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OUR TOP 5 TIPS TO A BETTER RESUME

posted by Christinap 25/06/2019 0 comments

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When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? How many pages should it be?

Well, search no more: We’ve compiled all the resume advice you need into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job.

#1 Keep it relevant

Think of your resume as a marketing flyer selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each job that you apply for, you want to highlight your key accomplishments that are relative to that position.

#2 Ditch the cover letter

This includes an objective statement. You want to put the best stuff on the first page. You want the recruiter and employer to see your best experience and accomplishments on the top third of the page.

#3 Keep it succinct

Your resume should be maximum 2 pages. You want the information to be as concise as possible. Trying to keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to showcase on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. Otherwise keep it short and sweet.

#4 Formatting, spelling and grammar

You might be thinking, ‘duh!’ but you’d be amazed at the amount of CVs we see with inconsistent font, captilisation of sentences and line spacing. Take care in how you present your resume. Spelling and grammar mistakes on your resume immediately tells the reader that you’re sloppy and careless. It’s a sure fire way not to get an interview.  

#5 Bullet points are key

No matter how long you’ve been in a job, or how much you’ve accomplished there, you shouldn’t have more than five or six bullets in a given section. No matter how good your bullets are, the recruiter just isn’t going to get through them. (the muse)

#7 Cut the fluff

Vague terms like, ‘team player’ and ‘hard worker’ have no substance. Think about more impactful ways to describe yourself and your achievements, e.g. actively contributed to the success of XYZ campaign which attributed a 5% lift in profits for that quarter.

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10 steps to a better LinkedIn profile in 2019

posted by Christinap 28/05/2019 0 comments

LinkedIn continues to be a great way to network and connect. Now more than ever, your LinkedIn profile is your most important online job-seeking tool. Here are ten steps to ensure your profile is polished for 2019:

1. Write a killer headline and summary.

Make sure you describe what you do in under 120 characters in your headline. Be clear and informative, but also original and creative. Include relevant industry keywords (that will make you easier to find when people are searching for professionals in your field). And make sure to revisit your summary and revise it regularly to make sure it’s accurate and timely.

The summary section now also allows you to add images, videos, documents and links, so add relevant pieces that show off your best work.

Consider also offering a glimpse of your future goals, ideas and objectives, to give prospective employers a better insight to your career goals.

2. Nail your profile and background picture.

First impressions are everything! Use a high-quality, professional headshot (preferably 400×400 pixels). Also use a relevant background picture that speaks to your personal brand and conveys something meaningful about you. The ideal size for your background picture is 1584 x 396 pixels.

It’s also a good idea to make your profile visibility “Public.” When you change your profile picture visibility to “Public,” you make yourself easier to find via search engines or other networks.

3. Include only relevant workplace information.

Remember, you shouldn’t always list all your previous jobs—unless they’re relevant to your current job. Instead, focus on the workplaces and experiences that paint your professional credentials in a positive light.

Remember to update your current position, too. If you’ve received a promotion, won an award, published an article or are involved in an interesting project, it makes sense to update your profile accordingly.

4. Insert relevant skills.

Add whatever notable skills, certification or abilities you have, and ask your friends and colleagues to endorse you. Keep in mind: More is not more when it comes to LinkedIn Skills. It’s better to list fewer skills (and gain endorsements on those) than to list a wide array of unendorsed skills.

Update this section regularly—or at least whenever you learn a new skill. You should also delete skills that are no longer relevant to your career interests.

5. Add certificates.

Do you have any relevant certifications? Did you graduate from a course or receive any online training? Make sure to post them and elaborate.

6. Ask for recommendations.

Substantive, descriptive recommendations from former or current colleagues are perhaps the most persuasive piece of content you can have on your LinkedIn profile. Write recommendations for others freely, and be bold about asking for friends to return the favor.

You can find the buttons for requesting and writing a recommendation by going to your contact’s profile page and clicking the white “More …” button next to “Message.”

7. Publish articles.

If you’re looking for search visibility, LinkedIn isn’t necessarily the best place to add articles. However, publishing articles is a great way to show off your expertise.

Try to write a new article at least every three months, and cover topics that are hot in your industry. Pay attention to pictures and title length, too. Your title should not exceed 60 characters.

