It’s time to get that job

If you’re in the job hunting game but have been taking a laissez-faire approach and delaying the inevitable, it might be time to re-group and take a more structured approach to your search. Here’s five tips to get you back on track.

  1. Know yourself – understand your skills, strengths and achievements that can be applied to your next job. Having a good self-awareness can assist you to make better career choices and market yourself well.
  2. Know what you want – reflect on the type of workplace where you’d feel motivated – this can include size or location of the organisation, it’s vision and values and the physicality of the work. Write down jobs you can do and want to do.
  3. Know where to find the work – write a list of organisations you would like to work for and match your criteria in terms of your skills and a motivating workplace.
  4. Who do you know? – compile a list of people who are linked to the places you want to work at and spark up a discussion with them. Send them a message and invite them for a coffee.
  5. Check your resume – for spelling, grammar and layout. Make sure it highlights your skills and experience for the job you want.

Put yourself out there by tapping into your networks and checking the online job search sites, local papers and company websites. Before too long you’ll soon uncover awesome job opportunities. Get in touch with Gen for a confidential career discussion today!

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Time for a Resume Refresh

When was the last time you dusted off your resume? I’m guessing when you last applied for a job. It’s true for me too. I coach people in developing a marketable resume and when I last looked at mine I was a bit embarrassed!

The approach I take when helping people strengthen their resume is to focus on layout and then the content. In this post I’m going to list ways to improve the readability of your resume through some formatting suggestions:  Continue reading

Finding Your First Job

school booksMany of my clients are people who are mid-way through their career and looking at a change in direction, but from time to time I help people just starting out in the world of work. I have provided coaching and resume support to high school students who are making decisions about their future and on the hunt for a part time job.

If you’re a teenage job seeker, here’s some things to help put your best foot forward when finding work.  Continue reading

How to Strengthen Your Networking Skills

office-336368_1280Networking is a healthy life skill that’s not just for people in management roles.  It’s for everyone. When I speak with people about networking, some shy away from the concept as it’s seemingly daunting. Comments such as, ‘Nothing could be worse than going to an event and having to make small talk with people.’ I’ll pop some resources at the end of this post with useful networking information for people who feel this way or are more introverted.   Continue reading

The Value of a Strong Work Ethic

Strong Work Ethic

My partner recently mentioned to me that I have a strong work ethic. His words got me thinking about what this really means.  I didn’t doubt his sentiment as I feel I’ve always been a dedicated and hard worker but I wondered if he meant to say I was self-motivated. So what’s the difference?   Continue reading

I’m Off to Cowork

When I started working for myself four years ago I set up our spare room for my home office.  This room has a PC, desk, chair, filing cabinet, bookshelf and a bed.  Whilst the bed may be handy for weekend guests, it’s mostly piled high with paperwork – making my office feel not very office-like.  Continue reading