Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes

The Olympics have come and gone yet again until the next games in Tokyo in 2020. In recent weeks we have watched athletes from all over the world compete in their chosen sport at the highest level, and experience both the agony and the ecstasy of either success or defeat. We saw a range of emotional responses – from elation and joy, gratitude and relief, to shock, disbelief and even despair. All of the athletes had been preparing to compete at these games for years, both physically and mentally, but unfortunately there can only be one winner on the day. For those who finish in anything other than first place, there’s a choice to make once the race is over and the emotion is passed – will they make changes in order to get better results, or will they continue with their programme unchanged? There has been much speculation about what...

Support Or Sabotage

Yet again there has been mixed news for local workers in recent times. While some job losses have been spared, for now at least, others have been announced. Some workers are given the option of choosing to terminate their current employment, while others are not so fortunate. The decision is made for them, and sometimes it comes unexpectedly and totally out of the blue. Losing your job rates in the top 5 of the most stressful events we can experience in life, which is no surprise considering that so much is at stake, including our ability to provide for our families and the lifestyle we enjoy, further career development, and a sense of community and common purpose. Even when there have been rumours of upcoming job losses or site closures, my understanding is that when the news finally comes, it is still a shock. The reality hits home....

Do You Need To Turn Off The GPS?

Have you ever been out driving and come to a fork in the road? Either on a whim, or after careful consideration you’ve decided to take the side road that ultimately leads to the same destination, just by a different route? Even though the road might be narrower and windier than the road that is familiar and comfortable, it will still take you to where you want to go and maybe, just maybe surprise you with unexpected opportunities along the way. I recall driving on roads where each bend I drove around revealed breathtaking coastal and mountain views that brought a new appreciation for the beauty of our world. Side roads often lead to more side roads, which can then take us to totally unexpected places, and leave us with a whole new experience and perspective on life. Have you ever noticed that the GPS in your car rarely takes you anywhere...

Nothing In Life Should Ever Be Wasted

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by your circumstances, and finding everything is too hard? Have you ever been tempted to make a hasty retreat when the challenges you face seem too much to deal with, back to a place where you feel secure, comfortable and safe? Just like the process of coming out of its cocoon builds strength and endurance in the butterfly, the fact is we actually learn the most about ourselves and others as we struggle to overcome the challenges life brings our way. A diamond is recognised as the most precious gemstone, and it is also the hardest. Yet its beauty and sparkle is formed, from the process of being exposed to the highest levels of heat and physical pressure. Without that heat and pressure it is no more than a piece of coal – very common, untested, and nothing out of the ordinary. Being out of work...

Finding Your Perfect Job

Unfortunately there has recently been news of more redundancies across various industries and sectors, but it serves as a timely reminder of the importance of always keeping your resume current and ready to use. An alert and proactive jobseeker can be well positioned to take advantage of unexpected job opportunities that are all around us when we know where to look. Uncertain local and international market conditions continue to put pressure on large and small businesses alike, with the potential to impact on job security across the board.  I was speaking with a long term client during the week, and was really pleased to hear that she is finally working in a job that is the perfect fit for the combination of her experience, qualifications, and interests. She could have applied for positions in one of two distinct fields, but is now over...

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who live their life on Facebook? You know who I mean, people who just put it all out there – the good, the bad and the ugly, literally! Maybe you’re even one of them yourself…I think back to posts I have read over the years of happiness shared, the joy and satisfaction of overcoming personal challenges, anger vented, wallowing self-pity expressed following unexpected and unwanted broken relationships, or blow by blow details of the latest of life’s dramas…. While it is understandable why someone would be experiencing each of these emotions, is it really necessary to post it for the whole world to see, and does anyone really care? While probably many won’t care, beyond a cursory acknowledgement that you’re having a bad day, bad week or just going through a bad patch, there may be...

Your Social Media Presence

One of the 5 ways to reboot your job-search is to review your marketing materials. An important part of this is to look critically at your social media profiles. These profiles form an important part of your pitch to a potential employer. While your accounts might have been set up to stay connected with friends and family, sometimes your posts send inappropriate messages that can affect and undermine your job applications. So why is the content of your social media profiles such a big deal – surely you’re entitled to a private life, and why does it matter what you post? As an employee, you become a representative of the company you work for. Importantly, management want to know how having you as an employee might impact on their company’s reputation. Photos or selfies showing too much flesh, or of drunken and compromising behaviours...

Why You Need A Resume When You Are Not Looking For A Job

After some recent interactions with my clients, I have been reminded of why you need to keep a current resume at the ready. Here are some thoughts to consider... First conversation was with someone who did have a resume, and while they’d decided they needed to find another job, all they had done to date was tell their family and friends what sort of work they were looking for. During a casual conversation with a sales assistant when out shopping with her sister one afternoon after work, our jobseeker discovered that the store was looking for another sales assistant. She was excited about the prospect of working in the store, and wanted to show that she was keen. She rang us to update her resume, and then hand delivered it to the store owner first thing the next morning. By lunch time of the following day she had been asked to work a trial...

Are You Willing To Do Whatever It Takes

Over recent weeks we’ve been exploring some of the things that are needed to be successful, and have taken a close look at a man who in many ways didn’t have a lot going for him when he arrived in a foreign country with little money and only just able to speak the language of his new homeland. As we discovered, what he did have, which undoubtedly more than made up for the hurdles and challenges that he he faced, was a big dream, an unshakable belief in himself and his abilities, and a willingness to do whatever it took to see his dreams come to fruition. Love him or hate him, Arnold Schwarzenegger is now a household name across the English speaking world. He rose from humble beginnings in Europe, to be named Mr Universe 5 times and Mr Olympia 7 times, and then to rule the box office for two decades, before going on to enjoy a successful...

You’ve Survived The First Six Seconds

You’ve Survived the First Six Seconds… So your resume has made it into either the yes or maybe pile. Phew … you’re over the first hurdle, but there’s still a long way to go before you receive that job offer. Now comes the time for a more detailed reading of your resume. So what are they looking for this time? The short answer is information… information about your experience, which will indicate whether or not you have the skills, attitudes and attributes required to make you suitable for the available position. You need to give specific details of your paid or unpaid work, because the person reading the applications is looking for any excuse to put you into the next yes, no or maybe pile. It really doesn’t take much for you to be given a second or third look if you have provided details of your work and personal achievements,...