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.

In my advertising role I get to meet with the paper’s local advertisers and write a profile to showcase their business. In March I met with Mandy Chilcott and wrote about her group exercise classes. Mandy is a career changer, a tree changer, a volunteer and she LOVES being a fitness trainer. Enjoy my article!

Business Update – Castlemaine Group Fitness

Mandy Chilcott is passionate about keeping fit and has found her niche in doing something she loves as a Fitness Instructor. She started taking group fitness classes in her late 20s after a career in veterinary nursing and has never looked back. Mandy is trained with a Certificate IV in Personal Training and Group Exercise Instruction and she has run gym based classes in Melbourne, Bendigo and Castlemaine for 15 years.

Mandy and her husband moved to Barkers Creek from Melbourne five years ago, as an ideal lifestyle choice in raising their two boys and having a strong sense of a community. Mandy enjoys getting involved with the local playgroup, Castlemaine Kindergarten and the Mt Alexander CWA. Mandy also loves to cycle and helps run the Castlemaine Women’s Cycling (CWC) group, where social road and mountain bike rides are organised, plus skills training and family cycling events.

Over the past couple of years Mandy has been running a weekly class at Everyone Health and Fitness up until its recent closure last December. This led to Mandy’s decision to start up the Castlemaine Group Fitness classes in February 2015 at the Old Castlemaine Gaol.

Mandy runs Power Bar and Cross Trainer classes that are designed for all ages and fitness levels. Mandy explains that she “provides options for all exercises, intensity and resistance so that participants can modify the moves to suit their level of fitness and any injuries they may have”. Mandy lists the benefits to her classes as burning calories, improving coordination and agility, raising overall fitness and stamina, developing muscle strength, enhancing bone health and increasing heart and lung capacity.

What a great way to get fit and socialise too. Some people come with friends or make new ones, with many meeting up for a coffee at The Gov afterwards.

I went along the Cross Trainer class which is run on a Friday morning. This particular class provides a great cardio vascular workout. Thinking back, I hadn’t done aerobics since the days of leotards, electric blue lycra and head bands! Mandy’s class was fantastic and I managed to keep up with the steps, including grapevine, lunges and double hops. At $10 it’s affordable, especially without having to commit to a membership. It was not intimidating and some of the participants brought kids who played happily in the corner.

Mandy says the Power Bar (similar to Body Pump) is a popular class where she runs three session a week, noting that the Saturday class fills up quickly, so turn up early for this one!

Genevieve Ward

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.

Activate Paragraph Marks by going to the “Home” toolbar and clicking the Paragraph Mark icon (as shown below).

Paragraph symbol

You can turn this function off once you’ve finished by clicking the Paragraph Mark icon again.

Adding/Setting a Right Tab

Right Tabs are handy for moving the dates in your resume to the right hand side of the margin. This looks effective and can be space saving where you either tab across from the company you worked at or the role you held.

  1. Set your curser on the line where you wish to place the Right Hand Tab
  2. Click the Tab Symbol to toggle to the Right Hand Tab symbol. This looks like a backwards L (as indicated by the red arrow in the left hand side of the picture below).
  3. Now click on the Ruler Bar at the right margin as shown by the red diamond in the picture below).
  4. In your document, tab across once.  this should take you to the right hand side of the page.  Start typing your information, eg. Jun 2008 – Mar 2014.

Right Hand TabRight hand tabs are also useful when preparing an application letter. The following screen shot shows an example of a cover letter where the address is set to the right of the date. I have used a right hand tab for the address, mobile and email information.

Cover letter right hand address

I’ve seen many cover letters where the writer’s address is either on the left hand side of the page or right justified, but not aligned with the date.  By setting a right tab means that your contact information is aligned with a more professional and business like appearance.

Adjusting the Tab Stop Position

I have shown you the quick way to add a Right Hand Tab by clicking directly on the ruler bar. To adjust the position of this tab you can either click and drag the tab symbol to a new position on the ruler, or you can double click on the tab symbol and this will take you to the Tabs window (shown below). Here you have options to adjust the Tab, clear the tab, set new tabs and change the alignment.

Tab Stops

Another way to access the Tabs window is shown here.

