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Silly willy-nilly

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A “send and hope” approach to resumes won’t work. Pick up the phone and enquire about the role first. Otherwise risk being a Silly willy-nilly!

Sending out resumes
At random – willy-nilly
Could reflect on you poorly,
Even make you look silly.

Pick up that phone
Before you apply!
That’s the first rule
You should live by.

Enquire about the job;
Is it still available?
Are you a good fit?
Make yourself saleable.

Ask important questions,
Learn about the role,
Tailor your application.
Make that your first goal.

Do you meet the criteria
That are been sought?
Do you have the skills
That cannot be taught?

Pluck up the courage,
Pick up that phone
Avoid disappointment;
Make yourself known!

Sending out resumes
At random – willy-nilly
Might make you feel busy
But maybe – look silly!

© 2016 Fay Libman

Just another Redundancy!

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Preamble: The following poem about redundancy draws from my own personal experience working closely with many clients. My best advice is to anticipate the worst, have a plan and be prepared – just in case it happens to you too!

Baffled and bewildered, she sat across the table.
She couldn’t move or speak. She simply was not able.
Her employer, a manufacturing giant, had just made a bold decision.
One that would cause her life, her whole world, to spin into collision.

She’d started with the company when she was just sixteen.
A sweet, young, brown-eyed girl – and oh, so very keen.
She’d been loyal to this employer for over thirty years,
Found her life-partner there – raised two kids – even shed some tears.

Working as a Night Shift Operator, she had no reason to fret.
The conditions were terrific; she had no mortgage now, no debt.
She’d made so many good friends – perhaps some enemies too!
Life with this company had been fantastic – so now she felt quite blue.

In spite of massive profits, management now had a great idea:
To shut down manufacturing here – and move it to South Korea.
Chasing cheaper production costs – not to be misunderstood!
Inspired by the movie Wall Street, where ‘Greed is really good’.

Isn’t business all about making bucket-loads of money?
Isn’t that what shareholders expect? It’s true – so not that funny.
But what about the consequences of this foreboding intention?
The sadness, livelihoods lost, blurred futures – no hope for redemption.

She was one of several hundred whose lives would change forever.
The outplacement programme provided her was really very clever.
I was her assigned career coach and would support her through all this.
I’d motivate and guide her every step – there’s nothing I would miss.

So what should be the first thing to help this broken creature?
What should I tell her? On what aspect should I feature?
To begin, let’s look at all her unique talents, skills and strengths.
We talked about all these things and elaborated to great lengths.

But still she remained tearful, bewildered and confused.
She felt betrayed, her spirit battered and, oh, so very bruised.
How could this have happened? What was she to do?
Was all this just a bad dream – or was it really true?

I did my best to give her hope and build her confidence.
I honed in on her attributes and areas of competence.
We explored all possibilities and other lines of work.
How she could be her own boss – what a terrific perk!

After a couple of sessions, her eyes began to sparkle.
I’d shown her that her future could be really quite remarkable.
Together we prepared a plan, a strategy to make this happen.
For her dreams to be reality, she really couldn’t slacken.

She’d become quite keen now, rejuvenated and excited.
I can’t pretend – I too was just a little bit delighted.
What a privilege it had been to turn her attitude around.
What a privilege to find her lost and then to see her found.

But she was one of the lucky ones whose story ended well.
What about all the others whose lives would be pure hell?
If they failed to snap out of that inevitable depression bubble,
Their hopes, their dreams, their futures, would surely be in trouble.

Manufacturing has left our shores, chasing the almighty dollar.
Aircraft and auto builders cut jobs – both white and blue collar.
Aluminium and cigarette makers, each a powerful force,
Shut down their Aussie operations – with no hint of remorse.

There is a recurring theme here, in this all-revealing tale,
That change is the only constant – anticipate it – or fail.
Plan for it – be ready – in every aspect of your life.
Have several options up your sleeve – or surely there’ll be strife.©

Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She lives and works in Melbourne Australia, where she provides face-to-face and virtual career coaching services. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au

© 2016 Fay Libman

Job Search to-do List

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Regarding careers advice
Got some tips for you
Been in this game a while
So know what you must do

What’s your point of difference?
Don’t be like the rest
Focus on accomplishments
Showcase just your best

Develop achievement stories
That’s something I recommend
What are your proudest moments?
Don’t be shy – but don’t pretend!

