managing your career

The Career Countdown

3, 2, 1… Let’s make 2018 the most successful year yet!

The New Year is a bit like birthdays, it’s a time to reflect on where you started and how far you’ve come. What did 2017 bring you? Did you achieve everything you wanted to do? If not, that’s okay too… That’s what 2018 is for!

I’m going to share some tips with you on how to make this New Year your most successful year yet.

Let’s get that countdown started!

10. Map out your plans

The first step is to know what you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it. Write down what your perfect life would look like and the steps to make it happen.

9. Mix and Mingle

Networking is a great way to put yourself out there. Meeting new people outside of your social circle can be hard for most but you need to get out of your comfort zone. Networking is a fantastic tool that helps to broaden opportunities and opens your mindset to new possibilities.

8. It’s all about presence

Do you have a skill or passion that needs to be shared? Are you an expert in your industry? Share your career journey through a blog, social media posts, video blogs or webinar. Offer to mentor others and share your experiences. If you are newer in the industry or just starting off your career, get involved in a mentoring program where you can learn from your peers in the industry. Take advantage of leaders who are open to taking the time to help you grow and develop.

7. Early bird gets the worm

Get up and do the things that make you feel great first thing in the morning. No work allowed. This is a time for exercise, journal writing, reading, meditation, painting… Anything that will get you motivated and feeling fresh for the day ahead.

6. Stay fit

We all know about the benefits of staying fit and healthy. If you don’t like exercise, you should try to find something physical that you enjoy. Swimming, hiking, dancing, boxing… Add this into your everyday routine, in the end it won’t feel like much of an effort to keep it up. You’ll look and feel good too – and there is nothing better than a confidence boost!

5. Make it happen

Stay focused and don’t worry about what others will think or say. After all, this is your journey. Be aware of what’s going on around you, look, listen and see if opportunities arise. Then back yourself and grab them with both hands!  

4. Listen

To make opportunities happen for yourself, you have to be aware of your surroundings. Listen to what is happening around you. Your manager may be struggling to complete a project - this could be your time to shine by offering to help. Always be willing to take that extra five minutes to support the people around you, you never know where it could lead.

3. Deadline your goals

“A goal without a deadline is just a dream.” ~ Robert Herjavec

Most of us need a deadline to keep our goals on track. We all need something to strive for, so make sure you create a timeline. It’s important to make sure you set realistic targets; otherwise you’ll ultimately let yourself down in the process and be stressed trying to complete your goals.

2. Show Initiative

In your plans for success, one of the most important traits you can have is initiative. Initiative is the “ability to assess and initiate things independently.” Without asking what you can do for others take a step back, look at what’s needed and offer to do that task. This is also important for managing upwards, understand your manager’s needs and expectations. By doing this you’ll be prepared in advance and can anticipate any questions or tasks your manager may have. Wouldn’t it be nice to say, that you’ve completed the task before they’ve asked?

1. Reward yourself

Most importantly, make sure to reward yourself for all your efforts. Every time you reach a new goal, acknowledge it. Give yourself that well deserved pat on the back and reward yourself something. You can start with a small treat or gift at first and then progress to bigger rewards as you tick your goals off the list. This process will ensure you stay motivated, push you to keep going and ultimately achieve your goals!

I hope 2018 is your most rewarding and successful year yet!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

About The Author – Lauren Stuckey

Lauren Stuckey, Senior Recruitment Consultant, has been with PKL Recruitment since 2009 and currently managing a temporary desk. Having had two maternity breaks between 2013-2015, she would be happy to discuss how PKL Recruitment have worked to build a flexible working relationship to support her successful work and home life. Contact Lauren directly at lauren.stuckey@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

The Active Search

So what are you waiting for?

We get it, it’s hard searching for job after job and attending interview after interview with no results, this can slowly wear you down. Searching for work has to be treated as your full-time job, but it doesn’t have to feel so mundane. There are so many things you can do to enjoy looking for work and finding the right role for you!

Firstly, you need to ask yourself, why am I not getting a call back? It’s good to update your resume and get a friend, family member or recruiter to review your CV and give you some feedback. Also re-assess the roles you’re applying for, do you meet the requirements of the job? Are there any extra skills you need to be able to successfully work in the industry you want? Another option is you could work as a temp while you’re training. Temp work gives you the flexibility to work while you’re looking for your next permanent role or could be a way of gaining the skills you need to break into a new industry.

Make job hunting fun! We are so lucky with technology today, you can job search anywhere! Go to your favourite café, beach or park - anywhere to be honest that makes you feel good. By doing this you’ll not only feel better within yourself but will reduce the stress and pressure about getting a job.

