Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | August 14, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Love it or loathe it, preparations for the Newcastle 500 are reshaping the east end of the city.

From above, near Fort Scratchley, the form of a track for the November Supercars race has started to appear.

Event manager Kurt Sakzewski said motorists would be able to drive along the first piece of new racetrack from early next week – a hairpin bend through the park near Horseshoe and Nobby’s beaches.

“This will be the first time that people will see what the new section of track will actually look like,” he said.

After the race, grass will temporarily cover parts of the track that cut through the park until next year’s event.

“If someone comes up with a better solution then obviously we are open to that,” Mr Sakzewski said. “I think there’s potential for that roadway to be of use to the community.”

Mr Sakzewski said the closure of Watt Street to all but local traffic allowed crews to complete major work faster than anticipated, and the street was expected to reopen by the end of August.

“It’s obviously a bit hard for some people at the moment to see through all of the works that are going on,” he said. “They’re going to end up with a much better environment for all the people who live, work and play around the east end area.”

But Cooks Hill resident Brian Murphy said the community had been “totally sidelined” by event organisers. Mr Murphy was the Newcastle coordinator of the federal government’s Building Better Cities program between 1994 and 1998.

“[The park is] a community asset, it’s the premiere foreshore parkland in Newcastle and I suppose any council and community in its right mind would not want a large area cut up to provide facilities for essentially one sporting event that lasts for three days,” he said.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said urban renewal taking place in the city’s east end was “unprecedented” in that part of town. She said a decade’s worth of upgrades were being completed in five months, ahead of the race.

“The result will be better roads, footpaths and cycleways, more reliable water supply and internet, and a greener foreshore with more usable shade,” she said.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4822925/supercars-hairpin-appears-photos/


“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


Things are looking up for Hunter mining, and that means growth, investment and jobs.

Just over 12 months ago, the commodity markets turned upward, including a significant rise in the price of both thermal and coking coal.

This resurgence in the coal price has driven healthy economic activity in the Hunter, as lower production costs secured during the downturn have boosted productivity and helped miners lock in the benefits of rising prices.

In a further boost for Hunter mining, the rise in commodity prices has been complemented by a strong ongoing demand for local coal. The 2016 Port of Newcastle export figures highlight the strong global demand for our coal, with record tonnage exported through the Port last year.

China increased imports of NSW coal by almost 9 per cent to over 24 million tonnes in 2016. Chinese demand for NSW coal has grown strongly in the past six years – from just 1 per cent of NSW coal exports in 2007 to 14 per cent of all NSW coal exports within a decade.

This growing demand has continued into 2017, with Coal Services data showing exports to China in April 2017 already up 29 per cent compared with the same time last year.

Demand for Hunter coal is also increasing across a range of other Asian markets. This reflects the deployment of more coal-fired power generation capacity across the region, including new advanced technology High Efficiency Low Emissions coal-fired power plants. For example, there was a 71 per cent increase in the volume of NSW coal exported to the Philippines in 2016, and a 12 per cent increase in exports to Thailand.

After several tough years of a cyclical downturn, the recovery has boosted activity and confidence in the Hunter mining sector. Several mines previously on care and maintenance have re-opened, and a number of expansion projects have been approved recently in the Hunter.

Importantly, we’re seeing improved business conditions and a return of confidence in the sector translate into jobs.

Coal Services figures show an increase of almost 700 coal mining production jobs in the Hunter since the recovery in prices began to take hold in August last year. Across NSW, the almost 20,000 coal production jobs recorded in April 2017 was the highest level since the end of 2015.

This positive jobs growth is extremely welcome, particularly in the Hunter. It will boost confidence and economic growth and stimulate additional employment across the almost 3700 Hunter businesses that supply the mining industry.

With rising demand for our coal across traditional markets and the emerging markets of Southeast Asia, there will be growing economic opportunities for the Hunter, provided we get the policy settings right in NSW.

The NSW Government has made progress in meeting its commitment to halve planning assessment times for major mining projects. While there is still more be done, if we can lock in policies that support the mining sector in the Hunter we can build on these positive export figures, attract more investment, and create more jobs.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4821970/resurgence-of-mining-delivers-jobs/

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Many of the most successful people have gotten job interviews down to a science.

They’re not in the habit of wasting time with dumb or irrelevant queries.

In fact, they often have one favourite go-to question they like to ask. This typically reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate.

Check out the questions 10 business leaders love to ask candidates:

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

According to the biography ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,’ the Tesla and SpaceX CEO likes to ask candidates this riddle to test their intelligence.

There are multiple correct answers, and one is the North Pole.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

One of Zappos’ core values is to ‘create fun and a little weirdness,’ Tony Hsieh, CEO of the company, tells Business Insider.

To make sure he hires candidates with the right fit, Hsieh typically asks the question: ‘On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?’ He says the number isn’t too important, but it’s more about how people answer the question. Nonetheless, if ‘you’re a one, you probably are a little bit too straight-laced for the Zappos culture,’ he says. ‘If you’re a 10, you might be too psychotic for us.’

Another question Zappos usually asks candidates is: ‘On a scale of one to 10, how lucky are you in life?’ Again, the number doesn’t matter too much, but if you’re a one, you don’t know why bad things happen to you (and probably blame others a lot). And if you’re a 10, you don’t understand why good things always seem to happen to you (and probably lack confidence).

Facebook HR chief Lori Goler

Business Insider previously spoke with Lori Goler, Facebook’s president of people operations, about how the social media giant recruits top talent. That’s what this question is all about — on a perfect day at work, what activities allowed you to ‘get in the zone’ and do great work.

She recommends that people interested in working for Facebook apply to roles that play to their strengths:

‘They should just apply,’ Goler told Business Insider. ‘We hire people every day who just apply to the website. We love meeting people that way. Jump right in.’

Paypal co-founder and Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel

PayPal cofounder, managing partner of the Founders Fund, and president of Clarium Capital Peter Thiel always looks to hire people who aren’t afraid to speak their minds, reports Business Insider’s Aaron Taube.

To do this, he always gives job candidates and the founders of companies seeking an investment this interview prompt: ‘Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.”

In a 2012 interview with Forbes, Thiel said the reason he loves this question is: ‘It sort of tests for originality of thinking, and to some extent, it tests for your courage in speaking up in a difficult interview context.’

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson explains in his new book ‘The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership,’ that he isn’t a fan of the traditional job interview, reports Business Insider’s Richard Feloni.

‘Obviously a good CV is important, but if you were going to hire by what they say about themselves on paper, you wouldn’t need to waste time on an interview,’ Branson writes. That’s why he likes to ask: What didn’t you get a chance to include on your résumé?

