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Hide and Seek: finding ‘hidden’ jobs-GXY Search, 19th March 2012

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Hide and Seek: finding ‘hidden’ jobs

In tough economic times, it can seem almost impossible to ‘reboot’ your career. You can’t help but wonder whether Nepotism is rife when primo roles don’t even make it to the classifieds.

From the moment we are old enough to seek work, we have preconceived ideas about how to go about it. When you’re old enough to babysit you do a letterbox drop to your neighbours. When you hit 18 you drop your CV at bars you like, hoping for some weekend shifts to fund those nights out (when you probably should be home studying…) Once you reach the pointy end of uni you start getting all serious: applying for internships and apprenticeships, signing up for job-seeking sites (SEEK, The Loop, MumbrellaPedestrian.TV) and pestering you tutors. The arduous task of self-promotion and networking has begun.

And yes, as we’ve mentioned here before, these are all really important steps. However, the truly savvy jobseekers on the road to great careers don’t rely on conventional approaches – they seek out the HIDDEN job market.

The hidden market is not an in-your-face Dolly-Parton’s-cans kind of job market, but rather a more subtle, or even non-existent Fabio’s-brains kind of job market. Often, these jobs don’t even exist until you, the jobseeker, plant the seed in the mind of a potential employer that they simply can’t carry on without you.

Tapping into the hidden job market involves reaching out to anyone and everyone. Go beyond friends of friends, friends of parents and work associates. After you’ve got the part time job in that bar/shop/café you’ll probably get some regular customers. Have a chat with them as you serve them their morning caffeine hit – you’ll be amazed not only by what you discover, but the ways in which people are willing to help you with your career.

Make yourself memorable in any way possible – you want to get stuck in their minds so you’re the first person they think of when an opportunity arises. Being super helpful is an obvious way to achieve this.

Also, remember that networking is not just about selling yourself – it’s about LISTENING. One of the best ways to reboot your career is to get the inside track on how you can make a move. When you strike up a conversation with someone in the field you’re interested in, make sure you get the scoop on what’s happening in the industry. This information can be very useful in helping you position your skills when you next talk to a potential employer.

Hide and Seek: finding ‘hidden’ jobs-GXY Search, 19th March 2012

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Recruitment and Interviews in Melbourne and Sydney – Get your body language right and make the right first impression!-GXY Search, 18th March 2012

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Recruitment and Interviews in Melbourne and Sydney – Get your body language right and make the right first impression!

Here on the GXY Search blog we’ve discussed a whole lotta things regarding job hunting.  We’ve talked building your brand, social media (including pinterest-are you on there yet? Cos if you’re not you are missing out!!), salary, dress codes…the list goes on and on.

While we have mentioned many aspects of personal presentation, one thing we are yet to touch on is your physical mannerisms, in particular when fronting up to an interview.

A recent article on cbsnews.com notes “Much of the information that we communicate happens non-verbally via subtle signals we put out with our posture, gestures and attitude. It’s no surprise, then, that your success in a job interview depends quite a bit on almost everything except what you actually say.”

Let’s say you are looking at fashion jobs.  No one in the Melbourne fashion industry (or any fashion industry for that matter) will take too kindly to a slouching, scowling applicant.  First impressions are so important so take a little pride in how you present yourself.

Often your first gesture upon entering an interview room is the classic handshake.  It’s critical you nail this bad boy.  Don’t squeeze too hard, but don’t go limp ether.  A firm grip suggests you are confident but not over aggressive.  If nerves have got to you, make sure you dry your sweaty palms beforehand…

Once you’ve sat down be aware of what you are doing with your hands.  Don’t fiddle.  Don’t touch your face.  Even though we often do this self-consciously, touching your nose or mouth will freak out any germophobes.  It can also be read as a sign of dishonesty, and while you can always stretch the truth a tad, flat-out lying wont lead to anything good.

Keeping your hands on the table or in your lap will also help with another body language no-no.  Crossing your arms.  Probably the most obvious sign of defensiveness or passive aggression.  Seriously, we get the whole Gen X Y, tortured youth thang but surly misdemeanours are sooooo out right now.

You will also convey confidence and interest by making eye contact.  However, don’t overdo it-staring makes other people super uncomfortable.  Be wary of treading that fine line-there’s nothing worse than making natural eye contact then realising you are making eye contact then being suddenly darting your eyes away-you WILL look shifty, and shifty people are not high on a would-be employers list.  Similarly don’t let your eyes wander round the room too much-you’ll come off bored and/or flaky.

