Things to consider before trying out a career change

Are you thinking it might be time for something new? Most people undergo several career changes in their lifetime. In fact, it’s becoming more and more uncommon to find someone who’s been in the one job their whole career. So you can take solace in knowing you’re not alone in wanting a change!

Now, we don’t want to scare you off making this change. Many people experience a greater sense of happiness and fulfilment when they are in a fresh new role and inspiring new environment. But before you get started, there are a few things we recommend…

Career or job?

I’ve spoken about this difference before. A career is long term, so if you want a short-term change while you sort out other parts of your life, then you’re probably just after a job. Both are fine, and both require work, it’s just important to know which one you’re after!

There’s a simple trick to figuring this out. It’s not the only way to think about it, but it definitely does help.

Are you running AWAY from something?

  • Bad boss
  • Negative environment
  • Sick of your daily tasks
  • Bored

OR are you running TO something?

  • More daily variety and excitement
  • Better growth opportunities
  • An interesting client base
  • Opportunities to make a meaningful impact

If you really, strongly dislike your current job, you’re probably going to see any other position as “better.” This means you’re more likely to jump ship and end up in the exact same position again. You’ve found another ‘job’ even if you were meant to be looking for a career…

Get clear on WHY you want a change and WHAT you want this change to bring to your life.

Sort out your resume

If you’re looking for a similar role with a different company, you’re going to want to make sure you conduct thorough research before you start. Your new company wants to be sure that you will not only be able to transfer your skills across to a new environment, but that you will also be a great culture fit.

Alternatively, if you’re really going for a major shift in direction, your resume is absolutely KEY! And this is where KLCC can really give you that extra boost. Your career history will obviously show that you don’t have specific experience in this particular field. So the MOST important thing is that your skills and abilities really shine.

Usually, the biggest obstacle for people making the change is thinking that they do not have the right skill set for their new career. More often than not though, you will have highly transferrable skills which just need to be worded in the right way! We can help you with this and really increase your confidence in levels in getting out there and applying for your ideal roles.

Interview skills

I understand that interviews are pretty scary for most people. If you follow along on our Instagram, you may have seen our ‘tip of the week’ a few weeks back about interviews.

Here’s a bit of a run down…

If you want to be working in a role that you really LOVE, then interviews are going to be inevitable. But here’s 3 quick ways to make the whole experience way less scary…

  1. Be prepared with some questions for the interviewer. There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the interview and having nothing to say when they ask “So, do you have any questions for me?
  2. Visualise. Imagine yourself already in the role. The emotions that come with this, the things you’d be doing day to day, the interactions you’ll have with your colleagues. This can often improve your confidence.
  3. Do your research. This sounds like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people I’ve interviewed in my time who have no idea about the company. Doing your research shows you’re keen.

Along with our resume support, we also have some great packages which can help you not only with your interview skills, but also job search secrets and where to look for those ‘hidden jobs.’

If you haven’t had to interview in a while, you’re going to be nervous! Be prepared and be yourself as, after all, it’s as much an interview of the employer as it is of you.

Self

You cannot expect to find happiness in a job if you are not happy within yourself. There is always work to be done, whether you feel there is or not.

Investing time and energy into your self and your development is THE most important thing in anyone’s career journey. So many people overlook this crucial aspect, and it is often how they find themselves in other ‘jobs’ rather than in their ideal career role.

This is something we’re all really passionate about here at KLCC. If you’re looking to read more on this topic, here are some of the other related pieces I’ve written lately…

The key thing to remember is that working on your career comes with simultaneous work and effort on improving yourself. Many people don’t make this connection, and this is how so many job seekers end up in just another “job.”

How can KLCC help when considering a career change?

When you book in for a free chat, we begin to dig deep right away.

We get to know why you are looking for a change and what exactly you’re hoping to gain from this.

Our method has had so much success with so many clients. We are so grateful every day – for the wonderful people we have the pleasure of helping, and for the amazing result they continue to see.

If you’re considering a career change, KLCC is not only experienced in helping you gain clarity… but we’re also really passionate about what we do here.

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How to find graduate jobs

Whether you’re just starting your tertiary journey, are graduating soon, or have recently completed your studies, the idea of finding a career job using these new skills can be so daunting! And it doesn’t matter if you’re graduating from university, TAFE, an online diploma course, or even from school! Age has nothing to do with, nor does the level of your qualifications. If you’re unsure how to find a graduate job, we’ve got you! Today’s blog should have you feeling confident and prepared in no time…

Experience means so much more than a piece of paper

If you’re a current student, this one is especially for you. 

