Tell a Fairy Tale Day – 26 February

Tell a Fairy Tale Day – 26 February

Once upon a time in the bustling city of Jobsworth, there lived a young and ambitious individual named Alex. Alex had just graduated from the University of Dreams with a degree in DreamJobology and was keen to embark on a journey to find the perfect job. However, navigating the job market proved to be more challenging than Alex had anticipated.

One day, feeling disheartened, frustrated and low esteem after a series of unsuccessful job interviews, Alex stumbled upon a mysterious shop tucked away in a quiet corner of the city. The sign above the door read “Katie’s Employment Charms and Magic,” and curiosity got the better of him. Entering the shop, Alex was greeted by a warm and friendly figure, Katie, who seemed to radiate positivity and confidence.

Katie, a wise and experienced Career Development Consultant Magician (ECM), sensed Alex’s struggles and offered to help. She handed Alex a magical device known as the “ECM Wand,” which she called Katie’s All-Task Enabler. With a twinkle in her eye, she explained, “Wave this wand and it will guide you to the job that aligns perfectly with your skills, passion and aspirations.”

Excited and hopeful, Alex took the ECM Wand and followed its guidance through a series of enchanting challenges. Along the way, the wand presented opportunities that matched Alex’s unique qualities and preferences. There were riddles that tested problem-solving skills, puzzles that showcased creativity and a maze that represented perseverance.

As Alex conquered each challenge, the wand lit up with a brilliant glow, signalling that the perfect job was drawing nearer. Finally, at the end of the journey, Alex found a door that led to the DreamJob Castle; and behind it awaited the career of a lifetime—a position that blended Alex’s passion, skills and personal values.

Overjoyed, Alex thanked Katie for being the guiding light in the job-seeking adventure. Katie, with a twirl of her magical cloak, revealed that her mission was to help dreamers like Alex discover their true potential and find fulfillment in their professional lives.

From that day forward, every year on February 26th, people in Jobsworth celebrated World Fairy Tale Day in honour of the magical journey that led to the perfect job. Katie’s Employment Charms and Magic became a beacon of hope for job seekers; and the tale of Alex’s adventure was passed down from one generation to the next, inspiring countless dreamers to believe in the magic of finding the job that made their hearts sing.

And so, in the enchanting city of Jobsworth, the legacy of Katie, the Career Development Consultant Magician, lived on, reminding everyone that with a sprinkle of magic and a dash of determination and dreams could indeed come true.

No fairy tale needed, if you are seeking your dream job contact Katie to help get your resume dream job ready.

Please contact Katie Robertson-Kelk – Mobile: 0409 866456 or Email: katie@ecmconsulting.com.au

Reflecting on a Year of Career Advancement and Welcoming the Holidays

Reflecting on a Year of Career Advancement and Welcoming the Holidays

As 2023 draws to a close, I find myself reminiscing about the incredible journey this year has been.

It’s also the perfect moment to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have played pivotal roles in my career, including my clients and my invaluable business support team – Kat Lyn, Natalie Fogarty, Gail Thompson, Kylie Dungey and Kim Cahill. Each of them has been instrumental in my success as a professional resume writer.

Thanking my clients:

My clients are not just names on a list they are the foundation of my business, both new and previous clients. It’s your trust, faith and support that have allowed me to thrive. Your individual stories and accomplishments have driven my passion for crafting compelling resumes. Thank you for choosing me as your professional resume writer and I eagerly look forward to continue helping you achieve your career goals in the years ahead.

Acknowledging My Business Support Team:

Kat Lyn from Sonny and Kat Photography – the creative visionary that develops innovative and professional photographs to promote my business via social media. Natalie Fogarty from Vigour Graphics – website and graphic design maestro, whose updates and maintains my website, and creates my graphics. Kylie Dungey from Highfields Bookkeeping and Business Services: the financial guardian, ensuring our fiscal health and keeping my financials in order. Kim Cahill from KC Strategic Media Services: The social media wizard, who enhances my digital presence across my social media platforms. Gail Thompson from The Visibility Collective: sales funnel professional, who has created funnels for my website. These incredible individuals are the backbone of my business and I’m profoundly grateful for their unwavering dedication and contributions.

2023 Career Milestones:

The past year has been a journey filled with remarkable achievements and challenges, as I’ve worked with clients from various industries to help them advance in their careers.

Here are some of the significant milestones for 2023:

  1. Revolutionary Resume Writing: introduced innovative resumes/job application documents that have increased interview callbacks for clients.
  • Client Success Stories: Assisted a Graduate Youth Worker to secure dream job with a Queensland Government department. Their success fuels my passion.
  • Industry Engagement: Engaged in webinars with global recruitment companies to stay at the forefront of resume writing trends.
  • Secured two contracts with a university to develop sample resumes for their School of Business – Human Resources and a global recruitment company to develop resumes and letters for job seekers, who have been made redundant.

