The Job Hunting Podcast
36. Australia and Me: A Conversation with Top 50 CMO Mohit Bhargava

36. Australia and Me: A Conversation with Top 50 CMO Mohit Bhargava

June 29, 2020

Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this COVID-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live career coaching sessions, the Job Hunting Made Simple online course, I do LinkedIn profile audits, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

 

Episode Show Notes 

Mohit Bhargava has held senior marketing roles in some of the most iconic Australian entertainment businesses and was recognized by his peers as one of the top 50 Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) in Australia two years in a row. He most recently was the CMO at Big4, a network of holiday parks located throughout Australia. 

Mohit was previously the general manager of sales and marketing at Village Entertainment, a subsidiary of Village Roadshow Limited, an Australian company which operates cinemas and theme parks, and produces and distributes films. He also worked as a senior digital marketer at Nova Entertainment, an Australian entertainment company operating commercial radio networks in metropolitan and regional areas, a pay television station and mobile brands.

Mohit is about to start a new role and we are not able yet to announce it, but it’s based in South East Asia and it will expand his horizons and leverage from his expertise in the entertainment and hospitality industry, particularly around marketing to families, dealing with disruption, and improving a brand’s approach to multicultural marketing.

And finally, Mo has a 3-step philosophy - or framework - on how someone from overseas can adapt to a new country. He thought of it for Indians moving to Australia, but I believe it lends itself perfectly well for any expat, migrant or international student moving to a different country. Listen, and let me know if you agree with me!

We start the conversation very casually, and I hope you don’t mind that I decided not to edit it out, because I personally have been enjoying more and more podcasts that are very conversational. My hope is that you feel like you are a fly on the wall as we start getting ready for our chat.

I hope you learned a lot today in making job hunting better for you. Don’t forget to follow this podcast and leave a 5-star rating and ranking on iTunes. As I said in prior episodes, leaving a rating on iTunes makes an incredible difference for the podcast’s success and is a great way for me to know you are enjoying the content.

 

Timestamps to guide your listening

  • 6:46 - We start the conversation very casually, and I hope you don’t mind that I decided not to edit it out - because I personally have been enjoying more and more podcasts that are very conversational and casual - you feel like you are a fly on the wall as we start getting ready for our chat.
  • 12:30 - Mohit’s graduation day and the advice that almost took him back to India
  • 17:10 - How Mo got his first job through networking
  • 29:59 - Mo’s approach to using Linkedin
  • 34:14 - Mohit’s 3-step philosophy to succeeding in a new country: works for international students, migrants, and ex-pats.
    • Arrive and Unlearn
    • Grow and Fail
    • Propel and Learn
  • 43:50 - Mo’s leadership mindset: how he practices and grows as a professional to be successful as a migrant and as a marketing leader.
  • 50:19 - Getting ready for a new role: leading a new team in a new organization and in a new country

 

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35. Recruitment trends shaping the job market in 2020 - Interview with Anita Ziemer

35. Recruitment trends shaping the job market in 2020 - Interview with Anita Ziemer

June 23, 2020

Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this COVID-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live career coaching sessions, the Job Hunting Made Simple online course, I do LinkedIn profile audits, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

 

Episode Show Notes 

In this episode of The Job Hunting Podcast, I interviewed Anita Ziemer, Managing Director of Slade Group: a recruitment, executive search, and HR consultancy firm based in Melbourne, Australia with affiliates and partners all over the world. We talk about recruitment and selection trends in 2020, the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, the economic downturn and how it's affecting the job market. Anita speaks candidly about her profession and how candidates can better work with recruiters. She gives job hunters inside tips, from understanding the mechanics of the recruitment and selection process to making your resume more effective, and your skills more easily noticed by the recruiter.

We have more COVID-related episodes to support you: go to The Job Hunting Podcast & Live Coaching website. There you can search for topics, such as "COVID Series", and get all the great advice you need to develop your action plans for career progression. If you need the help of a coach, don't hesitate to book a time to speak with me so that together we can accelerate and simplify your steps towards your career goals.

Key takeaways:

  • Hearing the recruiter say, “Let me call you back”, is a really good sign.
  • We are not out of the woods yet, so be prepared for an extended period of frictional unemployment (i.e. the unemployment that comes from the job search and being in-between jobs)
  • For those willing and able to make a career change, if you follow the money, you often get your answer in terms of what sectors are trending.
  • Sectors that are experiencing stress in 2020: 
    • Not for profits
    • Higher education
    • Arts and culture
    • Tourism
    • Hospitality
    • Building and construction
    • Sports and leisure
  • Sectors where opportunities may arise in 2020 and beyond:
    • Trades in beauty and construction
    • Health 
    • Information Technology
    • Agriculture and AgTech
    • Bioscience
  • Make sure you include these tips in your resume:
    • Name your organization and your job title: make sure you add two lines about the organization.
    • 3 to 4 bullet points under your responsibilities: shows the essence of your work.
    • 3 to 4 bullet points under your achievements: show the value you added to the organization. 
  • You have to be adaptable and flexible and look after what you can do today.

  

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34. How to make your LinkedIn profile stand out in 2020.

34. How to make your LinkedIn profile stand out in 2020.

June 16, 2020

There is no question that in 2020 if you are looking for a "white-collar" job in the corporate, public, or nonprofit sectors, you need to be on LinkedIn.

In addition to the blog below, I'd like to invite you to download my LinkedIn checklist, so that you can review your profile top to bottom.

Linkedin is considered the platform for professional networking and job hunting. Furthermore, with the advent of COVID and many workplaces and coffee shops around the globe still shut down, LinkedIn is the new "High Street". With over 600 million users, it's the only mainstream western social platform that is available worldwide, including China, whereas Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are still out of reach in that country. 

Here are some statistics that prove the point of maximizing and amplifying your presence on the platform:  

  • Less than half of people with LinkedIn profiles are actively using the platform. That is, posting links, sharing content, commenting, and updating their profiles regularly. This is good news for you if you want to take advantage of LinkedIn to boost your professional connections and reputation.

 

  • Linkedin users are high earners: Data shows that close to 44% of its users in the United States take home an annual salary which is above the national median. It's safe to say we can extrapolate that to other countries as well. So again, if you are in a white-collar profession, this is likely the platform for you to develop your connections and opportunities for work and business.

 

  • Linkedin is excellent for discovering people: Who are the right people to connect in the organization you want to work for? Who are the right recruiters and headhunters for your expertise, and also to do your research before applying for a job (i.e. who was doing the job before you? Who will be your manager and co-workers?). By doing a bit of research, you can easily uncover all of the people listed above.

 

  • Recruiters and hiring managers are heavy users and likely to be on LinkedIn every day. There are on average 14 million jobs advertised on LinkedIn at any one time. And I don't know a single recruiter or head hunter who doesn't rely heavily on LinkedIn to do their jobs - both to advertise roles and search for great candidates.

