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 “How to Strengthen Your Networking Skills”

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 “The Value of a Strong Work Ethic”

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 “I’m Off to Cowork”

Getting Interviews, But Not Job Offers

It can be tough when you’ve had an interview for your ideal job and it’s offered to someone else. It often leaves you questioning ‘Where did I go wrong?’ or, ‘What could I have done better’ or simply, ‘Why didn’t they pick me?!’  Continue reading “Getting Interviews, But Not Job Offers”

Get That Job! – Workshop at Castlemaine Community House

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I’m running a three hour workshop to help improve your resume as well as other job search tips. It’s on Monday 9th November from 9.30am at Castlemaine Community House, 65 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.  Bring your current resume. Materials and handouts will be provided including a template to write your resume from scratch! Morning tea will also be available.  Continue reading “Get That Job! – Workshop at Castlemaine Community House”

Choosing The Best Path

Beach Sunset PathwayHave you been faced with a choice and not sure which direction to take? This happens to all of us at some point, and to varying degrees. Indecision can be stressful, especially when something’s riding on it, such as getting a job.  I’ve seen people struggle with decisions relating to their job search and career, when they’ve needed a sounding board to work things through. Continue reading “Choosing The Best Path”

Phone Interviews – Don’t Get Caught Out

iPhoneHave you been in a situation where you’ve sent off a couple of applications and the recruiter calls you up just as you’re stepping onto a train?  Unexpectedly, you’re about to have a phone interview and probably not in the best setting to concentrate.  Continue reading “Phone Interviews – Don’t Get Caught Out”

A Job Seeker’s Sonnet

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

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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: Continue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude”