In case you missed it, US employers have a new recruitment practice: asking candidates to grant them access to their facebook accounts. Apparently recruiters are frustrated by privacy settings that block them from snooping around your social media. There are different approaches from what we can gather: some HR folk send you a friend request – embarrassing to decline during the recruitment process – while others ask you to log-in on their computer so you can take a browse through your private life together. Worse still, some ...
Monthly Archives: March 2012
In tough economic times, it can seem almost impossible to ‘reboot’ your career. You can’t help but wonder whether Nepotism is rife when primo roles don’t even make it to the classifieds.
From the moment we are old enough to seek work, we have preconceived ideas about how to go about it. When you’re old enough to babysit you do a letterbox drop to your neighbours. When you hit 18 you drop your CV at bars you like, hoping for some weekend shifts to fund those nights out (when you probably should be home studying...) Once you reach the pointy end of uni you start getting all serious: applying for internships and apprenticeships, signing up for job-seeking sites (SEEK, The Loop, Mumbrella, Pedestrian.TV) and pestering you tutors. The arduous task of self-promotion and networking has begun.
Recruitment and Interviews in Melbourne and Sydney – Get your body language right and make the right first impression!
Here on the GXY Search blog we’ve discussed a whole lotta things regarding job hunting. We’ve talked building your brand, social media (including pinterest-are you on there yet? Cos if you’re not you are missing out!!), salary, dress codes...the list goes on and on.
While we have mentioned many aspects of personal presentation, one thing we are yet to touch on is your physical mannerisms, in particular when fronting up to an interview.
A recent article on cbsnews.com notes “Much of the information that we communicate happens non-verbally via subtle signals we put out with our posture, gestures and attitude. It's no surprise, then, that your success in a job interview depends quite a bit on almost everything except what you actually say.”
Often when you are in the midst of a career transition you will discover that motivation can fall by the wayside. When your initial gung-ho mentality takes a beating it can be very easy to chuck in the towel and take the easiest way out. It’s easy to forget the whole reason you had a crack at a career reboot in the first place.
For those of you who think you’ll get a guarantee that things wont turn pear-shaped, you need to ask yourself “Are you havin’ a laugh!?” The reality is, in the big bad job world there are simply NO guarantees. At a certain point you just have to go with gut, reboot yourself, make like Roxette and listen to your heart.
When you meet someone for the first time, it often helps to repeat their name in your head in an effort to make it stick. Clunky segue aside, the same can be said when you are on the job hunt, as it helps to have a mantra in mind to remind yourself of the end goal. It can be disheartening when doors are literally and metaphorically shut in your face time after time, but if you can keep a clear head and live by a few basic principles, you will be more inclined to keep focus and stay on the right path.