A Job Seeker’s Sonnet

Originally posted on Work in Progress:

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To whom it may concern

I am in search of employment

From what I can discern

It may help with my mortgage payment

Your vibrant workplace culture

Conjures up thoughts of a monthly brief

Where in place of monotonous torture

We’d be led in song by non other than the chief

A focus on sustainability

I can say we match there too

I’d like to sustain a livability

That affords the occasional Jimmy Choo

To close I’ll leave you with a blurb containing an adjective or three

A hard working, expert, team playing professional, you’d do well to hire me.

I had fun with this and learnt a little about poetry and rhyme schemes. The subject was inspired by This Post where poet Robert Okaji is interviewed and mentions his foray into editing and proof reading resumes and cover letters. No high heels were worn in writing this poem or…

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An Attitude of Gratitude

thank you

When someone has done you a favour, helped you out or given their time, I assume it comes naturally to most people to say “thank you”. I was raised to write thank you cards to long distant family members when receiving presents, so for me its second nature.

In our busy lives, sending a note of thanks can often be overlooked and that’s ok. However, if you DO make this gesture it can have a positive impact in a number of ways:

  • It shows you’ve taken the time to reflect on your interaction with another person and formally express some thoughtful words in an email (or verbally of course!)
  • It demonstrates your own values of kindness, plus it shows professionalism and respect when acknowledging another person’s contribution
  • It leaves a lasting impression and can sometimes prompt further action or opportunities.

For job seekers, thanking people is a good skill to have. As an employee are you motivated by being recognised for your hard work and successes in your job? When your manager expresses their appreciation for a job well done does it make you feel good? The golden rule here is to ‘treat others how you expect to be treated’.

After Interview

As a Career Coach I advise job seekers to send a thank you email to the hiring manager following an interview. This is a chance to include supportive information overlooked at interview. It is also an opportunity to ask to connect with them on LinkedIn. A thank you note doesn’t have to be long winded; keep to the point of your message. If you’re sending a follow up email to a recruiter this is a great opportunity to build this professional relationship.

When Networking

Networking is a life skill that all of us need to do (not just when looking for work). When I catch up with business colleagues for coffee or a phone meeting, I make sure I send a follow up email within 24 hours to thank them for their time. Plus, I’ll share any relevant and helpful resources (weblinks or contacts) that we’d discussed at our meeting. If you can do something for someone that will take less than five minutes, just do it. More is written HERE by author Adam Grant about being “productively generous”.

When People Refer Leads

When people are looking for work, they generally put the word out amongst family and friends.  What happens is that these friends start to keep an eye on the job market for you (hopefully). Someone I’m helping was recently alerted to a job ad in the local paper, so he’s now sent off his application and has of course thanked his mate.

Not long ago I noticed a job ad on Seek for production staff at a factory where one of my clients was keen to work. I sent him a text with the link to the job ad, which was lucky because he’d been camping at the time, but he still managed to send his application by the due date. He rang me a month later with the news that he’d worked his first shift at the factory and wanted to thank me for sending him the job ad. When I hear the news of how people have reached their career goals, this makes my job even more rewarding.

Saying “thank you” goes a long way. Not only is it a kind and courteous gesture, it leaves a lasting impression and you never know where it may lead you.

The People You Meet When You Volunteer

Volunteer HappinessThis week is National Volunteers Week in Australia where the theme is Give Happy, Live Happy. This message is about volunteers making a difference to other people’s lives, but also the effect of volunteering on their own well being, by lifting mood and happiness. I volunteer my time with a local group – Harcourt Progress Association, by coordinating the advertising for their monthly newspaper – The Core. This newsletter didn’t exist two years ago and I really enjoy working with the Editor and being part of its growth. The Core is now at 24 pages and features interesting articles, event information, a crossword, local stories & much more. Continue reading

How to Add a Right Hand Tab

My last blog post focused on Footers and Page Numbers. Now I’m going to show you how to format your resume with Right Hand Tabs (or plainly Right Tabs). Before we start, I recommend turning on the Paragraph Symbol which can show the paragraph marks and other hidden symbols (such as tab arrows and space bar dots) more clearly. Continue reading

How To Put a Footer Into Your Resume

One of the first things I look at when reviewing someone’s resume is the formatting. How does it present? Is it eye catching? Learning a few technical tips in Microsoft Word can save you time plus help the reader navigate their way through the information more readily. This post will show you how to add a Footer, plus how to add a Page Number within the Footer. My screen shots are taken from Microsoft Word 2007 but they follow the same method in later versions. Continue reading

Job Search Toolkit

Job Search Toolkit

March has been a crazy month for me, juggling a busy workload (which is great), plus volunteering for our local community event, Harcourt Applefest. This means any blogging or social media marketing for my business has fallen by the wayside. So, for my March post I thought I’d share some extra helpful job search tips. Continue reading

Taking Care of Yourself When Facing Change

With unemployment in Australia at its highest since 2002, we are seeing more businesses taking measures to restructure and offshore or outsource their processes, meaning job security is becoming a thing of the past.  Continue reading