If you can think of specific people who might enjoy your article, tag them in the message as well. The organic reach of LinkedIn articles is quite low, so adding keywords and tagging people are good ways to increase your reach and help your article gain visibility.

8. Edit your URL.

When you created your LinkedIn profile, it had some ugly combination of letters, numbers, and backslashes. LinkedIn makes it easy to create a short URL with your name in it. Copy that URL into your email signature so that employers and recruiters can find you on LinkedIn quickly. This will also make you easier to find through search engines. In the upper-right corner of your profile, you’ll see “Edit public profile and URL.”

9. Optimise your profile’s search visibility.

Like other social media platforms, LinkedIn has an algorithm. There’s a lot you can do to make your profile more visible such as including relevant keywords in your headline, adding your city to your profile, inserting work samples, making sure your contact information is complete and joining relevant industry centric groups.

10. Spell check, spell check, spell check. Poor grammar and typos can make an impressive profile look embarrassing very quickly.

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Does your workplace have a growth mindset?

posted by Christinap 12/04/2019 0 comments

Adaptability has always been a key role in workplace success. Now more than ever, our careers require us to be constantly evolving. Having a “growth” mindset versus a “fixed” one might be the to way to successfully change your behaviours, find meaningful work, build better habits, and stay current in the future of work.

What is a growth mindset?

People with a growth mindset believe abilities, like talent and intelligence, can be developed through hard work and dedication. They seek out opportunities to experiment, enjoy learning and view failure as an opportunity to grow.

Those with a fixed mindset believe the opposite. They feel like they are born with a set level of talent and intelligence, and because of this, they’re more likely to seek out opportunities and situations where these views are affirmed (like doing the same job over and over to receive praise). They also may believe that talent alone, is the source of success. This may be harmful in the long run as it prevents their ability to grow, develop and learn new skills.

How does this impact the workplace?

In the workplace, the fixed mindset employee will be more likely to stick to “business as usual”. They’ll try to use techniques and solutions that have worked for them in the past. They may not be willing to rely on their talents alone. On the other hand, the growth mindset employee believes that the best work comes from trying new solutions. They’ll be more likely to search out opportunities to test new and forward-looking solutions, without fear that they won’t be good at it right away, or that it might not be the right choice.

People with fixed mindsets are more likely to set performance goals (like moving a metric or hitting a KPI) instead of learning goals (like bettering your skills). It might seem like not a big deal, but focusing on performance goals defers to short-term thinking and makes you feel like you either pass or fail.

How can an awareness of growth mindsets help your company?

When organizations only measure employees by outcomes, this creates a “fixed mindset” culture, where being intelligent and talented is prized above all other behaviours. When you are too worried that the outcome is all that matters, it seems you may do whatever it takes to deliver a result including hoarding resources, potentially lying to colleagues or clients, and blaming others when things don’t go right. The biggest risk is that potentially valuable learning opportunities that enable growth and innovation will be ignored.

When a company measure employees by the efforts that they make and embody a “growth mindset” culture of development, the willingness to put in our best effort, to learn and to grow is what’s valued the most. When employees feel confident that giving things their best shot and learning from the experience is what really counts, it seems they may be more willing to collaborate with others and to learn from success and failures.. Perhaps most importantly, they will be given the tools to be equipped to deal with setbacks and seek out opportunities for growth and innovation.

Leaders have an especially unique role in fostering this culture of a growth mindset. The growth mindset in the workplace shapes our ability to create innovative, risk-taking cultures and have happier employees. Rather than seeing success as confined in a box, they see greater opportunity. Leaders with a growth mindset see talent and intelligence just as the starting point and are interested in cultivating people’s effort and willingness to learn.

In the journey of continuous improvement, demonstrating a growth mindset can be contagious in promoting a positive organisational culture.

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Rise of the Returnship: an untapped talent pool

posted by Christinap 19/03/2019 0 comments

Returning to work after an extended break, for instance, maternity leave, can be a real challenge for employees. Understandably, employee confidence can wane amidst the job market and pace of technology changing so rapidly. Women returning to work after a career break face multiple challenges such as balancing work and caring commitments, a loss of confidence and the need to update skills and knowledge.

Recognising that women returning to work after a career break are an untapped resource, many forward thinking Australian companies have started to target this pool of talented employees with “returnships”. This trend has seen great success and uptake in the UK and USA and no doubt savvy Australian companies will continue to follow suit in creating similar programs.

