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.

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Last week I attended a training course facilitated by Professor Jim Bright on Career Coaching, Counselling and Assessment. The first question he asked was “have you arrived in your current job by choice or by chance?” Jim is the co-author of the book called “The Chaos Theory of Careers” and this training covered how our careers are often shaped by unplanned events. Continue reading

Turn Wishful Thinking into an Action Plan

Do you aspire to do things differently or make changes for the better but end up making excuses and doing nothing? Changing habits is about making a commitment to changing our behaviour or actions in areas that are important to us, such as health, money, work and relationships. It’s about identifying what you’d like to improve and taking manageable steps towards making this change.

Goal Wish Quote

I’ve written previously on the topic of procrastination and wanted to expand on this with some more strategies to get you moving forward. To get you thinking about how you can make a change, here are five questions to ask yourself: Continue reading

The Wonder of Remote Interviewing


A Prague job interview for an Irish woman travelling in Rajasthan, by Genevieve Ward

This month I’ve taken some time out from my business to travel through parts of India. My partner and I are two thirds of the way through a tour of Rajasthan, where we’ve visited palaces and forts, walked through small farming villages and market places, interacted with some of the local people and enjoyed their delicious food. It’s been an amazing experience so far. Continue reading