Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | October 16, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Let’s be real for a second. These days, many of us live in a world of excess, where more is definitely better. We heap our plates full with seconds when we’re already full, overstuff a drawer with t-shirts we’ll never wear again, and ensure that we own at least 20 mugs. (I know, I know—each of those mugs serves a very specific purpose.)

Often, we apply this “more is more” principle to our professional lives, too. Clocking in at the crack of dawn and logging off only when our eyelids can’t stay open anymore are often heralded as hallmarks of star employees.

But, I have news for you: This type of lifestyle is not necessary for success, growth, or job satisfaction. In fact, I’d argue that it can actually hurt you (but that’s a story for a different day).

The main message here is: You can be the apple of your manager’s eye even if you don’t make working overtime a habit. Provided of course that when you’re in the office, you’re kicking ass, completing everything assigned, and turning it on time.

Ready to start leaving before dinner time? I recommend making these three things habits:

1. Stay Engaged

I used to bring my laptop to every single meeting. And, without a doubt, I’d spend the entire time answering emails, surfing random sites, and chatting with friends.

Now that I work in an office where this isn’t the norm, I realize just how annoying it is. A surefire way to signal that you don’t care about your job or your teammates (even if that isn’t necessarily true), is to spend your time with them with your eyes glued to a screen.

Instead, be present in meetings and all other conversations you have. Ask questions, provide helpful feedback and context, and flex those active listening muscles.

And yes, this applies to remote workers, too. Working off site doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to communication. If anything, you’ll probably need to make a bit more of an effort, but it’s worth it if it means you’re staying in the loop and others are, too.

2. Know When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No”

Lending a colleague a hand or volunteering to take the lead on a new project are invaluable characteristics, and there’s an added bonus if you can anticipate needs and offer your services before someone needs to ask.

It’ll show that you’re a go-getter, a team player, and someone who wants to learn and grow. It’s a big plus for a supervisor if his staff isn’t constantly muttering, “That’s not my job.”

But—but—this doesn’t, in any way, mean you should be a “yes person.” It’s also crucial to know when and how to turn down requests for help, new assignments, and so forth. Putting too much on your plate is a recipe for becoming severely overwhelmed.

You may start producing shoddy work or missing deadlines completely, and, well, neither of those are invaluable characteristics. The key is knowing not just how much you can fit on your plate, but how much you can execute at a high-quality rate.

So if you’re at the point in which you can feel yourself starting to slip, say no.

3. Check in With Your Boss Regularly

In each position I’ve had, my manager and I met regularly. And, I admit—these times weren’t always helpful. Sometimes, it was because my supervisor always canceled them (thanks). But other times it was because I just wanted it to be over as quickly as possible, so I didn’t say much.

That was a mistake. This one-on-one time is so important. It’s your time to update her on your progress, ask for help, discuss career goals, and get to know each other a little bit better.

Taking these meetings seriously will reassure your boss that you are, in fact, doing what you’re supposed to be doing, and it’ll also signal that you care. And caring is a big part of being a good employee.

And hey—If you don’t have regular time like this on your calendar, I highly recommend requesting it.

Yes—there will be occasions in which you need to put in a little extra time. But that doesn’t have to be an ongoing theme in your life. I’m here to tell you that you can be a rock star employee and live a life outside of work.

 

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-be-a-hardworking-employee-without-sacrificing-your-personal-life?ref=carousel-slide-1

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Central Coast Council is bringing Australia’s only major film festival for kids to the Central Coast over two nights this October.

Little Big Shots is Australia’s largest and longest running film festival with Australian made and International films, documentaries and animations made by kids for kids.

The film festival will be held in Wyong on Saturday 14 October and in Gosford on 21 October.

Council Group Leader Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan, said this is just one of the unique ways Council is working to activate open areas across the Central Coast.

“We are always looking for new and exciting events to bring to the Central Coast, and Little Big Shots definitely ticks all the boxes,” Ms Vaughan said.

“It’s great to have something this big come to the Central Coast and inspire any future filmmakers and entertain their young minds.

“It’s going to be an awesome evening out with the family, so bring along your picnic rug, sit back and relax and enjoy the best local and international short films made by kids for kids.”

The first Central Coast Kids Film Festival will be held from 4pm on Saturday 14 October on Chapman Lawn, Hely Street, Wyong and on Saturday 21 October, Kibble Park, Gosford – with each venue showcasing different films.

The Kids Film Festival will be more than a series of short films, there will also be a number of free activities and live entertainment including puppet shows, face painting, juggling, giant Jenga, hoola hoops and a DJ – just to name a few.

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/australias-largest-film-festival-kids-comes-coast/

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | October 9, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Central Coast Council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Rob Noble, officially stepped out of the position on Wednesday, September 20, handing over the reins to new CEO, Mr Brian Bell.
Mr Noble is leaving after two years as CEO at Wyong Shire Council and Central Coast Council, to return to his business and home in Queensland.
“I stayed longer than I originally intended, as I wanted to lead the new Central Coast Council through the amalgamation process, and support Administrator, Ian Reynolds, and our staff, in creating a vibrant and sustainable Central Coast,” Mr Noble said.“I am taking with me a lot of fond memories of the Central Coast.
“I have worked with some fabulous people and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work here,” he added.
Mr Bell has extensive experience in Local Government, spanning 50 years, including 12 years as General Manager of Lake Macquarie Council.
“Rob is leaving some very big shoes to fill,” Mr Bell said.
“He has led the transformation of two organisations into one Central Coast Council, and has created a solid foundation for the newly elected Council to build on,” Mr Bell said.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing to lead the organisation through this transition period to the elected Council, while continuing on the excellent course Rob has set for us.”
Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, echoed these sentiments.
“Rob has done an amazing job, and it is due to his hard work and leadership, that this Council has achieved as much as it has,” Mr Reynolds said.
“He is a transformational, charismatic leader and has left a great legacy, and will be greatly missed by staff.
“He is without doubt one of the best CEOs I have encountered in all my years in government, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.
“Brian Bell is well equipped to continue and build on Rob’s work.
“He lives here on the Coast and has led an award-winning Council, Lake Macquarie Council, for a number of years.
“He has the runs on the board and the commitment to continue to make Central Coast Council the very best it can be,” Mr Reynolds said.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, also thanked Mr Noble for his leadership of Council.
“Mr Noble’s stewardship of the amalgamated Council has placed the region in great stead for the future,” Mr MacDonald said.
With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the new Central Coast Council has been able to implement the following major Wyong region projects: Disability Matters – Improved accessibility to natural spaces across the Coast, $800,000; Community Facilities – Access and inclusion upgrades to community facilities across the Coast, $580,000; and, San Remo BMX facility – New amenities, $640,000.
“The Council is now in a strong financial position to serve its community,” Mr MacDonald said.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/09/new-council-ceo-takes-control/

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“Do you have any questions for us?”

