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The job search blog......keeping you up to date with regular articles and information that will enhance your job search and help you get the job you want:

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  • Employment trends
  • Future jobs
  • Job search strategies - where to look for work, how to job search network
  • Tips and techniques to sharpen up your resume, cover letter or job application email
  • The latest interviewing trends and tips to help you with your next interview
  • Information and advice to assist you with your career development planning and career transition

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Mar 06, 2017

Objective

What is a career objective that is suitable for a role in customer relations?

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Jul 28, 2015

Career development planning - the secret formula to choose your career direction

The career development planning process is the real secret to a successful job search campaign because you become totally focused on your career objectives

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Feb 08, 2015

Micro skills for job interviews

Successful job search basically involves the application of a range of skills and strategies which result in you finding work.

In terms of enhancing your job seeking related skills, the good news is that if you are not particularly skilled at doing something, you can learn how to be better. And..... practice until you do become better.

In many ways these skills are associated with attempting to favourably influence how other people, employers or recruiters, perceive you.

The skills associated with resume writing relate to your ability to demonstrate in writing that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to perform a particular role.

When it comes to the interview, it is your interpersonal, verbal and non verbal communication skills that come in to play in order to create the right impression.

One aspect of interpersonal communication in job interviews that is often overlooked by job seekers relates to their non verbal communication skills. These involve things like your:

  • facial expression, overall body posture, and use of gestures
  • tone of voice, diction, and rate of speech

Did you know, for example, that in interpersonal communication, the words we actually use are responsible for only 7% of the meaning of what we are trying to communicate.

Of the remaining 93% - 55% of meaning comes through our gestures and non verbals, and 38% from the way we express those words.

If you are getting job interviews, but are not getting the job offer, perhaps take a look at improving your non verbal communication.

Go to the link below for an excellent article dealing with these vital skills.

Best wishes

Anthony

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Dec 13, 2014

Unusual hiring practices

I have had a number of clients lately who wanted assistance in preparing for a job interview.

It is relatively easy for me to direct them to the common questions that might be asked during the interview, and to practice responses.

But there is no way you can prepare people for some of the more quirky hiring practices that some employers use to decide on the best candidate.

I have heard of people being invited to dinner, or some other social occasion by their prospective boss, but I hadn't heard of some of the strange hiring practices you can read by going to the link below.

With the end of the year approaching I thought readers might enjoy a more light hearted look at hiring practices.

To all my regular readers I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families and wonderful holiday season. I also look forward to being with you again in 2015.

Best wishes

Anthony

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Nov 09, 2014

Cover letter tips - 20 tips for writing the perfect cover letter

20 cover letter tips that take the guess work out of cover letter writing. Have the perfect cover letter for your resume every time.

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Oct 03, 2014

A functional resume, perfect for making a career change

The functional resume is the most helpful resume layout to assist people who want to make a career change. Here's how to prepare this resume style

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Aug 27, 2014

An Encore Career - Is it for you?

For many baby boomers the prospect of an early retirement was extremely appealing – particularly when they were around 40 years of age and still actively building their careers.

As you are well aware, there are a lot of baby boomers now at retirement age – and they aren’t retiring.

For some, this is because they haven’t sufficient retirement or investment saving set aside to fund what they would deem a comfortable lifestyle. Simply put, they need to work to finance their everyday living costs.

There are other Boomers however who have retired from full time employment, but have elected to go back to work. Their reasons for embarking on a so called “Encore Career” are varied, but the reason isn’t always about money. Sure, there are some who will have blown their superannuation or investments savings (I’ve read in several places that someone retiring today in Australia from full time work will have exhausted their retirement savings within 5 years of retiring), and need to return to work to pay the bills.

Among the reasons given for returning to work, or continuing to work after reaching retirement age include:• The need to be engaged in doing something useful i.e. avoiding boredom by working, • Social needs – being around people, meeting new people etc• The desire to give something back to the community• Not wanting to waste useful skills and knowledge

According the article which you can read via the link below, perhaps not surprisingly, people who have had physically demanding jobs tend to want to leave work forever. Those who have worked in knowledge based jobs might initially leave work because they didn’t like their employer, however they are likely to seek out similar work in a different organisation.

You only need to look at the age demographics of developed nations to understand that there is definitely an emerging skills shortage. Perhaps it’s a good thing that there is an increasing trend for people wanting to work beyond retirement age, regardless of their reasons for doing so.

Till next time, best wishes.

Anthony

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Aug 08, 2014

New to Australia - It's tough to find work

It is not just in Australia that it is difficult to find a job. Anyone who has arrived in a new country and is hopeful of quickly finding work knows exactly how tough it is.

My thinking however is, that if you know what the barriers or hurdles are that you need to climb over, you can at least begin to modify your job search. Changing your approach could well make all the difference between success and failure.

Another way of looking at your job search strategy is to consider if you are playing by the local hiring rules.

For these reasons I recommend you read the article at the link below. It is written by Karalyn Brown, a former HR and recruitment consultant who really knows her stuff.

