The Job Hunting Podcast
20. The bad and heartless online career advice and how to protect yourself from it

20. The bad and heartless online career advice and how to protect yourself from it

March 4, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. 

 

Episode Notes

This is an episode I didn’t think I would ever record. But then I reflected some more, and it seemed like the right thing to do.

This audio was first a Facebook Live video, and in fact it is my most popular video. I’ve been in two minds about sharing it on this podcast, because after posting it on my Facebook it really crystalized on my mind that I really, really want to always be a beam of light for you. I want to be positive, motivational, boosting your confidence and your resiliency so that you can go through your career transition with my support to achieve your career goals.

Ultimately, I decided that, for that same reason, I had to do this video live and now I'm sharing it with you on the podcast. Because of my deep concern that people will read these bad advices online and get themselves into a hut, make bad decisions and not even realize that these advices are poor and ill-considered in the first place. It’s because of situations such as the ones I describe in this episode that I finally decided this is enough: I can’t just be complaining about these things all the time. I want to take action and walk the talk. I know I can guide and coach job hunters and help professionals make better career choices, so this is what I’ve decided to do.

My purpose is to protect professionals in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Those of us who have to manage our careers over time, to ensure it has longevity, and that we can be employed and our skills needed, and our career fulfilling.

I don’t plan to do a lot of critiquing in the future, but by doing this one in the beginning of our journey together, I believe it was important for me personally to cement my philosophy and what I was trying to achieve and how I was different, and also for my followers to be aware of potential pitfalls of seeking advice and solutions online: remember to check your sources, check if the advice is applicable to your specific situation, validate it by running it past an expert or mentor, and if it still doesn’t feel right, don’t risk it.

Key takeaways: 

  1. Don’t quit your job on the first day!!: Maybe you're there to be that transformation.
  2. Don’t quit if your workspace isn't ready for you, or your email address: You might be there to actually create the workspace and develop a whole new area.
  3. Don’t quit if they talk about policies but not mission, vision and values.: You're there to serve, but you're also there to transform. They hired you because there is something that you need to do to help your organisation. Yes, purpose is important and you have to work for organisations that have a purpose. But they don't need to talk about it. They may just exude it.
  4. No, people asking for endorsements on LinkedIn are not bullies! People change cities, jobs, towns, countries. And they may not have a network there to advocate for them, to champion them into a new area or career. And every time you write an endorsement, think about the readership. What is it that an employer needs to know about this person?”

 

And also:

  1. Stay put, keep your job, give them time.
  2. Follow mentors, professionals and experts that you have your best interest at heart and that you admire. but always have a critical sense to know when they have crossed a line or reached their limit.

I look forward to speaking to you soon! Remember to book your session with me by joining my community here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

 

Bye for now

RB

* The career strategic sessions are only available for free for a limited time only, so if you are reading this in the future, the link may have gone, sorry! 

 

How to book a free career session with me, subscribe to my newsletter and download my free guides?

When you join the Reset Your Career Community, you will access high quality advice to help you make better plans for your future, apply for jobs with ease (and no stress), and feel in control of your career. Learn more here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join 

 

Where to listen to this podcast and subscribe for future episodes

 

How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

If you enjoy this podcast, I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review, it helps so much. on iTunes, go to my podcast page, scroll down and below the list of episodes you will see the Ratings & Review box. You can tap to give the podcast 5-stars or write a review (you can be anonymous, just choose a nickname). I'm making donations to Red Cross Australia for all the support, reviews and rankings I receive during this Australian Summer. Thanks a million!! 

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19. Play your career game like a tennis pro: What we can learn from watching high-performance sports.

19. Play your career game like a tennis pro: What we can learn from watching high-performance sports.

February 26, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. 

 

Episode Notes

In this episode, I’ll be sharing with you my observations of high-performance individuals – in this case high-ranking tennis players – and their teams – in this case coaches, family, doctors, physios – and draw learnings and ideas we can use in managing our careers and getting ready for job hunting and career progression.

I believe we can learn my observing, and not just by reading books or going to school. High-performance research studies, high-performing individuals and teams have been topics I am interested for over 15 years. I started paying more attention to sports performance when I was writing my Honours thesis and noticed a link in the bibliographical references in papers I was reading: management and psychology literature were referencing papers from sports and health journals.

The more I read, the more fascinated I became about using the learnings usually applied for high performance tasks and activities - such as sports, defence, space travel - and applying it to highly stressful, endurance type career situations we face so often, but we just don’t realize they are indeed a) competitive in nature and b) endurance events that require strategic planning and team support.

This episode was first aired as a Facebook Live Video during the 2020 Australian Open, which is held in Melbourne every January. If you have been following me, it will come as no surprise to you that I really enjoy watching tennis, and I have many times made analogies between the game of tennis and job hunting. I analyze many traits, behaviors and strategies the players and their teams adopted, and which in my view are strongly correlated with their success, or failure.

I look forward to speaking to you soon! How? Join my community and you will be re-directed to my scheduling page. For a limited time, I’m offering my community members a free, 60-min Career Strategy Session. You can use it to kick-start your career plans, or discuss an important career issue that is currently keeping you awake at night!  Here is the link: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

Bye for now

RB

* The career strategic sessions are only available for free for a limited time only, so if you are reading this in the future, the link may have gone, sorry! 

 

How to book a free career session with me, subscribe to my newsletter and download my free guides?

When you join the Reset Your Career Community, you will access high quality advice to help you make better plans for your future, apply for jobs with ease (and no stress), and feel in control of your career. Learn more here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join 

 

Where to listen to this podcast and subscribe for future episodes

 

How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

If you enjoy this podcast, I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review, it helps so much. on iTunes, go to my podcast page, scroll down and below the list of episodes you will see the Ratings & Review box. You can tap to give the podcast 5-stars or write a review (you can be anonymous, just choose a nickname). I'm making donations to Red Cross Australia for all the support, reviews and rankings I receive during this Australian Summer. Thanks a million!! 

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-job-hunting-podcast/id1481423500

 

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18. My career story

18. My career story

February 19, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. 

 

Episode Notes

From a very young age I remember my favourite play game was to pretend I was working. I was the teacher, the secretary, the horse-jumping instructor! My barbies were doctors and vets, and this was before you could actually buy a “professional” Barbie! My family had great aspirations for me and those involved me getting a job and being successful at it. I started working very young and became very independent; I never looked back. It's been great for me and I encouraged my kids to do the same. 

In this episode you'll listen to me explain the steps my husband and I took to move to Australia, and why we did it. It's great sharing my story on the podcast, as many people ask me about it: why I’ve moved to Australia, why and how I changed jobs, and how I got to where I am now.

In this Facebook Live, which we have now editted into a podcast, I focused on what I believe were my key challenges along the way: finding a career in a new country, and juggling career and family.

Here are some key takeaways from what I learned along the way:

  • how building relationships are important for your career and sanity!
  • planning and designing your lifestyle and budget to reach your career/life goals and passion.
  • how to make the best of every opportunity, if not creating your own.

