When procrastination strikes: writing your resume

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In 2013, Tim Minchin presented to the University of Western Australia. You can see the speech here later. It's fabulous and funny but this advice, I scribbled on a note and stuck it to my screen to remind me daily. He said: So I advocate passionate dedication to the pursuit of short-term goals. Be micro-ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is Read More

Resume words that make you cringe

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What do the words: Enthusiastic, team player, reliable, dynamic and motivated have in common? Or the phrase: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills? Answer: They're all clichés that have managed to end up on most people's resumes worldwide. And they are cringeworthy. Apart from making you sound like an over-eager puppy, the reason that these resume words Read More

Disclosing Salary to Recruiters: Yes or No

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When you've worked your way through several interviews and the employer wants you desperately and will do whatever it takes to get you, you have the upper hand in salary negotiations. This is the time when you can squeeze extra benefits, shorter performance review times, longer or larger benefits on redundancies, car/telephone/health plans and so much more. The old Read More

Survival tips: internal interviews for promotion

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Internal Interviews for Promotion: What do you say when they know you so well? Internal interviews can be tricky. You're not a shiny unknown employee, you're a person they know with baggage and imperfections. But with that, you also offer a degree of predicability and the value that comes with knowing the company, the main players and how things work. I spoke Read More

When rehearsing for a job interview backfires

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The interview has just started. Pleasantries are exchanged and the candidate—we'll call her Jill—is confident.  She's been rehearsing for a job interview like this a million times since getting the call. She's prepared. Word perfect in fact. "So! We'll get right into it," the interviewer says as he smiles at her encouragingly. "What I'd like to know first, is how Read More

LinkedIn Headline Tips for Jobseekers

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LinkedIn Headline Tips for Greater Impact Most jobseekers now know that LinkedIn is a crucial tool for the job search. The good news about LinkedIn (as opposed to a resume), is that you can keep changing the content to optimise your impact, and get feedback quickly as to how your changes are working for you. The LinkedIn headline section is a good place to start with your Read More

Your skills and abilities for the job are not everything!

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If I told you that your skills and abilities for the job are the third most important thing in securing a job, you'd probably not believe me, right? But think about this. How many times have you applied for a job where your skills and talents were a hundred per cent match and you've missed out on the job in the final stages? I would guess that you're nodding your Read More

How Will We Approach Our Careers in the Future?

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How will we approach our careers in the future? Imagine if by 2050 people are living until age 120, or by 2100 we're living until 150! Maybe we should rethink this historical "job for life", and instead break our careers into three or four distinct phases that work best for us at different stages of our lives. It's not an usual concept as far as lifestyles are Read More

Is my resume any good?


Every day I'm asked, "Is my resume any good? Will my resume get me an interview?" Just such an email arrived today from "John" so I took a peek. The resume was ok. Perfectly adequate. No formatting to speak of, no colour, no branding, but it was neatly presented. Nicely written. No typos. Outdated format. For some resume writing firms, this is the time to launch Read More