Following Up, Without Getting a Restraining Order

Interview CoachingThe most generic piece of advice given to jobseekers is “follow up!”

“Follow up on your application!”

“Follow up on your interview!”

“Follow up on the selection process!”

It is advice that has been repeated and handed down so often, that people now almost see it as a must – without realizing that following up can absolutely go too far.

We need to remember that hiring managers are people too. People with jobs and important tasks to handle throughout their day. They aren’t just sitting around waiting to field your follow up calls, and they do have better things to do than respond to e-mails from applicants. So while following up can be a great way to reiterate your interest, it can also go too far.

Think about your job search in terms of dating – remembering that you wouldn’t want to obsessively call or e-mail someone you’ve just met. And then, tread carefully when it comes to the follow up.

 

Making a Call

Placing a single phone call to inquire about a job opening or to check that your application was received is acceptable, particularly if you keep that call short, pleasant and to the point. But calling more than twice absolutely places you into stalker territory, and convinces hiring managers that you are either too desperate or too high maintenance. Sometimes, job searches are just a waiting game. So trust that they have your information, and then give them time to call you if they are interested.

 

Sending an E-Mail

There are times when sending an e-mail can absolutely be a valuable professional courtesy to extend. Thanking a hiring manager for the opportunity to interview for a position, for instance, usually goes a long way to express your interest in the job. But remember to keep it at that. You may want to improve upon your answer to an interview question, or follow up on something that you discussed during that interview, but always aim to keep it as short and to the point as possible. And then, don’t e-mail again. No matter how much you want to check in to see if a decision has been made or to ask if they have set up a timeline for second interviews yet. This is another area where being too eager can very easily come off as desperate. And just like in dating, desperate is the last thing you want to be perceived as being when searching for a job.

 

Dropping By

Don’t do it. Under no circumstances should you ever just pop by the office and ask to see the hiring manager. You may be convinced that this is the best possible way to show how much you truly want this job, but the real message you are sending is that you don’t value the hiring manager’s time; that you assume they are just sitting around waiting for you to show up. They aren’t. In fact, they are incredibly busy, with schedules that include interviews with applicants who have waited until they were called and meetings were arranged before showing up. There is a perceived arrogance in applicants who just drop by, and it can be a surefire way to have your name removed from the list of possible hires. So instead, exercise a little patience and be willing to wait to meet with the hiring manager until you are called to do so. If that call never comes, it wasn’t meant to be. But showing up and putting your face in front of theirs unannounced never would have changed that outcome. And it could absolutely be detrimental if they were otherwise considering you.

 

How to Get Back into the Workforce after a Long Absence

Executive Resumes and Coaching

shutterstock_124636996You were once at the top of your game, but then life happened and you took a step away from your career. Maybe you decided to stay home with your kids, or the opportunity to travel the world presented itself and you couldn’t say “no”. Whatever happened to take you away from the workforce, you have probably already realised that re-entering may not be easy. Most industries change quickly, and yours is likely no different, but there are a few ways to boost your chances of getting back to your career despite the extended leave.

Update Your Skills

Consider signing up for a few continued education classes before trying to re-enter the workforce. Technology has changed and it is possible your industry has evolved greatly since you were last employed. Look into specific certifications you could get which would help set you apart from other applicants, and brush up on…

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When is it Time to call it Quits?

Executive Resumes and Coaching

shutterstock_107896715For weeks now, you have been thinking about quitting your job. You dread getting up in the morning, and you spend every spare second daydreaming about other career opportunities. You know you don’t want to be there anymore, but the fear of the unknown is holding you back. When you have stability and decent benefits in your job, it becomes incredibly difficult to walk away in search of something more – particularly when you have no idea whether or not that something more even exists. Under certain circumstances, however, the time to quit has presented itself loud and clear; you just have to find the courage to follow through.

