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Coping with redundancies when you’ve kept your job

Redundancy brings with it a complex set of emotions for those who are leaving, but if you keep your job you can also be affected. ‘Survivors’ of job cuts typically suffer from feelings normally experienced by those surviving major disasters or traumas.

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Outplacement works if you make the effort

An outplacement consultant’s role is to help you find a new job more quickly than if you searched for a job by yourself. They’re not recruitment consultants; this is your job search, and although the consultant will help you, what happens next is up to you. And the harder you work at it, the sooner you will get positive results.

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Find the right career or ideal job

Don’t like your current career? You’re not alone: few of us pick the right job on our first try. But if you are thinking about changing jobs, you probably want to find the right career this time. If you aren’t sure where to start, do some job research before you make any decisions.

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Do you still need a resume to find a job?

In today’s job market, we often hear about people securing work in unconventional ways. Whether it’s using Instagram to showcase creativity, or networking with decision makers via LinkedIn, there are now many alternatives to the traditional paper resume format. But let’s not write off the well-crafted resume just yet.

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Beware of your body language in job interviews

Before you even speak a single word, the job interviewer will have formed their first impression of you thanks to your body language. Recognising and controlling your body language can help increase your chances of getting a job.

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Elevator speech: a job search ad starring you

One of the most useful self-marketing tools in your job search toolkit is the ‘elevator speech’. How do you summarise your career and achievements in a brief yet engaging 30-second pitch?

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Is it worth applying for jobs during holidays?

If you’re thinking about looking for a new job, or have been searching for a while, you may be tempted to hold off over the holiday break. However companies are still hiring, so update your resume, send in an application or network your way into a new role.

Running your own business is it right for you

Is running your own business right for you?

Running your own business, and being your own boss, means no longer having to work for someone else. It can also have financial and work/life balance advantages, and bring great personal satisfaction. But it’s important to be realistic about what self-employment entails, and potential disadvantages.

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Volunteering makes you more attractive to employers

Volunteering is a great way to give something back to the community, but it can also be beneficial if you are job searching. It’s National Volunteer Week, so why not consider donating some of your time and reap some positive effects for your career too?

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How to access the hidden job market

Up to 80% of all available jobs are never advertised. Rather than waiting for roles to come to you via recruitment agencies or job search engines, why not use a proactive job search strategy to access the ‘hidden job market’?

Writing a civilian resume after leaving ADF

Writing a civilian resume after the ADF

If you are leaving the ADF, writing a civilian resume will be one of the first steps in your job search. But how can you make your ADF background relevant to the civilian employment market, in terms that a recruiter or employer can recognise and value?

It is easy to change your job

10 easy ways to change your job

Does your job leave you unfulfilled or dissatisfied? Maybe you’re unhappy about your pay, the workplace is too demanding (or not challenging enough), or you’re looking for a promotion. If yours no longer feels like the right one for you, it could be time to change.

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Be memorable and stand out in a job interview

Most job interviews are repetitive and formulaic. After a day meeting an endless stream of candidates, interviewers can be hard pushed to remember who they met and what they said. So how can you stick out, for all the right reasons?

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Real life networking for job search

Social media tools such as LinkedIn and Facebook are great starting points when it comes to networking. However, real world networking tools can be more effective and provide greater value in connecting – and staying connected – with people who are important to your career.

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Four reasons to use a professional resume writer

When creating a resume, you can choose to write it yourself or use a specialist resume writer. Are you questioning the benefits of using a resume writing service and whether you really need a professional? Hiring a resume writer can significantly increase your chances of being asked to interview for a job.

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Coping with redundancy at 50+

Being made redundant at any age is a difficult thing to deal with, but it can be especially challenging to confront sudden unemployment in your 50s. Losing your job in the middle or late stages of your career can be extremely difficult to cope with. But remember age has its advantages.

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Turn unsuccessful job applications into wins

Unsuccessful job applications can make it hard to stay positive while job searching. What are some of the common reasons for not getting a role, and how can you improve your chances of success?

Learn new career skills

Ways to develop your career skills

If you are thinking about a new job, you may want to consider ways to develop your practical, intellectual or social skills. Any activity which develops these will be of interest to an employer and it can be a way of providing evidence of motivation relevant to the kind of work that you want to do.

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Creating an online personal brand for job search

A personal brand is how people perceive you – your public reputation – and a professional online brand can help open up new job opportunities. Although building an online brand takes time and requires some effort on your part, here are some tips to get you started.

Plan for a successful retirement

Planning for a successful retirement

Consider the kind of lifestyle you want before you retire and start to make plans, and even implement some of them, before you leave work. Research has shown that people who plan for the future tend to be healthier, more active, and enjoy being retired more than those who don’t plan.

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Why accept outplacement support?

If you’ve recently been made redundant, you may be experiencing a bucket load of emotions. These could include denial, anger, depression, fear and loneliness. Your former employer may have offered you outplacement support. What is it, and why should you accept it?