I suggest Australian job seekers take a look at the article as well. In my experience as a job search coach many job seekers in Australia don't know the local rules for finding work either.

Till next time

Best wishes

Anthony

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Jul 22, 2014

Career highlights and accomplishments are essential inclusions in your resume

Not sure how to write about your career highlights or accomplishments in your resume? Here's how to do it.

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Jun 13, 2014

Tidy up inside first

I came across an extremely interesting article which I think is an excellent complement to the usual advice available about career management and job seeking tactics. Things like getting your resume up to scratch, preparing for interviews, getting out and about in order to network are all necessary things we need to do in order to interact with the external world to land a job.

The article, which is at the link below, has prompted me to re-examine the importance of paying attention to achieving some inner balance. By doing this I can see that a person will be much better prepared, and be better able to interact with the outer world when looking for a new job.

For example, as you are carrying out your job search, have you given any time at all to questions like:

  • What does happiness mean to you?
  • What expectations do you have about the way your life and work ought to evolve? Are these realistic?
  • Are you being effective in your decision making? For example if you hate your current job and are looking to do something else, are you clear about why you hate you job so much? What is in your power to change your present circumstances? This might include, for example, changing your attitude or approach? Is moving on really in your best interest?
  • What goals have you set for yourself in relation to your career? What about goals in other areas of your life?
Taking time to ask questions like these of yourself, and engaging in meaningful reflection about the answers to those questions can be a huge help in setting yourself up for a life which has more meaning and happiness.

Also, if you are happy and well balanced on the inside, you will present a much more positive and attractive image of yourself to the outside world.

Take a look at the article – I’m certain it will prompt you to think and act differently in your job search.

Till next time, best wishes

Anthony

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May 23, 2014

A career aptitude test - an excellent aid to your career decision making

Why do a career aptitude test? They can be an invaluable tool to help you with career decision making, especially for career changing

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Apr 27, 2014

How to bounce back after job loss

Readers of this blog who are unemployed will quickly confirm that job seeking can be emotionally tough. Constant rejections and failed job applications can quickly take their toll on self-confidence, self-belief and motivation to keep on trying.

Job seekers will also quickly learn that when the economy is not booming there aren’t enough jobs for everyone who wants one. And…….often, the types of jobs that are available aren’t very appealing, either because of the type of work involved, and/or the rate of pay.

For these reasons job seekers need to develop their resilience. What is resilience you ask? And how can it be developed?

Resilience is basically a person’s ability to cope with change, adversity and challenges and to bounce back when times are difficult. Resilience is closely linked with personal happiness because a resilient person is more likely to experience more positive emotions than negative ones.

It is important to realise that resilience is something that is developed, and can purposely developed – it is not something we are born with.

This then leads to the question of how resilience can be developed. Some important things that are needed to assist a person to be resilient include:

  • developing and maintaining close personal relationships with family and friends
  • developing a positive view of yourself and your abilities
  • and developing your skills in managing strong feelings and impulses

The article at the link below explores in detail other actions that will help you to develop the resilience to remain positive and focused in your job search.

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Apr 15, 2014

Are you approaching networking the wrong way?

There are many credible sources of information to support the fact that a significant number of people find work through networking. This is an unfortunate fact for a lot of job seekers.

Why unfortunate you ask?

Well……one of the things I do when working with my clients is to discuss what action they are actually taking to find work. Networking is often mentioned. But, on closer questioning it quickly becomes apparent that many people don’t know how to network effectively.

The type of networking that I strongly recommend is called referral based networking. This is combined with something called information interviewing.

If you don't know what either of these terms really mean, you can learn more about how this successful form of job seeking is carried out here, and here.

Beyond that, there are some things that ought not be done if you embark on a networking strategy – you can read about some of them by clicking through the article at the link below.

One final thought – if you don’t include networking in your job search strategy you are potentially missing out on many job opportunities. So…….what are you waiting for? Start now on some strategic networking!

Best wishes

Anthony

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Apr 10, 2014

A cold call cover letter - how to write to an employer and ask for a job

A cold call cover letter simply means writing to a prospective employer to enquire if there are any jobs going. Here's how to do it.

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Mar 16, 2014

Getting a job without a degree

There's an article I suggest you read by clicking on the link at the bottom of this blog post.

As the title of this blog indicates the article covers a range of job seeking strategies for people who don't have a degree, and... who may have relocated to a new city and only have a small network.

There's a couple of things in the article that I strongly agree with. The first is developing a target list of companies that you would like to work for. In my opinion having a targeted job search strategy is one of the most important success factors in landing a new job.

The next thing to consider is how you actually look for work. Recruiters and most large organisations today use ATS (Applicant Tracking Software), and typically their selection criteria will include having a degree. If your resume doesn't contain information about your degree you won't get past the tracking software.

It is worthwhile considering that the majority of employment opportunities exist in small and medium sized organisations, many of which will never advertise vacant positions. The only way you can find out where the opportunities are is to have a networking strategy.......one which also uses information interviewing to open doors.

In summary - it is possible to get a job without a degree, but you need to be smarter in the way you approach your job search.

Best wishes

Anthony

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