Dropbox founder Drew Houston

Drew Houston, the 33-year-old billionaire founder of Dropbox, tells Adam Bryant of The New York Times that he has five questions he always likes to ask job candidates:

1. Who is the best in the world at what you do?

2. Who are your influences?

3. What have you learned in the last year?

4. If you were able to sit yourself down 10 years ago, what advice would you give your younger self?

5. What are the most important lessons you’ve taken away?

As Business Insider previously reported, Houston explains that these questions help him discern if a candidate is passionate about constantly improving. ‘I’m drawn to people who really love their craft, and treat it like a craft, and are always trying to be better and are obsessed with what separates great from good,’ he tells Bryant.

Paramore founder and EVP Hannah Paramore

Hannah Paramore, president of Paramore, a Nashville-based interactive advertising agency, told the New York Times’ Adam Bryant that this is one of her favourite questions.

‘I’m looking for how deeply instilled their work ethic and independence are versus entitlement,’ she tells Business Insider. ‘If they worked part time in high school and college because they needed to, especially in jobs that were just hard work, that shows a huge level of personal responsibility. I love people who have to patch success together from a number of different angles.’

Charlotte Russe president and CEO Jenny Ming

Tell me about your failures.  A good answer to this question is important because it means that the candidate isn’t afraid of taking risks and will admit when things don’t work out, says Jenny Ming, president and CEO of clothing store Charlotte Russe and former chief executive of Old Navy.

‘It doesn’t even have to be business; it could be life lessons. I think it’s pretty telling. What did they do afterward?’ she says. ‘How did they overcome that? I always look for somebody who’s very comfortable admitting when something didn’t work out.’

People always like to tell you about their successes, she explains, but they don’t always want to tell you what didn’t work out so well for them.

Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck

As Business Insider previously reported, luxury beauty retailer Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck’s interviews tend to only take seven to 10 minutes.

She has on query she likes to ask in particular, she previously told Adam Bryant of The New York Times.

Her question for potential hires is: ‘What’s the biggest impact you had at your past organisation?’

‘It’s important that someone takes ownership of a project that they did, and you can tell based on how they talk about it whether they did it or whether it was just something that was going on at the organisation,’ she told Bryant.

Jigsaw head of research and development Yasmin Green

Yasmin Green, head of research and development at Jigsaw, Alphabet’s tech incubator formerly known as Google Ideas, wants to hire creative, independent thinkers, so she gets candidates to think on their feet by asking them how they’d manage an imaginary ice-cream stand.

‘I’m curious to see how people deal with ambiguity and whether they can have fun while thinking on their feet,’ she says.

Green says that to land a job at Google, you also need to ‘be prepared to challenge the premise of the question.’

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/favorite-interview-questions-highly-successful-bosses-2017-7#/#tesla-and-spacex-ceo-elon-musk-1

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | July 31, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The NRL has reached agreement with the Wests Group in Newcastle for it to take ownership and operation of the Newcastle Knights.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said today the agreement was a great outcome for the Newcastle Knights, the Newcastle community and the game.

“We always said future ownership needed to be good for the club, the community and the game and we’ve secured that outcome through this agreement with Wests,” Mr Greenberg said.

“When the NRL took over the Knights in 2014 we needed to secure the financial future of the club and then deliver the best possible ownership to run the club into the future.

“Those goals have been achieved and there is now every opportunity for the Knights to become a powerhouse of the game in the years ahead.

“Wests are ideal owners of the Knights given their strong Rugby League heritage and their strength in the local community.”

Under the agreement, Wests have pledged to invest up to $10 million in a Centre of Excellence for the Knights and spend a further $2.5 million on grassroots Rugby League in the Hunter region over the next five years.

“In other words, the focus is on building a strong Hunter region junior league pathway as well as providing world class facilities for the players so they can compete with the best in the NRL,” Mr Greenberg said.

Mr Greenberg praised the Wests Board, headed by Owen Kilpatrick and CEO Philip Gardner for their commitment to the future of the Knights and Rugby League in the region.

“The Knights are in good hands,” he said.

Newcastle Knights Chairman Brian McGuigan AM said the Board and management had done a great job, meeting its commitment to the NRL to stabilise the club and prepare the Knights for transition to new ownership.

“Our task was to implement stronger financial, operational and governance structures at the club which we have done,” he said.

“While our performances on the field have not met our ambitions, we are handing over a club in better shape than we inherited, positioned to compete strongly in the coming seasons.”

Knights CEO Matt Gidley said he was confident of a smooth transition to Wests ownership.

“Our focus is to ensure there is minimal disruption to the players, the club and the fans over the coming months,” he said.

“Our fans have been unbelievably loyal and supportive during a tough period but I think this agreement will signal the start of a new era for the Knights.”

A plebiscite of Wests members will begin today.  With their support, the transition of ownership will begin next month with completion and full ownership on 31 October.

Source: https://www.nrl.com/new-ownership-of-newcastle-knights-announced/tabid/10874/newsid/110240/default.aspx


My career over the past seven years hasn’t been perfect—in fact, we could all agree that if we had the chance, we’d probably turn back time and do certain things a little bit differently.

Alas, this isn’t possible (otherwise someone please tell me where can I get one of those time machines). However, I have learned several valuable lessons throughout my experience that might help you as you navigate your own career.

Pst—you’re not too late to do any of these things!

1. Invest Less in Materials, More in Your Mind

The trajectory of your career will be largely based on how you decide to spend your initial paychecks. You’ll be tempted to spend it on getting a nicer apartment, upgrading your clothes, and going out to fancier restaurants.

While these aren’t necessarily bad things—you deserve to treat yourself every once in a while—you might want to think about spending your money on knowledge instead. It’ll not only give you the greatest return on investment, but also be the one thing that lasts over time.

There are certain skills that are applicable to any job, such as communication, knowing how to effectively read and write, building strong relationships, networking, and time management, while there are obviously others that are more specific to your industry.

To expand on any of these, you have several options for investing your money (instead of having a luxurious weekend away)—you can take an online class, or buy a career-boosting book, or even hire a career coach.

2. Make Health a Number One Priority

Health is the foundation that accelerates everything in your life, including your career. It elevates your creativity, energy, and grit to get through the inevitable ups and downs you’ll experience.

For far too long, I struggled to find breakthroughs in my career because I was neglecting my health, both mental and physical. This led to having less willpower and discipline during my day, and thus being less productive over time.

Prioritizing your health isn’t just a one-time task. It actually has to take priority over everything you do. That means scheduling it into your calendar, making investments to buy the right food and exercise regularly, and even giving up other bad habits.

