Posts Tagged ‘Career advice’

What do employers look for in a CV?

resume tips

Speaking honestly: Writing a resume can be a real drag. Updating an existing one however, can be downright painful. If you are reading this, chances are you are looking at greener pastures and about to embark on a new adventure. Well, here’s the good news: learning how to transform your outdated resume can give your…

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What to wear to your job interview

“Whatever you do… make sure you are better dressed than your best dressed client.” These were the words that haunted me throughout my recruitment career. My best dressed client, wore head to toe black Hugo Boss. Her hair perfectly coiffed, make up like a Christian Dior counter girl, nails immaculate, not a chip in sight.…

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What I learnt from my 6-year-old daughter.

hesitation

My heart fell. That horrible feeling, that something could go terribly wrong. I looked up, staring at the metal chains, that held everything together. What if one of the chains let loose? What if we fell out of the seat? What if the buckle wasn’t put on properly? What if? My 6-year-old daughter was beaming.…

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Have you discovered your Ikigai?

reason for existing

Change. 6 letters when put together have a strange effect. For some, it paralyses them. Too afraid of what could happen, they would rather stick with what they know. For over ten years, my client was stuck in a rut. The monotony of the same job. Day in, day out. Was she good at it,…

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Finish well. How to spend your last 203 days.

transitioning career

Have you ever felt stagnant? Fear of moving forward. Fear of failure. A comfortable holding position. Doing the same thing over and over. Utilising energy. Wondering why there are no results. Frustration starting to seep in. I have… It’s especially hard when you have lots to risk. When you have tasted the bitterness of failure.…

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Why I’m choosing to focus on now.

career audit

I remember when I was a kid, I thought a day would take so long to get through and afternoons of playing seemed endless. Summer holidays felt like forever and every year leading up to my next birthday felt so far away. Fast forward a few years. Now, I feel that my days fly by…

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Banish the green eyed monster. Focus on your strengths

strengths

Let’s face it, we live in a world of comparison. Each day we find our names, our abilities, our skills, our knowledge, our wealth, our test scores, our performance and anything else in between being constantly ranked against each other. We’re told, “focus on your strength, they make you, you” and “nobody can be a…

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Beginners guide: 4 smart strategies to find your strengths

transitioning careers

It’s funny, I am a recent graduate in search of my future. Throughout my studies, at work I see people walking around, oblivious to the things that are so clear. Their natural strengths and talents influence how they see the world. They’re how they deal with problems, they’re the foundation of their future choices. Yet…

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Why I left my job in accounting.

Graduate jobs

I believe your strengths can help you find your purpose. It doesn’t have to be defined as one big thing or one great achievement. It can simply be a way of making the most of your life by using your unique gifts and talents.

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A working mothers journey into uncertainty

work life balance

The moment my daughter entered our world, she simultaneously both made and unmade everything I thought I knew about life. Up to that point, I considered myself perhaps somewhat in possession of enough experience and ‘know-how’ to accomplish what I felt I had been given to accomplish. One look at this tiny human entrusted into…

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In the pursuit of passion

passion at work

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes But what do you do if you have more than one passion? For me, it’s makeup or medicine. I’ve recently discovered one of my passions in makeup artistry. Each time I go…

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Confessions (and learnings) of a 20-year-old.

graduate job

Okay, I confess. I’m 20 years old, I have a Bachelor’s degree, and I still don’t know what career I want. I am currently taking a year off from study to explore my interests and potential career paths. It is a year full of uncertainty. But is it necessary to label this a confession? What…

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Connections, the soul behind diversity

meaningful work

As I sat at the dinner table with my family enjoying a hot bowl of pho, I thought about the journey my parents have had as migrants to Australia. They immigrated from Vietnam in the 70’s escaping the horrors of war. Here they worked incredibly hard, adapting to a foreign country, which they now call…

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If you want to be successful at work, then do this detox

Whitespace

On Christmas day, while the world sat down for Christmas lunch; tables full of crisp roasted turkey, succulent gleaming hams; I was in hospital. Ever since last years’ horror bedbug attack I haven’t been quite the same. I’ve developed severe allergic reactions to just about anything and everything. Since then, I’ve been on a detox.…

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Searching for your calling? Start here

"Strengths revolution"

“Mummy, what cutie mark will I have?” “Honey, you’ve lost me…what are you talking about?” “My little pony. All ponies are born without a cutie mark. When they find what they are good at, a special cutie mark appears here.” My daughter was staring innocently at me, pointing to her behind. “You see Mummy; Rainbow…

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Want to perform better at work? Then sleep better.

personal performance

I know what its like not to sleep. When my daughter was six months old, I went back to work. The truth is, she did not sleep through the night till she was three. For two and a half years, I operated on less sleep than anyone should have, so I speak from experience. Sleep…

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