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Do You Really Know How to Market Yourself?

Do You Really Know How to Market Yourself?
You may think that modesty is best to avoid appearing arrogant in a resume or interview, but selling yourself short will do you no favours. If you want to get a job, you have to know how to market yourself effectively.

Selling yourself to a prospective employer is an important part of the job application process. Don’t be fooled into thinking a good product will simply sell itself – you still need to get the messaging right.

 
 
 

3 Questions Every Employer Should Ask in a Job Interview

3 Questions Every Employer Should Ask in a Job Interview
Candidates today are increasingly prepared for classic interview questions. To find out what you really need to know you may need to ask a few unusual questions.

Most employers today are not trained interviewers yet they need to make decisions about talent that will define either the success or the failure of their teams.

 
 
 

Mindfulness Is Key to Reflective Leadership

Mindfulness Is Key to Reflective Leadership
There’s one practice that will add richness and depth to your work life, empower your team members and enhance your productivity and that of those around you. It can be developed and learned, and it’s cheap.

We’ve all heard of mindfulness and its benefits to health and wellbeing, but to me, mindfulness is most useful as a foundation for a truly productive habit that will be enormously beneficial to your career. I’m talking about embarking on the difficult but highly rewarding journey of creating the habit of reflection.

 
 
 

Job hunt getting you down? 6 ways to stay motivated

Job hunt getting you down? 6 ways to stay motivated
Looking for a job can take its toll. Searching for suitable roles, cold calling, writing endless cover letters… and nothing is more disheartening than the deafening silence that can follow an application. So how can you stay motivated?

It’s important to remember that with so many factors at play when you apply for a job, a rejection is not necessarily a reflection of your abilities (or lack thereof). Here are six ways to keep a positive outlook while looking for employment.

 
 
 

Years in a job and now looking for work? Top 4 tips for getting back into the game

Years in a job and now looking for work? Top 4 tips for getting back into the game
Working in Career Transition I spend a lot of time speaking with people whose roles have recently been made redundant. People who, ready or not, are forced to consider what direction to take next in their careers. While some are happy to seek out new opportunities, for others the prospect of looking for work can be daunting.

Looking for a new job is particularly daunting if you’re someone who has enjoyed long tenures in your career. While you’ve been fortunate to have found positions that you’ve been happy to stay in for lengthy periods and you have a wealth of experience, it also means you haven’t had as much experience when it comes to job search and you may be unsure of how to position yourself in a way that seems relevant and current.

 
 
 

Why leaders should also be change agents

Why leaders should also be change agents
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” So said Lao Tzu and in today’s world, that may be down the road of obsolescence. Being a change agent is an integral part of any leader’s role today and its importance will only grow in the future.

There are numerous reasons for the shift. Of course, constant changes in technology and resultant consumer preferences call for the need to constantly challenging status quo. Along with shorter attention spans, we are also dealing with shorter business cycles, further adding to a “roller coaster” environment where change is ever present.

 
 
 

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?
They’re the questions that interviewers love – but they can pose a challenge for even well prepared job candidates: Tell me how you dealt with conflict with a co-worker. How did you react to your last major mistake in the workplace? Explain how you overcame a major challenge?

The formal name for these queries is ‘behavioural interview questions’ and if you want a fighting chance of getting the job, you’re going to have to get skilled at answering them.

 
 
 

"I QUIT." What Managers Need to Know About Why Employees Leave

Employers beware: data shows that many new staff members leave before they even finish settling in.

Every manager shares the same goal with new hires: that the hire will not only fill a key gap in the team but slide neatly into the broader workplace culture where they will work productively and be happy to stay for a reasonable period of time.

But Hudson data shows that for many managers a shock may be in store: one in five employees in Hong Kong have left a new job within three months of starting.

 
 
 

Why didn’t you get the job?

Why didn’t you get the job?
You got an interview for a coveted job – congratulations, that means you were earmarked as a suitable candidate. But if you don’t wind up with a job offer, you have to ask yourself: what did I do wrong?

There are many possible reasons for not getting a job offer, and it may simply be that one of the other candidates was more suitable for the role. However, it pays to reflect on how you performed in the interview, and whether you committed any faux pas without even realising.

 
 
 

Building rapport at an interview: it’s all about connecting

Building rapport at an interview: it’s all about connecting
Establishing a good rapport with someone you’ve just met can be a tough ask. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins provides insight into what’s involved: “Rapport is the ability to enter someone else's world, to make him feel that you understand him, that you have a strong common bond.”

Whatever else you have to offer, it’s going to be difficult to make it beyond the first round of interviews and secure a job if you’re unable to make your interviewers feel you’re on the same wavelength as them. Here are some tips on how to establish that emotional connection.

 
 
 
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