Celebrating success

Last night I attended the Mount Alexander Business Awards 2019 at the Castlemaine Town Hall. This event is put on by Mount Alexander Shire Council and held bi-annually. My business was a finalist this year in the Microbusiness category.

I was excited to attend this celebratory dinner and catch up with friends. There was such a buzz in the room – a sense of unity and pride in our business successes. Whilst I didn’t scoop up the trophy for my category, I had prepared a speech just in case. I’m sharing it with my readers because I feel like a winner anyway…

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Firstly, I’d like to thank my boyfriend Dean for his encouragement in my business and his support tonight.

Thanks to Mount Alexander Shire Council, Eva and Marg for coordinating this wonderful event and to the volunteer judges. Thanks to the sponsor Workspace for the micro-business category – it’s these partnerships that help make the awards a success.

For me these awards are a great opportunity to not only reflect on my business operations, it’s growth and my professional learnings BUT to CELEBRATE tonight with other business folk in our shire.

Well done to the nominees and the finalists. I was thrilled to hear that Tesha from Mother Lover and Jacinta from Jac the Hitcher were alongside me as finalists. I’ve been following both these women’s business stories both on social media and meeting them at local events run by Ladies Who Launch.

I launched The Good Life Careers seven years ago after quitting my corporate job in Melbourne and moving to Harcourt. I consulted to HR firms, supporting people on career transition programs whilst I built up my work coaching job seekers and career changers here in Central Victoria.

The best investment I made when I started my business was work with a marketing coach. Marion helped form my vision & mission statements, consumer profile and a marketing strategy. This gave me clarity in my message and brand which then led to my logo, website and social media platforms. With these foundations I had confidence to move forward with my business.

Running your own small business is not dissimilar to looking for a new job or embracing career change. When people invest in my services they develop a strengthened and targeted approach to finding work.

I help my clients by providing a framework for them:

  • To reflect on their skills, achievements and strengths so they have clarity about their value offering
  • Give them the tools to research companies so they align themselves to organisations with similar values.
  • Coach them in communicating a clear message – both in job applications and through talking to their networks.

The rewarding part of my work is when I hear the news that my client has landed an interview or better still…been offered the job.

Through my coaching I see people move forward with greater confidence towards their goals AND this is what drives me to continue doing what I do.

Thank you… and enjoy the night!

AWARDS Gen & Dean

Position yourself for career success

Goodlife Careers-5652_SAMPLEIs it time for a career change? Are you feeling stuck in your current job and want to explore regional employment opportunities?

Come along to this three hour workshop to map out a career plan, with practical steps you can start straight away plus a job search strategy that will set you on track to reaching your career goals.  Continue reading “Position yourself for career success”

Start your new job on the right foot

by Genevieve Ward

New Job First Day

I work with job seekers on a set three month Career Program which keeps my clients focussed, on track, motivated and equipped with the skills to find their ideal role sooner rather than later. I’ve been asked, ‘What if I find a job before our program ends – say two months into the program?’ To which I reply, ‘Not only is that a fantastic outcome, but our career coaching doesn’t stop when you get a job!’ Here’s some food for thought about integrating into your new role and future proofing your career with continued growth and development.  Continue reading “Start your new job on the right foot”

Feeling supported through change

Sunflower TRI recently said to my partner, “Oh I’ve picked up some work on a factory closure that starts next week”. He replied, “What a shame for the workers!” He’s absolutely right. He went straight to the heart of the situation – the emotions the staff members will experience when facing the prospect of finding a new job.

As a Career Coach, my role is to soften the blow for the people affected by organisational restructures by guiding workers to think about what’s next, get their resume updated, build their interview skills and their confidence throughout the redundancy process.  Continue reading “Feeling supported through change”

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”

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 “The People You Meet When You Volunteer”

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 “Taking Care of Yourself When Facing Change”

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 “Turn Wishful Thinking into an Action Plan”

Being Paid for What You Love

Change Quote Lao TzuI admire people who recognise that their chosen job is ‘not for life’ and then do something about it. My Mum started studying for a university degree in her 40s and has since transitioned from working as a Personal Assistant to working in mental health as a Carer Consultant – a role which she thoroughly enjoys.

Being open to a new career path and exploring ways to make this happen, can pay off when you find yourself being paid for what you love. Here’s a couple of career change stories to give you some inspiration:

Cheers, Gen

Random Acts of Kindness

I’m currently reading a book by social researcher, Hugh Mackay called The Good Life. In his preface Mackay describes:

“This type of life is marked by a courteous respect for others’ rights, a responsiveness to others’ needs (including, most particularly, their need to be taken seriously) and a concern for others’ wellbeing. A person living this life will be motivated by kindness and compassion.”

When I reflect on my own values and actions I hope that this is the life I’m living. Last year I noticed an article in our local newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser, which asked people to share stories about their random acts of kindness. For instance – giving someone a smile, visiting an animal shelter, and making your workmate a cup of tea. I’d like to think most of us do these things without too much thought. Continue reading “Random Acts of Kindness”