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Making redundancies? 3 tips to help your employees.

The GFC and further dwindling of Resources project in Australia in recent years has affected companies large and small. It’s an unfortunate fact, but many companies have been forced to make redundancies.

The big question as an employer is, if you are in this situation, what can you do to help your employees?

1. It’s never going to be easy, but that redundancy conversation is important. Breaking the news can be tough, and even for seasoned Managers you may tend to spend too long explaining your decision, or do the opposite and rush to be done with it as quickly as possible. Remember, be to the point, but be empathetic.

Losing a job is stressful, it affects their personal lives and their families. Take the time to choose your words carefully. Always act with kindness & respect, but don’t be overly personal ie, say “your role has been made redundant” as opposed to “you have been made redundant”.

2. Offer a professional reference. Being available for potential employers to call and speak to you is great, but go the extra mile and provide a written reference wherever possible. This shows to a potential employer that you thought highly enough of the employee to spend the extra time on them, validates their CV and  points out their specific strengths.

3. Choose a local Outplacement provider you can trust. Outplacement is a great way to drastically reduce the time your employees spend looking for a new job, it can help alleviate some of their stress (and yours).  Pricing can start from as little as $1000 per person and is often invaluable to the employees, but make sure you choose carefully.

A good Outplacement provider will have one-on-one coaching, ongoing support, professional affiliations in Career Management and a passion for what they do. Check how many sessions/hours are provided and the course content that is offered. Entrust your employees to a company/persons that care.

If you’d like advice on making Redundancies, or a quote for Outplacement Services for your company please get in touch with Get Hired today.

 

Dayna Edwards

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How to Write a Cover Letter

Most job vacancies will ask for a cover letter to be sent alongside your application, CV or resume. Your cover letter is the first thing a potential employer will read about you. Here you will find useful guidelines to help you write a strong cover letter.

Before you begin, remember:

  • Employers will read your cover letter very quickly.
  • They will probably decide on that basis whether or not to look at your CV.

In the first two paragraphs you will need to include clear, concise and relevant information for the role you are applying for. Also try and show that you have taken the time to research the company or organisation. This will tell the employer that you have initiative and are interested in the role. This will demonstrate that you are worth considering.

Content

Contact details

All your contact details – name, address, phone number and email address – should be clearly stated at the top of the letter.

Who to send it to

Try to address your cover letter to a specific person. If you are responding to an advertisement, it will usually give the name of the person you need to write to.

If you are sending your details to a company without a specific role in mind, then research who the best person would be to contact.

Either phone the company switchboard or look at the organisation’s website to find the right contact.

Paragraph 1

State the role you are applying for using the same job titles or references as the advertisement and give one solid reason why you should be considered for it.

If you are sending your details speculatively, show that you have done some research about the company. Explain why you are writing to them and what attracts you to their organisation Also give one solid reason why they should consider employing you.

Paragraph 2

Explain why you want and are right for the role. Highlight any direct experience you have had which relates to their requirements.

If you are applying speculatively, show that you have found out something about the company and explain why you think you would fit in well with their team and why they should consider you.

Tell them that they can find further details on your CV. If you have an online portfolio, add a link to it, as this is an easy way for them to find out more about you and your work.

If you have a lot of relevant information you could add another paragraph here, but keep it concise.

Paragraph 3

State your interest in the role and that you are available for interview. If they require someone to start work quickly and you are available for immediate interview and free to start straight away, make that clear.

Signing off

Finish the letter by saying that you look forward to hearing from them. If you have addressed the letter to a specific person, it is usual to end a formal letter with “Yours sincerely”. If you have not addressed it to a named individual, you should end with “Yours faithfully”.

This should be followed by your signature, with your name typed below it.

Sending cover letters by email

  • Make sure the details of the role you are applying for appear in the subject line.
  • Send the cover letter as an attachment if specifically stated. Otherwise, send it as the body of the email with just the CV attached.
  • Use ‘Dear [Name]’ when sending, as you would in a letter. If their reply starts with ‘Hi [Name]’ then you can mirror their style and use ‘Hi’ after that.
  • Make sure that all your contact details are clearly stated somewhere. These should include your name, full address, phone number, email address, link to your online portfolio and LinkedIn profile URL if you have one.

