career tips

[caption id="attachment_18628" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Even in tough times you can advance your career"] [/caption] You might think tough economic times mean that any plans for advancing your career are on hold. In fact, the current economic climate provides an ideal opportunity for you to take advantage of the situation. Here are some ideas to help you advance your career: Gain new skills We have all heard the countless stories about dwindling numbers of workers and the increased workloads within organisations. If you find yourself in this situation, rather than seeing it as an overwhelming threat, try looking at the opportunities the situation presents. Taking on extra duties could enable you to develop new skills which will make you more marketable or provide leverage to ask for a pay rise and higher status. Grasp any opportunities that arise to job shadow or receive on-the-job training and mentoring from other staff members. Be on the lookout...

[caption id="attachment_18631" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tips for the best cover letter"] [/caption] Many job seekers struggle when writing a cover letter. Here's my top ten cover letter writing tips to help guide the process. Your cover letter should be in a standard business format. Don’t use borders or fancy fonts, stick with a standard business font such as Arial or Times New Roman; Include your name, address, telephone numbers and email at the top of the letter; Address the letter to a specific person if possible paying special attention to make sure you use the correct spelling of their name; Include any position reference numbers and the position title; If responding to a job advertisement, use it as a guide to help you write your cover letter being sure to give examples of how you fit the requirements mentioned in the advertisement; Try and keep your cover letter to one page in length. Use plain English and...

[caption id="attachment_18655" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Asking the right questions in an interview is important[/caption] If you struggle when asked if you have any questions for the interviewer/s at the end of a job interview you're not alone. Many of us struggle to come up with intelligent and relevant questions at this most critical time. At the end of most job interviews, it’s likely you’ll be asked something like “Do you have any questions for us?” The wrong answer is: “No, I think you’ve covered everything.” The right answer is to ask relevant questions that demonstrate your genuine interest in the position. You can ask questions that relate to the company, the team or the role itself. Here are some examples of questions to ask at a job interview: Questions about the company [to help you learn more about the company including staff turnover, work environment/culture, challenges and future plans] How long have you worked for...

[caption id="attachment_18661" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Managing work life balance"] [/caption] Most of us struggle to maintain work-life balance throughout our adult lives. Whether you’re juggling work and career or feel you are not reaching your full potential, achieving work-life balance can increase your overall well-being and happiness. The benefits of successfully achieving work life balance are enormous and can include: Stress reduction Improved health Strengthened relationships Better work performance Increased happiness   Addressing a work-life imbalance is a multi-stage process with specific tasks to be undertaken at each step. Here’s a simplified step-by-step guide to help you achieve work-life balance: Identify your values What’s important to you? The things that are important to us change over time. For example, before you had children your career and personal interests might have taken centre stage. Now, you might find yourself struggling to cope with managing work and family life. Once you’ve identified your values it becomes easier to set priorities. Set goals The goals you set...

[caption id="attachment_18663" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Brand You - The most important brand of all"] [/caption] Personal branding has become one of the biggest buzz terms in recent years. If you haven’t bought into the hype but now wonder if you should have, here’s an overview of personal branding and why it could work for you. What is personal branding? Personal branding is about creating a brand for yourself just as a you would when marketing a product. In personal branding, you are the product. Why do I need a personal brand? By developing your personal brand, you set yourself apart from others. How do I develop my personal brand? Personal branding guru Dan Schawbel has developed four-step personal branding process to help you develop your own personal brand: Four step personal branding process: Discover – figure out who you are and how you can brand yourself Create – create a personal branding tool kit Communicate – communicate your brand regularly Maintain – maintain...