Selection Criteria Examples – Achieves Results

Ok, so my guess is that you are reading this because you need to write selection criteria and you have no idea how to address the criteria for the topic – achieves results. To help you, I’ve listed three selection criteria examples that directly relate to the ‘achieves results’ question.

 

Selection Criteria Example – Achieves Results: (Office Manager Application)         

I achieve results through the continuous review of my progress. I consult with others, coordinate projects, foster relations with my team, meet deadlines, secure stakeholder commitment and use innovative solutions to solve any challenges in order to deliver a measurable result.

For the past 2+ years, I have been employed as the Student Advisor for the University of Kingsthorpe where I provide advice, registration and individualised assistance to international students from admission through graduation. At the start of the 2013 school year, I arranged an Australia Zoo style orientation for the international students which involved a race consisting of various activities (and prizes) to familiarise students with their surroundings in a fun environment. In order to meet deadlines and budget concerns, I needed to carefully evaluate the costs and benefits for each individual challenge and the race as a whole.

After I received feedback that the students wanted the ‘race’ pushed forward one week so that it would not conflict with their university studies, I weighed up the potentials and concerns of the situation to see if this was viable. The advantage of moving the race forward would be increased participation. However, it would also mean re-advertising the ‘race’ and getting the final touches on the competition completed in time, which included sponsorship arrangements.  After consulting with my team, we decided the increased participation from our students (our objective is always to support the student) would be worth the cost to re-advertise and that we could meet this new deadline by making some simple changes to our existing milestones. As a result of this change, we achieved the highest student participation rate since starting the ‘Australia ZOO Challenge’ a few years ago, with positive feedback from the students and staff members alike.

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Selection Criteria Example  – Achieves Results: Marketing Officer Application

I contribute my own expertise in marketing and promotions, including principles and practices to achieve results.  For example one of the key practices of marketing is to build trust with your audience. I have achieved this by creating personal and transparent content which is posted to our employment blog and sent to our customers via email marketing. Specifically a recent post called ‘I Failed At My Career’ based on my personal experience as a teenager resulted in a 34.5% open rate compared to the industry average of 16.1%. I received extensive positive feedback from this post and a number of new clients who stated they had read the post and as a result wanted to work with another human rather than a faceless corporation. With regards to mailing list management I adhere to the marketing principles of building relationships with clients by providing relevant and helpful content. Another recent post “You Want a New Job So Why Aren’t You Doing This One Thing?”’ had an opening rate of 35.7% compared to the industry average of 16.1%.

One of my main responsibilities is to manage the mailing list which includes updating and checking the accuracy of our records. I schedule this to occur weekly on a Friday. I also schedule monthly blog posts and emails to the list; automating the process to send on a set date and time. I use the automation functions of Mail Chimp to create launch sequences for new products which deliver according to a set schedule. As a small business NCRS has a small budget and through the implementation of the blog and email list I was able to reduce this expenditure by 70% demonstrating my ability to work with the budget resources available.

 

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Selection Criteria Example – Achieves Results (Project Manager Application)

I have the ability to achieve results which has resulted in positive feedback from all my employers and a number of key stakeholders.  I have been praised for my ability to coordinate the delivery of projects and for my commitment to undertake additional activities. Senior management has stated that I am “dependable” and “responsible” with “the ability to deliver results in shorter timeframes than anticipated”.  I am able to meet project terms and exceed expectations on the work that I deliver. I am the recipient of a number of awards that demonstrate my ability to achieve results. For example, I have received a number of “Excellence” and “Project Delivery Awards” through my current employment at Custom Carriers and I am also a recipient of the “Clear Thinker” award and a “Compliance” award for achieving best practices.

Some of the results that I have achieved over my six years of employment with Custom Carriers include my vender management style which in one example reduced vender costs from $10,000 to $1,500. I have also reduced the call costs of Senior Management by enabling them to use Wifi to make interstate and international calls or leveraging back to an Australian Provider when overseas. I removed a 27 second call wait time by noticing that the privacy policy was repeated and therefore eliminated it. This was from a department that received over 10M calls per annum.

An example of my ability to achieve results was my recent management of the BAA Project. I was required to design how call transfers were processed from one call to the next, based on the customer requirements of a 1300 number. I needed to meet a number of objectives such as matching the transferred call to the best possible person, putting in contingency plans for emergencies and public holidays and matching databases to calls.  The project also required that clients be transferred in the quickest possible time. In order to do this, I first gathered the system requirements and researched the option coding and self-serve options. I also completed a “position matrix” for call responses. After I had developed the design, I had a “walkthrough” meeting with the key stakeholders to explain the technology, how it worked, what it would look like, what the result would be and how much it would cost. I also conducted individual meetings for the stakeholders who had additional questions or who were unsure of the technology involved. During these meetings, I further explained how the system would operate. After this project was signed approved, I completed all the coding and testing before putting the project into production. The end result was reduced holding times for customers, a better transfer rate and a contingency plan that worked.

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80 Things You Can Do Right Now To Find The Job Of Your Dreams

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80 Things You Can Do Today To Find the Job of Your Dreams

 

When people want to find their dream job they jump online, search for the job they want and submit their resume for the position along with everyone else who is doing exactly the same thing. This can work, but here are 84 things you should also use when you start to look for the job of your dreams.

Please note some of these ideas are extreme job search ideas so proceed with caution and keep an open mind. Want good job search karma coming your way? Pay it forward by sharing this article using the social media icons.

 

Improve the content on your resume – As a resume writer I see a lot of customers focus on design instead of content. You need to start adding achievements to your resume because this is what sells your resume to the employer. You can download a free resume questionnaire that will help you pinpoint your achievements here.

