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Preparing to return to work after lockdown lift

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Today officially marks ‘Freedom Day’ in Sydney, as we leave lockdown after a mammoth 107 days of staying at home. For a lot of us, this meant working from home for 15 weeks. 15 weeks of Zoom calls, phone calls, and trying our best to keep on top of working remotely. For others it meant putting their job on hold, as they were no longer able to work at all. No matter what your work situation was for the past 15 weeks, it is undoubtedly going to feel a little weird returning to work in-person after such a long period of doing things differently. We’ve put together the top tips for preparing to return to work after lockdown lift.

Tip 1. Make communication a priority

There will likely be some confusion about when the return-to-work is happening and how it will all work. Stay in regular communication with your employer via Zoom and phone calls to make sure you have a super clear idea of what your work’s return-to-work plan is. This is also a good time to ask any questions you may have, such as whether your vaccination status will affect your return to work. During this time, keep communication lines open and make sure any questions you have are appropriately answered.

Tip 2. Ensure your workplace is COVID safe

You may have reservations about returning to work while COVID-19 cases are still present in the community. Thankfully, vaccinations have dramatically decreased risks involved with COVID, and there are measures workplaces can take to keep their staff safe. COVID-19 safe practises in the workplace include maintaining physical distancing, practising good personal hygiene, and ensuring the regular cleaning of common spaces. Ask your employer about their COVID-safe plan and what you can do to keep safe and healthy in the workplace. You may also want to reduce the risk of spreading potential disease by opting out of using hot desks and avoiding common spaces in the workplace if they become overly crowded.

Tip 3. Be patient with yourself and others

The past 15 weeks have been hard on everyone, and all of us would have certainly faced our own individual struggles during the lockdown. Many would have been home schooling while working from home, while others may not have worked for quite a while. Take some time to reconnect with each of your co-workers on the return to work and touch base on how they have been going during lockdown. It’s also a good idea to reach out for support from your employer if you need any training to refresh, or help getting back into a work routine.

If the thought of going back to work seems really awful, it’s time to get a new job! Update your profile on I Want 2 Work for the best chance of being noticed by employers. You can log in here.

 

 

How to dress for success in a job interview

By Blog, Job Seeker

Interviewing for a job comes with all sorts of nerves, so the less you stress about what you’re wearing the better. If you feel confident in what you’ve got on, this confidence will come across to the interviewer. Here’s our top tips to present the best version of yourself in an interview and dress for success!

Tip 1. Stick to your own style

Stick to the style you feel most comfortable in, with some alterations so it fits the formality of an interview. Love wearing dresses and skirts? A skirt suit could be the perfect option for you. Do you love wearing jewellery? Don’t be afraid to accessorise for the interview but keep it simple with some studs and a small necklace. If you feel confident in what you’re wearing, this confidence will come across to the interviewer. Also, interviewers want to see who you are and what you’re about so it’s important you present the real you in an interview.

Tip 2. Dress for the job you want

Different industries have totally different dress codes, so it’s a good idea to wear something to an interview that you could see yourself wearing to your new job if successful. For example, formal business wear is appropriate for an interview at a large corporation, while wearing something so formal to an interview for a retail position may get you a few strange looks.

Tip 3. Go with the safe option

Unsure what attire is appropriate for the job you’re going for? We present to you: The Safe Option – outfits that will always get the tick of approval and will work for just about any interview. For men, dark trousers or chinos with a button-up shirt is always a good option. Trousers are also a good option for ladies, or a mid-length skirt. Paired with a plain blouse and some simple flats or small heels, you can’t go wrong. Opt for neutral hues for your clothing such as black, tan, or grey and always remember to iron your clothing before the big day.

Tip 4. Keep it simple

It’s important that whoever is interviewing you can focus on what you’re saying and how great a candidate you are for the role. You don’t want your strengths to be outshone by distracting clothing or accessories during your interview. Keep it simple with jewellery and avoid wearing bangles or earrings that make a loud jingle or get in your face. A tie can be a nice formal touch for an interview, but again keep it simple. Your brightest tie will have its time another day.

 

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How to take a professional headshot (even with a phone)

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If your professional profile has a headshot, you are 18 times more likely to be noticed by a potential employer. That’s why adding one to your profile is so important – but not everyone has a stash of professionally shot images ready to go. Fear not: it is possible to take a polished photo yourself at home, with these expert tips. You can even take a professional headshot with an iPhone.

