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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

Wake up!

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PREAMBLE: This piece was inspired by a client struggling to explain what he did in his last role. In this “Wake Up” message, I explain why making an effort and taking responsibility to recall (and record) such information is critical to your career / job search journey. Do you agree?

 

How can I explain to you
What it is that you must do?
To get a job and get it now,
Listen up – I’ll show you how.

Your cover letter and resume
Must be relevant and say
Exactly what it is you do.
Just be honest and be true.

General statements won’t suffice.
Provide evidence – don’t think twice.
You can’t afford to go blank.
Tell YOUR story – just be frank.

Do you know just what you want?
Can you tell your favourite aunt
Exactly what your job entailed?
If you can’t – then you’ll have failed.

Recruiters always want to know
If you’re sharp and in the flow.
Can you recall just what you did?
Or are you just a dopey kid?

Wake up now – don’t waste your life!
Wake up now – or there’ll be strife!
I can explain what you must do,
But all the rest is up to YOU.

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

LinkedIn Profile Photo – Just Do it!

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Why are so many of us so dreadfully scared,
To include our photo on LinkedIn to be aired.
We’re simply embarrassed, and a little bit shy
To put ourselves out there, and that’s no lie!

I updated my LinkedIn photo recently,
Hired a “professional” to do the job decently.
But I too felt uncertain, awkward and shy.
I’d gained 10 extra kilos and wanted to cry!

New wrinkles called laugh-lines encircled my eyes
A stubborn double chin didn’t make me look wise
My new black framed glasses so rigid and stern
Made me look clever – far too eager to learn.

The lines on my neck sure aged me a lot
But, then I’m no spring chicken – certainly not!
I’ve been around the block – just a few times
I’ve done the hard yards – paid for my crimes

Why was I so worried about this photo shoot?
Why was my angst so incredibly acute?
Its because I do care about what people think
I care and I worry – on no – mustn’t blink!

We all feel so vulnerable, exposed and afraid
We’re such delicate creatures, so easily swayed
Our LinkedIn photo is deemed to be critical
Will others who view us – even be that analytical?

A photo adds legitimacy and credibility – that’s true
It says “I’m professional” take me seriously – yes do!
If it’s missing from your profile – how does that look
It says “I’m hiding something”  – I’m no open book

You see, your photo on LinkedIn really is a big deal.
A personal branding footprint to make you look real.
Transparency and honesty is the name of the game
Your photo says it all – and in just one simple frame

So – Just do it!

Why investing in a career coach makes sense and how I can help!

  • As a Consultant, how do I provide the biggest impact?

    As a Consultant, my primary focus is to build each client’s confidence so that they remain motivated and inspired to take action. Some clients require more assistance (hand-holding) while others are already quite motivated and sufficiently empowered after only a couple of career coaching sessions. For those who require more attention, l will prepare a customized and detailed Strategy /Action Plan to guide them every step of the way. I follow up regularly via email /SMS /telephone to make sure they understand and complete the necessary homework provided. I stay in touch to make sure they remain engaged and committed throughout the program. My clients appreciate my attention to detail and know that I will go the extra mile to check that they stay on track.

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  • How I can help parents supporting their adult children’s job seeking journey?

    I work with parents who may be experiencing stress and anxiety because their adult children are out of work.  I can provide the necessary guidance, motivation, inspiration and support needed to get your unemployed adult child back into the work-force!  Call me for a confidential, obligation-free chat about your specific situation.

  • What are the main career challenges for those in blue-collar / junior positions?

    Taking far too long to accept the reality of their situation. Dragging their feet! Not coming to grips with what has happened and therefore not taking the necessary immediate action to adequately prepare for their exit out of the company. Not knowing where to start. Not having a clear direction and action plan to do this. Engaging the services of a professional Career Coach to help you get on track and stay on track – can make all the difference for a successful outcome.

  • What are the main career challenges for mature age workers?

    • Lack of self-confidence and self-belief.aboutus
    • Ageism, discrimination (whether perceived or real)
    • Inadequate or insufficient computer and research skills
    • Outdated Resume, LinkedIn Profile
    • Feeling insecure about general marketing
    • Lack of presentation skills
    • Fear of self-promoting and appearing ridiculous
    • Fear of failure
  • What are the main career challenges for those in senior to mid-level management positions?

    The nature of jobs and the job landscape keeps changing rapidly. For this group, staying one step ahead of the curb can be a challenge – especially if they’ve been employed in the same company for over 5 years.  Managing expectations, uncertainty, crushed egos, bruised self-confidence, staying motivated are all mixed emotions this group are likely to experience. I am a professional Career Coach with over 25 years experience and I can help manage such challenges.

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 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.