In sharing my story I hope to inspire you and encourage you wherever you may be in your path right now.

I look forward to speaking to you soon! Remember to book your session with me by joining my community here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

Bye for now

RB

* The career strategic sessions are only available for free for a limited time only, so if you are reading this in the future, the link may have gone, sorry! 

 

How to book a free career session with me, subscribe to my newsletter and download my free guides?

When you join the Reset Your Career Community, you will access high quality advice to help you make better plans for your future, apply for jobs with ease (and no stress), and feel in control of your career. Learn more here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join 

 

Where to listen to this podcast and subscribe for future episodes

 

How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

If you enjoy this podcast, I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review, it helps so much. on iTunes, go to my podcast page, scroll down and below the list of episodes you will see the Ratings & Review box. You can tap to give the podcast 5-stars or write a review (you can be anonymous, just choose a nickname). I'm making donations to Red Cross Australia for all the support, reviews and rankings I receive during this Australian Summer. Thanks a million!! 

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-job-hunting-podcast/id1481423500

 

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17. Financial independence as a key goal of successful career planning: Interview with Paul Burrows

17. Financial independence as a key goal of successful career planning: Interview with Paul Burrows

February 12, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. 

 

How to book a free career session with me, subscribe to my newsletter and download my free guides?

When you join the Reset Your Career Community, you will access high quality advice to help you make better plans for your future, apply for jobs with ease (and no stress), and feel in control of your career. Learn more here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

 

Episode Notes 

I want this podcast to be a one-stop-shop for you: career enthusiasts, job hunters, veteran professionals facing career disruption and transition, rising stars who want to learn as much as they can to enable their career progression and goals. Here you will to hear from experts and professionals that came before you, are a few years or decades ahead and have great stories and examples to share on how they have achieved their career goals.

For Paul Burrows, our guest today, the goal was to become financial independent and having the ability to make choices about where and when we wanted to retire, or how much he and his wife wanted to work. Paul is now financially independent and a few years ago he decided it was time to retire. He has been a great mentor to other professionals and takes a keen interest in career development, so I believe he is a great fit for this podcast, both with his career experience and knowledge, as well as by having the right mindset of giving back and helping others achieve their best.

Here are some key take-ways from the interview with Paul:

Redundancy experience:

  • Outplacement services only work to a certain point, but you need to be proactive and do the work yourself.
  • Be informed about what is going on in the corporate world: Paul reads the Australian Financial Review every day, and doing so during redundancy made him choose strategically his next steps.
  • Paul’s goal was not to waste his redundancy: I believe he meant both the financial package and the opportunity to Reset His Career!

 

Career Transition

  • If investing in education, do so for certifications and studies that are an absolute requirement for your career transition: Paul studied to become a Financial Planner, so in his case the training was a requirement.
  • Understand the difference in status you will experience by shifting careers, sectors and be ok with it: It’s a humbling experience.
  • Leverage from your previous career’s strengths, your original DNA, to help you springboard and move faster in your new career: In Paul’s case, once he gained initial experience as a Financial Planner, his business background got him higher paying jobs.

 

Retirement:

  • Test the waters before exiting the job market by doing contract roles and consulting.
  • Understand your personal needs: If you are like Paul’s wife and the social interaction and work still brings you joy, financial independence gives you the choice to also continue working, if you wish to!

 

Financial independence**:

  • Financial independence gives you choice.
  • Reward yourself by saving, not spending.
  • It’s never too late to start planning.
  • Set financial goals.
  • Understand that there will be sacrifices and that it can be boring.
  • Wealth is not income – wealth is assets.
  • Paul’s heros have been professionals that, with average incomes, were able to achieve financial independence.

 

 

I look forward to speaking to you soon! Remember to book your session with me by joining my community here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

I hope you enjoyed this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

Bye for now

RB

*The career strategic sessions are only available for free for a limited time only, so if you are reading this in the future, the link may have gone, sorry!   

**The information in this podcast is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances, financial needs and objectives. Before acting on any information, you should consider if it is appropriate to you and in particular, you should seek independent financial advice.

 

 

 

How to book a free career session with me, subscribe to my newsletter and download my free guides?

When you join the Reset Your Career Community, you will access high quality advice to help you make better plans for your future, apply for jobs with ease (and no stress), and feel in control of your career. Learn more here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join 

 

Where to listen to this podcast and subscribe for future episodes

 

How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

If you enjoy this podcast, I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review, it helps so much. on iTunes, go to my podcast page, scroll down and below the list of episodes you will see the Ratings & Review box. You can tap to give the podcast 5-stars or write a review (you can be anonymous, just choose a nickname). I'm making donations to Red Cross Australia for all the support, reviews and rankings I receive during this Australian Summer. Thanks a million!! https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-job-hunting-podcast/id1481423500

 

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16. 7 ways experienced professionals can elevate their game for better career outcomes.

16. 7 ways experienced professionals can elevate their game for better career outcomes.

February 5, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. 

 

How to book a free career session with me, subscribe to my newsletter and download my free guides?

When you join the Reset Your Career Community, you will access high quality advice to help you make better plans for your future, apply for jobs with ease (and no stress), and feel in control of your career. Learn more here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

 

Episode Notes 

In this episode we will discuss my final 7 actions from the 31 Days of Action To Reset Your Career Project. I left these ones for last because although they are just as important, they should follow on from the first actions, which are more the foundation steps in resetting your career. These ones are the finetuning and the next step up in building your leadership skills, and stepping up to elevate your game and be ready to take on new opportunities, responsibilities and new jobs.

1. Register to attend a professional event.
We discussed this already in a previous episode, number 11: “What to invest in when you are job hunting: Options for 3 different budgets.” That episode is jam-packed with tips and advice so that you only spend money when and if it’s important for your job search. But in this episode we do a bit of a recap and dig a bit deeper. 

2. Stop saying “sorry”.
Replace:

  • Sorry to interrupt WITH I’d like to add that…
  • I’m sorry we couldn’t meet WITH Such a pity we couldn’t meet…
  • I’m sorry but I don’t understand … WITH I don’t understand
  • I’m sorry if this is not what you want to hear WITH What I’m about to say may be out of the box…
  • Sorry I’m late… WITH Sorry I’m late – because if you are late you should apologize.

3. Book a meeting with your manager.
If you’ve been following the 31 Days Of Actions To Reset Your Career, by now you have done a lot!! Give yourself a pat on the back, my friend! Now would be a good time to address some of your career ambitions with your manager. Remember to first listen: ask him/her to tell you about the key themes for the company this year, what are the most important aspects of his/her work, clarify what you need to do to support them, and maybe even share with them your career interests and ambitions. 

4. Send two thank you notes
University of Texas Austin has done research extensively on this topic. And the results are important for you: writing thank you notes improves your well-being, as well as the well-being of the letter recipient!

And those genuine, authentic and positive connections are what you want to build in your life and your career. They are powerful links, and when you continue to invest time in building them, you are building a solid foundation for you to thrive as a person and as a professional.

