Landing an Out of State Interview

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When most people think of a job search, they imagine completing that search on their home turf – utilizing the networking contacts they already have and positioning themselves for a move that might have them driving to a different side of town, but wouldn’t involve any actual relocation.

Unfortunately, relocation is sometimes necessary if you want to move forward in your career. In some industries, there are only a handful of opportunities for certain positions nationwide. And if that is where you skillset resides, you need to be ready to move pretty much anytime you decide you want a change in career scenery. Then there are those who are moving for personal reasons already, but still need to find a new job to hopefully land in before they get wherever they are going.

Whatever your reasons for searching out of state, it’s important to know that an out of state job search can sometimes take longer to fulfill. The reality is, most hiring managers would just prefer to hire somebody already in state if given the choice. Not only does it save them the hassle, but it also means they don’t have to worry about getting saddled with relocation costs.

So if you heart is set on relocation, for whatever reason, how do you make your resume stand out in a way that convinces hiring managers you are worth the hassle?

 

If You Are Already Planning on Moving, Make That Clear

First and foremost, if this is a move that is already happening for personal reasons – make that abundantly clear. In fact, if you already have a move date and new address lined up, you may want to actually use that new address on your resume. By doing so, hiring managers won’t immediately discount you when they see an out of state post code. If you don’t yet have a new address, you can still use your resume to let hiring managers know that a move is imminent by putting “Relocating to —– on ——.” In this way, you are communicating that a move is absolutely happening, letting them know you aren’t technically an out of state hire so much as a hire who just hasn’t landed home yet.

 

Use Your Cover Letter

If you’re not already planning to move, but are instead simply searching for out of state opportunities (and planning to relocate wherever you are offered a job) you can use your cover letter to explain why you are a candidate who is worth overlooking in-state applicants for. Remember, you need to be the cream of the crop if you are going to convince hiring managers to bring you on board from out of state, so you really need to highlight exactly what you have to offer. You should also use your cover letter to express your absolute willingness to relocate, perhaps by citing a few things about the area you would love to embrace. For instance, if you live in a cold climate and the new job would be somewhere warm – don’t be afraid to mention how happy you would be to get away from snow shoveling in the winters.

 

Be Easy to Interview

Let’s be honest: going through the hiring process with out of state applicants is just more work for hiring managers. They either have to set up web cam interviewing (which can be a pain, and often feels impersonal) or actually fly you in to meet with the big wigs (which can be expensive). You want to make those options as easy as possible, perhaps even by offering to fly yourself in for an interview that you would be especially interested in. If you think your out of state status might be holding them back from considering you further, be willing to bend over backwards to show them that status isn’t an issue. Not only will you be showing them how genuinely interested you are in the position, you’ll also prove to be a big sigh of relief for hiring managers that were preparing themselves for a lot of extra effort on your behalf.

 

 

 

Recovering from a Downhill Job Interview

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I often tell people that job interviews are a lot like dating; you’re nervous, wanting to make a good first impression without really knowing what to expect. Some people are really good at dating, and job interviews, while others tend to struggle a bit more. It isn’t necessarily an indication of what they are capable of, so much as it is a sign of their nervousness. A nervousness that everyone has, though some seem to contain it better than others. Still, I don’t care who you are, everyone has had a bad date (and a bad interview) at least once in the past.

There can be so many contributing factors to a bad interview. It’s possible the interviewer is in a bad mood themselves, and not responding to you as positively as they otherwise might. Or perhaps you have a lot of outside stress going on, and are having a difficult time concentrating on the meeting at hand. It’s also possible that you struggle with communicating your thoughts effectively, and are sitting in that chair hearing yourself ramble on pointlessly, without feeling capable of stopping that flow of words. Whatever the reason, you are in the middle of an interview that you know you are tanking. What do you do?

Deep Breaths

Since one of the biggest factors in a downhill interview is often nerves, it’s important to try to take a step back and reel in that anxiety, if at all possible. Obviously, you can’t likely take a step out of the room and a walk around the block, but you can take a few deep breaths and mentally remind yourself to calm down. Practice a soothing mantra of some sort before any interview (perhaps something as simple as, “I am skilled. I am qualified. I would be great at this job.”) Should you start to feel those nerves peaking mid-interview, repeat that mantra in your head a few times as you breathe. Then, if all else fails, you can always picture the interviewer in their underwear. Just don’t tell them that’s what you’re doing – there may be no recovering from that!