Despite all of the above, which when we put pen to paper shows the power of the platform over one's career, it's amazing to see how many professionals neglect their profiles and don't take the steps to make the platform work for them, instead of against them.

Linkedin is the new High Street.

Imagine LinkedIn is the main business hub in your city. In Melbourne, that would be Collins Street. Imagine you are walking up Collins Street on your way to an important meeting which could have huge repercussions on your career. I'm assuming you would be dressed to impress, and ready to deliver your pitch, yes?

Well, that's how you'd have to be in 2020 when you are on Linkedin. Let's start with the basics:

1. You need a professional photo

The first step to impress on LinkedIn is not dissimilar from the first impression you want to have when you walk into a job interview. So investing in a professional photo is key and LinkedIn data shows it can get your profile 14 times more views than other types of profile pictures. A great photo needs to inspire confidence, convey work experience, and portrait you as a likable person. 

I do LinkedIn Audits as a service, and it still surprises me how many excellent professionals have terrible profile photos. I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to find a great picture that shows your best self to your network.

2. Work experience that has meaning and is relatable

A lot of people focus on writing a great headline for their profiles and on having a very inspirational About section. But when you check out their Work Experience section, nothing makes sense. You don't know the organizations they worked for, their job titles as a jumble of acronyms and abbreviations that means nothing. Even a job experience that lists you as a "Project Manager" working for KPMG, would leave me wondering: what area of KPMG? What type of project was this? How big or small? Was it internal or was it for a client? In sum, you have to add a paragraph to explain what you did and make it relatable, so a future employer will look and think "well, we may need this skill/experience" in the future.

In fact, LinkedIn profiles that have detailed work experience have 5 times more connection requests, 8 times more views, and 10 times more messages. 

3. You need to be an active participant of the platform

The best way to use LinkedIn is to:

  1. maintain professional relationships by connecting with people you know,
  2. find people you may need to contact for business development or professional opportunities and to
  3. expand your reach and reputation.

The best way to do these things is to share great content on the topics that are aligned with your profession and expertise. This will ensure you are kept "top of mind" of those who already know you, that is, your connections. But most importantly, when they like and comment on your posts, your posts will show up on their connections' feed. And your reach is then many times bigger than your own immediate connections. Just think about that, and feed the LinkedIn algorithm with good content that is great for sharing:

  • Have you read a research or business article that will resonate with other professionals? Share it.
  • Has anyone in your feed posted a great article, opinion, or story that is related to your expertise? Like and comment on that post.

The danger lies if you decide to go into the following rabbit holes:

  • Don't connect with people you don't know. You can always follow them if you want their content to show up on your feed. If you desperately want to connect, send them a written note explaining why.  This is what I recently wrote on a note to Michael Healy, an academic who studies career coaching: "Hi Michael, I read your recent article and loved it, and would be delighted to connect with you and keep in touch. LinkedIn didn't let me connect with you because I don't have your email! Cheers Renata" He accepted and we have been in touch since. My goal is to invite him as a guest on the podcast. A clear exception is if you want to connect with me: I'm giving you my blessing to connect with me, but please send me a note telling me how you found out about me!
  • LinkedIn is not social networking: Today I read a post about someone who is really happy she's back on the pool. I'm happy for her, I'd love to go back to my local pool too. But that, in my view, is a post for Facebook. Whatever her professional expertise is, if it's not swimming, it's not LinkedIn material.
  • Avoid being kicked out of LinkedIn: I speak from experience - it's a total nightmare. Can you imagine? Last night I watched a video of a woman who has half a million followers on YouTube, who teaches others how to become an Amazon Affiliate. And you guess it? Amazon kicked her out of the program. I related to her so much, as my profile was removed from LinkedIn for one day, just days after I launched my career coaching business. Why? Because I was sending too many messages to my connections, all the same messages, inviting them to subscribe to my newsletter (you should also subscribe, by the way - Click here!). I learned my lesson and I'm now very careful with how I use the platform. Another way you can get in trouble is by making a rude or racist comment. Two days ago I flagged one to LinkedIn. I reflected long and hard before I did so because I know the consequences. But it had to be done. And it's likely that person is now on the outside.

Don't forget to download my LinkedIn Profile Checklist and start working on your profile today.

Remember that I offer LinkedIn Audits and would be delighted to review yours for you. Find out more about my LinkedIn Audit service by Clicking Here.

Ciao for now

Renata

33. Empowering women to achieve - with Sonali Shah, founder of Melbourne Lean In network

33. Empowering women to achieve - with Sonali Shah, founder of Melbourne Lean In network

June 9, 2020

Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this COVID-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live career coaching sessions, the Job Hunting Made Simple online course, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

 

Episode Show Notes 

In this podcast, I interviewed Sonali Shah, the founder of Melbourne Lean In network, a thriving community helping women achieve their ambitions. As a Lean In Circles Regional Leader, Sonali supports a large network of women and men dedicated to gender equality. Leading a team of 17 volunteers and working alongside the Foundation and movement put in place by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Sonali organizes events, holds training and networking sessions, and work with the LeanIn.Org team to grow and engage the Lean In community in Melbourne.

Sonali starts by sharing her career progression and story, and the path that led her to be so passionate about supporting other women achieve in their careers. She candidly shares her conservative upbringing and the challenges she faced to pursue her university education, move to Australia, and have a corporate career. Sonali also reflects on her personal brand of feminism and how she has embraced new values and learnings along the way, as well as educated others to embrace diversity, women, and mothers in the workforce. Finally, we reflect on the effect on lockdown on women in the workforce and seek the silver linings. You will notice that Sonali is always looking for the positive paths to change, and ways to better structure work and life to support women and families. 

It is a delight to hear her story and learn from her experiences, cheer when she achieved her goals, and empathize with the roadblocks she experienced. It's an inspiring story that led her to found the Lean In network in Melbourne, and her long term passion to support women here and in India.

2020 is proving to be such a challenging year. Every day so much is changing, disrupting, and developing. It's especially hard for those whose jobs and livelihoods have been substantially affected by the pandemic, and most recently by the protests happening all over the world. Job hunters are in danger of feeling isolated in their struggles and issues. I hope this podcast, and this episode in particular, can support you in your job hunting and offer inspiration as you take the next steps in your career. 

In fact, we have more COVID-related episodes to support you: go to The Job Hunting Podcast website, where you can search for topics, and I recommend that if you are new to this Podcast, you search for the "COVID Series" of podcasts. This way you will get access to a great selection of expert interviews we’ve been able to compile for you to support your job hunting in these difficult times.

I hope this episode inspires you to also be persistent, resilient, and to achieve your personal and career goals. I look forward to hearing your feedback  -  please leave a comment wherever you heard this or on my social media, or simply write me a DM or email. I'd love to hear from you.  