On Episode 5 of The Job Hunting Podcast I go into more detail about the importance of giving thanks. You can find the audio and blog post here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/blog/5

5. It’s time to update your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn summaries are tricky business, I’m not going to lie! You need to follow your sector trends as well as the trends for 2020. When in doubt, be conservative: some summaries I see listed on “top summaries” in articles on the web are really interesting, but not exactly great for job hunters.

  • Here are my top tips:
  • Write in first person i.e. use “I”
  • Think about the reader and what they want to read about you.
  • Write it on Word/google doc. Check for spelling. Sleep on it.
  • Check the wording again. Send to a friend who loves English, ask them to review. Then publish.
  • Use dot points.
  • Use action verbs.
  • In-between jobs? Finish the summary with an invitation to catch up. You've nothing to lose!

6. Get to know 2 recruiters who are specialized in your sector.
Two is just the beginning. You should have a spreadsheet with the key recruiters in your sector and in your region. This is easily done:

  • Go to job boards like Seek, LinkedIn or Indeed
  • Search for roles you would like to apply
  • Check the recruitment organisations advertising them
  • The name of the recruiter may be listed there. If not, check the website
  • Follow (do not connect! See difference on my post from day 13!!) those recruiters on LinkedIn so you know when they are advertising: usually they will post on LinkedIn to let their network know.

Keep doing this for a few days/weeks and you will have a good list of people who can eventually help you get a job.

Considering going a step further and getting in touch with them? Or applying for a job? Remember that I have a free email template to help you connect with head-hunters, recruiter and hiring managers. You can get it here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join

7. Invest in your career development
This is the FINAL DAY ACTION OF THE 31 DAYS OF ACTIONS TO RESET YOUR CAREER!!! Phew! I’ve been busy getting these 31 actions ready for you, and I hope you have enjoyed them!! Please comment below or send me a direct message!! I’d be delighted to hear from you if you’ve been implementing them!

If you are not yet subscribed to this podcast, do so. If you are not yet subscribed to my newsletter, please do so now. This is the easiest and cheapest way you can action this strategy and continue to invest in your professional development. I’ll keep you accountable! Way we can continue to work together and invest in your career.

If you are considering going a step further and investing in your career, I’d love to help. With the link below you can contact me for a free (no commitment) consultation. My goal is to give you guidance: what is keeping you awake at night? What are your next steps? Why am I not getting interviews? Why is it taking so long for me to get my next job?

When I posted this on Instagram, I got some great feedback from my followers, and I’m so glad that it is resonating with many of you. I think the recruitment and selection process is heavily weighted towards the employer, and it can be a very lonely and uncertain experience for the candidate. Let’s change that, shall we?

 

I look forward to speaking to you soon! Remember to book your session with me here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

I hope you enjoyed this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

Bye for now

RB

*This will be available for a limited time only, so if you are reading this in the future, the link may have gone, sorry! 

 

How to book a free career session with me, subscribe to my newsletter and download my free guides?

When you join the Reset Your Career Community, you will access high quality advice to help you make better plans for your future, apply for jobs with ease (and no stress), and feel in control of your career. Learn more here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join *

Where to listen to this podcast and subscribe for future episodes

How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

If you enjoy this podcast, I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review, it helps so much. on iTunes, go to my podcast page, scroll down and below the list of episodes you will see the Ratings & Review box. You can tap to give the podcast 5-stars or write a review (you can be anonymous, just choose a nickname). I'm making donations to Red Cross Australia for all the support, reviews and rankings I receive during this Australian Summer. Thanks a million!! https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-job-hunting-podcast/id1481423500

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Where to follow the 31 Days of Action to Reset Your Career (look for posts during January, but note they will be taken down in a few weeks!):

15. 7 crucial lessons learned (the hard way!) from my job hunting experience.

15. 7 crucial lessons learned (the hard way!) from my job hunting experience.

January 23, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. 

 

The Job Hunting Podcast supports the recovery efforts in Australia

My podcast is fairly new and we are just starting this journey together. But every dollar counts, every dollar helps, and this is a great way for us as a community to support each other and support Australia recover from this tragedy. So this is my pledge in support of the recovery efforts:

  • for every 5-star rating on iTunes the Podcast gets this Australian Summer, I’ll donate $10.
  • for every written review on iTunes during Summer, I’ll donate $25.
  • For every new newsletter subscriber during Summer I will donate $1.
  • For every download of any of my episodes during summer, I’ll donate $1.

So let's get this ball rolling! Click on the links above!!

 

 

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Where to follow the 31 Days of Action to Reset Your Career:

 

 

Show Notes:

In this episode, I focus on 7 crucial lessons I learned the hard way from my job hunting experience. I’m sharing this with you so you don’t have to learn it the hard way. And to get you into the habit of investing in your career, I’ve started a project called Reset Your Career. Together with episodes 12,13 and 14 this episode is a companion to my 31 Days of Actions to Reset your Career. The goal of this project I’ve created is to help professionals take 1 day at a time in creating new habits and taking actions that will have an positive effect in their career advancement and job hunting prospects. It’s an opportunity for you to press the reset button whenever you feel ready, and incorporate these actions in your life. At least give them a try! If you want to follow the final days the project day by day, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or my Company LinkedIn page (the links are above in the show notes!). 

1. Appreciate what you have achieved in your career so far.

  • Write it down
  • Say it out loud.
  • Tell your best friend.
  • Feel that great feeling inside? That’s your action done for the day!

 

2. Call or meet someone you trust. Discuss your career with them.

When we go out socially, we end up talking a little bit - or a whole lot! - about our work. It’s a good venting mechanism. Your social network supports you, champions you and sometimes even offer some “devil’s advocate” views, which is all very well. But career advancement, career transition, and your search for better opportunities at work may require a more in-depth, sophisticated even, conversation. One that leads you to some important findings, clarifications and even making decisions about your next steps. Telling and getting advice from someone also makes you accountable for your journey ahead. And this is very good! I’m happy to be that someone for you. Happy to have a 1-1. No charge, no commitment. A free mentoring/coaching for you. It’s what I do, and I’d love to support you.

 

3. Consider the pros and cons of job hunting solo vs engaging the help of a coach.

Well, you all think I’m biased!? And you are right. Because all the cons I found as a job hunter myself, I removed from my career coaching services. I don’t believe it’s cheaper, easier or faster to advance your career as a solo agent.

For that reason:

  • I offer free advice: just follow me and see how much you’ll learn.
  • I offer a weekly newsletter: you will have my list of great articles, free templates, guides, downloads, plus a new episode from The Job Hunting Podcast every week in your inbox.
  • I offer services at different levels, so that you can get the help you need at different investment levels. And payment plans too.
  • Talk to me about my special 1-1 VIP support (for those who need an extra helping hand nailing that senior role or professional project), where I split the investment into a retainer and a success fee. Yep, that’s right. And why not? It makes sense to me; I wish there was someone out there with that service model when I needed it!