You’ll be asked it in almost any interview. And while you may be tempted to sit back and relax during this portion—while the recruiter’s put in the hot seat—that’s not actually in your best interest.

Why? Because this is your final chance to make an awesome impression.

My team and I interview around 100,000 people a year so, as you can imagine, we always take notice when someone asks a question besides “What’s a typical day like?” or “When will I hear back from you?”

In fact, you shouldn’t be afraid to grill hiring managers during this portion of the conversation. Chances are, they’re hoping you will.

To help get you started, here are some of the super-smart questions I’ve been asked during actual interviews by real-life candidates–and the reasons they got my attention.

1. “Who Does the Wireframing for Your Site?”

OK, that’s clearly specific to a certain role. But I’m using this one as an example of a question you can ask that places you in the role you’ve applied for.

This question came from a prospective designer. We got talking about a new internal website we were developing and he asked, “Who does the wireframing for your website, the design team or a specific UX team?”

We ended up having a great discussion about our processes and how he could contribute to the development of the project. I remember thinking it was like we were already working together. And, from his perspective, he got a great insight into the way we work across teams and who has responsibility for what.

2. “Why Does This Role Matter to the Growth of the Company?”

Talk about putting the ball back in my court! This question showed me the candidate was interested in more than just what I thought of him then and there, in the interview. She wanted to make an impact beyond her own role or team and get a feel for how she’d fit into the future plans of the business.

And, from a candidate perspective, it’s a great way to help you see whether the role you’ve applied for will be a high or low-profile position. It also gives you an indication of what’s expected of the person who fills that role.

3. “Could I Meet Some of the People I’d Be Working With?”

I’ve been asked this a few times—especially more recently—and it’s a great question. (And one that we always try to accommodate.) It shows me the candidate understands the importance of cultural fit and team dynamics and that it matters to them. This is clearly not a person who wants to come to work, sit down at their desk every day, and work in a solitary bubble with their headphones on.

Plus, if you want to get a sense of whether you’ll enjoy being around the people you could be working with every day, this is the question you should ask.

4. “Why Has the Person in This Role Decided to Leave?” / “Who Had This Role Before?”

This can be a very revealing question! Why is the position you’ve applied for available? Is it because the previous person has been promoted or moved to a different team? Both of which would suggest that this job would set you up for progression.

Or, did the person leave to join another company? Or because they didn’t meet expectations? If the recruiter hesitates or becomes evasive, that could tell you everything you need to know! Equally, stay alert and if you sense it’s time to move the conversation on, gently change the subject to something else or ask a new question that’s easier to answer.

5. “What Do You Like Most About Working Here?”

I’ve only been asked this once, believe it or not. It was by a candidate who’d just finished giving a very competent response to the question, “Why do you want to work here?”

I loved the way she tossed this question right back at me. And, although it took me a few seconds to think how to respond, we ended up having a great conversation about how rewarding a career at J&J can be, both personally and professionally.

As a candidate, it’s the perfect question to catch the recruiter a little off-guard and get an honest answer. Regardless of what they say, you can probably gauge how they truly feel about their company, which gives you another indication of whether it’s the right fit for you.

6. “Do You Have Any Reservations About Me or My Qualifications?”

A seriously gutsy question! So gutsy that I was impressed by the confidence of the candidate who asked it. You might think you’re setting your self-esteem up for a knocking. But it’s actually very smart.

A question like this gives you the chance to address any concerns the recruiter may have about your fit for the role head-on, in person. In the instance I’m thinking of, the candidate was actually able to mitigate the concerns I had about a large, unexplained gap on his resume. It transpired he’d taken an unpaid sabbatical to care for his infant daughter while his wife went back to college.

Sure, it takes some gumption to ask. But why allow a potentially unfounded reservation turn into a reason to give someone else the job ahead of you?

7. “How Do You Deal With Professional Disagreements Within the Team? Can You Give Me an Example?”

Another question that shows a recruiter that they’re talking to a candidate who cares about team dynamics and understands that how a team works together can make or break the success of its projects.

For you as a candidate, it’s an incredibly useful way to find out whether you’ll be joining a team of ‘yes-men’ or whether respectful (emphasis on respectful!) disagreements are encouraged to ensure all avenues are explored and that company goals are put ahead of egos. Providing the interviewer answers honestly, it also gives you an indication of inter-team dynamics.
As a recruiter, I’ve heard a lot of awesome questions (such as these)—and some I bet the candidate regretted instantly! But, with a little preparation, there’s no need to feel anxious about this part of an interview.

The hiring manager knows you want to figure out if the role is right for you so they’ll be expecting questions. And by taking a couple of the examples above and modifying them to fit your own situation, I can almost guarantee you’re going to instigate some really valuable discussions that help you (both!) to make the right decision about the role.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/out-of-100000-interviews-these-7-candidate-questions-stood-out

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | October 4, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Your first few weeks at a new job can be exhilarating. It’s often fast-paced and full of brand new things that can reignite a spark that you lost. After all, that might’ve been your reason for looking for this new gig in the first place.

But, it can also be overwhelming. And when you look at all the meetings on your calendar, you might think that your goal is to survive it. You can always go back and re-learn anything you missed this week, right?

And in a lot of ways, that’s true. Nobody expects you to master everything you learn during your first month, especially when it comes to understanding the finer details about your company. But there is an important question you should ask in every meeting you have (when it makes sense, of course):

How can my work make your life easier?

You might be thinking, “I barely know where the coffee machine is! How can I think about helping anyone else right now?” And that’s totally fair. But on my first day at my current job, my boss suggested that I set up meetings with everyone on my team and ask each of them this question. It was terrifying, and if I’m being honest, I really didn’t want to do it. But I didn’t want to disappoint my new boss more, so I got over my fear and piped up.

And when I did, I was pleasantly surprised by how it went.

Some people had really strong opinions. Others told me that they hadn’t even thought about it, but appreciated that I opened the conversation with that question. But what I ultimately learned was that your intro meetings don’t have to be a one-way street.

As much as you have to learn, it’s important to remember that you were hired to bring something different to the table—and you can do that as early as your first week on the job.

Again, I’m not going to pretend that this won’t be uncomfortable. I also understand that in some meetings, this will be seen as completely out-of-context. But when the opportunity presents itself and it feels like the next natural thing to say—challenge yourself to say it.

And then, before you worry you’re putting too much on your plate, know that you can respond with, “That’s really interesting to hear, once I’m completely onboarded, I’d love to find more time to discuss how can I start making this happen.”

I know. Asking this question might not make your first month any easier, but it’ll make the exact right impression on your new team. Not to mention, it’ll set you up to prioritize your tasks correctly. So take a deep breath and do it!

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-best-question-to-ask-when-youre-new-at-work?ref=carousel-slide-3

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An 11-story building which will be the highest in Toukely and visible for kilometres around has been approved by the NSW Land and Environment Court.

The equivalent of 355 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase as well as other flow-on jobs after completion.

