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.
Changing Your Job or Career Path
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.
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.
Your cover letter goes hand in hand with your resume to make a first impression that could be the epitome of brilliance or a downright disaster. Obviously if you are taking the time to apply, then you would prefer the former rather than the latter, but in my experience as a recruiter it is not often the case.
A resume is your vehicle for a first impression. Is your resume a shiny red sportscar, a mid range white station wagon or an old brown wreck? What does that even mean? Read on my friend... All will be revealed.