12 Tips – If you are applying for a new role?

You might want to consider

  1. Does your picture on LinkedIn do you justice?
  2. Review at your LinkedIn description because the search firm will read it
  3. Check how you appear on Facebook and other social media platforms
  4. Have you adapted your CV for the role you are looking for?
  5. Have you rewritten your experience keeping the new role in mind?
  6. Do you sound keen for the role in your application?
  7. Have you prepped your referees so that they are ready to respond positively
  8. Do you have all your details at the beginning?
  9. Have you focused on your passion to learn and build skills?
  10. Have you focussed on your strengths in your application?
  11. Does the application print out professionally
  12. Give a call to check that your application arrived safely

Only men considered….

In March, Abbott and Shorten spoke about the need for change (http://www.theage.com.au/comment/tony-abbott-and-bill-shorten-new-champions-of-gender-equality-20150301-13safb.html)

On January 1st, 2015 we were 44th in the world list in terms of the percentage of women in politics http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/news/stories/2015/femmesenpolitique_2015_web_anglais.pdf

Recently both Abbott and Shorten spoke of the need to get more women in politics.  However, when the seat of Canning became available both Labor and the Liberals put in a man as their candidate.  The Liberals imported their candidate from the east coast and likely he has little in common with the folks in Canning.  At least Labor found a local.  However, the selection of a person of merit seems to still include only the limited pool of caucasian males.  Whilst this is the underlying assumption of the groups selecting candidates it appears that the verbal rhetoric of gender equality will continue as just that.

Targets are needed to ensure change!

Women at Work…10 points

Some ideas from our experiences at Xplore for Success with over 11,000 women

  1.  Demonstrate confidence – stand or sit tall, make eye contact, firm hand-shake
  2. Take calculated risks – Show that you are prepared to take responsibility
  3. Speak up – don’t wait for the tap on the shoulder
  4. Dress for the next promotion – look professional
  5. Reduce the use of “sorry” – unless you personally did something wrong
  6. Keep your manager informed of your successes – be able to articulate a success concisely
  7. Take time to be known in your organisation – ensure others know how you add value
  8. Be clear about your career goals – so that you can action them
  9. Invest in your personal development at least once a year – ask for organisational support
  10. Ensure you are paid what you are worth – salary and bonuses

Check out the assumptions that may be made about you at work


Emails….10 points

Some ideas to help with the email overload

  1. Start the title with words such as ACTION, URGENT, IMPORTANT, FYI, RSVP BY …
  2. Keep the title short and to the point
  3. Use paragraphs in the text of the email to make it easier to read
  4. Keep it concise
  5. Start with why this email is coming their way
  6. Make the “To:” only to those you expect to respond
  7. Make the “cc” for others for information only
  8. Ensure you include a date for any action required
  9. Use capitals only for a key point
  10. Be polite – Consider that this email could appear on the front page of the daily paper

Why not comment with a few additional ideas?

10 Assumptions often made about businessmen!

10 Assumptions often made about businessmen

Although I haven’t had as many opportunities to work with men about the assumptions they feel affect the way they act, here is a summary of some of the things I have heard and unlikely to be spoken by the leader.

  1. Your hesitation to make a fast decision seems to me to be a weakness
  2. If you want your career to flourish you need to make family compromises, you just can’t have it all
  3. Your role is 7×24 and if you want to succeed I need you to be accessible at all times.
  4. You are the bread-winner so you need to focus on your career and I understand your need for promotion and greater remuneration
  5. It is great when you “lend a hand” at home but don’t talk about “sharing the load” especially when it comes to drop off and pick up as you have a wife to do that.
  6. If you can’t talk sport you have a problem, you know real men play sport and support the on field and off field behaviour.  It is just men having their fun. Women’s sport doesn’t count even if you have daughters.
  7. If you ask for flexibility or parental leave, I will assume your career is not important to you. You just have to be prepared to make adjustments.
  8. Of course you understand business and financials, you are a man and if there is a problem I will stand by you.
  9. I want you to take this overseas position, as it will cement your career progression. We will arrange family removals and help the family when you arrive.
  10. You will be great in this new role. Of course you will have to put in more hours but it will be worth it in the long term.

Feel free to add more or comment on some you think are not applicable.

Here is a great article http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/aug/07/the-face-of-power-do-all-world-leaders-look-the-same

Men need to sign up to gender equality!

I know we need to change the thinking of senior men about how they assess merit and talent especially when it comes to women.   When these leaders want a speaker their first choices are great sports stars or adventurers – normally men. They want to feel inspired to climb higher mountains or take more risks. Whilst such speakers are inspirational they will not help an organisation move to greater gender equality.

What Australian leaders need to know is how to make gender equality happen. They need to look in the mirror see their natural biases and more importantly identify how they can be a leader that sees beyond their assumptions. How can they build and lead a diverse work force to maximise their success.

I am confident that through my experience as Managing Director at Apple in Australia, winning Employer of the Year (with an engagement of over 90%) and building Xplore for Success that I can bring them pragmatic ways to change their workplace and move positively towards gender equality.  Xplore has worked with over 11,000 women over the last 13 years from many large organisations.

We know what works and we can work with senior leaders to ensure their organisation achieves their gender equality goals.

The photo you choose!

Your personal brand is affected by your photos on social media.  For women this is especially so.

LinkedIn – your professional face on social media.  Here are some suggestions mainly for women.

  1. Ensure your shot is up to date!
  2. Leave room around your face to provide context – avoid the close up selfie
  3. Avoid the “female” head tilt – yes it is sweet but not professional
  4. Ensure your hair style demonstrates your personal brand – some styles may limit those first impressions
  5. Don’t cut other family or party shots because you have nothing better
  6. Invest in a photo that makes you feel authentic, friendly and professional

Other social media – These are more casual but will still pop up in a search on your name.  Try the Google search technique for both text and images.  Don’t post anything you would be ashamed to see on the front page of the daily newspaper.

A few links that may be of interest: