McDonald’s just got lucky

Four of our customers have joined McDonald’s thanks to their determination and hard work along with phenomenal support from their recruitment partner, Bron, at CoAct / Community Solutions.

Each one is working in the retail food area with opportunities for growth and traineeships down the track.

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National Mental Health Month kicks off

It’s no surprise that mental health conversations have skyrocketed since the beginning of the pandemic. However, it’s important to acknowledge that for many, addressing mental health is something that’s always been an issue, even without a global pandemic.

At CoAct, we believe mental health and social and emotional wellbeing should always come first. But a dedicated month to shine a light on it is important too. The more we talk about it, the more we can break down barriers and reduce stigma.

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I let my customers set the pace

Jodie Dollery is a Recruitment Partner for CoAct / Worklink in Cairns. She helps customers with mental illness find work, including those who live with anxiety and depression.

Jodie says, “We work with a lot of people who have one or more mental health conditions. From social anxiety to obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD to schizophrenia, we help our customers build foundations so they can do things like apply for a job and stay in work.

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Maybe the most helpful thing is just being there

CoAct jobseeker Isaac and his employment consultant Cristian share how they unpacked what the right job for Isaac was, and how they went about building the self-esteem, skills and timeline to get him there.

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Why you’re feeling so stuck right now (and how to move through it)

If you’re feeling a bit stuck or blah, you’re not alone. The name for this feeling is called languishing, and there’s a lot of talk on it right now. After 18 months of living in the limbo of a pandemic, it’s understandable you may be finding it hard to move forward.

Even without the effects of COVID-19, this feeling of limbo is often all too familiar for people who are out of work. Psychologist Monique Beaver explains how to recognise and move through this uncomfortable state.

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The new normal: looking for work and returning to work

After nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s starting to emerge and life’s on the road back to normal. We’re learning to live with COVID-19, but what does that mean for you if you’re looking for work or returning to work?

We talk about what’s changed and what remains the same with jobseeker requirements, workplace changes, your rights and more.

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Build confidence, develop skills and get a promotion

Natasha was in a vulnerable place when she first registered with CoAct / Community Solutions. She has severe depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Calum and Rachel, Natasha’s Recruitment Partners, worked intensely and openly to build Natasha’s faith in CoAct / Community Solutions.

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How mindfulness can help you trust yourself and the people around you

There’s good reason everyone’s talking about mindfulness. A regular practice can help us find clarity and get us in touch with our gut instinct. This is what helps us be clear and confident with our decision making.

We spoke with Jai Caulfield-Caruso about mindfulness and trust. She’s a Learning and Development Peer Consultant for Mind Australia.

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Managing anxiety with The Worry Tree

Managing anxiety can be tough, especially when you’re looking for a job. CoAct has a range of service partners who are mental health specialists. They work closely with you to understand your needs and connect you to the right support network. The Worry Tree is just one of the tools we use to make sure you feel empowered on your journey to work.

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What job is right for me? Different jobs for different personalities

Every person is different, with different strengths and challenges, and different likes and dislikes. The ideal job for one person, may be incredibly straining on another, simply because their skills and interests differ so greatly. Finding a job that works for you has a lot to do with matching your personality to the types of jobs on offer.

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