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It’s Who You Know that Counts. These tips help you to network like a pro.

If there is a job going in our business, we will give it to a family member first.

Grandfather and granddaughterIf no one in our family wants it, we will check our friends or our friends’ kids.

We give jobs to people we know. It’s always been like that.

Most jobs don’t get advertised.  We give jobs to family or friends, or  friends of  friends. If we can’t find someone through our network and have to advertise, we will try to choose someone who is like us. 

Five tips that will help you to network your way into a job. 

1. Don’t be phony

Australians hate crawlers. We hate people who try to be your friend just for what they can get from you.

Stick to your values and be true to yourself first.  If people don’t like the real you, it isn’t worth trying to be someone you are not.

Check Are You Living Your Best Possible Life to make sure you are on the right track.

2. Be Nice

Sir Richard Branson is one of the richest guys in the world and everyone loves him.

He is always smiling.

I bet he isn’t always happy, or nice, but most of us don’t see that. Everyone wants him on their team. He is fun. I want to know him.

Be nice, smile.

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3. Be Seen

If people haven’t seen you for ages they are not going to think of you when a job comes up.

Sitting at home in your pyjamas, waiting for an opportunity to knock, is not going to help.

Random visits to friends, footy games, family picnics are a good step. Always let people know that you are looking for work and what sort of work you are looking for.

You can also become more targeted with your desire to be seen and noticed.

Check The Ultimate Career Beginners Guide to make sure you are following a plan.

I went to school with Greg Yurisich who became a world famous opera singer.  Placido Domingo said Greg was his favourite baritone.

Greg left school and went to work in a clerical job for the ABC in Perth. It didn’t take long for him to get to know people in the orchestra, and to meetin singers visiting from all parts of the world.

Greg was seen in the ABC in Perth long before he performed in all the major opera houses and concert halls of the world. Having a magnificent voice was a good start, but there is nothing more common than wasted talent. Part of Greg’s success strategy was making sure people knew he existed.

4. Do stuff

Join a club, do volunteer work, play sport. You can’t change the world sitting at home in your pyjamas.

The more people you know, the more likely you are to find job leads. Your perfect employer isn’t going to come knocking at your door.

Get to know people

Find Guy Kawasaki’s tips on how to get people to like you HERE.

5. Unearth Your Own Network

Even a hermit on a deserted island probably has a friend who misses him.

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It can be hard to see what is right in front of you.

Try creating a mind map of all the people who could possibly help you.

For each person put one thing that they could do to help you.

You can find a sample mind map HERE. Create_Your_Network

Get help

Ask a friend or family member to figure how each part of your network could possibly help you to find work.

Add social media connections to your mind map

Get a LinkedIn account, clean up your social media, join groups that represent your interests and start connecting.

Prioritise

Put your ideas into a list, figure out where to start and work through your list.

Good luck building your network

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Bev Johnson

If you are stuck, getting started is the hardest thing. I can help you to get unstuck.

I have helped hundreds of people to start on their path to freedom.

You are free when you are being your authentic self, living the life you want to live. I can help you to do that.

 

 


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Will you be doing exams?

Even if you get an unconditional offer for a place at a university based on your current results, there may be course prerequisites, or a better ATAR score may get you the perfect course you want, or a scholarship.

I recommend that you continue to prepare for all exams AS IF you will be doing them.

These tips will help.

GET READY 

  • Arrive early. Avoid anxious friends. Go to the loo.
  • Take drinking water with you.
  • Know how many questions or sections you have to answer and what they are worth BEFORE you arrive.
  • Allocate your time according to the marks for each section or question.
  • Know exactly what time you should finish each section and question.

GO IN

  • Get seated early.
  • Breath steadily, get centred, sip water.
  • Listen to the supervisor’s instructions. Ask for clarification at any time.
  • Write your name and student number on the exam paper.

READING TIME

  • Read through all the exam paper carefully.
  • If there are choices, decide which questions to answer.
  • Make sure you are answering all questions required from each section.
  • Schedule what time you should answer each question
  • Plan to answer the easiest question first.
  • Leave the hardest question to last.
  • Know what time you should finish each question and stick to that time.

DANGER

PLEASE make sure you understand what each question is asking.

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Circle the key words in questions.

KNOW you are stressed.

Ask WHAT is the question ACTUALLY ASKING?

  • Start your first answer. Quickly plan your answer picking the BEST evidence you can provide that proves you are an expert on the subject.
  • Don’t spend more time than planned on a section or question.
  • Don’t over-answer or waffle on.
  • Add dot points if you are running out of time. You won’t lose points and may gain some.
  • If you have time skim read your answer for errors or omissions. This will also give you time to rest your writing hand and stop it cramping.
  • Systematically work through all required answers keeping to your time allocation.
  • Use every minute of exam time. If you have time left, review your answers before handing in the paper.
  • Hand in your rough work too.

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Covid-19 Career News Update WA

Year 12 Career Warriors Survival Guide

The Year 12 Career Warriors Covid-19 Survival Guide is is available via Google Docs. Just click and a request comes to me to give you permission to access it.

The huge number of requests for it must reflect the amount of anxiety Year 12’s are feeling. Stay cool. If you have any questions just email me. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Senior School Career Warriors Presentation

Career Warrior Super Hero

I put together this presentation for one school. It is pretty self explanatory.