SPECIAL INVITATION: I’m inviting you for a 30-min 1-1 Session with me (ok, it’s probably going to be longer than that!). No charge, no commitment. I’m hoping to get you set and ready for 2020, and when you are ready for more, than you know I’ll be here for you again!

  

4. Make Leave plans for the rest of the year: book vacations and time off.

Planning your rest and relaxation is just as important as planning your work and career strategy. Don't neglect it, even if you are in-between jobs. Book a stay-cation if you are on a budget, but find ways to treat yourself to time away from the daily grind.

 

5. Review your living expenses and monthly budget.

If you're about to leave your job, have left already, or are in any type of career transition situation, this is a must: review your expenses and reduce your budget. I am not a financial adviser, please consult one if you must. This is just common sense: regardless of your levels of savings, or if you received a great severance package, still it's imperative to plan conservatively for your frictional unemployment period, which depending on your career, age, sector, and other circumstances, could vary from a couple of weeks (low chance, but it happens) to over 12 months (low chance also, but it happens especially if you are a senior executive).

 

6. Reconnect with 2 important people in your network.
Now is a great time of the year to reconnect with someone who is really special to you. A mentor, former manager, professor, old colleague... Find the time to re-build important relationships that inspire and motivate you. This is not about what you want to achieve, your next job, or getting something out of your meeting. This is about coming out of your shell, learning, giving, and having a good life by surrounding yourself with great people.

 

7. Are you sleeping 8 hours per day? If not, start now.

There is no point getting ALL THE RIGHT THINGS DONE for your job application, then missing out on sleep. It's unfortunately very common for professionals to sleep less than they should. And people in-between jobs as well, due to anxiety and stress. You need to trust my system, follow this step by step project, and know that I have your back. You can contact me anytime with questions, just leave comments below or if you prefer, send me a private message! And they sleep well, knowing your new job is coming!

 

Don't forget to book your free/nocommitment/nothingbuthelp session with me here: https://harmonizely.com/rb  (please choose the Special Bonus 1-1 Session)

I look forward to speaking to you soon!

I hope you enjoyed this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

Bye for now

RB

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14. Creating good habits for career success: 7 “must do” actions for job hunters

14. Creating good habits for career success: 7 “must do” actions for job hunters

January 16, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. 

 

The Job Hunting Podcast supports the recovery efforts in Australia

My podcast is fairly new and we are just starting this journey together. But every dollar counts, every dollar helps, and this is a great way for us as a community to support each other and support Australia recover from this tragedy. So this is my pledge in support of the recovery efforts:

  • for every 5-star rating on iTunes the Podcast gets this Australian Summer, I’ll donate $10.
  • for every written review on iTunes during Summer, I’ll donate $25.
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Show Notes:

In this episode, I focus on 7 habits you must create not only to help you find your next job, but also for you to have great confidence and success in your career. Together with episodes 12 and 13, this episode is a companion to my 31 Days of Actions to Reset your Career, a project I’ve created to help professionals make the most out of this month of January and take 1 day at a time in creating new habits and taking actions that will have an positive effect in their career advancement and job hunting prospects. This can be used throughout your career, year, it’s not a January-only strategy. It’s really an opportunity for you to press the reset button whenever you feel ready, and incorporate these actions in your life. At least give them a try! If you want to follow the 2nd half of the project day by day, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or my Company LinkedIn page.  

1. Go for a 30-minute walk before or after work

  • It resets your mind: if you’ve been sitting all day or will be sitting all day, you need a breather.
  • It gives you the opportunity to rest from work and worries: listen to your fun podcast (see my post for Day 8!) or music, or call your friend, or meditate.
  • It gives you the opportunity to review your plans and make new ones: listen to your sector or professional development podcast (again, see post from Day 8!), think about your achievements for the day, or what you plan to do today.

2. Post an article on LinkedIn aligned to your expertise.

If you are following the 31 Days of Actions to Reset Your Career, you are now ready to start networking online, and sharing some knowledge with your network. You have a it all together. Don't be reluctant to start posting on LinkedIn, it is a really great way to get noticed by people who can directly hire you, or can advocate for you. So find a great article you have read recently - about your sector, professional interest – and share on LinkedIn:

  • Add your own words: a couple of sentences to explain why this article is a great read;
  • Add some hashtags to make your post reach out to those who are interested in the topic – LinkedIn is great at providing you with hashtags. 2 or 3 is all you need.
  • Watch out for comments: if someone comments, you reply back. Don’t leave them hanging. This is about establishing new connections.
  • And if no one comments, don’t feel bad! Establish a routine of posting every week, and you will learn how to establish better connections, and your network will understand the shift and start engaging more over time.

3. Connect with all your professional connections on LinkedIn

We are in constant transition and having to re-think how we actually keep tabs with technology and what is the simplest possible way to do things these days. So if there are important connections sitting in your contacts, which you are not yet linked to on LinkedIn, use this upcoming weekend to send them a connection invitation.

4. Envision what your career might be like. Write it down.

Writing down your goals and dreams is really important:

  • It helps clarify your dreams, what you want to achieve.
  • It motivates you to take action.
  • Doing this “brain dump” exercise will clear your head; clear all the noise and confusion your thoughts have a tendency to create, especially on a Sunday evening!
  • You will start your week with a huge weight off your back, and a new-found inspiration to put your plans into action.

5. Follow 3 people on LinkedIn with profiles and careers you admire

The difference between Following and Connecting on LinkedIn:

  • You should “connect” with people you know.
  • You should “follow” people you do not know, but you want to see what they post, and want their posts to show up on your feed.

Following is important because it allows you to:

  • have a LinkedIn feed of posts from top leaders in your profession;
  • follow recruiters and headhunters without adding them as connections;
  • follow companies that you are interested in.

Sometimes people Follow when they should Connect

  • I always think it’s strange when I meet someone and next thing I know, they are “following” me. I’d rather they “connect” with me instead!
  • If you went to a conference or event and saw a senior leader speak and it inspired you, you can write to them on LinkedIn, explain how much you enjoyed their speech/presentation, and invite them to connect with you.

Sometimes people Connect when they should Follow:

  • If you have never ever met a professional, you should follow.
  • Even if you share 100 connections with someone, you should follow.
  • If you heard them speak at a conference or event, but you haven’t met them AND you don’t want to write anything to them, you should follow.

6. Download a list of Action verbs and keep it easy access.

Actions verbs are verbs that clearly demonstrate an action. Opposite of Action verbs are Linking/Being verbs. See the difference below:

  • I am the general manager – being verb; versus
  • I manage a team of 15 professional staff - action verb.

Employers like to see action verbs in your resume. I’d extend that to not only your resume, but all your written job-hunting communication. In a limited amount of “real estate”, action verbs maximize impact. Note the difference of the two statements below:

  • I worked in fundraising for 10 years.
  • I created a fundraising campaign that generated $350,000 in donations during 2019.

