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 “Finding Your First Job”
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”
Have 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”
When employers are assessing job applications, one of the things they look for is how you can add value to their organisation. As they review your application or listen to your interview responses they will want to know what makes you stand out above the others. Similarly, when potential clients want to hear about my career coaching services, I let them know that I not only help with writing their resume, but also give extra job search tips in our discussions and keep an eye out for suitable job opportunities. Continue reading “Going the Extra Mile”
When it comes to final stage of the interview process and it’s between you and one other applicant, you can congratulate yourself for making it here. You’ve put in a great effort with your resume, cover letter, interview(s), and perhaps some psychometric testing or even a role play! You expect the phone to ring at any moment and fingers are crossed for positive news. In preparation for the outcome being against you, remember to thank them for the opportunity, but also ask the recruiter ‘How did I interview?’…or … ‘What could I have improved on?’
Continue reading “Seeking Feedback”
Your hard work in preparing an awesome job application has paid off and you are called up for an interview. You know you can do the job, and are feeling confident about discussing what skills and experience you can bring to the role and the organisation. Now, how do you keep your nerves in check in the lead up, to avoid that feeling of forgetting something?
Take a deep breath and get these details in order, then you’ll be stepping into the interview with an air of confidence:
- Double check the time, date and location
- Try on your interview outfit to make sure it’s clean, pressed and appropriate
- Know who will be interviewing you and their role in the business
- Prepare meaningful questions to ask the interviewer(s)
- Research the company’s website to enable you to understand the business, such as services, locations, who’s who, core values and vision Continue reading “Last Minute Interview Checklist”
Last month I was invited by Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to speak about Interview Skills at RMIT University in Melbourne. I was joined by Tanya Bramley – Manager of the Swanston Library at RMIT University and Hugh Rundle – Librarian at Boroondara Library Service. The evening was most enjoyable, especially meeting participants afterwards and chatting with fellow presenters. Our presentations were sound recorded and can be accessed via New Grads News Online.
People love to hear what you’re up to. Everyone’s got a story to tell. How do you make it work well for you?
When I set up my career coaching business in 2012 I was so busy mastering basic bookkeeping that not much thought was given to my business branding. I was good a working through my lists, setting up resources and planning how to market, but I hadn’t considered my message about what I do. Continue reading “Telling Your Story”