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  1. What are the next steps after gaining a promotion?

    April 28, 2015 by Jenna

    You have worked hard to get your promotion, now you have to set yourself up for success in your new role. Preparing to take on more responsibility will make the transition process run smoothly and will help set you up for future success.

    So what are the next steps after you receive the promotion? What can you do to keep yourself on track?

    1. Get clear expectations. The first thing you need to do is really understand your new role. What does the organisation expect of you? What does your manager expect of you? And what do you expect of yourself? Clarifying these expectations sets up a path to follow.

    2. Set your goals What do you want to accomplish and why? Set personal and career goals both short and long term so you can measure your progress on the path. Don’t be afraid to share your goals or vision with management and get their buy in as well,

    3. Talk to your boss. Get to know your manager and determine how you will work together. How and when will you communicate and what will help you succeed beyond the job description. These things are critically important to your mutual success.

    4. Focus on building relationships. You may have moved to a new department with new peers or report to and a new manager. The relationships with the people around you are part of that job! Invest time in building relationships with your new peers, people in other groups, your boss, your customers, and if you are a leader, your team. It makes your working environment more positive and productive if you have a level of rapport with your team.

    5. Learn what you need to learn. Remember you are new to this position so you cannot know it all on the first day! It is part of our development to learn new skills. Take notes, ask questions, request feedback to make sure you are heading on the path towards success. The earlier you set yourself up to understand the requirements and expectations of the role, the easier it will be to settle into the position and start delivering.

    6. Celebrate! Of course you deserve the time to celebrate your promotion and share the excitement with others. Take some time for yourself and those closest to you to celebrate your progress and accomplishments. Celebrating builds your confidence and awareness, and it sets you on the right path for even better performance.

    Sometimes we tend to rush from one project to the next without fully understanding what we have achieved. Every accomplishment is a stepping stone on the path towards your future. Show appreciation towards those who helped get you get to that next stage.

    If you have been through a promotion recently, what steps did you take to continue to perform at your best and show that you were the right one for the job?


  2. 5 Steps to Interview Preparation – how will you win your next job?

    November 19, 2013 by Jenna

    You got that interview, congratulations! Now the most important step of the interview process begins, your preparation.

    1. Know your resume

    Your resume is what got you the first call. Don’t forget to take a hard copy of your resume along to the interview. A fresh hard copy is always nice to hand over to the potential employer and also if you are filling out any additional paperwork for an organisation you have an accurate record of your employment in hand.

    And most importantly know your resume in detail. Take the time to read through your responsibilities and key achievements listed  – nothing is more embarrassing than the interviewer asking you a question about your resume and you can’t remember what they are referring to!

    2. Dress to impress

    Not all of us will work in roles that require us to wear a suit and tie daily, but making a good first impression is critical. Rule of thumb is always to dress above the level of the role that you are going for.  Sloppy, unprofessional presentation will reflect poorly on your preparation and commitment for the interview.

    Professional presentation is not just about what you wear, but also your readiness for the interview performance. So remember:

    • Get a good night sleep – one can often get nervous about an interview but allow your body time to rest so that you are more alert and able to answer questions with a clear head. You don’t want to appear like you are lacking interest or look like a zombie.

    • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready for  the interview – if that means getting up earlier than usual then it will make a difference. Usually if you are rushing, your appearance will often reflect this rush

    • Eat something before the interview – Again this will keep you more alert and active during the interview process and will usually reflect a more positive mood

    3. Know where you are going – Another important factor that will save you rushing at the last minute or even being late for the interview is finding out the company location. Look up the company address online and then look into the nearest parking areas and local public transport options. This will not only save you rushing at the last minute but if you leave early enough it can help you in the event of unexpected traffic or transport delays.

    4. Who is interviewing you?

    Make sure you know the name and position of who your interview or interviewers. In your preparation take some time to understand who they are, their experience, and where they sit within the organisation you are interviewing for. Also take the time to research and understand the details of the company – what does their website say? Have they been featured in the news or social media? What attracts you to work and grow within this organisation?

    5. What do you need to know?

    Especially if this is your dream job you don’t want to walk out of the interview realising that you had forgotten to ask a question or take up the interviewer’s time by doing the ‘umm’s’ and ‘ah’s’ trying to recall what questions you were wanting to ask.

    Make sure that your questions are tailored to the organisation that you are applying for, the position requirements and even if there are any opportunities within the future for this role.

    As a previous candidate and also working for a recruitment consultancy I can now say that I have witnessed both the excellent and awful in interview preparation. And I can say with confidence that if you want to win that next great job, then preparation is key so that you are ready to perform at your best!

    What do you think is most important in preparation?


  3. What makes great candidates stand out?

    October 16, 2012 by Jenna

    Especially at this time of year, leading into the warmer months, the competition in the job market is high.

    There is something about Spring that makes people invigorated to take the leap to their next perfect job. Unfortunately for you, that also means that there are more and more candidates actively looking for work too.

    So what makes a great candidate stand out?

    I consulted one of my colleagues who interviews regularly and she outlined these key qualities:

    • an easy to read resume
    • a smile and a friendly, positive manner
    • professionally presented, they have made some effort to make a great first impression
    • brings energy to the interview
    • stays on topic, and doesn’t go off on a tangent, but answers the questions asked of them.
    • articulates their skills and experience clearly and concisely.

    This also relates to a previous blog: FACT or FICTION: Is appearance/presentation a key factor to put you ahead of the rest when it comes to a face to face interview? Most employers stated that while appearance was important, having the skills and qualifications for the role were a vital component of the application.

    It is essential that you ensure that you are not only professionally presented, but also have the skills and experience relevant for the job. Apply only for those jobs that you have experience, target your applications, and practice your interview questions according to each and every new job opportunity.

    Take time to prepare for the interview as much as you can, this can include: research the role or organisation (if mentioned in the advertisement) and reviewing the job description. Match your skills and experience to the requirements of this role.

    Depending on the job you are applying for, the qualifications, skills and experience required may vary. But based on my personal experience I would also suggest you bring along with you copies of additional information that that sells your skills, qualification, and experience – certificates, written references, transcripts and anything that is relevant to the role.

    So how can you prepare to ensure that you are that candidate that stands out? Here is a summary of the tips from Job Search Success Handbook: Tools, Tips and Tactics

    • Tailor your resume to the jobs you are applying for
    • Practice interview questions
    • Know the job requirements
    • Know your resume in detail
    • Be ready to market your skills and experience
    • Dress for success – and be ready to put your best foot forward!

    And one more thing that I cannot stress highly enough – know the jobs you applied for. If you are applying for multiple jobs, keep track of the jobs that you have applied for. There is nothing more embarrassing than finally getting that call from an Employer or Recruiter and not remembering the role that you applied for!

    Did you know Challenge Consulting is on Facebook? If “like” us on Facebook today you will receive a PDF copy of your must-have handbook for a successful job search: Job Search Success – Tools, Tips and Tactics.




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