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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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Let’s set the scene – You find a job you love, you have five days until it closes, and you need to update your resumé. You find your resumé and its two years out of date. What would you do next?
- Leave it as is, provided you have not changed jobs
- If you have changed jobs, copy about six responsibilities from your role description into the resumé
- Do some reformatting and check the resumé has any recent training courses
- Get your partner to read it and ensure it’s OK
- Update your referees
- Change your email address
- Hire a certified resumé writer to help you
All points are somewhat relevant, however the most CRUCIAL aspect of a modern resumé being your career accomplishments. I also recommend the last answer. Consider this, would you hire an electrician to fix your plumbing problems at home? No. You hire a professional resumé writer to shine a light on your abilities, skills and experiences. So, when updating your resumé could you answer the following:
- Do you know your top 3 accomplishments?
- Could you talk about them right now if put on the spot?
- Have you listed any new accomplishments in the past two years?
As a certified advanced resumé writer, I see a lot of clients and read a lot of career documents that tells me very little about a person’s accomplishments. Plus, when I ask clients to explain what they have done in detail, it’s often the case of “I can’t remember”. Leaving years between resumé updates will make it more difficult to list and recall your key achievements.
In my professional experience, there is a tendency for people to fill two-thirds of the resumé with only responsibilities or tasks. A resumé must showcase and demonstrate key achievements, your transferable skills, attributes, education, training and of course your major responsibilities. Bear in mind that hiring managers, potential employers and recruiters want to read about your accomplishments and how they benefited the company and its customers.
I recommend updating your resumé every six months. If your resumé is over two years old, perhaps consider hiring a professional to help you get it up to scratch and ready for the job market. You never know when you will need a current version. Then it is much easier to keep the resumé relevant on a bi-annual basis.
Here are some questions to get you started:
- What have you recently accomplished where you were recognised by managers or peers?
- Where have you improved or changed current work practices or business processes?
- Where have you contributed to an organisational cost savings? How much in $ or % figures?
- When did you solve a complex problem that resulted in a satisfied client?
- Have you achieved a high sales profit or brought in new customer referrals?
- Have you meet or exceeded monthly performance or sales targets?
- Do you have a strong record for on-time completion of projects?
- Did you bring a project under budget?
- What have you done on a personal level that you are most proud of?
- Did you enhance/rectify business workflows or reduce bottlenecks?
Do not be shy of your achievements, however be mindful that you do not brag about them. Always link them to a skill or knowledge set that you have developed, enhanced or improved. Another tip is to get endorsed for that skill and the accomplishment on LinkedIn by a supervisor, manager or peer. This will give weight to your achievements and it looks impressive as part of your on-line profile. Be proud and confident about your successes!
Successful people have goals. It’s their mantra. However everyone at times will struggle with progressing along a chosen career path. It can be easy to feel suffocated, confined, or lacking direction when it comes to navigating a career. To keep from veering off track, it is helpful to set up career goals. Career goals will represent objectives, benchmarks, and milestones in your career. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages and examples.
- It gives you clarity and focus about what you want to specifically accomplish, or be in your career.
- It provides you with forward movement. When you have a strong sense of purpose and compelling goals, momentum helps you overcome any obstacles.
- Setting a goal places you firmly in control of your career and your future. Since they are born from your own desires, you will feel more positive that you are working towards what you want.
- You may not reach your goal in the exact timeframe. That’s OK, it can be moved and adjusted according to life’s changes or career hurdles along the road.
- Not being able to achieve the goal could promote a sense of failure and self-doubt. If this happens, take time to evaluate and problem solve what went wrong.
- Setting an unrealistic goal can be disastrous. This also includes placing immense pressure on you to achieve a difficult target and this really serves no purpose.
Career Goal Examples:
Earn a Promotion: It is always a good feeling to get promoted, and a promotion involves careful planning, commitment, and execution on your part as an employee. Therefor, you may need to undertake additional work or projects, develop relationships with other team members, and update your resumé.