Step 1: Enlist help from a friend

The first step in taking a professional headshot is figuring out the logistics of who is going to take the picture and how they will do it. Have a friend with a quality camera? Ask them to come over and take your headshot for you. It’s a great way to receive immediate feedback and saves time and the frustration of constantly changing camera angles. If you are creating your headshot solo, don’t panic. You can still ace the perfect picture by setting up your camera or smartphone on a tripod and using the timer feature.

Step 2: Find a location with great lighting

Lighting can make or break a headshot. Finding a location that makes a good backdrop and receives a great amount of natural light is crucial, because a cluttered background (think furniture or patterned wallpaper) can distract from your headshot. Our tip? Take your headshot in front of a window, and choose a clean one that lets in plenty of natural light. Set up your camera directly in front of the window and position yourself in front of the camera.

Step 3: Use make-up that compliments your skin tone

Your headshot should represent the real you. “For headshots, and especially for work, you need it to look like you,” professional makeup artist and hairstylist Melinda Wenig says. “It’s important not to go too heavy or glam when it comes to using make-up.” Steer clear of artificial light when applying, as it will affect your look. “Applying your make-up in front of natural light, as opposed to the harsh light of a bathroom, ensures your make-up works with the light and setting of where you will eventually be taking your photo,” Melinda explains. She also recommends matching your foundation to your chest rather than your face or neck for the best colour match. And keep it neutral. “Stick to neutral and earthy tones, such as browns, blush and peach colours,” Melinda says. “These will work to enhance your natural features, without becoming distracting.” Products with glitters, sparklers or highlighters can give off an unwanted shine in your photographs and produce flashback. “Instead, utilising matte products, such as a matte foundation, is a great option,” she says. Most importantly, wear make-up that makes you feel confident, because – as Melinda says – “make-up shouldn’t be the focus, it should be you”.

Step 4: Decide on styling

It’s important to dress for the setting of the headshot. For a headshot for a corporate setting, it’s best to keep it professional. A button-down shirt or blouse are suitable options and may be paired with a blazer or fitted jacket. Sticking to a simple neckline assures the attention is drawn to your face. Plain colours such as blues, greens and purples are your best choice, as they are universally flattering and won’t wash you out. Your hair should be styled neatly. “For your hairstyle, keep it smooth and simple, as too much texture can cause flyaways and can come across as messy,” Melinda says. If you’ll be wearing jewellery for your headshot, keep it simple and understated as statement jewellery can become a distraction.

Step 5: Get shooting

Once you are all ready and set up to take your headshot, it’s time to get into taking the photographs. Remember that it’s unlikely you’ll get the perfect shot the first time; practice makes perfect. Play around with different poses and angles, and opt for a photograph from your chest up. Your personality should be the main focus of a headshot and can be brought to life with some movement to achieve a candid, yet professional shot. “You want it to be a good representation of how you present in your everyday life,” Melinda says. Try standing at a slight angle to the camera and then turning your head towards the lens to achieve eye contact. If you’re taking your professional headshot on an iPhone, don’t forget to use a tripod if you can.

Step 6: Select the perfect picture

Now the photoshoot is complete it’s time to select your favourite photos and start the editing process. Once you have narrowed down your favourites, load them on to your phone or computer and use an editing app to enhance them if needed. You want the photo to be light and bright, focusing on you. “Your headshot should be framed from the chest up, with your face being the main focus,” Melinda says. Asking friends and family for their opinion is a great idea before selecting your final shot to use. Finally, load your new and improved professional headshot to your I Want 2 Work employee profile.

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The new way to job search

By Blog, Job Seeker, Recent Articles

Hands up if you remember the last time you enjoyed a job search? Searching for a job is a long and tiring process that tests your self esteem (rejection letters, we’re looking at you. And that’s assuming you even hear back from the employer). And if you’re an employer looking to hire someone new, wading through CVs and fielding endless calls and emails is exhausting.

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The phone interview cheat sheet

By Blog, Job Seeker

Prepping for your upcoming phone interview and not sure what to expect? These five handy tips will help you nail it.

Phone interviews are typically the first stage of the interview process that you will go through when applying for a new job. Not only is it where you want to make a good first impression, it also solely relies on your verbal communication skills. Without face-to-face contact, body language and visual cues, a phone interview is vastly different and requires different prep.