You Have Mastered All There is to Master

If your work tasks have become rudimentary to you, and there is no way to expand upon your current duties, it might be time to start seeking out new opportunities. In some cases…

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How to Effectively Manage Negative Co-Workers

Executive Resumes and Coaching

interviews nervesWe have all dealt with that co-worker in the past; the one who constantly has something to complain about while at work. Sometimes its a person with a persistent negative attitude, and other times it is someone with legitimate complaints who seems to be more content whining than taking action to resolve the issue. The problem is that negativity has a way of rubbing off on each of us, whether that means filtering your own view of the workplace, or simply souring your mood to the point that you no longer enjoy being there. Learning how to deal with negative co-workers can help make the work environment more pleasant for everyone.

Listen

Often people just want to be heard, and when you are dealing with a particularly negative co-worker, the first step might simply be to hear them out. Perhaps you feel as though you have already been doing that…

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How Executive Career Coaching Can Help You Find Your Perfect Career

career coachingIf you are re-evaluating your reasons for staying with your current employer or having trouble finding a new position, then you may well benefit from executive career coaching.

At some point in life, a person may realise that the present job they hold no longer provides sufficient income to support their lifestyle or their family, or the work dynamic with their colleagues has changed, and the job no longer holds challenges for them. Or perhaps the work has become far removed from the position they originally applied for due to the company’s reorganisation.

A career coach can help you obtain a better balance between life and work, and deal with issues that you face at your current place of employment, such as an unrewarding salary, lack of growth or advancement opportunities, or failed communication channels with your immediate superiors or your co-workers. In the same way, if you are determined to make a career transition or you have been unemployed for some time now, executive coaching can help you get motivated to find a job better suited to your experience, skills and achievements. Coaching may also highlight areas you need to improve or additional skills you should acquire to help you get the ‘ideal’ job.

Executive career coaching can be helpful if you would like the opportunity to discuss various aspects of your work life with a trained and experienced professional. Because most coaches have backgrounds in human resources or top-level management, they will be able to provide advice on many areas such as growing your existing career, resume preparation, interviewing, becoming a better team leader, and other such issues.

You can always make the decision to face positive changes in your career or start fresh with an altogether new company. With your mind made up, a plan of action laid out, and advice from trained professionals at hand, you can motivate yourself to get the career you want at the right time.

Regards,

kylie hammond

How to Format a Resume so it Get’s Noticed

How to Stay On track During Job InterviewsPicture this: Your resume sitting on a pile beneath 20 others on a desk. You know you have what it takes to be successful in this job, but first you have to catch the hiring manager’s attention. How do you stand out amidst all those other resumes? How do you communicate on one sheet of paper that you are a candidate who shouldn’t be ignored? The answer isn’t always simple, but there are a few tricks you can utilise to make sure you stand out from the crowd.

Highlight Your Key Accomplishments           

Most applicants are used to using a Chronological resume format that breaks down your past work history from top to bottom. In some circumstances this can be beneficial, especially if your previous job titles are impressive and fairly identical to the job you are applying to now, but in most cases hiring managers are hoping to see something more. It isn’t just about your past job titles or who you have worked for; they want to know what you can do. Create a bulleted list that highlights some of your past accomplishments, whether that includes recognition and honors you have received on the job, or ways you have helped past companies to get back on track.

Personalise Your Objective

Plenty of people use the objective at the top of their resume to create a generic phrase they submit to each and every job they apply for. The problem is that for hiring managers, it becomes very obvious when the objective is little more than fluff meant to take up room on your resume. Instead of using the typical buzz words in your opening phrase, consider including the job title and company you are applying to work for. This is a very simple way to let hiring managers know you are serious about getting this position. It takes a minimal amount of effort on your part, while helping you to stand apart from the many applicants who likely have mirror image objectives to each other.