The $39 million Lakeside Gardens development will be built on 5300 sqm of land on Main Road between Toukley CBD and The Beachcomber hotel with views over Budgewoi Lake and the ocean.

It will include 71 residential units, 38 tourist accommodation units, commercial premises and underground parking. The site will also be extensively landscaped and computer generated images of the building show a jetty.
It was approved by the court subject to a number of conditions, including a deal to expand and improve adjoining Toukley Gardens public park giving it views through to the lake and connecting it with Rowland Terrace.

This will allow pedestrian and cycle access from Main Road through to Osbourne Park.

The site was identified as an “Iconic key site” by the former Wyong Council. Keysites are supposed to provide buildings of high architectural quality, displaying design excellence and innovative green building solutions in an iconic form.

Barker Ryan Stewart is project managing the site for owners Rustrum Pty Ltd and a spokesperson said the development would meet the criteria for a key site.
“A design competition was held for the site, with the winning design being awarded to Suters DWP, Newcastle,” the spokesperson said.

“The architects have taken full advantage of the ideal northerly aspect and the magnificent Lake views. The Units on the upper floors will also enjoy views out to sea and to The Entrance and beyond to the south.”

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/lakeside-gardens-will-be-toukleys-tallest-building-with-eleven-storeys/news-story/f3ec2a90bce331ef81f53dca18b327d5

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | September 26, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Whether you’re spending time with your family, or enjoying a quicker, quieter commute to work, we hope you’re having a happy school holidays!  Search here for all the latest jobs on the Central Coast.

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A panel will meet at the Erina Centre on Thursday afternoon, to consider whether Gosford should receive another 219 apartments plus parking.

The Hunter Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel convenes at 4pm, with the $83 million development top of the agenda.

If approved, two more buildings of 24 and 4 storeys will eventually shoot up in Gosford CBD, at 300 Mann Street.

The panel will also review a proposal to rehabilitate area on Wiseman’s Ferry road at Somersby.

While in seven days the Panel will return to the Coast, meeting at Wyong’s Council Chambers to consider two more proposals.

Plans for a $23 million Private Hospital in Kanwal, announced back in July, will be reviewed, as will a $37 million proposal to build 111 units, 7 businesses and parking at Beach Parade, Canton Beach (bottom).

Source: https://www.triplem.com.au/news/central-coast/big-developments-to-be-considered?station=brisbane

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You know those days when you leave work feeling amazing, pumped that you were highly productive? On the flipside, I’m sure you have days that are just the opposite. Ones that leave you feeling frustrated, wondering whether you got anything done. What if there was a way to end every day knowing that it was successful?

Unfortunately, there’s no bulletproof formula to guarantee this, but there are certain practices you can follow that’ll help.

Here are five habits that, if practiced daily, can boost your success at work:

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journals have grown wildly popular and I can understand why. Earlier this year, I started a journal and committed to writing down one thing I’m grateful for every day. At 159 days in, I’m still going strong. I found that expressing gratitude every morning before work gets me in the right mindset and helps me prepare for the day’s challenges.

But don’t take my word for it. A study by UCLA found that people who regularly wrote down what they were grateful for were more optimistic and cheerful than those who didn’t. Interestingly, they also had fewer doctor visits and fewer work absences. Expressing gratitude daily is a simple, quick practice that has a massive impact, and there’s even an app for it in case you’re not a fan of physical journaling like I am.

2. Reduce Context Switching

Context switching is when you jump between various, unrelated tasks. You’re heads down on a project but get interrupted by an urgent message. A few minutes later, a conversation between co-workers distracts you, and, after you finally refocus, you remember an email you should have responded to earlier in the day. Does this sound like your day?

While rapid context switching may seem like the norm of the modern worker, Jessica Harris from Trello explains how it comes at a high cost:

We spend an average of just one minute and 15 seconds on a task before being interrupted.

It takes an average of 25 minutes to resume a task after being interrupted.

Heavily multitasking can temporarily lower your IQ by up to 15 points.

You probably can’t eliminate context switching altogether, but being mindful of the productivity damage it causes will allow you to create rules to avoid distraction (more on that in a second).

3. Create “If/When-Then” Plans

I learned about this habit from Robert Cialdini’s book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade. Here’s how it works. You pick a cue, then pick a desirable action that you can link to that cue. Here are a few “if/when-then” rules I follow:

If/when I need to work without interruption, then I leave my desk and find a drop-by room.
If/when it’s time to eat lunch, then I order a salad. Boring, I know.
If/when I get a calendar invite for Thursday (when my company has a no-meeting policy), then I move the meeting to a different day.
Research suggests that people who use “if/when-then” planning are between two and three times more likely to achieve their goals. This type of planning is effective because you’re proactively creating automatic responses. When situations arise that might prevent you from reaching your long-term goals, you’ve already decided how you’ll act.

4. Exercise—Even if Only for a Few Minutes

You know you should exercise—the benefits are significant. But knowing isn’t the tough part—it’s finding time in your busy schedule to make it happen.

Running, cycling, or going to the gym may be ideal, but all you really need is a few minutes. One option is the 7-Minute Workout. It’s an intense workout you can do almost anywhere and is proven to deliver results.

Taking a short break to go on a walk is a great way to reduce stress. A few years back I committed to going on one walk in the middle of the workday.

These quick strolls elevated my heart rate, for just a few minutes, and it enabled me to go back to my work with renewed focus. So, even if you don’t have time to hit the gym, exercising for only a few minutes each day is still worth it.

5. Have a Shutdown Ritual

Eric Barker, a best-selling author who wrote an entire book on success, teaches the importance of having a “shutdown ritual” in which you take the time to close out the day’s business and prepare for tomorrow. His research found that the simple act of writing down the things you need to take care of the next day can settle your brain and help you relax.

My shutdown ritual includes making a concise list (no more than three) of the most important things I need to do the next day. Since committing to this practice I’ve found that I think less about work when I’m out of the office. My ritual also includes cleaning my desk and shutting down my laptop, practices signaling that my work day has come to an end.

It turns out that implementing this has been found to relieve anxiety and help you enjoy your evening.

One final thought. While each of these five habits is intended to help you be more successful, it’s important to also pause and take a moment to define what success means to you.

These are guidelines, and, ultimately, you’ve got to create your own standard of excellence and measure progress accordingly. Because real, lasting success comes by aligning your actions with what’s most important to you.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-habits-thatll-ensure-youll-end-every-day-feeling-successful?ref=carousel-slide-0

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | September 20, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Time is running out to plant ideas with Central Coast Council for the 2018 Harvest Festival Central Coast.

Council is encouraging as many local producers as possible to be part of the popular event following a fruitful first year festival earlier this year.

Council Group Leader, Ms Julie Vaughan, said the inaugural Festival saw more than 10,000 people visit 23 events and activities over two days in June.

“This was a great way to launch the Festival, and we want to see it grow again next year,” Ms Vaughan said.