It’s true: Once you have your health together, everything else comes easier.

3. Learn How to Best Manage Your Time (Whatever That Means for You)

How we spend our time ultimately determines how much we accomplish in our lifetime. While 30 minutes here or there getting sucked into Facebook or taking one too many coffee breaks doesn’t feel like much, it can start to add up in a bad way.

The thing is, how you manage your time is something only you can figure out—everyone works through their to-dos in different ways.

The best time management tactics I’ve learned over time—that might help you get started—are usually the simplest. For example, you can try scheduling everything into your calendar so each task has a specific time frame for completion.

Or, you can try the “One Thing” strategy of asking yourself, “What’s the onetask I can complete that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?”

Or, you can try one of these six better productivity hacks for people who don’t love the “famous” ones.

We can’t control how time passes, but we can maximize it to be, do, and achieve more.

4. Treat Every Relationship as Life-Long

The person you meet today may be someone you work with two, five, or 10 years from now. He or she could be an employee you want to hire, a potential business partner, or even your future boss.

When you treat every relationship as a lifelong relationship, you’ll be more giving, more patient, and more pleasant to be around.

To practice this daily, you need to focus on giving first without expecting anything in return. This might mean checking in with someone you met at a networking event via social media or over email every few months to see what’s new with them. Or, setting aside time in your calendar to regularly have lunch with team members.

And, you never know how even the most insignificant relationships will help you down the road. For example, because she stayed in contact with a networking connection, Ann Shoket, author and former Editor-in-Chief at Seventeen Magazine, turned a one-time meetup into the job that launched her career.

5. Think Bigger

One of the most common regrets I hear from successful people I interviewis that they “didn’t think big enough.”

Many of the things we want in our lives will come to us as long as we give ourselves the permission to receive them. I’m sure there are things you have in your life today that five years ago you only dreamed about.

Whether you’re looking for a promotion, a new career opportunity, or a better life overall, it starts by thinking 10X bigger and raising your standards.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-things-i-would-do-differently-if-i-could-start-my-career-again

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | July 24, 2017 | Weekly Update


Hunter Water turns 125 years old today, and the utility has its sights set on the future.

It will launch an annual innovation award, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, to encourage students and Hunter Water employees to come up with new ideas that could change management of water and wastewater as the region’s population continues to grow.

“Hunter Water has a proud history worth celebrating, however, our focus is very much on the future,” managing director Jim Bentley said.

“In 2017 and beyond, our role is more than making sure there are pipes in the ground for the extra 240,000 people expected to make the Hunter home over the next 30 years.

“Our role is to enable a growing, liveable, and environmentally sustainable Hunter region, where our communities have access to high quality and affordable services.”

Mr Bentley said Hunter Water had made many “bold and innovative decisions” during its 125-year history.

The Hunter District Water Supply and Sewerage Board took control of the region’s water in 1892.

It came after declining water quality in Newcastle in the second half of the 19th Century lead to a death rate that was triple the norm.

By 1893 there were 3421 water connections and 220km in water mains supplying 17,105 people across the region – though Newcastle’s first sewerage system wasn’t introduced until 1907.

Today, that network has grown to cater for more than half a million people across the Hunter, with 242,277 water connections, almost 10,000km in water mains and sewer mains, and 230,618 sewer connections.

Through the decades, the organisation has been responsible for the construction of major pieces of infrastructure such as Chichester Dam, Grahamstown Dam.

It oversaw upgrades to the Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment works in 1989, which led to Newcastle’s beaches being consistently rated among the state’s cleanest. It was also the first to water utility in Australia to charge people based on usage, which was unheard of when it was introduced in 1982 but is now standard practice across the nation.

“Reliable access to safe drinking water is something we all take for granted, however without it the Hunter could not have been able to grow to the thriving region it is today,” Mr Bentley said.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4794809/125-years-of-hunter-water-photos/


As a soon-to-be college grad, I know that the world of work can catch you unawares. In preparing for the job search, I’ve found that experienced professionals often have a lot of great advice to dispense (also some not-so-great advice, but that’s an article for another day).

And it’s true that sometimes the wisest tips don’t come from experts, but from real people with real stories. So, with that in mind, The Muse team asked the LinkedIn community what wisdom they’d bestow on recent grads.

And upon reading all the tips, I couldn’t help but think that anyone—and really everyone—should read them, too. So with no further ado, here are my favorites:

1. Remember These Four Words

Be positive, principled, pro-active, and productive.

2. Discover Yourself

Consider this job a journey to learn about yourself. The purpose is to grow as a human being; to discover what you’re good at, what you love to do, and what you dislike.

Discover your why, and you’ll become happier and more passionate in life!

3. Be Open to Change

Don’t get discouraged when a job you really want does not pan out for you. It just opens up doors to other opportunities.

4. Don’t Hide From Mistakes

Be honest. Not sure about something? Ask questions. Screwed up? Own up!

I’ve always valued someone willing to learn, and we do that in different ways. I’ll always highly regard someone willing to be honest about their mistakes because we learn from those just as much as our successes!

5. Keep Moving Forward

Learn to hear feedback and never let it fester. Instead consider it, take what works, and move on.

6. Learn From Everything

Remember every moment is an opportunity to learn from everyone around you, no matter their title.

Pay attention when things go well; pay extra attention when they don’t, and watch how people react to it. Build relationships with the people who face problems by being their solution.

7. Make Connections

Your biggest asset is your network.

8. Be Patient

Networking + Resilience = Success

It won’t be easy but you have to start somewhere. This is just the first step on the stairwell, so don’t give up, and know that the best is yet to come!

9. Utilize Your Co-workers

Don’t be intimidated by your colleagues and superiors!

Remember that they were once in your shoes when they began their careers. Leverage their knowledge and experience and find ways to take what worked for them and adapt it to work for you.

10. Treat Everyone With Respect

Speak when you walk into the office everyday. Say good morning to your boss and peers as you walk past their offices, smile at janitors and receptionists in your office.

Don’t be so focused on getting ahead that it’s all business all the time. Treating people with humanity and integrity is most important.

11. Keep Your Own Counsel

Don’t assume that a co-worker won’t repeat your criticisms of a colleague. When asked how you feel about individuals in the office, be open and vague with your answers.

Always reserve judgment on your co-workers until you have enough time to make up your own mind.

12. Prepare for the Future

Develop good time management habits early on. Your workload will only increase with time, and so will your responsibilities. Be ready when they do.

