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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; Leadership Coaching, Project Management and Policy Development.
Over the past 17 years, Julie has worked across several Government departments and offered consultancy work in relation to HR, Outplacement Services and Recruitment. She is also trained in writing and assessing 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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Do you have healthy boundaries in your life and in your career? How do you set healthy boundaries in your life? It is not an easy task at times and can be intimidating. For example, telling people what you need might seem selfish or rude. Setting healthy boundaries is an important part of establishing your own identity and is a crucial aspect of self‑care and well-being. Boundaries allow us to feel safe and respected both physically and emotionally. Honouring our limits helps us to take better care of ourselves, builds trust, prevents burnout, and infuses more authenticity into our relationships.
One definition source stated. “A boundary is a limit or space between you and the other person. The purpose of setting a healthy boundary is, of course, to protect and take good care of you. Healthy boundaries are those boundaries that are set to make sure you are mentally and emotionally stable”.
Boundaries may be rigid, loose, or even non-existent. A complete lack of boundaries may indicate that you do not have a strong identity or are entangled with someone else. Specifically, healthy boundaries can help people define their individuality and can indicate what they will and will not hold themselves responsible for.
What do healthy boundaries look like?
The types of boundaries you set will depend on your home and work environments. That is, one person’s healthy boundaries with a romantic partner will be different from that same person’s healthy boundaries with a boss or work colleague. There should be personal and professional boundaries.
The first step to setting a healthy boundary – say ‘NO’ simply but firmly to something you do not want to do. Do not feel that you need to explain. There is no need to overexplain as everyone has the right to determine what they do and do not want to do.
This brings up another important point: Keep the focus on yourself. Instead of saying to a colleague, “You have to stop bothering me/calling me after work”, you could say, “I need some time to myself when I arrive home from work. We can talk tomorrow at a suitable time”. Someone who is not used to setting boundaries might feel guilty or selfish when they first start out, but setting boundaries is necessary for mental health and well-being. Start setting simple yet firm boundaries with a graceful or neutral tone. This may feel uncomfortable at first, but as you being to take care of yourself, the personal power you gain will make it easier.
Here are some examples:
- Use simple, firm and direct language.
- Understand your needs and how to assert them.
- Practice saying “No”.
- I have a right to ask for ________ because I need ________.
- It is OK to protect my time by________ because I need ________.
- To set a boundary with an angry person. “You may not yell at me. If you continue, I will leave the room.”
- To set a boundary with personal phone calls at work. “I have decided to take all personal calls in the evening so I can get my work done during the day. I will need to call you later.”
- To say no to extra commitments. “Although this company is important to me, I need to decline your request for volunteer help to honour my family’s needs.”
- To set a boundary with someone who is critical. “It’s not okay with me that you comment on my weight. I would like to ask you to stop.”
- To buy yourself time when making tough decisions. “I will have to sleep on it, I have a personal policy of not making decisions right away.”
This graphic summarises personal boundary management. You deserve to take care of yourself! So, next time you are considering setting a boundary ask yourself – “What do I need to do (if anything) to regain my personal power or stand up for myself?”
I recently attended a webinar hosted by CDAA with Ivan Neville from the National Skills Commission sharing his expertise on the current Australian labour market. Even during COVID19, the biggest growth sector was the services industry – up by 23%. For example, health services rose by 2% in employment over the past six months and retail remained stable.
The big retail employers were Woolworths, Coles, Australia Post, Costco, online retailers and Aldi. A key takeaway is to think more broadly about heath and retail. Jobs in these areas include administration, logistics, kitchenhands, truck drivers, allied health and IT professionals, managers and cleaners. Doctors, Nurses and Sales Assistants are vital, however there are other careers just as important. The labour market research shows us that the services industry will continue to grow. Unfortunately the Accommodation and Food sector shrank by -18% during COVID19 and Construction only dropped by 2% in employment.
