How to Become Your Resume

How to Become Your Resume

Your resume! On paper, you’re the perfect candidate. So, how do you make the same impression in person?

Here is some advice. For example:

Divide your time on a two-to-one ratio. For every hour you spend on the mechanics of interview preparation, researching the company, your route and means of travel, wardrobe preparation, etc., spend two hours with your resume and preparing for questions.

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Low Job Search Periods

Low Job Search Periods

Job Search at Holiday Time

By  Career Coach and Life Coach►helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career

Low Job Search Periods! Regular job hunters and those in the recruitment industry recognise two periods when there can be something of a lull in the job market. One is during the summer holiday period and the other is from the beginning of December until mid-January.

Yes, it gets tougher but this isn’t the time to take your eye off the ball. There are likely to be some opportunities around and who knows who you might meet over the Christmas period and what opportunities they may know about.

Having said that though, this might by the time to review and update your CV. Always think about what the recruiter wants to find out – and give it to them, clearly and near the beginning of your CV. Most recruiters scan CVs very quickly and what you say at the top of the first page is all important.

This might be the time as well to further explore social networking. How much do you know about using

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Twitter and Facebook and are you fully exploiting the possibilities of LinkedIn? Advertising jobs is costly to companies, so many recruit through social media. That makes joining the big three (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook) lots of sense. Make sure you keep any dodgy Facebook pictures private, though.

Why not showcase your capabilities on line as well. Now might be the time to write some guest posts. Lots of blog owners (including me) welcome a well written article at any time of the year. I’m always on the lookout for 300 to 500 words on leadership, management, job search or career development. Guest bloggers take the burden off me to produce good content several times a week.

Take part in LinkedIn discussions too. They will continue over the Christmas period. Show people just what you have to contribute.

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And don’t forget about chatting to recruiters informally and keeping up to date with their companies. That is a great way to find out about jobs before anyone else. Get on Twitter or LinkedIn and connect with them; make sure you wish them the compliments of the season, too. You have nothing to lose and you may have plenty to gain.

I wish all those starting out on, or a continuing, a job search this week every success and if I can help, please get in touch.

Remember I offer a trial free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype.

Warm regards


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Your December Stock-take: Time for a Review

Your December Stock-take: Time for a Review

Your December Stock-take! Once a year it is a great thing to undertake a personal stock-take. This can give you the foundation for facing the New Year with confidence. The purpose of this review is to gain insight into some key dimensions of your work and life and to give you more clarity in career development.

Your career priorities change as your life and learning progresses. Regular review is integral to your continuing professional development.

Here are some questions to ask. You could try to get feedback from those around you as well as your self-evaluations.

What motivates you?

Understanding what is most important to you helps you make career choices founded on what motivates and satisfies you. You are then much more likely to achieve career fulfilment.

  1. What are your career priorities?
  2. Does your current job match your career priorities?
  3. What if anything is lacking?
  4. What could you do to bridge the gaps?
  5. What do you consider are your most significant achievements so far and what did you learn from achieving them?
  6. What didn’t go so well and what did you learn from that.


The following questions help you identify your levels of accomplishment and work preferences. They could provide insight into how you might develop areas that are weak. They also help you make career choices that capitalise on your areas of strength and enjoyment, whilst reducing involvement in weaker or less enjoyable areas.

  1. What are the main tasks of your current work?
    • Tasks you perform well are…
    • Tasks you perform less well are…
    • Tasks you enjoy are…
    • Tasks you do not enjoy are…
  2. What are your key areas of expertise?
  3. Which of these areas do you need to develop further to enhance your effectiveness and career prospects? How could you do this?

Your skills

Compile a list of skills you use in that each of your work areas.

  1. What are your strongest skills?
  2. What are your weakest skills?
  3. What are the skills you need to work on to ensure you can do your current work effectively?

Work/life balance

To lead a happy and healthy life we all need to balance life at work with life outside work!