From making the right impression to getting a handle on time management, a new work environment can be tricky to navigate. And, that goes for anyone, no matter how high up the ladder you are.
Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/12-pieces-of-advice-for-new-grads-that-everyone-should-take

Weekly Jobs Update

Posted by | July 18, 2017 | Weekly Update


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THE Shepherds Hill cottage, one of Newcastle’s most scenic but run-down buildings, will be restored to its original condition while the state government considers the future of the entire heritage-listed military site.

Newcastle council will begin renovations today on the late-19 century King Edward Park cottage, which was badly damaged in the storm of April 2015.

It will be given a new roof, plumbing, cladding, posts and beams, and its wooden windows will be repaired.

The overhaul will also, the council said, include demolition of “unathorised extensions made by various tenants”.

The council gained approval for the restoration when it lodged a conservation management plan, together with a separate heritage application, for the Shepherds Hill site with the state government last December.

 “The restoration of Shepherds Hill Cottage is another exciting project at an exciting time in Newcastle’s history,” Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“All works to be undertaken to restore the building will be overseen by a heritage architect. The future use of the cottage is yet to be determined but, whatever it is, it will become a community asset and focal point courtesy of its location at the top of King Edward Park on the Bathers Way.”

Work vehicles will be confined to the site during the restoration, the council said.

Shepherds Hill Defence Group, as the cottage, battery observation post and gun placement are collectively known, sits on Crown Land for which Newcastle City Council is the trust manager.

The military installment was designed to defend Newcastle’s burgeoning coal port after the 1878 Royal Commission into Colonial Defences. It served as an integral command position until the end of World War Two.

The observation post is one of the only coastal defence sites in Australia manned simultaneously during the war by the Royal Australian Navy, Army and Royal Australia Air Force.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4782810/shepherds-hill-cottage-to-be-restored-to-original-condition/


You’re ready to make a career move—maybe you’re looking for a new job, launching a side business, or eyeing a promotion. In all of these instances, boosting your personal brand can help you achieve your goal.

That’s because a strong personal brand is a carefully designed message that’s compelling and attracts the right people. It helps you stand out for who you are and what you do best.

You’re probably nodding along, because you already know all of this. You don’t need to be convinced how valuable personal branding is: What’s holding you back is the time commitment.

That’s why you have a LinkedIn Profile, even though you haven’t updated it since you set it up. After all, who can devote hours each week on top of working or job searching? Well, believe it or not, 30 minutes is all you need to take your efforts to the next level. Here’s how to spend them:

Minutes 1-10: Evaluate What Makes You Stand Out

The first thing you want to do is perform a self-assessment. This step is often overlooked, but it’ll be super helpful as you find your voice in a sea of professionals with similar experience.

This evaluation helps you have a clear vision of your USP, or “unique selling proposition,” which is just a fancy term for the value you offer to your target audience.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. What are you passionate about? You want to think about what excites you, and what things you truly enjoy doing.
  2. What are your core beliefs? This is important because it’s like a mission statement. It’ll help you relay your personal approach to getting things done.
  3. What are your top four strengths? This’ll help you share what you do better than anyone else, to set you apart from the competition.
  4. Are you a good leader or a good doer—or both? This is good to know because it’s a way to identify and highlight the kind of roles that complement your strengths.
  5. What do others say about you? Ask around! You may have strengths you’re unaware of, or talents you need to put more emphasis on so people know they exist.

To be clear, I don’t expect you to answer these questions with witty taglines. This exercise is to help you target your branding efforts. So, answer the question(s) that inspire you by jotting down notes, and honestly writing what comes to mind.

Minutes 10-20: Compare That to What You Already Have

Now that you’ve done some reflection on what you want to say, it’s time to see how it stacks up against what’s already out there.

If someone were to read your LinkedIn profile, tweets, or personal website, would they see messaging that points them toward the answers you came up with?

You might be thinking: Wait, I only have 10 minutes, that’s not enough time to read my whole website or review my LinkedIn line by line. But, here’s the thing, people who click into one of your social profiles or visit your website are probably going to spend a fraction of that time looking at it.

So, you want to look for things that shout what you do. On LinkedIn, that means moving beyond filling out the basics and adding links to media, writing posts, and getting endorsements for skills. On your website, that might mean building a portfolio. On Twitter, it’s about not just following influencers, but composing tweets, too.

This step is about comparing what you want to highlight to what you have and asking yourself: What’s missing? What can I add?

Minutes 20-30: Create a Schedule

Truth talk: Personal branding isn’t a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. Once you’ve figured out what you want your message to be and how you can share it more effectively, you’re going to need to start posting—consistently.

A helpful way to be consistent is to set a schedule that you can use as a guide. It shouldn’t feel like a chore, but if you’re anything like me, if you don’t schedule it, it could get back-burnered. All I ask is that you give it 10 minutes a day!

Here’s an example of a schedule you can start with:

  • Monday: Make (or update) a list of people you’d like to engage with more (a former manager) or simply connect with (an industry influencer).
  • Tuesday: Reach out to someone from that list. If it’s someone you’re reconnecting with, try one of these ideas. If it’s a stranger, you can test out this Twitter trick, or, if you’re brave, just send a cold LinkedIn invite using these templates.
  • Wednesday: Spend time looking for industry-related articles in publications popular in your field and share one. Or, alternatively, comment on someone else’s post (or at a minimum, share it).
  • Thursday: Make (or update) your list of improvements you’d like to make to your online presence. Break it down into baby steps. For example, you wouldn’t write, “Build personal site.” You’d write, “Look into site designers” and “write copy for personal site bio.”
  • Friday: Spend today looking yesterday’s list and knocking just one thing off.

Of course, you can tailor your plan to whatever works best for you. Honestly, if you just do the five things above even once a month, you’ll see traction. Regardless of the schedule you choose, feel free to switch it up, and see what gets the best response. You won’t see results overnight, but, that’s OK.

My final piece of advice is to avoid being misled by the term “personal branding.” What I mean is: The most successful brands aren’t just about you. Take the time to know your target audience, and listening to what’s on their minds as well. Genuinely connect and build relationships! As best-selling author Dale Carnegie said, “To be interesting, be interested.”

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-create-a-personal-branding-plan-in-30-minutes-even-if-you-hate-personal-branding?ref=carousel-slide-1

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THE security company that was at the forefront of cleaning up Newcastle’s violent reputation has merged with another city firm and ramped up its training component in a move it says gives city businesses a first-of-its-kind security offering.

Holistic Security, led by Ben Dewson and Charles Hall and specialising in providing security staff to leading city clubs, has merged with Balance Security Solutions, which focuses on security technology, alarms and patrols.

The new company Holistic Industries’ third arm is a registered training organisation started two years ago by Mr Dewson and Mr Hall which runs accredited training programs for those looking to enter the security or hospitality industries.

