Whether I’m coaching job seekers, career changers or people wanting to start a business, they often struggle with LinkedIn. This is because they don’t see the value, are concerned about their privacy or find it’s time consuming for little return.
I appreciate people will have their reasons and whilst I don’t insist on using this business social networking tool, I do help people see how LinkedIn can support them with their career plans. And, the good news is that it can take less than one hour to give your LinkedIn profile a make-over so that it looks professional and recruiters or potential clients notice you.
Pop over to my blog post about optimising your LinkedIn profile or watch my 10 minute video with some handy tips to increase your ‘star rating’ and your chances of landing on the front page of the head hunters’ lists when searching for top talent.
Get in touch with Gen if you’d like to have a chat about how to get started on LinkedIn, need a profile written or want guidance about using LinkedIn to market your business.
In a coaching session last week my client, Zara* was sharing her ideas in setting up a not-for-profit (NFP) organisation. As she was speaking I noticed myself pondering who I might know that could help her. I made a couple of suggestions then stopped and asked, ‘What is it that you need most help with?’ She replied, ‘I need to speak with someone who has already set up a successful NFP.’ Done. I knew just the person and sent an e-introduction. They are now on their way to meeting up and Zara is shouting my friend lunch. Continue reading →
I 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 →
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. Continue reading →
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 →
Many 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 →
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 →