Excessive nodding will also make you come across a little cuckoo.  You are not one of those bobble-headed ornaments found on a car dashboard.  Nodding too much makes you appear like you are sucking up or that you are simply nodding for the sake of it, attempting to disguise that you have no frickin clue what’s going on!  Nod when required and when appropriate-it will prove you have your own opinions and are paying attention.

So next time you go for the job of your dreams stand up straight, smile and follow these golden rules-your confidence and effort will be truly appreciated.

Recruitment and Interviews in Melbourne and Sydney – Get your body language right and make the right first impression!-GXY Search, 18th March 2012

Fashion Recruitment in Melbourne and Sydney – Motivation and Commitment in Career Transition-GXY Reboot, 13th March 2012

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Fashion Recruitment in Melbourne and Sydney – Motivation and committment in Career Transition

Often when you are in the midst of a career transition you will discover that motivation can fall by the wayside.  When your initial gung-ho mentality takes a beating it can be very easy to chuck in the towel and take the easiest way out.  It’s easy to forget the whole reason you had a crack at a career reboot in the first place.

For those of you who think you’ll get a guarantee that things wont turn pear-shaped, you need to ask yourself “Are you havin’ a laugh!?”  The reality is, in the big bad job world there are simply NO guarantees.  At a certain point you just have to go with gut, reboot yourself, make like Roxette and listen to your heart.

However few guarantees there may be in life is no excuse not to commit.  When you find yourself on a new career path, it is important that you envision your end goal and stick to it.  And we’re not talking the kind of goals performed by the great Gary Ablett (Junior or Senior-take your pick), but the invisible kind that you strive for, the kind that may seem to elude you in the beginning but are there waiting for you reach them.

Once you have established the end goal you need to create a few mini-goals, small tasks or action steps that will make your career transition a whole lot easier.  Try and do at least one task a day.  Maybe one day you brush up your CV.  The next you could meet with someone you admire for their advice.  Another could be spent researching universty courses to further improve your skills.

No need to work on the weekends though gang you’ve still got to have a life, so make like any other Gen X or Y and head to the pub for a few ales-hell you deserve it after all your mini-goal achievements!

Be prepared that along the way you will hit a few speed bumps that could make it difficult to stay committed to the dream.  Of all the obstacles you will face along the way (and at GXY Reboot we have seen them ALL!), the greatest will undoubtedly be yourself.  We’ve all got that little voice in our heads that tells us to “pack it in”, “it’s all too hard”, or “go back to what you know”.  Not only is this counter-productive but it’s not true!!  You will get there in the end you’ve just got to ignore that nagging voice and get on with it!!

Don’t forget to celebrate this decision too!  It’s big and it’s scary and its crazy and it’s friggin awesome all at the same time!  And it may seem like you’ll never get there but trust us you will and once you reap those rewards and reboot your career the endless slog will seem so damn sweet.

Fashion Recruitment in Melbourne and Sydney – Motivation and commitment in Career Transition-GXY Search, 13th March 2012

The 3 C’s to Career Success-GXY Search, 7th March 2012

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The 3 C’s to Career Success

When you meet someone for the first time, it often helps to repeat their name in your head in an effort to make it stick. Clunky segue aside, the same can be said when you are on the job hunt, as it helps to have a mantra in mind to remind yourself of the end goal.   It can be disheartening when doors are literally and metaphorically shut in your face time after time, but if you can keep a clear head and live by a few basic principles, you will be more inclined to keep focus and stay on the right path.

Firstly, it helps to remind yourself “I am CONFIDENT”.  While you may have the faith and surety of your friends, family and peers that you will succeed, if you don’t believe in yourself you are destined for disaster.  Even Forrest Gump knew he wasn’t an idiot and the man inspired Elvis’ snazzy moves and the infamous “Shit Happens” bumper sticker for goodness sake!  Each day, as you put yourself out there remind yourself of all the amazing abilities you have to offer, particularly when you hit a bump in the road-acknowledge your mistakes but be strong enough to move on from them.