Mr Hall said the training aspect of the new company would allow it to mould the next generation of staff entering the security field.

“What we bring to the table is passion for our industry and it gives us the change to train people right from the start, by experts in our sector, and we can mould them straight away on correct practices,” he said.

Mr Dewson and Mr Hall were key industry spokesmen in 2008 when the NSW Government introduced the Newcastle Solution, essentially lock-out laws to reduce alcohol-related violence at night spots.

They say by 2011 it was clear the Solution had not had the desired effect, leading them to work with pub owners including Russell Richardson to form the Newcastle Entertainment Precinct, which introduced scanning technology to ban repeat offenders.

Holisitic’s behavioural-based security method  – which relies heavily on educating both patrons and guards and changing behavioural patterns – have been credited by the likes of Mr Richardson for helping curb club violence.

“There’s been a change in security where venues no longer want some big, dumb bouncer looking intimidating,” says Mr Hall.

“It’s not about just having a product, you need customer service and people want to have a good experience at a venue, so when it comes down to security, it needs to complement the business.”

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4758167/a-holistic-experience/


The NSW Government has announced funding to renew Newcastle’s Fitzroy Street shipyard slipway to reactivate the Port of Newcastle and the Hunter as a major marine ship repair and maintenance precinct.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said defence company Thales Australia will begin stage one of a phased redevelopment of the site, creating an additional 70 new jobs.

“This ship repair operation for a nationally significant facility will revitalise the Hunter’s proud maritime heritage and restore the Port as a maritime hub,” Barilaro said.

“The slipway upgrade will allow the Port to handle bigger ships, attract skilled tradespeople back to the region and ensure naval maintenance work stays in NSW.”

Minister for Industry, Niall Blair, said Thales Australia’s plan closely aligns with the NSW Government’s Defence and Industry Strategy to build on NSW defence capabilities.

“This will be a major boost for our defence and industry sector. Thales expects to grow local sub-contractor industries to support its maritime operations in the region,” Mr Blair said.

“The Fitzroy Street site will support ship docking, repair and maintenance work as well as engineering, deeper level repairs and maintenance.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Hunter, Scot MacDonald, said the project is a big win for the region.

“Phase one of the proposed redevelopment involves the repair of the Fitzroy Street slipway to allow for ship repairs and maintenance on vessels from 20 to 55 metres in length and up to 1,000 tonne displacement.”

“This will position NSW as a leader in maritime maintenance and drive economic growth in the Hunter.”

Thales Australia CEO, Chris Jenkins, said the company has a long term vision to establish a lasting ship repair and maintenance facility.

“Thales has successfully conducted ship maintenance, repairs and upgrades for Defence and commercial vessels for over 26 years at Garden Island.”

“Thales’s heritage in marine maintenance and sustained engagement with local businesses puts us in a unique position to reactivate the site, creating a new East Coast marine precinct at the Port of Newcastle.”

Source: http://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/newcastle-slipyard-renewal-to-restore-maritime-hub-status


You’ve probably heard that the average job posting receives 250 applications, but I’ve seen as many as 3,000 people apply for the same role.

I’m not telling you this to scare you, but rather as encouragement. Because some people do make it through to getting hired—despite that level of competition.

As the Global Head of Recruiting for Johnson & Johnson, I’ve seen what makes the difference in whether people move to the final stages of the application process—or not.

Without a doubt, from interns to C-suite level leaders, the most impressive candidates I’ve seen are the ones who’ve taken the time to define what they want to accomplish in their professional life.

They have a professional purpose.

By that I mean they know why they do what they do, what they want to ultimately achieve, and how they plan to get there. Because they’re so clear on their goals, and so open in sharing them, I can tell almost instantly when I’ve met someone who should be working at our company.

So, if you keep applying and hearing nothing back, the number one piece of advice I can give you is to find your professional purpose and then use that as a foundation point throughout any recruiting process—from your cover letter to final interview.

With that in mind, here are two steps you can take now:

Step 1: Get Clarity

It’s easy to get swept up in the day-to-day of your job. A constant flow of urgent deadlines can make time slip away and, before you know it, two or three years have flown by.

That’s why it’s important to take time out, hit the pause button, and think about what a successful career really means to you. Determine where you get the most fulfillment in your professional life and start thinking about how that could become your professional purpose. Then get something down on paper and iterate on it.

Here’s an example of how to use your answer(s):

I spoke to a candidate recently who lost one of her parents to Alzheimer’s and had decided to look for ways to contribute to curing this disease. Her plan was to become a recruiter for the next three years so she could identify and attract the best Research & Development talent for a pharmaceuticals company to help them in the search for a cure. Her ultimate goal was to save enough money to apply to medical school, so she could contribute more directly down the line. Needless to say, she really stood out against the other (equally qualified) candidates we were considering for the job.

Your professional purpose doesn’t have to be as profound as that (mine isn’t!), but it should be something bigger than the job’s duties or making money. When you tell a hiring manager something you really connect with, they’ll be more willing to put their neck out, because they know that you have the passion for sticking with it.

Step 2: Share It

Which brings me to this: Once you’ve figured out what’s driving you, don’t be shy about sharing it with others. Yes, it can be a little uncomfortable to put yourself out there, but authenticity’s an HR buzzword for a reason. When you share more of yourself, you’ll find that people gravitate toward you and are eager to help.

Next time you’re asked to introduce yourself, weave in your professional purpose. (If you’re not 100% confident in how it sounds, here are two strategies for creating a one-line elevator pitch.)

I’ll bet people will ask you more about it or offer to connect you to someone who can help you on your journey to achieve it. Sharing a genuine reason why you’re pursuing a certain avenue in your career is much more compelling than listing off your past positions’ titles.

It’s the same in interviews. There are so many boilerplate answers to the question: “Why are you interested in this company (or role)?” And, as recruiters, we’ve pretty much heard them all.

You’ll stand out more when you answer the question by explaining why the job’s values fit with your professional purpose—and why it matters so much to you. “I’d like to work here as a designer because I am passionate about more transparent package design which can help mothers choose better products for their children,” is an answer that’s true—and will get further than, “I want to work here because this company is a leader in the field.” (You don’t lose any points with the second option, but every other person may say the exact same thing.)

So long as it’s something you genuinely identify with, your focus and energy will shine through and make you memorable—and more likeable, too.

You might wonder if I have a professional purpose. I do, and I firmly believe it’s part of the reason I’m in my current job. For years, I’ve been frustrated with the bad recruiting experiences that I and several of my friends have had with many organizations. My professional purpose is all about helping to solve this issue on a large scale. And that’s the opportunity Johnson & Johnson provides me–to reimagine recruiting from the ground up for a large Fortune 100 company.