Earn a Management Position: After working with a company for a few years, you might choose to advance your position. If your career goal is to earn a management or an executive position, your goal could range from 6 months to 5 years depending on your field of work. This type of career goal can require a series of short term goals to help you reach the position you desire.
Start a Business: A lot of people associate success with branching out on their own, and a viable career goal. This could mean starting a business or opening a practice to become your own boss. Many people, generally between the ages of 18 – 34 have the desire to start a business. When opening your own business, it can be helpful to outline a series of short term goals that can help you get to where you need to be. Engaging a business coach is worth the investment.
Get a Job: For many people, especially in this economy, an example of a career goal might be obtaining employment, particularly after a redundancy. If you are looking to find employment, there are plenty of short term goals that you can along the way such as job searching every two days, networking and updating your resumé. Remember to be patient when finding a job. It can be a long yet rewarding process.
Study a Degree or Certificate: Obtaining a degree or a certificate is a great jump start on your career goals and puts you on a path towards success. Most careers require specific knowledge, education, or a degree when it comes to advancing a career. Once you are able to obtain proper education, you can look to increasing your career goal options.
Goal setting is a natural function of the brain. Every decision is in effect a goal, which triggers a subconscious process that transforms the decision into an action and onto a result. Like all other paths of discipline, goal setting has positive and negative aspects. The main purpose of setting a career goal is to achieve a dream. We all have them, and goals are basically dreams with legs. So get planning and doing and motivate yourself to achieve what you want in life – it is absolutely possible!
Parents as Role Models
For anyone over the age of 25 reading this, you may be wondering if your current career was chosen by your or external factors. Your parents have been through career changes and have a wealth of experience. However, in choosing a career for their children, parents need to be facilitators not influencers. With a significant age gap in careers, your parents may not be familiar with current career processes or trends. They can teach you a lot about certain careers, the reality of work, respecting authority, learning new skills, and handling job pressure.
Parents can also by default leave a natural imprint on your personality and your preferences for a career. If your mother was a nurse, you may also choose that path because you have the same nature and you always had a high regard for the health profession. On the other hand, your dad may have been a plumber and you remember the long days, call outs, trying to make ends meet and the dirty clothes! Every family is different and some career choices will stick with you forever. For example, taking on the family business or being an accountant/doctor/lawyer, because your parents told you it is the best career for you. How do your parents know? Here are four key reasons to consider:
What I learnt
- Ask for suggestions. Your parents know stuff! Maybe not everything, yet they can be a good source of knowledge when it comes to career decisions. If you have a career dilemma, the first point of call is usually your family or friends. Make use of your parent’s assistance and ideas when you need it. They may be surprisingly helpful.
- Parents are not career advisors. Parents love you and want you to succeed in life. They can also be bias and protective and therefore are not career experts. If you want to be a police officer, they may tell you it is dangerous and impossible to achieve. It is their instinct – not yours. Your career choice comes down to preference, passion, natural talents and a desire to make a difference in the world.
- Your first job is for learning. Starting your first job can be an exhilarating time. You are finally earning a decent wage, meeting new people and doing something useful. However, it may not be the best job. I learnt from my parents that your first job is for learning and growing. Take everything in, be reliable, polite, ask questions and show initiative. If you do not like the job, it is OK to move on when you are ready.
- You take the best from your parents. My mum was a teacher and my dad, a sales and marketing manager. I am neither. What I got from my parents was a mix of traits such as helping others, business planning, empathy, attention to detail and structure. These have all been used in my career. If you admire your parent’s career choice, ask them what they like about their job. Remember you have their DNA and inherit certain traits, so make the best of it!
Think about what you want to do
Parents should be motivating you and encouraging you to find your passion in life. A career should not be exhausting or boring. If you do become a lawyer, is it for the right reasons? A career is an extension of what you believe in and what you fight for. It is inspiring, uplifting and rewarding on every level. If you do not have that – something is missing. When you are at a crossroads in your career, seek out professional assistance from a qualified practitioner. Everyone has a purpose, so what is yours?
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.
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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!