career

[caption id="attachment_18541" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Approach interviews with confidence"] [/caption] You’ve landed the interview, done your research, practised answering potential interview questions and now the big moment has arrived. Here’s five practical ways you can overcome job interview nerves: 1. Visualise In the days leading up to and right before the job interview, visualise your interview unfolding beautifully. See yourself answering the interview questions eloquently and with confidence. Imagine your interviewer’s smiling faces, their satisfaction with your brilliant responses and generally how well things are going.  It might sound very alternative, but many highly successful executives and elite athletes frequently use and recommend visualisation techniques to achieve goals. 2. Breathe If you suffer from pre-interview stress and anxiety it’s likely you will benefit from controlled breathing technique to help calm your nerves. You've probably heard of the ‘fight-or-flight’ response which happens when we perceive we are in danger. Stress and anxiety responses often result in shallow...

[caption id="attachment_18561" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Is remote working good or bad for business?"] [/caption] It was interesting reading the BBC News article Teleworking: The myth of working from home in response to the Yahoo! Memo informing staff that from June, those with work-from-home arrangements will be required to work from a Yahoo! Office. In the memo, Yahoo!’s head of HR Jackie Reses announces: "To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices." Reses adds: "Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings." The Wall Street Journal picked up on the story beginning with the statement “Jobs may get done when employees work from home, but careers are made in the office.” It goes on to examine the different ways in which...

[caption id="attachment_18570" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tips for the perfect CV"] [/caption] Here's 10 steps to help you towards creating the perfect CV: 1. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Include your name, address, Email and contact telephone number/s. You do not need to include your middle name. 2. SUMMARY OR TITLE Include a single paragraph summarising your expertise and experience or a title that describes you and directly matches the role you are applying for. 3. SKILLS AND STRENGTHS Bullet point your skills and strengths to make it easy for the reader quickly identify what value you can bring to the role and to the company. 4. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY List your previous roles in reverse chronological order being sure to include a description of the company and your role along with your duties and responsibilities. 5. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS For each role, you should include 3-6 key achievements that demonstrate your competencies and excellence. Be sure to quantify achievements wherever possible e.g. Boosted productivity by 60% through...

[caption id="attachment_18573" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Have you updated your profile lately?"] [/caption] How long has it been since you updated your LinkedIn profile? If your answer is months or years (shame on you), now is the time to turn the spotlight on your LinkedIn profile and give it the shiny New Year’s makeover it deserves. Here are ten ways to make sure your LinkedIn profile stands out from the crowd: 1. ADD A RECENT PHOTO If your LinkedIn profile photo is more than 2 years old, it is out of date. Make sure your photo is not one of you out on the town holding a wineglass, but one that portrays you as the professional you really are. 2. MAKE YOUR PROFESSIONAL HEADLINE WORK FOR YOU Although your entire profile should be keyword-rich, making your Personal Headline as keyword-rich as possible will go a long way towards getting noticed. When someone searches for someone using key words...

[caption id="attachment_18577" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The portfolio career life"] [/caption] Career portfolios, also referred to as professional portfolios, are a valuable career development tool. Here's a guide to help you understand what a career portfolio is, how to create one and how to use it to help you get ahead in your career. What is a career portfolio? A career portfolio is a collection of materials evidencing your qualifications, skills, experience and personal qualities. Used as a marketing tool, your career portfolio is a powerful visual aid which allows you to showcase your career accomplishments and provide insight into your capabilities. It can be used to apply to jobs, apply to college or training program and to justify seeking a pay rise. In addition to demonstrating your skills and abilities, it allows you to keep track of your own personal and professional development. What does a career portfolio look like? There are two types of career portfolio:...

[caption id="attachment_18678" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The new year provides the perfect opportunity to reassess your career and resolve to make changes"] [/caption] The start of a new year prompts us to think about what we want to achieve in our lives. As we assess our current situation, we may decide it's time to make some changes. This might be as simple as gaining new skills, improving performance or asking for a pay rise, or as major as changing careers. Here's my list of ten of the most popular new year’s career resolutions along with some tips on how to achieve them: Find a better job If you’re unhappy in your current job it could be time to make a move. Just be sure you are making the move for the right reasons and that your decision is a rational and practical one. Ask yourself what you want you want in a new job that you...