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Care worker vacancies: what you need to know

Care worker vacancies will lead you into highly rewarding employment, where you’ll have the chance to really make a significant impact on people’s lives. There is a wide range of care work out there but there is also considerable demand for the available places. In order to have the best chance of securing a position, here’s the background to securing care worker vacancies.

Quick guide to care worker vacancies

If you want to impress a prospective employer, whether that’s for a local authority care home or a privately-run establishment, you’ll need to really impress at interview.

Although care worker vacancies don’t necessarily require formal qualifications for many of the roles, you will be expected to display core attributes. These include enthusiasm, an ability to work unsupervised and bundles of initiative. A lot of care work involves one-on-one commitment, so this is no career choice if you are squeamish: a lot of the time you’ll need to apply yourself to some demanding work.

Care worker vacancies can involve 24/7 care. In some cases you might actually require to live in the client’s home to provide full-time care. In other situations you’ll need to prove you can become a valued team player, joining in with shift work, or working patterns involving blocks of weeks between breaks.

As for the actual care work itself, as this is geared to individuals it can cover a host of areas. Personal care is always high on the agenda, assisting with toiletry, bathing, dressing and, crucially, helping provide medication.Much of the work is general – domestic tasks, cooking, shopping, pet care. You’ll also be expected to help your client to complete correspondence, as well as simply providing companionship.

Where to find care worker vacancies

There are many jobs websites you can check out but Community Care Jobs is one online resource worth checking out for care worker vacancies. As well as posting care positions from right across the UK, broken down into the regions, they offer the facility to upload your CV. You can also sign up to receive vacancy notices delivered straight to your email in-box.

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