As you can see above, action verbs are strong action words that help define your experience, skills and career accomplishments. If you don’t use them to explain your career, you are not emphasizing your strengths well enough.

Recruiter’s preferred action verbs are: achieved, improved, trained, mentored, managed, created.

Download Now a complete list if career-related action verbs, organized by type of work/task completed:

What you need to do?

✔️Keep the list of action verbs always close to you and easily accessible.

✔️Go through your resume and replace the boring verbs with action verbs.

✔️Be mindful of future communication and continue to strive and use action verbs whenever possible.

 

7. Read a career development article or blog

There’s so much noise these days, so much distraction it’s easy to spend time with things that add nothing to our lives, wellbeing and knowledge. It’s not so much that we spend too much time on our phones, it’s that we do and they we can’t even remember what we were looking at! So have the right triggers in place to help you use that time well. Find great podcasts to listen, download good apps with news and articles that add value to your life. You can even learn a few foreign words, a new recipe, or update your knowledge on your favourite topic while driving, walking or cooking.

Reading career-related articles should be a must for professionals going through career transitions, who are job searching at the moment or thinking and strategizing about their next steps. Find someone you trust and follow them. Could be sector-specific, general leadership skills or career advancement advice.

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I hope you enjoyed this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

Bye for now

RB

 

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13. 6 powerful and simple ways to set yourself up for career success in 2020.

13. 6 powerful and simple ways to set yourself up for career success in 2020.

January 9, 2020

The Job Hunting Podcast supports the recovery efforts in Australia

My podcast is fairly new and we are just starting this journey together. But every dollar counts, every dollar helps, and this is a great way for us as a community to support each other and support Australia recover from this tragedy. So this is my pledge in support of the recovery efforts:

  • for every 5-star rating on iTunes the Podcast gets this Australian Summer, I’ll donate $10.
  • for every written review on iTunes during Summer, I’ll donate $25.
  • For every new Podcast subscriber on YouTube during Summer I will donate $5.
  • For every download of any of my episodes during summer, I’ll donate $1.

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Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

The aim for this podcast is to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If you are currently on the market looking for a new job or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you follow this podcast on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. If you are already a regular, I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review, it helps so much. Thanks a million!!

 

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Show Notes:

In this episode we will discuss 6 powerful yet simple ways to set yourself up for career success in 2020. During the month of January 2020, I’m sharing with my followers on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn, 31 small but very effective actions you can take to advance your career prospects this year. I’m using the podcast episodes in January to expand on each of these actions and share a bit more insight. I already shared on episode 12 which is called Two unexpected ways to boost your recruitment prospects and career advancement on a budget, the first 2 actions.

In this episode we will be discussing the 6 actions I shared from January 3 to January 8. My intention is to create a short-term project for job hunters and career enthusiasts that can really shift the needle. My goal is for you to look back after taking these small steps and think wow, this has been a great month, I’ve made some important improvements, acquired new habits, tested a few new things I hadn’t done before. And that overall, it has elevated your game substantially. This project is supposed to be fun, easy, actionable, simple and the way I like things, that is, step by step. One day at a time.

 

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Bye for now!

RB

 

12. Two unexpected ways to boost your recruitment prospects and career advancement on a budget.

12. Two unexpected ways to boost your recruitment prospects and career advancement on a budget.

January 1, 2020

During the month of January 2020,  I’m sharing with my social media followers 31 daily actions to reset your career. These are small but very effective steps you can take to advance your career prospects this year. I already shared 2 actions, one yesterday, on the first day of the year, and one today. And we will go on, one day at a time, until the end of January.

This will be fun! And also easy, actionable, simple and the way I like things, that is, step by step. If you want to follow the 31 Days of Actions to Reset Your Career, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

We will discuss in more detail the 2 actions for day 1 and day 2 on this podcast. In the next episode I will give more details and ideas on the next 7 days of actions coming up. 

My hope is that these ideas and step by step support helps you elevate your game, and keep motivated and energized as you pursue your career goals. I also want to promote the fact that it's the simple and easy to action steps that will make the biggest impact on your career prospects. 

 

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Bye for now!

RB

 

 

 

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11. What to invest in when you are job hunting: Options for 3 different budgets

11. What to invest in when you are job hunting: Options for 3 different budgets

December 25, 2019

There's still time to attend the LIVE WEBINAR - Reset Your Career: The 5 Actions you can take now for best results in 2020.

The last 3 live webinars are happening on the 27th & 30th Dec and 2 Jan at 11am AEDT. The 2nd of January is also the LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR JOB HUNTING MADE EASY. The Reset Your Career webinar is a preamble to the course: we can e-meet each other live, you can check if you are ready for the program, and the webinar is free. So it's a Win-Win! Even if the times above are not good for you, register anyway and you will autimatically receive the replay a few hours later in your inbox! Register here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/resetyourcareer

 

As this podcast is going live on Boxing Day, I thought it would be an appropriate time to check if there are any sales you can leverage from to purchase items or services to invest in your career in 2020, especially if you are job hunting. So, in this podcast we are going to look at 3 budgets, from super low to maxed out, and I’ll let you know what I would recommend you can invest in.

Links to references I made in this episode:

Up to AUD$500 Budget (US$350)

Up to AUD$1,500 (US$1,050) Budget 

Up to AUD$3000 (US$2080) 

 

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Warm wishes

RB

 

10. Your “Best of 2019 Day” holds the secret to your 2020 career planning

10. Your “Best of 2019 Day” holds the secret to your 2020 career planning

December 18, 2019

WEBINAR REGISTRATION: RESET YOUR CAREER: The 5 Actions you can take now for best results in 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Job Hunting Made Simple course program starts early January 2020, and registrations open on the 19th of December. For more information and to be kept in the loop so you don't miss out CLICK HERE

 

Hi, I'm Renata Bernarde, The Host!

And this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I give you tips, advice and interview experts to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If this type of content is for you, don’t forget to follow this podcast. And if you are in the thick of it and need extra content, support and an accountability team, please subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Facebook or Instagram where I post regularly, to ensure you keep motivated and energized as you pursue your career goals.

 

Episode Notes: 

In this episode we go a bit "zen" in search for our "Best of 2019 Day". Then we look at how that Great Day holds the key to what we need to focus on in 2020. 

So, the Planning for 2020 begins! And it’s not just a new year, it’s a new decade! I’ve put 5 actions – or you can call them mindset shifts, strategies – into a webinar format, and I’ll be presenting it LIVE at 11am every day from Friday 20 December until Tuesday 24 December, AEST. I’ve called it RESET YOUR CAREER: THE 5 Actions You Can Take Now for Best Results In 2020.

I’d love if you could join me live! You can register here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/resetyourcareer

The Webinar focuses on 5 actions, and I left a 6th for us to unpack in this episode. So listen up, and I hope you enjoy a short and sweet podcast, while you wrap your Christmas presents, do your last-minute shopping, cook, or whatever you do that keeps you busy this time of year!

