Career Chinwags for the 21st Century with Catherine Cunningham
Interviews 101:Let’s start at the very beginning!

Interviews 101:Let’s start at the very beginning!

March 29, 2021

Being successful in a job interview requires practice, preparation…and more practice (unless you’re a natural…and not many of us are!). When the job at stake is your dream role, you really want to nail it!

In Episode 20 of Career Chinwags for the 21st Century, Catherine covers 3 types of interviews you are likely to face. She then distinguishes between standard interview questions and advanced interview techniques. Along the way, there's tips and tricks so that you thrive in this critical part of your job search.

Secrets of a Relaxed and Comfortable Leader: How do you Match up?

Secrets of a Relaxed and Comfortable Leader: How do you Match up?

March 15, 2021

Lets face it, how many individuals are natural leaders? Most will actually shy away at the idea of leading a team, scared of their own abilities and perhaps lack of leadership qualities.
 
Yet, fortunately or unfortunately, many of the most interesting jobs come attached with the need to manage people.

In Episode 19 of Career Chinwags for the 21st Century, Catherine outlines 10 qualities of a successful leader to help you assess your own leadership abilities. To help you with your ‘audit’, she provides examples of the attributes found in one of the most wonderful natural leaders she knows.

Convincing Buyers You are a Resilient Leader

Convincing Buyers You are a Resilient Leader

March 1, 2021

Leadership is probably the rarest quality in the world of work, yet the most sought after.   The pendulum has long ago shifted to this intangible quality being a necessity at senior levels, rather than a desirable element.

In fact, whether we’re a University graduate, a Supervisor or an Executive, we’re all supposed to be leaders these days.  And not just a run of the mill leader, but a resilient leader.

In Episode 18, Catherine to covers five critical elements of resilient leadership.  Assess your ability to prove to your future employer that you possess these rare and valuable qualities. 

Eliminate 5 Disastrous Self-Talk Moments to Fine Tune Your Career

Eliminate 5 Disastrous Self-Talk Moments to Fine Tune Your Career

February 15, 2021

Have you ever dreamed of a new career but thought to yourself ‘well I’m stuck in this job, and there are no other options’. This negative self-talk can wreak havoc in our lives, especially when it comes to finding happiness in our career.

In Episode 17, Catherine looks at 5 negative self-talk moments that could be disastrous for your career. She talks through each one, and offers tips on how to switch to a more positive mindset  and how to stop the negative self-talk in its tracks.

Insider’s Scoop to Nail 7 Top Interview Questions

Insider’s Scoop to Nail 7 Top Interview Questions

February 5, 2021

The number of interview questions that can be asked by Human Resources, the hiring manager, and other interviewers is limitless.

Imagine your horror (and resultant poor performance) when their first question is one of those hoary old questions you thought were as dead as a dodo.

In this p0odcast Episode, Catherine covers practical tips to help you deliver confident, genuine and authentic responses to these common interview questions. She offers example answers along the way that will hopefully help you to win the job.

Behind the Scenes with Stunning Candidates…What are they Saying about YOU?

Behind the Scenes with Stunning Candidates…What are they Saying about YOU?

January 25, 2021

Are you on the hiring end of the recruitment process?  If so, you really need to hone in on your recruitment practices if you want to find the top candidates.

Candidates may be left with a bitter taste in their mouth if they encounter any obstacles with the application process.

In this podcast episode, Catherine covers 7 ‘real life’ key issues that recruiters may face during the recruitment process. She discusses the pitfalls of each one, and offers advice on how to move towards ‘Best Practice’ methods.

New Year’s Resolutions: 12 Career Issues to Help you be Happier at Work

New Year’s Resolutions: 12 Career Issues to Help you be Happier at Work

January 11, 2021

How would you rate your career happiness? Do you enjoy going to work each day, or do you dread getting out of bed knowing what’s ahead?

Finding joy in your work and workplace may not always be easy, but it is achievable.

In Episode 15 of Catherine’s Podcast, she covers 12 specific career issues that should help you to be happier at work.  

End of Year Career Audit: Brickbats and Bouquets

End of Year Career Audit: Brickbats and Bouquets

December 14, 2020

Christmas time...end of year celebrations...there is always so much happening in December. It’s important though, to take some time out to consider your career happiness. Are you actually happy with your job?

In Episode 13 of Career Chinwags for the 21st Century, Catherine talks through 3 ‘brickbats’ that could be holding you back from finding happiness in your job. She then moves onto the ‘bouquets’, providing 3 examples of how doing it right can lead you to your dream job.

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'.

 

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