Make sure you accept any opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience. This may be in the form of work experience or an internship. Or if you’ve already finished your studies, this experience could even be in the form of a project you worked on with real client interaction or a strong correlation with workplace practices. If you’ve studied something with practical applications, you may even be able to submit a portfolio of work to show your expertise and skillset.

You can refer to these experiences on your resume in both your career history and your skills. Being a student is hard work, and there’s no reason why you can’t use this to your advantage too. In your skillset, think about including things such as:

  • strong research and writing abilities
  • demonstrated ability to work to tight deadlines
  • self-motivated and hardworking 

Don’t forget that any jobs you’ve held whilst studying matter too. Even if they are in customer service, retail, hospitality, or something else unrelated to your study area. So many of these part-time jobs provide you with such critical skills, including:

  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • relationship management 
  • calculating invoices and taking payments
  • working effectively in a team environment

I so often see graduates believe that they don’t already have plenty to offer. This is a mistake! And it’s also an easy way to be overlooked by a potential employer. It’s even more important as a graduate to have a really strong application so that companies can see through the “no career experience” and really be aware of the skills and knowledge you can provide.

Research doesn’t end when your degree does

Look, I don’t want to be repetitive (if you’re a regular on my socials and blogs you’ll know I ALWAYS say this)… but research is KEY! Yes, we can help you to sort out your goals and help you gain clarity and direction, but when it comes down to it the only person who knows how you work and what you want is you. Sometimes it just takes a little digging.

If you still have time before you finish your studies, finding a graduate job will definitely benefit from extensive research. You’ve got the time to focus on finding the right roles.

But if you’ve already graduated and are feeling quite discouraged, this still applies! Ensure that any role you do apply for is one that you align with and feel confident in undertaking. Take the time to find out as much as you can about the company so that when your phone rings, you’ve got lots to say and ask.

This brings me to my next point…

Ensure your resume and application is tailored and effectively communicates your potential

SO important.

Sending out the same resume and cover letter to every role is not going to get you anywhere. Subtle changes and adjustments are a must. It shows you’ve taken the time and used your attention to detail to demonstrate how you can meet the role requirements.

As a new or recent graduate, your skillset will be the most important thing to get right. Potential employers will be looking for certain keywords which match the job advertised and will want to see that you have what it takes so excel.

My advice here is to consciously spend time carefully reading the position description for each role you apply for, making sure that you really highlight what they’re after. Your cover letter will be of extra importance. This is where you can communicate your up to date industry knowledge and prove you are skilled in occupational best practice. There’s a chance you may even be able to link here to key projects you worked on during your studies too.

Be sure to really communicate your passion and drive to succeed in this field.

And if you can’t confidently match what they need, well…

When it comes to applications, quality is more important than quantity!

If you’ve got the time and the freedom to be a little more picky with your jobs, don’t get caught up in applying for any and every posting you see. If you are more strategic about finding a graduate job, you have a much greater chance of finding one which will genuinely make you happy.

I think that graduate jobs have the potential to really make or break your career. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable, unsupportive environment when you’re brand new to the industry, this can be so offputting. It is definitely related to the very high early drop off rates that many fields see.

Where do I look for and find a graduate job?

I’ve been speaking about this recently on my videos and FB lives, but Seek should really be the last place you look. It’s a good research tool to see what’s out there, but right now there are thousands of people applying for most jobs and as a graduate your opportunities will most likely be found elsewhere.

(This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look on Seek and apply for roles that interest you – by all means, go for it! Just make sure to really target your application, and follow up!)

Try Googling the role title you’re after and adding your location to see what pops up. Speak to professional connections you made during your studies to find out about where they work and what they do. So often graduates have better outcomes through networking than they do with applying along with the masses.

So, how can KLCC help with finding you a graduate job?

We have helped thousands of clients apply for hundred of different roles – including some of the more obscure professions! Graduates deserve quality support and professional guidance, just as much (if not more!) as seasoned workers.

Our services include resumes and cover letters, selection criteria responses, LinkedIn profiles, job seeker secrets, and SO much more!

If your starting to worry about your next move and are feeling stressed about finding a graduate job, talk to us. Read our reviews. Give it a go.

You can start with a free chat and see what you think!

This is such an exciting time in your life. Do it right and you will be reaping the rewards for years to come…

Kate.