“We would love to have more farm gate sales and tours added to the 2018 program.

“Feedback we received shows visitors want to have a look beyond the gate and see how our local farms work – how it’s grown, produced and harvested, from the farm to the plate.

“We understand some produce won’t be in season in June, and that’s ok. It’s about telling the story of your farm and the hard work involved – how long it takes to grow an avocado, why we have horse farms or information on living sustainably.

“We have some great farms in our mountains and valleys – citrus, pecans, beef, macadamia, avocadoes, native foods, horses and much more, so let’s work together to tell your story to the Coast and beyond.”

Events will be held across six hubs at Peats Ridge, Calga, Somersby, Mangrove Mountain, Kulnura and Yarramalong. The program is designed to encourage festival-goers to follow an event trail supporting visitation at multiple hubs.

The Festival highlights the hidden gems of the valleys and mountains while celebrating the fantastic local produce and the producers on the Central Coast, showcasing their diversity through a range of events and activities.

“There are also a number of other producers on the Coast who have farms outside of our festival site. We have plenty of opportunities for all producers to get involved and showcase your produce – whether its oysters, fruit or wine,” Ms Vaughan added.

“Get in quickly with your ideas. Talk to us today about how you can help grow the Harvest Festival.

“Come along to our information night which will be held on Monday 11 September, 6pm at Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club to find out more information on how you can be involved.”

Expressions of Interest (EOI) close on Friday 22 September to participate in the 2018 Festival – which could be as simple as farm gate sales, markets, dining experiences, music events, art installations or community events.

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/help-showcase-central-coasts-produce-producers-annual-harvest-festival/

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Acclimating to a new company can be both exhilarating and daunting. You want to jump into the role with enthusiasm, come across as a fast learner, and prove that hiring you was 110% worth it.

I know: I returned to work after 10 years away and put a lot of pressure on myself to adjust as quickly as possible. While my re-entry was through a fairly unique 10-week returnship program (a.k.a., an internship program for mid-career professionals who’ve taken a break), I was subject to the same uncertainty anyone would feel upon going back to the workforce after time away.

Fortunately, in addition to my background in front-line business roles, I’d had experience in leadership and professional development, so I realized that assessing the landscape and “fitting in” would be critical to my success.

With that in mind, here are my four best tips for adjusting:

1. Pay Attention to Company Culture

The role of culture can’t be overstated: Cultural norms can span the range of high-level company values to very specific action steps. They usually come in the form of unwritten rules.

For example:

Are senior leaders approachable, or is there a more formal channel that you need to be aware of?
Do colleagues eat lunch at their desks, or use that time to meet and network?
Do people leave at a reasonable hour or is facetime important?
Are they “always on” (through emails and logging in), even when they’re out of the office?
Culture’s the outcome of encouraged and accepted behaviors. And sometimes, there are aspects of culture that aren’t discovered until you make a mistake. For example, early on in a new role, I mentioned “business development” when referencing a topic. The senior leader in the room stopped the meeting to inform me that our firm never engages in selling, therefore the proper term was “client development.”

It didn’t count against me: Mistakes happen! But one way I was able to fit in and move beyond my faux pas was to make a note of it and use the preferred terminology moving forward.

2. Be Open to New Experiences

Regardless of your most recent role, changing companies means you’re entering a new situation. And this new group will inevitably do things differently.

Rather than fight to do things the way you’re used to, embrace the opportunity to adopt new approaches. For example, if your new team seems more focused on output than on strategy and analysis, learn more about the associated business impact before trying to change direction.

Or, if your boss is heavily focused on a thorough analysis of ROI before moving forward with a new program, make your best attempt to understand the drivers of that need.

Try it the new way at least once. That way you’ll give yourself a chance to determine which battles are worth fighting (and which aren’t).

3. Take the Time to Build Your Network

Your co-workers will be key to your success at your new company. Achieving results will require knowing whom to reach out to—at every level.

Figure out who has the insights, time, or interest to help you and introduce yourself. You’ll find that most people are happy to share their expertise if you ask. And take the time to see if you have skills, insights or contacts that would be of help to your new colleagues. It never hurts to build good will. The stronger your internal network, the easier time you’ll have when you need help.

Bonus: You can also build your overall network, by updating your online profile with your new role. It’s a natural reason for people to reach out and reconnect, which is always worthwhile.

4. Learn All You Can

The benefits of exposing yourself to multiple perspectives and new experiences are vast. If you remain open-minded and park your ego at the door, you’re bound to benefit from an amazing amount of learning.

Seriously, by just carrying around a notebook your first few days, jotting down questions, and seeking out answers, you’ll pick up so much more knowledge than you had before. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re supposed to know this—the fact is that you don’t and the more quickly you learn, the more at ease you’ll feel.

Above all, it’s important to remember that you’re entering a group of established professionals and they’ll respect you for taking the time to understand how everything works.

While you may feel an urge to share your past (and possibly lofty) experiences with your new team to establish yourself, resist the temptation to brag. Rather, use time with your colleagues to understand what they do and what they see as priorities. There will be plenty of time to add your perspective once you’ve gotten a more complete picture and have the data you need.

Before long, you’ll stop feeling like “the new person” and start feeling like someone who’s been there forever—in the best way possible.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-tips-thatll-make-easing-back-into-office-life-a-little-easier?ref=carousel-slide-1

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | September 11, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The Central Coast has shared in the success of the Sydney College Cup, with visiting American media adding time to their travel itineraries to capture the beauty of the region, and share it with fellow US travellers.
TV documentary series, ‘In Season’, NFL blog, ‘The Blonde Side’, and online travel and entertainment magazine, ‘CultureMap’, visited Sydney to cover the NFL game, but set aside additional time to experience the famous lifestyle of the Central Coast.
‘In Season’ is a travel TV show that features destinations through the eyes of sports enthusiasts.
‘In Season’ filmed horse riding and quad biking, pelican feeding, and bush walking in the Bouddi National Park.
It will air in the US in mid-2018.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said the coverage resulting from these media visits will encourage American millennials to travel to the region.
“I am delighted that the beautiful Central Coast will be featured in the American media,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The broadcast and online stories will showcase our stunning beaches, national parks, and great food and wine scene, to encourage overnight visitation and boost the local economy,” he said.
“Leveraging major events and showcasing regional NSW helps the NSW Government towards its goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.”

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/09/central-coast-delights-to-be-presented-to-usa-audiences/

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Your paycheck just got a bit heftier, and you’re thinking about finally biting the bullet and buying yourself that new computer, or taking your significant other out to a super nice restaurant, or splurging on a massage more than once a year. Or, maybe you’re trying to be more fiscally responsible, so you’ve decided to throw all that extra money into a savings account that you’ll one day use for something important.

Turns out, neither of these options is guaranteed to make you as happy in the long term as a third option—buying yourself time.

