What Are You Doing to Get Ahead?

Gayle Brandel
Fall is here and many are going back to school, adults and children alike. This is often the same time of the year employers are getting back into the swing of things and planning ahead for their 2016, 2017, 2018 etc. Once people have topped up their tans, they inevitably start planning for changes or things they want to happen next year in their company. I wonder if you are thinking about how things could change in your career also? I have personally been inspired by those around me going back to study and questioned what my next personal goal is to improve. Perhaps I may begin a course. Forget new years resolutions, we all know the success rates of those in general. I believe we should constantly be thinking about up skilling, within your own workplace, through education, reading a book, watching a compelling documentary or speaking with mentors. Anything that could help you grow. Many of my clients refer to standout resumes as the ones with extra curricular achievements or studies. Not always, but I can tell you it is a lot. If you can show examples to a prospective employer, or your boss when looking for a promotion, about your interest in personal development, wanting to...
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Keeping Things Simple

Gayle Brandel
We all know that acronym KISS, right? Keep It Simple Stupid. In this high speed digital age of tweeting, blogging and mobile apps, we expect things quickly and efficiently. My experience tells me that employers and recruiters today have the same expectations when dealing with job hunters – getting information from them quickly and efficiently, as they are super busy like you and I. Based on this reality, largely created by the Millennial generation, most of us want things that are simple and easy to understand, such as; mobile friendly WebPages, short snapshots of news from social media feeds or a simplified food menu when eating out or ordering online, as Gordon Ramsay would always scream and shout about. Knowing that the world moves so fast, I would recommend that job hunters think about KISS to help get what they want. Here are my top two tips for today, based on recent interviews candidates have had with my clients: 1) When a connection, recruiter or a potential employee asks you a question about work you would like,  don’t confuse them by giving too many options – people will be more likely to remember you and offer you the opportunities you...
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