Target Your Audience

Think about the job you are applying for and how your skills and background play into that job description before you submit your resume. If you take the time to tailor your resume to the current opening, you stand a much better chance of capturing a hiring manager’s attention. Look for any key words which may appear in the job description over and over again, and then be sure to include those same words in both your resume and cover letter. If there are certain skills or abilities which seem particularly important to being successful in this position, take the time to alter your resume in a way which makes it clear you possess those qualities. Use your resume to show that you are not only the right fit for this job, but that you are also interested enough to have studied the company and the job description.

Show Your Worth

Listing off your various skills and abilities is a simple task to accomplish, but when you can actual quantify your past achievements in a way that hiring managers can relate to, you make it much harder for them to pass you by. Paint a picture by using numbers and percentages to show how you have been successful in past positions. Give indisputable facts which can back up your worth as an employee. Anyone can use flowery language to make themselves sound like a great candidate, but when you can actually sell yourself with quantifiable evidence, you become a candidate who is difficult to ignore. Nothing is ever quite as convincing as hard numbers when it comes to assessing an applicant’s abilities.

Visit Resumes Australia to learn more about how we can help you format the perfect resume. Alternatively, take advantage straight away of our services here.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Christmas is a Great Time to get a Professional to Write Your Resume

tree18Competition is fierce nowadays when it comes to job openings. Everyone is on the hunt, whether they have been out of work for months or are simply looking for opportunities for advancement. No matter what job you are applying for, you will likely be up against applicants who are more qualified than you in some way or another. Having a solid resume is the way to ensure you still get an interview and the chance to impress hiring managers with what you know you have to offer. By allowing a professional to compose that resume over the downtime period, you are giving yourself the leg up you may not have had, as well as allowing you to be ready to apply for a new career as soon as the New Year commences.

Here are some great advantages to hiring a professional to work on your resume:

Field Insiders

Professional resume writers make it their job to understand the market. They understand the needs of various career fields in a way you may not, even after decades working on the inside. While you may look at your resume as a way of getting everything you know and have accomplished across, a professional knows how to highlight your most important skills. They can read a job description and write your resume specifically to the qualifications desired. If you want to look like the best in your field, a professional resume writer can help you to accomplish that.

Hiring Manager Experts

When it comes to understanding what hiring managers are looking for, no one is more clued in than a professional resume writer. Often they have spent years on the other side of the desk themselves, reviewing resumes and making determinations regarding who should get the interviews. They make a point of networking with hiring managers and remaining aware of desired skills and buzz words that are starting to draw attention. These professional writers can serve as the conduit between you and the hiring managers, helping you to draft a resume that is written specifically to get their interest.

Sticklers for Perfection

We are all capable of glossing over our own mistakes, no matter how many times we have looked at a document we carefully prepared. The problem is that even if your resume is perfect in every way except for one small spelling or grammatical error, you can almost bet that hiring managers are going to immediately pick up on that error. You can always ask friends or family to review your resume for you, but if you want a true guarantee of perfection; a professional resume writer is the way to go. They are the ones who can ensure the resume you are sending off to hiring managers is pristine and ready to land you the job. These are the people you want on your side when it comes to identifying and removing any potential errors or issues which could otherwise cost you an interview.

Masters of Presentation

You may think that your qualifications and experience speak for themselves, but the truth is that presentation and layout matters. Professional resume writers know how to frame your background in a way that hiring managers can’t ignore. They highlight your most impressive assets and are skilled at ensuring the important details are located right where a hiring manger is sure to look first. There are several resume formats which can be utilised today, and they all serve a different purpose depending on the type of job you are applying for and what your current background is. By hiring a professional resume writer, you are consulting with someone who understands all the formats and can help you to select the one best suited to your needs. The end result will be something far more eye catching than anything you could have drafted yourself.

So if you are planning on seeking a new job or career in the New Year, why not engage a professional resume writer now.

Visit Resumes Australia to learn more about how we can help you with your resume over the Christmas period. 