 

Links to references I made in this episode:

  • The Imagineering Story : a tv series/documentary and inside look into the Walt Disney Imagineering company.
  • Less, novel by Andrew Sean Greer

 

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Ciao for now

RB

 

 

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9. What is a video interview like, and how to prepare for it?

9. What is a video interview like, and how to prepare for it?

December 12, 2019

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Job Hunting Made Simple course program starts early January 2020, and registrations open on the 19th of December. For more information and to be kept in the loop so you don't miss out CLICK HERE

Hi, I'm Renata Bernarde, The Host!

And this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I give you tips, advice and interview experts like Brooke to help you nail your next job and have the career you want. If this type of content is for you, don’t forget to follow this podcast. And if you are in the thick of it and need extra content, support and an accountability team please subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Facebook or Instagram where I post regularly to ensure you keep motivated and energized as you pursue your career goals.

 

Episode Notes: 

This episode is an interview with Brooke Young. Brooke has over 25 years’ experience across higher education, management consulting and the not-for-profit sector, where she delivered a range of strategically focused projects in the areas of marketing, digital solutions, organisational redesign, managed services and graduate employment. Brooke has held senior executive roles at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University and at Monash College. She is currently the President of the Aussie Hands Foundation and an Affiliate at Mercer. 

We discuss video interviewing:

  • how different and how similar it is to traditional interviewing,
  • how to prepare for it,
  • what it looks in the back end for recruiters assessing candidates, and
  • what it means for the future of job hunting.

 

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Thank you so much for your support!

Ciao for now

RB

 

 

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8. Positive Redundancy: Interview with Alistair Freeman

8. Positive Redundancy: Interview with Alistair Freeman

December 5, 2019

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

If this type of content is for you, you are currently on the market looking for a new job, you are keen to get a new job in the near future, or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you subscribe on iTunes and Spotify. Also please share with friends who you think will like the content. And If you enjoyed this podcast I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review. Thank you!!

Download my “10 Tips” guide for job hunters: https://www.renatabernarde.com/10tips

Here is the link to this episode on my website: https://www.renatabernarde.com/blog/8

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About this Episode:

Alistair Freeman wrote a post on his LinkedIn profile describing his experience job hunting, following his redundancy a few months ago. He started by thanking everyone that helped him, and finished off by offering to “pay it forward”. His post was sent to me by one of our listeners and I loved it. Alistair described the rejections he received, the ghosting he got from some recruiters, but also pointed out the power of networking and that it had been fun for him to reconnect with great relationships he had lost touch with over time.

It is rare for someone to share redundancy stories so I didn’t think twice, immediately contacted Alistair and invited him to be interviewed for this podcast. And I am so happy he agreed, because he had so much more to say, and a few surprises that I really enjoyed hearing about, and I hope that you will enjoy it too.

Alistair’s story of redundancy may be unique, but there are many lessons to be learned here, such as:

  • to use the disruption of the redundancy to re-evaluate your lifestyle;
  • to be open to new sectors and opportunities
  • to have a positive mindset while job hunting, because it is a stressful experience.

So if you are wondering how Alistair dealt with his redundancy, where he is now and what he learned in the process, listen up!

 

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7. How to attend a job interview when you work full-time?

7. How to attend a job interview when you work full-time?

November 28, 2019

You want to keep it to yourself, but if you dress up to the nines, out of the blue, then take a 2-hour lunch break, it will be quite obvious you have gone to a job interview. Listen to the poscast where I tell a very sad story about what not to do, and how everything can go really wrong if you are not careful about job searching while working.

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

If this type of content is for you, you are currently on the market looking for a new job, you are keen to get a new job, or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you subscribe, share with friends and family who you think will like the content and I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review. Thank you!!

Download my “10 Tips” guide for job hunters: https://www.renatabernarde.com/10tips

Here is the link to this episode on my website: https://www.renatabernarde.com/blog/7

Here is the link to my homepage: https://www.renatabernarde.com/

About this episode: 

Three things you can try to do:

  1. If possible, take a day off
  2. People will know if you dress up better that day, so dress nicely every day
  3. Try to book at the start or end of day

Have I done a job interview during work hours? Yes? Was it stressful? A bit, but not so much.

The best way to do it in my view is to create an environment over time were you are excused from work every now and then to do personal things, as long as you are always able to catch up on work later, and keep on top of your responsibilties and KPIs, Remember your current work and boss are your best reference. Now more than ever you want to make sure your work is above bar.

Maybe I have been lucky or it's my sector, but I was not micromanaged, and could take time out every now and then to run a personal errand, and catch up with work later, for example. I also never over-explained anything. For example, don’t say all the details of your medical appointment. Add to your calendar, give people access to your calendar, and then go. Period. I also always dressed professionally so that people never thought one day I was more overdressed than the other. If you read my 10 tips for making Job hunting Less Stressful and More successful, or listened to previous podcasts about building your brand (numbers 3 and 4) you will know by now that your next job can be found anywhere. A lucky person is a person prepared for opportunities. If your job requires you to be dressed more casually, then walk into the interview room and “destroy” with your confidence, exude leadership, and let them know you have been at work and need to go back to work so it explains things like a lack of tie or suit, for example.

What you shouldn’t do:

  • Over explain your lie
  • Come up with complicated stories
  • Have a guilty attitude
  • Tell people you are looking for a new job.

Let's talk about the elephant in the room: you should NOT tell people at work that you are applying for jobs. No way, Jose! This is my opinion, but here is why I think like I do:

Don’t tell anyone at work you are looking for a job. It may be fine for some people, but it’s a good rule of thumb to follow. It’s hard to keep a secret at work. You would be asking people to not tell anyone, when they have projects, deadlines and budgets on the line. It’s not fair for you to ask them that. Plus, if you don’t leave, you will be stuck there with them, and it will be awkward for everyone. They may start reconsidering your motivation and interest in your job, and it can negatively affect your ability to get an internal promotion or interesting project.

 

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6. The secret benefits of failing at a job interview

6. The secret benefits of failing at a job interview

November 21, 2019

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

If this type of content is for you, you are currently on the market looking for a new job, you are keen to get a new job, or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you subscribe, share with friends and family who you think will like the content and I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review. Thank you!!

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No opportunity should be lost when you have invested so much time and effort at applying for the role you didn't get. Let's find out how to make a lemonade of your lemon! 

  1. Get to know recruiters and people in other organisations, departments, sectors: In the podcast I give a great example of someone who applied for a role even though he wasn’t convinced himself he was a good fit. 
  2. Get connected to them via LinkedIn and keep in touch (schedule it!): I don’t recommend connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn. If you want to keep in touch, add them to your phone contacts, make a list on excel, but don’t add all recruiters to your connections on LinkedIn because what will happen is…listen to the podcast to find out. But you can and should connect with employers. Listen to the podcast and I will explain when.
  3. Visit other workplaces: to find out more about other businesses and finetune what you really want of a new job. Learn how I was interviwed once in a "fish tank" and that was very not cool! 
  4. Become better at job interviews: less fragile, more resilience, better skilled

And remember: failing at job interviews is common, much more common than we think. Examples:

  • Politicians, like Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders – build relationships and became even more famous
  • Australian Former Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s first attempt at Rhodes was a decline: see the reference note for the interesting article about it. 
  • Anna Wintour had a messy career progression
  • Meghan Markle spent years auditioning.