  1. Are you content with the balance between your work and life outside work?
  2. Are you content with the time you have for leisure, sport, relaxation?
  3. Do you have sufficient time for friends and family?
  4. What could you do to gain a better work/life balance? Could you ask for flexible working arrangements, for example?
  5. Is there work you need to do on your personal relationships? How will you do this?

Your network

Review your friend and contact list. This is your key development resource, whether looking for support, for a new job or looking for ways to develop within your current role. Advice, insight and information and support are all available from the people around you.

What can you do to develop your network?

Personal constraints overall

Sometime the barriers to our success come from within ourselves.

  1. Are there any internal constraints or de-motivators within you; pressures, negative thinking, health and fitness, or time issues holding you back from reaching your full potential?
  2. How could you overcome these?
  3. Should you seek help – for example from a coach?
  4. Who can you rely on to support your career development?

Career goals

Most successful people have set out with a goal. Often that goal changes along the way but it has still been a stimulus to action.

  1. What are your short-term career aspirations?
  2. What are the skills you need to develop to ensure you reach your short-term goal?
  3. What are your longer-term career aspirations?
  4. What are the skills you need to develop to ensure you reach your ultimate career goal?
  5. Where next?

If you are clear about your aims you are ready to begin planning how will you get there.

If you are unsure about your future career direction, then you may need help. Remember I offer a trial free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype.

Warm regards


Christmas Stress – Here is Help!

Christmas Stress – here is help!

Christmas stress! Stressful situations can happen at home as well as at work and Christmas is a particularly stressful time. If you’ve coped with a lot of stress at work then dealing with the extra stress of Christmas at home may make you feel overwhelmed.

What happens in stress is that your body goes into overdrive and you may find yourself with

  • Pounding heart
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pains
  • Feeling faint
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • With shaking limbs and jelly legs

Now, of course, chest pains and breathlessness should be checked out with a medical adviser. But all these symptoms can be exaggerations of your body’s normal response to fear or stress (the “fight or flight” mechanism). They can feel very frightening in themselves and that makes things worse. But once you’ve checked with a doctor, you need to keep in mind that they are not dangerous or harmful provided you take action to help you handle the stress.

They are happening because your body is flooded with stress hormones such as adrenaline and corticosteroid. They were helpful when we had to run away from dangerous animal but now they produce those frightening symptoms.

So what can you do to feel better.

  1. First recognise the symptoms for what they are.  If it is possible to remove any of the pressures on you, then do so. Use the same techniques you would use at work to organise and prioritize any work you have to do at home.
  2. Start to control you thoughts – when anxious thoughts and worries come into your head take a pause and start to repeat to yourself quietly; “This will pass.” Each time a negative thought comes into your head say it again, until the new thought replaces the negative one. And you know at Christmastime that the 2nd of January does come round remarkably quickly.
  3. Have little stock of things you enjoy, such as, music on your iPod, or in my case very old BBC Radio comedies. Even if you can only find 10 minutes alone to enjoy to them, do so everyday.
  4. Be quite ruthless in protecting yourself from the harmful effect of negative friends and relatives. If you have to spend time with them then make sure you take regular breaks and reward your self for your patience in dealing with them.
  5. Avoid over eating and drinking too much but make sure you have a little of everything that you enjoy.
  6. If it is at all possible take short walk in the open air each day.
  7. Recognise that this is an emotionally demanding time and if you feel like having a good cry then do so – tears can be a very healthy response to the feelings within us.
  8. Practice relaxed breathing – the technique is described below

Christmas Stress! Relaxed breathing can help

Practise deep breathing at a regular time and in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

Loosen or remove any tight clothes, such as shoes or jackets. Make yourself feel completely comfortable.

Sit in a comfy chair which supports your head or lie on the floor or bed. Place your arms on the chair arms, or flat on the floor or bed, a little bit away from the side of your body with the palms up. If you’re lying down, stretch out your legs, keeping them hip-width apart or slightly wider. If you’re sitting in a chair, don’t cross your legs.