Recruitment improved across Australia by 5% since July 2020. While still slow, this is indeed uplifting news. However, with increased competition for jobs, the unemployment rate continues to rise. This is inevitable given our current economic climate. The most impacted group was youth with a 14.5% unemployment rate in September 2020. The next highest was people aged over 55, currently sitting at 4.5%. Back in February 2020, youth unemployment was steady at 12.3% and over 55s, at 3.5%
When employers start hiring they will look for three key attributes, depending on the job. Qualified/trained employees, relevant experience and demonstrated employability skills. If you are unemployed, consider undertaking some free online course or micro-credentials. Lifelong learning is actually a marketable skill. In fact, research shows that 90% of new jobs will require vocational education or a degree in the future.
So, what types of skills do employers look for?
The list below are skills that were require pre-COVID and post COVID.
- Communication (Clear, Polite & Concise)
- Planning & Organising
- Building Relationships
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Detail Oriented
- Customer Service
Yes, that is correct, these skills have NOT changed in 7 months! Employability traits such as, adaptability, resilience, optimism, perseverance and conscientiousness are also crucial to demonstrate.
My final tips: Update your resumé, get onto social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Facebook and network with your contacts. If you are unemployed consider volunteering once or twice a week to build on these skills and meet new people. Plus, it keeps boredom at bay.
Another great tool to consider is the Job Outlook Skills Match. This can help you determine new pathways into different careers. Although, if you feel confused, please seek the services of a career coach or counsellor. Having independent support can be a positive investment in your future!
The prospect of landing a job can seem dire now, however this is an excellent opportunity for many unemployed or displaced people to upskill and adapt. Because if you do, you can come out of COVID19 isolation in front of the pack.
With handshakes non-existent and face-to-face job interviews limited, now is the time to strengthen your “virtual presence”, which could serve you well beyond the current pandemic. Jobseekers who adapt to the virtual world of recruitment have an advantage. It gives you a unique set of skills, possibly for what the world of work is going to look like in the future and where more people will work remotely. With many of us not doing much during social isolation, it may be the perfect time to upskill yourself. And with many people looking for a job, you can bet other candidates will be doing the same.
A virtual interview is important
If you get to the interview stage of the job application, it will most likely be through a video call like Zoom or Skype. My tip is to take this as seriously as a face-to-face interview. Ensure you look professional and presentable, consider the lighting, what is in the background, and reduce any distracting background noise.
It is important to do a practice run with a friend or family member to ensure your microphone is working and you can clearly hear the other person. Prior to your Zoom meeting, research the company you are interviewing for and write down some questions to ask the panel. Another tip is to practise the types of questions you might get asked – these will be like any normal job interview:
- “Why did you apply for the job?”
- “What are your top strengths?”
- “How will you contribute to a positive team environment?”
- “When have you solved a complex customer problem that required your negotiation skills?”
- “Tell us what customer service means to you?”
Pay attention to your virtual handshake
When sitting for the interview, you obviously will not be able to impress the interviewer with your firm handshake, so you will have to stand out in other ways. Given so much of how we communicate is non-verbal, pay attention to how engaged you come across. This includes eye contact on your web Camera (again practicing beforehand is a perfect way to test this!), smile, listen and sit upright in your chair. Remember to have the web camera positioned perfectly so that you see the tops of your shoulders and face clearly. Nothing too close so people can see up your nostrils!
The resumé becomes super important
Do not underestimate the importance of your resumé either, because it will be the first impression the recruiter will have of you and remember that they often spend less than two minutes reading it. Think about how you will stand out from the crowd — this might be through your key achievements, such as special projects or collaborations you have worked on. Make sure your resumé has a strong professional profile summary. During this unusual crisis, the job market is competitive, and you have so many people applying for the same position. Therefore, you need to give people that point of difference.
Contacts are everything, so connect online
Industry meetups are a great way to make contacts in your chosen field however given current social distancing restrictions these events are not possible. Instead, use online professional networks like LinkedIn to connect and reach out to people in your field of experience. Your LinkedIn profile is an electronic business card and these networks become even more important while in isolation. Do not be shy in requesting LinkedIn connections because now more than ever, it is important for job seekers to build a professional online presence and contact relevant people. LinkedIn is also a great way to show potential employers your breadth of skills and experience. A key tip to remember – keep the most important information at the top of your profile.
Finally, if you need coaching assistance, interview coaching is available online. All the best with your next virtual interview!
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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!