Your Questions

 

No question too hard…

I have listed below all the typical question I commonly get. Whenever someone asks me something, I like to make a note of it and ensure the answer appears here to help others in the future by writing an article on it and having a short answer written here for reference. Simply click on a question below to be taken to the related article.

Why every job you apply for should have a personalized cover letter

The simple reason is that when a company puts a job advertisement out and has a selection criteria attached to it, they are doing that for a reason. Now the same applies in the western world as it does in Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide – all the employers are the same! They are not doing it because they are a charity, they specifically put a job out because they are willing to invest in someone to perform a specific duty or set of duties and want someone who will meet their expectations and perform. Added to that they also want someone that will fit in with their team culture and has done similar work in the past – again keyword – “experience required”.

Holden manufacturing staff finding other employment – Is it as easy as we think?

The type of unemployment that was incurred on the Holden staff, under economics it is termed as “Structural Unemployment” which means according to Wikipedia “a form of unemployment where, at a given wage, the quantity of labor supplied exceeds the quantity of labor demanded, because there is a fundamental mismatch between the number of people who want to work and the number of jobs that are available. The unemployed workers may lack the skills needed for the jobs, or they may not live in the part of the country or world where the jobs are available”  Structural unemployment is not necessarily bad unemployment, there is always going to be some amount of structural factors occuring in every economy because of technological forces playing, however in this case with Holden, the high Australian dollar and the loss of the credit accelerator has favoured jobs in  Household services and business consultancy services.

Should I include a photo of myself in my resume?

There really is no point in doing it. Not only can inhibit your chances of obtaining suitable sustainable employment, but it is also a waste of space and what if they don’t like what you look like? Well then they will be pre-judging you before they have even met you. 

When should you bring up salary expectation?

Employers will be sneaky and say “What is your salary expectation” which makes us all feel so giddy and happy that the employer is asking that. Dont be fooled! They are not a charity for jobseekers. If an employer asks you that, I recommend saying that you are very interested to know what they had in mind for this role based on your skills and experience, and that you are flexible with regards to pay negotiation. 

Common Interview Questions – A Brief Overview

Do not say, “I don’t have any weaknesses,” or “I am a bit of a perfectionist.” Those answers will turn off interviewers. They know the first is probably untrue and the second is impossible. Being a little bit of a perfectionist is like being a little bit of a liar. Better to use a weakness that is really something you are trying to learn like a foreign language or a new software program. Make sure that any weakness you talk about is not a key element of the position.

Tips for Success in Job Interviews and How to Present Yourself Well.

In summary, always be articulate, demonstrate confidence, Avoid “yes” or “no” responsesshow enthusiasm, Respond to nonverbal cues such as nodding and smiling, avoid excessive mannerisms and fidgeting, Avoid bringing up negative information about past job experiences, co-workers, or former employers and most importantly, Always present the best of your background or qualifications.

Question and Answer on Email Etiquette

The biggest mistake would have to be sending emails with too many subjects.

If you are sending an email, make sure that it is on one subject alone, not many. Because when people receive emails with too many subjects, the email respondents end up forgetting to reply to most of the different matters.

So I suggest when sending emails, make sure they are on one subject, and if you have a number of matters that need dealt with, keep them as separate emails.

Controlling yourself from peer pressure by work colleagues – how you can cope!

Peer pressure is when group of peers start exerting influence to persuade us to change our attitudes, values, or behaviour so that we meet their desired group norms. Unfortunately peer-pressure doesn’t stop at school. It follows us right through to the workplace.

The top 3 ways to find a new job

Finding a new job isn’t easy especially in tough economic times. Generally during quiet times over the economic cycle, there are usually more people looking for work then there are available jobs. For every job advertised there most likely will be over a hundred people applying. Keeping this in mind, when looking for work you want to make sure that you branch out into using different job searching techniques. Sometimes it may just be trial and error to see what works for you.

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Why every job you apply for should have a personalized cover letter

Every job you apply for must have a personalised cover letter – personalised in the way that it addresses what they are looking for, in the subject line is the job, has the contact name and company name and is dated accordingly. It shows that you took the time and effort to address what they want and took an interest in them and the job!