A recent study cited in The Washington Post found that some of the happiest people are those who invest their hard-earned money into outsourcing chores they dislike to do, such as cleaning or grocery shopping.

And, these findings doesn’t discriminate based on household income, marital status, or number of children—meaning no matter who you are and how much you make, this applies to you, too (even if you’d argue having the latest cool products is all the happiness you need).

So, why do so many of us lean toward buying nice things the second our bank accounts grow? Says the article’s author Jenna Gallegos, “…we’re hesitant to trade money, which is concrete and measurable, for time, which is much more uncertain,” while we know exactly what we’re getting our money for when we buy goods.

And yet, time is so valuable in our lives and careers. It means the difference between leaving work early or staying late, getting all our tasks done or only getting halfway through our to-do list, checking our email on vacation or having the luxury to truly unplug. So, if we could afford to get back an extra hour in the morning, or free up our evenings or weekends to work on things that actually matter to us, wouldn’t we be willing to pay for it?

Consider it the next time you get a raise or bonus—maybe you trade an expensive smartwatch for a laundry service that delivers (because sorting whites and colors every Sunday morning drives you crazy).

Of course I’m not saying that you can’t treat yourself to something you’ve worked hard for, but having clean clothes magically appear when you need them and an entire Sunday to yourself sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-best-way-to-spend-your-raise-if-you-want-to-be-happier?ref=carousel-slide-1

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | September 4, 2017 | Weekly Update

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By Jennifer Westacott

I understand first hand what inequality feels like. For me, growing up in public housing on NSW’s central coast, it was the daily ­embarrassment of not being able to bring friends home from school out of fear they would see that we had an outdoor toilet and no ­carpet.

My parents had jobs but never careers. Mum never expected government would rescue us from hardship, so she worked whatever extra shifts and overtime she could scrape together at our local Woolworths. Life was tough, but giving up was not an option.

So I come to the inequality debate as someone who has lived it.

Academics and journalists can spend their time debating whether a technical measure of inequality has marginally increased or diminished over time, but that’s cold comfort to people who are doing it tough. They need hope that they can build a better life for themselves and their children.

Australia has come a long way since then. Successive Labor and Coalition governments have opened our economy and average incomes have doubled during the past 40 years.

However, Australian egalitarianism faces serious challenges, chiefly over housing affordability, stagnant wages, regions with persistently high youth unemployment and pockets of entrenched disadvantage.

The good news is that there already is a wealth of evidence about what can be done to address each of these problems.

We need to remember for whom we are solving the problem of housing affordability; it must be for working families on modest incomes who have the legitimate expectation that they should be able to buy a home and pay it off.

Strong demand for housing, especially in the middle ring of our major cities, coupled with obstacles to new housing supply have driven up house prices. Reducing development and construction costs through more efficient regulation should be a priority.

It’s worthwhile exploring ways to pare back the capital gains tax discount, but I stress this should be done carefully and as part of an overall approach to improving the taxation of savings income, as quick fixes often backfire and create more problems than they help solve.

Australia has a clear problem with wages growth. When I speak to our politicians in Canberra, they invariably accept that wages growth is driven by labour productivity, that labour productivity is driven by innovation and productive investment, and that the level of new investment, relative to the size of our economy, is lower now than at any time since mid-1994. However, when asked what they’ll do about it, too many shrug their shoulders.

The truth is that global investors are not bound to invest in Australia; they will go wherever they can to get an adequate return on their stake. With countries around the world dropping their company tax rates to attract businesses to their shores, we must increase the incentive for investors to risk their dollars by investing in more productive, high-paying Australian jobs.

Following the economic sugar hit of the resources boom, youth unemployment has risen substantially higher than anyone should want. The overall youth unemployment rate is 12.9 per cent and is much higher on our cities’ suburban fringes and some regional communities such as Bundaberg in Queensland.

A stronger economy is also the only way to provide sustainable pathways for our young people to develop a lifetime attachment to employment. Unemployment is demeaning, especially for a young person in their physical prime. By contrast, meaningful work is dignifying. I will never forget the feeling of receiving my first pay cheque as a check-out operator at a supermarket at Wyoming, near Gosford; it was the feeling that I was finally on my way and was taking control of my destiny.

If we’re going to tackle youth unemployment, particularly high unemployment rates in some regions, we need all businesses creating new jobs, from the corner store to the supermarket to the mining development.

We have to open up every opportunity for young people to gain access to work. That includes removing regulatory impediments to major new projects, adding more flexibility around when businesses can open, and making it easier for small businesses to trade.

Where workplace laws count against giving people jobs, government should sit down with industry and unions to examine how we can remodel the law to support job creation while protecting workers’ rights. Tackling youth unemployment also requires a revitalised education system, particularly ­voca­tional education and training, and incentives to get more young Australians the chance of a foot in the door and hands-on ­experience through bona fide internships, such as the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

In my view, the inequality debate of recent months has largely skipped over the most heartbreaking expression of economic injustice in our society: entrenched disadvantage.

There are, in practically every city and town in Australia, families and communities trapped in cycles of poverty that they have been unable to escape. Dependent on welfare, they are bombarded by a patchwork of ever-changing government and non-government interventions, all of which are well intended but collectively appear to make little difference whatsoever.

This isn’t just about poor households but the 105,000 people who last night slept rough, in improvised shelter or in severely crowded or temporary housing. While the rest of us bemoan rising housing costs, homeless people are building their own communities of necessity that make it even harder to reintegrate them into mainstream society and basically impossible if they’re being asked to accept housing on the urban fringe, away from their friends. The recent tent city at Sydney’s Martin Place is one example.

The worst possible thing for people in entrenched disadvantage would be a politically charged debate on inequality focusing on bridging the gap between the moderately well-off and the extremely well-off. The solutions that would emerge from such a discussion might help politicians to woo middle-class voters in battleground electorates, but it would ignore the plight of those who bear the brunt of inequality.

When people think about the households most affected by inequality, I want them to think of places such as Bidwill, in western Sydney, where median household income is $41,600 and only 4.2 per cent of people have a higher education. How can the system be made to work for a young girl wandering the Bidwill public housing estate today?

The first task is to ensure she doesn’t fall even further into poverty. In Australia, low-paid workers are protected by a decent minimum wage, extensive industrial protections and a strong voice for unions and civil society in public debate. However, we need to clear the roadblocks that are preventing businesses from competing and creating stable, higher paying jobs, including an overly complicated tax system and a burgeoning patchwork of inefficient regulation at every level of government.

For the unemployed, we have a social safety net. Its targeted ­nature means the bulk of transfer payments will go to families such as that of the girl in Bidwill, but there is still more to be done. I’m proud to have called out the inadequacy of the Newstart unemployment allowance which, at only $38 a day for single people, has itself become a barrier to effective jobseeking. The objective of welfare reform should be to ensure the right incentives and training programs are in place so people can get into the workforce as quickly as possible and stay employed.