A returnship is a program to support professionals who are looking to restart their careers after a lengthy absence from the workforce. These programs aim to support women transitioning back into the workforce after a career break of two years or more and usually last for a few weeks to a few months. They usually target professionals in mid to higher levels than say an internship.

Throughout the program, staff are given additional training and mentoring to help bring their skills up to scratch and to slowly familiarise themselves to the pace of their new work environment. Some additional benefits of a returnship program include:

  • Growing the employees network
  • Learning new skills
  • Building their resume with relevant experience
  • Getting a foothold into a leading corporate organisation

We believe programs like returnships are the way of the future and will go a long way in ensuring your company remains competitive and attracts the best candidates in the market. Some of Australia’s biggest players in the finance and professional service sectors have gotten on board with offering formal returnship programs (including, Macquarie Group’s Returner Program and Deloitte’s Return to Work) and we have noticed a growing interest coming from some of our clients to look to offer something similar to tap into this highly skilled talent pool.

For more information or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 9500 2797 for a confidential chat.

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7 Ways To Start Off 2019 Right

posted by Christinap 06/01/2019 0 comments

A new year means an opportunity for a fresh start at work. What can you do to start the new year off right? Here’s our top tips you can implement now!

1. Set goals

Make a point to identify where you are now and where you want to be at this time next year. Start planning on how you can achieve you goals, whether they be small or large. Keep in mind: if you don’t know where you’re going, it will be tough to get there.

2. Reflect on your successes

Take the time to document and list out your accomplishments over the past year. And don’t forget to  update your resume and LinkedIn to reflect where you are at today.

3. List new skills you’ll need

You might need to think of potential new skills you’ll need to acquire to move ahead with your career plans. Now is a good time to form a strategy on how you can get them. Talk to your boss to determine if there are ways you can augment your current skills by participating in new projects.

4. Keep an eye on the future

The start of a new year is a good time to think about the outlook for your company and industry sector. Are there any opportunities on the horizon or potential issues to be aware of? Be realistic and honest and consider what action you should take if prospects aren’t promising.

5. Be flexible

It’s difficult to go very far at work if you aren’t flexible. Try your best to be open to new ideas and new ways to do things and make a goal to try to say “yes” more than “no” at work when it comes to suggestions from your colleagues and supervisors.

6. Network, network, network

You’ve heard that networking is the best way to get a job; take that advice and make a point to expand your circle of contacts. The more people who know, like and trust you and think you are good at what you do, the better the chance of you finding and landing new opportunities in the new year.

7. Break out of your rut

If you’ve been feeling that you are stuck in a career rut, now may be the perfect time to plan for a change. There’s no time like the present to start thinking about new opportunities and looking for your dream job.

If you’re looking for a new start to 2019, get in touch with with us today on 9500 2797 or email connect@brookrecruitment.com.au. And don’t forget to sign up for job alerts and get your dream job now!

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5 Ways To Wrap Up The End Of The Year At Work!

posted by Christinap 23/11/2018 0 comments

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be entering into 2019! When we think of closing the year out, we want to do our best in completing all those last-minute or lagging projects before December 31. We have always found it beneficial to wrap up all loose ends in 2018 and enter into 2019 with a fresh start.  

There is nothing like putting a little more pressure on yourself, but just think how great you will feel knowing you completed everything by your deadline.

Here are our top tips to help you wrap up tasks by the end of the year:

  1. Make a list: Make a list of all the things you need to complete by the end of the year.  Include projects you are currently working on, ones that need to be completed and ones that may carry over into the new year.  This will give you a clear picture of what needs to be done and will keep you motivated.
  2. Review and purge old documents and files:  Now is a great time to organise and file all your hard and soft documents. Organising, filing, and purging documents to close out 2018 will leave you in a great position to start fresh after the holidays and mentally will make you feel a lot less cluttered.  
  3. Review and reflect:  Take time out to review and reflect on your accomplishments. Were you responsible for making positive changes? Did you achieve any major goals and KPIs? Maybe you did something that had a positive impact on the employees and organisation. Whatever your successes were in 2018, be proud of your accomplishments and give yourself credit.
  4. Clean out and organise your emails:  This is a great time to go through all your old emails and delete the ones that are no longer relevant or needed.  Create folders for all of the important emails that you need to keep. This is a great way to ensure your inbox is clutter-free and will help you to stay organised. 
  5. Set obtainable work goals for 2019:  Now that 2018 is coming to a close, it is time to start thinking about setting yourself new, obtainable goals for 2019.  Choose goals that will help your grow, improve your skills, enhance your career and make you happy.