Things to avoid

  • Poor spelling and grammar. Use a spell checker and ask someone to proof read it too.
  • Writing too much, keep the cover letter as concise as possible.
  • Using a casual tone unless you know its appropriate. Most employers will expect a formal tone.
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How to write a good Resume – a guide for students

Taking on a part time job while studying is the way that many students these days are helping to reduce their student debt, but it is also a great way to start building up your resume and work experience.

It is said that typically a prospective employer will spend just 6 or 7 seconds looking at your resume before deciding whether to review it further, so you have to make sure you get it right. Think of your resume as your marketing brochure, it is selling who you are and what you have to offer and if it is messy and badly written, that is what employers will expect to get from you.

Here are some guidelines on things to consider when writing your resume.

  1. There is no set format to a CV.You can search online for template examples, but it should include the following basic information about you:

-Personal Details:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email

– Education & Qualifications

  • Degree, Units, Results
  • Courses or qualifications such as First Aid

– Work Experience
– Interests and Achievements

  1. Avoid long paragraphs, using bullets where appropriate. Imagine you were an employer ploughing through piles of resumes, you are far more likely to read those that are easy on the eye and don’t present you with long paragraphs of information that you can’t scan through easily.
  2. Don’t rely on a spell checker– whilst these are good in general, they are not fool proof and a human will do the job better. If you are not very good with spelling yourself, get someone who is to check over it for you. Do not use text spellings and make sure you have capital letters and punctuation where they should be.
  3. Make it look neat and tidy– justify columns if using a word document. If it looks neat they will expect your work to be neat too.
  4. Do not use an unusual font– you might think they look creative but they are not easy to scan read.
  5. Mention exam grades– if your exams from school were good, then you should list them all. If they were not so good and you have since improved by doing well at university, then just list the exams you passed and then focus on what you are achieving now.
  6. Soft skills– talk about the soft skills you have developed, which you might have learnt from any of your academic, extra-curricular activities, or your work experience, such as team work, working under pressure, meeting deadlines, managing a have workload, or the ability to work on your own initiative.
  7. List any work experienceyou have had, whether it is relevant to the job or not, but try and find elements of your work which may be relevant to the job you are applying for – for example, working in a bar helps you develop numeracy skills and customer service skills.
  8. Include Volunteering– volunteering is a great way to boost your resume and gain skills that are relevant to your chosen career. Highlight your volunteering under a separate section but treat it in the same way as you do your work experience, demonstrating the skills you learned and your achievements.
  9. Get professional – make sure you have an appropriate email address – when you are younger a fun email address is fine, but as you are now applying for jobs, set yourself up with a more professional and sensible email. And speaking of fun, don’t try to be amusing on your resume either. It is the wrong place for humour, unless you are applying for a job as a comedy script writer!
  10. Keep your concise–You will find that as you move on in your career some of the things that are relevant now, will not be so important later, such as your holiday work experience.
  11. One resume may not be enough– you may need to tweak your resume for each job you apply for. The job description for each will be slightly different as will the specifications, so try and adapt your resume for each one. The changes may be only slight, unless you are applying for jobs in different sectors, in which case you may find you need two completely different resumes.
  12. Review and test your resume– If you find your resume is not working, and you are not getting interviews, change the format and review the content. If possible, find a sponsor, a parent, an older sibling or maybe a friend of a parent who works in an area that interests you or has business experience, show them your resume and get feedback, use their knowledge to enhance the document.
  13. Don’t lie on your resume, or even exaggerate, it isn’t worth it and you are likely to be found out. Highlight your strengths without bending the truth.
  14. Don’t get despondent– applying for jobs is tough. You may only get responses from 10% of the letters you send out, the rest you will hear nothing from at all, not even a rejection. That can be disheartening, but if you bear in mind that it is a numbers game and that typically the average graduate will send out about 70 resumes when looking for their first job, you will realise that you need to put in a significant amount of effort to get the reward.
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How To Make A Smart Career Transition

For many people, a change of career can be a scary and uncertain time, there are a number of strategies you can employ to ensure that your experience is a successful one

TRANSITION: Willingness to transition from life as it is, to life as you want it to be

A TRANSITION is a pivotal period of growth and development that is sparked by a change in some aspect of your life. That change is usually a major opportunity, even if it does not appear that way at first.