Importantly, Australian egalitarianism is underpinned by our universal healthcare and education systems, world-class institutions that must be enhanced if they are to sustainably deliver high-quality care into the future.

Despite recent political scaremongering about privatisation, the greatest threat to Medicare is if parliament fails to close the budget deficit and forces a future government into hasty, panicked cuts that erode services. The essential challenge for the health system is to use new technologies and practices to contain costs and reduce often dangerous over-servicing, all while improving health outcomes.

Australia’s education system is also under strain. For generations, vocational education and training has been the way back into the ­labour market for people who, often through no fault of their own, find themselves jobless.

Yet today the skills training system has been seriously neglected as politicians, almost all of whom went to university, seemingly ­obsess over the higher education sector. More than three-fifths of trades and technician occupations are experiencing shortages and the number of apprentices in training has almost halved in the past four years.

Redistributive government programs are necessary to support aspirational Australians who don’t have the same advantages as people born into the “right” circumstances or who stumble during their life journey.

In my case, our public house in Gosford was the difference between me finishing high school and going to university. However, it’s concerning that some in the inequality debate want to shift the focus of government back towards achieving equality of outcome rather than increasing opportunity for the neediest. Economic growth is the greatest poverty alleviation tool we have, but it is underpinned by strong incentives for individuals and businesses to take a risk to create new jobs.

These voices are also often heard claiming that Australia is headed down the path of American inequality. This is simply not true. There are some great things about America, but its big weaknesses — including low minimum wages, poor workers’ rights and prohibitively expensive healthcare — are not and should never be part of Australia’s social fabric.

Voters should be extremely wary of the politicians who offer the panacea of redistribution alone as a solution to inequality. Economic growth cannot be expected to continue if we keep sapping incentive out of the economy. The way to tackle inequality is not to make us all poorer. Tinkering at the edges of our tax system and spending programs to stamp out abuse may be worthwhile — for instance, if there’s an identifiable problem with trusts, let’s fix it — but it won’t deliver the systemic changes needed to reduce inequality in our society.

We need a serious plan with serious, evidence-based solutions. That’s why I’m calling for a comprehensive inquiry into entrenched disadvantage. The Pro­ductivity Commission would be ideal to conduct such an inquiry.

At the same time, the Business Council of Australia is willing to facilitate a forum to bring business, unions and civil society groups ­together with politicians to work towards a consensus about what steps can be taken immediately.

I’ve dedicated my life to fighting poverty, including as deputy director at the NSW Department of Community Services and as the director of housing and secretary of education in Victoria. But I’ve always advocated fighting poverty through lives of dignity and purpose, not dependence.

Every single piece of public policy should be focused on helping individuals and the country to realise their potential. We should identify what’s holding people back and fix it, but we shouldn’t diminish aspiration and hope, which have been our best protection throughout war, depression and hardship.

Political players will always find it easy to prey on people’s grievances about inequality, but it’s incumbent on us all to deliver concrete solutions. The girl in Bidwill is counting on us.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/economic-growth-our-greatest-tool-in-the-fight-against-poverty/news-story/af178ad115340dbedc011ecf99600086

Future Outlook

Posted by | September 2, 2017 | Employees, Employers, News

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When you are thinking about career options, it can be helpful to know where the jobs will be.

Australia’s population is changing. The population is getting older, more females are in paid work, and the number of school aged children is growing. Demand is likely to grow for aged care, childcare, home based care, and education services.

Housing construction, investment in infrastructure (like roads, railways and airports), tourism activity and the international education sector are expected to stay strong.

The number and type of JOB OPENINGS available in the future will depend on things like

  • turnover (workers leaving their job to do things like study, move to another job, care for a family member, retire or travel)
  • demand for goods and services
  • demand for resources
  • changes in technology

Industry Outlook
Over the 5 years to 2020, the department expects the LARGEST JOBS GROWTH will be in

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Education and Training

By 2020, there will probably be FEWER JOBS in

  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

These are important industries and turnover will provide opportunities for workers with the right skills.
Some parts of these industries (like Food Product Manufacturing) are expected to grow.

Career Outlook
The department expects there will be many new jobs for Professionals, Community and Personal Service Workers.

Some of the JOBS EXPECTED TO GROW the most are

  • Registered Nurses
  • Aged and Disabled Carers
  • Accountants
  • Electricians

Some jobs need more training now than they used to (like Child Carers in day care centres), and most of the new jobs created over the next few years will be higher skilled. There are millions of lower skilled jobs and these can be rewarding careers or pathways to other jobs.

Employer needs can change quickly. Workers who are willing to learn, gain experience and build their skills will be well placed to find and keep a job.

Source: http://joboutlook.gov.au/FutureOfWork.aspx

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | August 28, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The Central Coast Council’s biodiversity certification proposal for land south of Sparks Rd, Warnervale, within part of the Wyong Employment Zone, may be ready for exhibition in late 2017.

Council lodged the application for biodiversity certification with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage at the end of 2016. Wyong Regional Chronicle asked Council for an update on the status of the proposal. In a written statement, Council said that it was “in the process of preparing additional documentation to enable the plan to be publicly exhibited later this year. “The biodiversity certification proposal identifies areas of highvalue vegetation and habitat for permanent conservation and protection,” the statement said. “In addition the proposal will streamline the development approval process and assist with planning for the expansion of development opportunities in the southern portion of the Wyong Employment Zone. “Once biodiversity certification is granted, development may proceed without the usual legislative requirements for site by site threatened species assessment, providing any requirements of the biodiversity certification are met.

“It will also assist with the planning for the expansion of development opportunities in a location where significant employment and infrastructure investment is expected to occur over the next decade,” the statement said. The Central Coast Greens said that they remained opposed to the entire biodiversity certification process across the State. “It is a blatant gift to the property development industry, so that the normal process of checking for threatened plants and animals can be avoided, and hectares of important habitat bulldozed for profit,” a written statement from The Greens, Central Coast said. When the NSW law relating to bio-banking changed in late 2016, Greens MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, said in Parliament: “We have totally incomplete legislation; we have no fi nal codes; we have no biodiversity offset methodology; we have no native vegetation map; we have no codes of practice for managing wildlife interactions; and we have no urban vegetation State environmental planning policy… “A paper by John Hunter, an ecologist and lecturer at the University of New England, found that the automated mapping system that uses pattern-recognition technology delivers just 17 per cent accuracy in identifying and determining individual plant communities in the Upper Hunter Valley,” Dr Faruqi said.

“Yet it is this automated mapping, and self-certification, that lies behind the biodiversity certification that the Council, under an Administrator, seeks,” Dr Faruqi said. “Biodiversity offsets are often not even established before the environment is ruined. “In fact, it could take hundreds of years before an offset replaces a destroyed ecosystem, if ever. “The evidence is there; it is just that biodiversity offsetting has become a very convenient and fl awed answer to a vexed question, and creates a false illusion that we can continue with business as usual and the environment will not suffer.” The Greens council candidates said that they did not support “this fl awed system which is all about making property development easier, and not about protecting the environment”.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/08/biodiversity-certification-proposal-may-ready/

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If you want to be more productive in your life, you’ll have to change some of your current habits.