Next, you’ve gotta remember “I am COMMITTED”!  Stick to your guns, and don’t give up!!  Sounds cheesy but it is oh so true!  That dream fashion job, marketing role or PR career is calling your name (contact us to find out more at GXY Search!), so COMMIT to the journey because you will eventually get there, and all your struggles you endure along the way will only make it that much sweeter in the end.  Hell, look at certified train wreck Lindsay Lohan, she even did time in the slammer but the gal just keeps on keeping on! Even her latest disastrous effort on SNL surely wont hold La Lohan down, and that my friends, is true commitment.

Finally, when chanting your inner mantra never forget “I am in CONTROL”.  You and only you, hold your destiny in your palms and don’t you forget it.  Look at all those kids on Top Model-when Tyra, Nigel or the great Andre Leon Talley gets stuck into them for not “smizing” enough, or having “no neck” (first world problems people), they just keep their chin up, put their shoulders back and smize the shit out of their next photo shoot.  Take criticism in your stride peops and learn from it, because at the end of the day it’s up to you to take the reigns.

So follow these important three C’s, and who knows that dream job in Melbourne fashion could be right round the corner…

Via Inc.

The 3 C’s to Career Success-GXY Search, 7th March 2012

How to Make It when you’ve Made It-GXY Search, 29th February 2012

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Are you recently employed?  Or nearly employed?  Have you razzed up your CV, chatted to recruiters, nailed the interviews?  Well don’t pat yourself on the back just yet because even though you’ve made it, in the words of the legendary Tim Gunn (if you’re not a Project Runway fan surely you’re a Heidi Klum appreciator) it’s time to “Make It Work”!

These are the things you are not taught at school, you can’t read in a book, and are certainly not highlighted on the job description.  They are personality traits that will make you stand out from the pack, that make you memorable, that take you from average employee to indispensible employee.

Learn to take the job description itself with a grain of salt.  This doesn’t mean you need to disregard it entirely, but take the role and make it yours.  Think outside the box, stay late if you need to, think on your feet, adapt to the situation at hand and for Gods sake, use some bloody common sense!  Don’t wait to be told what to do-you were hired because you’re capable so sort it out!

The best employees are often those who are a little bit nutty.  Not Glenn Close bunny boiler nutty; but quirky in a good way.  A vibrant personality (note this is a quality to be found in loud and softly-spoken employees for those of you who may be a little shy) will foster a fun, friendly HAPPY working environment, and happy workers make better, more productive workers.  Know when it’s time to dial down the crazy though and learn to read the play.  Cracking gags while those around you are frantically trying to make a deadline won’t be appreciated.

Drive is crucial as well.  Never look back only forward.  Learn from your mistakes and always strive to improve upon what you have done before.  Tweak your formulas, your flowcharts, your weekly meetings.  Follow the pocesses set before you but if you know you can make them better then why wouldn’t you?

And if obstacles hit your path then knock em down.  Oprah Winfrey grew up dirt poor.  Steve Jobs dropped out of uni, Richard Branson didn’t even go.  What made them some of the most successful people in their fields?  They were always out to prove the naysayers wrong.

Be appreciative.  Stick up for the little person-speak on someone’s behalf if you believe they wont stand up for themselves.  Take pride in your team too and if they do a cracking job let them know!  It’s always nice to get a little love and it feels just as good to give.  A simple pat on the back will only improve team morale and will help with the aforementioned drive for greatness.  Don’t be a drip about it or OVER complimentary.  No one likes a suck up.

Similarly, if you have a problem with something or someone, take your superior aside and let them know.  No one wants to be known as the resident whinger, nor the resident bitch.  Poking fun at those around you, or worse, feeding off the office gossip is counterproductive and just plain not nice.

So if you want your own Apple, Virgin Airways or multi-national talk-show one day take your role, and Make It Work!!

How to Make It when you’ve Made It-GXY Search, 29th February 2012

What to expect during your Career Reboot-GXY Reboot, 22nd February 2012

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What to expect during your Career Reboot

We talk a lot about career transition and rebooting your career here at GXY not only because we have a fabulous program that can help you sort your shit out, but also because many of us here have also experienced serious job confusion and if we can shed any light on the subject well that’s just peachy.

So as Sister Maria once trilled whilst frolicking in the Austrian countryside-lets start at the very beginning: your career reboot basics.  Making the change is likely to be a barrage of highs and lows so it’s good to get an idea of what to expect.

