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13 Jun 20
If you got turned down or passed up for a promotion, here is how to approach it with your manager.

1. Wait until your emotions have settled and set up time with your manager. You want the conversation to be constructive not emotionally loaded.
2. At meeting, ask your manager to give you feedback on why you didn't get the role.

Don't accept vague explanations, ask;
βœ” What skills & experience did I fall short on?
βœ” What do I need to focus on in the coming year to ensure I'm ready?
βœ”What should I do more of, less of?
3. Focus the conversation on yourself, don't try to discredit the person that got the role.

4. If you don't trust your manager's feedback, ask a mentor, trusted advisor or other leaders in your field for honest feedback on what you need to improve on to get to the next level.
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22 May 20
10 job interview mistakes to avoid 🚨

1. Not having a clear understanding of the job or the company

2. Being rude to the receptionist, security & other staff you meet at the venue (back when we did face to face interviews πŸ˜‚)

3. Lying about anything on your CV or experience
4. Being too relaxed. Interviewers aren't your friends, keep it formal. You can have semi-casual, relaxed chats if interviewer goes there or to build some rapport, but remember *all* your actions are under evaluation

5. Disclosing confidential info about your current employer
6. Making it all about you, do not only focus on what you stand to gain from getting the job, but also sell what value you will bring to the company & how they will benefit from your skills

7. Not reading up before showing up. Asking questions you can find on company website.
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26 Mar 20
What does having an incompetent manager mean?

When people want advice on dealing with their "incompetent bosses", I often have to drill down & identify the *type* of incompetence. Here are the 5 main characteristics of less-than-capable managers;

Does yours fit any?πŸ€ͺ
1. Absent Managers. Incompetence is sometimes in the form of completely withdrawn managers who never make time for their team. The manager’s detachment and lack of availability often leads to; lack of direction, insufficient feedback & poor clarity around expectations
2. Lack of decision-making capabilities. A high proportion of decisions made by incompetent managers have a negative impact. Their deficiency in this area is often evident in their constant indecisiveness, making decisions too late or not at all & poorly calculated decisions.
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20 Feb 20
Do you want to switch careers? A career switch means moving into a completely different profession. It's different from changing jobs within the same occupation.

10 tips to follow;

1. Determine your motivations, ensure a new profession is the answer to what you want to achieve.
2. Be informed about your chosen industry. How much do you know about this profession you want to move into? Gather as much insight as you can to avoid pursuing a field that you do not have a thorough understanding of and potentially be disappointed in your expectations.
3. Find a mentor (or a few) in the industry. The role of these mentors will be to direct you on how to build skills in that field and provide you with inside information, networks and leads that will hopefully position you well.
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13 Jan 20
11 things you should know about how recruitment agencies work (for permanent roles).

1. Recruiters are utilised by employers to screen suitable candidates for their vacancies and present pre-screened and shortlisted CV's.
2. Recruitment agencies ONLY get paid when their submitted candidate has been successful. This means once the employer has extended an offer and the candidate accepts and turns up on the first day of work.
3. Recruitment agents get anything between 10-25% of the successful candidates Gross Annual Salary. Example, if the candidate's annual salary is R1 million gross, a recruiter on a 20% commission fee will get paid 200k.
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11 Jan 20
"I have been applying for jobs and I am not getting any responses".

Six reasons you may not be getting called for interviews;

1. Your CV is not selling you well enough or is of poor quality. Read your CV, if it is not making an impression in the first 10 seconds - change it!
2. You are using the same CV to apply for different roles and industries. Your CV needs to be "fit for purpose". Skills you highlight should align with job advert.

3. You are not reading the job criteria and applying for vacancies you are not suitable for.
4. Your job search is too narrow & you're spending too much time on 1 job search method i.e. online vacancies & neglecting other methods i.e. networking.

5. You're not making enough applications. This doesn't mean focus on quantity, apply to as many roles as you're suited for.
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10 Jan 20
One of the most common questions I get asked is how to negotiate your salary during the recruitment process. Here is a thread of all the threads I have done on this topic.

#SalaryNegotiation #PhionaCareerCoach
What to say when recruiters and potential employers ask about your current salary and you want to avoid disclosing your current pay.
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19 Dec 19
Do you ever feel organisations take longer (if at all) to deal with "bad bosses" but act quicker with "bad employees"?