Self-awareness is key, so you first need to be aware of the things you do (or don’t do), the toxic impact that they may be having on your life, and where they could be holding you back from accomplishing your goals.

These four habits can absolutely damage productivity, but there’s a clear path on how to break all of them.

1. Texting Every Five Minutes

On average, we spend over four hours a day on our phones, which includes 85 texts that we send (for adults under 45).

Pretty crazy, right?

The reality is, every time you reply, you’re resetting your focus and hindering optimal productivity.

How to Break It

The first step to help text less is to turn off notifications to keep you from being distracted when new ones come in.

If you’re too tempted, commit for a specific duration of time (for example, one hour) to not look at your phone—you’ll get used to this over time.

2. Saying “Yes”

Saying “yes” certainly has its benefits, especially when presented with an opportunity that’ll show the depth of your capabilities. But this can be an unbelievably slippery slope.

Once you become stretched too thin, you’ll no longer be able to deliver quality work across various projects, and they’ll all begin to suffer. On top of that, while your intentions may have been in the right place, it may prevent future opportunities from coming across your plate.

How to Break It

When presented with a new project, stop and think for a minute before saying “yes.” Consider the short- to long-term impact, and start getting comfortable with saying “no.”

Trust me, your boss will appreciate the fact that you’re being honest, especially if various projects could be negatively impacted.

3. Getting By With Being Disorganized

Personally, this has been the bane of my professional existence. Sure, a messy workspace could mean you’re a genius, but if you’re organizationally struggling, it can be damaging to your productivity where you’ll be left playing a perpetual game of “catch up.”

How to Break It

First, you should declutter, physically and digitally. If you’re willing to part with the messy desk, it’ll be a cathartic exercise to actually have a fresh space to work at.

Next, think about how you’re prioritizing and what tools you’re using to monitor all the tasks you have. Over the years, I’ve become intimately familiar with the likes of project management tools like Basecamp, Trello, and Asana, but have also upgraded my notes and to-do lists with the likes of Evernote, Todoist, and Dropbox Paper.

Regardless of what you use, do some “grooming” and prioritize by those tasks with the highest weight.

4. Living Without a Schedule

It’s 9 AM Monday morning, and you’re digging yourself out of the abyss that is your email inbox.

But five minutes later, you get pulled into an urgent meeting that ends up lasting two hours while there was a time-sensitive email that you missed.

Ever happen?

Where there are definitely intangibles that you can’t get away from, taking an extra step to control what you can with a schedule you create will pay long-term dividends (especially for your sanity, too).

How to Break It

Spend 30 minutes on a work night (or Sunday) to plan out your day. Check your email, plan your to-do list, and know exactly where you’re going to allocate your time. Block out 30- to 60-minute time slots on your own calendar to ensure you stay on-schedule and on-task.

With the additional visibility, you can plan ahead fewer surprises, and if something unplanned does happen, you’ll know exactly where you need to pick things back up.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-habits-you-need-to-ditch-if-you-plan-on-being-productive-today?ref=carousel-slide-1

Weekly Update

Posted by | August 21, 2017 | Weekly Update

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A DOOR to station on-demand shuttle service will be trialled at sites across Sydney and the Central Coast as the NSW government attempts to tackle traffic and parking problems around commuter hubs and encourage more people on to public transport.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance will today announce the trial of minibus services at the Northern Beaches, Sutherland Shire, Manly and Eastern Suburbs, Wetherill Park and Greystanes, the Central Coast and Edmondson Park, near Glenfield.

A separate 18-hour-a-day hospital to transport hub service will be trialled at Bankstown but the remainder will be from people’s doorsteps to public transport, with patrons able to order the minibus service via a smartphone app, online or phone call from October, with prices ranging from $2.60-$5. “We have on demand movies, on demand food, and finally — NSW will have on demand transport,” Mr Constance said.

“This trial is just the start of our transport future in NSW. Imagine not having to check a timetable because you know your service will be there when and where you need it.”

He said the trial sites had been selected based on demand, and regional locations were being considered for a second pilot, while another service would begin in early 2018 to take commuters living within 15km of the Macquarie Park employment precinct to work.

NSW Finance Minister and Ryde MP Victor Dominello said that the service would boost capacity for people living in the region ahead of the start of Sydney Metro Northwest train line in 2019.

In Edmondson Park, a service will pick customers up from home and drop them at the train station for $3.10 from early next year.

On the Northern Beaches, a service to begin late this year will connect customers from Palm Beach to North Narrabeen to bus stops on the Northern Beaches B-Line at a cost of $3.10. In the ­Sutherland Shire, a service starting in November to pick customers up from home or a nearby location in Jannali West, Sylvania, Caringbah and Gymea will go to transport hubs and local shops at a cost of $2.60, while in the eastern suburbs, a bus service will pick customers up at home and take them to Edgecliff and Bondi Junction stations or ferry wharves at Double Bay and Rose Bay for $3.10. And at Wetherill Park and Greystanes, a service will connect employment precincts to T-way interchanges for $3.10, and on the Central Coast, a service to take customers to Woy Woy station from locations along the Woy Woy peninsula will start in early 2018.

The services will be provided by private sector contractors with some offered during the morning and evening peaks, and others available continually from 6am to 10pm. Existing bus services will not be affected.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/door-to-station-shuttle-service-across-sydney-to-central-coast/news-story/98406dc8975ba8670b1e545b3f3c0964

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Interviews come in all shapes and sizes: Sometimes you’re with one interviewer, others you’re with five. Maybe you’ll be asked to lunch, expected to solve a problem, or invited to a Skype interview.

But no matter what the format, we’ll give you what you need to succeed.

We’ll show you how to nail every type of job interview you might face. Check out these 10 common interviews and what you need to know about them.

1. The Traditional Interview

This is the scenario you’ll face most often: You sit down with a solo interviewer and answer a series of questions designed to help her figure out if you’re a great candidate for the job.

2. The Phone Interview

Asked for a phone interview? A call is typically a first-round screening to see if you’re a fit to come in for a full interview, so nailing it is key. You’ll want to prepare just as you would for an in-person interview, with some key adjustments for the phone format.

3. The Skype Interview

Skype video interviews take the phone-screening interview to the next level, and they’re becoming a regular part of the job application process for many companies. From choosing the right on-screen look to making sure all of your tech systems are a go, you’ll want to be 100% ready for your TV debut.

4. The Case Interview

The case interview is a more specialized format in which you’re given a business problem (“How can BigCoal Co. double its growth?”) or a puzzle (“How many tennis balls fit in a 747?”) to solve. While case interviews were once exclusively the domain of aspiring consultants, they’re now popping up everywhere from tech companies to NGOs.