 Firstly, learn to love the waiting game cos waiting to hear back for a job can be rather like sitting by the phone waiting for a date to call.  Once you have signed up for the obligatory search boards like SEEK, The Loop, Mumbrella and Pedestrian.TV (to name but a few), joined a recruitment company like GXY Search, and sent out seemingly thousands of letters of interest; chances are you will only hear back from a handful.

Speaking of resumes, be prepared to get yours in tip top shape.  A crap resume will not be accepted, nor will one filled with useless information-no one cares that you were the lead singer in year 9 choir, nor that you won the 25 metre sprint in Prep.

Your cover letter should also sparkle, and be tailored towards the job you are applying for.  The extra effort will always be appreciated.

As we have mentioned here before, you may also need to think outside the square and work on your contacts.  Networking is a key part of the career transition process and as you can be introduced to some brilliant people.

You must also come up with a plan should you get the call that you are wanted for an interview.  A quick Google Search will turn up a host of frequently asked interview questions and a recruiter can easily guide you along the right path.

Be prepared though, that despite all your hard work, sometimes fate steps in to mess with your plans. It’s a tough part of the job seeking reality but sometimes, even when you do your best, the fates align against you and you miss out.  It’s up to you however to scrape yourself off the ground and get back out there.

Trust us, the right position will come along eventually and all the effort will be worth it.

What to expect during your Career Reboot-GXY Reboot, 22nd February 2012

Building your Brand Part One: Mantras-GXY Search, 20th February 2012

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Sometimes at GXY Headquarters we come across some genius articles that we simply can’t ignore, they are so super spot on.  Such was the case this morning when PR whiz Nick Smith came across this little ripper via The Daily Muse on Forbes.com, entitled The First Step to Building Your Personal Brand.

During the career transition process, (and even when you are gainfully employed), every single move you make will be thoroughly scrutinised; so it is important that when you are jobseeking, you discover your brand and what it stands for, and continue to maintain it to the best of your ability.

Don’t be naïve when assessing your employer’s personality, as no matter how cupcake cute and cuddly they may appear, their first movement will be to jump on the web and track your online footprint.  And if a job role comes down to you and someone else who is not puffing away/bleary eyed/swearing like a sailor on Facebook, it’s pretty much a given the latter will come up trumps.

So how do you ensure your brand is bloody brill?  Well, the first step according to the aforementioned article is to develop your brand ‘mantra’.

Now hold your horses those of you with a phobia of all things Age of Aquarius, as we are not suggesting you grow dreads and join a naked chanting circle.  In the case of your personal branding mantra we are simply suggesting a catchphrase of sorts, that will sum up who you are and what you represent.

The Daily Muse suggests a few simple steps.  For the purpose of this post lets pick a case study,  up-and-coming actor Ryan Gosling.   Ok I have Oscars on the brain but it IS round the corner and don’t fret as once we hit the 27th July it’ll be all about the Olympics baby.

But back to branding mantras.

The first step is to find your emotional appeal.  Are you organised? Hysterically funny?  Incredibly wise?  It doesn’t have to be elaborate either, it can be as simple as HAPPY or SAD.  Also note that there are no negative connotations in branding.  If you were to pick a word like ‘sad’ you must recognise that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if this is applicable to the roles you are interested in then go for it!

Consider how you make people feel, and what others think of you.  The perfect word for Ryan is obviously DREAMY but for his emotional appeal let’s go with ROMANTIC.  This is probably a little one-dimensional as he obviously has more than rom-com appeal, but it’s definitely one of his emotional traits.  And come on, even blokes were moved by The Notebook.

Next you need to determine a description for yourselves-what do you stand for, what is your industry?  If you were an athlete you could pick FIT, ACTIVE etc.  Maybe you are a little less black and white, and are simply CREATIVE.  As RG’s field is on the silver screen, let’s pick ENTERTAINING.

Finally, your brand mantra must reflect what it is you actually do!  Are you a writer, graphic deigner, plumber, PR whiz, media magnate, marketing guru, fashionista?  What services can you offer?  What makes you stand out from the crowd?  Gosling would be a PERFORMER.

So there you have it folks-a chant free guide to get your brand on a roll, the first step to a successful career reboot.

And now let us leave you with one of the all time great moments in cinematic history, starring our ROMANTIC, ENTERTAINING PERFORMER Mr Ryan Gosling.

Building your Brand Part One: Mantras -GXY Search, 20th February 2012