So, if you keep getting passed over on the job search, revisit that classic advice to “just be yourself.” Tune into what you really want to do and how you’d like to get there. Then, weave that into your materials, networking conversations, and interview answers. I promise it’ll help you stand out.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/this-is-how-you-stand-out-when-youre-competing-against-3000-people?ref=carousel-slide-1

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Posted by | July 3, 2017 | Weekly Update

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ANYONE who works on this project, said Ben Marmont, understands how it will reshape Newcastle.

The project engineer for the Newcastle Interchange at Wickham was speaking as a hive of activity surrounded him one June afternoon.

Workers were just putting the finishing touches on new cabling for the train platforms, which have quietly taken shape over the past year, a station that the government believes will move thousands of passengers each day after the opening of the light rail network.

It will be the “transfer point” between heavy rail, light rail, buses and coaches.

The $70 million project is nearing completion, and the government has confirmed it remains on track for an October opening.

It comes as the Newcastle Herald last week revealed more than $1.6 billion worth of development is either in progress or in the pipeline for the CBD – new works which will undoubtedly change the face of the city.

It is a fact not lost on Mr Marmont.

“It’s always at the back of your mind, that this is going to change things,” he said. “The area will look different because of the interchange. It will modernise Wickham.”

On a tour of the new interchange, the Herald was told more than 200 workers had been employed at the site at the peak of construction.

The building is on two levels, with the ground floor open to the public and staff housed upstairs.

Fit-out of the office space is well under way, while landscaping – including the plantation of palm trees – has taken place on the ground floor.

Tracks have been laid on the heavy rail side of the interchange, while commuter signage has been installed on the platform.

The platform is roughly the length of two football fields.

“Driving past can be deceptive; it’s hard to grasp how big and complex the project actually is,” Newcastle Interchange engagement manager Kelly Lofberg said.

The government says it has not yet made a decision on the future of The Store building, which neighbours the interchange, as it is still “market testing” private sector interest in the site.

As work on the interchange nears completion, new developments have started to crop up in Wickham, including the neighbouring $9 million Bishopsgate Apartments.

And plans for a $71 million high rise on Railway Lane are currently before the council.

STATE government officials say they have learnt the lessons from of the roll-out of light rail in Sydney, and have vowed not to repeat the same missteps in Newcastle amid concern for the survival of Hunter Street retailers.

Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp said there were “grave concerns” for many businesses directly affected once construction of the rail line begins, mirroring the plight of some retailers on George Street in Sydney, which has been a construction zone for two years.

In September, the government will begin to close sections of Hunter Street to traffic, before working down to Scott Street next year.

Revitalising Newcastle program director Michael Cassel warned that some businesses would feel a pinch during that time.

However, he said that the government was prepared to adapt its plans if they didn’t work.

“The lessons that we’ve learnt and taken on board [from George Street] are you have to have a very close relationship with the business community, you need to be able to react if things aren’t working, don’t expect your construction schedule to occur without bumps – there’s going to be times where things don’t go perfectly right – and be agile enough and focused enough to change,” Mr Cassel said.

Mr Crakanthorp said some Hunter Street businesses would “undoubtedly” close.

“There will be a lot of pain, more than they’re saying,” the Newcastle MP said.

“There are grave concerns that many businesses won’t be viable and will close.”

Mr Cassel disagreed there would be mass closures, believing many could benefit from new trade associated with light rail workers.

“I don’t think you can say it’s just because we’re building light rail that businesses are finding it difficult,” he said.


Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4751453/this-is-going-to-change-things-inside-the-newcastle-interchange/


STOCKTON will receive a skate plaza and playground under a Newcastle council plan to breathe new life into the suburb.

The region-first plan will add a playground, skate plaza and water features on the foreshore west of the ferry terminal.

The concept plan, which goes on public exhibition from Wednesday, was inspired by Stockton primary school students.

It will feature elements nodding to the city’s industrial history including docks, a crane, sand dunes and scaffolding.

Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the plan would be “a social and economic game changer for Stockton”.

 ”Griffith Park has long needed some clever urban design to activate its open expanse and I believe this hub fits the bill,” Cr Nelmes said.

The $1.25 million project will be partly funded by section 94 developer levies from Newcastle and Port Stephens councils.

In 2016, primary school students at St Peter’s Primary School, Stockton, requested a playground for Griffith Park in persuasive letters to council and invited council officers to view models they had built.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4754881/region-first-in-stockton-skate-plan/


When are you most motivated at work?

Is it coming back from a long vacation? On Mondays after a great Sunday with friends? Or, Fridays when you have a relaxing weekend in store? Is it when you’ve just gotten great feedback from your boss, or had an especially productive meeting?

Chances are it’s a combination of all of the above—and science agrees with you.

More specifically, I’m saying that happier people get more done, and get it done better than most. In fact, a 2015 study at the University of Warwick in the UK found that they’re precisely 12% more productive than the average individual.

In order to test this, participants in the study were either “shown a comedy movie clip or treated to free chocolate, drinks, and fruit” during the experiment, while “others were questioned about recent family tragedies, such as bereavements” to see if emotions played a part in productivity.

This finding may not surprise you—but the alternative might. According to Harvard Business Review, unhappy people are not only less productive than the average individual, they’re costly for companies. To quote HBRauthors Emma Seppala and Kim Cameron:

“In studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects. In organizations with low employee engagement scores, they experienced 18% lower productivity, 16% lower profitability, 37% lower job growth, and 65% lower share price over time.”

What does this mean for you? For one thing, it’s crucial to not just like your job, but for it to make you happy. And being happy isn’t about the perks, or benefits, or money, but about finding a career that makes you feel fulfilled every day and like you’re contributing to something bigger than yourself.

I know—cheesy—but it’s true!

On the other hand, it also means companies should be investing more in employee happiness—whether that means encouraging flexible schedules or team bonding activities—if they plan on being profitable and sustainable in the long run.

Either way, it’s clear happiness is a big player in success for both companies and employees—and if we set our sights on it, we might be surprised with the result.


Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/its-true-happy-people-are-just-more-productive?ref=carousel-slide-3

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Posted by | June 26, 2017 | Weekly Update

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The listed operator has brought forward the second stage of its Aveo Newcastle development in Shortland Waters, 11km from the Newcastle CBD, after all 50 units in the $24M first stage were reserved ahead of its scheduled completion next month.

The two-bedroom villas are priced from $375,000, and a recent open day attracted 500 people.