How to find resilience while job searching

I almost feel like “resilience” is a bit of a buzz word at the moment…

So, what does it actually mean?

Resilience: The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, to bounce back, also known as toughness.

Do you consider yourself to be tough?

It’s pretty difficult to answer that question, isn’t it? We’re all so full of self-doubt these days that it’s often so hard to identify our own strengths. It’s (sadly) much easier to look at what we aren’t…

I’m too scared. I don’t have enough experience. This is so difficult.

How do I know if I’m resilient?

In the general sense of the word, if you can relate to one or more of these below traits, chances are you’re resilient by nature…

  • You’re a pretty accepting person
  • You are kind to others even if you don’t agree with their opinions
  • Your history does not define who you are as a person
  • You try your best to remain optimistic
  • Failing at something once doesn’t push you to give up
  • You’ve set goals and continuously work towards them
  • You have supportive people you can rely on
  • Looking after your own health and wellbeing is one of your top priorities
  • You don’t take yourself too seriously
  • You are able to believe in yourself, even if not all of the time
  • You know when to ask for help…

… And so on.

If you can’t relate to ANY of these traits… are you really being honest with yourself?

Having a sense of self-awareness, and understanding why you want the things you want, is something we are capable of.

What if I get rejected?

Spending your life fearing rejection is no way to live.

Whether its job, relationships, or personal endeavours… if we don’t fail sometimes, how can we ever expect to learn?

Getting rejected is really just an opportunity to learn. If this happens, and you don’t know why it happened, ASK! There’s no harm in seeking feedback from the interviewer. If they don’t reply in a respectful manner, or don’t respond at all, well you know that you’re better off now working there anyway.

So to answer this question – getting rejected is not a bad thing. Rejection = growth.

What if I keep getting rejected?

One rejection we can handle. Two or three, sure. But getting rejected over and over again definitely impacts your confidence.

You probably won’t be feeling very resilient.

And you probably will feel like giving up.

This is the turning point – if you give up now, you’ll never know what could have been. If you keep persevering, and learn from your mistakes… well, there’s no telling where you could end up.

The hardest part about remaining resilient is finding the motivation to do so…

So, what’s your motivation?

I recommend starting your job search journey with this answering this question.

If you don’t know WHY you’re looking at changing careers or finding your dream job… why are you even bothering? It sounds harsh but in reality, if you don’t know your motivation, you can’t expect to remain resilient in the face of adversity.

After all, your motivation is the one thing that can keep you going.

What else can I do?

If you’ve faced several rejections in a row, I have two pieces of advice for you…

  1. Ask yourself WHY. Why might these rejections keep happening? Am I coming off as too nervous in the interviews? Is my professional presentation not up to scratch? Is my resume really targeted to this specific job? If you know why this is happening, you can start taking the steps to fix it.
  2. Book in for a free chat with us. Yes, it’s free. No, there’s no obligation (promise). You might just find it enough to give you that extra boost of motivation.

How?

If you need help with your job search resilience, click here.

Finding your purpose

Now, we’ve all heard the Marc Anthony quote “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Let me tell you what I think about this quote when it comes to finding your dream job…

YES – I agree that finding what you love is so important. At KLCC we’re all about helping you find a job you LOVE, and not just one you’re good at.

BUT – I do feel as though this quote is a little optimistic. In reality, we all have to occasionally do things that we don’t love. Whether that be on our way to finding our dream job, or even working in that dream job itself. Think about things like meetings, tough conversations, and doing those more time consuming, finicky tasks.

So, how do we find that balance? And if you don’t know what your dream job is, how can you find that ‘life purpose?’

The pressure

Most of us face the pressure of figuring out our purpose from an early age. Expecting 17-year-olds to decide on their dream career is just a little unrealistic…

I really stand by the notion that you’re never too old (or too young!)…

To start again.

To learn and study.

To do something you really love.

I think it’s really important to understand that this process looks different for everybody. Some people are lucky enough to find their purpose and their dream job early on. But for most of us, this takes time, patience, and dedication.

Having been in this position before, trying to figure out where to channel my energy… I know that it can become stressful. I also know that the pressure can often become too much to deal with and it can feel easier to just give up.

Finding your dream role is possible though…

Where to begin

The best place to start when beginning this journey is to figure out what you’re good at.

You might know this from previous jobs you’ve had, or even from personal and life experiences. Perhaps you volunteered in a local sporting club and loved that environment. Or maybe you learned through looking after your family’s commitments that you love being that main organiser and would thrive in an administration role.