Good relaxation always starts with focusing on your breathing. The way to do it is to breathe in and out slowly and in a regular rhythm as this will help you to calm down.

Fill up the whole of your lungs with air, without forcing. Imagine you’re filling up a bottle, so that your lungs fill from the bottom:

  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Breathe in slowly and regularly counting from one to five (don’t worry if you can’t reach five at first).
  • Then let the breath escape slowly, counting from one to five.

Keep doing this until you feel calm. Breathe without pausing or holding your breath.

Practise this relaxed breathing for three to five minutes, two to three times a day (or whenever you feel stressed).

I wish you the happiest holidays and if I you need help to handle the after shock, please get in touch.

Remember I offer a trial free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype.

Warm regards


Office Parties: Tips to help you manage the risks

Office Parties: Tips to help you manage the risks

Office parties! The coming office party season can create worries for both employers and employees. But it can be an event where you behave professionally and still have fun. It provides a great opportunity to socialize with co-workers and with manager that you wouldn’t normally mingle with and if you follow the advice below you should be able to handle the coming office party season with confidence and grace.

Office Parties – Tips

  1.  Prepare yourself mentally and accept that this is part of what is expected and it can be a good opportunity to meet new colleagues and your senior managers in a less formal environment. It provides a chance to network with new people. But it is probably a good idea to decide not to stay until the end before you go. Have a ready-made reason for leaving before people begin to really let their hair down and you are tempted to join in.  Make sure you stick to your resolution.
  2. Take care what you wear. Find out what everyone else is wearing before the party and match the tone with your outfit.  If you are a woman, find a compromise; you want to look attractive without being overtly sexy. Keep in mind the image you have worked so hard to build and don’t destroy it in a few short hours. For men,showing your more extreme eccentricities in dress is rarely a good idea.
  3. Arrive on time. Turning up ‘fashionably late’ is not really an option at a work event and it may get noticed. Plus arriving on time gives you the opportunity to say hello to everyone and socialize while people are still likely to remember the good impression you make. It means as well, you can get out early without seeming rude.
  4. Mingle. Be sure to acknowledge all your co-workers, your managers and other business contacts who are there. Don’t give anyone the opportunity to think you ignored them; the Christmas party is an excellent opportunity to cement relationships.
  5. Don’t “dis” the boss. Talk to your co-workers and others about work issues in a positive and complimentary light, focusing on achievements for the year and fun things you remember. Whatever negative thoughts you have, keep them out of this environment. It is easy to overhear things said in a crowd but to misunderstand, so don’t get drawn into listening to other’s negativity either, you may be assumed by others to agree. Instead don’t be frightened to talk to your co-workers and management about things outside of work such as the cinema, football, holidays, hobbies and family. And practice listening; this is as important as the small talk. Though it may feel really informal, remember it is still a work event; this isn’t the time to be speaking your mind informally to management.
  6. Drink responsibly. Keep in mind that everything observed has the potential to be turned into a judgement on your professionalism and work suitability. No matter how much management has insisted that everyone let down their hair, just don’t. Eat first before drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach is asking for trouble. Space all drinks with water and more food, and lots of conversation.
  7. Be discreet with about romantic intentions. Bear in mind the potential for claims of sexual harassment. Do not touch people in ways that can be misinterpreted, or say things that are considered demeaning or sexually provocative. Use your common sense. On the other hand, if you find yourself being hit on, even by your boss, and provided it is not grossly offensive, let them down gently. Try to preserve everyone’s dignity and remember co-workers will gossip as soon as they see anything happen. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t like to hear recounted in the office the next day.
  8. Help others. If you see a co-worker overdoing the drinking or making a move when they are clearly not fully mentally in charge of themselves, step in and bail them out. Explain to them tactfully what they are doing and how it appears to other people. If this doesn’t sink in, discreetly ring a cab and make sure they get home safely. This is a time when your executive decision-making can save their reputation.

If you follow the advice above you should be able to handle your coming office parties with confidence and grace.

I wish all those planning an office party every success and if I you need help to handle the after shock, please get in touch.

