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EAGER TO FIND A…

                Hi Ladies, Hope you have been having a great week! Think a mentor will change your life in business? Think again. A mentor won’t hold your hand through your business journey. But they will help you along the way. They are definitely worth the time investing in developing and nurturing the relationship for your own sake. So how do you find one? Read on…   I was desperate to seek out a mentor in my 20’s. I had a keen interest in business and I wanted to be surrounded by someone successful, wealthy and experienced. My first mentor was a sweet gentleman. He was a client from my real estate days. He kept telling me he saw potential in me. The potential for business growth. He one day suggested he become my mentor. He owned a successful consulting company and said he would love to coach me pro-bono. Sure, why not I said! At his going rate of $1200 an hour I would be crazy not to. He had such an interesting past. He was a former alcoholic…. And homeless. He had a major shift when he had a near death experience, cleaned up his act, became sober and now runs a multi-million dollar consulting agency in the heart of Sydney. I was surely going to learn something from this man. If..

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JOBSEEKERS ON THANK YOU…

Career advisers tell job seekers to send a thank you email after an interview. To address the most frequently asked questions on how and what to send in a thank you email, here are some giveaways. Of course not. Rarely does an employer not pleased to receive a thank-you email. It is considered as a common way of showing politeness, a gesture of courtesy, one way to outshine the rest of the interviewees, and a way to keep your name upfront. Ofcourse many employers won’t be expecting it either. They are so busy with their day-to-day duties that interviewing (sometimes) is that tedious job they just sometimes have to do. So thanking them for their time (one more time) is a great way to keep yourself in their radar, whilst showing gratitude. Will it not jeopardise the possibility of getting the job? Not in most cases, but it could in some point of time. So why take the chance? (so they ask) The answer: Most bosses wavers between the last two most promising applicants, a student and experienced officer for example, after the final interview for a certain position. But when the boss gets a thank-you email from the student, it made all the difference. Because of that simple well mannered gesture, the student lands on the job. So, can you just save yourself from trouble since “anything goes” right?..

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TIPS ON USING YOUR…

  When you are searching for a job, aside from checking the ads on the internet and bulletin boards, it is also very helpful to ask for information from the people on your warm contact list. They can provide you with up-to-date information on the company and position vacancies that are not posted on job ads. At times when they cannot provide you information about the job that you are looking for, they may be able to refer you to a person that they know who might be able to tell you something about the job. This is called networking. Networking is when you start using your warm contact list to get information or referrals to their other contacts. Many people are repelled by the thought of networking. Some believe that it is not a reliable source of information about the job. Others say networking is more difficult than following the leads on the ads that are posted in the newspaper, internet or ad boards. Contrary to such beliefs, networking is not that difficult to do. You may just have to contact or meet some people, and you can get valuable information that can help in your career search. Also, since the people you meet belong to the same industry, they can provide you information about hiring that isn’t advertised and first-hand facts about the company. You are already networking..

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POSITIVELY THINKING OUT OF…

  How can one person “think out of the box?” This should be done independently, but how? Here’s an example: Cut a cake into eight slices but you have to make no more than three cuts. Most people will have trouble coming up with a way to cut the cake. But to solve this, you have to change the way you look at the cake and how to cut it. One perfect solution is to cut the cake into two equal sizes and put the other half on top of the other. Cut it again in half then stack the other half pieces on top of one another and cut them again. There you go, that’s thinking out of the box. Another example of thinking out of a box is this: Here are four words… subtract, multiply, add, decrease… Now which one does not belong to the group? Mostly people would right away say that the word “decrease” does not belong. Why? Because all the other three words are mathematical jargons and the latter is not. Well, that’s not thinking out of the box, if you think out of the box, the answer would be the word “add” since it only has three letters while all the other have six and more. You could give a lot of right answers but the one that shows more creativity stands out. The..

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TIPS IN A JOB…

  The second step in getting the job is meeting the potential employer for an interview. The first step that an applicant has successfully completed was sending your application and passing the screening process of the company. The employer got the resume through a variety of sources that can be from an ad that was posted, a referral from a friend or a headhunter, or by a person who simply submitted an application by logging on the company’s website. Here are a few tips that will help in having a successful interview; • Before going to an interview, it is best to do some research about the company one is applying to. • It is also best to practice with a friend or family member mock up questions that the employer will likely ask so you do not choke during the real interview. • When you go for an interview, it is best to always arrive 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time. This shows employers that the person is punctual and serves as a good attribute in a potential employee. • When meeting an employer, you should bring an extra copy of the resume and other documents that are needed if asked certain questions. A good example is architects and photographers who are professionals in the respective fields who have a portfolio of the works done which may impress..

