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Make-sure-that-you-areIf you owned a zoo, you wouldn’t put an elephant in the Arctic exhibit.

And the penguins and polar bears wouldn’t thrive in the desert section.

You wouldn’t leave the birds in an open area where they could fly away.

And no-one would put venomous snakes in a section with open bars where they can attack the visitors.

If we can find a way to ensure that animals are kept in conditions that best match their unique needs and enables them to thrive, why do so many people spend their lives in jobs that don’t match their skills, for companies that don’t match their values?

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Unless-youre-short-andThe kids have been on holidays from school over the past couple of weeks, so I made sure that I had a client-free day so that I could take them out to the movies to see “the Minions.”

The kids had a ball, I loved it too and it was a lovely day.

On reflection, it seems to me that we need minions in our society.

There are a range of thankless, anonymous, unskilled and unglamourous jobs that are necessary, but pay a pittance.

Jobs that require someone to take orders to the letter, do what they’re told and not use their imagination.

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You-have-the-opportunityThere was a time when the average person did what their father and father’s father did for a career.

They would work in the same job for 40 hours a week for 40 years, no matter how mind-numbingly boring and meaningless it was.

They would go back every day even though they hated it.

And despite being a mismatch for their role, they keep doing a half-baked job for years.

There was a time when too many people did work they hated, work that didn’t matter and work that they weren’t suited for, because they felt they had no choice.

Times have changed!

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Youre-not-trapped-TheIf you were to open the door of an aviary, the birds within would eventually find the opening and fly away. 

If you were to leave a branch over the edge of a monkey’s enclosure, the inhabitants would quickly find it and manage to escape, never to be seen again.

Why is it then that there are so many people in jobs that they hate?

Why is it that we so often find ourselves in negative situations, but don’t do anything about it?

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Are-you-determined-toA couple of time in the past few days, several clients have asked me the age old question, “Will I make it?”

They were changing industries or looking for promotions and were uncertain about the future.

There were a lot of unknowns for them, and the greatest concerns that they had were:

  • Will someone give me a chance?
  • Do I have the skills to succeed?

Whilst I can never guarantee the outcome, they themselves can control their attitudes, action and level of focus on their goals, so with that in mind, here are some of the questions that I asked in response:

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LinkedInWith LinkedIn profiles becoming more important for today’s job seekers, it’s easy to assume that you can simply cut and paste your resume into your online profile and you’re off and running.

However, it’s not quite that easy and there are a few key elements to be aware of and if you can get these right, you are well on your way towards a more successful career.

So, what are the differences between a LinkedIn profile and a resume? Read the rest of this entry »

Your-job-for-life-isThere was a time when a young person would finish school, start a job in a particular industry (most likely the same one as dad’s) and work there for life.

The same factory, the same office, the same commute and the same boss, until the age of 65 when they would be given a hand shake, a gold watch and then waltz off to retirement.

But times have changed.

Companies downsize, businesses go bust, industries evolve, robots replace people and employees are much more likely to voluntarily change jobs for better pay or more suitable conditions.

So, is there such a thing as a job for life any more?

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There are a few secrets that professional resume writers use.

In no particular order, they include:

  • Length,
  • Spelling and grammar,
  • The inclusion of relevant key words,
  • The exclusion of irrelevant personal details,
  • Bold language that sells your capabilities.

These aspects all help, but they aren’t what makes a resume truly spectacular. Read the rest of this entry »

As a resume writer and career coach, I get a great deal of satisfaction when one of my clients gets a job.

It can be a difficult and scary process for many people and to give them the tools and confidence required to land a role that utilises their capabilities and pays the bills is a very rewarding element of my role.

However, I’ve also seen too many people stop at just getting a job.

Once they are there, they fall into a rhythm of showing up and collecting a paycheck, leading me to think that there’s more to a career than just getting a job.

So, if you have recently started a new role, congratulations, but don’t forget to: Read the rest of this entry »

A Tasmanian Devil showing off his powerful jaws

A Tasmanian Devil showing off his powerful jaws

Tasmanian devils are truly remarkable creatures.

An endangered carnivorous marsupial that is endemic to the Australian island of Tasmania, they have developed a fearsome reputation, despite their small stature.

One of the devil’s most impressive features is its extremely powerful jaws and that leads me to an important lesson.

My dad grew up on a farm in Tasmania and he told me of devils who had been caught in traps that had chewed their own legs off to escape.

I’ve always found that to be an extraordinary trait.

They get caught in a trap and they are desperate enough to do anything to get out.

As a life and career coach, I meet a lot of people who say that they feel trapped in their current work situation.

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