5. The Puzzle Interview

Google and other highly competitive companies have been known to ask “puzzle” questions, like, “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30 PM on a Friday?” Seems random, but your interviewer wants to determine how quickly you can think on your feet, how you’ll approach a difficult situation, and how you can make progress in the face of a challenge.

6. The Lunch Interview

Has your potential employer suggested an interview over a meal? That’s a good sign—it usually means she wants to learn a little more about you and how you act outside of the office. We’ll show how to highlight your strengths and accomplishments while trying to maneuver a mouthful of chicken Piccata.

7. The Group Interview

Group interviews aren’t common, but you might find them for sales roles, internships, or other positions in which the company is hiring multiple people for the same job. How do you catch the hiring manager’s eye when you’re part of the group? It takes a little gusto and a few smart tactics.

8. The Working Interview

In some industries—writing, engineering, or even sales—you may be asked to complete an actual job task as part of the interview. Basically, your interviewers don’t want you to tell them you can do the job, they want to see it.

Don’t panic: If you go in prepared, this is your chance to shine.

9. The Firing Squad

If you’ll be reporting to several people or working with a team, it’s not uncommon to meet with multiple interviewers—all at the same time. Sounds nice, because you only have to answer those tough questions once, but it can also be tricky to make a strong connection with each decision maker.

10. The Career Fair Interview

If you’re attending career fairs as part of your job hunt, get ready for impromptu interviews, where you’ll only have 10 or 15 minutes to sell yourself to the recruiter for a chance to come in for a full interview.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-types-of-interviews-and-how-to-ace-them?ref=carousel-slide-0

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | August 14, 2017 | Weekly Update

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THE Central Coast has officially become God’s waiting room with the highest percentage of population aged over 80 in Australia.

The region also recorded the highest number of centenarians in NSW with 64 residents who have notched up a tonne or more, according to exclusive analysis of last year’s Census data.

The Express Advocate can reveal 19,396 people — or 5.9 per cent of the Coast’s population — were aged 80 or over when residents sat down to complete Australia’s first ever internet-enabled Census form or when interviewers came knocking on August 9 last year.

This is compared with 5.2 per cent of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast’s population aged over 80, 4.9 per cent of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and 4 per cent of the Gold Coast.

Australia’s 17th Census of population and housing uncovered­ the full extent of the Central Coast’s ageing population with the region ranked fourth in Australia for 100-year-olds behind greater Brisbane with 180 centenarians, the Gold Coast with 83 and the Sunshine Coast’s 68.

The Coast also ranked third in the country for the highest number of residents aged 90-99, with 3666 people, behind Brisbane (7817) and the Gold Coast (4374), and third for residents aged 80-89.

According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics the country’s life expectancy hit an highest last year with babies born today expected to live to the ripe old age of 80.4 years for males and 84.5 years for females­ — up a bit over a month each for men and women on the year before.

Margaret Hanney, of William Cape Gardens at Kanwal, moved to the Central Coast with her late husband and four children in 1973 after selling their garden nursery in Sydney.

She said while there were a lot of elderly residents there were also “babies everywhere” which boded well for the future.

“I’ve noticed a lot of change,” the 86-year-old said. “Where there was a lot of older people, there are [now] a lot of younger people, which is reassuring for the next generation.”

Mrs Hanney said having suffered asthma as a child she “never smoked” and credits her grandmother’s skin for her youthful disposition­.

“There’s not many things I have not done but I never smoked and never drunk,” she said.

Mrs Hanney said the Coast was a wonderful place to retire­. “I love it, I would not live anywhere else,” she said. “I love the people.”

A RELAXING coffee and hairdresser appointment, followed by a trip to the cinema, a splash in the pool and an alfresco dining experience — it sounds more like a luxury resort than an aged care facility.

But Aurrum has raised the bar on retirement living by officially opening its luxury five-star retirement complex at Erina.

The 71-bed Aurrum Terrigal Drive facility boasts everything from alfresco dining, with electronic menu boards and a Maitre D’, to a wellness centre with hydrotherapy pool, cinema, library and hairdressing salon.

Aurrum chairman David Di Pilla said the $20 million project, which included the upgrading of a residential aged care centre behind the new complex, was designed to provide 24-7 clinical care as well as “high quality of life”.

He said it was designed around four key elements; clinical care excellence, wellness and lifestyle, food and drink, and exceptional environment.

“There was a demand for this type of facility on the Central Coast,” he said. “We see the Central Coast and the broader Gosford/Terrigal area as the second largest city and region in NSW.”

The latest site in Erina is the fifth Aurrum facility on the Coast. The group has over 500 beds in the region with other sites at Wyoming, Kincumber and Norah Head.

“We started upgrading the existing Terrigal Drive site three years ago,” Mr Di Pilla said.

“The reaction from residents has been positive and our occupancy levels are high. We felt the people of the Central Coast deserved an aged care facility that reflects our learning and growth. We are really pleased with the new facility.”

The individual suites have creature comforts including smart wiring, so lights turn on when residents walk in a room, marble ensuites and wide-screen televisions. The company has its own Aurrum Channel so residents can see what’s planned for the day and what’s on the menu, which has been created by Aurrum Food Ambassador Karen Martini. The hallways are lined with beautiful artwork, and there are spacious lounges with electronic fireplaces.

Mr Di Pilla said the project would bring “significant economic benefits to the community”, creating 70 new jobs.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-has-highest-percentage-of-population-aged-over-80-in-australia/news-story/4ff34003ca515f5aedaa760dd835b321

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“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

When a hiring manager asks you this, there may be a few things running through your brain. “Moving (way) up the ranks,” “running this place,” “working for myself,” or “in your job,” for example.

None of which are necessarily things you should say out loud in an interview.

So, how do you answer the question? Watch this quick video, where Muse CEO Kathryn Minshew shares a formula developed by our career expert Lily Zhang. It’ll help you share your goals and ambitions the right way—and not give your interviewer anything to worry about.

(Can’t watch the video at work? Don’t worry—we’ve also copied the transcript below.)

How to Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

So, how do you answer, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, “not in this job,” or, “in your job,” or something like, “at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere.” But none of those are things you actually want to say to a hiring manager.

The good news is you can be honest while still telling them what they really want to know. Do you have realistic expectations for your career? Are you ambitious? And does this particular position align with your growth and goals overall?

For example, one way I like to think about it is: Think about where this position could realistically take you, and think about how that aligns with some of your broader professional goals.

So, for example, you might say, “Well I’m really excited by this position at Midnight Consulting because in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the energy sector, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing managers, and so developing into a great manager myself is something I’m really excited about.”

So, what if this position is not a one-way ticket to your professional aspirations? It’s okay to say you don’t really know what the future holds, but you see how this experience could really help in making that decision.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-where-do-you-see-yourself-in-5-years?ref=carousel-slide-1