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.

What Do Companies REALLY Want?

I’m sure you’ve been there before. Find the perfect job online, write an awesome application, but never hear back. Or you get an interview but it goes nowhere.

It’s time to talk about what companies are really looking for in their new employees…

What is a “Mission”?

You’ve seen them. Pretty much all companies have them. A mission is generally a short statement which makes the goals (what) and purpose (why) behind the business.

Usually, they’re things like:

“Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis” – Patagonia

“To create a better everyday life for the many people” – Ikea

“To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy” – Tesla

You see, missions are basically the strategic way that the companies make money. If you are able to put into words how you will help to achieve this mission (i.e. make the company MONEY)…

You’re hired!

Speaking of money…

The person hiring you most often controls the budget for hiring new employees. Show them how you will make that budget spend worthwhile and…

You’re hired!

So… How do I actually do this?

Ok so there’s a few questions you can ask yourself first.

What is the problem or issue this company tries to solve?

What is the product or service they sell?

What does this company value or hold really important?

Most often you can answer these questions with a little bit of research on the company website or LinkedIn page. And once you know the answers, you can go about using them to your advantage.

How can you be the person to align yourself with what this company is doing and where they are heading?

First…

Find their mission and use some of these keywords in your cover letter. Make sure you talk to these points when you do a follow-up call and in your interview.

Remember that you want to show them how you are going to help them make MONEY!

Second…

Boost your confidence and competence in one by specifically referring to their purpose, their product, or their key values.

Use the language they use.

Show them you’ve done your research and that your professional and personal traits align with the direction they are heading.

Next…

Don’t lie. This is really important. If you read about their mission and their goals and their values and feel like you have to lie to align yourself with them… then maybe this isn’t the job for you.

Hiring managers are generally pretty good at picking up on bluffs too.

Something I ALWAYS go back to is that if you can’t see yourself there long term, it’s not a career – it’s a job. So to avoid job-hopping, make sure that you truly can align yourself with this company.

Lastly…

If you’ve found your dream job and need some help in linking up your existing skillset and personal traits to match the company’s mission…

We’ve got your back. We’ve got so much experience in matching up key selection criteria, role responsibilities, and business objectives with your employment experience.

This is what we do.

Give us a call to find out how we can help!

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Kate

Top 3 tips for interviewing during a pandemic

Over the coming weeks and months of this crisis, many of you are going to be applying and interviewing for new jobs.

If interviews make you nervous during the best of times, the thought of having to do a remote job interview may be a little stressful.

In today’s blog, I’m going to give you my top 3 tips for interviewing during a pandemic so that you have the best shot at getting that position.

But first…

How video interviews can actually work in your favour

If you saw my Facebook video on nailing a video interview a couple of weeks back, you would have heard that even before this crisis they were beginning to surge in popularity.

This is because employers want to see your personality.

More and more companies are now hiring for culture-fit rather than skillset, and a video chat is a great way to let your unique set of personal attributes shine.

In fact, you have far fewer reasons to be nervous for a video interview than you do a face to face one. Here’s why…

Tip 1: Be prepared

Don’t forget that conducting video interviews is also probably new for your potential employer. This is new territory for all of us! This is why it’s now even more important that you are prepared.

Remember that the interviewer will only be able to see what is in view of the camera. So…

  • Dress professionally (at least up top!)
  • Make sure you’re in a well-lit area of the house
  • Give yourself a background that is interesting but that isn’t too distracting – perhaps a bookshelf or a nice painting
  • Have notes!

That’s right – notes! There are no rules saying you can’t. So grab a copy of the job description and write out some bullet points of topics you’d like to cover.

Take the pace and tone of the interview into your own hands and show them what you are capable of.

Tip 2: Be yourself

This goes without saying and is really the same advice I would give for a regular in-person meeting.

BUT

A video interview has far more opportunities for this.

You will be well prepared and feeling relaxed and comfortable in your own environment – the perfect chance to be confident and let your true self show. Remember, employers right now are really interested in finding the right personality fit, so make sure to show them what makes you, you!

Tip 3: Interview them

Gone are the days of employers running the show when it comes to interviews.

Right now, so many people are without jobs and do not have the luxury of being picky. But to stand out from this crowd, it’s time for you to do the interviewing.

Interviewers love being asked well planned and thought out questions.

Even if you find yourself going for roles that are outside of your previous career trajectory, it is a great opportunity for you to find out more about this new industry or business.

Next steps…

As you can see, each of these tips are inextricably linked, but each important in their own right.

If you’ve got a remote interview coming up and you’d like some guidance in preparing, or even if you’ve been applying for roles with no luck…

Click here now to book in for a free 20-minute chat to find out how we can help!

Kate’s 7 Realistic Tips for Working From Home During this Crisis and Beyond

Right now, we are making history. It’s uncomfortable. It’s uncertain. And it’s pretty unsettling.