Regards,

kylie hammond

Is Facebook Stopping you From Securing That Great Role

facebookThe job market has been fiercely competitive for some time, making background and reference checks common tools utilised by most companies. Yet applicants today have to worry about a whole new level of personal investigations that never existed 10 years ago though. With the explosion of social media, many hiring managers turn to the internet before even making a decision on which applicants to grant interviews to. So if your Facebook page is littered with photos of you partying alongside your uni friends and your security settings aren’t personalised to protect you from prying eyes, you could be harming yourself in the job search.

Know Who Your Friends Are

Embarking upon finding a new job is the perfect time to analyze your friends list. If you are Facebook friends with people you have ever met (and everyone they know) over the last 10 years, it might be time to consider reducing the number of people you consider “friends”. Remember that unless you have set up special filters, everyone on your friends list has access to everything you post. You likely know some of these people better than others, but would you trust each of them to give you a potential reference for a new job? When your friends list outnumbers your high school graduation class, it is always possible that someone there could have ties to a company you are hoping to work for. It might be best to reduce your friends down to just those people you know would have your back were they to be asked about your potential as an employee.

Profile Pictures

There is no hiding your profile picture from the world, and cover photos are now viewable by anyone who can get to your page as well. Put serious consideration into the images you choose to highlight on your Facebook page in this way. While you may think the photo of you doing a keg stand at your high school reunion is hilarious, many hiring managers will quickly discount you if they see that is the image you have chosen to represent you to the internet. Remember too that in some circumstances, these photos can be captured by internet search results and for a long time be associated with your name. You can set your privacy settings to restrict some access, but you should still choose your main images very carefully.

View As

To see what others can see, go to your profile page and select the “view as” option. This should bring up a public view of your Facebook page. It can be enlightening to see how much is viewable by the general public that you were previously sure had been hidden. With Facebook constantly changing their settings, you never know what may suddenly become available for the whole world to see. It is advisable to use this tool to check on your current settings regularly, allowing you to remain aware of what hiring managers will come across should they decide to go snooping through social media looking for information about you.

Lock it Up

The best way to protect yourself during the job hunt is to carefully consider everything you post online. Beyond that, you can delete photos from your timeline and set your profile settings to be as secure as possible. If you are really feeling concerned about what your current internet presence may say to hiring managers about you, you might want to consider temporarily closing your Facebook account down until after your job search has proven to be successful.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Is My Resume Bad?

resume writing tipsYou have submitted your application to countless jobs, but can’t seem to land an interview, or even a return to your phone inquiries. Stepping back to assess the situation, it is impossible not to question yourself. Are you applying to jobs you aren’t qualified for? Or are there really so many job seekers out there that you simply can’t compete? If you are fairly convinced the answer to all these questions is “no”, it leaves only one other possibility lingering in your mind.

Is your resume bad?

Watch for Errors

One of the easiest ways to discredit yourself with a hiring manager is to have a resume littered with spelling and grammatical errors. Give your resume a thorough read through to see if there are any errors you can recognise on your own. Seek out a friend or former colleague who can then do the same for you. If at all possible, hire a professional to copy edit your resume as well. As competent as you may believe you are in the use of the English language, we are all more likely to miss our own errors when reviewing our work. This is why it is essential to have as many additional eyes on your resume as possible. Eliminating those errors now can keep a hiring manager from automatically assuming you are careless with your work.

Keep it Clean

The other important piece of resume construction is creating a format that is crisp, clean and easy to follow. This means avoiding a resume which is too long or has information jumbled in a haphazard manner. You also want to avoid printing your resume on bright paper or utilising a lot of graphics – anything which might appear to be unprofessional. Most hiring managers will typically only glance at the first page of your resume before deciding whether or not to read further. A poorly designed resume is much more likely to end up on the bottom of the applicant pile. This is another opportunity to ask for the opinions of friends and former colleagues. Allow others to read your resume, and then ask if they thought the important information was readily available or if they had a hard time determining your skills based on the current format. Take their advice to heart, and consider hiring a professional to help you design your resume if necessary.