 

Upgrade to a designer resume – Once you have the content perfect, it’s time to work on the design. If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself you can purchase a ‘designer resume’. I particularly love the ones LOFT offers. They are AMAZING and you can get one for less than $100. You can see some of their designs here.

 

 

Improve you cover letter – Most cover letters are boring as bat shit to read. While it’s true only about 50% of employers actually bother to read them, you stand a better chance of getting noticed if you take the extra time to send a job specific one, rather than a generic puff piece.

 

Write a job search schedule and stick to it – I talk to a lot of people trying to find a new job. The thing is 80% of job seekers don’t treat finding a job as a job. If you are unemployed and looking for work, you need to be applying for positions from 9-5, Monday to Friday. Even if you are already employed you need to set a schedule of say one hour per day from 5-6pm to focus on your job search efforts.

 

 

Send out cold calling letters – This is so effective, yet very few people do it. Your competition on job seeker websites is fierce with over 150+ applicants for one position. One way around it is to set a goal of say 20 organisations a week and send them a letter and your resume. Your letter should make it clear that you really want to work there should a position become available. (Do not use email, I have split tested this and it is only really effective if you use traditional snail mail)

 

Make some cold calling phone calls – Just like writing a letter, this is when you give prospective employers a call and ask if they have any potential positions available. I find letter writing is more effective but this approach can still work provided that you can handle being told ‘no’ multiple times in an hour.

 

 

Go see the people you want to work with in person – This is my favourite approach for anyone looking for work in retail or hospitality. It is hands down the most effective job search method out there for kitchen, waiting and bar positions. Simply print off multiple copies of your resume and hit the pavement handing them out.

 

Get a LinkedIn Profile – LinkedIn is becoming more popular by the day. The biggest mistake I see is people don’t use a profile picture or don’t put any effort into their profile. Make sure you treat your profile like a resume and include all your achievements.  If you are going to do LinkedIn make sure you do it properly or it’s a complete waste of time.

 

 

Get endorsements on LinkedIn – LinkedIn give you the opportunity to endorse people for skills you know they have. It also gives users the opportunity to endorse you. If you haven’t already start endorsing your contacts for their skills so they return the favor – make sure you only endorse them for skills you know they have.

 

Post that you need a new job to Facebook – You can always post a status update letting your contacts know the sort of work you are looking for and asking if they know anyone. Of course, only do this if you don’t mind your current employer finding out about it. If you don’t want to post a status, try sending everyone a personal message instead.

 

 

Tweet that you need a new job – You can use a similar approach with Twitter (again, only if you don’t mind your current employer finding out about it). Tweet the sort of position you are looking or and ask anyone that might have a contact to tweet you back.

 

Send an email to all your contacts letting them know you want a new job – Building on social media, you can also send a person email to all your contacts asking them to forward your email to anyone that may be interested. Again be careful with this one if you don’t want your employer finding out.

 

 

Personally call your contacts and let them know you want a new job – Another approach is to personally call your contacts, let them know what you offer and what you want and ask if they have any contacts that may help.

 

Apply for jobs in the paper – Of course, there is also the traditional job search way of finding a job out of the paper. Most of you will already be doing this but if you haven’t started – now is a good time to get started.

 

 

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Apply for jobs on websites – If you haven’t already, make sure you check out job search websites such as Seek. The competition can be fierce but if you have a resume and cover letter ready to go, you can apply with the click of a button.

 

 

Sign up for a recruitment company – Get in touch with your local recruiters and introduce yourself. They usually make you fill out some forms and give you a quick interview so they have you on file if a suitable job turns up.

 

Get some interview coaching – There is always room for improvement and if you find yourself getting interviews but not getting the job, it’s a sign you might need some help. An interview coach can help and a quick Google search of your area will point you in the right direction.

 

 

Get professional written selection criteria– Most government positions require you to address some kind of criteria as part of your application. If you don’t have experience in this area and you find your application is getting overlooked it may be time to get some professional assistance.

 

Update your professional development – You don’t need accredited training to be able to list it under your professional development section on your resume. There some really great online training options available to help you update your skills in any area. Take some free courses through Udemy or Allison and add this to your professional development resume section.

 

 

Take a career test – Achievements sell resumes and one of the best things you can use to demonstrate your achievements is some kind of evidence to back up your claims. Do some career testing in your area of expertise and use the results to sell your resume.  Career tests also have the added bonus of helping you prepare for positions that will want to test you before you start. Try one here.

 

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Get publicity in the paper – If you have an angle, the local paper may interview you for a story. Examples of angles include “I have 3 degrees and can’t get a job at McDonalds” or “I’ve submitted 5000 applications and still can’t get a job”.

 

See if you can get extra media attention – You may also be able to get media attention on the local news or current affair program using the same approach. Again, you will need an angle before you get in touch to pitch your story

 

 

Pull a stunt – If you don’t mind putting yourself out there, it’s always possible to pull off a stunt. Maybe you can hire a group of flash dancers to stage a dance outside the place you want to work. It can be risky, you can never be sure what the employer will think but it could also pay off.

 

Do some work experience – There is a mistaken belief that work experience is just for children. The truth is working for free for a limited time to gain experience also works for adults. At the very least you will have some more experience to add to your resume. They may even offer you a full time job if you impress them enough.

 

Move – I’ve relocated to advance my career three times successfully. The trick is to choose locations that a) no one else wants to live in b) are very small and remote and have a limited number of suitable candidates or c) have a transient population where people move on every few years creating new job opportunities.