Don’t forget to follow this podcast and leave a 5-star rating and ranking on iTunes. As I said in prior episodes, leaving a rating on iTunes makes an incredible difference for the podcast’s success and is a great way for me to know you are enjoying the content.

Here's to all the silver linings in life! 

 

 

 

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32. Job hunting during turbulent times (COVID SERIES)

32. Job hunting during turbulent times (COVID SERIES)

June 1, 2020

Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this COVID-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live career coaching sessions, the Job Hunting Made Simple online course, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

 

Episode Show Notes 

Hello everyone! This episode is a recording of a webinar I delivered last week on how to find a job during turbulent times. What we are going through now with the COVID pandemic, the economic downturn and loss of jobs differ from job hunting done at any other time.

We have addressed this over the past few podcast episodes: if you go to my podcast website you can search for topics, and I recommend that if you are new to this Podcast, you search for the "COVID Series" of podcasts. This way you will get access to a great selection of expert interviews we’ve been able to compile for you to support your job hunting in these difficult times.

In this episode I address it more strategically, basically giving job hunters a recipe they can follow on how to position themselves in the job market. Note that in addition to the experts I interviewed for this podcast, I am constantly seeking confirmation from my contacts in recruitment and with employers to ensure I’m providing you, listeners of this podcast, my clients and students of The Job Hunting Made Simple online course with the best possible advice to get you the competitive advantage and confidence you need to navigate the new normal when it comes to job hunting.

This episode, Job Hunting in Turbulent times, has a downloadable workbook that will help you put into action the ideas and strategies I’m suggesting for you. 

Then on Thursday 4 June 2020, when I do the Live Career Coaching on Facebook and Instagram, we will be workshopping the strategies live, with a made-up example of a fictitious job hunter. If you missed the live coaching session or want to watch it again, I will include a direct link to it here: 

I hope you enjoy this episode on how to job hunt in turbulent times, it was a pleasure to record it, I really enjoyed putting these ideas together for you, especially the analogy of the river crossing. I look forward to hearing your feedback on this episode.

Don’t forget to follow this podcast and leave a 5-star rating and ranking on iTunes. As I said in prior episodes, leaving a rating on iTunes makes an incredible difference for the podcast’s success and is a great way for me to know you are enjoying the content.

 

The Workbook: Job Hunting During Turbulent Times

 

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31. Opting for short term contract work post-quarantine (COVID SERIES) - with Jacinta Whelan

31. Opting for short term contract work post-quarantine (COVID SERIES) - with Jacinta Whelan

May 25, 2020

Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this COVID-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live coaching sessions, Job Hunting Made Simple online course, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

 

Episode Show Notes 

If you could make a cartoon of me during my first meeting with Jacinta Whelan, this is what it would like: me listening intently, with ears twice the size of my body! That day I walked out of our meeting, found a quiet cafe, and wrote down everything I could remember about what she said. The next day, I had a newly designed resume, based on her feedback. And a year later, when she hired me and we worked together for 2 months, it was the same: I listened and learned a lot!

So this is why I wanted to have Jacinta at this point in time as a guest of the podcast. We timed it, I planned it, so that we could have this exact conversation, right now. It gave her time to re-adjust to the new COVID job market situation and be able to get back to us with the best possible intelligence.

Jacinta is a Partner at Watermark Search International, a recruitment firm specialized in C-level and senior executive appointments. Watermark's parent company, Ambition, is a listed Australian company with recruitment offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and they cater to recruitment needs from admin support to mid-management.

Jacinta is an expert in the gig economy, portfolio career strategies, and interim executive contract work. We discuss how and if contract work can suit us at the moment, and if the gig economy will be the way we work in the future.

Regardless of where you are and what you want in your career, I bet you will take away a few tips and ideas from this chat!

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30. The courageous job hunter: Braving the market in times of uncertainty (COVID series)

30. The courageous job hunter: Braving the market in times of uncertainty (COVID series)

May 19, 2020

Special Covid-19 Resources for Job Hunters and Working-From-Home Professionals

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Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this covid-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live coaching sessions on Facebook, which I now film and post on Youtube and on my website as well, this is all in addition to my Job Hunting Made Simple online course, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you. And help as many people as possible feel empowered and feel like they have the support needed to nail their next job and have the career they want.

What’d the best way to ensure you know about everything I offer? You sign up to the Reset Your Career community. All I need is your name and email, which I never share with anyone or anybody. But 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 subscribe to my Reset Your Career community. It is completely free. And I'll send you all my free resources I’ve created plus a weekly newsletter with the new podcast episode and some extra content I put together by email every week and keep you up to date and accountable to follow your career dreams: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join

On my website you will find everything: the podcast audios, the videos of the podcast interviews, blogs, recordings of my Live career coaching sessions , links to my social media channels, links to join access the free resources and of course the information about my services and online course - all to help you prepare your career plans and move forward with your job hunting with confidence and less stress.

The Job Hunting Podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts and YouTube, as well as on my website.

Episode Show Notes 

In today’s job market and work environment, everything is changing. For professionals in the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors, almost nothing feels the same and it is challenging to see where we are heading, let alone plan for our careers. To have courage to face the unknown will be crucial to getting us as individuals and as a community moving towards our preferred future. So, where can we get our courage from and how do we apply that in our career?

In todays’ episode, I interviewed Dina Pozzo. With more than twenty years’ experience in learning and organisational development both locally and internationally, Dina is a highly skilled facilitator and coach. Dina completed a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne and was trained by Brene Brown as a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.

In this interview, we address the following questions: What does courage looks like during job search? And in the office? What does being vulnerable has to do courage? Can you practice "courage" and get better at it? And how can you use your personal strengths to develop courage?

 

Key takeaways:

  • Courage is an intentional constructive or moral action taken by an individual in the presence of perceived personal risk and uncertainty of outcome (personal or organisational) in order to resolve or avert a workplace issue.
  • Sometimes it takes courage to do nothing.
  • What I may need courage for, you may not. And vice versa.
  • If we stop and think and unpack the past, we can say when we've been courageous in the past, we can say what we did, how we did it, how we felt, who enabled us, all those things.
  • Be a courage spotter: When you spot courage in someone else, call it out because that helps build our self-awareness.
  • Know that vulnerability is actually strength.
  • BRAVING stands for – Boundaries, Reliability, the Vote, Integrity, Non-judgement, and Generosity.
  • If you come back to your values every time when you reach that fork in the road, we know whatever the decision that needs to be made is going to be an easier decision to make. I'm not saying it's going to be an easy decision, but it will be easier.