Show Vulnerability

We’ve somehow got it in our heads that with both dating and job interviewing, we have to present the façade of perfection in order to be taken seriously. But the truth is, people tend to respond well to vulnerability, and there is something to be said for admitting to an interviewer that you are nervous and that you know you didn’t answer the last question (or the last series of questions) as well as you should have. Take that opportunity to clarify what you meant, and to explain why you are so nervous – perhaps because this really is your dream job, and you have heard so many positive things about this company, you just want a chance to prove yourself there. Don’t start wallowing in your seat, and avoid coming off as too self-deprecating, but don’t be afraid to be honest if your nerves really are getting the best of you.

Redirect the Conversation

Once you’ve acknowledged your missteps, work to redirect the conversation to what you are capable of and why you believe you would be a good fit for this job. Try to talk freely about what you have to offer and the ways you have contributed to positions you have held in the past. When the interviewer asks at the end if you have anything else to add (and they almost always will) use that opportunity to put in a solid sell for yourself. This is something you can, and should, practice before any interview – because knowing what to say in those final minutes can absolutely override any missteps you may have made earlier on.

Follow Up

Following up is always a good idea, but especially if you know you didn’t make the best first impression. A brief e-mail to follow up, and to possibly clarify anything you realize after the fact you may not have answered well in the interview, could go a long way to helping to change the interviewers impression of you. Particularly if you acknowledge you were nervous and say something along the lines of, “When you asked about ____, I know I responded vaguely, but if I hadn’t been so nervous, I would have told you that ____.” The key here is to keep it brief. No more than a few paragraphs, tops. Thank the interviewer for considering you, choose one major point to clarify, and then end on a note about how hopeful you are to prove yourself at some point in the future.

Succeeding as a Woman in Leadership

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Great strides have been made for women in business over the last several decades. We are seeing more and more women in leadership, and are even witnessing the rising public respect given to these women in power (think: Sheryl Sandberg). But that doesn’t mean reaching those heights is easy, or that women have an equal opportunity to get there. The reality is, women are still making an average of 70 cents for every dollar men make, and those same men still make up the majority of those in boardroom meetings today. But that doesn’t mean change isn’t an ever-present goal, or that there aren’t opportunities for intelligent and motivated women to continue being successful in leadership positions. And the good news is, several of those women who have already found the most success in leadership have been opening up in recent years about how they accomplished their own goals.

Believe in Yourself

Kanya King, founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards, has said that she believes one of the biggest factors of success for women is having that self confidence to believe in themselves. Allow your passion to drive you, shape goals that you can see yourself striving towards, and then… keep aiming in that direction, no matter how long it takes. Never give up. If you trust in yourself enough, and are willing to beat down every door in the pursuit of your endeavors, those goals are within your reach. But you have to be willing to fight for them. For women to find success in business, they can’t allow that voice in the back of their heads convince them they aren’t good enough. They have to believe in themselves and their value, and be willing to fight to prove that value to others as well.

Empower Each Other

It may seem sometimes as though success in business is a cutthroat thing, but for women to be able to make their mark – they need to be open to making allies and advocating for the success of other women as well. Amy Schulman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Pfizer, said in a New York Times article that, “Women can and should do a better job of helping one another to be in that transactional forum, and to get over the anxiety that we’re going to be found wanting on the wrong side of that equation.” What’s that “transactional forum” she’s talking about? Basically, she means that women should be willing to help each other out – to exchange favors, lift each other up, and support the success of other women in their peripheral, in the hopes that they will receive the same support and favors in the future when they most need it. Now, can you grantee as a woman that you will get back what you give out in terms of supporting those who might otherwise be your competition? No. But you certainly stand a better chance of receiving that support if you are genuinely willing to provide it first. And empowering other women in their success opens more doors for you to find the same.

Think Outside the Box

Michelle Gass, President of Starbucks, was presented with the idea of a Frappuccino sans any marketing or growth plan. Just a drink… nothing more. And yet, she turned it into a $2-billion sensation. How? Well, she was willing to think outside the box. She first walked out of the boardroom and went straight to the customers, providing samples and asking questions. She visited the shops that might have otherwise been deemed Starbucks’ competitors in relation to this brave new world of blended coffee, and paid attention to how they drew their customers in. She envisioned what the product could be, and then held firm when naysayers within the company questioned the frugality of investing in the promotion of something so different. And look what her willingness to think outside the box produced today. Being a successful woman in leadership is absolutely possible, and the rewards are numerous; but you have to be willing to work to prove you are worthy of that success first. Are you?

