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CALLING ALL JOBSEEKERS: Would you like to live on an outback property? Are you interested in childcare or teaching?  Want some information on working with kids on an outback station?  Governessing will be the most amazing experience of your life. Follow our story at www.facebook.com/govaust or Governess Australia on FB

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Getting started Information for Jobseekers ... scroll down or click link

 

 

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GETTING STARTED AND APPLY HERE

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STEP 1 - IF YOU JUST WANT INFORMATION ON BEING A GOVERNESS

Go to the Information Page and read all the information and FAQ’s.

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STEP 2 - FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

Follow our page Governess Australia on FB and add our profile Lee-Anne Governess Australia for members only info.  More on our Social Media Connections page  

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STEP 3 - GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT JOBSEARCHING

Follow these steps, read all the information on finding a job and send in your application.

PART A

Read Fine Print - Policy and Waivers which highlights terms and conditions of using this website including information on check references and other Jobseeker info.

PART B

Send in APPLICATION to be sent to Employer Members looking for governesses

  1. THINGS TO REMEMBER

    • Applications are emailed every week to employers until you notify the JobBoard and have it taken down. 

    • All emails and correspondence should include name and email address used in your APPLICATION FORM.

    • Applications will be completed in the format below.

    • The website reserves the right to make changes if the form is over 1 to 2 pages of information.

    • This website operates as an advertising service not a job matching service.

     

  2. APPLY NOW

    1. Please open word document and fill in Application Form
    2. Save the document and name it your name.Eg. Jane Smith
    3. Email to jobboard@governessaustralia.com with subject CV and your name
    4. After your form has been received and processed an email will be sent back with welcome information. This happens once per week, your CV will be sent to employers in a word document.  A Members Update Email with a list of Jobseekers in a word document attached will be emailed on a weekly basis or as indicated.
    5. Remember send an email to notify me when you want your resume taken off the Employers Update.

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STEP 4 - LOOKING THROUGH POSITIONS ADVERTISED

Look at the JobBoard Positions Advertised page   and read about some of the jobs advertised.

 

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Jobseeker Strategies and Tips

 

These have been gathered from different employers over time

APPROACHING THE EMPLOYER

  • Lots of jobseekers lose employers respect from the very first email.  Often jobseekers will ask what the wage is and various other details but don't ask about the children and the lifestyle.  In the first email you should ask about all these questions but ensure that you ask about your charges, that is who you have to deal with first.  If you don't get along with them then you won't be employed long. 

USE CORRECT PUNCTUATION AND SPELLING

  • I am glad you are starting to exclude resumes from those who cannot spell or personalise their resumes to fit the job description as I am constantly shocked at the quality of resumes I receive which use text language, have no punctuation or even capital letters. It is rather scary to think that these people believe they can teach our children.

  • Think about the salutation you use in your initial email contact, starting off with ' Hey So-and-so' is not a good look.  Advice from an employer.

APPLYING WISELY

  • I think that it would be good if you could make some suggestions on your site that might help applicants choose families more carefully - these might include suggesting that girls who have just finished school should look to govie jobs for only one child - or perhaps a nanny role - as most families will disregard a high school grad if they have multiple children in the classroom. 

  • Try not to apply for every job. Choose your favourite 3 and be upfront and say you are talking to 3 different families which really appeal to you but don't string anyone along once you are not interested.

REFUSING SUITABLE APPLICANTS

  • "As a parent I choose not to advertise our positions on the website but prefer to contact girls who advertise as that way I don't have to be put in a position of telling unsuitable applicants that they are quite simply 'not up to standard'  - as sometimes it is not nice to be honest! 

EMPLOYERS OFFER A VISIT

  • If the an employer is offering to pay for a visit to their property then they are VERY SERIOUS.  I would only go if I seriously expected to take it.  If they are offering to pay for flights they must really like you and expect you to fit in.

OTHER TIPS FROM PARENTS
  • Answer emails from employers within 3 days
  • Reply to all emails
  • If you are not interested, then refuse politely don't leave them hanging.
  • Give a time frame for when you are making your job decision by.
  • Be interested and ask questions about their job so that you can be fully informed.
  • Use punctuation in all emails.  Good literacy skills are important in governesses.