Top 3 Tips for Career Success in the New Year:

  1. Invest in Personal Branding: In today’s competitive job market, your personal brand sets you apart. Work on crafting a compelling LinkedIn profile and an impactful online presence.
  • Master Tailored Resumes: Customise your resume for each job application, highlighting the skills and experiences that align with the specific role.
  • Lifelong Learning: Commit to continuous professional development. Acquire new certifications or skills that make you a more attractive candidate in your industry.

Holiday Hours and Contact Info:

As the holiday season approaches, here’s my availability: Office will close on Thursday, 21 December at 12 noon and re-open on Tuesday, 2 January 2024 at 9.00am. For any urgent career-related inquiries during these times, please feel free to reach out to me on Mobile 0409 866456 or email: katie@ecmconsulting.com.au

Conclusion:

As the year concludes and we embrace the holiday season, I am genuinely grateful for the trust you’ve placed in me as your professional resume writer. May the coming year be filled with new career opportunities, personal growth and continued success. From the depth of my heart, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Importance of Networking, even if you are shy …

The Importance of Networking, even if you are shy …

In today’s competitive job market, finding your dream job often involves more than just sending out resumes and waiting for a call. Networking has become a crucial part of the job searching process, whether you’re a seasoned professional or a recent graduate. But what if the idea of networking fills you with dread? Don’t worry, it’s possible to navigate the world of networking, even if you’re not a natural at it. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of networking and share some tips for those who find it challenging.

The reasons why Networking Is Important:

1. Hidden Opportunities:

Many job openings are never advertised. They are filled through referrals and word-of-mouth. Networking allows you to tap into these hidden job markets.

2. Professional Growth:

Networking offers a chance to learn from others in your field. You can gain insights, knowledge and guidance that can help you progress in your career.

3. Building Relationships:

Building a strong professional network can lead to long-lasting relationships that may prove beneficial throughout your career. These connections can offer mentorship, support and advice.

4. Increased Visibility:

Networking makes you more visible to potential employers and colleagues. It’s an opportunity to showcase your skills and experience.

Checkout the following tips for Non-Natural Networkers:

1. Start Small:

 If you’re new to networking, begin with smaller and less intimidating events. Attend local industry meetups or online webinars. These events often have a more casual and friendly atmosphere, making it easier to approach people.

2. Set Realistic Goals:

Don’t expect to walk into an event and leave with a job offer. Set achievable goals, like introducing yourself to three new people or collecting business cards.

3. Prepare Your Elevator Pitch:

Have a concise and engaging introduction ready. Briefly describe who you are, what you do and what you’re looking for in your career. Practice it until it feels natural.

4. Listen Actively:

Networking isn’t just about talking; it’s also about listening. Ask questions and show genuine interest in others. You’ll be surprised at how much people appreciate a good listen.

5. Utilise Social Media:

If face-to-face networking is a struggle, leverage social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. Connect with professionals in your industry, join relevant groups and participate in discussions to demonstrate your industry expertise.

6. Follow Up:

After an event or meeting, send a personalised follow-up message to your new contacts. Express your appreciation for the conversation and your interest in staying in touch.

7. Offer Value:

Networking isn’t just about taking; it’s also about giving. Offer your skills or expertise to others in your network when appropriate. This reciprocity can strengthen your connections.

8. Practice Makes Perfect:

The more you network, the more comfortable you’ll become. It’s okay to make mistakes; remember that networking is a skill that improves with time.

9. Networking Events Are Not Just for Professionals:

Don’t overlook non-professional events. You can network at social gatherings, community events and even family gatherings. Leading up to the silly season/Christmas is a great opportunity for you network at work parties and other functions.

10. Build a Personal Brand:

Consider what you want to be known for in your industry and work on building a personal brand. Share your knowledge and insights through LinkedIn posts or speaking engagements.

In conclusion, networking is a crucial component of finding your next job and advancing your career. Even if you’re not a natural networker, with practice and the right approach, you can become more comfortable and successful in building valuable professional relationships. Remember that networking is about making genuine connections and offering value to others, which can lead to opportunities you might not have discovered otherwise. So, put yourself out there and start building your network today!

For more tips – go to my website to purchase my latest tips bundle – https://ecmconsulting.com.au/product/bundle-linkedin-selection-criteria-resume-tips/

ECM Consulting is a trusted personal branding and resume writing business in Toowoomba. With almost two decades of experience, Katie has helped many clients develop a strong personal brand and improve their job application documents. Through her personalised services, she has been able to build a network of satisfied clients who have landed their dream jobs. Whether you need help with your resume, cover letter, selection criteria, interview skills, or LinkedIn profile, ECM Consulting can help.