Remember I offer a trial free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype.

Warm regards


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Career Success:Assess; Live Within Your Budget

Live Within Your Budget! Today we have an article from Tamara M. Williams who loves learning about Career Development. She shares her knowledge and experiences in her articles.  She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Your work expenses are one aspect of your budget that you should be assessing every month. This means observing work-related expenses such as work attire and lunch to determine if there is a decrease or increase in your personal budget. Budgeting lets you know if you are living within your means.

Live Within Your Budget withWork Outfits

At various stages in your work year you might need to purchase work attire to keep up with your employer’s work culture. If uniform allowance is a part of your benefits package then this will greatly reduce your clothing expenses. Even with the allowance you might still be expected to wear your own clothes on Fridays so you still need to budget for this. You should also plan for additional clothes throughout the year for attending conferences, corporate functions and so on. Make a note of the items that you purchase by saving your receipts and adding them to your budget. You could ask family, friends and co-workers to suggest clothing stores that offer regular discounts, check newsletters that deliver sales alerts, and search on-line sites that offer coupons.

Live Within Your Budget with Lunch

Your lunch choices include brown bag lunches or purchasing meals from your local grocery stores, fast food joints, restaurants or company cafeterias. Packing your lunches from home is ideal because it costs less to purchase and prepare the meals yourself. However, if you don’t have the time then you should use one night to prepare enough lunches to last for a few days or just use your leftovers. This would reduce the amount of money you spend purchasing ready-made meals. When purchasing meals always check different locations to compare the costs and choose the most affordable options. You can also search on-line for recipes, coupons and discounts to save money. Keep all your receipts and track your spending each month.

Finally, sum up your purchases in each category above to determine how much money you spent for the month. Compare this to your previous budget. Determine if other areas of your personal budget can be adjusted to accommodate any extra expenses. If you are satisfied that you can live within your means, this is a great sign. However, if your expenses are cutting into your salary too much then ask family, friends and co-workers about the money-saving methods that they use. It is great earning a salary, but you want to ensure that you properly manage your personal finances. Live within your budget to ensure that you avoid debt and develop the discipline to save more money.

About The Author: Tamara M. Williams writes career articles based on her personal and work experience. She shares tips so that readers can learn more ways to develop their careers further. She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.


Your CV Summary for Job Search

Your CV Summary for Job Search

CV summary – you would be surprised how many CVs I see that do not include a short personal profile at the top of the first page. Instead they plunge straight into the work history giving the reader not a clue about the person doing the work.These kinds of CV are much less likely to catch a recruiter/future employer’s eye.

So what should you include in your short summary?

Your personal profile should summarise your;
• Skills and qualities
• Work background and achievements
• Career aims.

It should only be a few lines and must grab the reader’s attention. Try to avoid using terms that a lot of candidates will use, such as ‘reliable’, ‘hard working’, ‘team player’, ‘good communication skills’ etc. These general terms are heard so often they don’t help an employer to build up a real picture of you.

Instead, for example, if the job involves working with people, try to highlight relevant, specific people skills such as: negotiating, dealing with demanding customers, presentation skills, resolving conflict, or showing empathy. These help the reader build up more of a picture than saying you’re a good team-worker and an effective communicator. However, be brief – you can highlight examples of your skills in later sections.

Include keywords relevant to the kind of work you seek or are applying for. (When someone uses a search engine, they type in one or more words describing what they are looking for; eg ‘Facilities Manager’ or ‘Corporate Real Estate”. These words or phrases are known as keywords.) Many recruitment companies make use of software to sift job applications based on a keyword search.

When you’re summarising your career aims, think about the employer you are sending your CV to. It will hit home with employers if your career aims sound exactly like the kind of opportunities they currently have or are likely to provide in future.

Try to relate your summary to the job description or, if you’re sending your CV on spec, what you think the employer is looking for.

I wish all those starting out on, or a continuing, a job search this week every success and if I can help, please get in touch.

Remember I offer a trial free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype.

Warm regards


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