We often get asked what makes a great Hireup profile and the simple answer is, whatever makes you great! Your profile is an opportunity to tell the community about yourself so make the most of it!
If you’re wondering how to do this, we’ve included a few tips below.
Use the ‘About me’ section of your profile as an opportunity to share your interests, skills and unique talents – whatever makes you you! Think about what you can offer as a support worker or what you like to do as a person seeking support. Also think about the kind of person you would work well with, it helps if people looking at your profile know that they’re exactly what you’re looking for. Best to shoot for 100-200 words on this. And remember to check your grammar before you post.
Here are a couple of examples to guide you…
People looking for support
I’m looking for a great new support worker to help me with a bunch of my weekly activities, as well as some personal care activities to get ready in the morning. I’m 22 years old and my real passion is computer science. I have a lot of experience with computers and want to work as an IT technician one day. Apart from that I love to go to the movies and out with my friends. I have severe, spastic, quadriplegic cerebral palsy and I use a wheelchair. I have some difficulty with communication, but once you get to understand me, we’ll get on just fine!
I’m an energetic, enthusiastic and reliable individual looking for work as a disability support worker. I have a lot of experience working in the disability industry and I’m now looking to develop some more individualised relationships with people through Hireup. I am available for all types of work, but my particular passion is working with young adults in order to support growth, development, independence and autonomy. I love dreaming up unusual new recipes and laughing in good company. I also volunteer at the local dog shelter on the weekends and am always looking for people to join me!
Use the availability calendar to block out the times that you are either available to provide support or are looking for a support worker. Be proactive about updating your profile as your circumstances change.
If you’re someone who is looking for support…
List your support needs in the support requirements sections, rather than the bio. This is your opportunity to provide information about your disability and how you like to receive support. This is obviously different for everyone and the beauty of a Hireup profile is that you are able to really tailor this information about what suits you best. Remember that this is your community profile so just an overview is needed at this stage. Once you have built your profile, we will ask for more information about your specific support needs that you may not feel comfortable sharing with all users.
If you’re a support worker…
List your experience and qualifications in the designated fields. List in detail, even if it’s not relevant to the disability sector, you never know what other interests people may have!
When you are writing your bio, remember that all the necessary checks and competencies required to register with Hireup (full list here) are mentioned elsewhere on your profile so there’s no need to list them in your bio. Your first name, age and suburb will also be listed (at the top of the page) so no need to repeat this information either. Writing your profile should be about telling the community who you are, not what you are!