Weathering the Storm

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The last 10 years have seen a lot of changes within the job market. 2008 marked an economic downturn that found far too many people without jobs, or afraid to leave jobs they hated for fear of being unable to find a new position.

While the economy has bounced back, there are still some industries, companies and geographical locations that are struggling, or that will in the years to come. Layoffs, pay freezes, and restructuring are far from being things of the past, and it is always possible you could be facing tough times in your current job.

Nobody wants to find themselves unemployed or awash amidst a terrible job situation. But how do you weather the storm and make it through those career struggles relatively unscathed?

 

Boost Morale

When a company is struggling, everyone working there feels the pain. Fears of being laid off can poison a work environment, making it difficult for everyone to perform at their best; which is, of course, especially unfortunate when a company clearly needs their employees working at 100 percent to get back to a successful place.

Employees who are able to push past that fear, and encourage others to do the same, can quickly become irreplaceable. You can be the company MVP by finding ways to boost morale around the office. Even just maintaining a positive attitude and being pleasant to be around during times of strife can make a difference. But if you are able to keep spirits high, especially when there are plenty of reasons for morale to be low, the difference you make won’t go unnoticed.

 

Be a Team Player

If you are hoping to avoid the next round of layoffs, one of the best things you can do is make yourself invaluable. Beat your deadlines, pay attention to detail, focus on producing quality work, and… be the team player your company needs you to be right now.

When companies are struggling, they tend to reduce down to a skeleton crew. Which means that some jobs aren’t getting done, and others are being done only superficially. It is during these times, especially, that you don’t want to be caught playing solitaire at your desk. Instead, capitalize upon any free time you may have by offering to help your co-workers and taking on extra tasks that need to be done. Genuine team players tend to hold on to their jobs longer when those layoffs come around, and their hard work and dedication is remembered when things start looking up and promotions become available again.

 

Hedge Your Bets

Yes, you want to remain loyal to your company and do what you can to help them stay afloat. But sometimes, you also have to be willing to recognize the writing on the wall. If things seem to be heading south, now is the time to brush up your resume and start reaching out to your networking connections.

It doesn’t mean you have to jump ship right away, but putting feelers out and remaining open to what else might be available could mean the difference between transitioning smoothly into a new role, and being left out in the cold. So don’t be afraid to keep an eye out for openings elsewhere, or to submit an application when something else worthwhile comes along. Just remember to be discreet about it when you do.

It is almost always easier to find a new job when you are currently employed – so don’t wait until you find that pink slip on your desk to start looking for new opportunities.

 

Five Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

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You found what seemed to be the perfect job. It was at the company you have dreamed of working for, a title that you were sure you were meant to hold, and offering a benefits package you were totally coveting. Everything this job was about, was what you have been looking for since the start of your career. So it really sucked to find out someone else got the gig. Look, rejection is brutal, no matter what form it comes in. But when you are literally sitting back and watching someone else sail away on your dream job, it hurts that much more. Which is exactly why it helps to figure out why you didn’t get the job this time – so that you can at least start making changes today that will hopefully give you a leg up the next time a perfect opportunity arises.

They Promoted From Within

More and more companies are starting to recognize the benefits of promoting from within, which is great if you already work for the company you see yourself still being at in 20 years. But if you are hoping to make a change, it can be a little harder to find your “in”. The good news is that if you were bypassed for an internal promotion, that isn’t really about you. There wasn’t much you could have done to change their minds – they likely had their candidate selected before ever posting the job. But the bad news is, if your sights really are set on this specific company – you may have to consider starting a few rungs down the ladder, getting your foot in the door and working your way up.

You Weren’t the Right Fit

Just because a job is your “dream job”, doesn’t mean you are the “dream candidate”. Companies tend to have very specific hiring criteria, and they make those criteria readily available to candidates. If you don’t possess the combination of experience and education they are looking for, you probably won’t get the job. Consider using that list as a starting point for improving upon your resume, though. Just because you weren’t the right fit this time, doesn’t mean you can’t position yourself to be next time.

