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[caption id="attachment_18523" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Do you have an elevator pitch ready for when the opportunity arises?"] [/caption] What is an elevator pitch? The term elevator pitch evolved as a way to describe a 30 second spiel about who you are, what you have to offer and why someone should hire you. The premise is that if you were ever lucky enough to share a 30 second elevator ride with someone with the potential to hire you, you could confidently describe why they should. How do I create a good elevator pitch? By far the easiest and most effective way to create your own elevator pitch is to first identify your unique selling points. Try brainstorming on a sheet of paper or digitally if you prefer. Identify all those things that describe your skills, abilities, experience, interests, passions etc. Think about your accomplishments and include these in your pitch to really make you stand out. Have...

[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_18593" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] You have less than 8 seconds to create a good first impression[/caption] You might already be aware that you have less than 8 seconds to create a good first impression during a job interview. What you might not know is how to create a good first impression and be remembered a smartly dressed, well-presented professional. The Basics Avoid eating strongly flavoured foods before your interview. This is particularly important if your interview is scheduled after lunchtime. Stick with a simple sandwich or salad minus garlicky spreads or dressings. Be sure to check your teeth before the interview, that you have no food or lipstick stuck to them. Hair should be freshly washed and neatly styled. If you're a woman you might find wearing your hair in an up-style more manageable with the added benefit of removing the temptation of fussing with it before or during the interview. Women should stick to...

[caption id="attachment_18647" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Being prepared means having less stress"] [/caption] So, you’ve submitted your application and landed yourself an interview - congratulations! It’s not uncommon to feel a sense of panic set in as you realise you need to prepare for the all-important interview. But what exactly should you be doing in the lead up to the interview? RESEARCH THE COMPANY It’s important to research the company before the interview so you can prepare yourself to answer any questions. Adequate research will give you some insight into the various aspects of the company including its history, culture, aims, objectives and future plans. There are a number of ways to research a company but by far the easiest way is via the company’s own website. Seek out as much information as possible eg. read the company’s annual reports, published articles, reports, conference papers and marketing materials. You can also research a company via social...

[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...