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Pitch Yourself – at Interview

Congratulations! If you have been called for an interview for a job, it means that you have passed the first hurdle. ”On paper” (your CV and application letter) it appears that you satisfy the criteria for the role. The purpose of the interview is to meet in person (or over the phone, or Skype / [...]

January, 2nd 2012|

Pitch Yourself – in Person

Networking - the mere thought of it can make some of us break out in a sweat.  It  is often thought of as the domain of the extrovert - the social butterfly who flits around the room making friends with everyone.  What about the introverts who would rather stay home than attend a function to [...]

December, 31st 2011|

Pitch Yourself – Online

So, you've crafted a great resume. Great. Now, how is your online profile looking...? It is costly and time consuming for companies to find good people. Employers, understandably, are looking for low cost, accurate measures of quality hires. Enter LinkedIn - a powerful online platform that allows graduates and job seekers to load information online [...]

December, 31st 2011|

Pitch Yourself – on Paper

When it comes to applying for a job, or producing a document from a contact who says "give me your CV", you want to know that you are giving yourself the best chance for success. The trouble is, getting it right can be tricky, especially when it is about YOU - and you may find [...]

April, 28th 2010|

Book Reviews

Open book. Photo in old color image style. Recommended reading, from Lois at Career Wisdom. There  are some great books and resources out there on careers / life direction / following your passion / job seeking and enterprise.  Here, I've added reviews of my favourite resources, to assist you with your literary purchasing [...]

February, 28th 2010|

Where Do You Want to Go?

…and who is already there? In my own career as a career counselor and coach, I often work with people to help them define what their ideal role or job would be.  When they have done this, my client may sometimes struggle with detailed specific information about their desired role, beyond the superficial, which can be [...]

February, 28th 2010|

Plan, or Pipedream?

When I chat to people about the concept of finding and following their passions, some are dubious or downright indignant – “but you need to work to eat, not run around having fun!” (or words to that effect).  There are also often comments about it being “hard work” or that you have to be “very lucky” [...]

February, 28th 2010|

Pushing Out the Comfort Zones

One step at a time... In developing your career, often development is synonymous with growth – and growth, with discomfort.  Just like youthful “growing pains”, any personal growth can be uncomfortable and force us to endure new experiences that are unknown or simply go against the grain of our upbringing and perhaps individual personality. The thing [...]

February, 28th 2010|

Asking for Directions

Have you ever been on holiday in another country, or for that matter, just been outside your familiar home territory and then realised that you are well and truly lost? Whether you didn’t have a map with you, or just had no clue as to your position on the map, you finally concede that you [...]

February, 28th 2010|