The Background Check Hurt You

Is your Facebook page set to public, with pictures of you drinking, complaining about your job, and making less than PC remarks readily available for all to see? Did you lie on your resume about your education or work history? Do you have a long list of criminal infractions that are easy enough for anyone to find on the states criminal database? Sometimes, the background check really can hurt you. So lock your social media settings down, be cognizant of what you post, tell the truth on your resume and – address information up front that a recruiter is likely to find with a basic check.

You Blew Your Interview

Most people know when they screw up an interview, but if you’re the oblivious type – brushing up on your interview skills might be worth committing some time to. In general, you should always be researching the company and role before showing up for an interview. Arrive on time, don’t bash your previous job or boss and respond to questions in a confident and professional manner.

Another Candidate Had More to Offer You can’t win them all, and sometimes – there is just another candidate who has more to offer than you do. You may have had all the experience and education they were looking for, but someone else had more. Instead of taking that as a reason to pout and mourn the loss of your dream job, use it as motivation to continue improving upon what you have to offer. You may not have been the top candidate this time, but other opportunities will come around, and you want to be ready when they do!

Coming Out on Top with Salary Negotiations

pay riseIt happened. You put the time in, searched for the perfect job, went through all the interview rounds, and now – they’ve offered you the position. Congratulations! You made it!

Except, the fun has really only just begun. You see, so many people make the mistake of automatically leaping upon the first offer they receive. They are so excited to be getting the job at all, that they fear rocking the boat by requesting more. They don’t realize that most companies count on salary negotiations as being a part of the process – or that negotiating a higher salary actually puts them in a better position for the duration of their career. Because making more now, means larger increases in the future.

So, yes, you are allowed to negotiate. But doing it well? That’s another thing entirely.

 

Don’t Give the First Number

A lot of companies will try to get you to commit to a number you are willing to take long before you have even been offered the job. This is a standard negotiating procedure for them – if you give a number early on; they know the lowest amount you are willing to take. And they will likely offer at that point. So whenever possible, you want to avoid giving them that number. Leave that space blank on applications, and provide deflecting responses if the question comes up in interviews. For instance, you may want to tell them that you are willing to consider any reasonable offer if asked. This keeps you from giving an exact number, and puts them in the position of first determining what “reasonable” might be.

 

Know What You’re Worth

Before going into any salary negotiations, you want to take the time to research your value. Look up average salary ranges for similar positions in your area, and take into consideration your level of expertise and experience when deciding which end of that range you belong on. Compile the data and look up information about the company you are applying to, as well. A larger, more lucrative company is likely in the position to pay more for quality talent than a smaller mom and pop shop.

 

Present a Fair Counter-Offer

Never accept the first offer made to you. If the offer is presented verbally, ask for 24-hours to make a decision. And then come back with a reasonable counter-offer via e-mail, utilizing professional language and remaining thankful for the opportunity. Use your research to determine what your counter-offer should be, and to back up why you are asking for more than was originally offered. You also want to take into consideration what the original offer is. Generally, you don’t want to counter-offer for more than 15 percent of the original offer – remember that companies have a range they are able to pay, and it generally doesn’t exceed much higher than 15 percent of what they initially offer.

 

Don’t Oversell

One of the biggest mistakes people make in salary negotiations is trying to “play” the employer. They may make claims of having incredible offers from elsewhere, or try to overhype what they have to offer. The thing is, even if you do have a better offer from elsewhere – it is naïve to think an employer doesn’t have a backup or two in their pile of resumes as well. And no employer wants to feel as though they are fighting for your interest. They want employees who actually want to work with them; who actually want this job. So don’t oversell it. Stick to facts and statistics in making your counteroffer, and show gratitude for the opportunity throughout. Employers are absolutely willing to negotiate, but only for those who continue to prove they would be valuable employees; which means those who are willing to negotiate in respectable and reasonable terms.

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.

 

Graduate Tips for the Corporate World

Graduate employment tipsMaking that significant transition from student life to corporate world is a big step for many up-and-coming executives. You may still be applying for positions, you may have already secured your first great role or you may have no idea where to start looking.

Whatever stage you are at, there is much to be learned from a new ‘real world’ environment. Here are my best tips to help you stay fresh and competitive in the corporate space.

1. Create Strong Career Strategies

The first thing every graduate needs – after their degree – is direction. The candidates who most often succeed in the corporate world are the ones who develop a strong career strategy. No matter what industry you are in, the job marketplace can be highly competitive and you will have a much better chance of success if you give your career a clear direction and purpose, rather than simply figuring things out as you go along.

A good first step towards a good career strategy is to define your goals and work out the best way to achieve them, given your talents and growing expertise. What types of jobs and promotions would you need to reach your goals? Do you need any additional qualifications or education? How will you improve your skills and enhance your weaknesses?

If you are unsure about how to implement your ideas into a practical career strategy, working with an experienced career coach in this instance can be extremely advantageous.

2. Focus On Your Value

Everyone brings a specific type of value to a position, including graduates. The best way a candidate can stand out in the corporate world is to emphasise his or her value. This is called a Value Proposition. Your Value Proposition is a quick summary describing who you are, what you do and what value you can bring to a business.

Focusing on your value is a much stronger way to approach job searches and it is a great way to present yourself to employers, especially since you won’t have a huge amount of corporate experience.

Ensure your Value Proposition is central to your documentation, like resumes, cover letters and profiles, and even your job interviews and networking meetings.

3. Connect With the Right People

If you haven’t already begun networking, you will need to do so as soon as you enter the corporate world. Networking is a critical part of any career and it can often mean the difference between standing out and achieving success and fading into the background.

Networking with the right people is also important. Although you will be making lots of new friends in your job, networking essentially means connecting with people who can make a difference to your job or your career, whether immediately or at some point in the future. Networking with existing executives and leaders is a good place to start and if done well, it can lead to exceptional career and job opportunities.

4. Get On Social Media

Whenever I take on a new candidate at Resumes Australia, one of the first things I ask is whether they are active on social media. Social media drives many facets of the corporate world, particularly recruitment and networking, and so ensuring your social media profiles are up-to-date and 100% professional is important.

LinkedIn is especially meaningful here and a weak LinkedIn profile can be detrimental to your corporate growth and success. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is completed, detailed and that it encompasses all of your talents and skills.

5. Keep Up With Technology

I can’t emphasise how important technology is in today’s industries. Technology is often considered to be one of the most important factors in driving company growth, innovation and success and if you are not up with technology, you and your job prospects may be left behind.

At the job search stage, if you lack an understanding of the technologies that are crucial to your industry, you may find yourself trailing behind the strength of other candidates.

Developing an awareness or understanding of the technology available to your industry can mean that you are able to create insight and value for organisations where other graduates cannot. This can make you much more appealing as a young executive and your innovative approach will likely grab the attention of either recruiters and head hunters or other executives and leaders in your company.

6. Keep Your Resume Updated

You will be learning a lot in the corporate world and your first few graduate positions will bring plenty of new experiences and lessons. But one of the biggest mistakes many graduates make upon securing a role is to ‘slack off’ on their resumes.

Keeping your resume updated as you acquire new experience, knowledge and skills is ideal at this stage because it means you will capture everything, without having to “back track” and remember what you learned later on.

This will result in a stronger and more effective document when you come to apply for that next corporate position and means you won’t have to scramble around at the last minute trying to make sure your resume is up to scratch.

Resumes Australia specialises in corporate career development and resume development/writing for graduates, executives, professionals and even CEOs.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Fantastic Options for Retiring Executives

Options For Retiring ExecutivesAs a cultivated corporate executive, you may or may not be looking forward to reaching the finishing line of your career. Wrapping up a lifetime worth of professional experience and achievements is no easy feat and it is usually one that is fraught with mixed feelings.

While some executives may look forward to relaxing in the sun or spending time with family, other executives may have issues ‘letting go’ and instead wish to stay active in the corporate world.

If extending your current position is not feasible, there are many other options open to you that will allow you to sustain your talents and your passion for work.

Mentoring

Finding a job as a corporate mentor is a wonderful and lucrative way to cultivate your leadership abilities and keep your hands in the workplace pot. You can mentor other executives in your field or you could consider continuing working with your present organisation but in a mentorship capacity. This can be a rewarding position that allows you to contribute to the success of others and impart your wisdom to less experienced executives. To top it all off, it can be very financially rewarding as well.

Coaching & Teaching

Coaching and teaching can also be a fulfilling career step post-fulltime employment and the wonderful thing here is that you can work as much or as little as you’d like. You can become involved in any facet of coaching or training that you enjoy, such as coaching people on various leadership competencies or obtaining employment with a college, institution or a private educational body.