Three questions to reflect on to job hunt with courage:

  1. How worthwhile is that action?
  2. How risky is it to apply for that role?
  3. What action will you take?

 

Four key skills of courage:

  1. Rumbling with vulnerability.
  2. Braving trust
  3. Living your values
  4. Learning to rise

 

Four Character Strengths that sit in the virtue of courage:

  1. Authenticity and honesty
  2. Perseverance
  3. Zest or energy
  4. Bravery

 

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29. How to deal with losing your job in 2020 - with Career Money Life CEO Sandy Hutchison (COVID SERIES)

29. How to deal with losing your job in 2020 - with Career Money Life CEO Sandy Hutchison (COVID SERIES)

May 11, 2020

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Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this covid-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live coaching sessions on Facebook, which I now film and post on Youtube and on my website as well, this is all in addition to my Job Hunting Made Simple online course, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you. And help as many people as possible feel empowered and feel like they have the support needed to nail their next job and have the career they want.

What’d the best way to ensure you know about everything I offer? You sign up to the Reset Your Career community. All I need is your name and email, which I never share with anyone or anybody. But 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 subscribe to my Reset Your Career community. It is completely free. And I'll send you all my free resources I’ve created plus a weekly newsletter with the new podcast episode and some extra content I put together by email every week and keep you up to date and accountable to follow your career dreams: https://www.renatabernarde.com/join

On my website you will find everything: the podcast audios, the videos of the podcast interviews, blogs, recordings of my Live career coaching sessions , links to my social media channels, links to join access the free resources and of course the information about my services and online course - all to help you prepare your career plans and move forward with your job hunting with confidence and less stress.

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Episode Show Notes 

Are you one of the many people right now that has been made redundant? Or you fear losing your job in the near future due to the pandemic and its repercussions? In this unprecedented, The Job Hunting Podcast has focused on interviewing experts to help you navigate the new world of work, the uncertainty in the market and the scale and mass redundancies we are experiencing. 

In this episode I interview Sandy Hutchison, a Career Transition Specialist and the CEO and Founder of Career Money Life, a platform that supports mid-large scale redundancies in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

We start by discussing her career background and our own experiences with redundancy. We then discuss the sudden large-scale redundancies happening during COVID, and how it is being felt by those who are on the receiving end.

My company is certified provider of Career Money Life. This means we completed a strict vetting process that included checks on our professional industry certifications, ACCC, ASIC, Scam Watch investigations, DIA and Commerce Commission Consumer Report, as well as social media and Google search reviews. And we were delighted to do so, which is good for you, and us! To learn more about our certification please read here.

 

Key takeaways:

  • Two factors that make redundancies now more severe are their scale and the pace. What we are experiencing right now is the pace and the scale of change that is happening hasn't happened before in our lifetime.
  • Sadly, there is still a need for many organizations to make the tough call to let people go. The idea that we will turn the switch and go back to the way things were is not going to happen. I will be a tougher job market. Organizations are being forced to pivot and think of ways to do things more effectively, and technologically based.
  • It is important for job seekers to reskill and upskill and doing that in areas where there’s going to be demand.

Step by step - Get ready for the job market:

  1. Cover the basic stuff to be job search ready: updated CV (boring is the new sexy), LinkedIn, prepare for video interviews, network.
  2. Ask the bigger question: Who am I and am I just going to go back to my old job? Or am I going to use this time to retrain and do something different and what skills do I have and how do I take those skills and transfer them?
  3. If you don’t have credentials, take a course to consolidate your experiences and your learnings, for example if you are a project manager. This can just be the thing that edges you into the "yes" pile rather than the "maybe" pile. But not just any random course, you need to be strategic about what's going to make sense for your career.

Redundancy across different generations:

  • For people that have been redundant in their thirties, there's a lot more flexibility to pivot or transition into different areas. Also they haven't been away from school that long that the prospect of going back to study isn’t so daunting and foreign.
  • For those made redundant in their 50’s there’s a lot more pressure in life. And sadly there is still age discrimination. In your CV, don't put the years you graduated. You don't have to include every job you've ever had, leave off the early ones. Don't let them know how old you are because we know there's a lot of that discrimination out there.

Job hunt vs open a business:

  1. If you would rather venture as an entrepreneur, Sandy's advice would be they need to take this you know, incredibly seriously. Do the boring stuff like actually building a cash flow projection and building a detailed business plan and putting those numbers together and then cutting them in half and then taking that to five people you know that are super cynical and get them to review it. Then go out and talk to people to find out if they would actually buy your product. 
  2. Another option is to have the business on the side, so you can slowly build up your confidence and make sure this is a viable product.
  3. For some, short term cash is really important. If you need to manage your cash and do things to get by while you look for your work, that's okay right now. Whether it's volunteering for medical studies or Uber driving.
  4. Get visible on LinkedIn, contribute, and build your network right now.
  5. If you can't find a job now, plan your time so that you can take time to do things you would have liked to have had done in your life. Are there things you want to learn or experience or people you want to reconnect with? Make sure you're doing those things, so you're adding value to your life as a whole.

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28. How perfectionism can hurt your career and what to do about it - with Author Lynne Cazaly

28. How perfectionism can hurt your career and what to do about it - with Author Lynne Cazaly

May 4, 2020

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From the moment I decided to start a podcast, Lynne Cazaly was on the top of my list of potential guests. There’s something about her leadership style, her unassuming way, the quiet confidence that she exudes, that makes her the perfect guest speaker. Last year, while trying to lock her in to record this episode, she was the hardest guest to pin down: she was in such high demand as a conference speaker, she was never in Melbourne long enough for us to get together. Now with COVID and quarantine, life has changed, we zoomed in, and finally we had our chat a few weeks ago.

Lynne’s training and speaking gigs have included working for the largest organisations in Australia, like Telstra, Australia Post, nab, CBA and the AFL. She travels regularly to New Zealand where she has a loyal following, and delivers training and keynotes. Lynne has also done keynotes, workshops, and training in Europe, USA and Asia.

Her latest book, ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough, got a lot of media attention. Lynne was interviewed extensively on TV and magazines. The topic of perfectionism is one that everyone can relate, and for that reason I was able to see my friend in many morning TV shows over many weeks!

In this interview, we have pivoted the discussion about perfectionism to focus mostly on career planning, job hunting, and the selection and recruitment process. A “perfect” resume, a “perfect” match for the key selection criteria, giving the “perfect” answer to an interview question, “the perfect” job, being the “perfect” candidate” - these are sayings we through around all the time whilst job hunting. But they do impact on out mindset, and create an expectation that is unhealthy, unhelpful and not sustainable. I hope that after listening to this episode you will feel free from "perfectionism" and ready to embrace "good enough"! 

