How to show what you know: Recognition of Prior Learning
When you’re applying for jobs, there’s a lot of pressure.
Your LinkedIn profile, your resume, cover letter, selection criteria and then the interview (if you’re lucky enough to make it that far) all rely on one thing: Your ability to make yourself sound good.
You might be a smooth talker or an accomplished wordsmith on paper, and those things will certainly help. But, ultimately, jobs are granted to people because the employers decide that hiring them is a risk that they’re willing to take. Will the person who claims to be a team player actually consult and collaborate when he or she is in the chair? Will the person who lists ten years of project management experience on their resume then prove themselves to be as useful as a chocolate teapot when it comes to planning and projections?
It’s a gamble. And usually, the employer won’t know for certain if they made a good call until the person they hire has been in the role for a few months, at least. When they get it wrong and have to head back to the drawing board, it can be a frustrating and costly exercise. Understandably, employers want to mitigate the risk of making a hiring mistake by trying to find staff who can prove that they have more to offer than a silver tongue.
So, when it’s you in the hot seat, how do you show employers that there’s substance behind what you claim to be capable of?
How do you reassure them that you’re a low-risk choice?
Well, there’s a secret weapon that many Australian workers are employing (excuse the pun) in their job seeking efforts, and it’s something that speaks louder than all the bravado and bragging in the world:
Now, we’re not talking about going to uni and spending hours hunched over textbooks or nodding off in front of your computer in the early hours. We’re not talking about classrooms, assignments or tedious lectures. We’re willing to bet that you’ve got better things to do than that. And, more importantly – there’s no need. There’s another way to get qualified, and it’s called Recognition of Prior Learning, or RPL.
When you’ve already been working for years, you already have knowledge. You’ve got skills, training, experience and expertise. You just need a way to verify it. You need a way to package everything you’ve learnt over the years into a format that employers can understand and respect. That’s what RPL does.
When you get nationally recognised qualifications through RPL, you get credibility. You don’t just get the piece of paper for nothing – you have to demonstrate that you’ve earnt it. You do this by producing evidence that shows that you’ve already covered the areas of a qualification in your job. You give the evidence to us, we match it to the units that make up a qualification, assess you as competent and award the qualification.
It’s exactly the same qualification as you would have received through studying, but better, because you’ve already done the work. And now you’ve got the piece of paper that proves it, to any employer you meet.
Sound too good to be true?