 

 

Start your own business – If you can’t find the job of your dreams, you can always create one instead. With the internet going from strength to strength, it’s now possible to start your own business with less than $100. You can read my post on 100 Business Ideas for $100 here.

 

Take an advertisement out in the paper – Most parts of the newspapers have a section where job seekers can take out an advertisement advertising their services and availability. If you have the cash, you may want to take out premium advertising space for extra effectiveness.

 

 

Take an advertisement out on radio – Using a similar approach you can also advertise on the radio. This rarely happens so you may have the added bonus of getting interviewed by the station for free publicity.

 

Pin your resume to noticeboards – I used this approach with success when working my way around Australia as part of a working holiday. You may want to blot your your phone number and just use an email address instead to cut out prank calls and dodgy employers. (Also make sure you list references on request so they don’t end up with random strangers calling their mobile)

 

 

Set up your own website and blog about your job search – If you have time to spare and reasonable computer literacy you could also start your own blog and blog about your job search efforts to get attention. Blogs take work to get noticed so for this to be any good you will need to promote it on your social media channels

 

Write a desperate letter – Of course, if you are applying for positions and not getting a response you can always write a brutally honest letter about how you need a job to feed your children, fund your drinking etc……………..most employers won’t want to know you but every so often someone will appreciate your honesty and at least meet with you.

 

 

Write an ‘out there’ letter – Taking it a step further, you can always write a totally wacky cover letter. It doesn’t have to be totally out there. You may include a joke or personal info about how you are a GOT addict – just something different to stand out in the crowd.

 

Update your make up and wardrobe – Before your next interviews take some time to update your make up or your wardrobe. The more confident we feel, the more confident we act and since confidence is so attractive to the employer, this may give you the extra 1% you need to get the job.

 

 

Watch some You Tube videos for job ideas – YouTube can be a fantastic resource on everything from interview tips to resume writing help. Next time you need help, do a quick search of YouTube and see if you can learn or update a new job hunting skill

 

Sign up at an employment agency – Employment agencies are different to recruitment agencies. With recruitment agencies the employer is usually the client, with an employment agency you are. You have to pay for their services but they usually have one ear to the ground and can give you some tailor made tips for your job search, along with resume and interview writing. Many will also write up an entire career strategy for you to follow based on your chosen profession.

 

 

Research your industry extensively and compile a report on it – If you have the skills needed to write a research paper, you could research your industry and write and publish a report on it on the internet.  Once the report is published, you could email potential employers that may be interested in the report with a link to it and follow up a week later to let them know you are looking for employment

 

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Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work and ask if they can help you – I mean everybody from the car mechanic to the lady that sells you your milk. Everyone is connected to somebody. You never know – the guy that services your car may have an aunty in a management position where you want to work.

 

Snail mail your applications as well as email them – When you apply for a job in the paper or online, snail mail a copy of your application as well. This means they get a second chance to read how fabulous you are, in case they missed it the first time

 

 

Make up work wanted business cards – Entrepreneurs have business cards that they hand out to find potential clients. There is no reason you can’t get cheap business cards made up and hand them out to people you network with or talk to. At least this way they have your contact details if they know someone who has an opening.

 

Use FiverrFiverr has a whole bunch of marketing and advertising services from $5. You can hire someone to pin a work wanted notice all over a busy train station, create a video advertisement, create a radio advertisement, proofread your cover letter for typos etc.

 

 

Use LinkedIn – We have talked about LinkedIn before, but this time I’m talking about using it to network. You can reach out to your contacts and ask for introductions to people they are connected with who may have openings.

Replace TV with job search – How many hours of non-essential TV do you watch a week just to unwind? Set a goal of replacing TV time with job search time and watch what happens.

 

Hire Elance To Do Your Job Search –Elance allows you to post jobs that you need done and applicants from around the world submit a bid for your job. If you don’t have time to update your LinkedIn profile or submit applications, Elance has access to low cost virtual assistants who will do it for you.

 

 

Download your resume questionnaire and use it for interview – Next time you have an interview take some time to prepare in advance. Simply download the resume questionnaire (you can get it from here), write out your responces and chances are next time an interviewer asks a tricky question you will already have an answer that fits the question stored in your memory bank

 

Keep a log of everything you do on your computer – Every time you do a new course, learn a new computer system, get your key performance report, feedback from a client or meet your sales targets write this information down on your computer somewhere and keep it stored in a safe place. This way when it’s time to do your resume, you will already have all the information you need and won’t have to try and remember it all. It’s easy to think you will remember the name of the accounting software you are using right now, but chances are – five years down the track you won’t remember what it was called

 

 

Go back to school – We have already talked about updating your professional development section. This time have a think about formal qualifications such as university degrees and TAFE courses that you could do to increase your career prospects. Can you become an external student or do night school?

 

Attend events – You can also attend events in your industry. These could include specific networking events, training, seminars or other places that give you an opportunity to connect with others in your field.

 

 

Check Gumtree– You can also check online classified sites such as Gumtree and Craigs List for possible job openings. You may also choose to advertise in  their work wanted section. Childcare and farming workers seem to always be in demand on these sites.

 

Check Your Facebook Profile Pic and Privacy Settings – One thing you can do right now is to check the privacy settings on your Facebook account to make sure it’s set to private. Why you are at it, check your profile picture and make sure it’s not a pic of you smoking a joint or anything else that could cause issues. A recent employer survey showed that half of all employers snoop at an applicant’s Facebook page before making a final hiring decision.