You can’t be afraid to ‘sell’
It’s perfectly acceptable here
Some may think it’s boastful
I say there’s nothing to fear

Reflect on why you’re special
Consider a story or two
Talk up your experiences
Just make sure they’re true!

Study the advertised position
Consider the value you bring
Rewrite your resume to match
And make that document sing!

Update your LinkedIn Profile
Your social media too
Or you’ll be the best-kept secret
Known only to a few

Get out there and network
Ask questions – seek advice
Let people know you’re looking
Tell them what would be nice

Take action – that’s imperative
You can’t mope around all day
Get out there – make it happen
Don’t stay in bed and pray!

If you get stuck on your journey
I’ve got more tips for you
Pick up that phone and call me
That’s the first thing you should do!

Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au

Confidence and career success – Part 1

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When you’ve lost your job
And are feeling a little down
Here’s a little something
To get rid of that frown

Don’t ever doubt yourself
Silence the loser within
Work on your confidence
And smile – yes, even grin!

Get rid of that victim mentality
Step out of your comfort zone
Contact others in your network
Just pick up that bloody phone!

What’s the worst that could happen?
You can’t overthink this stuff
You’ll suffer a few knock-backs
So what? Learn to get tough!

Confidence is so crucial
To any successful career
It’s the most vital ingredient
To move on without fear

When you’ve lost your job
And are feeling a little down
Take massive action NOW!
And get rid of that frown

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Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au

Confidence and career success – Part 2

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Now here’s what I suggest
Here’s what you need to do
Stop and reflect on your wins
But more than just one or two

Consider your proudest moments
Throughout your working life
Align these to your key strengths
To avoid any future strife

If you don’t believe in yourself
Then no one else will either
Doubt breeds fear, you know
And you don’t need that one either

What – you can’t think of anything?
Well, that’s just a load of rot!
We’ve all had our share of wins
What a pity – you’ve just forgot!

Stop now! Take time to reflect
Write down all you’ve accomplished
Detail your work achievements
You’ll soon be quite astonished!

So, what else can I do to help
Remind you how great you are?
I’ve got lots of tips and suggestions
I can help make you a STAR!

Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her work on her blog at www.flaircareers.com.au.

I AM Awesome!

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If you’ve recently lost your job
and now are feeling like a bit of a blob
Don’t oversleep, despair or cry
Look up instead at the bright blue sky

Consider how wonderful you really are
Shout out to everyone – both near and far
“Hey everybody – I AM awesome”
One like me is like hiring a foursome!

Here’s my technique to make that happen
It’s pretty cool and it’ll keep you clappin
Think about all your career wins
The awesome ones – not just the sins!

Write down all those special times
You added value to your employers’ lines
Made a huge difference to the company
Increased their profits with positive integrity

Give specific examples of everything you did
Soon you’ll start feeling like a very smart kid
It’ll be hard to wipe the grin off your face
But I promise it’ll help get you back in the race!

This little exercise will make you feel better
To get back in the game and become a go-getter
Don’t be a silly sausage – too shy to do this
Jump out of bed and follow your bliss

Too many jobseekers crumble under the pressure
Far better to reinvent, revive and feel fresher
So, shout out on Social Media at the top of your voice
I AM Awesome – the best candidate – and the best choice!

Fay Libman, Career Coach & Consultant @ Flair Careers
Email: fay@flaircareers.com.au;
LinkedIn: faylibman
Mobile: +61 412-129-140

Virtual Career Coaching

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Virtual Career Coaching is really great.
You don’t have to rush – or be late!
Do it from the comfort of your home.
You could even do it – from your throne!

Avoid the hassle of crazy rush hour.
You have control – you have the power.
Switch on SKYPE – you’re ready to go.
Talk to a Career Coach – in the know.

You save time and you save money.
It really is true – so not that funny.
This is the future of career coaching.
Yes it is – and I’m not even joking!

