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

Navigating a New Chapter: Tips for Job Hunting in Toowoomba

Navigating a New Chapter: Tips for Job Hunting in Toowoomba

Starting a new chapter in a new city comes with its own set of exciting challenges. The main one is landing that perfect job! But do not worry, because ECM Consulting has got your back with some handy tips to kickstart your job searching in Toowoomba:

1. Network, Network, Network!

Toowoomba is all about community, and networking is the name of the game. Attend local events, join and/or volunteer at local sporting or recreations clubs, and don’t forget to connect with professionals in your industry. Networking and volunteering open many doors!

2. Polish That Resume with ECM Consulting’s Touch!

Be ready to make your resume stand out? Meet Katie, our local resume wizard! With her expertise, your resume will be a shining beacon in the job market. Swing by and let Katie sprinkle some magic on your career journey.

3. Embrace Social Media for Job Searching In the digital age – social media is your friend:

Follow local businesses, join job groups, and keep an eye on our Job Hot Spot Facebook group for exciting opportunities and insider tips.

4. Explore Toowoomba’s Unique Job Landscape:

Toowoomba boasts a diverse job market. Whether you’re into hospitality, healthcare, education or Information Technology, explore what makes our city tick. You might just stumble upon your dream job where you least expect it!

5. Seek Guidance from Career Services from our local University and TAFE College, who offer fantastic career services:

Don’t hesitate to tap into these resources. They’re there to guide you, provide career advice and help you chart your professional course.

Embrace the Toowoomba Magic! Toowoomba is more than a city; it’s a community that embraces new faces and celebrates diversity. As you embark on this journey, remember that your potential is limitless. Connect, explore and let Toowoomba become the canvas for your dreams. Welcome to Toowoomba and wishing you all the best with new your academic studies and a thriving career in Toowoomba!

Please contact Katie Robertson-Kelk – Mobile: 0409 866456 or Email: katie@ecmconsulting.com.au – if you need assistance with the professional development of your resume and other job application documents.

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.

Why LinkedIn is a Job Search Must

Why LinkedIn is a Job Search Must

Did you know that 75% of hiring managers or recruiters will search job candidates’ LinkedIn prior to the interview and 95% prior to the job offer.

As the leading Resume and LinkedIn writer within the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region with over 19 years’ experience – “standing out from the crowd” or other job candidates in today’s dynamic job market is getting more competitive. A job searching tool that must not be overlooked is LinkedIn.  

Why you need a LinkedIn Profile as part of your job searching strategies is outlined in the following 7 tips:

  • Your branded and optimised LinkedIn profile helps position your unique ROI to your target employers, advances your subject matter expertise, and expands your network and industry contacts.
  • Recruiters have embraced LinkedIn as their #1 tool for referrals, candidate research and sourcing and advertising job vacancies. That makes LinkedIn one of the best places to be found online by recruiters and hiring managers.
  • Networking your way into your target companies and staying top-of mind with people who can help you are the best ways to land your next job. LinkedIn is the most important place for job search and career networking.
  • At the moment it is an employees market and many of the people you are competing against for the jobs you want (ie. with the employers you’re targeting) – are using LinkedIn to be found and network their way into these jobs. Just to keep pace with employers, you need to do the same.
  • Having a strong, keyword-rich and All Star LinkedIn profile boosts high-quality search results for “your name”. When hiring professionals perform a Google search on “your name” to assess you, your LinkedIn profile should rank in the top 3 of the search results.
  • Having a strong and optimised LinkedIn profile indicates that you are social media savvy and up-to-date with the new world of work. Your LinkedIn engagement and activities can also help minimise any age discrimination.
  • Your LinkedIn profile provides critical “social proof” and verifies any claims you’ve made about yourself verbally and on paper (via resume, cover letters and other job application documents). Source: Executive Career Brand

Reach out if you need assistance with the professional development and optimisation of your LinkedIn profile in readiness for that next job. Checkout my website for my updated service bundles or contact me on Mobile: 0409 866456 to discuss further – https://ecmconsulting.com.au/book-a-service/

Case Study: ECM Consulting Helps Prepare Client’s First Resume in 34 Years

Case Study: ECM Consulting Helps Prepare Client’s First Resume in 34 Years

Katie at ECM Consulting was efficient, friendly, professional and helpful whilst preparing my first resume in 34 years. I was successful in my application and now, one year later an update was required, and the same friendly professional service was given”. – Flight Attendant, Tanya.

Finding a New Job After a 30 Year Career

After over 30 years as a Flight Attendant, Tanya (name changed for privacy) was unable to continue in her industry. Upset and unsure of what to do next or how to proceed with finding a new job, she approached ECM Consulting for assistance with the professional development of her resume and application letters for suitable positions.

Tanya was lacking confidence and not sure how to sell her transferrable skills for other suitable positions. I clearly explained my process and how we needed to sell her transferrable skills relevant for the next jobs she was applying for. 

Focusing on Existing Skills & Strengths 

Tanya’s skills and strengths included concise interpersonal, 1st class customer service, strong time management and team skills; and the ability of working well under pressure and on the spot problem solving. 

With a brand new resume and application letter, Tanya was offered a customer service position in another industry.

Bringing Your Transferrable Skills & Experience into Your Next Job

If you have experienced something similar to Tanya, where you’re moving on from a specific career and unsure of what to do next,  please reach out so we can discuss your transferrable skills, experience and strengths that you can bring to your next promotion or new position; and also help you achieve your career goals for 2023.

Click HEREto book a service package or happy to speak with you further regarding your resume needs.

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.

Is Holiday Job Searching in November & December a Waste of Time or Golden Opportunity?

Is Holiday Job Searching in November & December a Waste of Time or Golden Opportunity?

In a nutshell – November and December are great time of the year to be job searching and increasing your networks.

Job searching during the Christmas-New Year holiday period offers unique opportunities to network including at office parties, family/friend gatherings and/or other holiday events/parties. Many job seekers will stop job searching now and start up again in mid-January.

November and December are a great time to get ahead of your game and competitors; and you will have a better chance of connecting and extending your contact list.

As you may noticed it’s currently an employee’s market and a lot of businesses are advertising job vacancies before the end of the year.

The holiday period is a golden opportunity to network and speak with recruiters and hiring managers at your target companies, and also other networks you can assist you with your career goals. As they will not be inundated with meeting requests, etc, compared to the new year.

Take advantage of the fewer candidates and the fact that there is less competition right now, as many others put their job search on hold until the new year. (Source: Executive Career Brand)

Reach out if you need assistance with your job application documents to help you stand out from the crowd and be job ready before 2023. To book an appointment – Click Here

By Katie Robertson-Kelk | Standing out from the Crowd | Resume & LinkedIn Writing Expert | November 2022

PS. Watch this space – new job application document packages/bundles will be released shortly!!