Aveo’s Executive General Manager for Developments Gary Kordic says that around 70% of the interest came from people living within 5km of the community, with the remainder from the wider NSW region such as Lake Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Taree.

Stage two will add another 45 units subject to approval. Once complete, the six-year project will feature 300 independent villas and 127 aged care rooms, plus access to a health and wellbeing centre and the 18-hole Shortland Waters Golf Club.

Source: https://www.theweeklysource.com.au/first-stage-220m-newcastle-retirement-village-proves-hit-aveo/


NEWCASTLE’S transformation and its “smart city” credentials will be in the spotlight later this year when it hosts an urban ideas and innovation conference.

The annual Next City Vanguard conference, to be held in Newcastle from November 6 to 10, will feature 50 of the “brightest and best” young urban thinkers from the Americas, New Zealand and Australia.

Newcastle is the first city outside the United States to host the event, following on from Washington, Philadelphia, St Louis and Cleveland.

A host committee including UrbanGrowth NSW, Newcastle council, the University of Newcastle, the Hunter Development Corporation and Transport for NSW has designed the conference.

A spokesman for UrbanGrowth, which led the Newcastle bid, said the committee’s representatives were sharing the “financial and in-kind” contributions for the conference but declined to put a dollar figure on its cost.

Novocastrians are encouraged to apply to be among the 50 participants, 25 of who will be from Australia and New Zealand.
UrbanGrowth’s acting chief executive Barry Mann said he hoped Newcastle would learn from the experiences of other cities.

“This Vanguard Australia conference is a celebration of Newcastle’s unique identity, dynamic change, innovation, heritage, culture and of course the Newcastle community,” he said.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the conference offered Newcastle the opportunity to “to showcase our city as an emerging tech innovation centre in the health, education, aerospace, defence and reneweable energy sectors”.

University of Newcastle was delighted to be a partner in the conference, vice-chancellor Caroline McMillen said.

“Universities are ideally positioned to play a critical role in the economic and social transformation of their cities and regions and we look forward to contributing to this exciting opportunity to shape the future of Newcastle,” she said.

Revitalising Newcastle program director and Hunter Development Corporation CEO Michael Cassel said the city was in the midst of a great transformation.

“The Revitalising Newcastle program is ushering in a new era of economic growth and prosperity for the Newcastle city centre,” he said.

Next City president Tom Dallessio said the conference was thrilled to be coming to Newcastle.

“This historic, regenerating city has so much to teach us about building the cities of the future. We look forward to bringing 50 of the best and brightest urban leaders from around the world together in Newcastle to share ideas for strengthening legacy cities across the globe,” he said.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4742319/city-to-host-urban-ideas-conference/


Knowing exactly what you’re doing at work is a great feeling. You’re confident, full of ideas, and ready to tackle anything.

Except—lately, you’ve noticed your co-workers seem to be avoiding you. They’re not extending invitations for group projects and you’re pretty sure you caught them rolling their eyes when you speak.

What gives?

The harsh answer is, to quote an old cliché: “nobody likes a know-it-all.” The more nuanced one is that they want to feel good at their jobs, too, and if you swoop in with the right answer all the time, they don’t have that chance.

So, it’s not enough to have the best ideas—you need to pay attention to how you deliver them, too.

On the bright side, a few simple shifts can help you salvage your reputation, and once you do, you’ll have the complete package of good ideas plus thoughtfulness.

Here are three changes you can start making today:

1. Be Patient

When you share your ideas first—especially if they’re strong—you eclipse your teammates’ ability to contribute. Yes, they can still build on what you’ve said or add something different, but your behavior sends a signal that you don’t really care what they have to say. After all, if everyone agreed to go with your plan, there’d be no reason (read: opportunity) to hear anyone else out.

Conversely, when you let others speak first, you’re giving them a chance. It shows that you think they have ideas worth listening to as well.

This strategy does run the risk that someone else will have the same brilliant thought as you, and he or she’ll get credit for it. But, that’s a good thing! If you agree, you can amplify it by saying, “I like Tina’s suggestion,” which’ll go a long way toward repairing the impression that you only value your opinions.

2. Be Open to Questions

One time you have to speak first is when you’re the one leading a discussion. But, as we all know, there are two ways to go about presenting an idea and asking for feedback.

The first is to share your idea and follow up with: “Can’t we all agree this is the best strategy?” Sure, this is a question—but the only answer you’re going for is a one-word “yes.”

The second option is to encourage your teammates to revise your work, by saying, “I’d love your thoughts on this: Do you see any areas for improvement?” Unlike a know-it-all who only looks for people to agree and execute their vision, you’re going out of your way to make a space for others to make valuable contributions. (If you want to dig into this a bit more, I lay out the right and wrong way to ask for feedback here.)

3. Be a Team Player

Truth talk: There’s usually more to being seen as a know-it-all than an excess of good ideas. It often comes with a side of arrogance.

It’s good to be ambitious and push yourself to contribute as meaningfully as possible, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of making your teammates feel like a bunch of runners-up.

So, ask yourself: Do you acknowledge when someone else has a good idea? Do you concede when you’re wrong, and back down when it doesn’t make a difference?

Where you’ve previously searched for holes in people’s ideas, challenge yourself to look for—and comment on—their strengths.

As someone who struggles to avoid coming off this way, I know the insecurities that come along with reining it in. You worry about downplaying all you know, and losing out on opportunities because of it. Or you don’t want to step back from a leadership role in a discussion—even once. Or you’d feel overlooked if someone else gets credit for an idea you were thinking and had forced yourself to hold in.

Here’s the thing: I’m not telling you to silence yourself or hide your genius. If you have an idea and you want to speak up and first, go for it. If you feel strongly about taking a project a certain direction, say so. Just realize you don’t have to operate at that speed all the time. If you pick your moments, you won’t just give others a chance—you’ll find they’ll be more supportive of you, too.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-share-your-brilliant-ideas-at-work-without-coming-off-like-a-knowitall?ref=carousel-slide-0

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Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon is urging Novocastrians to nominate a volunteer for the 2017 Newcastle Volunteer Service Awards.

The annual awards were an initiative of Ms Claydon when she came to office in 2014 and provide an important opportunity to stop and reflect on the immense and invaluable work of volunteers in our community.

“As the Federal Member for Newcastle, I have the pleasure of attending community events and meeting many of our fantastic, dedicated and hard-working volunteers,” Ms Claydon said at the Parliament House launch of the 2017 awards during National Volunteer Week.

“With this in mind I established the Newcastle Volunteer Service Awards. These awards provide an opportunity to thank volunteers for their valuable contribution.”

