Saturday, 26 May 2012

How to get the best education for your kids.

How do you get the best education for your kids? In Australia, and lets be thankful that we live in such a lucky country, it's so simple. Yes that's right, so simple that you're probably doing it already and don't even know it. OK OK I'll tell you - you just shop at Woolworths. That's right how simple is that? This is going to work a treat cause we all need groceries and we should all be able to get to Woolies pretty easy (last time I looked they seemed to be practically everywhere) and you only need to spend $10 to get a sticker. Then if you get enough stickers, and that should be easy cause you can get just about everything you need at Woolies, your school can get their share of essential resources. Stuff such as maths and science equipment, arts and craft material, books and lots more. I'm telling you I'm really glad they're including books because even in this age of technology I still firmly believe that books are a vital part of any decent education. So thanks Woolworths I feel a whole lot better knowing that my kids will have access to books.

Now to get this happening make sure your kid's school is registered and let's face it any school would be mad not to be. You can find this out on the website and if your school is not I'd be getting a shit load of cranky parents together, they should be easy to find, and demanding to see the Principal. When they are registered the school can hand out sticker cards to all the kids. It's also probably best that the school runs a competition to see which kid can collect the most stickers. That would be such a great idea as it would, not only increase the school's chance of getting a bigger slice of the essential educational resources pie, but also, teach children how valuable competition is. We certainly wouldn't want that other toffy school in the next suburb getting more stuff than our school would we? Another good tactic could be to get people who don't have kids at school to save the stickers for our own kids school. In fact Woolies even encourages this. I say get your kids to go door knocking around the local neighbourhood, dressed in last years shabby and ill fitting school uniform, putting on a sad face, letting people know that the local school needs some tables and chairs (yes, can you believe it Woolies can even supply furniture to schools - how cool!) and all they have to do is shop at Woolies.

I know this cause I read it on the web site and I saw it in on TV and you've got to love Ricki-Lee Coulter. The programs called Earn and Learn and Woolies have have done it before and it works. Basically they Earn so our kids can Learn. Yes, pretty basic really, they earn lots of money and use a bit of that to buy stuff for schools that have signed up to play the game. They also use a lot of the rest of the money to get bigger and bigger and that means they can keep supporting the community in the future. Who knows if Woolies keeps getting bigger and bigger there may even be enough jobs for all of our kids to work there. Isn't the aim of education to prepare our kids for work? Now, I've been accused of being bit of a dreamer, but just imagine if everyone in Australia shopped at Woolies. Wow, I bet we would have the best schools with the best stuff in all the world!

Our kids education is so important and we know we can't leave it up to the government to do it properly. So get down to Woolies today and what the heck spend up big - our children are our future.

One last word. If your local small businesses get upset with you for switching to Woolworths just ask them if they are going to buy books and chairs for the local school. I bet that will stop them in their tracks!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

GOD is alive and well

Over population

is alive and and well in the world today and if not stopped Judgement Day will arrive

as a unified global community we need to

STOP (seriously tackle obscene profit)
STOP (seriously tackle over population)
STOP (seriously tackle outrageous poverty)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Most employers lack common courtesy

Have you ever spent hours writing a killer cover letter, customising your Resume and addressing all essential and desirable selection criteria for a job application and never heard a thing? Below is the email I just had to send today.

Dear HR Manager
On the 19th April 2012 I submitted an application for the position of Youth Support Worker as advertised on the ****** ********* Website. The closing date for this position was the 20th April 2012. To this point I have had no official feedback from ****** ********* in regards to this application despite several attempts to contact you. However, as a consequence of my efforts to gain some feedback in regards to the progress of my application, I was contacted today by a person named ********* who mistakenly began to give me feedback on how I went at the interview. I informed her that I had not attended an interview and she apologised, stated that there must have been another Sean who was interviewed, therefore I must not have been shortlisted for the position and that I should have been notified by HR.

I feel compelled to make you aware of this situation. My last position of employment was in Job Services Australia and a major part of my role was case managing unemployed people. By far the most common grievance of active jobseekers was the lack of response that they received from employers in regards to applications they had made for advertised vacancies. Many job applications these days require considerable effort and time and it is understandable that jobseekers become frustrated, demotivated and even angry when they are completely ignored when applying for work. It is a sad state of affairs that this situation appears, from my professional and personal experience, to be the status quo. It is particularly concerning when not for profit organisations, who pride themselves on their service of individual and community welfare, appear to have accepted the status quo of not responding appropriately to applicants for positions within their own organisations. Please note that ****** ********* is not the only not for profit organisation that has failed to provide any acknowledgement of my job applications.

Fortunately, due to my experience of working in Employment Services, I do not take the lack of any feedback personally or as a measure of my worth as a suitable candidate for the positions that I have applied for. I have though now gained a better understanding of the common behaviour of unemployed people who after a period of never hearing anything back simply give up applying for advertised positions.

I am writing to you not with the aim of gaining any restorative action, but simply to provide some feedback that may assist you in providing a better HR experience for job applicants.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Crawley