Be nice to your trainer- seriously

10 Jul 2017 9:33 AMJen Fitzgerald
Be nice to your trainer- seriously

Why? Because he/she may be your gateway to your first job. It shows respect, appreciation for all their hard work and it may help you get a job.

It always pays to be nice to your trainer – it really does. He or she may be your first referee in your first aged care job. Some students think if your trainer gives out her number to the class then he/she will give a glowing reference – WRONG! When employers do ring for a referee they always ask the following questions: Was the student punctual? Was the student trustworthy? Was the student absent on many occasions? I recently had an employer ring me about a student who had been absent a lot and was difficult during placement time. Not wanting to spoil her chances I gave positive answers to the some of the questions above but negative answers to others. All were truthful. By the end of the conversation, they indicated she was going to get the job as she had interviewed well and was suitable for their facility. I was chuffed however, I received no thank you from her later on - I don’t expect one from any students but in her case I did, as her placement was a painful process for me as a trainer. The moral of this story is: – Do not take it as a given your referee will give you a glowing reference - Do text or ring before to check you will get a reference - If you get the job be appreciative and at least text a thank you to any referees Read this blog http://www.dptraining.com.au/blog/what-i-wish-you-knew-a-trainers-view written last year but relevant to this topic – What your trainer wish you knew.