One last thing to note is to remember to toggle back to the Left Hand Tab symbol (left of the ruler and shaped like an L) if you want to add Left Hand Tabs on the same line or elsewhere in your document.

For more formatting tips, check out my post on Adding a Footer and Page Number to your resume.

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.

Step 1 – Click the “Insert” toolbar at the top of the screen and choose “Footer”

Insert Footer

Step 2 – A drop down menu shows templates options to choose from. Select “Blank (Three Columns)”

Choose Blank (Three Columns)

Step 3 – Type your own wording in. Here is an example:

Footer wording

Step 4 – Close the Footer by clicking on the “Design” toolbar and clicking “Close Header and Footer”

Close Footer

Adding a Page Number

In the “Design” toolbar click on “Page Number” which will show a drop down menu. Select “Current Position” and click “Plain Number”

Add Page Number

Further Tips for Footers in Resumes

The “Design” toolbar section is where you can navigate between the Header and Footer, create Footers that are different to each section and adjust the distance from the margins.

Keep your Footer Font type the same as the main section of your resume. You can reduce the size of the Footer Font to differentiate it. For example, your Footer Font may be 10pt where your main section Font is 12pt.

Sometimes a simple line above your Footer text can look impressive. To do this, click the “Home” tab on the toolbar and click on the “Borders” icon and select the “Top Border” (as shown below).

Line above wording in footer

For more formatting tips check out my next post on Adding Right Hand Tabs and Adjusting Line Spacing.

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.

Voluntary Work

I spend a fair bit of time volunteering in my community. I coordinate the advertising for our local newspaper and help organise local events, so I’m a big advocate for doing volunteer work.  I recently helped a job seeker with the decision to pursue unpaid work as she “just needed to get out of the house”.  She is now happily volunteering for a community health organisation.

I’ve written more about the value of volunteering in building up your skills, keeping you active, providing networks and referees plus the possibility of paid employment. I recently found this quote via volunteeringaustralia.orgJust a few hours of volunteering work makes a difference in happiness and mood – another great reason to volunteer!

Resume Profile & Achievements

When putting your resume forward you need to tell the reader how you are most suited for the role. This is best done by giving evidence of your good work. When you say you have good communication skills, how are they good? All listed achievements should link to hard evidence and this article via The Guardian talks about this further when writing your resume profile.

How to Write An Outstanding CV Profile

Networking – it’s who you know!

It’s amazing how often the people I work with come back to me and say they’ve landed a job through word of mouth. Here’s my post on how networking has opened doors for my business and it talks about how job seekers can tap into the hidden job market. There’s some more gems of wisdom in this article from Time Magazine:

10 Networking Tips that will Make You a Success

Settling Your Nerves at Interview

Long gone are the days where you can ‘wing it’ at interview. I’m sure people still do it, but there’s a risk of things not turning out so well. By preparing responses to possible questions, making sure your outfit is ready, knowing the name(s) of the interviewer and address of the company are just some of the things to set you on track for putting your best foot forward. The hardest part with interviews can be overcoming nervousness, so here’s an article by bestselling business author Bernard Marr to help you present with confidence.

Your Confidence: 9 Ways To Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Next month I’ll be giving technical tips for formatting your resume. In the meantime, have a happy Easter and eat lots of chocolate! Cheers, Gen

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

How to tailor your resume towards the job you want

When you are applying for a particular role in your chosen field, does your resume show roles that Resume Pic Scrabbleare significantly different to your career path? Does your resume have the hiring manager scratching their head and wondering “is this person a librarian, admin assistant or barista?” Continue reading

Be Prepared to Have a Go

Wise words by Gail Kelly, Westpac CEO about backing yourself.

“My advice and counsel to women – indeed it’s advice and counsel more broadly, but in particular to women – is to back yourself. Be prepared to have a go, be prepared to put your hand up be prepared to put your hand up before you think you’re ready for a role,” she said.

“Many, many women want to be 100 per cent ready for a job before they’re prepared to put their hand up and say have a look at me – my advice to young women in their careers is to back yourself so people out there want to support you, ask for the opportunities, dig deep when those opportunities come your way, and have a go.”

~ Gail Kelly is the first female CEO of one of Australia’s major banks. In the press last week was the announcement of her retirement. You can read more here about seven lessons Gail has learned in her career.