Interview time stamps

  • 5:08 - Lynne’s career progression, and her experience in the corporate sector of the need to be perfect
  • 8:55 - Difference between going for perfect, which is impossible, versus going for complete and accurate information, which is an achievable goal
  • 10:35 - Perfectionism, job hunting and how to improvise
  • 13:50 - How Lynne wrote the book using improv techniques and how this is a great example of how to treat your resume, and the concept of version control
  • 22:25 - How “Perfect” is still expected: by your, in the recruitment and selection world, and in the corporate world in general: Lynne’s tips to dealing with sectors and industries were perfectionism is expected. 3 main types of Perfectionism.
  • 26:30 - Me explaining the dissonance between the perfect picture put together by companies for job applicants when they go to market looking to hire, versus the candidate working solo trying to meet what is most times “over the top” expectations from recruiters and hiring managers.
  • 29:13 - The Parreto Principle: How job hunters can prepare themselves for the job market, and not worry about not being “perfect”
  • 31:57 - Why putting more effort into something can actually get you worst results and the idea of iterative improvement of resumes

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27. Menopause and work: How uncertainty and stress impact women’s career - Part 2

27. Menopause and work: How uncertainty and stress impact women’s career - Part 2

April 20, 2020

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This is part 2 of a 2-part interview with Dr Fatima Khan, a Menopause Specialist, discussing how menopause and hormonal imbalances affect women’s career from as early as mid 30s. I go into detail about Fatima’s training in my introduction on part 1, so please listen to that episode first (Ep.26) to learn more about her background, and  most importantly, to listen to her introduction to the issues we will be unpacking in this second half of our discussion.

After quite a few weeks of podcasts focusing squarely on COVID-19, the interview with Fatima turned out to be an absolute winner. Downloads have been massive, so thank you so much to everyone who has been listening, and I’ve also received calls, emails and messages of support. I love it when this happens: when I take somewhat of a risk – frankly I wasn’t sure if it was the right time to releasing an episode about menopause during a covid pandemic! – but it seems you liked it! It shows we are in tune with each other. And thank you for giving me the feedback. Good or bad, it’s important that we continue to communicate, so the episodes are always interesting and something you look forward to.

And talking about feedback, I’d really appreciate if you could take a moment and leave this podcast a review on iTunes. iTunes reviews are super important for searchability of podcast episodes and shows. It’s what makes a podcast popular and easy to find for others around the globe who may be experiencing the same issues you are, and would really benefit from listening. So please, pay it forward. Give it a 5-star rating and write a review as well. It would mean the world to me, and would help a fellow job hunter. You may not know this, but we have listeners from all over the world. Less then half of my listeners are from Australia, where I reside. The rest is spread out on all corners of the globe, from Africa to the Caribbean Islands, Europe to Asia. It’s truly fascinating to get the statistics. It shows that career planning and job hunting are truly universal topics and, despite a few regional and cultural adjustments which I’m hoping you, the listener, know you’d need to make, there is a whole lot of techniques and strategies that are universal.

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Before we continue with our interview, a quick reminder that for those who are finding us for the first time, Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of 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. Better still, sign up for Reset Your Career, and I'll send you the new episode by email every week.

On my website you will find previous podcast episodes, videos of my live coaching and tv interviews, you can sign up to the Reset Your Career and get my kit of essential resources for job hunters for free, and you can also check my coaching services and online course (it's called Job Hunting Made Simple). When you join the Reset You Career, I will send you essential resources. It includes a masterclass, a guide for job hunters, an email template for you to contact recruiters. This is all the essential kit you need to get you job hunting, or planning your next career steps.

If you have not listened to previous episodes of The Job Hunting Podcast – we have a series of COVID-related episodes you may want to listen to asap. In fact, to help make things simpler for you, I have put together a list of Essential COVID resources for Job Hunters and Work From Home Professionals. They include the podcasts that are most relevant for our times, the live coaching sessions, additional articles and specially curated links to help you keep on top of what is important to know, as a corporate professional, as we prepare ourselves for future job interviews and adjust our career plans. 

In this part 2 of the interview with Dr Fatima Khan, we talk about the stress that comes from juggling career and family life, from deciding when/if to have kids, and considering if you will be able to cope with it all. It’s palpable how much Fatima is concerned about women’s wellbeing and her concern about how stress and anxiety is impacting not only our career progression, but our overall health. Fatima worries that right when we reach the career level that we aspire, we encounter the stigma of women not being effective leaders or decision makers. Her goal is to ensure hormonal inbalances are not affecting women at this time, that they are under control so women feel in control.

I interviewed Fatima at the very beginning of covid, so also I had the opportunity to ask her about the anxiety brought about by the lockdown and how it can impact us as well. Below is a list we prepared for you to help you maintain your wellbeing during these challenging times.

Dr Fatima Khan’s top advice for women’s wellbeing:

  1. Journaling: as discussed last week, this is the main framework suggested by Dr Khan. It helps bring awareness and consciousness on what is happening to our body before and after our menstruation.
  2. With the help of your doctor, take the proper supplements to help our hormones. Fatima mentions a few for as examples and for educational purposes: magnesium powder, fish oil, vitamin B, iron supplement, 1000 mg of liposomal vitamin C. If you’re finding you're getting a bit sick, you can take vitamin C up to three times a day.
  3. Seven to ten days before your period, change your workout routine into more calming rehabilitative workouts.
  4. Find purpose and meaning through connection and helping other people. It can be doing some volunteer work that is very helpful these days, or simply buying someone’s groceries. This will give us a sense of fulfillment and contentment, something outside of ourselves.
  5. Practice the act of Kindness: We have talked about taking care of our physical, emotional and mental well-being. Kindness is almost contagious when you try and do things for other people, without thinking of gain for our self and actually is food for the soul.
  6. Practice self-reflection: Self-reflection is one of the most fundamental things to do, because when we self-reflect, we get a better perspective of what we want to do or what we can change. And this will help us immensely in our careers as well.
  7. In this time of pandemic, it is important to know that feeling anxious is a normal reaction of our body.
  8. Stop listening to the news all the time. Only look at the news once a day, and go back to your normal routine. Do the things you would normally do.
  9. Do some activities that you love to take your mind off things and let you relax such as dancing, cooking, baking and puzzles. Legos are fantastic for mindfulness.
  10. Follow a good sleep hygiene. Refer to last week’s interview show notes.
  11. Finally, it is important to have compassion, not just in this time of pandemic, but also in our careers. We don’t know what each person is going through, and it helps to sometimes put ourselves in their feet.
  12. Don’t forget to be aware of symptoms and signs of perimenopause and menopause and get the proper treatment. See the links below.

Dr Fatima Khan is a member of the AGORA Medical Specialist Centre and Medical Education team, based in Melbourne. At the time this episode goes live, as we are in lockdown mode due to COVID-19, the Australian Government has enabled doctors to see patients remotely via telehealth. So this is a great opportunity, if you are based in Australia and would like to book an appointment with her. I will list the contact details for Fatima, and other Agora Medical Clinic in the episode show notes.

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26. Menopause and work: How menoupause affects your career - with Dr Fatima Khan Part 1

26. Menopause and work: How menoupause affects your career - with Dr Fatima Khan Part 1

April 20, 2020

Episode Notes

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Men who are listening to this podcast (and reading this blog), well done you! I’m delighted that despite the title you are sticking around. This interview will be invaluable if you have a wife, daughter, mother, best friend, work colleague and so on. It will help you understand and support the women in your life. I’m sending you a virtual “high five”!

