Teryl @ Work

Jan 9 2015

First Impressions

If you are anything like me, you are often surprised to hear how people react to you on first meeting. And to overcome this, many of us tend to overdo the warmth, humour and trying to fit in, or go the other way, and try to be as unobtrusive as possible.

Neither of them feel natural and neither are sustainable so it is worth spending some time preparing for the first impressions you create on the first day of your new job.

Employer’s view

The employer also has worries around this;

Teryl @ Work
Jan 7 2015

Everybody talks about how important a good CV is but how do you define good?

The CV

Clearly a good track record with excellent references is key, but so is the way it is put together.

1. Take the time to do a personalized covering letter for each company
2. Set it up as a standard with some career highlights
3. Align some of your skills with their requirements as per their job specification
4. It takes time, but personalise your cv for every opportunity

  • It’s not a complete rewrite
Teryl @ Work
Jan 6 2015

First Impressions

Start of a new year, so first impressions are top of mind. How do we create the right first impression when job hunting? Interviewers are just like the rest of us and their initial impression of the applicant may change the whole flavour of the interview.

So how do you create that great first impression? Research?

  • These days, it is the expectation that the applicant will know what the company does, understand the basics of the job requirement and have a few well chosen questions to add to the discussion.
Teryl @ Work
Jan 5 2015

Are you looking for a job in the new year and have the idea that the festive season and early in the new year are not the best time to find one?

Its true to a point, however, there are companies that are keen to start the new year with a full complement of people and are proactively looking to recruit and fill vacant positions.

It is possible to take advantage of this and position yourself as a front runner.

Getting to the front of the recruitment queue

Teryl @ Work
Dec 19 2014

Workplace bullying is widespread, that is very clear from research, reading and conversations, I have had over the past few years.

I have also received mails and responses to articles, which indicate bullying in the workplace is ongoing. While there are many, many definitions, case studies and examples, Tim Field's (footnote) is a very clear one.

Being bullied is not about one isolated incident, it is about consistent negative behaviour that damages self image to a point where the bullied leaves, and the bully remains, sometimes with greater status.

Teryl @ Work
Dec 12 2014

I am one of the elite who is chosen to always sit in front of the chair kicker at the movies. It is a great privilege that I don’t take lightly.

I start by subtly turning my head to see if there is really somebody behind me, because it is possible that the row of seats is a little unstable.

Teryl @ Work
Dec 5 2014

Bullying remains a very emotive issue. I have a few friends who openly admit that they were bullies at school, and that they didn't mean any real harm, and were "just teasing". Comments that people overreact, and that the victims often bring it on themselves are also made.

It is a reality that the bullied person's reaction can lead to further bullying, or their lack of reaction could move the bullies to a new target.

You might have noticed that some bullies are quite charismatic, may be natural leaders, or, very often, lead through their followers fear of being turned on next.

Teryl @ Work
Dec 2 2014

...doesn't make it right!

We all know people who define right as "within the law". In other words, if you won't go to jail for it, it has to be OK.

Sadly, the law is so stretched today, we have also stretched the legal and right parameters.

People who have studied Ethics can present us with numerous situations where knowing which the right decision should be is almost impossible.

Teryl @ Work
Nov 28 2014

What is overwork? When is it bullying? When does the job requirement tip from high expectations to unreasonable requirements?

Since I first published this article, part of a series on workplace bullying, over a year ago, I have had regular input from readers, sharing their experiences and asking for advice. Many have shared that it began slowly, built up, and felt irreversible.

Overwork

Teryl @ Work
Nov 27 2014

"Never judge a book by its cover" - well, eBooks have certainly changed this, for me, because its not about the cover, its about the content, the advertorial and the recommendations of other readers.

When I was a teenager, I read a book that had a profound impact on me - A Patch of Blue, by Elizabeth Kata.

The story is about a young white blind girl who meets a black man and falls in love. The realisation of how much of our judgement of people is based on their externals, was both depressing and empowering.

Teryl @ Work
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