Thousands of Novocastrians  give their time every week, or in some cases every day, to prepare and serve meals to those in need, coach and manage sporting teams and clubs, prepare rosters and accounts, cook sausages at fundraising BBQs, or provide care for those who can’t care for themselves.

 Patricia (Pat) Price and Peter Trist were recipients of awards in 2016.

Pat has given almost her entire adult life to making the lives of disadvantaged kids better.

She has fostered 110 children and she sees all of those children as her own. Even when they have left her care, many still come back to visit and Pat is always there for them.

Peter is a respected actor and theatre director in Newcastle  who every month prepares a program called ‘Book Chat’. This event involves readings, recitals, stories and general entertainment built around the Newcastle Regional Library’s collection of literature.

This program provides an hour of free entertainment to a diverse section of our community and has become an institution to a core group of regulars.

Pat ant Peter exemplify the selfless community service the awards seek to recognise.

Today, almost 6 million Australians – including some 17,000 Novocastrians –  volunteer each year to help make a difference by freely giving up their weekends, evenings, mornings and days to do something for someone else for no financial reward.

Volunteers Australia, the peak body for volunteering in Australia, estimates that close to a third of Australians engage in volunteering activities which contributes $200 billion to the social and economic wealth of the country.

To put that figure in perspective, that’s about the same as what the entire agriculture and tourism industries put in to the Australian economy each year – combined.

In terms of statistics, 41 per cent of all Australian adults undertake volunteer work each year.

Most volunteers are aged 35-44 – although the youngest and oldest Australians contribute most.

Almost half of all part-time workers do volunteer work.

Ms Claydon urged Novocastrians to support volunteers in their community by putting in a nomination for the 2017 Newcastle Volunteer Awards.

“Novocastrians have a great record of volunteering their time and effort to help out in our community,” Ms Claydon said.

“If you know someone who deserves recognition for their volunteer service, please  nominate them.

“It’s an easy process which will take less than 15 minutes of your time. just download the nomination form from www.sharonclaydon.com.”

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4719427/nominate-an-unsung-hero/


Over the last month and a bit, I’ve been recruiting. In February, RN advertised for six digital producers. Two of them were on my team, and I received more than 260 applications.

“Digital producer” could mean a lot of things, but for us it meant journalists with multimedia skills — and virtually everyone who applied was between 18 and 30.

In the private sector you can grab the top half of your résumé pile and throw it in the bin on the basis that you don’t want to hire unlucky people, but at the ABC we’re required to pay careful attention to every applicant.

It took a long time, but it was worth it in the end, and gave me a real insight into the job market, the media and how young people present themselves.

Here are some observations that might help other recruiters, and some tips that might help you if you’re a Gen Y looking for a job.

There are no entry-level jobs anymore

Being a millennial sucks. (Please let the record show that I am also a millennial.)

Where professionals in our parents’ generation could finish university armed with nothing but an arts degree and walk into a job that would train them, “entry level” jobs now require years of experience.

Virtually every applicant I saw had developed their skills in multiple volunteer or unpaid roles, and while the jobs we advertised were probably best suited to people with a few years’ experience, this state of affairs is still visible in people’s employment history years down the line.

It’s an arms race: when an entire cohort gets experience this way, those who don’t will slip to the bottom of the pile.

Of course, this is totally unfair: not all young people can afford to work for free, so organisations fill up with more of the same rich, white people who can.

The problem seems particularly acute in the media, where cadetships and other opportunities for on-the-job training are dwindling along with the total number of positions.

Recruiters can hope to correct for this in interviews and the way they consider candidates — and we tried to do this — but it’s a structural problem that needs a structural solution.

One suggestion is to hire based on aptitude tests, rather than CVs or university results. Some companies are already doing this.

The headshot is back in vogue

Lots of applicants included a headshot with their resume. Maybe this is normal in TV or acting, but it seems strange for a digital role.

We get it, you’re hot. That’s not why we hire people.

There’s a point at which a CV becomes overdesigned

Thanks to online tools like Canva, it’s never been easier to dabble in graphic design.

A sizeable proportion of the résumés we saw had more formatting than humble old MS Word can provide. Bright colours, glyphs, textures and shapes abounded.

If you’re applying for a job, there’s no doubt that a well-arranged CV can make you stand out, but a loud or overdesigned one will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons.

How far is too far? A bright pink cover page may be too far. A patterned six-page presentation alternating between portrait and landscape orientation is probably too far. A pie chart of how you spend each day (you only sleep for three and a half hours?) is definitely too far.

Five stars, Margaret

Design inflation plays a role in another weird trend I picked up: heaps of the CVs I saw had a “skills” column, with the candidate’s abilities rated on a five or 10 star scale … by the candidate.

And we’re not just talking about proficiency in, say, editing software; people rate themselves for more nebulous concepts like “time management” and “intercultural communication”.

Of course, these self-assessments tend to be glowing: nobody gives themselves one star.

I get why you’d do this if you were applying for a job: it’s much more visually striking than a list of your skills. But it also makes it obvious when you’re taking creative licence in describing your abilities.

It’s unlikely that you’re a five-star audio producer, a five-star video editor and a five-star reporter. Are there even enough hours in a millennial’s lifetime to learn those skills to such a high level?

It’s much better to be upfront about where your true strengths lie, and at least you’ll get five stars for honesty.

Nobody knows how to write a good cover letter

When I’m looking at applications, I look at the cover letter first. I want the candidate to introduce themselves and explain why they’d be good for the job.

But 90 per cent of the cover letters I saw were just CVs in prose form.

This was:

  1. Boring for me.
  2. Pointless for the applicants; their CVs were also attached.
  3. A bit disturbing; I thought my applicants were professional communicators.

When you’re job hunting, you need to write an original cover letter for every job you apply for — changing the subject line ain’t going to cut it. A cover letter is your opportunity to stand out, so here’s a simple guide to writing a good one.

Introduce yourself. Outline your understanding of the role and the organisation. Make a pitch for your vision of the role and why you would be great at it — this should reference your experience, but it shouldn’t be a laundry list.

Show some personality. Avoid typos. And for God’s sake, keep it to a page.

Millennials are so impressive

Constant technological disruption means it’s a tough time to be in the early stages of your career, but so many young people responded with incredible flexibility and a willingness to learn new skills.

I might have just spent 800 words whinging, but at the end of the day we had so many great people apply for our jobs that it was difficult to choose a shortlist, let alone successful candidates.

As an employer, that’s a great problem to have. As a millennial, not so much.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-10/i-looked-at-100s-of-millenials-cvs-and-this-is-what-i-learned/8430048

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