 

 

Google Yourself – Why you are at it, you may want to Google yourself and make sure there isn’t anything negative about you on the front page. If there is you can pay a service to try and have it removed or flood the internet so the listing moves down the page.

 

Try EFT to boost confidence – If you always get attacked by nerves when it comes to interview time, you might like to try the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as tapping to combat the nerves. There isn’t enough room here to go into it, but thousands of people swear by it and a simple Google search should bring up some videos showing you what to do.

 

 

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Get a haircut/blowdry – I don’t know about you, but a blow dry from the hairdresser is probably my no-fail way to boost my confidence. I get it done before any big business meetings but having it done before an interview will increase you confidence and have the added bonus of making you look perfectly polished.

 

 

Read a career book – If you feel like you could use some extra assistance in your job search, it may be time to hit the books at your local library. I really like ‘Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office’ and What Color Is Your Parachute’.

Attend job expo – Most cities run a career expo at least once a year where you can meet with prospective employers, learn about the job search agencies available in your area and get free advice on your chosen career path. Also lots of stalls give out samples bags and who doesn’t love a free pen (or maybe that’s just me)

 

Wage subsidies – If you live in Australia, the government offers wage subsidies for some eligible job seekers. This means they subsidise any employer that takes you for part of the wage – making you more attractive to the potential employer. Check out your options by getting in touch with your local government run employment agency.

 

 

Market stall – If you don’t mind being out in the public you can always print up hundreds of copies of your resume, hire a stall at your local market and make a ‘work wanted’ sign. You never know who might be there and they may just applaud your resourcefulness.

 

Tshirt – You can also print off a ‘Work Wanted’ T-shirt and wear it whenever you are out in public. It might be a good idea to also list in bullets the sort of work you are looking for. You never know, the person walking behind you may have just lost their waitress/bar tender/assistant.

 

 

Networking Group – This is more of a traditional approach. It’s when you attend specific networking events related to your industry to make contacts and possibly network your way into a new position. Industry forums and workshops could also be beneficial.

 

Facebook advertising – Most people use Facebook advertising to sell their business to customers, but there is nothing to stop you using it to target potential employers. Facebook has great targeting capabilities with the ability to target advertising based on industry. You can always run an advertisement linked to your resume. Also Facebook advertising is very cheap with the ability to only pay when someone clicks on your advertisement.

 

 

Signature email – You can also add a signature to your personal email saying something along the lines of what sort of job you ae looking for  with a quick blurb about your experience. Just don’t reply to your current boss with your home email unless they already know you are looking.

 

Check the phone number on your resume – This seems so basic but I have on occasion received a resume that has the wrong phone number listed on it. The resume’s owner has usually contacted me because they aren’t getting a response and they think there must be something wrong with it when the only wrong thing is a typo – one digit can make all the difference.

 

 

Delete cute emails addresses – Please also check the email you are using, Many of us are still using the email address we made as teenagers. Supersexylegs or f*ck mylife may have seemed like a cool username at the time, but it’s time to get a new one.

 

Finder Fees – You could also hold a competition or offer a finder’s fee for anyone that gets you an interview through their contacts. Offering $50 to your contacts to network your way into an interview is a surefire way to make your contacts sit up and take a look at who they know that could offer you a job.

 

 

Send a shoe – It’s worked before. The basic idea is to send a shoe along with your resume and a note attached saying ‘just wanted to get my foot in the door’. It won’t work for everyone, but it will get you attention and hopefully enough to get you an interview

 

Volunteer Work – Volunteer work is a great way to increase your experience in an area, looks great on a resume and you get to help out in the community at the same time. It’s a win, win win. It also allows networking possibilities and the chance to add a new reference to your list.

 

 

Job Search Balloons – Want to work in childcare as a Nanny or rack up more babysitting hours? Hit someplace with loads of kids, print your contact information and what sort of position you want on a balloon and start handing them out. You can easily hire a helium tank from any party supply place.

Pinterest – You could start a board on Pinterest and include infographics on the skills you can bring to the job. It’s a long shot but if you have exhausted every other avenue, you have nothing to lose from trying.

 

Facebook Groups – We have already talked about your own profile and advertising but you could also look for networking groups in your area and post about the sort of position you want. In my city there are plenty of ‘work wanted’ groups that match employers with jobseekers at no charge.

 

 

Lulu Book Publishing – You have two options with this. You can self-publish a book that would benefit your industry, add it to your resume and send free hardcopies to prospective employers as a gift with your resume or you could self-publish a novel on what you can offer an employer (like a really long extended resume with heaps of details) and send this with your resume. It’s unlikely they will read it all the way but it will get their attention.

 

Press Releases – This is an extension of the ‘free publicity’ we have already spoken about. You could write your cover letter up as a ‘press release’ instead to get points for creativity or you could find an angle of your job search that media outlets would be interested in and send out a press release to drum up some publicity.

 

 

You Tube Videos – Alternatively you could create a series of You Tube videos showcasing why you are the best person for the job and include a link in your cover letter.  If you have excellent personal presentation skills and something interesting to say this could work.

 

Podcasts – Similar to putting a link in your cover letter to a You Tube video you could also create a podcast and link to it. This may be a better option if you sound ok but don’t want to put yourself in front of a camera.

 

 

Check Haro and Sourcebottle for leads – Haro and Sourcebottle match up media outlets with people to interview for their articles. Signing up for alerts is free and you can keep an eye on them and see if anyone wants to interview an expert in your industry and pitch yourself to them. This gives you another achievement to add to your resume.

 

Library talks – Local libraries are often looking for speakers that would interest members of the community. Try pitching a talk on a subject matter in your industry. It will allow you to network, build up a positive reputation and add public speaking to your resume.

