Tim has found the perfect role after finding an employment provider who was willing to look past his barriers and see his true potential.
From Busselton in south-west WA, Tim, 29, was unemployed for about three years and during that time he felt some employment providers and employers didn’t put in the time to help him find a job due to his dyslexia.
He lives with a severe form of the congenital condition and is unable to read or write, plus his memory is poor.
Frustrated, Tim approached atWork Australia’s Busselton office directly and was quickly partnered with job coach Kristie.
“Despite these sorts of barriers to work, there’s always a way to help and there’s a job out there for everyone,” she says.
Kristie enrolled Tim in atWork Australia’s Jobs Now program, to give him a thorough grounding in job search skills. The weekly group program helps clients with résumé and cover letter writing, interview skills, where to look for the right jobs, marketing yourself to potential employers, networking skills and more.
Kristie spent time schooling Tim in one-on-one interview skills giving him all kinds of tips on the dos and don’ts, such as the need to prepare properly by doing some company research. She also helped Tim re-write his résumé and worked closely with him on his successful application for a WA White Card, so that he could work safely in construction.
Shortly after registering Tim became unwell, but they kept up the appointments by phone, and Kristy made sure his motivation to continue remained high. Then within weeks of signing up with atWork Australia Tim landed a job as a depot worker at a local council, which he loves.
Kristy says Tim was in “disbelief” that he managed to find work so quickly. “atWork Australia is always willing to give someone a go by investing time and energy to help them find meaningful work,” she says.
Tim says he just wanted to celebrate. “With my prior experience, this is the perfect role for me!”