Here are 10 Reasons why "bad bosses" are outlasting their victims!

1. They don't empower their teams & firing them becomes hard without leaving a skills vacuum
2. Management may feel replacing the bad boss & training a new person will take too much time & effort

3. Management hopes the bad boss will eventually leave on their own accord

4. The bad boss can have a lot of influence & power & be one of the β€œuntouchables” in the company
5. Addressing the bad boss means management has to face the fact that they made a bad appointment and they may be fearful how this reflects on them.

6. Some companies don't reward competence, but leaders that don't disturb the status quo.
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12 Dec 19
How to deal with a Narcissist in the workplace!

1. Firstly, accept that transforming someone with narcissistic traits (outside of therapy) is often a waste of time. Their minds can not accept that they are anything less than superior!
2. Try and get any work-related instructions and communications with a narcissist in writing. They are well known for blaming others for their mistakes and will often lie to defend themselves.

3. They enjoy watching others suffer, act unbothered when they try and rattle you.
4. Don't criticise them in public, they'll come after you (called narcissistic injury). If you want them to accept your feedback, make them feel the idea was theirs e.g. β€œwhat do you think about using graphics in your presentation?” if they agree they'll feel they came up with it
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8 Dec 19
Narcissists in the workplace: 16 signs you are dealing with one⚠️

(These signs are not meant to be diagnostic, but can give you an indication that you may be working with a narcissist.)

1. Inflated & exaggerated feeling of self-importance. Narcissists believe they're superior to everyone & demand to be treated as such.

2. Tendency to overestimate their abilities & usually promise more than they actually deliver. Expect grandiose ideas that never come to pass.
3. Often make conversations about themselves & turn all discussions into boasts about their achievements & β€œgreatness”.

4. Need to appear important & go out of their way to associate with β€œhigh profile” people. Will name drop a lot to show they're part of exclusive circles.
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6 Dec 19
This post is for #JobSeekers who have had a long gruelling 2019 and still haven't secured employment 😒.

Here are 6 things you can do over the December holiday, when the job market is a bit quiet.
1. Reflect on the year that was in terms of your job hunting. What worked well? What didn't? Is there anything you need to do differently? If you know someone that successfully landed a job in your field, ask them for advice.
2. Read your application documents. Are they representing you in the best light? Have someone look at your CV and give you feedback.

3. You may not have landed a job, but if there are people that helped you along the way, send them a 'thank you' note to show appreciation.
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5 Dec 19
On several occasions, I have had to attend networking or professional events where I didn't know a single person. If, like me, you cringe at the thought of starting conversations with strangers 😬

Here are 9 "relatively painless" conversations starters.

1. What did you think about [insert speaker here]?

2. I can't believe the great turnout today, is this your first time at this event.

3. I see you work at [company]. Nice to meet you, I am [Name] and I am with [company name].

4. What has been your favourite session so far?
5. I don't know many people here, so I hope you don't mind if I introduce myself.

6. β€œMind if I join you?” How do you all know each other?

7. Hi, I'm [Name]. I don't believe we've met yet, I like the question you asked during the Q&A.
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12 Nov 19
People have a fear of negotiating job offers because they feel it may come across as ungrateful or that the offer will be withdrawn for trying to ask for more.

Here are 6 things you should know about job offer negotiations.
1. Negotiating is a NORMAL part of the recruitment process. Most offers are made with negotiating room because employers expect candidates to haggle.
2. In most cases, the worst that can happen when you negotiate is that the employer will say NO. In that case, you can still accept the original offer if you still want to work with the company.
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5 Nov 19
Interview Question "What are your weaknesses"

Five tips for approaching this question.

1. Do not say "I don't have any weaknesses." or "I can't think of any weaknesses", it communicates a lack of self-awareness or dishonesty.
2. Do not go for the following over-used phrases 😴

~I am too much of a perfectionist
~I work too hard sometimes
~I care too much about my work
3. Use the Disclosure-Recovery method. DISCLOSE weakness, then show RECOVERY (what you're doing to address the weakness).

E.g. "public speaking and presentations are not my strengths but I have since joined a local toastmasters club to improve this."
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19 Sep 19
Returning to work after an extended career break?

