Career Chinwags for the 21st Century with Catherine Cunningham
Beyond Interview Basics: Politically-savvy Communication

Beyond Interview Basics: Politically-savvy Communication

November 30, 2020

Interviews are a tough gig! You have to get every aspect right to be in with a winning chance.

Once you’ve nailed body language, tone of voice and appearance…you need to focus on communication styles AND how you can best influence your interviewer.

In this podcast Episode, Catherine introduces Carl Jung’s assessment tool ‘I speak your language’ and the 4 basic communication styles related to this. She goes into depth about each of the 4 styles, and how you can win the interview by changing your style to match the interviewer's. This technique requires high skill, but nailing it could be the difference between winning and losing the job.

Want that Job? 10 Tips for a Winning Cover Letter

Want that Job? 10 Tips for a Winning Cover Letter

November 16, 2020

If you're having trouble making it through to the interview stage when applying for jobs, you need to go back and look at why the employer is not wanting to meet you. It's likely your Cover Letter isn't doing the job it's meant to do.

Statistics reveal that 40% of employers think that a Cover Letter is more important than the résumé. And, 76% will reject a candidate due to poor grammar or a spelling mistake! 

The bottom line is, your Cover Letter is a crucial element to the application process. In this podcast episode, Catherine covers 10 critical areas you need to consider when writing a Cover Letter. By the end of the episode, you will be able to write a winning cover letter that has the hiring manager think 'wow, I can't wait to find out more'.

 

4 Techniques to Defeat Ageism from Young Recruiters

4 Techniques to Defeat Ageism from Young Recruiters

November 2, 2020

Are you in your fifties or early sixties and have the desire to keep working, but not the confidence or belief that you'll be able to do so? You might feel as though the market place has written you off?

As Baby Boomers retire and the power moves decisively to younger generations, you may need to work a bit harder to pick up that next role if you are an older worker.

In Episiode 10, Catherine covers 4 specific techniques that older workers should adopt to win their next job.   

Career Mastery and Career Security with Me Ltd.

Career Mastery and Career Security with Me Ltd.

October 19, 2020

Do you get at least one phone call a year from someone asking you to come work for them?

We all know and probably envy people who regularly get poached from their current role by another employer.  What these people are doing is reaping the reward for their ongoing Career Mastery. Perhaps without realising it, they behave as if they are a business – in career terms, it’s called “Me Ltd”.

In this Podcast Episode, Catherine introduces this concept of ‘Me Ltd”. She covers 2 areas – how to excel in the workplace and how to create a persuasive career marketing kit.

How to Eliminate 10 Words & Phrases that Damage your Career

How to Eliminate 10 Words & Phrases that Damage your Career

October 6, 2020

On any day at work, you are likely to speak more than 60% of the time - persuading, instructing, influencing, explaining, motivating or counselling others. Sometimes the words and phrases you use may damage your interactions with work mates, or even worse, they may affect your job prospects at interviews!

In this Podcast Episode (and upcoming episodes), Catherine takes a break from the Managing your Career during the Corona Virus Season. Instead she will discuss various career issues. The issue of damaging words, is an important one, especially in a job interview when you only get short time to impress your potential employer. 

Episode 8 covers 10 words and phrases that you should try to avoid at work AND in a job interview.

Lost in your Career? 4 Tips to Help you Find the Ideal Job.

Lost in your Career? 4 Tips to Help you Find the Ideal Job.

September 21, 2020

How do you feel about your current job? Are you happy…bored…or are you just feeling a little lost in your career and not sure where to go from here?

In Episode 7 of Managing your Career during the Corona Virus Season Catherine covers 4 tips to help you find the ideal job. She talks about the important self-assessment tools used to determine what a 'perfect' career might look like. 

The self-assessment tools include:

- Myers Briggs Type Indicator

- Career Values

-  Career Skills and Interests

- Assessing Workmates and Work Environment

How to Feel Secure in your Career amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

How to Feel Secure in your Career amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

September 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has left many of us feeling severely pressured due to the disruption it has had on our careers and lives. A report just released by ING Bank said that more than three million Australians are thinking about changing careers once the Corona Virus subsides and nearly 30% have considered learning new skills to insulate themselves from future economic upheaval, including those who actually still have jobs.

In Episode 6 of Managing your Career in the Corona Virus Season, Catherine covers 5 areas for you to consider to help you feel more secure in your career both now and once the coronavirus crisis has subsided.

The first tip she covers is look before you leap, and carefully consider what it is you want to do. Secondly, she talks through making sure you investigate the safety of potential job sectors. She then moves onto a discussion about right brain jobs, and whether these are worth considering. Next, it's how to minimise the pain of moving jobs and finally, if you decide to stay in your current role, how can you future proof yourself (from losing your job!).

5 Strategies to Win your First Job in a Global Recession

5 Strategies to Win your First Job in a Global Recession

August 24, 2020

Younger workers typically have more trouble finding and maintaining employment in a recession. In the US during what Australians call the Global Financial Crisis, although the unemployment rate for all workers peaked at 10%, the rate for workers between 16 and 24 years old rose to 19.2%. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus crisis, many young Australians are now faced with a tough gig...of finding their first job during a global recession.

In Episode 5 of Managing your Career in the Corona Virus Season, Catherine offers 5 specific tips to help graduates win a GOOD first job as quickly and easily as possible amid a pandemic.

Tips to Zoom your Way to Video Interview Success

Tips to Zoom your Way to Video Interview Success

August 10, 2020

To be successful in a Video Interview you need to be both mentally and technically ready. If you’re new to Zoom/Skype or any other platform interviewers may use, it may be time to upskill!

In Episode 4 of Managing your Career in the Corona Virus Season, Catherine offers tips to help you sell yourself in a Video Interview. First, she covers the importance of treating the interview like a performance. She then delves into the technical side, with tips on lighting, IT and sound.

How to Win your Next Job with Job Search Networking - Part 2

How to Win your Next Job with Job Search Networking - Part 2

July 27, 2020

When it comes to Job Search Networking, most people misunderstand how to use this wonderful tool to get a job. They think of sipping Champagne and schmoozing people at a function. But Job Search Networking is much more involved than this.

Those who do understand the strategy and who are brave enough to do it, will not only survive, they will also thrive in their career.

In Episode 3 of Managing your Career in the Corona Virus Season, Catherine delves further into how to use Job Search Networking to win a job, especially in a time of crisis. This follows on from Episode 2, where Catherine covers Part 1 of this topic.

This is a wonderful but very strict and specific approach so Catherine takes it slowly. First of all she talks you through how to contact your Secondary Contact and set up a meeting. Secondly, she covers in detail how to conduct this meeting and finally, the next steps after the meeting.

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