Have you heard of the STAR Method? It is a popular tool for writing job applications and presenting interview responses, but when mastered, it can actually be used in other career-enhancing situations as well. So, let’s break it down. In this post, I am going to explain what the STAR method is, how you can become better at using it and I am also sharing four different situations where the STAR method can help you get ahead in your career.Continue Reading
Changing Your Job or Career Path
A question that I am often asked is whether or not you should include an objective section in your resume. Personally, I am not a fan of including an objective – you might have heard me say before that it seems a little redundant, as most of the time, your objective is to get the role that you are applying for. There are some cases, however, when an objective section in your resume can help to communicate your story to a potential employer and these cases all revolve around change.Continue Reading
At the beginning of every new year, a few common themes become apparent with my clients and the people I encounter in general. Themes that tend to change our way of thinking and trigger actions that can sometimes be quite counter-productive in terms of career development. In this Facebook Live stream I talked about the three most common themes that I see at this time of the year and what you can do to make sure the new year doesn’t ruin your career!
Whenever you meet someone for the first time, you know this is inevitable. Within the first few minutes of your conversation, someone will ask "what do you do for work?" When this happens to me, of course I explain that I am a Career Coach and a lot of the time this is met with confused faces and one of these follow-up questions: "What is a Career Coach?" or "Why should I hire a Career Coach?"
Recently I have taken a little bit of a break from my business and by taking a step back I actually opened up my mind to a new flow of ideas. One thing that occurred to me is that maybe YOU have been asking yourself these questions about career coaching too! That's when I decided to write this post and provide you with 6 great reasons that you should consider working with a Career Coach.
If you're anything like me, you know that there is always room to improve. Always! Even if you have already found your dream job or career, there are steps you can take to move forward - remember, if things stay the same for too long, you'll become stagnant!
Here is a list of 33 things that you can do today to improve your career. You can start at the beginning of this list and move through the items in order or pick one or two that take your fancy and start with those. The main thing is that you don't spend too much time thinking about it. Start making a change for the better today!
Attending a phone interview for the first time can be quite intimidating, especially if you don't know what to expect. It can be tempting to treat a phone interview as less "formal" or "important" than a face to face interview and if that is where your head is at, your expectations are most likely incorrect. If you have a phone interview scheduled, do yourself a favour - follow these tips and go into your interview fully prepared and with the best chance of nailing it!
Wondering how to prepare for a job interview? You are in the right place, my friend! Interview preparation is one of the most important parts of the process and can make or break your chances of securing your dream job. Effective preparation can not only help ensure that you present your best self in an interview, it can also make it easier to get those pesky interview nerves under control. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel and the less likely you will be to let your nerves affect your performance.Continue Reading
So, you have scored yourself an interview and now you are wondering what to wear! Preparing your interview outfit is an important task that extends past the clothes you wear. Yes, your clothing choice is important, but you also need to consider your overall presentation and that includes being aware of your personal hygiene. Think you've got this covered? Don't be so certain. Everyone THINKS they have got this covered, yet people are still making the same mistakes. There is no judgement here, just check yourself before you wreck yourself. It would be a shame to miss out on your dream job because of something that is easily fixed.Continue Reading
Have you ever given any thought to how your job-seeking mindset could be perceived in an interview situation? Have you ever actually thought about what your job-seeking mindset might be? You know I have interviewed hundreds and hundreds of candidates throughout my career and there are a few mindsets that are quite common. You might think that your thoughts are your own, but as you will see in this post, what you are thinking is shining through in your interview - whether you like it or not!Continue Reading
Last year I opened the first round of my e-course, Detox Your Resume, which was really well received! As part of the introduction to this course I asked all 80 first-round participants if there was anything in particular they wanted to know about creating a resume, with a plan to address as many of these questions as possible within the course.
Well, the results were overwhelming - the majority of responses I received were about changing career paths and optimising your resume for a career change. This is such a huge topic and I have indeed addressed the questions - to a point - within the Detox Your Resume course, but as this seems to be the very question on everyone's lips, I have decided to get all over it in more detail in this blog post!Continue Reading