WHAT TO ASK EMPLOYER

Below is advice and questions we encourage governesses to ask before jobs.  This has been put together by myself and other governesses across Australia.

When I was accepted at the end of last year ready for this year my employer gave me an email address of another governess that was staying on for another year at another station. This was a great idea! I would recommend that first time governesses ask for an email address of another governess at an interview; because you get a different view on what you are getting yourself into.

Governessing to me is a passion which I take seriously so my priority questions are quite simply schoolroom and kids and what the parents expect from my schoolroom. Often I will take a job based on whether or not the parents have and instill in the children the same value for their education that I have.

Basically I recommend having your own personal list of questions set out as each case is very unique and personnel to each individual. Get the employers to create a duty statement of what THEY expect before they find out what you are willing to do as sometimes you might get there and it is different to what you first thought. This does however go for the Governesses also - be HONEST with what you are willing and capable of doing, it can be along time out there if either one of you have any misconceptions of your roles...

Names of children, grades and their interests.

  • This allows me when short listing to go with the family that I think I have the most common with the children which in turn allows me to build a great rapport with.

Location of property

  • In relation to town, other school families and governesses, social events, places of interest e.g. waterhole for swimming or camping

  • Whilst this is not important to me and I have my own vehicle to get away it is nice to know sometimes so that you know you can get away occasionally, also if there are other Govies in the area...

Schoolroom Situation

  • Even now in my 8th year of Governessing I find that I get extremely nervous with people looking over constantly, and whilst I encourage the parents to come and see what we do I do find that other people that are a novelty ( and even the parents sometimes if they don't come often are a novelty )  distract the children also.

Job Details and Expectations

  • I include questions about hours expected to work and what work they expect out of the schoolroom - I am generally very flexible in this area as it allows me to spend time with the children in their own territory doing something they can often teach me about!

  • Do the children have any behaviour issues which I could prepare myself to deal with

  • hours of work and role within the house.

Accomodation

  • How big?  How many rooms?  Where is it in relation to the schoolroom and the house? What is supplied?

  • Where is laundry, bathroom, kitchen

  • Do I have my own TV / Lounge room?

Salary

  • Weekly wage

  • About extras such as fuel, phone, net (if the wage is not very flash sometimes the family offer extras to compensate).
OTHER QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER ASKING

Another question I sometimes ask is about other people on the station. Whilst some take this question to mean " any men there?" I always ask as I find some people have different preferences.. Some are real homebodies who might like living with others especially if they are quite shy this could be very daunting, some like to have other people around them especially in their first year so as to provide distractions from home sickness.

Is there a chance to do any work on the actual property i.e. water runs etc or is the work only in the schoolroom

If you commit to 2 years or more does the wage go up each year, mine didn't and I didn't have the balls to ask for a pay rise.

What was the previous govo's relationship like with the children?

 

 

POTENTIAL RESPONSES TO EMPLOYERS

When you get lots of responses from parents after advertising you CV or Resume can I suggest answering all immediately with a response similar to the following example... 

Dear...

I have received many job offers in the last 2 days, I am currently sorting through all my emails. I am intending to make a decisions on a job within the next......weeks

Can you please send me a contract or job description?  I would also love to see some photos of the schoolroom, accommodation and property or anything which you think would be interesting. 

I have attach my full resume, references and a letter with pictures and information about my background. 

I intend to research every job in the next week and will communicate with you more by phone and email after that. If I am not interest in your job position I will let you know immediately and I would appreciate it if you did the same.

Regards.....

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 Please write a polite refusal letter as soon as possible.

Dear....

I am writing to say that at this stage I am not going to take your job position.  I wish you good luck in the future getting a governess.

Regards....

Dear....

I am writing let you know that I won't be taking your job position.  I thank you very much for offering it to me but at this stage it is not what I am looking for.I hope you can find a governess soon.  Good luck.

Regards....

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