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+ I'M ON THE TRANS DATABASE AND HAVE A FEW QUERIES!

We're only a little mob but we do have a big database. Unfortunately we don't get to handle every vacancy in every remote community so depending on what your professional area is, it may take some time before you hear from us.

Despite what you might think, competition is high for many jobs in remote communities - you won't be the only candidate considered for any one job.
 

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>> Why was my resume/CV returned to me for review?
>> I've registered with Trans, but I saw a job advertised by Trans in the newspaper and in TransMail for which I thought I would've been eligible. Why wasn't I contacted by Trans first?
>> I've worked in other communities before, but my referees are no longer there and I don’t know how to find them.
>> Once I've registered with Trans, how long will it be before I am contacted regarding a job?
>> I've never worked in a remote community before. Does this mean that I'm unlikely to get a job through Trans?
>> I've been on the database a long time and haven't been contacted yet regarding any positions. Why?

Q: Why was my resume/CV returned to me for review?

A: Did you check out our minimum standards for resume/CV content? If not, look here.

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Q: I've registered with Trans, but I saw a job advertised by Trans in the newspaper and in TransMail for which I thought I would've been eligible. Why wasn't I contacted by Trans first?

A: First of all, the employer may have requested that we do this, rather than conduct a database search. Secondly, in many cases it is a condition of the employer's funding guidelines that job vacancies must be advertised. In some cases the employer may not feel that the candidates we have nominated are suitable.

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Q: I've worked in other communities before, but my referees are no longer there and I don’t know how to find them.

A: There may be members of your former employer's council who can assist, or a representative from an external agency or funding body. If you have worked for an Aboriginal community or organisation before, it is essential that you can provide credible referees who can be contacted by both Trans and the requesting employer. Always consult with your referees before nominating them, and arrange to keep in contact just in case we need to get in touch. Also, we might know where your referees are!!

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Q: Once I've registered with Trans, how long will it be before I am contacted regarding a job?

A: Unfortunately, there are no means by which we could determine this. There is no frequency rate for vacancies registered with Trans. Put it this way: some people have been registered with us for only a matter of days before a position became available - others have been on the Trans database for over a year before anything suitable became available.

You should also bear in mind the region you've chosen in your registration, which is part of the "occupation-skills-region-experience" combination used in the search criteria when we conduct a database enquiry.

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Q: I've never worked in a remote community before. Does this mean that I'm unlikely to get a job through Trans?

A: Well, it depends on your skills. Perhaps you've become a proficient bookkeeper as part of your past duties. Maybe you have excellent manual skills which could be implemented quite effectively in a community setting. You may have effective management ability, which, combined with your financial skills, could make you eligible for a Coordination role. Trans does not "pigeon-hole" it's candidates, and employers understand this when they lodge their requests with us. We're always looking for "new blood" and it would probably be best, if you have any doubts, to contact us just to make sure. We concentrate more on your integrity and ability to perform or develop new skills rather than expect you to come fully equipped with the relevant knowledge. Employers understand this and it's this approach that has made Trans popular with it's client communities.

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Q: I've been on the database a long time and haven't been contacted yet regarding any positions. Why?

A: There are a myriad of reasons why this may happen:

Having a stable work history is a good start. Remote employers value stability and take this into consideration (consider the costs involved!).

Your CV/resume may not be comprehensive enough or contain enough detail - have you checked out our resume/CV page to see our minimum requirements? Your registration is considered to be a confirmation that you've read this material.

Your workplace performance may not be considered appropriate - have you maintained a professional working relationship with your employer and colleagues? Have you earned a good reputation in your workplace? Do you work diplomatically and cooperatively with colleagues and community members alike?

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