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 “Target your next job prospect through your contacts”
Networking 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”
When I meet new people in a professional setting I often ask if they are on LinkedIn. They may be a potential client, someone who can add value to my business or a job seeker I’m working with. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and many companies use this tool as a means of recruiting staff.
When it comes to landing a job, your LinkedIn profile acts as the online version of your resume. I’m going to share with you 10 ways to strengthen your profile and ensure you are optimising your professional brand with this online platform. Continue reading “Are you on LinkedIn?”
One of my goals this year is to build more local relationships and connections through networking. Networking can come to some people naturally, but for others it can be daunting. I would rate myself in the middle whereby I like to be social, yet it takes some self-talk and planning to get me out to market my business.
I plan my networking activity by listing who I’d like to connect with and how will I go about it. Whether I’m cold calling on recruitment firms, attending a community event, or inviting people on LinkedIn for a coffee meeting, at some point a face to face discussion will need to take place. Here’s where more planning needs to be done – preparing what to say.
The weather has been crazy hot here in Central Victoria and it can be hard to stay motivated. I put together this inspirational quote for my Facebook page and, since posting it, I’ve achieved some great things:
- I lined up an interview on local radio to promote my business
- I set up a meaningful networking meeting
- I encouraged my partner to lean in at an important work meeting and he got the result he wanted
I hope you’ve had some wins this week!
Now that Spring is well and truly here and the grass (and weeds) are growing faster than ever, talk turns to gardening and the perennial gripe that the mower doesn’t work properly. Have you heard of the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Just like your garden machinery your career can sometimes use a little love and attention to make sure you’re ready when a job opportunity steers your way.
It doesn’t matter if you are chugging along in your world of work or you’re on the hunt for a new job, tick off these three things and you’ll be ready to spring into action:
- Rev up your resume – Is your resume marketing you? Does your career summary highlight your strengths and make it clear to the reader the role and industry you are targeting? Do your achievement statements include power words such as “strengthened”, “managed” and “improved”? Having a stand out resume ready to send off will speed up the chances of a call to interview.
- Pump up your network activity – In a previous post I stressed the importance of building and maintaining meaningful relationships. Every contact is important whether it’s at work, the newsagent, the cricket club or your art class. Word of mouth is a powerful thing.
- Check your happiness gauge – Do you watch the clock for knock-off time and wonder whether you could be in a more fulfilling job? The first step in kick starting a career change is self discovery. By taking the time to assess your passions, strengths and values you can start to dream about a more fitting role and put steps in place to reach your goal.
I offer free 20 minute resume checks at our local market in Harcourt to help the community bring their resume up to speed. How will you put the spark back into your career?
The last few weeks I’ve been super busy juggling my business activities between working with clients, marketing via social media, preparing presentation slides, responding to emails and building my professional contacts. All important and exciting stuff to keep my business moving forward and thankfully my efforts are paying off! I’ve started working with some local people to hone their job search skills, I’m presenting to graduate librarians on interview techniques and I’ve joined a local think tank. I attribute these recent successes to networking. Continue reading “How To Open Doors”
Equipped with a fabulous resume and a well-written cover letter, you’ve been busy submitting applications for that perfect job, but frustratingly the phone isn’t ringing. When you’re in-between jobs or returning to work after a break, seeking employment can test one’s patience and feel disheartening.
So, how do you manage to stay positive in your job search? Here are my top five techniques: Continue reading “Staying Positive in Your Job Search”
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”