Is self-sabotage stopping you from achieving your career goals? Would you even recognise it? Many of us are preventing ourselves from moving forward in our careers. For some reason, we are standing in the way of our own progress and preventing ourselves from achieving our true career goals. The first step to getting out of your own way is to understand some of the self-sabotage behaviours that can affect your career. In this post, I explain the 6 most common ways that self-sabotage is affecting your career along with some quick tips to kick self-sabotage to the kerb!
Annual performance reviews can be intimidating and not many people look forward to them. I think this is a shame. An annual performance review should be a development opportunity. It is a chance for you to reflect on your performance over the past 12 months. It is an opportunity for you to think about what you want to achieve in the future and garner the support of your employer. Your annual performance review should be a positive process, but just like anything, you will only reap the rewards if you put in the effort. Here are my tips for making the most of your annual performance review.
So, you've heard about testimonials but want to know what the big deal is? Securing testimonials is such a good way to build credibility and when used effectively they can even support you in your mission to snap up your perfect job. Still not sure? Let me break it down for you and answer all of your questions.
I know what it is like. You have a job you love with a company that really takes care of you. Your friend wants a job with a company that really takes care of him. Your employer is recruiting and they may even have an attractive employee referral program. It seems like a match made in heaven. But before you call yourself “Cupid” and reach for your bow and arrow, you should think long and hard about whether this is the right decision for you. If you are thinking about submitting your mate’s details for a job with your employer, keep this advice in mind.
I have been talking a lot lately about building your personal brand and in this post I am focusing on going digital and creating your personal website. A personal website or online portfolio is fabulous for getting noticed, building connections and tapping into a new network of opportunities. It is a great way to build your profile, even when you haven't yet had the opportunity to meet your potential employer for an interview.
By creating an online presence you can actively promote yourself to a wider audience and can tailor your content to specifically suit the types of businesses that you are trying to get the attention of. Here are just a couple of things you should consider when you are creating your personal website:
Last weekend I had coffee with two lovely ladies who asked for some advice on developing a professional portfolio. I must admit - I got a little excited about it! A portfolio can be such an amazing tool for showing off your mad skills and cementing your personal brand. Personal branding is something that I have touched on before and it is becoming more and more important in this competitive job market. Having the qualifications is no longer enough to score that sweet job. Employers these days are looking for candidates with strong values, a brand that aligns with their business and a willingness to hustle, baby! Your portfolio is the perfect way to demonstrate that you have those three things. Not sure where to start? That's why you have me! Here are some awesome tips for creating your own professional portfolio.
In my last post, 5 Networking tips that won't make you cringe, I mentioned the Hidden Job Market and how loads of job vacancies are being filled without being advertised. I am following up today to introduce some other ways that you can tap into the hidden job market and promote yourself to a broader audience - without it feeling icky!
When most of us are looking for a new career opportunity, the first thing we do is head online to a well-known job platform and start searching. But what happens if your dream job isn't advertised? Do you shrug your shoulders and give up the search - "maybe the timing is not right...” Do you become a job advert stalker and check back 10 times a day just in case your dream job suddenly becomes available? Some of you might even relinquish your dream and apply for something you just aren't that into, because you feel like you need a change.
Networking events can such be a great way to develop contacts and strong working relationships with influencers in your industry. The hidden job market is becoming even more prominent and according to Youth Central Victoria, 75-80% of job vacancies are not even being advertised. It is not always what you know, but instead can be about who you know!
Perhaps you think networking events just aren’t your thing (hello fellow introverts!) or maybe you aren’t sure how to get started – it can be pretty strange if you are entering this unchartered territory for the first time. Here are 5 networking tips that (hopefully) won’t make you cringe.
Congratulations! You secured your perfect job and you are over the moon. But now what?
I regularly get asked for advice about this topic - How to Write a Resignation Letter. It is one of those things that you want to do right, but as it isn’t something you do often, it can be a little confusing. How do you do it, what do you need to include and how should you put it all together? I have all the answers for you, my dear! I have even included a download link for a free resignation letter template - today must be your lucky day!
Behavioural interviewing is by far the best technique for gaining a really strong understanding of a candidate's experience and capability, which is why it is so widely used. Behavioural interview questions are designed to get you to give specific examples about your experience. In particular, your interviewer is looking to understand how you have behaved in certain work situations.