 

 

Free community event talks – Similar to the Library idea, you could try pitching your ideas at community events, for community organisations or at local schools or universities if they are a good match for your industry.  Again, it allows you opportunities to network, helps position you as an expert in your field and allows you to add some new achievements to your resume.

 

Nominate awards – You could also nominate yourself for awards in your industry to gain extra publicity, add something new to your resume and give you the chance to network at industry events. You never know you might even win.

 

 

Adwords Advertising – Similar to Facebook advertising you could also try Google Adwords. Again it allows you to pay per click but it doesn’t offer the same targeting as opportunities as Facebook.

 

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I Failed

 

I Failed At My Career. Miserably

Hey there,

So I like to think I’m pretty good at what I do. I mean I won multiple awards during my time at ITEC Employment for getting the most people into work, I was promoted within two weeks at Darwin Skills for my ability to engage young disadvantaged youth into employment, I also received a $20,000 pay rise within my first 3 months on the job and have bulk client testimonials from clients thanking me for helping them to land their dream job. Pretty good, right?

Thing is, it wasn’t always so. To be specific for the first 10 years of my career history, I wondered daily when I was going to get fired because  I was such a bloody failure. My first job occurred in high school when I started working at a local bakery. Customers terrified me (I can’t explain it, I was just really shy and scared of speaking to people I didn’t know), I kept mucking up the manual cash register and I always freaked out that I was slicing the bread too chunky. The boss agreed with my own self-assessment and fired me for my “lack of customer service skills” within a month.

I’d like to say my next job flipping burgers at McDonalds went better but the truth is I was too slow and could never get the burgers ready in time for peak hour traffic. I resigned before my three month review because I knew they would never keep someone so slow around. After that it was a stint at the Chemist, this went a bit better but I was always overlooked for the promotions, mostly because although I was a little better at talking to customers, I was still painfully shy.

Eventually I went to work for three years at an abattoir. Yes, you read that right. I spent three years making boxes and packing meat into it. I still wasn’t very fast and was frequently told to “fu*king move faster” but it was the abattoir. I mean no one ever got fired from the abattoir. Hell, someone put a firecracker in someone’s smoke and sent the guy blind for a bit and the union still managed to keep him in his job.

I could go on, it’s a huge list of failures from cooking in a shearing shed to working behind the bar. I once even completed the start of a diesel fitter apprenticeship before I forgot to put the sump plug back in after servicing a major piece of machinery. The thing is I had zero idea of what I was good at. I didn’t think I had any strengths and really thought I was doomed to work jobs I was hopeless at for the rest of my life. It was a total fluke that I found what I was good at.

I had always been able to find work, I was self-taught on how to write a resume and could talk the talk at interview time.  In fact, I could usually find a new job within a few hours. The most is ever took for me to find a new job was 4 days and that was in a tough economic climate in a town where you actually had to wait for someone to die before they would hire anyone new.

Anyway, so I was about 25 years old and I found out this employment agency let you use their computers and copiers to print off as many resume copies as you wanted. All you had to do was have a free consult.  So I had my consult and they wrote a resume up from scratch for me and I thought “Holy Cow Man! I know more about this than he does”. That was it. I set my sights on an employment consultant job and had one within a few weeks. They actually created a position from scratch for me because they were so impressed by my resume and cover letter (I cold called them).

I was good at it, really good at it. I always exceeded any target they set for me. At one stage when one of the consultants left, they didn’t even bother replacing him. They just gave me a pay rise and handed me his caseload because they knew I could manage both. Now, I’m not writing this to boast. I’m still shy by nature and beating my own drum makes me feel uncomfortable.  In fact writing this feels really vulnerable or something.

The reason for this post is to demonstrate to those of you who have been at it for years and still feel they are never going to be good at anything, that it is 100% possible to find a job you are great at. Also, I have a short cut for you. One I wish I had known about years ago because it would have saved me 10 years of trial and error.

It’s called psychometric testing or career testing and it will show you what you are good at right now so you don’t have to work in a freaking abattoir just because they won’t fire you. These tests work because I’ve done them as part of my work and guess what they said was the ideal job for me? Employment Consultant, Human Resource Manager or Writer. How freaking accurate is that?

So if you are stuck or even if you are curious as to if the job you are in is really the best fit for you, check out the career tests below. One hour of your time to answer the questions sure beats 10 years.  And even if you know the job you are in is the right fit for you – career tests have the added bonus of giving you heaps of juicy information that you can use in your resume, selection criteria or when it comes to the interview. Win-Win.

Want to save yourself 10 years and have something awesome to help you write your resume? Click here to take the test: http://careerfitter.com/free_test/careerbuilder/index_affiliate_com.asp?afid=5329

 

 

To Your Success

Nic

The Two Step Method To Finding The Right Job For You

The No Fail Way To Work Out If The Job Is Right For You

Have you ever thought you really really wanted a job only to work out that it wasn’t for you after you had already committed to it? Ahhh, I hate it when that happens but I’m convinced it happens to everyone at some stage. For example a couple of years ago I decided to make a detour into child protection. It seemed like a logical choice as I’d spent the last couple of years helping disadvantaged youth find employment so I liked helping people and I liked youth. Sounds like a perfect match right?

Nope! Even though I had a seriously great boss and fantastic salary package it wasn’t for me for a million different reasons. ( One of which is that I like to have an on/off switch between my personal and professional life and with child protection it’s very difficult to go home and just flick that invisible switch). If I’m honest I knew it wasn’t for me in the first six weeks but I had built up such expectations around my new career that I slogged it out for another 11 months before I had the courage to admit that it wasn’t working to myself.