You fit in a session – when it suits you.
Day time or night time – either will do.
Wear your dressing gown, that’s okay.
Wear what you like – have it your way.

The main thing is that you can relax.
You could even – fix a few snacks.
Feel perfectly comfortable and at ease.
No need to dread – exorbitant fees!

Coaching is great – coaching is fun.
You’ll be shown – how things are done.
Nothing to fear – no need to fret.
Your expectations – will all soon be met.

So give it a go – come work with me.
I’ll show you things – you didn’t see.
Build up your confidence – make you so proud.
But most of all – to stand out in the crowd.

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Poem by Fay Libman, Career Coach & Consultant,
Mobile: +61 412-129-140

Fay Libman provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her work at www.flaircareers.com.au

Hurry up!

hurry-up-800x400Hurry up – or you’ll be late,
To this most important date.
First job interview in a while?
Show up early and in style.

You’re excited –  I can see,
Wait a minute – listen to me!
I need you to stop and think,
Are you good – or do you stink!

Morning shower with deodorant,
Makes you the fresher applicant.
Brush your teeth – comb your hair.
Now let’s chose just what to wear.

Polished shoes, neat and clean.
Check the dress code for the scene.
Dress professionally – keep it simple.
Nothing flashy that might wrinkle.

Appropriate clothing for the role.
Makes you comfortable – in control.
Put in the effort to be well dressed.
You’ll feel, look and act your best.

Yes – hurry up so you’re not late,
For your important interview date.
You’re so excited – I can see
But WAIT a minute! Listen to me!

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Poem by Fay Libman, Career Coach & Consultant,
Email: fay@flaircareers.com.au
LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/faylibman
Mobile: 0412-129-140

Career Coach Confessions – why I do this work !

Career Coach Confessions – why I do this work!

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I love to write poetry;
I’m not one to be coy!
I advise on careers;
This brings me great joy!

A professional career coach,
I know what to do.
Job loss can be painful;
Career change is too.

Corporate restructures
Affect lots of lives,
Redundancies piercing,
Like daggers and knives!

I’ll reduce the suffering,
Put a halt to your pain,
Build up your confidence,
And help you stay sane!

When I motivate and inspire,
Uplift and entertain,
Educate and empower,
My work’s not in vain.

I’ll create an action plan
Especially for you,
Put you on the right path,
And help you get through.

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Poem by Fay Libman, Career Coach & Consultant,
www.flaircareers.com.au
Mobile: +61 412 129 140

Fay Libman is a Career Coach and Consultant at Flair Careers. She provides virtual and in-person career coaching, offering services remotely for global clients and face-to-face for those based in Melbourne, Australia. 

Look – no hands!

 Look – no hands !

On a business trip to Sydney,
My daughter did surprise me
With a gift to climb the bridge.
Was I terrified? Just a smidge!

My mouth went very dry;
Actually, I wanted to cry.
The panic welled up inside;
I just wanted to run and hide.

“Come up, Mum. It’ll be fun.
We’ll go slow until it’s done.
I thought we’d do this together,
And look – such perfect weather!”

So, I put on my bravest face,
Not wanting to be a disgrace.
For how could I let her see
The coward that lives in me?

The climb at first was scary,
Some parts were even eerie.
Traffic whizzing fast below
From everywhere, to and fro.

The water beneath looked deep;
Parts of the climb were steep!
The Opera House? Amazing!
I couldn’t stop from gazing!

As I marvelled at the beauty ahead,
I felt the fear lift, and instead
Breathed in the sweetest dews.
We enjoyed the most spectacular views.

I learnt a valuable life lesson here,
About power of focus as well as fear.
That losing face is a mighty force,
And we should live without remorse.

So watch what you choose to focus on,
Be it ugly duckling or beautiful swan.
Life is too short to shake in your boots.
Get out there. Enjoy! Savour the fruits.

Seize the moment. Be a superstar.
Confident and amazing, the best by far.
Believe in yourself. That’s an absolute must.
Believe that you can. Believe – and trust!

© 2016 Fay Libman

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Poem by Fay Libman, Career Coach & Consultant,
www.flaircareers.com.au
Mobile: +61 412 129 140