If you’re seeking home-based work at Mycare, the first step is to build an eye-catching profile.
What makes a great profile? Put yourself in the shoes of a potential client and consider the key things they may be interested in. What services are you offering? What skills and experience do you have? Why are you interested in this type of work?
We've put together some tips to help you put your best foot forward. A successful profile will include:
- A bit about yourself. Take the time to write a few thoughtful sentences about yourself, and start your profile with this information a bit like you would a CV. Describe your personality, so people seeking care can get a sense of who you are and how you might interact with them or their loved one.
- A photo. Choose a head and shoulder shot that clearly shows your face. Find out what makes a great profile photo here.
- What services do you offer? Personal care and home support? Showering? Meals? Transport? Dementia support? Housekeeping? Gardening? All-round help? Select any that apply.
- Other information. Here you can tell potential clients about any disability equipment you know how to use, whether you have a current driver’s licence, whether you’re okay with pets, what languages you speak or understand and the hourly rate you're seeking.
- Interests. People seeking care often want to hire a worker who has similar interests. Be sure to include yours.
- Your experience, training and qualifications. Don’t skimp on the details about your experience and qualifications. This is particularly important if you’re offering specialised services, such as supporting someone who has complex needs or is very frail or ill.
- Availability. Whether you're seeking an overnight or live-in job, or casual hours every now and then, make this plain in your profile.
Include anything else you’d like potential clients or employers to know about you. Your profile is your opportunity to showcase your skills, experience and personality.
Don’t forget to proofread!
A person seeking care may pass up a person whose profile is filled with grammatical errors, text speak and typos – they don't reflect well on you. Don’t give someone a reason to discount your profile; even if you're the world’s greatest writer or speller, ask a friend or family member to look over your profile for you.
Your file cabinet
Another feature of your Mycare profile is your file cabinet, into which you can upload copies of your CV, references and qualifications and certificates. Only you can see your file cabinet, it is invisible to other users. When applying for jobs, you can attach these documents to your application straight from your file cabinet.
The all-important trust and safety steps
For safety and credibility, everyone registered with Mycare is required to authenticate their identity by verifying their email address, physical address and phone number; we’ll guide you through this process as you build your Mycare profile. Everyone wishing to seek paid or voluntary work via Mycare will be also be requested to complete a Ministry of Justice criminal and traffic convictions check. We'll send you the form to request this check, then file it in your file cabinet when the Ministry returns it to us. Mycare wants everyone to be safe when offering or receiving services; read more about trust & safety.
If you have any questions while building your profile, Mycare is here to help. Just phone our Customer Success Team on 0800 677 700, or email [email protected].