Now to prevent you from making the same mistake, here is my no fail activity to help you clarify EXACTLY what you want out of a job.

Step One – I want you to write a list of 50-100 things you really like or love. This does not have to be work related. So my list looks something like this:

  • I love dogs
  • I love a town called Thargomindah
  • I love Darwin
  • I love beer
  • I love spending time with my daughter
  • I love chocolate
  • I love to travel
  • I love writing
  • I love helping people that want to be helped
  • I love the smell of grease and oil (seriously they need to bottle that shit!)

Step Two – Every time you go to apply for a job go through and circle anything on your love/like list that could relate to the job.

For example in my current job (helping you guys with your job hunting stuff) I get to indulge my love of writing (resumes, selection criteria), helping people that want to be helped, I get to spend heaps more time with my daughter  and if I wanted I could live in either Darwin or Thargomindah because my job is location independent. The same goes for travel and if I really wanted I guess I could drink beer while I worked as well.

The job you are applying for doesn’t have to tick every box on your like/love list but you want a healthy ratio. I can tell you right now that one or two is not going to be enough. I’d aim for 10+ on a list of 50 and higher if you can write the whole hundred. If you read through the job advert and it doesn’t match your love list, scrap it. You don’t need to waste 11 months of your life on a job that’s not for you.

And one last thing: if you do start a job and realise 6 weeks into it that it’s not for you, take advantage of the three month trial period, thank them for the opportunity and go back to the drawing board. Sometimes this can be hard but it frees you up for a job you love and frees the company up for someone who is a better match. It may not seem like it at the time, but this is a win-win for both of you.

I hope this helps you find the right job for you.

Want more ways to test if a job is right for you? Check out my ‘Get The Job You Love’ workbook available in Ebook and Print version here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/getthejobyoulove

Did you find this article helpful or do you know someone that needs to read it? Feel free to forward it to them.

 

 

You Want A New Job, So Why Aren’t You Doing This One Thing?

You Want A New Job So Why Aren’t You Doing This One Thing?

Fair Warning – I’m so passionate about this topic that this email could turn into a huge rant. I turn down at least 50% of the resume enquiries I get.  Basically the resume is fine as it is but because the person has applied for oodles of jobs and not had a responce, they think there is something wrong with what they are sending out.

So why aren’t they getting the response they want? I blame SEEK. Yep, you would have to live under a rock to not know of its existence.  In the last couple of years business really has been booming for these guys. It’s the first port of call for most of you looking for work and often the first port of call for employers looking for staff. This should make it a match made in heaven for both parties, but let me tell you that the employers have the advantage. They can list their advertisement and get 150 responses in one day so it’s great for them. For you it means you are competing with 150 other qualified candidates so it’s not such great news.

Think of it this way. It’s like answering a personal advertisement on an online dating site where there is one female to 150 males. Even if you consider yourself quite the catch, the one female has all the advantage. And honestly, if she has already sorted through 150 other eligible bachelors and you are number 150, there is a good chance she stopped paying attention to anything anyone wrote after the first 50 respondents. Seriously, 150+ applications is a lot to wade through even for a soul mate!

Ok, so now that you realise just how crappy your odds are, lets talk about the one thing NONE of you are doing but you ALL should be.  You all need to write a list of twenty companies you want to work for and write them a cover letter and send them your resume – by snail mail.

And before you stop reading because you’ve heard it before  I’m going to ask you again “WHY ARN’T YOU DOING THE ONE THING THAT HAS THE HIGHEST SUCCESS RATE OF ALL THE JOB SEARCH METHODS I HAVE PERSONALLY TESTED?”

Come on guys, this is a super simple task that won’t take you more than an hour to complete and will eliminate 99% of the competition. I have seen the results of this time and time again but nobody bothers to do it. You all jump on Seek and send off your resume with one click, thinking that the more applications you shoot off the better your chances. I’m not saying doesn’t use SEEK, but I am saying you need to use this method as well.

I’ve split tested it before and the results speak for themselves. Using exactly the same resume and applying for exactly the same kind of job, the applicant landed two interviews out of her twenty SEEK applications and four interviews out of her twenty cold calling snail mailed letters. She wasn’t offered the job for either of the SEEK positions, but she had a 75% success rate for the interviews she obtained through snail mail and could choose which one she wanted.

DO THIS NOW! Write a list of the twenty places you would like to work at, send them a personal cover letter letting them know you are looking for work and have heard how awesome they are and could they please keep you in mind the next time a role comes up. Attach your resume and snail mail it to the companies.

Ideally you want to set a target of 10-20 of these letters per week. Stamps are cheap and you can easily print of your resume and cover letter and photocopy it. If you are stuck for places to send it to, start with the first listing in the Yellow Pages and go from there. Bonus points for anyone that looks up the name of the manager and personally addresses each letter. (You don’t have to do this, I never have and it still works).

Ok, that’s my rant over. I hope I didn’t sound too bossy but if I did it’s because I truly believe we should all have a job that we love and I want you to succeed. I really, really do. So get cracking and if you have any questions about the process or want some more info on this approach, shoot me an email and I’ll help you out.

PS: Don’t cheat and send an email, it should work but it never does. I’m not sure why but I think it’s because:

a)      Snail mail is starting to become novelty so people pay more attention when it comes in the post

b)      It’s easier for the employer to keep your resume on file, they tend to lose email or forget where they put it so when a job does come up they can’t find your details

Famous ‘Bridge’ Jobs

Famous ‘Bridge’ Jobs

Are your currently working a ‘bridge’ job while you wait for your big career break? Perhaps you are waiting tables or slugging it away in a factory while you wait to get your book published, finish university or start your career in the industry you really are passionate about? To make you feel better and more optimistic about your success rate, I’ve researched and listed some bridge jobs of the rich and famous – before they were, like, rich and famous.