This is part 1 or a 2-part interview with Dr Fatima Khan, a highly skilled Menopause Specialist with a holistic approach to women’s physical, emotional and mental well-being. Fatima is passionate about women’s health. She completed a Diploma at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists in the UK; she has an Advanced Menopause Certification accredited from the British Menopausal Society and Faculty of Reproductive and Sexual Health. Her specializations were achieved after her extensive training as a doctor at Kings College London, which is well recognized as a referral center for menopausal women with complex medical problems. But that’s not all, Fatima has also undertaken further training in the USA on optimizing hormonal health for anti-ageing and longevity.

She has recently moved to Australia, and is now a member of the AGORA Medical Specialist Centre and Medical Education team, based in Melbourne. There, she sees patients and teaches GPs and Registrars in range of women’s issues.

At the time this episode goes live, as we are in lockdown mode due to COVID-19, the Australian Government has enabled doctors to see patients remotely via telehealth. I myself did that yesterday, I had my regular specialist appointment via telehealth and it went really smoothly. So this is a great opportunity, if you are based in Australia and would like to consult with Fatima, to book an appointment with her. I will list the contact details for Fatima, and other Agora Medical Clinic in the episode show notes. Agora has a strong focus on women, including obstetrics, gynecology, fertility and cosmetic medicine.  

After quite a few weeks of podcasts focusing squarely on COVID-19, this episode may sound very different indeed. Until I noticed an interesting trend. You see, I follow several private female blogs and private Facebook groups, and over the past few weeks as the anxiety over COVID-19 and its economic, social and health impact started unfolding, so did many very common issues women face: breakouts, hormonal imbalances, hot flushes, waking up at 3 am. Some tweets from women asking “who else is waking up at 3 am” had hundreds and hundreds of comments.

I really like how Fatima addressed the hormonal as well as the stress levels we currently have in our day to day lives.  She touches on both, weaves them together as well as addresses them separately, which for me was really educational.

Like many women, as I aged, I felt more anxious and fatigued, perhaps due to the many things we worry about and things we have to do. I experienced lack of concentration, sleeplessness and mild bouts of depression every now and then, perhaps due to the many roles in life that I’ve had to juggle from being mother, a leader in the work place, a wife and all the responsibilities that come with it all. In hindsight, I am 100% certain that my hormones have at times helped me pull through, and at times got in the way and really negatively impacted my career, possibly since my late 30s.

All the topics Fatima will describe in her interview, I can mark a tick next to all of them: forgetfulness, extreme headaches, weight gain, mood swings. Fatima's biggest concern and goal is to support ambitious corporate women to continue to pursue their careers and not feel like they need to give up on anything because they can’t control their perimenopausal symptoms, or any hormonal fluctuations they may be experiencing.  Her goal is to treat and empower women, so they can fully embrace their career.

I hope you enjoyed this first half of the interview. In Part 2 we are going to look at actions: what can we actually do to improve our well-being? Step by step tips and advice from Fatima for women of different ages. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my Reset Your Career Community and I will send Part 2 to you next week.

 

Here are some of the key takeaways from Part 1 of our interview:

  1. Starting in our mid-thirties, our progesterone level goes down. Progesterone is not only a fertility hormone but our calming hormone, so it can result in more anxiety related symptoms where we get more emotional.
  2. Early to mid-forties, estrogen level goes down as well, period becomes shorter or longer. All the things we felt from mid-thirties get exaggerated by this age.
  3. About depression, true depression is having a low mood for six weeks. We will find that after our period we feel so much better, and so this depressive feeling we have prior is because of the low level of hormones.
  4. For the sleep problems we have, it can be due to decline in estrogen and progesterone, and we have to fix it by getting the correct hormones to replace the deficiency. But for majority of the people, it’s because we just don’t have a good sleep hygiene.
  5. Solution: Write a journal. Write your thoughts, your feelings, what you are grateful for that day, what the winds of the day, what to improve in terms of self-development, and then set intentions for the next day, but in relation to their menstrual cycle. Now you can change your routine and listen to your body 7 to 10 days prior menstruation with the help of this journal. Changes can be:
    1. Keep your schedule lighter and not over commit to work.
    2. Avoid doing intense workouts, instead you can do yoga, Pilates, or something similar that is more calming.
    3. Minimize caffeine intake, take green tea instead.
    4. Have a sleep hygiene of going to bed at 9pm with all gadgets switched off.
    5. Avoid processed foods and go for more green vegetables. Eat nutrient rich food, not energy dense food.
    6. Keep small snacks so as not to have big sugar slumps.
    7. Supplements are important: powdered magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin C, Vitex, Iron supplement, Fish oil
  6. Recognize the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, there are links below you can check. And consult a specialist to be able to tailor fit for you the solutions depending on your conditions. Please consult your doctor or see a specialist before taking any medication or supplement. Refer to the links below.

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25. The new world of work: How to pivot your career in a crisis - with Marianne Roux

25. The new world of work: How to pivot your career in a crisis - with Marianne Roux

April 8, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of 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. Better still, sign up for Reset Your Career, and I'll send you the new episode by email every week: https://www.renatabernarde.com/welcome

 

Episode Notes

For the past few weeks we have talked about how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting all areas of our lives, but especially our work. Living and working from home, market disruption, and government interventions are now the new normal, at least until we control the outbreak and most likely up to the point where we have wide distribution of an effective vaccine.

With that said, our world has changed. So, how is our new world of work going to look like? What challenges and opportunities will it present us? On Friday the 27th of March 2020 I spoke to Marianne Roux, who has over 25 years’ experience as a New World of Work Strategist. Marianne helps leaders and HR executives understand how to adapt their organisations to the new world of work, by training their leaders and teams, and transforming their businesses. She is a regular keynote speaker, author, business school lecturer, and also works pro-bono on developing women's entrepreneurial skills and alleviating poverty and trauma. Her work takes her to all corners of the Earth, including countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She is highly regarded as an expert in her field and is called upon to support large multinational organisations, governments and nonprofits in adjusting their business models, culture and workforce to be more future-oriented and entrepreneurial.

 

In this episode, Marianne helps us understand how to thrive during crisis, and how to pivot and develop your career to adjust to new ways of working and living. 

Key advice from Marianne to thrive under crisis - be it COVID-19 or any other you may encounter in the future:

  • For a week or two, take time to get through the shock and the grief.
  • Sort out an area at home to be your home office, and make it a friendly and happy place.
  • Have a work day every day, give yourself a job title, continue learning and continue to network and connect with others.
  • Schedule activities in your day to help keep you spirits up, like execising and volunterring.
  • You are not on holiday: You're employing yourself into a job and you've got to keep that mindset.