We hope these tips help you to get organised and prepared for the new year, whilst also ensuring you have a relaxing break. From all of us at Brook Recruitment, we wish you great success in closing out 2018 and a happy and prosperous Holiday Season and wonderful 2019!

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#PLACEDBYBROOK: OFFICE ALL ROUNDER KATIE FROM DAA

posted by Christinap 26/10/2018 0 comments

Katie was one of our first candidates to feature in our monthly candidate videos. We had a fantastic response to her video interview and she quickly obtained a great role at boutique accounting firm Daniel Allison & Associates. We sat down recently to catch up and pick her brain…

Tell me a little about your role at DAA?

My Role at DAA consists of Administration, Reception and some Project Management. I am responsible for everyone’s everyday office needs. Working closely with principals at the accounting firm is a big responsibility but a great one nonetheless.

What does a typical day for you involve?

Every day is different at DAA, I start my day off usually sorting through all the mail and then just assist the associates and principals around the office with administration work. I am also currently in charge of the refurb of the rooftop of our building, which is very exciting.

In your experience, what are some of the key attributes that make a successful Receptionist/Administrator/Office All Rounder?

Being extremely vigilant and precise. Attention to detail is everything. Also being enthusiastic and motivated makes the work place a more positive environment to be in.

If you could go back in time what advice would you have for yourself when you were first starting your career?

Ask as many questions as you can. In the long run it will only benefit you.

How have you found working with Brook Recruitment?

Brook Recruitment has been extremely supportive to work with. Checking in to see how things are going. I really appreciate the effort they go to.

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#PlacedByBrook: Receptionist superstar Manjula from Vaughan Construction

posted by Christinap 05/10/2018 0 comments

We placed Manjula in a fantastic job-share Receptionist position 6 months ago at construction firm Vaughan. We sat down recently to catch up and pick her brain…

Tell me a little about your role at Vaughan?

I have been employed by Vaughan for the last 6 months as a receptionist in a job share role.

What does a typical day for you involve?

A typical day at Vaughan Construction involves answering phone calls, meet and greet and sign in all visitors. Setting up meeting rooms with coffee/water. Monitoring and responding to emails including the info mail box. Maintain and order kitchen and stationery stock as well as organising couriers, catering and booking meeting rooms. Various admin tasks such as updating templates and typing construction minutes.

In your experience, what are some of the key attributes that make a successful Receptionist/Administrator??

Being friendly and professional whether it be over the phone or in person is very important as you’re the first contact for the business. Organisational skills as you are constantly multi-tasking and need to remain calm and efficient. Being in a job share role communication plays a big part so when handing over duties to Kate we ensure we have filled each other in on the day and also keep a diary to alert each other of jobs that need to be done.

If you could go back in time what advice would you have for yourself when you were first starting your career?

Keep learning and growing your skills.

How have you found working with Brook Recruitment?

Lucy from Brook has been fantastic! From our first casual meeting to placing me in my role within 2 weeks she made it a smooth transition for me and has followed up numerous times to make sure I am ok and happy in my new role. Thanks for all your support Brook Recruitment.

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What will the jobs market be like in 2020?

posted by Christinap 05/10/2018 0 comments

The labor market is changing faster than you might realise. Demographic changes and technological advancements may lead to the net loss of 5 million jobs by 2020, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum. In total, the report estimates that a total of 7.1 million jobs could be lost, the majority of which will be white-collar office and administrative jobs. Read on to find out which careers are most promising.

Software Development and IT

IT professionals have an extremely favourable outlook. As big data increasingly drives commerce, the skills needed to control networks of information are more valuable than ever. Some key areas of focus include software applications developers, database administrators and computer and information systems managers.

Data analysts

Data analysts will become increasingly more important in all industries by 2020. Companies will need help making sense of all of the data generated by technological disruptions.

Architects and engineering

Demand for these skills are expected to remain stable and potentially increase. There will be growth for engineers focused on biochemicals, nanotechnology, robotics, and materials.