Be honest here. List out ALL the tasks that you know you excel in. Even if you don’t like them. Having a list like this might help you to paint a better picture of the types of jobs you could easily do.

Once you’ve got your list, then it’s time to be ruthless. Highlight or circle everything you enjoy, leaving behind the tasks you don’t like doing (remembering you might still be required to do them sometimes!).

Then what?

Well, what you’ll be left with is the bones of your dream role. The position title may not be clear yet, but now you know what would really make you happy in a job. It should also demonstrate to you the other skills you’d be able to learn quickly.

For example, if you listed “customer service” as a key skill you’re good at, chances are you’d also be great at liaising with clients and communicating with various other stakeholders. This will also help you to consider the things you’d like to do but have never had the opportunity to.

This is just the first step. There’s a little more to it than just making a list.

How do I translate this into something useful?

Aside from spending some time looking at available jobs online, there are a couple of other things I suggest:

  • Speak to family and friends – get their opinion on what sorts of jobs they could see you doing.
  • Talk to people you know in various industries and careers that interest you to get some insight.
  • Conduct research into companies you’d like to work for. See what sorts of roles they have in-house and try to match up your skills with what they need.

Going from this list to actually finding, applying for, and being offered this dream job can be another lengthy process. It all depends on the industry, the qualifications, and the competition.

OR, you could book in for a free chat with one of us. We can quicken this whole process and help you get to the core of what you want…

How can we help?

Speaking to one of our amazing consultants could be the difference between finding your dream role now and wondering what your purpose is for years to come.

We can help you sort out this list of key skills and passions.

We can also help you in your application journey through sorting your resume and giving you heaps of practical interview techniques.

If you’d like to know more, simply click here!

It’s never too late to find your purpose!

The importance of having a routine (even as a job seeker)

Having a routine is important for so many reasons. A routine can support your mental health. It can help you deal with change. It can also help you create better habits and reduce day to day stress.

I find that it’s helpful to think of your routine like blocks of time with specific purposes. Almost like an hour by hour calendar made just for you and your day. The more your practice sticking to your routine, the more it will become second nature. You’ll start thinking in time blocks and be aware of what needs to come next.

Routine is not for everyone.

But if you’re struggling to stay motivated and don’t know what’s missing… a new routine might be just what you need.

Having a routine to manage stress

Without a routine, it’s likely that you’re always caught out trying to remember what you need to do next. You have no list of priorities. No way of streamlining your to-dos.

Having a daily routine allows your tasks to slot into their place without being forgotten.

A routine can manage the stress of students, job seekers, parents, and working professionals. It allows you to prioritise your tasks and set time aside for everything that’s important to your success.

Supporting mental health

Routines are great for managing your mental health, too. This is because, without one, you’re more likely to put things aside and procrastinate. Falling into this trap, especially as a job seeker, is a quick route to feelings of hopelessness and lack of progress.

When we organise our day and feel more in control of what’s coming up next, we’re less likely to get distracted and fall behind. It also provides us with a tool to actively work towards our goals and reach peak productivity.

Having a job seeker routine

As a job seeker, having a routine can be the difference between getting an interview and having your resume go unread for weeks.

Setting up a daily routine which you can continue to repeat until you land the right job is key.

The specifics will look different for everyone, depending on your goals, industry, and experience.

BUT

Below are a few ideas to include your daily job seeker routine…

  • Find and apply for a set number of jobs per day, whatever feels realistic for you
  • Work on improving, updating, and perfecting resume
  • Write individualised cover letters based on job advertisements you’ve found
  • Spend some time on LinkedIn to increase your visibility and networking options
  • Develop some of your existing skills or learn new ones through some free videos or online resources
  • Write to companies you know are hiring our you’d like to work for and sell yourself to them
  • Prepare and practice some answers for standard interview questions

Once you’ve come up with your list, allocate a certain amount of time for each job and set to work creating an itemised plan for the day.

Creating a routine will strengthen your determination, mental capacity, and productivity.

What else should I include in my routine?

In any routine, it’s important to actually schedule time in for yourself too.

Whether it’s a walk, a stretch, yoga class, time with your kids, or playing with your dog. Physically allocating a block of time to a self-care activity each day will not only make you accountable to do it…

But also remind you that there is often more to life than what you are stressing about right now.

What next?

If you think your life could benefit from some routine and structure…

Career coaching might be exactly what you’re after. Book in for a free chat today to find out more.