I did it in Canva and it only downloads as a PDF.  Click on Senior School Career Warriors to ask for access to it and I will give you permission as soon as I get to your email.

I could share it from my Canva account too which would make it easier to use if you are a Canva user.

Feel free to use it with your senior school students.

Best Online Courses

The Good Universities Guide has put up this list of websites for online courses.

They say:

1. edX

2. Udemy

3. Coursera

4. LinkedIn Learning

This is not my field of expertise so I can’t recommend one over the other. For information go hereIf you have difficulty finding what you want, let me know and I will put out a request for information across the network.

Workplace Learning Alternatives

Sorry, I can’t shed any light on how to meet your workplace learning obligations under certificate courses.

I wrote to all of the Industry Training Councils on Saturday asking for information and advice and alternatives to WPL.

Norma, who leads the Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council, is devastated at the hit her retail industry is taking.

The Logistics Industry Training Council said:

Unfortunately at this point in time, it is rather difficult to predict where things are headed… The aviation sector is taking a hit from the tourism side and border closures whereas other supply chain sectors (i.e. distribution centres and road freight) are frantically working around the clock to ensure supplies are prioritized to restock shelves and allow essential medicines and equipment to get into the country.

In the meantime, in case you had not come across this…it a link to a virtual enterprise that may be of assistance for students:

https://www.edenexchange.com/c/virtual-enterprise-australia-213

Scitech has Closed

Those who are not taking this seriously may have thought a day at Scitech could be a good idea. Nup:

Scitech Closed

So is the zoo and practically everywhere except schools.

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One Wit suggested that weddings could be conducted at schools as you are allowed to have as many as you like there!!

Stay safe.

 

 

 

 

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April Issue Out Early

Most year 12s were hoping for a flash of inspiration at the Careers Expo or one of the uni open days. Their hopes are being dashed as the events are all being cancelled.

My inbox is going crazy with people asking what I know. I am posting up information as soon as I find out anything so just keep an eye on my blog.

I have sent out the April issue early in case schools close.

April 2020

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News from Notre Dame Uni – Medicine information session and others cancelled

I just received this through from Lexi, the Notre Dame Manager of the Prospective Student Office.

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Events and school visits
Our scheduled on-Campus events from now until July will be available online.

  • Parent Online Info Session on 31 March
  • The Medicine Info Session scheduled for this Sunday, 22 March will be rescheduled to a later date (to be confirmed)
  • Campus tours – we are unable to host any groups visits on Campus in Term 1 and 2, so we have produced a video campus tour hosted by our Student Ambassador, Teneil, which will be available online shortly.
  • Virtual uni presentations – our Advisors can provide a presentation for your students online via Zoom, which they can access as a group or individually. Book your virtual uni presentation here or contact us directly.

Online toolkit
At this time, we are committed to supporting you and your students with additional online resources including the following:

  • Online 1-on-1 Advice Session bookings via our Facebook page. We encourage students to use this option (or phone) in lieu of visiting the office in person.
  • Our live chat feature on Facebook Messenger is available during work hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm).
  • A NEW Guide for year 10/11 students – Finding the right degree for me – coming soon
  • Virtual school uni presentations – book here
  • Campus tour video

It’s all here > notredame.edu.au/freo/careers

Questions? We are here to help on 08 9433 0533 or future@nd.edu.au

You will need to seek information by, for example, calling the Facebook Messenger line at Notre Dame rather than just going to an information session.

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Frog overloadPeople are emailing information to me or contacting me with questions. I have never been busier.

I will continue to feed through information so that you have more control over your decisions.

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Covid-19 Year 12 Career Development Toolkit

At the UWA careers advisors breakfast on Friday the room was buzzing with talk about how to cope with the Covid-19 virus.

Teachers from wealthy schools were talking about streaming lessons. Teachers from poorer schools were concerned that many of their students don’t have computers and the internet at home.

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I have written to the WA Local Government Association asking them to consider student access to library facilities as part of their planning.

I have also written to the Minister for Local Government alerting him to the fact that many senior students may not have access to the internet at home and asking him to consider what his department can do.

School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE)

Our School of Isolated and Distance Education is expert at teaching remotely. I have written to them asking if they have anything to offer that will relieve the stress. I will post any news that they send to me.

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Student Edge

Julie Govorko from Canning Vale sent me through information about Student Edge which offers online courses that align with curriculum.

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I checked their site and it has an endorsement from Duncraig and Manjimup and both of those subscribe to my newsletter…. so they must be good references!!

All of their courses cost but the prices seem pretty reasonable and they may just be a great tool to help you through the crisis.

I got in touch with them and they suggested that I check out their courses HERE.

Minister for Youth

I wrote to Dave Kelly. Minister for Youth (and some other stuff). His office sent through these links. You could add them to your Covid-19 toolkit to help kids to get through this. 

Headspace

Headspace employment services and support

communicare

Communicare Transition to Work services

Request for Ideas

I think 90% of year 12s are still hoping for that flash of inspiration which will lead them to their perfect life path for next year.

The chances of that happening are always slim.

I would like to collate any support that you discover and share the ideas so that others can benefit from your knowledge.

Email stuff to me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

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