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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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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
As a coach, it is important that I stay on top of labour market information. My clients need to know where the jobs are! This includes sectors, occupations and locations, and where job opportunities are on the increase or what skills are needed for them.
Statistical releases relating to labour and employment in Queensland are published by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office on a regular basis. The key themes reported for the June 30, 2019 quarter are as follows:
- As of June 30 2019, Queensland had a total of 2,509,959 people employed. This accounts for 19.7% of Australia’s total employment.
- Over the year to June 2019, the largest percentage increase in employment occurred in the Public Administration and Safety industry, up by 12.4%.
- Within Australia, the same industry also had the largest percentage increase, up by 13.3%.
- Public Administration generally refers to local, state and federal government employees with a mix of private employers.
- In comparison, the Retail industry recorded the largest detraction in Queensland by –0.4%.
- The highest percentage of total employment in Queensland was in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, totally 14.0%. This will continue to rise.
- In Australia, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry increased by an overall total of 13.2%
- In comparison, the Retail trade industry recorded the largest detraction in Queensland of –0.4%
- The largest percentage increase in employment in Queensland occurred in the occupation group Professionals, which was up 8.5%.
- This was followed closely by Clerical and Administrative workers, up 4.1%.
- Third on the list was Trades and Technicians which is currently employing 14.4% of Queenslanders.
- The Sales Workers occupation group unfortunately recorded a large decrease in Queensland, down by –0.7%.
- In fact, over the past year, Sales Workers have dropped by 7.2% in total.
These figures can provide insights regarding the availability of jobs and trends in employment cycles. This can be important if you are considering changing careers as well.
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Goal setting and goal planning is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future. It generates internal motivation so you can turn your dreams into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. This process takes time, deliberate thought and reflection. It also requires discipline, an emotional connection to the goal and a strong desire to succeed. Otherwise – why are you setting a goal?
Here’s the truth: Goal setting is hard. It’s hard because you must be willing to limit your options in the beginning. Goal planning absolutely works! However, life gets in the way sometimes. Along the road to your goal there will be obstacles and there will opportunities. My key piece of advice is to remain focused, stick to your plan, yet be flexible to change – otherwise known as adapting to life’s road bumps.
Here are a few tips, strategies and options that you can follow to manage your expectations and be realistic about achieving your goals:
- When you hit an obstacle, take a moment to put things in perspective and then make a list of the things that you have control over. What don’t you have control over in this situation? What can you change? What can’t you change?
- If a new opportunity arises weigh up the pros and cons. If you took this opportunity will it completely derail my goal or is just a sideways step that might led to something awesome. No one is perfect, you can give yourself permission to be flexible.
- Make a list of all the things you DO NOT WANT to happen in reference to your goals. Focus on removing the obstacles and only look at what you do want to happen every day. Concentrate on moving forward by focusing on the positive and what you learned to keep you on track.
- You get what you focus on, so be conscious of the commands you are giving to your subconscious. Silence your inner skeptic with positive thinking and affirmations.
- Stay faithful to the main goal and not just the plan as you may be presented with new or exciting life opportunities along your path.
- If you find yourself in a rut but feel like you are working hard towards your goal, step back and assess exactly what you are following through with. Am I following through with the plan or with the goal?
- The plan might be outdated or just wrong to begin with. If you are truly following through with your goals, you may need to continue with your existing plan, mix it up or take a break. Be flexible enough to choose your best option.
- Create a visual or even a drawing of how you would like things to be after reaching your goal. Make a habit of thinking about your vision every day. Be open to ideas and people that might assist you on your journey.
- Make a game out of it for yourself or compete with a friend to incorporate the new ideas into your life if this type of activity inspires you to action.
- Don’t let you action plan or vision board get covered up with clutter. The visual reminder will keep you processing the new thoughts.
- Hire a coach to work with you to implement an action plan for your vision and remove any obstacles in your way like fear, doubt or negative self-talk.
Life is a series of small decisions and whole lives can be changed because of an apparently small decision. Everything we do, every decision and choice we make has some purpose. Taking charge of your life means having your own purpose and setting your own goals. All successful people have goals, don’t let others set them for you. Remember goals are dreams with legs – they go somewhere.
If you are you struggling to move forward in your life or career and need motivation to achieve personal goals, then a coaching package may hold the key to unearthing your happiness.
Packages start at a minimum of four hours and are reasonably priced. This is an investment in you, so enquire now about how Julie can become your coach!
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!