Katie is the ECM Consulting Founder and Director.
Starting in 2003 as a professional resume writer, Katie has extensive experience in professionally developing job application documents for clients across all occupations and levels, both in the public and private sectors.

If you are wanting to forge ahead with confidence into your next career position or promotion, feel free to reach out for chat. Together, we can help you Stand Out from the crowd.

Are you Dream Job Ready?

Are you Dream Job Ready?

Imagine this scenario: your dream job is advertised tomorrow. Would you be ready to seize that golden opportunity?

Being dream job ready means being prepared for that moment, when your ideal position becomes available. Here are our top 10 tips to ensure you’re always ready to chase your dreams:

  1. Keep Your Resume Updated: Your resume should be a dynamic and living document. Regularly update it with your latest achievements, skills, and experiences. Having an up-to-date resume on hand means you can quickly apply for your dream job without delay.
  2. Know Your Goals: Clearly define your career goals and aspirations. What does your dream job look like? Knowing your destination makes it easier to chart your course and recognise the right opportunity when it comes along.
  3. Networking Matters: Build and maintain a strong professional relationships and networks. Attend industry events, connect with peers and industry contacts on LinkedIn, and engage in meaningful conversations, both online and offline. You never know when a valuable connection might lead you to your dream job.
  4. Skill Enhancement: Continuously develop and refine your skills by investing in courses, certifications and training that align with your career goals. Being well-equipped with the necessary skills makes you a more attractive candidate.
  5. Online Presence: Optimise your online presence by ensuring your LinkedIn profile is “All Star” and showcases your accomplishments, values and passions. A strong online presence can attract recruiters and employers are seeking top talent.
  6. Research and Prepare: Stay informed about your industry and the companies you admire – LinkedIn is a good place for this. Research potential employers, and their culture and values. Being well-prepared for interviews and conversations demonstrates your genuine interest.
  7. Practice Interviewing: Regularly practice your interviewing skills by performing mock interviews with friends and/or mentors to hone your ability to articulate your strengths and experiences confidently.
  8. Stay Flexible: Be open to unexpected opportunities. Your dream job may not match your initial vision perfectly, but it could lead to incredible experiences and growth.
  9. Seek Professional Guidance: Consider enlisting the help of career experts like ECM Consulting. Professionals like Katie can provide invaluable advice and strategies to help you “stand out” and achieve your dream job.
  10. Stay Persistent: Pursuing your dream job may involve setbacks and rejections. Stay persistent and resilient. Learn from each experience and use it to propel yourself closer to your goal.

Remember, your dream job may be just around the corner. By following the above tips and staying prepared, you’ll be ready to seize the opportunity when it arises. Make 2024 the year you turn your dreams into reality!

Job Searching Tips for School Leavers

Job Searching Tips for School Leavers

It’s an exciting time when you’ve just finished high school and are about to take your first steps into the world of work or further education.

My top tips to assist school leavers with job searching:

  • Self-assessment: Take some time to think about your strengths, interests and career goals. What are you passionate about? What skills do you have or want to develop? Knowing yourself better can help you target job opportunities that align with your aspirations.
  • Set realistic goals: While having high grades can open doors, it’s not the only factor in finding a job. Set achievable goals for your first job and don’t be discouraged if it’s not your dream job right away. You can work your way up.
  • Build a strong resume: Your resume is your first impression on potential employers. Highlight your skills, relevant coursework, extracurricular activities and any part-time/casual paid or volunteer employment experience. Be concise and professional.
  • Cover letter: Customise your cover letter for each job application in alignment with the job advertisement. Explain why you’re a good fit for the specific role; and how your skills and interests align with the company’s values and mission.
  • Network: Let your family, friends, teachers and other contacts know that you are job hunting. They might have leads or recommendations for you. Networking is a valuable resource whilst job searching.
  • Online presence: Ensure that your social media profiles are professional and appropriate. Many employers will check your online presence before hiring. Highlight your skills and interests on platforms like LinkedIn.
  • Job search platforms: Use online job search platforms like Seek.com.au, Indeed, LinkedIn and other industry-specific websites to find job opportunities. Create profiles on these sites to receive job alerts.
  • Be proactive: Don’t wait for job postings. Reach out to companies you’re interested in, even if they’re not actively hiring. Express your interest and inquire about possible employment opportunities.
  • Prepare for interviews: Practice common interview questions and prepare your answers. Be ready to discuss your skills, experiences and why you’re a good fit for the company.
  • Dress and act professionally: For interviews, dress appropriately and arrive on time. Be courteous and confident during the interview process.
  • Stay open-minded: Be willing to explore different career paths and industries. You may discover a passion in a field you hadn’t considered before.
  • Consider further education: If you have plans to attend university or a TAFE College, research your desired programs and apply on time. Explore scholarships and financial aid options.
  • Apprenticeships/Traineeships and internships: Consider apprenticeships/traineeships or internships to gain hands-on experience while earning a wage. They can provide valuable skills and connections for your future career.
  • Be patient and persistent: Finding your first job can be challenging. Don’t get discouraged by rejection. Keep refining your resume and cover letter; and keep applying to relevant positions.
  • Seek guidance: If you’re unsure about your career path, consider talking to your school’s career counsellor, VET Coordinator or advisor who can provide insights and guidance.