Remain Relevant

While you may be proud of your work history dating back to your teens and the 20 different volunteer projects you are involved in each year, remember that your resume is an opportunity to present the skills and experience which make you the perfect fit for a specific career. If the two years you spent serving drinks at the local bar aren’t directly relevant to the types of positions you are looking for, and if you do have other experience which is more pertinent, consider cutting your bar duties out of your skill set and focusing instead on the ways you are a perfect fit for this job. Remember, however, that more and more hiring managers are conducting background checks these days, so under no circumstances should you make up a work history or experience in order to remain relevant.

Concise is Nice

If your resume requires a staple to hold it together, it is likely to long. Even with 40+ years of work history, condensing your skills and past positions down to those most relevant and recently occupied will prevent a hiring manager from becoming overwhelmed by the wealth of information in your resume and tossing it aside as a result. Use as few words as possible to describe your background and work history efficiently, consistently asking yourself “does that really need to be there?”

Visit Resumes Australia to learn more about how we can influence your career, from growing your networks to helping you develop clear goals and strategies. Alternatively, take advantage straight away of our services here.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Why You Didn’t Get a Response to Your Job Application

executive career coachingMost recruiters receive more applications than they know what to do with, for every job they are looking to fill. When you are the one taking the time to apply, it would be nice to think you would get some sort of response for your efforts – even if it is simply a ‘thanks but no thanks’ to let you know the company has decided to go a different direction. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, mostly due to time constraints. However here are other reasons why recruiters don’t get back to everybody:

You Didn’t Do Your Research

Personalising your cover letter can go a long way in grabbing a recruiter’s interest. If you are able to show you did research on the organisation and position available, you increase your chances of being contacted. On the other hand, if you put together an application that is similar to what you could submit to a hundred other jobs, you might be missing an opportunity to make an impression. When a recruiter feels as though you don’t want a job badly enough to do a little research, it reflects poorly on the kind of employee you could be down the line.

You Weren’t the Right Fit

Sometimes it really is that simple – you just didn’t have what they were looking for. That isn’t necessarily a reflection on you. They may have someone else in mind, or have decided to hire from within. There also may be just one small aspect that they are specifically looking for – a specialised education or skill – which you don’t possess. Sometimes the most important part of a new position isn’t always made completely clear in a job description, but they know what they are looking for when they see it. If you aren’t it, you probably won’t hear back from them.

Your Opening Pitch Reads Like a Resume

Your cover letter should sell you, but not in the same way a resume does. Recruiters don’t want to see a long list of your accomplishments and skills; they want to know how those accomplishments and skills directly apply to the position they are looking to fill. What is it that makes you special? Why should they consider you above anyone else? These are the things they want you to convey to in your cover letter, or in the e-mail you compose to send with your application. You should be trying to hook the recruiter in with that opening pitch, not simply regurgitating the information they will find on your resume.

You Didn’t Take the Time

If your cover letter and resume are consumed by grammatical and spelling errors, it will be quickly discarded. That should be common knowledge, but it is something that occurs so often in applications. Another reason is if you failed to follow simple instructions, it says that you don’t care enough about this position for the recruiter to give you any consideration at all. Every once in a while recruiters receive an application addressed to another company entirely, and it becomes immediately clear that a generic cover letter was used without the time being spent to even swap out company names. Mistakes like this will land your application at the bottom of my pile, because they have no interest in wasting time on someone who couldn’t be bothered to put a little effort in.

At the end of the day, that really is what it all comes down to: time. If you don’t have the time to make sure your application is ready for a particulr job, than a recruiter probably won’t find the time to give you a call.

Visit Resumes Australia to learn more about how we can influence your career, from growing your networks to helping you develop clear goals and strategies. Alternatively, take advantage straight away of our serviceshere.

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kylie hammond

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