Getting Ready to Return to the Workplace


These past few months have seen many employees set up a home office and work from home. 

Some have found it an absolute luxury to work from home. In contrast, others struggle with the whole concept of being away from their corporate office and have to contend with the proclivities of relaxing, sitting on the couch to watch their favourite show. 

If, however, you will soon be asked to return to the workplace where you can still work safely in an open, office environment, then you may need to start thinking about how you’re going to get ready to return to the workplace. With this in mind, I would like to offer you the following suggestions:

  1. Set your alarm to get up early, as if you need to account for preparation, breakfast and travel time. Do this for a while so that you may be able to get in the right frame of mind.
  2. Try getting dressed in your work clothes and then wearing this all day while you work from home.
  3. Have a short lunch break as if you usually would at work, rather than falling into the trap of an extended lunch break while working from home.

Such suggestions, I hope, will help you to be better prepared to return to the workplace. 

However, you may also feel that now is the time for you to start looking for alternative employment. If that’s the case, may I suggest contacting the team at Client Centric (www.clientcentric.com.au), an Australia-wide, professional employment services firm that writes powerful resumes/CVs, tailored cover letters, responses to selection criteria and provide interview coaching. They aim to help their clients secure work faster.

Is it Okay to mention Money in an Interview?


For many, saying the word ‘money’ interview setting is a dirty word. But one begs the question, is there anything wrong with mentioning money, especially if it’s the primary reason why you’re on the job hunt?

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To answer this question, we need to carefully consider the reasons behind why people are afraid to say money is the determining factor behind their job search efforts and for wanting to leave their current employer.

An article written by Kristin Wong from the New York Times mentions that many of us were brought up from a young age believing that money, like sex, is one of those topics that we should not bring up in a polite conversation. It’s like the conversation of money is almost taboo.

She goes on to say that forces are at play here, such as the intimidation factor and embarrassment prevent us from mention about money.

Another article by Inc entitled How to Talk Money in a Job Interview makes a good point that it’s best to ease into the topic of money in an interview setting and to know your worth.

It’s true to say money isn’t everything when it comes to the perfect job. But it does mean a great to the self-esteem and personal feeling of worth to many who feel income, or size of it, is a good measure of themself and skilfulness.

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Indeed, this is a personal topic, and everyone will be different. Not everyone is comfortable mentioning money in an interview.

On a personal note, I think that money is part of the whole employee-employer relationship. For your services, they provide you with money. The employer is more than willing and happy to ask YOU questions about what you can do for them. It only makes sense then that a respectful and tact conversation on money emerges as that is the return to you for your services as an employee.

Eventually, though, unless the job is a voluntary, unpaid position, money will be mentioned. It’s up to you then to have that conversation and to know what the market is paying for someone of your experience and calibre, while at the same time not being unrealistic to push the employer away because they feel that you’re too expensive.

Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions (www.clientcentric.com.au)

Dealing With The Feeling Of Regret About Your New Job – Jobseeker Remorse


You’ve probably heard the term ‘buyers remorse’.

I personally get it all the time, especially when it comes to making big purchases like a car, electronics or furniture.

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I buy the item at 25% off, only to see it on sale the next day at 45% off. Or I see another item and think that maybe I was better off buying that item instead. It’s made even worse when I consult about my purchase with family and friends, only for them to make unsavoury comments about my buying choices, that I end up then regretting.

I’ve looked into this and learnt about what they call in the study of psychology: ‘cognitive dissonance’. According to the website Simple Psychology, the theory of cognitive dissonance is the situation involving conflicting attitudes or behaviours which “produces a feeling of mental discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes to reduce the discomfort and restore balance.”

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When it comes to our career choices (or just what job we do) some individuals may feel a level of regret and remorse about the job that they have applied for and secured. After two weeks in the position, they see another job advertised and start to wish they had have waited to apply for that role.

Why does this happen?

Probably for many reasons. But for many of us, our job has a fair impact on how we define who we are. It’s almost like an extension of us. We associate who we are with our job.

However, you may have secured a job, only to feel that the job does not fit in with your inner-most feelings and attitudes about who you want to be and how you define yourself.

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One way to deal with this situation is to view your current job in a positive light. Look at the good aspects of the role, what you like about it, what you enjoy about the workplace and what you are going to learn from being in the job. Perhaps a new skill maybe. But such a suggestion means that you have to avoid looking at the negative side of your choice in a job.

That might even mean stop looking for alternative roles for a short while.

And when you are ready, use the time that you have actually been in a job to perfect your resume and cover letter in time to start applying for another job.

Tips on finding a new job, by Matthew Coppola


Finding a new job can be a challenging and frustrating experience; however you can make it easier for yourself when you use proactive strategies. The below tips are applicable for all job seekers, both new to the job market and those with many years’ experience.

Here are some of my best tips for finding a new job at any career level.

1. Be clear and know what you want. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work that you enjoy doing. What do you want in a job?

2. Research the organisations that you are targeting. This will help you to get a feel for the organisation’s culture, what you are likely to be paid and if they are the right fit for you.

3. Tailor your resume to each position. By doing this, the recruiter or hr manager will know straight away that you have the skills they are looking for. Remember that your CV is one of the most critical tools for when it comes to job searching.

