processed on 29th December 2023 then the next pay run will be Tuesday 2nd January 2024.​Week Commencing Monday 1stJanuary 2024Due to the New Year’s Day Public Holiday your pay will be delayed by 1 working day.Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet by 10am Tuesday 2nd January 2024 at the very latest to ensure it is processed on time.​Please check with your bank with regards to their processing days Importantly, our Payroll team are aiming to minimise these delays where possible. For example, if all employees in a division have lodged their timesheets, we will endeavour to process payments earlier. This is a great reason to make sure your timesheet is logged promptly.We also encourage you to reach out to your bank for assistance with queries regarding their processing days.Please contact your WorkPac Recruitment Coordinator for assistance with any queries.Wishing you all the best for the festive season and a joyful start to a happy new year.

SAFETY UPDATE | HEATSTROKE & HEAT EXHAUSTION

BY: Katie Matlock12/11/2023

Australia's summer climate is one of extremes, with many regions regularly experiencing temperatures 30 degrees and above. In this blog, learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment of heatstroke and heat exhaustion and the steps you can take to help yourself and others stay safe.Heatwaves and hot weather can kill, and the risk of heat-related illness is higher for young children and elderly persons, during pregnancy and when taking certain medications. ​What is heat exhaustion?Heat exhaustion happens when someone becomes dehydrated due to fluid loss from a hot environment and/or excessive physical activity.​The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:Normal or mildly higher body temperatureCool, pale, clammy skinExcessive sweatingThirstyHeadacheMuscle crampsRapid, weak pulseFainting or dizziness​TreatmentHelp the person to lie down in a cool or shady area to monitorRemove excessive clothing and loosen any tight clothingImmerse hands and feet in cold water, cool by fanning and moisten the skin, if possibleIf fully alert and responsive, give them frequent small drinks of waterIf muscle cramps occur, gently stretch the affected muscles to ease the pain​What is heatstroke?Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency and can cause a person to collapse or fall unconscious. Heatstroke is more serious and means the body is no longer able to regulate its temperature by cooling the skin's surface by sweating. The internal body temperature rises, and organ damage can occur.The symptoms of heatstroke include:Reduced sweatingHigh body temperature (above 40°C)Dry, flushed, hot skinNauseaMuscle spasmsPain throughout the bodyUnusual behaviour or signs of confusionSeizure or possible loss of responsiveness​TreatmentImmediately call 000 for an ambulanceIf available, have the person take a cold shower or bathCool the person with household items such as wet towels, fans or icepacks placed in the neck, groin and armpitsIf unresponsive or not alert, place in the recovery positionPrepare to give CPR if necessary​Heatwaves can kill, so it's important to be aware of what to look for and what you can do to help. For more information, the Red Cross has an excellent First Aid app (download here)and advice about how to stay cool in hot weather.

National Safe Work Month 2023

BY: Bernie Dwyer02/10/2023

October is National Safe Work Montha time to for all of us to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.Being healthy and safe means being free from physical and psychological harm. A safe and healthy workplace benefits all of us.  For everyone’s safety, work safely. #SafeWorkMonthWorkPac’s primary commitment is to your health and safety, and we are strong advocates of National Safe Work Month and actively encourage all of you to put safety in the forefront of your minds not just in October each year but on each and every day, take the time to think about the tasks you are undertaking, what could go wrong and how you can do it safely.Working safely can become a habit if you prioritize your own personal safety and that of others. ​WHAT we can do EVERY DAY​Work together to manage risks at workHabit number one – think about the hazards associated with the task you are about to undertake. What could go wrong? How can I do this safely? What are the controls I know are in place? Has anything changed? What else can I do to make this safer for me and my colleagues? This thought process is a basic risk assessment.Please take the time to read through the WorkPac site hazard register and the required safety controls on each site you are assigned to so that you know what the risks are!​​Work together to protect our mental wellbeingHabit number two – take care of your personal safety, including your mental wellbeing,  know your rights at work, seek assistance when necessary.Work life can at times involve psychosocial hazards, these are the things in our daily lives that can impact our mental health such as:-time pressures- Job demands- exposure to trauma- physical environment- bullying and or harassment- conflict​​Work together to support each other for safe and healthy workplaces Habit number three – Support your colleagues and team members. Being younger or inexperienced or learning a role, having a culturally diverse background,  working alone or in an isolated location, or returning to work after an injury can make some team members more vulnerable to harm.By supporting each other, we can make work safe for everyone.