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Do you want to work with a professional, reliable, friendly and positive coach who has helped hundreds of clients achieve outstanding results?
As an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, Julie provides tailored services with passion, purpose and honesty. She offers encouragement, promotes self-development, increases happiness and assists you to release inner potential!
Julie’s accomplished client success rate from application to interview currently stands at 80%, so if you are after a professional coach and writer that has exemplary standards and achievements, then give Julie a call.
Julie has a range of experience, tertiary qualifications and skills that include: Australian Public Sector Specialist Writer; Human Resource Management; Recruitment and Selection; Career Development; Personality Profiling; Project Management and Policy Development.
Over the past 17 years, Julie has worked across several Government departments and continues consultancy work in relation to HR, Outplacement Services and Recruitment. She is also trained in assessing role descriptions, writing selection criteria, preparing government applications and conducting interview coaching.
Julie is dedicated to coaching professional individuals aged between 30 and 50 years to choose careers that align to their core values.
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With the nation’s unemployment figures continuing to rise in response to the current COVID-19 crisis, finding work has become immensely challenging for many Australians. Businesses are closing, yet some are thriving because they leveraged online channels and remained adaptable to change.
Recently I participated in a national Career Development Association of Australian (CDAA) survey with all our members. The following are job tips and career updates come from many career practitioners, including myself and summarise how you can maximise the chances of finding work and as the “new normal” emerges.
- Keep looking for work. There are still work opportunities available, although they are reduced and different. Don’t stop your job searching routine. This can mean scheduling two job searches each work on different job boards (see links below). Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Telstra, Dominos’ and BHP are all hiring.
- Stay on top of changes to the labour market and opportunities, being creative yet true to yourself, in what you apply for and how you present yourself.
- Edit your resumé with current changes in your job and make sure you market your sought-after skills. This includes increasing your digital presence and use every network contact that you have via social media, LinkedIn or even via phone/email.
- If you are a sole trader or part of a small business, go with the latest trend of moving services online. For example, Pilates and Yoga studios now offer at-home classes online, often for a fraction of the cost. All my coaching services can be delivered online as well. You could even start up online tutorials and webinars.
- While some Australians may be feeling hopeless during these difficult times, it is important to keep planning for the future. Think about upgrading your skills through online courses and volunteering if it is a safe option.
- When seeking work, looking after your mental and physical health is crucial, and people should seek help if they are at risk. Check in with yourself each day, acknowledge any challenges and write down the opportunities you have in front of you. Support organisations are available such as Lifeline, Beyond Blue and 1800 RESPECT.
- Trust in your own resilience. Resilience is accepting your new reality. Take a deep breath and start building new coping strategies to ensure your bounce back. Please ensure you do not also place unnecessary pressure on yourself. Practice mindfulness and be self-compassionate, kind and respectful to yourself as you would give to others. You are doing the best you can! A great mindfulness App is Smiling Mind.
- An excellent resource on how to stay current with your skills and what employers are seeking during this change. Plus, there are many more links available on this government website.
- A great way to study online and keep learning new knowledge and skills. These courses vary in topics and once finished you can include them in your resumé under Education & Training.
- Previously Lynda.com, this has been bought by LinkedIn. You can register for a one-month free trial.
- Volunteering will enhance your employability skills and you get to connect with many new people. Any recent volunteer work counts towards experience!
- A fantastic job site link across Australia for openings that you can apply for directly. Remember to be truthful in what type of work best suits your needs, personality and values.
Given the current situation, I am extending my 15-minute complimentary phone consultation to 30-minutes. Plus, I am reducing my resumé writing fees by 30% until 30 June 2020. Total price for an updated resumé is $245. This is for a limited time only so if you or your family/friends need career support, please reach out via email for more information. This is a short-term “new” human experience and we are all in this together so build upon our resilience. Stay healthy, safe and optimistic everyone!
Have you may be altered the truth or blatantly lied on your resumé? It’s been done before and it is by far the worst thing you can do when applying for a job. As a certified resumé writer, I consistently provide clients with one concrete piece of advice. Under no circumstances, do you provide false or misleading information on your resumé. Never lie or fabricate documents or referee statements either. Why? If you were employed from an inaccurate and untruthful resumé guess what, it could lead to a potential conviction or even gaol time!
A couple of years ago a former senior public service official lied on her curriculum vitae (CV) to secure her lucrative South Australian Government position. She was sentenced in gaol for at least 12 months. Veronica Hilda Theriault, 45, was the Chief Information Officer within the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). In
To make this situation more damaging, Ms Theriault then pretended to be a “Ms Best”, whom she had named as a referee on her CV and spoke to recruiters as part of the application. Ms Theriault impersonated “Ms Best” and over the phone gave glowing feedback about her own performance. The real Ms Best had never even consented to provide a reference. Judge Boylan said he considered Theriault’s mental health struggles, including her bipolar disorder before handing how her sentence.
This was indeed an extreme case and sets a benchmark for applicants who land a job based on a lie. In considering the above evidence, what are the key elements you need to consider when preparing your resumé? Check out my tips below:
Things not to include on resumés:
· Over-extending your years of service. If you have three years of experience and a job advertisement ask for a minimum of five years, then don’t lie.
· Making up formal qualifications. For instance, if a job requires a mandatory Bachelor of Science, and you have a Diploma in Business, don’t apply for the job and don’t pretend you have a degree. Recruiters can easily check this information.
· Placing false referee names on your resumé. Approach your referees and ask their permission to include their name and contact phone number on your resumé.