Someone asked me how she can rebuild her confidence to re-enter the workplace after a 5-year career break. Here is what "returners" can do to build confidence for that comeback!
1. Attend conferences/events and start interacting with other professionals.

2. Find a mentor in the industry to help with your re-integration.

3. Find volunteer opportunities, help a family member in their business, or take on contract/temp work to start building confidence.
4. Enrol in a few courses to refresh & update your skills. Webinars, Podcasts, industry journals are also great sources of industry information.

5. Get in touch with former colleagues, bosses, classmates and friends to get advice and job referrals.
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14 Sep 19
Recruiters do not automatically provide you with all the details about a vacancy, sometimes you have to be proactive and ask the right questions. Especially if you do not want your time wasted. If you get approached for a job, here are some questions to ask;
1. Is it a new position or are they replacing someone? If its a replacement, how long was the previous person in the role?

2. How long has vacancy been open? (if close to or over 1 year, could be a red flag. People may be rejecting the offers or manager is fussy & unrealistic).
3. How quickly do they want to fill the role?

4. What are the recruitment steps and how long do they anticipate each step to take?

5. What does the ideal candidate look like (this is if you have not received a detailed job spec)?
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18 Jul 19
Nine ways to make yourself indispensable at work.

1. Be brilliant at something that is of value to the company. Develop expertise in a critical skill to the point where no-one else is equally entrusted with that task. (Not the same as knowledge hoarding).
2. Develop and mentor others to demonstrate a willingness to spread your excellence.

3. Understand your bosses priorities, then make him/her look GREAT by contributing to their success.

4. Don't shy away from difficult tasks, demonstrate a willingness to grow.
5. Put yourself forward to manage key stakeholder or client relationships.

6. Consistently produce excellent work.

7. Be cautious of the people you associate with, if you're identified with people who have negative reputations, you may be considered one of them.
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24 Jun 19
If you want to change careers & pursue a different field, talk to two or three people working in that profession. Ask them the following 14 questions to get a good understanding of what you're getting into.

1. How did you get your job?
2. Tell me about a typical day at work?
3. How much time would you say you spend doing each activity?
4. What jobs & experiences have led you to your present position and can you suggest some ways a person could obtain this necessary experience?
5. How does a person progress in this field?
6. What is a typical career path in this field?
7. What are the major qualifications for success in this occupation?
8. How much demand is there for people in this occupation? How rapidly is the field growing?
9. What obligations do you have outside of the ordinary work week?
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6 Jun 19
How to get Promoted: 12 Tips

1. Look at the competencies required for the next role and measure yourself against them. Have a plan on how you will develop the areas where you lack experience or skills.
2. Keep track of your accomplishments, especially where you're exceeding expectations. This will be evidence that you are outgrowing your role.

3. Speak to employees who have recently been promoted. It is important to know how advancement decisions in your company are made.
4. Take advantage of learning activities to bolster your knowledge - both informal and formal courses.

5. Get a mentor to help accelerate your growth

6. Take on extra projects and tasks, especially the challenging ones.
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31 May 19
Your Personal brand is more than a well polished online profile.

Your daily interactions with people in the world of work is a critical part of your brand. It is illustrated in statements such as;

1. That guy never replies emails.

2. Heads up, she's very hard to work with.
3. He's lazy and you won't get much info from him, rather do it yourself.

4. He's very sharp, you won't be disappointed if you bring him on the project.

5. She always delivers and knows what she's doing.
6. He likes throwing people under the bus, be careful when you engage with him.

Every interaction, every email, every meeting is a chance to shape your Personal Brand; It's how people experience you on a daily basis!
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17 May 19
Do you want to quit your job without another one lined up because you're fed up? Ask yourself these 8 questions!

1. Have you exhausted every possible solution within your power to make things work at your job?

2. Is there nothing positive or any benefits of staying longer?
3. Do you need your salary?

4. If #3 is yes, what monthly minimum do you need to survive and pay the basics (rent, food, school fees)?

5. Do you have enough savings to last you at least 6 months?

6. If #5 is no, do you have another financial support system(partner, family etc)
7. Is there a freelance job or entrepreneurial venture you can engage in to immediately generate income if you leave?

8. Do you have a strong professional and social network that can help you secure a job quick?
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