The main purpose of a phone interview is to discover which job candidates are suitable to take to the next round of interviews. They are used to narrow down job candidates before more time and resources are invested by both parties. Employers don’t want to waste your time as much as they don’t want to waste theirs. So, if you find yourself approaching a phone interview, keep in mind that it could either get you to the next round or it may end your chances. For most of us this can be pretty daunting, but as long as you are prepared, you will be on your way to having a successful phone interview.

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How to best answer ‘What are your weaknesses?’

By Blog, Job Seeker

In your next job interview, there is a high possibility the interviewer will ask you about your strengths and weaknesses. Typically, an interview is where you are trying to impress someone to land a job, so why would you ever want to talk about your weaknesses? Unfortunately, it’s often just part of the process. When an interviewer asks you to talk about your weaknesses it not only is a question used for them to get to know you more, it also shows them how well you know yourself. This can be a tricky task, so when someone asks the dreaded question “what are your weaknesses?” here are our tips on the best answers to give.

Tip #1 – Reflect on your past work experiences to identify your weaknesses.

The first thing you’ll need to do is identify a few of your weaknesses to prepare for a job interview. This can sometimes be tricky. A good place to start is by looking at your responsibilities and tasks and ask yourself a few questions such as:

  • Do I struggle with anything?
  • Did I need to ask for assistance or help?
  • Am I stressed about any task in particular?
  • Did I make any mistakes?
  • Does something take more time for me to do than others around me?

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How to resign and keep the peace

By Blog, Job Seeker

So, it’s time to resign and break the news to your current employer that you are moving on. This either means you’ve performed exceptionally well in your interview and landed a new job, or maybe you’ve decided to take some time off work to travel. Either way, resigning is something you’ll have to do which often can be tricky and bittersweet.

Resigning whilst keeping the peace is simpler than you may think. Even if you loved your job, or absolutely cannot wait to get out of the place, leaving your workplace gracefully is important as you never know when you might cross paths again.

Here are some tips to consider when you resign:

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How to write a cover letter: 6 easy steps

By Blog, Job Seeker

A cover letter can make or break your job application. It’s a way of introducing yourself and explaining your resume in response to a job brief. In short: this is your chance to tell an employer why your skills are the ones they need for the job.

Here are our tips to help you write a cover letter with impact:

Tip 1) Tailor it each time

You shouldn’t send the same cover letter for each job opportunity. Keep a base version, and each time you go for a job modify and alter certain parts to cater to the role.

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What is a work personality?

By Blog, Job Seeker

If you can’t decide what you want to do for a job, try determining your work personality type. It will help narrow down what sort of work suits your strengths, to give you the best chance of success.

How does a personality test work?

A personality test gathers information about your character traits, decision-making methods, behaviour and attitudes, and it uses the information to categorise you into a particular type. There are a number of free online personality tests  and the most popular and longest-standing is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). It looks at:

  • An individual’s interaction with the world (Introvert/Extrovert)
  • The way you absorb information (Sensing/Intuitive)
  • Your decision-making tendencies (Thinkers/Feelers)
  • How you organise yourself (Judgers/Perceivers)

Depending on the outcome of the test, you will be categorised into one of 16 possible personality types. From there, you’ll know what sort of job suits you best, based on the demands of typical roles. For instance, an ISTP (introvert, sensor, thinker, perceiver) personality is a hard worker who values their responsibilities and commitments, and feels comfortable in roles such as civil engineer, economist or police officer.

Here are a few jobs suited to Myers-Briggs personality types:

The best job suited for YOUR personality type Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

When you’re taking a personality test, just be yourself. Many of these tests identify inconsistent answers so it’s best to answer honestly.

And if you’re looking for a new role – or you’re an employer who wants to hire new employees – I Want 2 Work can help. We match a candidate’s skills and experience with the right employers. Check it out today!

www.iwant2work.com

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Why YOU should work in Hospitality

By Blog, Job Seeker

If you are thinking about starting a career in the hospitality industry, you are making a great choice. Working in hospitality offers you a wide range of job opportunities and has loads of advantages over other industries.

Here is why YOU should work in hospitality:

1. The People:

If you are a people person or even if you aren’t, you can become more friendly, personable and open through working in hospitality. Hospitality jobs involve talking and managing different people. Some may be local, others may be tourists from all around the world. That is something you don’t get in every workplace or industry.

2. Your Skillset:

Working with a diverse range of customers and interacting across different cultures and age groups will give you a valuable skillset. Learning to communicate effectively with others is something which you can carry with you into any job position in the future and also transfer into other industries if you wish to change careers.

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