You can’t escape change. It is a constant in your life. The average young person today is likely change jobs as many as 15 times, 11 of which are accomplished by the time the person is 44.

Whether you are proactively considering something new or have been forced into a job change, it is how you successfully make the transition that is the key to your success.

However it’s important to understand that change and transition are two different things.

Change, is what is occurring externally with respect to life circumstances – the new job responsibilities, the new baby, or the new doctor-mandated exercise routine.

Transition, however, is the “psychological process” that you go through as you process the outward changes. Transition in this context can be defined as the inner reorientation and self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate any of those changes into your life.

To be successful in coping with and adjusting to change, you need to mentally shift how you view the change in order to transition to your new reality.

If your sense of self is inextricably woven with your work identity, a career transition is a frightening prospect. Yet people stay stuck in inertia, putting up with unsatisfying and unfulfilling lives, not understanding that the life they dream of is well within their grasp.

By being willing to transition from life as it is to life-as-you-want-it to be, you are opening up to new career and personal growth opportunities.

Get Hired provide executives and professionals who are caught in career transition a map to help them navigate through the process deliberately, with awareness and with purpose.

If you look upon the transition as a time to reset your priorities, realign with your passions, interests and values and to re-establish work-life balance, you’ll welcome this crucial turning point in your life.

Get Hired provide Career Transition & Coaching across Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

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5 Great Reasons to offer Outplacement Services

5 reasons to offer outplacement during a redundancy process

While a time of redundancy can involve making tough choices, it can also be a time for HR to shine as a strong strategic partner to the business. HR leaders looking to provide the best possible support to management during the redundancy process should consider an outplacement programme.

Outplacement provides practical and emotional support to help those employees who are affected by redundancy, make the transition between knowing what their role is and the uncertainty of what the future holds for them personally. On-site support ranges from group workshops to online or telephone support, as well as bespoke packages for middle and senior managers. Outplacement can include support in drafting and editing CVs, interview skills and interview preparation, coaching, navigating online and modern job advertisements, speculative letters and completion of application forms.

  1. Reinforce the “psychological contract”

Companies that have undertaken outplacement as part of their redundancy programme have found that it helps “lower the emotional temperature” of their organisation. By supporting the health and wellbeing of your exiting employees, you can demonstrate to them (and, perhaps just as importantly, those who remain) that you value them.

For those remaining, it can be reassuring to know that if they find themselves in the same or similar situation, they are likely receive the same support and consideration.

 

  1. It’s flexible and cost effective

Outplacement is an incredibly flexible approach to assisting exiting employees. No matter the type, number, location or needs of the employees, or the organisational budget, the outplacement consultant should be able to tailor their approach to meet the needs of the individual and the organisation. Whether it’s senior managers needing bespoke coaching or a large group of long serving workers needing technology and modern job-hunting support, outplacement can work.

Even in a short period of time, an outplacement programme can deliver benefits to a large number of employees at a relatively low cost.

 

  1. Avoid a productivity lapse

Times of change often result in poor productivity as remaining employees worry about the future. An outplacement programme can provide a demonstrable, structured place for addressing those worries so ‘work time’ can be remain productive.

  1. Become part of a settlement agreement

Some companies will use a bespoke outplacement programme to demonstrate how they are offering support over and above legal compliance during a period of re-organisation. As redundancy packages can be incredibly expensive propositions, anything to mitigate these costs is worthwhile.

 

  1. Provides exiting employees with a safe environment to share concerns

Since outplacement is typically provided by an independent third-party, the associated workshops become a safe and supportive environment for exiting employees to voice their fears and concerns (with a strong and impartial leader to direct the conversation effectively).

After an outplacement programme or during a redundancy period, Get Hired will sometimes be asked to undertake employee engagement surveys to gauge opinion and red flags within the organisation during a difficult time.

GET HIRED provide Outplacement Services, Resume writing and Career Coaching throughout PERTH, MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, ADELAIDE, BRISBANE
www.gethiredaustralia.com.au