You might want to consider
- Does your picture on LinkedIn do you justice?
- Review at your LinkedIn description because the search firm will read it
- Check how you appear on Facebook and other social media platforms
- Have you adapted your CV for the role you are looking for?
- Have you rewritten your experience keeping the new role in mind?
- Do you sound keen for the role in your application?
- Have you prepped your referees so that they are ready to respond positively
- Do you have all your details at the beginning?
- Have you focused on your passion to learn and build skills?
- Have you focussed on your strengths in your application?
- Does the application print out professionally
- Give a call to check that your application arrived safely
Some ideas from our experiences at Xplore for Success with over 11,000 women
- Demonstrate confidence – stand or sit tall, make eye contact, firm hand-shake
- Take calculated risks – Show that you are prepared to take responsibility
- Speak up – don’t wait for the tap on the shoulder
- Dress for the next promotion – look professional
- Reduce the use of “sorry” – unless you personally did something wrong
- Keep your manager informed of your successes – be able to articulate a success concisely
- Take time to be known in your organisation – ensure others know how you add value
- Be clear about your career goals – so that you can action them
- Invest in your personal development at least once a year – ask for organisational support
- Ensure you are paid what you are worth – salary and bonuses
Check out the assumptions that may be made about you at work
Some ideas to help with the email overload
- Start the title with words such as ACTION, URGENT, IMPORTANT, FYI, RSVP BY …
- Keep the title short and to the point
- Use paragraphs in the text of the email to make it easier to read
- Keep it concise
- Start with why this email is coming their way
- Make the “To:” only to those you expect to respond
- Make the “cc” for others for information only
- Ensure you include a date for any action required
- Use capitals only for a key point
- Be polite – Consider that this email could appear on the front page of the daily paper
Why not comment with a few additional ideas?
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.
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.
- Ensure your shot is up to date!
- Leave room around your face to provide context – avoid the close up selfie
- Avoid the “female” head tilt – yes it is sweet but not professional
- Ensure your hair style demonstrates your personal brand – some styles may limit those first impressions
- Don’t cut other family or party shots because you have nothing better
- 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: