Is it time for a change?

So you think you have found your dream job, working the 9-5 shift, 5 days a week, and then you get the weekend off. After a year or two your job becomes repetitive, the people that are around you don’t talk much and are just not that friendly. But you may think, because you have already gone through all the hard preliminaries of getting qualified for this job that you’re meant to just suck it up and stick it out. As long as you’re still interested in your current field of work, then it may be worthwhile to consider looking for a new job.

Here are some tips that will help you.

  • Make sure you have another job lined up before you leave your current one
  • Try to build good relationships with the people around you in your new job
  • Do not look for a job that is similar to your current one in terms of
    • hours
    • environment
  • Pay is not always the best aspect to look for
    • If your wage is reduced slightly but you’re much happier it could be considered a good trade
  • Be prepared to upgrade your current skills and qualifications if need be
  • Update your resume with skills that have been learned from your current job
  • Don’t be afraid to take a lower position as you can work your way up

Changing your job or career may be daunting at first, but with a little hard work you may be much happier in your workplace, and if you’re happy working will become much easier. Below is some data on career change

PERSONS WHO CHANGED EMPLOYER OR BUSINESS BY INDUSTRY, 2000

Industry at February 1999

%

Accommodation, cafes and restaurants

20.9

Mining

16.0

Property and business services

15.5

Retail trade

14.0

Construction

12.7

Cultural and recreational services

12.6

Manufacturing

11.3

Wholesale trade

10.9

Finance and insurance

10.6

Transport and storage

10.5

Electricity, gas and water supply

9.7

Government administration and defence

9.6

Health and community services

9.2

Education

8.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

8.4

Personal services

7.9

Communication services

7.8

Reason for ceasing job

%

Better job

61.2

Unsatisfactory work conditions

20.6

Retired, family and other reasons

17.2

Temporary or seasonal work

1.0

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Resumé tips

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

picture of resume

The thought of writing a resumé may be overwhelming at first, however, approaching it with a clear and concise plan you will find it much easier. Your resumé can be thought of as a public relations document that is publicizing you. If you’re writing your resumé  for the first time you might have no idea where to start, listed here are a few tips that will help you.

  • Layout
    • The lay out should be kept simple, do not make things too complex to read
    • Do not have bad font types, fonts should be size 11 in Times New Roman or Arial as they are clear and easy to read
  • Contact Details
    • Listed at top of page
    • Your name, home and mobile numbers and email should all be included
    • Ensure that your email is professional, not something like scottie_the_hottie@hotmail.com
    • Preferably @gmail
  • Key Strengths
    • The most important thing about you as a employee
    • Your key strengths should be listed at the start of your resumé
    • The aim of this is to give the employer a quick look at your strengths, make yourself appealing! but do not lie
    • For example if you are in IT your strengths could be
      • High degree of knowledge in several languages including Python, Java, C
      • Good communication skills
      • Ability to work in team environment
      • Adaptability and problem solving skills
  • Professional History
    • Your our professional history should be included such as Job title, employer, dates, what you did, for whom and when ensuring that it is in chronological order
  • Achievements
    • A very important aspect to add to your resumé
    • Shows the employer how efficient you have been in the past and if you excelled in anything
  • Past education
    • Any qualifications or educations should be added, with your highest/latest qualification first
    • These can include any TAFE training, industry courses or professional training
  • Referees
    • Your referees should be added at the end of your resume
    • Helpful for the employer to confirm that your resources and resumé are accurate and honest
    • It is best to choose a trustworthy referee

If you’re writing your resumé for the first time these are the most important topics to include. Make sure not to make your resumé too long, if it is too long than it may not get read. Also remember that you may not be the only person that has handed your resume in, so make sure that your resume stands out, make sure to make it clear and easy to read and you will have no problems.

Australian Labour Force data

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Interviewing and You

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Picture of an interview

So you have found the job you want, applied for it, and now they have called you in for an interview. You’re worried and stressing about what you are going to say, and you fear you might not get the job because of this. There are some tips that you will need to know before heading into an interview that will help you do your best.

Interviewing Tips

Below are a few of some common interviewing tips

  • Confidence is key – you’re already over the major hurdle of getting an interview!
  • Appearance – look professional and dress appropriately for the field you’re applying for
  • Ensure you have reasonably firm handshake, and maintain eye contact throughout the interview
  • Have answers to common questions ready – such as, what are your weaknesses, what can you bring to the job?
  • Research the company beforehand, ask relevant questions to display interest
  • Remember what you said on your resume/CV/cover letter, and be ready to back it up. Questions may be asked to test your knowledge and skill set.
  • Interviewers are people too, treat them as normally as you can
  • Be yourself, don’t act like someone you are not

There are many things to think about when going for a job interview, both verbal and non verbal. There are many non verbal mistakes that people make that can prevent them from getting a job.

Non Verbal Blunders and Statistics

  • When meeting new people, 55% of the impression we make is based on the way we dress, act and walk through the door
  • The average length of an interview is 40 minutes
  • The most common non-verbal mistakes, according to a survey of 2000 employers
    • Failure to make eye contact
    • Having little or no knowledge of the company
    • Lack of a smile :)
    • Bad posture
    • Too much fidgeting
  • 70% of employers claim they don’t want applicants to be fashionable or trendy
  • 65% said clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates

You are now ready for your interview, and remember, even if it doesn’t work out you must not get down, there is always next time, because giving up will get you no where.

man jumping for joy

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Let’s Get Qualified!

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

So you have found the career that you are interested in (for now), where do you go next?