Don’t forget you come first. Keeping a routine of exercise, healthy eating and looking after yourself can keep your mind and body in great shape whilst mentally preparing you for your interviews.

Get out there! Join networking groups or sporting teams, do something that is going to help you move out of your comfort zone and push you to meet the right people. Ask questions about what it takes to get into that dream career, make friends with like-minded people. You just never know who you could meet!

 

About the Author – Lucy Millett

Lucy started with PKL Recruitment in March 2015 as a temporary business support consultant. Her previous profession as a primary school teacher results in a genuine empathetic nature, changing the stigma of ‘recruiters’ in the recruitment industry. Now in 2017, Lucy’s client and candidate network is at its strongest, she is now a senior consultant with an exciting career ahead of her. Contact Lucy directly on lucy.millett@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

Celebrating Women Around The World

“The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits.  The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities” – Adrienne Rich

On the 8th of March, 1908 15,000 women gathered in New York to march for women’s working rights, previously known as International Working Women’s Day. Today we call this day International Women’s Day. Nearly 110 years has passed since this march for women’s rights. As women we have came along way, but we still have a long way to go!

“Despite aspirations for more women in senior leadership roles, progress over the last 10 years has been slow. While in 2011-12 women represented close to half of the labour force as a whole (46%), and 45% of Professionals, women remain under-represented at senior levels within both the private and public sector.” – Australian Bureau of Statisics

Flexibility, when it comes to decision making and clear communication are just some reasons why women excel in leadership roles. Female leaders are renowned for being able to break down barriers through empathy and understanding; inspiring change within their teams they make great role models and positive influencers, especially in female dominated industries.

Running a company is a function of leadership, not simply gender. My goal has always been to create an inclusive and diverse workplace that exceeds expectations through creative recruitment solutions.  I have endeavored to lead by example, be a role model and believe in people. A role model? I lead by my ethics, values and pride. I was 25 years old when I started PKL Recruitment and I will never forget when I went to my bank manager to discuss my business plan.  He told me I was dreaming, 75% of small businesses went broke in their first year. PKL is still going strong 21 years later!  

Don’t be afraid to go outside your boundaries, failure is success in my eyes. Believe in yourself, your capabilities and your worth. Share your experiences and support other women through encouragement, mentoring and camaraderie. Anything is possible you just have to find a way to make it work. 

Seven years into running my business, I added a logistical challenge and moved 500kms from my head office when I married my husband who is a farmer. As a distant MD and mother of two young children the business continued to flourish as a result of collaboration and empowering my then, all female management team to step up and let them take the lead. 

Celebrating International Women’s Day and progress towards gender parity acknowledges the significant impact women make in business and our community.  We each have an important role to play in inspiring change amongst our peers and encouraging the younger generations to do the same. 

 

How are you supporting women in your community?

Sources: https://www.internationalwomensday.com https://unwomen.org.au 

 

About the Author – Phoebe Lane
Phoebe Lane is the Founder and Managing Director of PKL Recruitment. Phoebe founded PKL Recruitment in 1995 with a vision of creating meaningful differences to the lives of candidates and clients. PKL Recruitment is focused on producing high quality placements that benefit both the candidate and the client. Contact Phoebe today via LinkedIn or phoebe@pkl.com.au.

Love It Or Leave It

Do you really love what you do?

Do you wake up on a Monday morning excited for the work week ahead and ready for new opportunities?

Is your job challenging and rewarding?

If you answered yes, that’s great! You are part of the small percentage of people who love what they do. These people have found the perfect role that satisfies their professional, financial and personal aspirations.

If you answered no, your journey starts now. The start of the year is the perfect time to reflect on your current job and what you need to love your job. This may be a career change.

We spend most of our time at work, so it’s worth investing the time to determine what your ‘perfect’ jobs looks like and plan strategies on how you are going to get there. The first step in finding your perfect job is describing what you love. Prepare a list of your natural abilities and interests and reflect on why you actually enjoy these activities as this will help you identify potential new careers.

It is important to remember that your opportunities are endless. In a modern and digital economy, there are limitless opportunities for training and development if you need to enhance your skills to reach your goals. Enrol in courses or apply for internship positions to gain experience and an understanding of a new industry.

Once you have determined your skills and interests, it’s time to match these to new opportunities. If you are interested in people and are good at communicating with others, then maybe office administration or support is a great stepping-stone into a new career.