· Claiming you have worked for a notable organisation, when in fact you haven’t. Because all experience must be true, explain your role, key duties and achievements accurately.
· Stating that you have a certain skillset that is required for the job. For example, if the job requires specific Sales skills such as Data Analysis, CRM, E-Commerce, Communications or Marketing, and you do not have the knowledge or demonstrated ability, then do not list these skills.
Words that should be banned from resumés:
· Worked in a male-dominated industry / worked in a female-dominated industry
· Clearly referencing your political/religious/sexual preferences and affiliations or age
In conclusion, a resumé must market your merits, your abilities, personality, experience, qualifications and most importantly your major achievements. Lying is bad news and it will get you nowhere! If you need assistance with revamping or writing a new resumé, contact Julie for more information.
You made it to the shortlisting round for your dream job, and you pass with flying colours. You get another phone call from the HR Manager saying you have progressed to the next round. “HOORAY”! Don’t hold your breath because here comes the psychometric test — a series of questions or statements designed to measure your personality characteristics or cognitive abilities.
The biggest tip from the experts – “Best be honest — trying to game the test is a “silly” move, says Peter Wilson. He is the President and Chair of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), which represents about 20,000 HR professionals. To present yourself in a test “as you would like to be seen, rather than as you actually are … you will be found out”, Peter Wilson stated. Within the test, scores account for consistency and if you lie, the formulas will soon pick it up.
There is also a warning – it’s not necessarily the honest answer that is the correct one or the one that gets you the job. You must be able to portray yourself in the best possible way while still being true to your values.
And while you cannot beat them, having a better understanding of what they do, could help you in the future.
Importantly, the test will never replace the traditional recruitment processes such as a face-to-face interview. If you have not used a psychometric test before, you can practice and familiarise yourself with the type of questions, and with sample assessments. Studies have shown that people can improve up to 30% of their scores.”
I undertake personality profiling to enhance an clients’ self-awareness and self-understanding and they can be accurately scary! Certain tests will give us a better awareness of ourselves and insight about how we can relate to others. In my opinion, a psychometric test should co-exist with multiple interviews, rigorous resumé assessments and reference checking.
In summary, the personality test assesses your personality and behavioural style through a self-report personality questionnaire, as they relate to the job and workplace environment. The personality test asks you relevant questions, which you need to answer by selecting a response from a scale of pre-set answers. Based on your responses a personality profile is developed. This profile can be either desirable or undesirable based on its ‘fit’ with the position requirements.
You should expect to take around 30 to 45 minutes to complete a standard personality test. Most personality tests are designed in a way that also enables employers to learn whether you were ‘honest’ in your response. There is a myriad of tests that shortlisted candidates can undertake. They can include:
- Hogan, DISC, MBTI, Numerical, Verbal, Conceptual, Aptitude and Logical Testing, IQ, Mechanical and Spatial Reasoning
The level of difficulty and complexity of aptitude test questions depends on the industry, function and job level of the position you are applying for. My final tip is to be yourself and don’t try to pretend to be the perfect candidate. If you are not the right person, it’s not your job to land. To learn more and practice testing – Click Here
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Read what some of Julie’s clients have to say:
Thank you Julie for your time as a coach and for your fantastic insight into turning a negative situation and turning it into a positive action.The two best things I have taken away from our sessions is let the negative things go, they are not worth wasting your time on and actioning the things that made me happy. Success is the only way forward.
Having Julie as a coach has been a wonderful experience that helped me a lot to increase my confidence, unravel my priorities, give me ideas about the resources that I can use to reach my goals, being clear about how to respond to interviewers and know how to sell myself professionally. Julie is a great professional and I definitely recommend her.
Julie is a great communicator and a consummate professional. Julie has a wonderful ability to elicit values, strengths and goals then use these to guide every session, drive the job search process, and develop a greater sense of direction and purpose. I began the coaching journey with Julie unable to get the interview stage, unaware and unconfident of selling myself to prospective employers. Now, at the end of my short journey with Julie, I’ve had three interviews that went very well and feel very confident that the offers will start rolling in. Thanks Julie!
I contacted Julie when my acting position was recently advertised as I was very nervous about the application requirements. Julie was fantastic, always very quick to respond and her helpful attitude put my mind at ease. My new resume also looks professional and my final application was informative and easy to read, despite the technical nature. Julie’s extensive knowledge, interview coaching and advice were a great help to me in securing the position on a permanent basis. Thanks Julie!
Coaching came into my life when I was experiencing great change and uncertainty in my job. Julie was able to help me refocus my goals, challenge some old beliefs and enable me to view negative situations as opportunities for me to grow and learn. I would highly recommend coaching for anyone who wants that extra push in life in order to tap into their unique skills to reach their full potential.
There is nothing that I cannot handle – working with Julie has given me that confidence. Julie joined my leap of faith and encouraged me to think bigger and achieve more that I thought was ever possible. The impact and on-going benefits I have achieved from working with Julie over such a short period of time I am able to carry with me and use every day, no matter what the scenario. I confidently and whole-heartedly recommend working with Julie for anyone looking to unlock their own limitless potential.
Julie was instrumental in guiding me to a change in my career path. Julie utilised her extensive knowledge, skills and professional insight to enable me to gain employment in a new industry. Julie is a great coach as she provided key interview tips, polished my resume and assisted me with job applications. I would recommend Julie as a capable life path career coach.
Julie has provided me with exceptional customer service in terms of assisting me with my job application for a government department. I was very impressed with her professionalism and would highly recommend her to provide this service to other job seekers looking to get that extra edge!