Life rarely goes to plan. I entered university planning to be a teacher after 18 years of making career goals that spanned Wendy’s Ice Cream Maker, Palaeontologist and Sports Journalist. And after six years of university, here I am… a careers practitioner. This certainly hadn’t been my long term plan. (more…)
As both a recruiter and a careers practitioner, ‘anything’ is the answer I have often heard when I have asked someone what they want to do for a job. People perhaps don’t want to appear to be picky in case you don’t consider them for a role that would mean money to them, or perhaps they are so desperate for work that they don’t stop to think about what they should do, what they want to do, or even what realistically they can do. Work is work and when there are bills to be paid, choice can be seen as a luxury that they simply cannot afford. (more…)
Many of us have experienced the anxiety of unemployment, myself included. My experience was one of panic. Feelings of insecurity, failure, and unworthiness washed over me in waves and I just couldn’t shake the unbearable realisation that someone had measured me professionally and found me wanting.
Life can sometimes throw the most unexpected curve balls. When I was a school kid (here, in Albury in fact), I can honestly say being a career development practitioner was never my response to the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up.’ It doesn’t seem to be the kind of career that a person aspires to as a child – it tends to be something we fall into along the path to other destinations.
A quick Google of the term, tells us that: “On the internet, a digital footprint is the term used to describe the trail, traces, or footprints that people leave online”. (more…)
I recently volunteered to speak about career development to a support group for people living with depression and anxiety, and I listened to stories of devastation, disengagement, embarrassment and stress as they shared their journeys of working with depression and/or anxiety. (more…)
There’s that collective grown again; no one likes writing selection criteria responses (well, at least no one I know). However, as my last post stated, the need for the skill of responding to selection criteria questions is not a dying art. Unfortunately. (more…)
Did I just hear a collective groan when you read about selection criteria? I don’t know a single person who doesn’t feel your pain. Put quite simply, selection criteria response writing sucks. (more…)
We’ve all seen the Résumé Builders available online often on job boards, career resource websites, and <gasp> career development websites. They are often free and for many people, they provide the quick fix for the chore of writing their own résumé that they have been looking for. However,is it really the answer for Australian jobseekers? (more…)