Accountants

There will be high demand for digitally literate, professional practice accountants. Demand for accounting and finance professionals is expected to grow by another 22% by 2020. Meanwhile, demand for actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians will increase by almost 10% by 2020.

Human resources and organisational development specialists

There will also be a need for roles to help re-skill workers. While technological and socio-economic changes will cause some jobs to disappear completely, there will also be a new jobs created and people needed to fill them. So development specialists and human resource professionals will be needed not only for hiring in a competitive market, but they will also be needed to help employees develop new skill sets.

Aged Care

As more people live longer, every aspect of the health care sector is poised for growth. And while automation is changing how some health care is delivered, demand for caregivers is going to increase as we commit to providing health care for more of the population—a population that is growing and living longer.

Social Intelligence and new media literacy

Soft skills, like social and emotional intelligence and cross-cultural competency will be of huge demand, especially in the era of virtual collaboration. New media literacy—understanding various media platforms and how to best communicate effectively in them—are valuable skills that robots won’t be likely to match any time soon.

If you’re looking for a new dream career, get in touch with with us today on 9500 2797 or email connect@brookrecruitment.com.au. And don’t forget to sign up for job alerts and get your dream job now!

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Catch up with Eliza from Hamilton Marino Builders

posted by Christinap 02/10/2018 0 comments

This month we bring you an interview with Eliza from Hamilton Marino Builders. Learn more about this innovative commercial construction company and their secret to success with our behind the scenes FAQ below…

Tell us a bit about Hamilton Marino Builders?

Established in 1975, Hamilton Marino Builders began operating around Melbourne as a residential construction company. Today, Hamilton Marino Builders is an experienced and dynamic multi-level apartment and commercial construction company. Their ‘value-added’ operational model and reputation built on providing expertise, quality and certainty, has made them an innovative industry leader. Presently, Hamilton Marino have over 15 projects in construction ranging from multi-level apartments to hotel construction and fit out.

Can you give us an insight into your company’s approach?

We are involved in each project right through its life cycle. This approach delivers integrated design and construction solutions for our clients – on time, and on budget. We are big on teamwork – our success is built on relationships. We listen to our clients and consult in an open and friendly manner and we create a team environment for all project members and act with honesty and integrity. Our directors are involved in every project from inception to handover, ensuring our teams can solve any problems that may arise. We also prioritise design management – by being involved from the first design consultants’ meetings, finding alternative design methodologies for financially challenged projects, assessing briefs, site logistics, time frame scheduling and industry conditions, our directors can ensure the best value design decisions are made. We also have an unwavering dedication and commitment to delivery which has earned Hamilton Marino a reputation for quality construction. And lastly, we never forget we are building people’s homes, and we treat everyone as if it were our own.

How are you embracing technology?

The strength of our reputation and performance is underpinned by the commercial and administrative procedures that we follow on all projects. We apply rigour to every aspect of our business by embracing leading technology, online programs and implementing best practice systems. Examples of which are our customised Safety Management Systems, our ASNZ accreditation and our Design Management Systems. Accurate up-to-date reporting is key to cost control so our Program and Cost Control and Financial Reporting Systems (Cheops) is a critical tool. Document management and control systems via Aconex online are an important part of this process. Our stringent and effective systems have been integral to Hamilton Marino enjoying 40+ years of continuous growth, regardless of economic conditions. The confidence and respect of repeat clients, organic growth of project sizes, strategic long-term planning and prudent financial planning have played an important part in our consistently strong balance sheet. Technology continues to evolve rapidly and the construction industry has long been renowned as lagging behind other industries regarding the uptake of technology. Hamilton Marino are keeping the competitive advantage by embracing emerging technology and have recently implemented a new Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Management System which has given management more visibility and has streamlined a number of on site processes

You have a great team, how has the business achieved this?

Our passion, culture, reputation and integrity has attracted a highly skilled, driven team of over 250 like-minded people. Among them are talented engineers, visionary designers and expert trades people. Our extended ‘family’ includes loyal subcontractors and essential suppliers, all working towards delivering projects of distinction. We are committed to an open and collaborative approach at all levels of our business. And our hands-on directors are involved in every part of the process to ensure clients’ objectives are exceeded – from design, costing, construction logistics, construction management, cost control and administration to project handover and post-handover liaison. This is what sets us apart.

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