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The Résumé-Development Process and Its Impact on Job-Search Behaviour

  • Charmaine A. Hayes (a1), Christine Randall (a1) and Nicholas Buys (a2)

Abstract

A significant proportion of injured workers are not able to return to their original job. Employers have a responsibility as part of their disability management programs to assist this population to find a new vocation. The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the résumé-development process in terms of its potential impact on job-search behaviour for injured workers who are unable to return to their previous job. Data were collected from 22 Australian rehabilitation counsellors via questionnaires, sample documents, and telephone interviews. Thematic analysis of the data reveals that the résumé-development process may be useful in promoting effective job-search behaviour in clients. However, for this to occur it is suggested that the résumé-development process must provide relevant knowledge and skills, overcome or reduce clients’ doubts, address disability but focus on ability, provide ongoing emotional and practical support, value individualisation, and increase clients’ motivation. It is speculated that the findings may be explained by the increased sense of self-efficacy that occurs through participation in the résumé-development process.

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Address for correspondence: Christine Randall, School of Human Services & Social Work, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University QLD 4222, Australia. E-mail: c.randall@griffith.edu.au

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