Remember that your first job is just the beginning of your career journey. Embrace the learning opportunities it provides and use it as a stepping stone to reach your long-term goals. Good luck with your final exams and job applications!

Katie is the ECM Consulting Founder and Director.
Starting in 2003 as a professional resume writer, Katie has extensive experience in professionally developing job application documents for clients across all occupations and levels, both in the public and private sectors.

If you are wanting to forge ahead with confidence into your next career position or promotion, feel free to reach out for chat. Together, we can help you Stand Out from the crowd.

10 Tips to Boost Your LinkedIn Profile

10 Tips to Boost Your LinkedIn Profile

We have now landed in the second half of 2023!!

Have you updated your LinkedIn Profile this year? Do you have a LinkedIn Profile? A LinkedIn profile is must if you are job searching in today’s job market.

This is a great time to take stock of your LinkedIn Profile to capture your achievements, both professionally and personally, update any position or employment changes, or completion of any courses or qualifications. Over the last 20 years, so many of my clients have stated they cannot remember what they achieved in their positions – LinkedIn is a great tool to keep your achievements and responsibilities update to date.

Remember to consistently update your profile, stay active in your networks, follow potential employers and provide valuable content, which will help boost your LinkedIn presence and increase your chances of attracting job opportunities.

The following 10 Tips will assist you with boosting your LinkedIn Profile:

1. Optimise your Headline:

craft a compelling headline that showcases your expertise and highlights your value proposition. Do not use your current job title in your Headline section. Your have 220 characters to make a standout impression (ie. when someone searches on LinkedIn using keywords – your profile name, image and headline are first shown).

2. Customise your URL:

personalise your LinkedIn profile URL to make it more professional, easier to share and searchable.

3. Profile Photo:

choose a high-quality and professional headshot photo that represents you well professionally.

4. Summary:

craft a concise and engaging summary that highlights your key skills, accomplishments and career goals. Your summary is your key to positioning yourself on LinkedIn. Its important to look at this section through the lens of your ideal employer or recruiter.

5. Showcase your Experience:

provide detailed descriptions of your current and past positions – highlighting your achievements and responsibilities. Your profile is about your future, NOT your past. With 2,000 characters available for each position, it’s to be used as a search engine optimisation (SEO) personal marketing tool.

6. Include relevant keywords:

incorporate industry-specific keywords and/or phrases throughout your profile to improve your visibility in search results. Key areas for keywords are the Headline, Summary, Experience, Skills and Recommendations.

7. Request Recommendations:

reach out to colleagues, managers/supervisors and clients for recommendations that will reinforce your skills and expertise. What others say is more important than what we say about ourselves, as it’s a validation of your skills and experience. A well-written recommendation should include SEO keywords or phrases.

8. Join relevant Groups:

engage in industry-specific groups to expand your network, share insights and demonstrate your knowledge. You can join up to 50 groups and by joining group discussion boards, it allows you to target specific clients, increase your reach, develop expert credibility and create partnerships with like-minded people.

9. Publish and share content:

share and write articles/posts, industry news and valuable insights to establish yourself as a thought leader or industry expert in your field.

10. Engage with others:

interact with your connections by commenting, liking and sharing their posts to increase your visibility and build relationships. Grow your connections to a minimum of 500 connections.

For more tips – go to my website to purchase my latest tips bundle – https://ecmconsulting.com.au/product/bundle-linkedin-selection-criteria-resume-tips/

ECM Consulting is a trusted personal branding and resume writing business in Toowoomba. With almost two decades of experience, Katie has helped many clients develop a strong personal brand and improve their job application documents. Through her personalised services, she has been able to build a network of satisfied clients who have landed their dream jobs. Whether you need help with your resume, cover letter, selection criteria, interview skills, or LinkedIn profile, ECM Consulting can help.

Katie is the ECM Consulting Founder and Director.
Starting in 2003 as a professional resume writer, Katie has extensive experience in professionally developing job application documents for clients across all occupations and levels, both in the public and private sectors.

If you are wanting to forge ahead with confidence into your next career position or promotion, feel free to reach out for chat. Together, we can help you Stand Out from the crowd.