Starting a Business

Starting a business is a great option for executives who find themselves finishing up in the corporate world, but who still want to exercise their leadership and business competencies. This may be the ideal opportunity to start the business you’ve always dreamed of, but have perhaps never had time to initiate and manage.

It’s good to keep in mind here that your new business doesn’t have to be corporately focused and instead can centre on any hobbies or personal interests that excite you. For instance, you could start business that is based on gardening, writing, consulting, finance trading, being a handyman or anything else you find enjoyable.

Volunteering

Volunteering can also be a very rewarding job to take on once you retire and it will give you the opportunity to both use your skills and meet new and like-minded people.

If volunteer work appeals to you, consider searching for work within your community or donating time to a specific charity that you feel passionate about. Once again you can volunteer as much as you like, whether in a fulltime capacity or a casual one.

Don’t have a soft spot for any particular type of charity or cause? You can also volunteer in places like hospitals, retirement homes, special schools, museums or at events and festivals that you are interested in.

Starting a New Career

You will have no doubt built up a lifetime of talent in managing a business, so you should be able to easily apply these skills to another job altogether after your retirement, especially one that is less demanding and less “executive.” Starting a new career can also mean you cultivate new abilities, keep your brain active and get to know new and interesting people, even if you only work part-time.

In Australia, there are plenty of job search sites you can utilise in order to find employment suitable for seniors and one of the biggest benefits here is that you can be as choosy as you like, so dedicate the time to finding a job that both interests and motivates you.

Need a little help with your post-retirement employment? Resumes Australia provides flexible executive services such as career coaching, resume writing and more.

Regards,

kylie hammond

5 Ways You Can Make a Difference To Your Company

Make a difference to your companyForwarding and progressing in your career is often of utmost importance; it can mean keeping your resumes up to date, working on your social media profiles, gunning for that next promotion or trying to find ways to attract head hunters and recruiters.

But if you are content where you are, you can still advance your career by staying put and simply finding ways to enhance or grow your present organisation.

1. Go Global

Globalisation is consistently breaking down the barriers between organisations and their customers, both on a local scale and an international one.

If you sit in a top position in your company, one of the ways you can expand is to consider entering into a global market. This might not yet fit in with the company’s greater goals or vision, but presenting the idea in the first instance can open the door to lucrative conversations and opportunities.

This is not a step to be taken lightly, however; you will need to conduct careful planning, develop strong strategies and assess key risks before you open your doors to international clients.

If you can’t simply take your organisation into global water, consider how enhancing your products or services could create more appeal for a global audience or fill a crucial niche in another, overseas market.

2. Implement a Better Procedure

No matter how small or large your organisation is, there are undoubtedly many procedures or processes in place that are not perfect. Improving any of these processes for better efficiency and productivity can make a huge difference to your company.

You’ll need to make sure that you have the authority to change the procedure and if you are working in a larger business, you may need permission or support from various stakeholders before you just go ahead and amend things. If you are successful, however, it will demonstrate a great stroke of initiative – and it’s also a great achievement to put on your resume.

3. Work on Company Morale

Poor productivity, lack of consistent results or low quality outcomes are often all symptoms of poor employee engagement and low company morale. Trying to lift employee morale can be a big and highly involved task, but it can be very rewarding.

You will need to assess what is causing the organisation’s low morale and consider how you are going to approach other executives in the company about the issue.

If you are not in a position to work closely with HR on the matter, consider initiating other measures, such as encouraging better communication between staff or organising social events, like company/department lunches or outings.

4. Encourage Learning

Learning and education is a huge part of any employee’s career and organisations that provide avenues for staff learning consistently produce more loyal, happy and productive employees.

Executives in a managerial role may be able to implement learning systems, organise relevant training days or perhaps even find mentors for their staff. Lower-level employees without this kind of authority can contribute by finding and researching workshops or seminars that will benefit the group as a whole.

5. Give Back to the Community

Of course, not all changes to your organisation have to be directly related to its products, processes or staff. Many companies become involved in community or charity programs in order to give something back to public. This creates a positive image of the company and can also significantly boost employee morale and loyalty.

As a staff member, you can consider making a huge difference to your company in this way. Try taking the initiative and arranging involvement in an ongoing support or volunteer program or organising something simple, like a charity lunch or morning tea.

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Regards,

kylie hammond

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