Before you start applying for roles that may just be your ‘perfect’ job, speak with experienced recruiters, such as PKL Recruitment, who specialise in the industry you are considering. They will provide you with industry information, advice on key skills and attributes and identify any available roles.

The next step is the job application process involves working with your recruiter to customise your resume for potential employers, preparing and attending interviews and starting in your new job. For more advice on the job application process, visit our blog.

About The Author – Justin Culhane

In 2015, Justin joined PKL Recruitment as the Melbourne Team Leader for Business Support. Justin is dedicated to building a strong and collaborative team environment that achieves targets and is passionate about recruitment and the PKL Recruitment brand. His is experienced in sales and business development and thrives on managing a motivated, intelligent and engaged team. Contact Justin directly on justin.culhane@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.  

Is The First Impression Breakable?

Do you want to make a strong first impression to help you land your dream job?

Did you know that it only takes seven seconds to make a first impression! 

This may sound tough but it’s true. Like it or not, over the years we have been conditioned to unconsciously judge others. This is why when you are meeting for a face-to-face interview with a recruiter or potential employer you should be adequately prepared to take advantage of those seven seconds and position yourself for success and secure a role. 

Before attending an interview with a recruiter to discuss future job opportunities, it is important to consider the following:

1. What you wear

Always dress in professional business attire. This gives us the confidence that you will present appropriately when meeting future employers. 

2. The language you use

Think about what you’re going to say before you say it. Using inappropriate language, speaking negatively about a previous employer or over-sharing personal information does not generally give the right impression. It is great that you may feel comfortable with your interviewer but remember to always stay professional. 

3. What you bring

Bringing a notebook, a copy of your resume or a list of questions shows great initiative and is appreciated by all our recruiters. However, bringing a coffee, a phone charger or placing your phone on the table even if it is on silent is not appropriate and may risk your chances at interview success.

4. What you do

  1. Ensuring that you are arrive 5-10 minutes early or on time is vital! Giving a firm handshake and making eye contact is also important when making a first impression. Arriving late with no apology or explanation, not standing up to shake your interviewers hand and not making eye contact do not give a confident or professional first impression.

Making the right first impression is your opportunity to give yourself the best possible chance at being considered and selected for a position. It is important to remember that recruiters will meet with a number of candidates each week. We always find it refreshing to meet candidates who are on time, prepared, well groomed and communicate well.
By taking these tips into consideration when meeting with a recruiter you will not only present yourself as confident and professional, you will give yourself a real advantage when making a first impression.

PKL Recruitment specialises in permanent, contract and temporary business and office support/administration and call centre roles. 

About the Author
Sandra is a Candidate Manager based in our Sydney office. Sandra is focused on working with talented individuals and placing them into their ideal role. Sandra matches people to roles that will help them develop their skills, grow their career and thrive.

If you’re considering a career change and would like to explore your opportunities, contact Sandra today via LinkedIn or Sandra.Dimech@pkl.com.au.

Are You Ready To Make The Move?

Top tips on how to make the leap to your dream job.

Successfully managing your career can be challenging. As you progress in your current role, your goals and needs may change or the market may change, impacting your job satisfaction and outlook. Once you have made your mind up that it is time to start looking, the idea of change can be confronting and even a little bit scary.

Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfort zone and not challenge yourself to progress, failing to act when the time is right can adversely affect your career performance and satisfaction.

To assist you in preparing for your career change, ask yourself the following questions:

  •  What has inspired or encouraged you to consider a career change?
  •  Do you have the necessary skills to be successful in your desired career?
  •  Do you need to undertake additional study?
  •  What are you seeking in your next employer?
  •  Are you looking for professional development opportunities, flexibility or career growth?

Once you have answered these questions, it is time to review your CV. An up-to-date resume that highlights your key strengths and ideal role requirements will assist a recruiter or potential employer to match you with suitable roles.

To demonstrate your commitment, it is a good investment to thoroughly research the company and the role and customise your application to ensure your CV matches the key requirements.

It pays to be well prepared for any transition. One of the most effective ways you can do this is by working with a qualified recruitment professional. PKL Recruitment specialises in permanent, temporary and part-time recruitment in business support and call centre roles across all industries.

Are you ready to make your next career move?

About the Author – Justin Culhane
In 2015, Justin joined PKL Recruitment as the Melbourne Team Leader for Business Support. Justin is dedicated to building a strong and collaborative team environment that achieves targets and is passionate about recruitment and the PKL Recruitment brand. His is experienced in sales and business development and thrives on managing a motivated, intelligent and engaged team. Contact Justin directly on justin.culhane@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.