Tom Cruise – Yes, this famous couch surfing, scientologist, actor worked as a Paperboy before going on to become a household name.

David Letterman – Apparently this talk show host used to work at a grocery store

Tim Allen – Remember Tim? Well, before turning his life around and entering our life on his popular comedy sitcom, this dude spent two years in prison as a Cocaine Dealer.

Jennifer Aniston – Who doesn’t love Jen? I think we can all take comfort in the fact that this lass did a stint as a telemarketer prior to her big break.

Alec Baldwin – Apparently ole Alec was a Bouncer. This does not surprise me.

Jon Bon Jovi – Christmas Decoration Maker. I’m not entirely sure what a Christmas Decoration Maker does but I imagine it meant he worked in a factory somewhere.

Sandra Bullock – The lovely Sandra used to work as a Bartender. Nice to know I’m not the only one that slaved away in hospitality prior to getting my career break

Kurt Cobain – Kurt worked as a Janitor before making it big with Nirvana. That may have been a happy ending if only he hadn’t shot himself.

Coolio – This Gansta Paradise star was a Firefighter. Talk about cool first jobs!

Courtney Cox – Apparently Courtney was a spokesperson for a tampon company.

Walt Disney – The creative genius used to work as an ambulance driver.

The morale to this post, if there needs to be one – is that bridge jobs don’t define you or where you will be in 10 years’ time. Don’t be ashamed of your bridge job, everybody has them. They build character, teach you valuable skills and put food on the table – and even famous people have them!

How To Burn That Extra 1% In Your Job Search

How To Burn That Extra One Percent in Your Job Search

I love reading books by Robin Sharma. He has some great tips for business and for life. While he is not an Employment Consultant many of his tips are relevant to your job search so today I’m going to share some of his advice and look at how you can incorporate it into your job search.

The advice I would like to cover today is “to burn the extra one percent”. Now when talking about this in a mainstream context it could mean running that 1% faster on your morning jog or running 1% further. When I first started up running, I could not even run 1K but I increased how far I ran by 1% until I was jogging 8km every morning. Adding 1% works because it doesn’t seem like anything at the time, but it compounds to remarkable results. So let’s take a look at how you can add this advice to your job search to get results and find a job you love.

The Resume

Is there something you have been meaning to tweak on your resume that you haven’t had time to do? It may be something as simple as adding a border or changing a word in your job description but burn that extra 1% and get it done.

The Interview

Did you shine your shoes? Send a thank-you card? Spend an extra 5 minutes researching the company? What is one thing you could do to burn that extra 1% when it comes to securing the job?

The Job Search

Do you currently send 10 applications out per day? What would happen if you increased it to 11? Can you use higher quality envelopes or paper? Are you cold calling? Is this something you could implement (even if it’s one call per day, that’s seven increased job opportunities in one week).

Networking

How many people do you reach out to and ask if they have contacts in the industry you want to work in? Can you add one more person to your list? Is there someone you have been meaning to contact but have been putting it off? What’s your LinkedIn profile look like? Have you been meaning to update it to a more professional image? Do you need to add your latest qualification on there?

These are just some suggestions on how to add an extra 1% to your job search. Remember 1% isn’t a big deal at the time, but compounded over the weeks, months and years it can lead to huge results.

 

How To Pass An Interview (From the Employer)

How To Pass An Interview (From A Management Perspective)

So, remember how I surveyed employers to find out what they most wanted to see on your resume? I also asked them what it took for a candidate to pass an interview with them and have collaborated some of the results below. Want to know how to pass your next interview? Read On:

Q. What is the worst thing a candidate can do during an interview with you?

“Not read the situation or me as an interviewer, talk over the top of me”

“Talk about their plans to move on somewhere else”

“Not speak clearly, not listen to the questions I’m asking, start an argument”

“Say they did something when they did not – slouch all over the table –  act not interested – give all the attention to the male interviewers on the panel – no eye contact”.

“Lie”

“Criticizing previous employers/colleagues”

“Give one word answers, not engage with the interviewer”

Q. What’s the best thing a candidate can do during an interview with you?

“Build rapport, relax and be themselves”

“Engage and show what they can bring to the table”

“Show that they’re interested in the business I’m in and the company specifically. Give specific ways they can help my business”.

“Be concise and ask questions – be prepared!”

“Truthful and be themselves”

“Discuss other strengths/interests outside their main skillset”

“Be genuinely interested, ask questions, speak confidently”

Q. After the interview do you check the applicants LinkedIn or Facebook profile?

62.50% of employers said they will try to check out your Facebook or Linkedin profile. 37.50% said ‘No’. Take this as a timely reminder to check your privacy settings on Facebook and make sure your profile picture isn’t something you would not want the employer to see.

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to future applicants with your organisation, what would it be?

 

“Treat the process as a two way interaction. I want to get the best out of you at interview, and also for you to make sure the job, and me as manager, are the right fit”.

“Be honest and genuine and pay attention to the brief”.

“Be excited, passionate and do your research”.

“Follow the instructions for applying! (most people don’t which shows a lack of attention to detail)… unless you are so amazing that you blow me away with a really creative and relevant application”.

“Be passionate, research me and my company, and be willing to learn”.

“Research the perspective company, show genuine interest”.