Marianne's foresight to help you plan for the next stages of your career:

  • The new world of work will most definetely include all things digital: from data analytics and design thinking, there are a lot of free courses and public content you can access, so use this opportunity to update your skills.
  • If data is not your thing, focus on relationships: health care, aged care and other sectors will required relationship management skills. 
  • Entrepreneurial skills are very important, especially in developing countries: use your youth and get them involved in your business idea. They understand digital and can help you build your success. 
  • Advice for career hunters in developed countries: There are oppportunities in entrepreneurship, innovation and in how business and government work together. These are the areas that needs much improvement.

 

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24. How to prepare for major disruption and avoid making mistakes during the Coronavirus pandemic - Lessons from a disaster expert.

24. How to prepare for major disruption and avoid making mistakes during the Coronavirus pandemic - Lessons from a disaster expert.

April 1, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of 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

“Our emotions, our intuitions and our gut reactions will often lead us in the wrong direction”, said Dr Gleb Tsipursky in my interview with him, recorded on Friday 27th of March 2020. Never have we ever in our lives, in this generation, at this point in time, wanted to know more what to do, how to do it, and when will the threat of COVID-19 be over. All over the world, political leaders, scientists, health practitioners, businesses, families, we are all struggling to find out feet and get a sense of direction amidst the threat of COVID-19. It is  impacting our health and our economy like no other crisis we’ve ever seen before.

In this episode I interview Dr Gleb Tsipursky, a disaster avoidance expert, consultant, coach, speaker and former academic with over 15 years of experience as a cognitive neuroscientist and behavioural economist. Gleb has written for major outlets such as Inc. Magazine, Time, Scientific American, Fast Company, and Psychology Today, and has been interviewed extensively on TV and podcasts. As CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, he has consulted and coached hundreds of clients worldwide, including large corporations such as IBM, Honda, and Wells Fargo. His academic career includes seven years as a professor at Ohio State University and dozens of peer-reviewed pieces published in leading academic journals. He authored the bestselling author of several book, such as “The Truth-Seeker’s Handbook”, “Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters.”

How did we connect, Gleb and me? Well, when we booked our catch up, the plan was to prepare you for redundancy, and how job hunters can make good decisions at times when emotions are high, during crisis or unexpected events. Little did we know we would be talking about avoiding disasters during the biggest disaster of our time.

So, what did we do? We quickly pivoted our chat, of course, and focused squarely on what is happening in the world now: the uncertainty and complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its flow on effects in the economy, our work or our livelihoods. Gleb helps us understand how to respond to threats effectively, how to make good decisions and how to prepare for things that can go wrong that we are not anticipating. At a time like this, his clients must be thinking “how lucky are we, that we’ve had Gleb on a retainer, right?!”. Yes, indeed!

And you will be pleased to know - I know I was - that many times during our conversation I had my coaching framework validated over and over again by Gleb’s research and recommendations. That we need think and plan long term, that we focus and work strategically towards our goals, that we work pragmatically to develop a long term, sustainable career. I felt re-assured that I’m tracking well in the support I’m providing you folks, my students and clients. And that together we will get through this and be better positioned for the new world of work that will crystalize on the other side of this crisis. We’ve all heard this before, that crisis is both threat and opportunity. So we need to be ready to bypass the threats we face right now and those yet to come, and use this hibernation time to prepare ourselves and update our toolkit to make the most out of the opportunities ahead.

In times of crisis, more often than not, we are overwhelmed with our emotions and base our decisions out of what we feel is right. We are usually not prepared to deal with it and especially not able to make good decisions that will benefit us for the long term. So how can we make good decisions especially in times of crisis or in times where something unexpected happens, like COVID-19?

Here are some key takeaways from this interview:

  • Beware of these 3 cognitive biases: they are the specific errors we make because of how our brain is wired. They are the systematic patterns of making bad decisions:
  • Normalcy bias – where we feel like the future will be normal, that it will be like the past.
  • Confirmation bias – where we tend to look for information that confirms our beliefs and ignore information that doesn’t.
  • Optimism bias – where we tend to be way more optimistic about the future.
  • Ask yourself 5 questions to minimize risks when making important decisions:
    1. What important information didn’t I yet fully consider? What evidence then should I take into account?
    2. What dangerous judgement errors haven’t I addressed? What cognitive biases haven’t I considered?
    3. What would a trusted adviser tell you? What would they tell you about this situation?
    4. How have you addressed all the ways that this decision could fail?
    5. What would cause you to revise your decision? What would cause you to change your mind about whatever decision you’re taking place?

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Dr Tsipursky’s link to helps you assess the 30 most dangerous judgement errors for yourself and for your workplace, for your career: disasteravoidanceexperts.com/subscribe/

“Never Go with Your Gut” book: https://disasteravoidanceexperts.com/nevergut/

Connect with Gleb on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-gleb-tsipursky/

 

 

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23B. Bonus Episode: COVID-19 and VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity - An extended chat with Janet Sernack

23B. Bonus Episode: COVID-19 and VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity - An extended chat with Janet Sernack

March 30, 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

The last episode was an interview with Janet Sernack on living and adapting to VUCA – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.  But I wanted to spend more time with Janet and share my conversation with my community in real time. So last week I called Janet during my weekly live Facebook session. And this Bonus episode is a recording of that chat. My goal is for you to be as informed and prepared as you can possibly be to live and work during a time of unprecedented VUCA. 

Quick recap, Janet Sernack is a consultant and coach who helps other coaches like me, leaders and organizations adapt and grow through disruption. Her expertise is in helping society understand what it means to BE innovative and adaptive to change. She helps embed innovation in organizations that are experiencing the shockwaves of disruptive change in our VUCA world. Normally that would mean market disruption, new technologies, and new ways of working, and so on. Janet helps businesses and leaders to be open to new and creative ways and new commercial possibilities. What I also like about Janet is that her expertise is delivered by an amazingly calm energy. This is how I want people to explain VUCA to me! I need her tone of voice, her positive warmth at this moment. 

In this podcast we talk about VUCA and also about Black Swan events in this context of the COVIDd-19 outbreak. She gives some great examples, great explanations as well as coping mechanisms we can all adopt.

 

Understanding VUCA: 

  • Volatility means that there are a number of surprising random and unexpected events. Volatility is the speed of change.
  • Uncertainty is what COVID-19 has created more than anything.
  • Complexity is the multiplex of forces. We have a lot of complex problems to solve, that can't be solved anymore through conventional thinking.
  • Ambiguity is the haziness of reality, or lack of clarity.

What we can do:

  • The first thing that is really critical to do is in these times is find your tribe: Like-minded, generous and collaborative people, as opposed to coming from a scarcity mindset and being competitive.
  • Find out the facts and what's really going on. It is better to look at actual data in observing what is happening around us.
  • Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset: entrepreneurs are the people are agile and nimble "flow" with VUCA. Entrepreneurs are used to experiencing triumphs and defeat in business. So they are more flexible with the times and very self-disciplined people.
  • Unplugging is really key because it does relax your autonomic nervous system and you will be less anxious.

