Insights from practitioners in Information Management

Issue 5- Information, Education and Awareness

First of all we would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year to everyone.  I’m not sure about you but it never ceases to amaze me where the time goes to.  January has almost been and gone, and with it the time to take stock and to decide what you want the New Year to deliver.  Did anyone make any new years resolutions? Did anyone set any goals? Have they like most other things been abandoned for the safe, tried and tested ways of doing things?  Whilst that sounds reasonable, if you always do the same things in the same way, then you will always get the same result, which means that you cannot and will not grow either personally and professionally.  So before you start your day, take a few minutes and write down what it is you would like to achieve this week, this month and this year because goals that aren’t written down are just ideas.  Now they are on paper, transfer them into your calendar, electronic organiser and set yourself some sensible time lines in which to achieve them, and once you have done that, you will be making a commitment to yourself to keep those promises. 

So what are our promises to you for 2003? We would like to continue with the Information, Education, and Awareness program that we began last year, and offer an invitation to all those of you who haven’t yet attended a session to give us a call and to book your place, and to begin a series of information evenings.  The first one will be in February and will be on “How to write a killer CV” Details on both courses are set out below.

To your success in 2003.

In this issue…
We will be looking at :

• Inductions
• Information Evenings
• If first impressions count
• A Thought to Ponder

During 2002 inductions were introduced for all registrants and contractors.  These Information, Education and Awareness Sessions are conducted twice monthly and are compulsory attendance for everyone, and cover topics such as OHS issues in the workplace including: manual handling and workstation ergonomics. 

If you have not yet attended an induction the first dates for the New Year are as follows:

Tuesday 4th February, 6-8pm and Wednesday 19th February 2 – 4pm.

Courses are free to all participants, coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.  If you are attending the evening session, parking is available behind the offices.  Alternative fee paid parking is available on Parry Street for the afternoon session.

To book your place, please telephone the offices on 08 9335 2533 or send an email to

With all the recent changes to Occupational Health & Safety Legislation it is important that you attend one of these sessions, and is now a compulsory requirement as a registrant of IEA.  If you cannot attend either of these two sessions, further dates will be offered in March, details will be announced.

Information Evenings
Have you ever wondered if your CV is letting you down?  If you’ve applied for a job you felt you were more than capable of doing, but you didn’t get an interview, it’s probably because your CV is not working in your own best interests. 

You have probably been told a few times that first impressions count, well that also applies to your CV, the covering letter and the selection criteria that you have been asked to address.  Did you know that interviewers look at your CV as evidence of good written communication? If you have trouble with words and struggle to make your CV stand out from the crowd, then you really do need to attend our information evening on how to write the killer CV.

If you would like to join us, you need to register your interest now.  The program will be run on Wednesday 12th February between 6-8pm.  Parking is available behind the offices, and there is a nominal charge of $3.00 per person to cover refreshments, payable on the evening.

To book your place, please telephone the office on 08 9335 2533 or send an e-mail to  We look forward to seeing you there.

If first impressions count
In a survey, employers were asked about the most bizarre events that occurred during a job interview:

• A job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle.
• Interviewee wore a walkman, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.
• Candidate announced that she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and French-fries during the interview.
• Candidate explained that her long term goal was to replace the interviewer.
• Candidate dozed off during interview
• Applicant interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer specific interview questions.
• Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed standing up.
• Balding candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a hairpiece.

And finally:

• Applicant said that if hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the company logo tattooed onto his forearm

.A Thought to Ponder
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
Antoine de Saint Exupery