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JOB HUNTING TIPS

Hunting for jobs nowadays is a very competitive and sometimes cut-throat affair. Here are a few tips to help you get the edge in searching out and landing the job of your dreams. The Curriculum Vitae The CV is the first, and at most times the most important part of applying for a job. Since potential employers have to whittle down practically hundreds of applications to a few valid ones, they will have to base their narrowing down efforts using the CVs they have collected. Studies have shown that about half of the employers decide to accept or reject job applications based on the related work experience listed in the CV. A third of the employers decide to reject or accept these job applications based on the layout design of these applications. When preparing your CV, make sure your CV stands out among the rest. It should be the type that is appealing to the eyes, making the evaluating personnel want to read the CV. Step two is for you to make sure your CV lists the related work experience you have had in relation to the job you are applying for. 1. Make Your CV Concise and Relevant Avoid making your CV’s too long. It may make it irrelevant to the employer. Remember that the employer is a person to whom time is important. If your CV shows that you..

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HOW TO BE INVITED…

Once the application has been sent and the resume received the next thing that should happen is that the employer will be calling to test communication skills by means of an interview.  Allowing yourself to be given the option on which employer is best fitting the applicant is one characteristic of being pro-active.  Consider being called by multiple employers for a job interview in a day a good sign.  This means that they were really impressed with the documents you submitted, therefore, deserving a personal communication on how most likely an applicant would land the job. Resumes can present an individual very well.  Seventy-five per cent of employers say that applicants with resumes passing their standards would definitely be invited for a job interview.  Allow two or more interviews.  How?  Here are some resumes tips that would give you not only one but more calls for interview: The position that an applicant is interested in should be placed right at the start of the resume.  Having this as an objective shows that an applicant is really focused and career oriented tells that he or she knows what is exactly the perfect career for him or her. One of the best significant ways to get the employers’ attention is by using words that are really powerful that denotes strong capabilities of the applicant.  An example of this is, instead of writing, “assigned..

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Will the real YOU…

Hey girls, so this week I have been talking a bit with candidates, colleagues and friends about the art of authenticity. In suchhh a media friendzy world, authenticity is quite rare. How amazing is it when you connect with like-minded people on matters that are important to you? And I’m not talking about old friends, but new people. Do you know how good that feels? That’s because you are being your authentic self and that is shining through! Now lets mold that into a business or interview sense. When you are literally giving ‘by-the-book’ answers to your interviewee… you come across, stale, staged and yawn boring. How about throwing some humor in there? Maybe some witt? Passion? Slight opinion? That shows you are mighty passionate about your cause and most importantly YOUR WHY! Why are you here? Why do you want the job? Why should we hire you? What makes YOU SPECIAL? We all got it girl! I literally once winked in my interview (OKAY WHO THE HECK DOES THAT!?) I cringe now, but hey, I got the job. I don’t however advise it. I was 19, young and a wee bit excited for my ‘dream job.’ However I preach to remain TRUE to being AUTHENTIC. In sales In business In meetings In the workplace Being authentic cuts out all the bull! And by BULL I mean BULL-YING (more on..

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FINANCIALLY SECURING YOURSELF AS…

Securing yourself as a young woman – your 70 year old self is thanking you. By Emma Severin - Journalist @ workitgirl.com.au HQ   Not so long ago, the idea of finances, superannuation, and retirement were so far from my mind that they may as well have been intergalactic. The thought of sitting through a lecture from my mum about how I need to ‘set up a super account’ and ‘put money away now’ was so horrifyingly boring to me, and it seemed so unnecessary to discuss at the age of just 18. I’ll deal with it when I get there, I groaned. That is when I realised, what if I’m already there? As a young woman, I grew up realising that I had no idea what financial security meant, or how to achieve it. If you are reading this and find yourself realising the same thing, then read on ladies, because we have big fish to fry. Let’s talk Superannuation. (You can call it Super because you’re now on a nickname basis.) This is a regular payment that is put aside by your employer so that you have money when you retire. Let’s say you are 18 years old, and you just got a job as a part-time retail shop assistant. You are receiving the minimum wage of $14 an hour, and you work the minimum of 32 hours..

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WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT -…

If you hadn’t seen or heard Oprah's speech from the 2018 Golden Globe Awards a few nights ago, you must be living under a rock…. And for that you are forgiven. However, I will take it upon myself to enlighten you on how powerful her speech really just was. This speech hit home ridiculously hard for me and really took me back to where my career started and how it really has evolved. But first, let’s touch on a woman who in her office was sexually harassed. A story that really tells of how you can overcome the situation. Whitney Wolfe – a classic example of the age old sexual harassment within the workplace from her co-founders. Uncanny enough in the office walls of Tinder.  Wolfe was a co-founder among 4 males whom created Tinder and over the years became the target of sexual harassment from her male counterparts. Now, on what planet (this one clearly) does it allow men to think it is OKAY to sexually harass a female colleague – let alone CO-FOUNDER? Unfortunately, this is just one of many cases world-wide on a daily basis women are exposed to the uncomfortable torture of harassment within the workplace. The only silver lining I see in Wolfes circumstance is that she WON a hefty lump sum in her law suit AND went on to create the newly popular dating..

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