What Happens Within Those First Six Seconds…

I wrote recently on how the decision about your suitability for a job is made within the first six seconds of your resume being read. Certainly a scary thought… and you have to wonder how anyone makes the grade? How much can you seriously tell about a person from a six second reading of a resume? What are the tell-tale signs that indicate whether or not you do, or even might have, what will make you the right person for the job? We already know that the employer or recruiter has to create a shortlist of applications for closer scrutiny at a later time. While initially their focus is on your skills and qualifications, and how well they match what they are looking for in their new employee, they also want to know what type of person you are. So in that first, and most critical reading, the person scanning your resume will be looking for...

Six Seconds To Make An Impression

Everywhere I’ve turned this week, either talking to people or reading online, I’ve been hearing that recruiters make a decision about your resume in less than 6 seconds. Wow – that’s scary! It used to be 30 seconds, and that was bad enough. At first it might seem that the logical response would be to make sure that your resume is really short, but is that really going to be helpful in the long run?? My understanding is that when an employer or recruiter first reviews their latest stack of resumes to fill a position for themselves or a client, they are looking to create a shortlist of applications to give more attention to. 100 needs to be reduced to 20, then 10 then five. As they scan each document, they are literally looking for any excuse to eliminate that application – it might be simple things such as a spelling mistake as this...

Are You Thinking About Changing Your Career Path?

With a strong focus on including details of your past paid and unpaid work experience in your resume, and rightly so, the question arises of what information you should include if you are looking for a career change, where your past experience really doesn’t relate to the new direction you want to take. You certainly can be considered for a role that is outside your existing experience if you can prove that you have a flexible and teachable attitude, and that you have the physical and mental capacity to do the job. I have enjoyed watching the latest series of Celebrity Apprentice. During a recent episode my husband and I were discussing some of the personalities and the challenges they’d been given. We remembered back to the original Australian series where Mr Mark Bouris, a successful Sydney entrepreneur, conducted a very public job...

Are You Working In The Wrong Job?

I was reading an article recently that said new research shows that 1 in 5 people are poorly suited to their current job. If this research is correct, it means that two million Australians should be preparing themselves for a career change. Turns out that there might be more to Monday-itis than enthusiasm for a long weekend…. Serving a trial period when starting a new job is fairly standard practice, and gives both employee and employer the opportunity to decide whether you are a fit for the organisation and the job. Even if you do enjoy your job in the beginning, in time things can change, for various reasons. A reassessment of your position is the next logical step. Choosing to use the skills you have in a different setting or to reskill may be your preferred option moving forward. The unfortunate reality is that many people find...

Get Prepared Now For Your New Future

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you’d put in a little extra effort to make sure you were better prepared? Have you forgotten your phone charger when travelling, or taken the wrong clothes on a trip? Have you ever wished you’d been a little more disciplined in sticking to your savings plan so you had money available when you needed to pay for that bill you knew was coming, an unexpected expense or the item you’ve been wanting for months or even years? Perhaps there have been times when you haven’t put the necessary time and effort into preparing for an exam or writing an assignment…. As important as each of the above things seem in the moment, overall they impact our lives for little more than a day or so. While we often tell ourselves that we’ll be better organised next time, the reality is we usually...

Five Ways To Reboot Your Job Search

You’ve been trying for a while to get a job. Your efforts so far have come to nothing… what can you do to take the initiative and reboot your job search? Here’s a few suggestions…. Do your research – find out what you can about what it takes to be successful in the type of work you want. Maybe getting some extra licences, qualifications or practical experience will see you leapfrog ahead of others to the top of the list of preferred candidates. Think outside the box…. could there be more opportunities in a similar, but slightly different field? Create a Support Team – it is important to have people around you who will give encouragement when you need it. Might be people you’ve known for a long time, like family or long term friends, or people you’ve met in more recent times. Either way they need to be people who know how...

Tis The Season

With Christmas almost upon us we know that we'll soon be able to have some well-earned R&R. The weeks before Christmas do get pretty crazy with all the end of year functions, presentations, carol services, and gift buying that we sometimes feel are expected of us. Regardless of when you get away, the end is almost in sight for taking some time away from regular routines.  Some of us make the escape before Christmas, while others hit the road on or shortly after Boxing Day. New Year traditionally is a time when we make a list of things we want to change in our lives, but have you ever noticed that making changes in your life rarely comes easily? Long held beliefs, past experience and habits of a lifetime tend to keep us trapped in a place that we so often want to escape from, yet somehow we don’t know how to break free from it....

Lessons From The Scouts

If you’ve ever had anything to do with the scouting movement, you’ll know that their motto is to “Be Prepared”. Each week, members participate in activities that help to prepare them to meet new physical, relational and citizenship challenges, as they work towards achieving the various badges and levels that make up, and are at the heart of the scouting movement. Beyond the recognition and self-achievement, foundational skills learned are of course carried over for use in later life. With many local workers facing an uncertain future following the announcement of more redundancies, the scout’s motto of being prepared comes to mind. But what can you do to make sure you are prepared for losing your job? Seems like a somewhat pessimistic attitude to have…. News of being made redundant is always a shock, even if you know it is coming....

Don’t Listen To The Naysayers

We’re now half way through Arnold Schwarzenegger’s six rules for success… Remember this is the guy who arrived in the US at the aged of 21 with nothing but a dream. Despite his poor English, and a thick European accent, he went on to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world, to serve two terms as Governor of California and to become a highly sought after business and motivational speaker. All this in his second language! Not a bad effort… His rule #1 is to Trust Yourself, #2 Break The Rules, and #3, Don’t Be Afraid to Fail. This isn’t always easy, especially if the people important to you are less than supportive. Which leads us to rule #4, which is “Don’t Listen to the Naysayers”. A decision to take action to do something new or different isn’t always welcomed by those around us, and there can be varied reasons...

Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

Failure is something we usually try to avoid at all costs, yet interestingly it provides us with the greatest opportunity to grow as people. As a society we honour and celebrate the individual or team that wins the gold medal, and sadly, in the eyes of some, the winners of the silver and bronze medals are viewed as failures. Realistically though, anyone who lines up to compete in the finals of a national or international competition should be congratulated on their achievements. So what of the silver or bronze medallist? Or the finalists who don’t finish with a medal? Do they just walk away because they don’t win gold at their first attempt? How many elite athletes do you think would give up on their dream so easily? My guess is, not many! What is perceived by some as failure, in a champion’s mind becomes the motivation and drive to make...