Transferring your accomplishments to your resume

One of the keys to a successful job application is a detailed listing of accomplishments in a candidate’s resume. Not only does this allow your resume to stand out, but it also helps you by providing clear talking points for your interview. Each of us, in all the jobs we have had during our careers, have accomplished many things that were important to the companies we worked for. These accomplishments are the evidence that we can work effectively, that we can and do use our skills to good advantage.

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Stage Fright – Overcoming Interview Jitters

You’ve got through pre-screening and the telephone interview stage.  Now it’s time for the formal interview.  Often qualified candidates reach this stage comfortably, only to be overwhelmed by the face to face interview process. Nervousness, anxiety and a general fear of the interaction can result in not representing yourself at your optimal best.  It is possible to suffer from Stage Fright – a similar fear that is shared by many performers and public speakers that arises from being judged by someone or being the centre of attention.

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The best way to position your references for success

It is important to resolve the issue of references at the start of your job search so that it will not cause undue anxiety. Typically, your former employers and associates will not intend to say anything particularly negative however, you want them to confirm positive achievements in your past roles which support your career and job search goals.

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Time for a new job? How to find the job of your choice

Wish list

You’ve come to the realisation that you’re over your current job! Be it a lack of advancement, unhappiness with the company or simply unmotivated by the work, it’s time to face the reality that continuing in the role is not beneficial for you as well as your employer. Many struggle to get to this point, fearing change and insecurity with the unknown and therefore holding on to something that’s not productive. But having got here, what now?

A lot of people who are looking for a new role or a career change often have difficulty in figuring out what they want for their next role. After all, you don’t want something similar to your current role because you know it’s a matter of time before the work starts to become the familiar demotivating situation you’re currently facing. Here’s a quick exercise that’s worth considering to ensure you have a fair idea about that next step.

Write Your Own Advertisement

Writing your own job advertisement can assist you in clarifying what is most important to you in your next role. This format is not dissimilar to the one employers use to formulate their advertisements.

List your own criteria for the job of your choice:

Mandatory/Essential Criteria:

  • Salary not below $
  • Workplace safety 

Highly Desirable Criteria:

  • Promotion opportunities

Wouldn’t it be nice:

  • Located 15 minutes from home

Knowing and listing these criteria will help you choose and prioritise the roles that you come across in your job search. For many people, focusing on what you truly want is no easy task. It may require a lot of thought and some soul searching. Nonetheless, it’s very important in your career transition, so give it the time it deserves.

Valentine’s Day career advice – Similarities between a date and an interview

Valentine's day interview

Some may think that Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a marketing gimmick, but many go all out in celebrating the day, arguably with over-the-top romantic gestures, dinner engagements, gifts and the like. No matter how you feel about it, it’s hard to dispute the similarities a date on Valentine’s Day has to a job interview. Much like a romantic date, attending a job interview requires the right mix of making a good first impression, dressing to impress and selling yourself appropriately. While you’re likely to receive gifts such as chocolates, flowers and sentimental cards on Valentine’s day, if you’re currently in the job market here’s a gift of some interview tips that can come in handy.

Three things you can learn from Valentine’s Day to apply to your next interview.

  1. Proper planning
    When trying to woo that special someone, you’ll very likely put in a fair bit of effort to planning the day or evening, be it finding the perfect restaurant, gift or entertainment experience. Make the same kind of effort to your job interview by learning as much as you can about the prospective organisation, the interviewer, the job description and trends in the industry. Doing so will enable you to build a rapport with your interviewer and show your level of commitment to the role and organisation.
  2. Dress sense
    No matter who you are, anyone who is looking to make an impression will ensure they’re dressed for success. It’s highly unlikely that old jeans and a hacked t-shirt will do if you’ve already made plans to go out to a lavish restaurant. You’ll need to dress to match the occasion. Similarly, it’s important to make the same effort for your interview. If you’re ever in any doubt about your attire for your interview, chances are you’re under-dressed. Remember it’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed!
  3. Following up
    If you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day with that special someone and would like to see them again, you would send them a text message or give them a call and say how much you enjoyed their company. Show the same courtesy to your interviewer by sending a short thank you note stating your appreciation for taking the time to meet and your continued interest in the role.

Doing these 3 simple things will ensure you confirm to your prospective employer that you are committed and serious about the opportunity and you’re not just a casual fling!