This will be of interest for any of our members who are looking for a job, looking for private work as a mediator or wanting to list on one of our directories.
A Resume is a summary of your skills, qualifications, accreditations and achievements and provides a quick way for someone who is considering working with you to see what your skills are.
Having an attractive CV is an important part of standing out if you are searching for a job. Yes it should be about your skills, qualifications and passion for your work but the reality is that the initial stage of any recruitment process is culling the applications for most employers. A scrappy, poorly formatted CV might be all it takes for you to end up in the reject pile.
One thing that still surprises me is the number of mediators who don’t have a Mediators Resume. The resume should include your qualifications, accreditations, contact information and showcase either your experience as a mediator or if you don’t have much experience yet your background experience and qualifications.
Don’t leave home without it! You never know when you will be speaking with someone who knows someone who needs help with dispute resolution. If you have handy your one page resume it is a lot more effective than handing over a business card, especially if it has a bit of personality and looks great.
Resume Making Tools
I’ve just found an interesting tool that is easy to use and has a free version and pretty low cost paid version. That’s what prompted this post along with conversations with mediators who don’t have a mediators CV.
We are not associated with them in any way and I just found it this morning. I’ve created a resume. Using the free version I made something that I think it looks pretty good. What do you think? Joanne’s Resume (this link will download it so look where ever downloads go on the browser you use.)
The office suite has some great free templates available. If you don’t have the latest version of office get in touch as we can provide our member and students with free access to the latest version of the Microsoft tools through our Office 365 Subscription.
What other tools do you love?
If you use a different tool that you recommend let us know and we’ll update this post.
Remember to keep an eye on our Jobs Archive. You can get to it from a link on the menu or click here – Job Archive
Running a successful business requires skills such as the ability to market and sell your services. Without those skills you will not prosper.
Marketing doesn’t necessarily mean paying for advertising or behaving in a way that is uncomfortable for you. There are many ways to market your services but you do have to pick some of them and do something. Just having a great service isn’t going to be enough.
Mediation Institute has exciting news about our newest area of training and membership support.
We have partnered with one of the most experienced Family Group Conference Facilitators and Trainers in Australia, Eve Clare. This brings together our expertise in flexible online learning and Eve’s subject matter expertise to create a course that is flexible, minimises the time that is required at workshops without losing that essential element.
Family Group Conference Facilitator Training
If you work in community services or dispute resolution but have not done the Family Group Conference Facilitator training yet now is your opportunity. Find out more about the course.
The course is blended learning making use of Mediation Institute’s award winning eLearning methodologies plus a two day workshop. We will be offering three public workshops in 2018 as well as the option for hosted workshops.
To host a workshop we need a minimum of ten (10) people. If you would prefer to host than to pay for staff to travel consider whether there are other individuals and organisations in your area who may like to attend your hosted workshop to make up the numbers. We provide a rebate of $150 per guest who attends your hosted workshop to cover catering and incidental costs and recognise your support for the industry.
Family Group Conference Facilitator Membership Support
The second part of our launch is to provide membership support for Family Group Conference Facilitators.
For several years Mediation Institute has been a recognised mediator accreditation body (RMAB) and providing membership support and complaint handling services for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners throughout Australia.
Our approach is to keep costs low and focus on both the professional practice (the work) and building a professional practice (getting work) as many of our members provide some or all of their services as independent professionals.
This membership includes:
independent complaint handling service should there be the need to escalate a client complaint
referral to an insurance underwriter for professional indemnity insurance at $200 plus state tax (between $220 and $245 for a basic policy)
professional development and peer group supervision support specific to FGC and the ability to participate in any other Mediation Institute Professional Development at no cost
ethical standards and a certificate of membership proving that you are a certified Family Group Conference Facilitator
The NSW Tender
The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has a current tender open for Family Group Conference Facilitators (Closing 3rd August 2018 at 2.00 pm) Link to Tender
There are changes occurring in Queensland as well which will promote the use of FGC and we expect that child protection services and others around the country will continue and expand their use of this approach to help families protect their young ones.
If you have already trained and are busy getting your tender application ready. There is a few things that could help your tender become successful.
You must have skills and experience in Family Group Conferencing for a successful application. We can help with developing the skills and qualifications of your staff. If you want more staff to be trained then please go ahead and register them now for the Family Group Conferencing training. The online component commences in August and you can put this on the application that these staff members are enrolled in the training through Mediation Institute.
Contact Us if you have any questions about the training or membership. Please forward this post on to anyone you know who may be interested in this training or who is already a Certified Family Group Conference Facilitator and may be interested in membership based support.