First of all, an important thing to remember when choosing a university or TAFE is to make sure that they are an accredited provider of higher education before you apply. If your qualification is unrecognised then it is considered worthless within the industry. Make sure it is recognised under the AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework).

Getting in to university and into the course that you desire is not always as difficult as perceived in the public eye. There are a number of alternative options available that allow you to get in to university, year 12 HSC or OP is not the only option.  If you fail to get the grades that you require for your degree program there are a number of options available, such as undertaking bridging courses that in some cases can be used to satisfy university program prerequisites. Why not choose a lower ranking university program that will allow you to upgrade your ranking so you can apply to get into your desired course at a later date. So what if it takes you an extra year to complete your degree program. Sitting a stat test through QTAC or UAC or even going to TAFE whom provide some great short courses such as Certificate or Diploma programs that allow you to get a reasonably good rank for university admission. In some cases you can also use these qualifications to reduce the amount of university subjects that you need to complete by applying for credit.

University is not for everyone and not always the answer to a successful and long lasting career.

In some careers work experience is much more sought after then the qualification itself.  As it shows dedication, motivation and that you know how to handle the job rather than hiding ”behind the books”. In some careers theory can only go so far.

Getting a trade is another option to look at. Many trades’ people eventually start their own business and can be quite successful within their particular field. In some cases more so than those with tertiary qualifications. So if university isn’t what you are interested in have no fear! There are so many other great options out there for YOU!

                       

Check out these great resources:

Seek Learning  (Private education provider):

http://www.seeklearning.com.au/

Australian Education information:

http://australia.gov.au/topics/education-and-training/higher-education/

NSW University Admissions Centre:

http://www.uac.edu.au/

QLD University Admissions Centre:

http://www.qtac.edu.au/

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10 steps for choosing a career that’s right for you

  1. Speak to a Career advisor
  2. Create a mind map of all your interests and skills
  3. Apply for a number of different courses and look into TAFE and uni
  4. Go to career workshops/ Job expos
  5. Speak to people who know you well and get their opinion
  6. The main goal at the end of choosing a career that’s right for you is choosing something. Even if you are not 100% be sure to  have an aim.
  7. Search the web and look at different job options
  8. Try and work in a range of different jobs (low end of course) and see what you like best
  9. Look at your grades and see what you can do with them or what you may need to do to get where you want to be. Perhaps a bridging course
  10. Don’t shy away from big dreams and opportunities, always remember Y not you!

Choosing a career is the hardest part of trying to enter the work domain, though it is also the most exciting part! If you don’t know what you want to do, then you will not know where to go. The world is at your feet and there are so many opportunities to choose from. Using the 10 steps above will allow you to get on track and make it easier to make a career choice.

Once you have taken the time to work out which direction you want to go into then you can make an informed decision about which career path you want to take. We can then look into how to gain a job in the ever so competitive workforce!

Food for thought!

Below is a graph that reflects on job vacancies in Australia by industry:

Job Vacancy Australia

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Getting Started

We all know how hard it is to get started, especially if you’re unsure in what direction you want to head in. We are here to help you. Today’s blog will discuss and help motivate the Y generation on how to get on the right track.

You may feel disheartened at times, you may feel as though you might as well go on the dole, and who would employ someone like you with the lack of skills needed for the job? What YOU need to know is that when you first start no one has all the skills, and also, the best way to predict the future is to create it!

Creating a positive attitude is essential for success in the process of seeking employment.

If you look at any statistics about unemployment, you may feel as though you don’t stand a chance, this is where the issue lies. Always remember Y not you!

If you’re going to stress about gaining a job you will get nowhere. You are what you think and you achieve what you believe.

stress man and stress free woman

Food for thought!

The graph below shows employment in Australia vs unemployment over the last 20 years:

Graph of employment rate to persons

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Feasibility Report

Project title: How to Gain EmploYment

 

The aim of this  blog is to help those  who are seeking a job, changing career, or simply trying to gain certain skills to help obtain employment. This blog will provide this information but also motivate, inspire and educate our target audience, the Y generation. This will be achieved through the use of statistics, resume tips, interviewing techniques and a variety of skills that will help with searching and obtaining a job.

We acknowledge that there are similar blogs on the web with this kind of information, but none exist that specifically target the Y generation.

For example, Career Change Pathways is the second result obtained from googling “How to gain employment”.  This blog provides similar information but it targets a much older audience (over 50 years). This blog is also based on “career change”, whereas ours will be dealing with both finding initial employment and changing careers for the Y generation.

Quality Job Search is another blog that also deals with obtaining a job. The blog deals with a broader audience, whereas ours will be targeting the Y generation. It is worth noting that this blog has not employed visual communication at all, and is written formally, which may cause it to be unappealing to some readers. Above all, this blog lacks relevance when it comes to the trends of today, as it was written 5 years ago. This blog will be a good starting reference with the information and grounding points to help our blog, however ours will be conveyed in a different way and to a different audience.

Our blog will be different to these as it will be exclusively dealing with jobs, statistics and trends relating to the Y generation. Current blogs are more formal whereas ours will be more casual, but still informative. Our content will be similar, though the delivery of information will be tailored to the Y generation. This will be achieved through the use of visual communication, real life stories that are pertinent to the target audience, and inspirational quotes, among other techniques.

We hope to be able to find success with this project by providing informative stories and blog posts that are designed to inspire, motivate and educate our audience, as well as by taking a slightly different and more casual approach to blogging on this particular subject. A hard-hitting marketing campaign will also be employed using services such as Google Adwords, which will help the blog achieve recognition by a much larger audience.

Among the skills our group already possess is an understanding on the creation of a webpage and information of different aspects of gaining employment.  We hope this blog provides great resources and is a great success for all.  

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