 

References I have made in this episode:

'Likeable rascal': Malcolm Turnbull's Oxford report cards uncovered from the archives 

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5. Something important most people forget to do when going through job interviews

5. Something important most people forget to do when going through job interviews

November 14, 2019

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

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In my previous podcasts (# 1-4) we discussed the effect of stress and anxiety on how we perform at interviews, or anything we feel threaten with. I can be a tough conversation at work, a difficult negotiation, a presentation you have to give and so on. When we get re-wired to cope with stress, we can sometimes forget our manners. This can be a real problem when there is so much at stake during the recruitment process.

Here is the thing: I’ve interviewed others as much as I was interviewed myself. And it has surprised me that many interviewees don’t follow up. At all. I am such a pro-active person that I cannot understand why one wouldn’t follow up after being called about a role, or better still, being on a physical face to face interview with a recruiter or employer. Even if you don’t do that, you have to at least, the very least, say thank you at some stage during the interview, but I would suggest a sandwich so add a thanks to your introduction and a thank you to your goodbyes. To get to the job interview is a major milestone for everyone involved. It’s like you have been chosen to be in the finals of a competition, in the Olympics, nominated for an important award. IF you don’t win the prize (ie get the job), it does not mean you are not a great candidate. It means you are so good that people spent valuable time researching you, comparing you against other candidates, and choosing you for them to spend time getting to know. Ok, so if you didn’t get the job you were not a perfect match for the role for one reason or another, but please leave this recruitment experience with the strength and positive reinforcement that you are on track. We will address taking you from good to great at another time, but you know what is not going to make you a perfect match? Not saying thank you! At least 3 times. Three times is my "go-to", folks. The 3rd time is you know when? When you Follow up!!! Right? So, you sandwich it at the interview, then you wait a few days - you should be the best judge of how long - let’s say 5 days, then you call them (my preference is always a call if you have the number) and thank them and ask for an update. Note here: they may have given you a time frame in which case you follow their guideline.

Another thing to note: If you have an intermediate, a recruiter who is managing the selection process, call them immediately after the interview to give them an update. And thank them! And ask them to thank the panel on your behalf. Because he or she will have a meeting with that panel once all candidates are interviewed and the way he or she refers to each one of you will make an impact of the decision. She or he may say: "I touched based with all of them, Mary ask me to convey her thanks to you, she really enjoyed the conversation, I only reached John a few days later and he said all went well." What do you think that shows the selection panel? Who seems more interested in the role?

Don’t over flatter people, no one wants that. In my view you should however acknowledge "the process". This is the process: you are a box of cereal, they are choosing a cereal, they think you might be it. So you are doing the marketing, and enchanting the customer is part of the game plan.

So there you go: 3 thank yous, everyone. What do you think? Looking back have you done it? I sure learned along the way. I think really it was when I was on the other side of the table, selecting candidates, that I realized that there is an etiquette that I would expect candidates to follow.

Also remember to adapt this to your situation, sector, or country, yes? This is very important. Although the message is universal, the culture and also how much you know/don’t know the people involved may influence how you decided to activate the ideas above.

Below I've added links to research done by Amit Kumar and his colleagues at the University of Texas on the power of saying thank you, for both the giver and the recipient. He says: "What we saw is that it only takes a couple of minutes to compose letters like these, thoughtful ones and sincere ones," said Kumar. "It comes at little cost, but the benefits are larger than people expect." I hope you enjoy the extra reading.

References I have made in this episode:

UT News: Writing Thank You Notes Is More Powerful Than We Realize

Writing a 'thank you' note is more powerful than we realize, study shows 

 

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4. Part 2 – Developing your personal narrative

4. Part 2 – Developing your personal narrative

November 7, 2019

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

If this type of content is for you, you are currently on the market looking for a new job, you are keen to get a new job, or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you subscribe, share with friends and family who you think will like the content and I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review. Thank you!!

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In this podcast, I do have to finish what I started in Part 1 (podcast #3), on how to develop your personal narrative, aka personal brand, although you will be able to follow just fine if you found me here, but it may be worth going back and listening to Part 1.

In Part 1 (podcast #3) I mentioned how I became obsessed with Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse, and mentioned a paragraph that often comes to my mind when people ask me to write about myself, be it a bio, a LinkedIn profile, or resume. Barthes' horror about writing about oneself is my own, and I think it resonates with many people. Although I want my clients to learn to feel comfortable in situations where they need to speak and write about themselves, I never complain about helping them in reviewing and editing their resumes, because frankly time is of essence when we are job hunting and I sometimes things just need to be done quickly. And it is SO MUCH easier to write and critique someone else’s work, yes? So keep that in mind, if that’s how you are wired, and most people are, and find someone you trust and have great skills to help you. But you shouldn’t expect them to do all the work for you!! You HAVE to put in the effort, deep down you have all the answers, and you most certainly have all the knowledge about your experience, skills and strengths.

So how can you write and speak comfortably about yourself in a way that enhances your personal brand? Well, the answer for me is also with Roland Barthes. You see, what Barthes is known for is his expertise in writing, expression and communication. He studied discourse and narrative, which is how we communicate in speech and writing. And he came up with five different ways in which stories are told. I will leave a link in the episode notes for you to read about the 5 different types, but I will focus on two in this discussion. First the one I think we use to diffuse the focus on ourselves, which ends up hurting our career progress, at least in my view. The other the one I ask my clients to move towards: it is comfortable, it is not bragging. I hope you will find it easy to transition to it, as I am confident it will have positive results in your career.

So what is it that people do that is ineffective in building their personal brand? I believe people are most comfortable communicating in what Roland Barthes calls Hermeneutics. It’s a big fancy word. Don’t bother remembering it, but here is what it means: it’s the way in which we communicate by delivering breadcrumbs, clues, that we hope people will follow to make a decision about us. Examples in literature are the Bible – it’s all written in clues, same with most poetry. Most recently if you played the type of video game where you have to find clues that leads to other clues, it is all cryptique, difficult to understand. A work-related example: someone asks how your project is going, you answer: “well you know, it is what it is, the report made its way to the board, the presentation was done last Monday…” You may want people to read into it that: you are confident? That you do these things all the time? That the project is done? That the project is important because it was material enough to be presented at board level? And you may want the person to read into it that you are a good project manager, right? Wrong. No one has time for all that guess-work.

And when you miss out on your promotion and think ” but I always delivered my projects on time, and did them excellently, the board was always happy with the results” it is all true, but it may not have been communicated well enough to the people that make decisions about promotions.