4. Have an online career profile. By having a career profile like on LinkedIn, you are showcasing your experience, knowledge, and passion online where employers and recruiters search the web for potential employees. Maybe it’s time to get your LinkedIn profile professionally revamped?

5. Be organised. Have a system that works for you, with organising your job searching. Even just a simple spreadsheet to keep track of the positions that you have applied for.

6. Utilise your network of contacts. People you know may want to help you in finding a job or may know that a position is currently available at their workplace and could refer you to their HR manager.

7. Don’t just apply online. Limiting yourself to only online could make the process take longer. Contact companies directly via cold calling or recruiters to let them know you are looking for work, or even leave your resume in their letterbox.

8. Have daily job-related goals to reach. By having a daily goal to achieve, this will help you to stay focused and motivated with finding a job.

9. Prepare for all your job interviews. Develop responses for common interview questions and practice them with a friend or interview coach. The more prepared you are, the more comfortable and confident you will be. Client Centric offer interview skills coaching via face to face or Zoom/Skype.

10. Email thank you messages to all interviewers after the interview. A brief email of thanks highlighting your keen interest and fit with the role and employer is a great way to help make you stand out from the majority.

By Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

South Australia: A Growing State With Great Potential For Development


At the time of writing this article (May 2020) according to the Government of South Australia on their site ‘Growth State – Our Plan for Prosperity’ there are around 9 growth sectors identified, each with specific strategies developed as part of a growth plan.

What I really like is that there is a plan attached to each major sector.

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South Australia is an incredible state with a rich and vibrant history, known for being an affordable state, with less traffic and easier commute to work.

For people searching for gainful employment, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer a professional resume and cover letter writing service for clients in Adelaide and throughout South Australia. These guys are brilliant. Experts in their field and know what it takes to make a CV go from good to great.

I think it’s important for any state throughout Australia to grow. Growth helps to boost employment, creating thousands of jobs which mean more opportunities for job seekers and professionals to expand their reach, push forward and better themself.

If, though, you happen to come across a job that asks you to respond to a set of key selection criteria, Client Centric are the number one Adelaide selection criteria writers that can write for just about any job.

Gainful work means much to all of us.

I personally believe it’s so important to love what you do, and to do all you can to professionally develop and grow in your knowledge and skill set.

From memory, I can recall my last visit as being memorable. I stayed in the Adelaide central business district, and visited the Adelaide hills region. I remember it was raining at the time, but what I loved was the greenery of the area. The air was fresh, you could smell the open fireplaces and how clean and crisp the environment was. A memory that I think I will certainly cherish for years to come. May even prompt me to go for another visit to Adelaide in the future.

New South Wales: Finding Work, Securing Employment And Getting Ahead In Sydney


Sydney, one of the largest cities in Australia, is known for the diverse range of industries that employ many thousands of people. Industries such as manufacturing, finance, education and distribution. 

According to the City of Sydney, the city is recognised for leading a knowledge-based economy in the country.

Employment, like in any major city, depends on many factors.

When there are more jobs and fewer candidates applying for work, there may be less competition as opposed to when there are fewer jobs and more people seeking employment.

It’s imperative to stand out in a crowded jobs market and make an impression.

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You can do this by enlisting the help of the experts. That is, by utilising the services of a professional business which deals with the writing of resumes, cover letters and responses to key selection criteria.

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Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is one such business that provides these services and they do it very well.

Specifically, they provide a professional resume and cover letter writing service for clients in Sydney, as well as assistance for clients in Sydney who need help addressing key selection criteria for positions in Government, community services, education and health care.

And, once you have secured an interview, these guys can even help you make a greater impression and improve your confidence during the interview process with one-on-one interview coaching for clients in Sydney.

Remember, sure it may be tough out there. But as I have always said in the past, it’s important to not lose focus. Remain positive, upbeat and confident that the right job will come along.

 

 

What’s It Like To Find Work In Townsville, Queensland?


[14th May 2020 update – article has been adjusted for greater accuracy]

According to the City of Townsville, Townsville is the largest city in Northern Australia, renowned as the gateway to mining and agricultural regions.

At the time of writing this article (May 2020), some reports say that the coronavirus pandemic has had a serious impact on work opportunities and growth across many parts of Queensland, with some areas according to the ABC facing double unemployment figures – see ‘Unemployment skyrockets in Wide Bay region, now more than double state figure’ article by ABC News.

At times I receive feedback and comments from my readers, some negative, others positive. I do however sincerely appreciate genuine constructive feedback. Such feedback is that job prospects in Townsville are excellent. Hence why this article has been updated.

One source noted that there are many projects underway, including a new private hospital (see Mater Private Hospital 10-year plan article) re-development and many homes under new construction.

Indeed, many opportunities for job seekers to secure gainful employment.

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Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions service clients in Townsville, providing a contact-less, online-based professional employment service to help support job seekers to secure employment sooner than later.

About Aussie Employment Firm, Client Centric: Who They Are, What They Do.

They do this by professionally writing tailored and expertly-worded resumes and cover letters that help to market the skills and experience their clients in Townsville have. As Townsville resume and cover letter writers, they have experience in all sorts of professions and trades, assisting clients to move into many different sectors or make career changes into industries such as:

  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Construction
  • Wholesale trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Education
  • Health Care

For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.