Disclosing your Disability: Job Applications and Employment

At the end of the day it really is up to you whether or not you want to disclose your disability. Some disabilities are harder then others to disclose. For example, a mental health disability can sometimes be less harder to disclose as opposed to a physical impairment which is more noticeable. The decision to disclose your disability cannot just be made on a logical basis only. It’s also important to think about how you are going to feel when talking about your disability and how it affects you and your colleagues. There are those people who are confident with this and would rather get everything out in the open as soon as possible while others will procrastintate and worry about them being stereotyped and just want to be seen for their achievements and skills and not their disability.

Holden manufacturing staff finding other employment – Is it as easy as we think?

The type of unemployment that was incurred on the Holden staff, under economics it is termed as “Structural Unemployment” which means according to Wikipedia “a form of unemployment where, at a given wage, the quantity of labor supplied exceeds the quantity of labor demanded, because there is a fundamental mismatch between the number of people who want to work and the number of jobs that are available. The unemployed workers may lack the skills needed for the jobs, or they may not live in the part of the country or world where the jobs are available”  Structural unemployment is not necessarily bad unemployment, there is always going to be some amount of structural factors occuring in every economy because of technological forces playing, however in this case with Holden, the high Australian dollar and the loss of the credit accelerator has favoured jobs in  Household services and business consultancy services.

Should the Government have bailed out Holden?

According to this article in the Herald Sun, “Holden said it would become “a national sales company” and global design studio. The sale and service of Holdens, warranty terms, and spare parts would be unaffected” which in a way they are saying that they are going to stick to what they can do best, that is selling the cars and designing them. Which comes down to plain economics – the theory of comparative advantage which purports that a company should stick to selling goods and services that they can produce at a lower opportunity cost than other firms. So while Thailand, India and China may have the cheap labour, we have the knowledge, higher skills and academia allowing us to have more of an advantage over those countries, but we do not have the cheap labour. So we stick to what we do best – being a knowledge nation and focusing on high level skills and re-training people into industries which we do have a comparative advantage.

Should I include a photo of myself in my resume?

I was recently asked by a client if he should include a photo of himself in his resume. Now unless you’re going for a job as a model or entertainer, putting a photo on your resume is very unprofessional and does nothing to support your application for employment! There really is no point in doing it. Not only can inhibit your chances of obtaining suitable sustainable employment, but it is also a waste of space and what if they don’t like what you look like? Well then they will be pre-judging you before they have even met you. At least when it comes to interview stage, if they for some reason don’t like the look of you, well then at least they can get to know you and what you bring to their company and it might even soften their opinion of you and they will look past your looks!

What should you do if you don’t hear back from an employer after the interview?

Without me making life easy for you and giving you the answer, I want you to put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Now you have just interviewed 15 people over the last two weeks. There have been some that you like, others that you really liked, some that you wont hire at all and 5 people that you cannot just make your mind up on because they all possess different skills and abilities that you want but you have have the capacity and funds to hire one person out of those 5. So there faces the dilemma of almost every employer. And the fact that there are less open vacancies and more jobseekers applying for the one job, means that the employer has a harder time choosing a suitable candidate but also has the power to be choosy in this decision. They can pick the best out of all 5 and do not need to settle for anything less. Now you cannot change or influence their decision post interview stage a part from sending a thank you email straight after your interview which may give you a 1-5% boost in your probability of being chosen for the job. So you just leave it. After you send the thank you email, move on and assume that you didn’t get the job just so you keep sane and can start applying for more jobs. That would be my best recommendation if you do not hear back. I also recommend not calling or emailing them again following up. Trust me, if you got the job they will call you back.

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When should you bring up salary expectation?

Employers first of all are not turned off by discussion of salary expectation once rapport has been built and they are aware of your strengths, weaknesses and at least it is nearing the end of the interview when you bring it up. If for example, the employer called you, said he/she received your resume and would like you to come in for an interview, and then you start saying how much money you expect to be paid, well that will certainly turn off the employer, for they haven’t even met you and do not want to commit to any salary negotiation until they have met you.

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