There is another way of telling a story that is more compelling, without being a brag-fest. Barthes called it Semantics. It’s when words, visual cues, body language the entire scene carry meaning and add up to the story. And you don’t have to spell out what you mean, it oozes out of you and people just know. Think about the Bridget Jones' movie and the famous scene when Bridget and her boyfriend break up, she is on the couch in her pyjamas, drinking alone, listening to “All by myself”, and you just know she is heart-broken. She does not say “I’m sad, my boyfriend and I broke up”, but you know. You just know. Every bit of that scene adds to the message and amplifies it. It’s an iconic scene.

How can you apply that to build your personal brand? Well think about the whole composition about what you want to portray professionally. Let’s say you want to be the best project manager there is. Someone asks you how your project is going, you lit up, you are energized, you answer mindfully, remember you don’t need to spell out every detail (remember Bridget didn’t tell the audience she was sad!), but it needs to be something important to that person. If they are from human resources, for example, uou say it has been a great opportunity for you to lead a team and you really enjoyed it, invite them into the experience by offering to present at their next team meeting. You can say something like “It’s been great working with this project team, we met all delivery KPIs...” And look, if things have not gone to plan, think "glass half full": what have been the challenges and THEN tell them about the solutions implemented or under consideration. Right?? People who get promoted are people who find solutions to problems, who manage expectations, who are excited to take on projects.

I hope you can think of better examples for your field, send me a message if you want to share an idea about this.

Before I end, I need to say a few words about getting results. So, here is the thing: personal narrative, or branding, is built over time. Think about the concept of natural selection: repeat a strategy consistently over time, look back at what you are doing and review, do a self-assessment of what has worked well, what hasn’t. McKinsey has put together a list of questions on how to trust your instincts, I have added to the resources below. But basically, it’s experimenting and self-assessing, adapting when you notice something is working well, and evolving in your own personal narrative so that you are in a winning situation. Does that make sense? I may need to do another blog on this, as I’m really obsessed with this idea of personal best, and how to find it within yourself. Trust your findings (or instincts) but doing this in like a scientific-ish way? I think we can say there’s a bit of science in my crazy method!

 

References I have made in this episode:

A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, by Roland Barthes

Bridget Jones singing "All by myself" scene

McKinsey’s & Company paper: How to test your decision-making instincts

 

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3. Part 1 – Developing your personal narrative

3. Part 1 – Developing your personal narrative

September 26, 2019

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

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In this Episode I share the first half of a presentation I did at a Conference in Sydney for the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (see link below). It was their Annual Leadership Summit and I was asked to speak on personal branding, but to avoid eyes rolling and having mining engineers opt to leave the room for a coffee break during my session, I decided to change the title to basically trick everyone. The topic is indeed about building your personal brand. So, there you go. Listen at your own peril!

The content of my presentation is based on years of personal trial and error, research, best practices, and anecdotal successes and failures from clients, friends and co-workers.

It’s something I am drawn to; I am really curious about how we speak about ourselves and why it is so hard. And I find that people around me come to me for support when they need to tell a compelling story about themselves. So, I keep investigating the topic, thus we now have a podcast, and these notes.

It’s awkward to do it. To talk about one self. Even for the best storytellers out there, the best salespeople, to talk about yourself without feeling like a prick or actually being one, is really hard.

Furthermore, having that clarity of purpose in your career is hard because you are so close to what you do, that you project the understanding of it onto other people. For example, we often hear that people will work really hard and expect to be promoted. And when eventually we find ourselves in a situation where we have no option but to speak about what we do, let’s say a job interview, we run the risk of sounding unprepared, or we may end up conveying it in such a way that denotes a false humility, which only makes matters worse. So, you end up digging a hole for yourself: you either end up not owning your success and leadership, or you share it in a way that is perceived as disingenuous.

Another big error in talking about what you do is being very vague, or using inside jargon language few people understand. Things like “industry 4.0”, “internet of things”, “project management”, “agile”, “RPA”, “CX”. “SAP”, “business transformation” (this last one is my cross to bear!): many of the words floating around today are meaningless to most people.

We will talk more about personal narrative soon in Part 2, so hang on and keep following the Job Hunting Podcast!

Here is the link to this episode on my website, where you can see the illustrations I mention on this episode. You can leave a comment or ask a question:https://www.renatabernarde.com/blog/3

 

References I have made in this episode:

Free download of A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, by Roland Barthes

“I cannot write myself. What, after all, is this "I" who would write himself? Even as he would enter into the writing, the writing would take the wind out of his sails, would render him null and void - futile; a gradual dilapidation would occur, in which the other's image, too, would be gradually involved (to write on something is to outmode it)”

Roland Barthes

Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 2019 Leadership Summit Website

 

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2. The Reason why you may be struggling at job interviews

2. The Reason why you may be struggling at job interviews

September 26, 2019

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

If this type of content is for you, you are currently on the market looking for a new job, you are keen to get a new job, or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you subscribe, share with friends and family who you think will like the content and I'd love if you could give me a 5-star review. Thank you!!

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In this Episode I talk about the importance of practicing for interviews by going to interviews! Nothing beats the real deal when it comes to developing the expertise in nailing an interview situation. So, waiting to play your cards only when you find the perfect job is a risky move.

What you want is to have “built the interview muscle” and gain experience in being on the spot, talking about your skills, your experience, answering questions, etc. so that when the great opportunity or job comes your way, you are ready for it.

In sum, you may be struggling with interviews because quite frankly you don’t have experience in doing them. And therefore, your stress level is blocking your ability to shine.

Listeners will also learn that I have some bills to pay, but who doesn’t! All the bits and pieces are there, my friends, zero editing needed!

Here is the link to this episode on my website, where you can leave a comment or ask a question:

Here is where you can find more about me and sign up to my newsletter:  https://www.renatabernarde.com/

 

References I have made in this episode:

 

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1. How to be confident during job interviews

1. How to be confident during job interviews

September 26, 2019

The Job Hunting Podcast episode number 1 is out of the bag! In this episode my goal was to make you re-thing you stress and use it to your advantage.

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde and this is the Job Hunting Podcast, where I try to help you nail your next job and have the career you want.

If this type of content is for you and you are currently on the market looking for a new job, or if you want tips on how to advance or change careers, make sure you subscribe, share and leave me a 5-star review. Thank you!

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Episode and show notes on my website: https://www.renatabernarde.com/blog/1

 

We focus on three key themes during this chat:

  1. Focus less on your fear: everyone is as nervous and jittery as you are, the other candidates as well as the people interviewing you. The candidates, including you, all want the job. And the selection panel has the pressure of getting it right. There is a lot on the line, all around. Once you come to terms that this, that is that stress is the baseline for you and your competition, you can focus on other things.
  2. Sharpen your focus: relax into the situation, be yourself, read the room, use the stress to your advantage.
  3. Focus on your strengths, which is what got you through the door in the first place, and may be what the panel really need to know about you. Indeed, it could be what they need in their team.

All while you learn about how I shrunk my skirt, and other bits of information you may or may not find useful!

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