 

Ok, there you have it exactly what you need to do in order to pass an interview, from the employer’s mouth. Remember these guys (and girls) have donated their time to respond to this survey so you can get a job you love, so pay attention and keep their tips in mind when you go for your next interview.

 

What Employers Want On A Resume

What Employers Want On A Resume

In order to bring you the most up to date an relevant information on what employers want with a resume and the entire recruitment process, I conducted a 2014 survey which gathered the responses of managers, recruiters and employers. In it I asked a series of questions designed to work out what exactly it is the employers look for on a resume and in the recruitment process. Curious? Here are the results:

Q. What is the number one item you look at on an applicant’s resume?

A. 62.5% of employers stated they look at the skill set at the number one item on an applicant’s resume (so make sure this is on the first page for easy access). This was followed by an applicant’s work history (37.5%) with Education, Achievements, References and Career Objective all coming in at 12.5%.

Q. How many paragraphs do you prefer in a cover letter?

A. 50% of the employers surveyed said they prefer three paragraphs for a cover letter, 37.5% said they prefer two and 12.5% said they prefer four paragraphs for a cover letter

Q. What does an applicant need on the first page of their resume to make you read the second?

A. Responses included:

“Relevant work history”

“Something that says they have actually read the job description and understand the position”

“A summary of their skills and achievements. This should be bullet points or a short paragraph”

“Skills relevant to the job”

“Why they meet the job description and why they want this particular job”

“Experience & Skills with reference to the position they are applying for”

“Show a tailored approach to the application, not a ‘one size fits all’ resume that they have used for multiple applications”.

Q. What’s the number one thing that makes you put a resume in the trash?

A. Some of the responses included:

“Trying too hard to sell themselves”

“Cookie cutter responses”

“I hate objectives, they just tell me what the applicant wants, not what they can do for me”

“A resume that is not tailored to the job”

“A copy and pasted resume”

“Spelling errors”

“Cover letters that address me as Dear Sir, I’m a women”.

Q. What’s the number one thing that makes you want to hire an applicant?

A. Responses included:

“A genuine approach”

“Show that they know about my business and my company and either show or explain how they can help my business succeed”

“Have an energy which matches what I’m looking for (it’s very easy to tell – even with professionally written resumes)”

“Show attention to detail and show they have researched the company, a few well placed questions to ensure the role is a good fit for both employer and employee is also beneficial”

Well, there you have it. From the employers own mouths – exactly what they look at on an application and resume. These employers have donated their time to complete the survey in order to help you create a winning resume and application so have a read over the tips and advice they have given and have a think about how you can apply this to your own application.

Relocation For Work Case Studies

Relocation For Work Case Studies

So previously I’ve written about how relocating across the country or simply to a new town can be one of the most efficient ways to get your foot in the door especially if you are new to the industry. This week it was announced that the Australian Government is going to help cover the cost of relocating for work for eligible job seekers.

Up to $6000 will be available to those who move to a regional area to get work and $3000 for people who relocate to a city. Families may be eligible for an extra $3000, meaning unemployed parents with dependent children could get up to $9000. This is to help cover resettlement and moving costs and eligible job seekers will need to keep copies of their receipts for reimbursement.  You will need to check with Centrelink as to if you are eligible for this or not.

Now I don’t know about you but $3000 would have covered ALL my moving costs and would have been a huge help to me when I relocated for work. Are you tossing up whether to relocate for work or not? Need some extra inspiration? I’ve got you covered with my real life examples listed below.

I’ve relocated three times for work. The first time was in my late teens. I had been working in a factory and wanted to break out of the ‘factory’ stereotype but it was proving to be very challenging. I moved to a small town in the middle of nowhere ‘Thargomindah’ and obtained work in the shearing sheds, followed by employment in Local Government.  It seems small towns don’t discriminate as much as the city on your prior employment.

The second time occurred when I finished a traineeship on the Council and decided that it wasn’t a career path I wanted to pursue.  (I’m not sure why I thought I wanted to be a Diesel Fitter but 12 months was enough to convince me it wasn’t for me). I took a working holiday before settling in Darwin and deciding I wanted to be an Employment Consultant. Normally it would be pretty hard to break into this sort of role with no relevant experience, but it was Darwin and Darwin can be pretty forgiving of a lack of experience. I obtained a position as a Youth Recruitment Officer helping disadvantaged young people into work.

The third time occurred when I thought I wanted a career in Child Protection. I had loved working with disadvantaged youth as part of my employment role so it seemed like a natural progression. Of course with only my ‘Youth Worker’ background and no degree this would have been mission impossible in a big city but I was able to snare a position in the outback mining town of Mount Isa.

Do you still need more inspiration? Check out these real life examples:

Marty, aged 27 wanted to get an apprenticeship on the Gold Coast as a Diesel Fitter but was considered ‘too old’ and could only find work cleaning cars. He relocated to Darwin, obtained a position as a Trade Assistant at a multinational company and three months later gained an apprenticeship with them.

Jamie, aged 26 worked in a bottle shop and wanted a career as a Police Officer but wasn’t getting through the process in Melbourne. Relocated to Darwin and joined the Police Force three months later.

Shannon, aged 30, worked as a Bar Tender but wanted a different role. She was having a problem getting her foot through the door in Queensland and moved to the Northern Territory, securing a position as a Territory Manager for a major sporting brand. After six months was able to transfer to the same position, back in QLD.

Relocation works! So if this is something you have been thinking about for a while, make sure you check out the free ‘Relocation for Work’ training module below where I talk about your options, including targeting a location, accommodation and finding the right job for you.