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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.
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Cultural, ethnic and name discrimination is occurring in recruitment practices, which from my perspective is disgraceful. I read an article recently published by Mladen Adamovic, a Research Fellow in Diversity Management based at Monash University. He provided key findings into how people from ethnic backgrounds can suffer from recruitment discrimination. This is largely evidenced in a research study which indicated job applicants receive bias because of their foreign name.
There are other studies in Western countries that showed that applicants with Arabic or Chinese names receive around two times fewer positive responses for their job applications than applicants with ethnic majority names, such as English, US or Australian). This name-based discrimination against ethnic minorities exists in many occupations, industries, and countries and has been happening for years.
What can you do?
To avoid name discrimination and to increase the chances for attending a job interview, here are some key tips
1. Change names on paper:
Change or modify your name on your resume. With more people in Australia who anglicise their name, there is strong evidence for the success of changing names. However, changing the name could lead to an identity loss and make the person feel uncomfortable. Also, in the light of multiculturalism, it is sad to see people changing their names because of a broken recruitment system for which they are not responsible. One example could be, if you are of Chinese nationality and your name is Meiling, you could shorten this to May.
2. State your citizenship, permanent residency, and work rights:
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, it is an advantage to include this into your resumé. The reason is that many businesses avoid hiring people with a non-English name is due to potential visa issues and the necessity for sponsorship. Make it clear in your job application that you have the required work rights, and that no sponsorship is required.
3. Have your degree recognised in Australia:
It could help to get an Australian university degree or an Australian certificate that is common in your profession, because many Australian employers value domestic education and work experience. However, getting an educational degree can be very expensive in Australia. One alternative is to have your overseas qualification recognised by an Australian University or Professional Association. For example, many states and territories have government departments that assist with this process – Qualifications Recognition
4. Apply for volunteer jobs:
Volunteering helps to gain local work experience and create a professional network. With community experience on your resumé it can be much easier to find a job that corresponds to your skill level. However, no research exists about hiring discrimination for volunteering jobs and ethnic discrimination may exist in the recruitment of volunteers.
5. Customising job applications and searching for jobs:
Some jobseekers apply for as many jobs as they can. Prior research reported that ethnic minority applicants widen their job search because they expect name and ethnic discrimination. They apply for jobs in many more occupational categories and search broadly. However, narrowing your focus to targeted jobs often work better and cause less confusion. Successful jobseekers focus on jobs that correspond exactly to their education and skill level. I recommend customising the job application, cover letter and resumé to suit the advertisement.
6. LinkedIn and social media:
Yes, recruiters check your LinkedIn and social media profiles. If you think this might be one reason for being rejected, you can try to hide your social media profiles or photos and see if anything changes. One option is to source more “business-like” photos on your profiles. Use LinkedIn to network, find jobs, connect with recruiters and read about Australian companies. It’s also an opportunity to tell your ethnic story!
It is important to state that it should not be the responsibility of individual job applicants to fix a broken recruitment system and labour market. Instead, it should be the responsibility of corporate and political leaders to fix these issues and to reduce name discrimination. In the long term, a reduction of ethnic discrimination requires a change of a country’s education system, values, and beliefs.
Have you made a bad decision? Honestly, we have ALL made mistakes in life and work when it comes to decision making. So, what are some of the top 7 common mistakes people make with decisions?
As a coach I see clients conflicted when making meaningful life and career decisions. Generally, most decisions are minor, and we make them instinctively or automatically. We have been given free‑will and a multitude of choices in life, for example:
- what to eat
- what to wear
- what to buy
- where to live
- what we believe
- what career choices we pursue
- how we vote
- who to spend our time with?
- who will we date and marry?
- what we say and how we say it
- whether or not we would like to have children
Many decisions we make throughout the day take real thought and could have serious consequences. Consistently making good decisions is arguably the most important habit we can develop. Our choices affect our health, our safety, our relationships, our career, how we spend our time, and our overall well-being.
Various internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day (Sahakian & Labuzetta, 2013). This number may sound strange, yet we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink & Sobal, 2007). As your level of responsibility increases, so does the range of choices you are faced with. Each choice carries certain consequences – good and bad. This ability to choose is an incredible power that we have each been entrusted with as human beings.
Below are 7 common mistakes people can make with decisions:
- Not learning from making bad decisions. If you make a bad decision, learn and grow from it. There is nothing to be gained by feeling regret, anxiety or self-loathing. Ask yourself: “What will I do differently next time?” and “How can this experience make me better?” Self-loathing is a seriously over-rated recovery mechanism that people do not have time for.
- Not prioritising decisions. This can include making snap decisions or beingimpulsive. Be sure to give appropriate amounts of time, research, reflection, consultation and energy to those bigger decisions. Amidst 35,000 potential decisions, our ability to prioritise the significance of the decision context is the most crucial. If you have too many on your plate, get a pen and paper and write them out. What is the most important decision you need to make first?
- Not aligning decisions to your core values. Understanding and utilising your core values forms a solid framework for making clear decisions. Many people are not aware of their own values and this leads to poor decision making. The simple act of aligning your values will help you make better values-based decisions.
- Letting strong emotions guide your decisions. Experiencing frustration, excitement, joy or sadness is a fundamental part of the human experience. And while these emotions have a meaningful role in our lives, our ability to make good decisions is decreased during heightened moments such as happiness or anger. For example, deciding to speak or send an email while angry often compounds a tough situation, because the words do not come out right.
- Facing decision fatigue. Even the most enthusiastic people do not have endless amounts mental energy. Our ability to perform mental tasks and make decisions wears thin when it is repeated. With so many decisions to make, especially ones that have a big impact on other people, it is inevitable to experience decision fatigue. To counter it, identify the most important decisions you need to make, and use your time wisely so you make decisions when your energy levels are elevated – which is usually in the morning for many people. Also, get plenty of sleep!
- Being distracted. Evolving technology has created an environment where information and communication never stops. Researchers estimate that our brains process five times as much information than in 1986. Many people live in a stead state of distraction and struggle to focus. One tip is to find time each day to unplug and step back from email, social media, the news and the onslaught of information. This may be easier said than done, yet when you make it a priority, your brain will thank you for the break!
- Having a lack of information. Making important life and career decisions needs input. In fact, even the minor decisions need some form of data – for example, “What choice of clothing do I need to wear to my interview tomorrow?”. Bad decisions can be made on no information, and that will have a raft of unnecessary consequences. Good decisions are made on clear information, research and timings. The old saying of “I’ll sleep on it”, can work wonders and gives you time to analyse and compare information before making a decision.
For more information on how to recover from a bad decision, check out this blog: Positively Present.
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?”
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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!