 

I hope you enjoyed this bonus episode.

Don't forget to signed up to be a member of the Reset Your Career Community at https://www.renatabernarde.com/join. I’m getting ready for us to do a lot together over the course of the next few months.

Be safe and all the best for now.

Bye.

RB

 

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23. Living in a VUCA environment: Adapting to Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity - with Janet Sernack

23. Living in a VUCA environment: Adapting to Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity - with Janet Sernack

March 25, 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

On Janet’s LinkedIn profile you will find the following statement which perfectly summarizes her skills: ” I nurture and embed innovation in organizations, experiencing the shockwaves of disruptive change in our VUCA world. I enable people to step over the threshold that opens up a new world of conscious, creative & commercial possibilities.”

In addition to her expertise, Janet’s personality, her calmness, the tone of her voice adds to her wisdom and makes listening to this podcast a must. Please do so. You will notice we don’t mention covid-19 – that’s because it was recorded a while back – but every sentence, every learning is applicable to the situation we find ourselves today. You will want to take note. I tried, but basically the entire interview is a treat. I would recommend going to the episode show notes and downloading the transcript: https://www.renatabernarde.com/23transcript

Janet is a consultant and coach who helps other coaches like me, leaders and organisations adapt and grow through disruption. Her expertise is in helping society understand what it means to BE innovative and adaptive to change. You see, you may aim for innovation all you want, but you won’t get it if you don’t start acting differently, structuring your business differently, and being nimble to adopt and adapt to change fast as opportunities and threats come along.

It’s been hard to keep up and adapt to the constant changes to our lives since the outbreak of the covid-19 went global. Our world has changed, our days have changed, the way we shop, eat, interact with our loved ones has changed. Some of us have lost our jobs. Business owners have had to shut shop. On the other hand, hospital staff, doctors, nurses, supermarkets, call centres, online retailers, digital service providers have had an exponential demand for their services and products. All of these changes have disrupted the structures in our lives, economies, societies and international borders. This interview with Janet Sernack is therefore perfect for this point in time. 

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Janet Sernack’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetsernack/

Janet’s website: https://janetsernack.com.au/

VIA Survey of Character Strengths (you will need to create an account to take the test): https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/testcenter

 

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Where to listen to this podcast and subscribe for future episodes

 

How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

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22. Do you regret leaving your corporate job?

22. Do you regret leaving your corporate job?

March 17, 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

Do you regret leaving your corporate job? In today’s episode, I will be sharing a very interesting topic from my Facebook live video series.  This is a topic that a lot of people ask me about. It’s about people that are really keen to move back into corporate career, but they may be reluctant to do so.  Coming back to a corporate career, following a maternity leave break, even an extended period where you've been at home taking care of kids or you've had your own business for a decade or so, or you had a completely different career, creative career for example, and it's time now or you really want to reconsider your choices. So is it possible to go back to the career you once had? Find out in this podcast.

Key takeaways:

  1. The best time to open a business is in your 20s and 40s. In your 20s you have a lot of energy, you have no debt, and you have no kids or family. If anything goes wrong a hundred times, you can always go back to the corporate sector. In your 40s, you have less debt and less expenses, you can invest in other things.
  2. Whatever you decide to do, it doesn't have to be forever.
  3. People with entrepreneurial capacity and skill set are so needed in the corporate sector. Because you need people internally that will change things, that will make the workplace more vibrant, more interesting and more in times with what's happening around the world.
  4. Another reason why you may want to stay in the corporate sector or go back to the corporate sector is to build a better runway. Building a better runway means saving money so you can bootstrap your business or start up.
  5. For women who are still raising young children, the corporate sector sometimes is better for that than having your own business. Because if you're starting your business and having kids at the same time, it can be really overwhelming.

  

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! 

 

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How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

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21. Career development issues facing women

21. Career development issues facing women

March 11, 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 episode is about the many struggles women face in their careers, and the different style of leadership that we offer. We will tackle more on this topic in the future episodes, but for now I hope you enjoy listening to this short discussion. It's an audio version of a Facebook live video from late 2019, and I thought it was an important one to share.

This audio is from the very beginning of my Facebook page and my whole project including this podcast. At the time of my launch, I received a lot of feedback from women. I quickly filmed this reponse to the feedback I was receiveing because I thought to myself: this is important, this is what's top of mind for your audience, so you need to address it! You can tell that it was my first video and I have a lot of nerves, but you can also feel my passion for this subject and how much I care about women achieving, women breaking the glass ceiling, helping each other, advocating for each other and moving upwards in their careers.

It was International Women's Day a few days ago, and I see this as the episode I wanted to have for you this week. 

 

Key takeaways:

  1. Be careful with success bias: We tend to compare ourselves with others who we see as successful, without seeing their struggles, and most importantly, without seeing women in senior leadership are the minority.
  2. There is so much strength, creativity and experience that a different style of career can bring to leadership! Always choosing the candidate that has a linear career progression doesn not offer the organisation enought diversity and inclusion. We haven't really been able to create a narrative about why it's important for us to have that diversity, not just of gender, but of work experience, and how that enriches the leadership teams and ultimate the decision making power of organisations. 

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 *

Or if you are not ready for a chat, joing the community anyway! There's a tone of value and career advice coming your way when you do!

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

Bye for now

RB

* The career strategy sessions are 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 

 

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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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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

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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! 

 

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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 

 

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How to give this podcast a rating or review on iTunes

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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. 

 

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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

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**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.

 

 

 

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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. 

 

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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! 

 

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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 *

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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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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.

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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.
  • 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!!

 

 

How to subscribe to my weekly newsletter

Every week I'll send you my latest podcast as well as a curated list of the articles, videos and books. This way you will have the best collection of career tips and advice automated to your inbox. You can now focus on assimilating the best content, rather than searching for it. And have time to enjoy your life as well! https://www.renatabernarde.com/newsletter-subscribe

 

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)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:

 

 

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.

If you haven’t yet subscribed to my newsletter, I’d love to have you onboard. I send my community a weekly email with the new episode of The Job Hunting Podcast plus a curated list of articles that I know can make a difference in your career, help you build confidence and good habits: https://www.renatabernarde.com/newsletter-subscribe

 

 

 

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.

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

 

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!!

 

On my website you will find:

  

Links to subscribe and review!

 

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.

 

Links to references I made in this episode: 

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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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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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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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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!!

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

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Free Bonus Template:

As promised in the podcast, I am sharing with you my "Email Template: Connecting with Head-hunters and Recruiters", which you can download here: https://www.renatabernarde.com/8bonus

 

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!!

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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.

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 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.

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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:

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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.

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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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