Change is one of those things that you either love and embrace or absolutely loathe.

As a global society, we’ve had to make so many changes recently, and this can be difficult to deal with for anybody. Adding in a switch to working from home and you may be feeling a bit stretched…

That’s ok!

I think the best way to cope with change is to accept that it’s happening and work with what you’ve got.

Working from home can be great – you create your own day, you can work in a way that best suits you, and you can snack whenever you want! But it can also have its drawbacks. Suddenly you’ll be driven to finish that pile of laundry, and it can be difficult to stay motivated when your kids, dog and partner are around.

As a business owner, I have had several stints of working from home over the years. Many of my friends, professional contacts, and even some of my colleagues work from home, too. Lucky for you, this means that I’ve got plenty of insider’s info to pull from!

So, I’ve compiled my 7 best, most realistic tips for working from home, just for you.

1. Boundaries

Set them. Stick to them. Working hours, physical working space boundaries, and the expectations you set for yourself. Make sure everyone at home knows them and agrees on them (yes, that includes your dog).

2. Lists

Make them. Every day. Set realistic, logical, attainable goals and tick them off as you go. It will keep you accountable and stop the overwhelm. There’s something so gratifying about checking a box!

3. Routine

This is even more important when working from home than it is in the office! Sometimes it can be easy to get bogged down and stay on your laptop all day. The brain doesn’t work like this! Space out your time away from the screen to help you maintain efficiency, and don’t forget to move your body!

4. Dress (your space) for success

I’m all about comfort when working from home. But my space must be shipshape. That means getting any bits of housework down BEFORE I sit down for the day. Keeping my desk clear also helps to keep my mind clear. I recommend playing some soft background music and keeping your workspace well ventilated.

5. Use Night Shift

Whether on your phone or computer, switch that screen to Night Shift! If you don’t have this as an inbuilt feature, there are apps available. Save your eyes and stop that screen headache!

6. Mix it up

Don’t be afraid to move around the house and try different working spaces. Sometimes sitting and staring at the same wall all day can be a little soul-crushing. Find a nice sunny spot, or try working outside in the fresh air! It can do wonders for your creativity.

7. Stay hydrated

There’s something about having a drink bottle at work or in the office that keeps me on track. When working at home, I find it difficult to reach my 8 glass goal. BUT, keeping hydrated really helps your attention, memory and will help you maintain focus for longer.

Still stuck?

If these 7 working form home tips have hit home for you, and you’d like some more career guidance or support with achieving career clarity…

… we are here for you! Book in for one of our free 20-minute chats to see how we could help.

The MOST Powerful Job Networking Tool: Start Getting Incredible Job Opportunities With LinkedIn

Despite having been around for almost 20 years now, LinkedIn is quickly becoming an important job networking tool. One that I think is utterly underutilised by job seekers. With the current state of the world, it is critical now more than ever to have an online presence. A presence that is professional and publically accessible. Especially as an active job seeker!

If you need help with your LinkedIn profile…

Feel confused by the setup process…

Or are unsure where to even start…

I am here to show you how you can have access to a global network and job market right from your laptop.

Read on to find out WHY you need a profile, HOW we can help, and a personal gift from me at…

The benefits of a professional LinkedIn profile

  1. Exposure to recruiters: Most will go here first to scope out the market.
  2. Access to jobs listings: This is a free feature that is constantly updated with a huge number of opportunities in a variety of industries.
  3. Connecting with other business and professionals: Like networking but digitally. Even if you don’t find a job listing that is suitable right away, you will have a network of others who have the potential to link you to their own connections in the industry you’re looking for.
  4. Endorsements: These are even better than references on your resume! Your connections can write testimonials and referrals which showcase your talents and are visible to recruiters.
  5. Profile views: Being able to see who has viewed your profile and who they work for means you can reach out to them directly.

Why LinkedIn builds trust

All of your professional details, achievements, and education are there.

Most recruiters will Google your name before even inviting you for an interview. If your key information is available online, this can greatly increase your chances of a meeting.

A clean, coherent and concise LinkedIn profile is like your brand. It is selling you to potential employers. You can show them straight away how you will benefit their company, the skills you will bring, and the expertise you will provide.

How Kate Langford Career Consulting can help

We know what employers look for. We understand how your Header and accessible information can make a positive impact. We also know how to increase your profile views and appearances in search results.

Our team has curated hundreds of LinkedIn profiles and are confident that we can help you get online now.

Your special Linked In offer

Because we want to help as many people as possible build their online presence during this unpredictable time, we are running a LinkedIn Profile Creation special.

Let us do it for you.

To help out in these crazy times, until the end of April you can get 25% off if you use the code “LINKEDIN25”

To access this offer and get started with your online journey, click here.

Or, you can simply book in for a free chat with one of us to learn more! Click here.

We look forward to helping you build your brand and start getting incredible job opportunities with LinkedIn.

Kate