Career and Job Search Blog

handshakes for job interviews
In a job interview, it is standard practice to shake hands with your interviewer when you first meet and at the end of the process. We use it to show respect. But can a ‘poor’ handshake damage your professional image […]

The best handshake to impress in a job interview

10 questions to ask if made redundant
Whether the news about your redundancy is unexpected or not, finding out you no longer have a job can be unpleasant. Receiving difficult news makes it hard to process important information relating to your redundancy and to ask questions about its […]

10 questions to ask if you’re made redundant

Move from public service job to private sector
If you’re keen to make a career move from a government job to the private sector, what do you need to take into account when contemplating such a change? It helps to weigh up the pros and cons of making […]

Moving from the public service to the private sector

Telling people about your redudancy
Many people feel sad, embarrassed or angry about being made redundant. As a result, they do not feel comfortable sharing the news with others – and, more importantly, that they are looking for a new position. What are the best […]

Telling people about your redundancy

LinkedIn profile picture
Your LinkedIn profile picture is your opportunity to let people know that you are happy, confident and approachable. If you post a profile photo that portrays you as negative, threatening or grumpy it is unlikely that people will want to […]

Why you need a LinkedIn profile picture

Are you hiding your ADF Defence skills

camouflage skills bgFormer Defence members are great assets to any organisation. Thanks to their military background, they bring plenty of experience, knowledge, skills and qualifications.

So why don't civilian employers know what they are missing out on? Maybe it is because your resume, cover letter and social media profiles aren't telling people what you can do.

Are your ADF Defence skills camouflaged?

Are you maximising the benefits of outplacement services for your job search?

Why bother with outplacement services? If you've got a number of years' work experience, and have changed jobs during that time, you may wonder what you can learn from a specialist outplacement consultant. Maybe you think your time is better served shooting off a raft of resumes... The choice is yours, but research shows that outplacement can help you find the right job quicker than going it alone - if you make sure you're getting the most from it.

Maximise the benefits of outplacement to boost job searching

Do crazy job titles on your resume make it harder to find a new job?

Weird job titles are, usually, quite amusing but relatively harmless. But what if you happen to be a 'marketing guru', 'beverage consultant' or 'software wizard' on the search for a new job? Will potential employers look beyond your wacky title to appreciate the skills you can bring to their organisation and recognise your former achievements, or will your resume be promptly thrown on the rejects pile?

Crazy job titles can make a job search go bad

Coming to terms with redundancy and job loss

If you've been made redundant, what I'm about to tell you won't be a surprise. So I'll respect your intelligence and avoid sugar coating the reality of job loss. Whether it is voluntary or forced, being shown the door can truly be traumatic.

If you're struggling to cope with the news it's understandable. The impact and change associated with job loss has been described as similar to bereavement, and like bereavement there is a cycle of grief you may have to endure before feeling positive again.

Understanding the stages of grief following redundancy, and identifying the emotions you may be feeling, can help you better deal with them and come to terms with the situation. You may eventually see this as an opportunity, rather than a loss.

It’s my job loss and I’ll cry if I want ...

Fire up your job search after redundancy

There's really no right or wrong time to start job searching. However, if you've been made redundant the option to choose the ideal time to begin has been taken away from you. There is a bright side to this: your new circumstances will mean you have enough time on your hands (and hopefully assistance from an outplacement consultant) to commit to a well-managed, thorough and successful job search.

Fire up your job search after redundancy

How to use keywords in your resume to make a recruiter notice you

No, that's not the title of a dodgy sci-fi porn flick. Rather it's an acknowledgement that computers are commonly used these days to read resumes. And if you want to win an interview for that dream (or even 'will do for now') job, you have to make the computer love you more than your competition. How? It's simple – by crafting a well-written resume that contains the keywords that the computer will be on the look-out for.

It's like speed dating, but you only have seconds – not minutes - to say the right thing. Say the wrong thing and you're rejected and the next candidate starts being looked over.

Using keywords to make a computer love your resume

Telling people they've been made redundant is a difficult task.

When companies are restructuring, the focus naturally is on those losing their jobs. Yet those tasked with delivering the bad news can suffer too, and often in isolation. Redundancies are about more than change management and correct procedures; there are a lot of feelings involved too, on both sides of the desk.

How to tell someone they’ve been made redundant