Before you discuss the look of an ad, take the time to determine job requirements, compensation levels, and the experience you require from a new attendant. This information will be the foundation of your job posting, and will also help you develop a checklist for grading candidates.
When selecting a publication, newsletter or website to distribute your ad, be sure it’s reaching the people you want to attract. Advertising through the Human Resources and Skills Development (HRDC) job bank, Kijiji or Craigslist are also good ways to advertise. Similarly a well-placed ad in your local grocery store, community centre, church or college can sometimes find good, local candidates. Of course there is always the local community newspaper where you might place an ad, since it would also target your local population.
The written copy in a recruiting ad should tell attendants why they would want this job in the first place. Example: Work with a great employer one on one, in a more personal setting with flexible hours and training provided. You might also try using an opening line that catches the reader’s attention then you can go on to describe the job, for example: “Looking for part-time work? Job opening available for a personal attendant to assist with… “
Ensure that every advertisement includes a direct way to contact you, by telephone, e-mail and/or fax. It’s not normally recommended to disclose your address in the ad but it’s a good idea to give a main intersection or part of the city in which you live.
Ask the interested candidates to mention how they heard about the opening so you know which method of advertising brought you the best results.
If someone has taken the time to apply for the job, be sure to acknowledge that you have received their application. Someone who isn’t qualified for an existing position may still become a future employee.
The Job Bank is the Government of Canada’s website for job listings. It is a free service that allows applicants to search for jobs in the field they are looking for. People looking for jobs in Canada and from overseas also tend to use the Job Bank. Here are a couple things to keep in mind:
Some people have had success by posting an ad in places like the local grocery store, community centre, or church bulletin. If you have a local college or university nearby, students are often a good resource since they are usually looking for part-time work. Some participants have even had luck advertising at local hospitals or long-term care facilities where personal support workers may have only part-time hours. These workers may not be familiar with the broad range of duties you might require of them (assistance with routine activities of daily living is allowed under the exceptions to the “controlled acts” restricted by the Regulated Health Professions Act.)
Local newspapers can be good places to advertise since they reach a specific population. Print ads are now more expensive than they used to be so you have to be mindful of the cost and keep the ad very short.
Personal Care Attendant required Weekend Mornings
Disabled/frail family man requires assistance with weekend morning routine: washing, dressing, transfer, breakfast, etc.Location: Yonge/Bloor, Toronto
Senior, physically disabled female requires a mature, reliable and diligent female personal attendant to assist with activities of daily living including personal grooming/hygiene, meal preparation and house cleaning. PSW an asset but not required. Part time only, approximately 3-4 hours a day (mornings), 3-4 days a week. Please send resume with contact information.Location: Beamsville
The Direct Funding Program is being expanded to allow more Ontarians with disabilities to live independently in their homes.
You can read more about this in our News Release.