How to Get Promoted at Work

How to Get Promoted at Work

We are now seeing managers and human resources professionals focusing on people’s skills and cultural fit to their organisation instead of considering length of service.

However a promotion just doesn’t happen itself.  If you are keen to move up the ladder there are a few things you can do to increase your chances.

1. Gain New Knowledge

Undertake further education, even if it is a short course such as project management or a new computer course.  You will make yourself a more attractive candidate by increasing your transferable skills.

If you know you are terrible at interviews then seek some interview coaching from a career counsellor.

2. Find a Mentor/Coach

A mentor can provide advice on areas you can improve in and they might be able to direct you towards a relevant course.

Your Mentor can also help you network and create a positive professional image for when a potential promotion arises.

3. Go Above and Beyond

  • Be proactive
  • Look for opportunities.

It may be volunteering to take on a new project or pitching improvements to a current process.  It is important to show how divers your skill set is so don’t be afraid to put your hand up to assist other departments in your workplace.

4. Act Professionally

Dress, think and act for the role you would like to be working in.  Be very careful of what you place on social media as this can impact on your future promotions.

Ensure you treat everyone in your workplace with respect even if someone isn’t your cup of tea.

5. Network, Network, Network

You may have to move outside of your comfort zone and start connecting with a range of people at various levels of the organisation.

Knowing more about the organisation you work for is an advantage. Take the opportunity to speak to colleagues in the tea room, elevator or call by their office for a quick chat.

6. Be Prepared

Don’t be caught out. Be prepared for opportunities to arise quickly.

Submitting your resume that is a few years old is not acceptable. You need to make sure your resume is up to date with all your new skills and include current projects you are working on.

Make the time to invest in your future, get your resume prepared.

By putting these actions into place you will have a better chance of being considered for future promotions.

5 Easy Steps to Set Your Career Goals!

5 Easy Steps to Set Your Career Goals!

As we approach the end of another year and the start of 2017, we often reflect and set goals for the following year.

How do you set career goals when you don’t know which career you want or how do you move forward in your current career?

Here are 5 easy steps to help you set career goals for the new year!


1. Gain clarity on your career vision


Brainstorm your career goals by asking yourself these three questions:

  • What is your dream job?
  • If you don’t succeed, what would you want to do?
  • How do you want to be remembered for the work that you do?

Make sure you write down the answers so you can reflect on these throughout the year.

2. Make decisions about your careeR


Understanding what your interests and values are is a huge factor in making a decision regarding your career direction.

You might need some assistant making a career decision.

A Career Counsellor can assist you by using some assessment tools such as Strong Interest Inventory Assessment or Knowdell Career Values test.

3. Make the decision to invest in yourself


  • Give yourself time to reflect on what you enjoy
  • Invest in education
  • Exercise – a healthy body leads to a healthy mind
  • Book a session with a Career Counsellor.

4. Set your goals – short term and long term


Long term goals can be a great motivator for self improvement. They give us objectives that we can strive to achieve.

An example of a long term goal is you want to become a registered nurse. How are you going to achieve this goal? How will you go from being a person who has five years experience in retail to a registered nurse?

This is when short term goals come in. They give you objectives to strive for in the near future.

Short term goals I might consider to achieve my long term goal of becoming a nurse could be:


  • Attend a career expo to find out more information on nursing
  • Arrange to speak to that friend of a friend who is a nurse
  • See a Career Counsellor to set you on the right path
  • Enrol in a First Aid course or TAFE course relating to nursing.

5. Follow the plan


Make sure you write down your plan. A goal setting sheet can really help.

Contact us to obtain a free Career Goal Setting Plan.

A Career Counsellor can assist with all of the steps above.

Career Guidance Australia specialises in assisting people to make decisions on their careers and helps them set realistic goals.

We have the tools to help. Make the time to invest in your future, contact us today to discuss how we can help you find your new career.

Do You Lack Experience?

Do You Lack Experience?

Lack of experience is not necessarily a barrier to a new job or career.

You may think that a lack of relevant industry specific experience will stop you from getting a job, however this is not always true.

If you are changing careers, have recently graduated, or looking for your first job, you will be pleased to learn that employers are often looking for potential skills or attributes in a candidate.

You have probably read the first sentence above and thought how will I get an employer to look at my resume if I have no experience? The answer is transferable skills.

Transferable skills are skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful in many jobs and across different areas of life: professionally and socially. They are ‘portable skills’.

This wanted employment advertisement is one of the best examples I have seen of transferrable skills.

Whilst I do not condone his original job he has listed, he still has many transferrable skills. He has shown how he has operated a successful multi-million dollar business.

You might be thinking how do I get transferrable skills? The good news is you already have transferable skills.

Here are some examples listed below:

  • waiting tables
  • processing payments
  • handle many tasks quickly and concurrently
  • working with customers
  • captain of a sports team.
  • attending to customers
  • handling money and balancing
  • time management
  • customer service and communication
  • leadership skills.

It is important to sell your potential by demonstrating the transferable skills that you have already developed.

If you would like further examples of transferable skills please contact us for a detailed list of skills to include in your resume.

7 Top Fatal Resume Mistakes

7 Top Fatal Resume Mistakes

I regularly review resumes when recruiting to jobs and I am constantly surprised with what people put in their resumes.

Resumes with the below issues generally go on the do not interview pile:

1. Photos

Unless the application specifically requests a photo do not put a photo on your resume. I repeat delete any photos from your resume. People generally put inappropriate photos on resumes. Examples I have come across are seductive photos (what are you applying for), photos with their dogs and photos that have been cropped but you can still see the arm of the cropped person around the applicants shoulders.

You are opening yourself up to be discriminated against by your photo.

2. Funny email addresses

Reserve funny emails for your friends and have a sensible email address for your job applications. Your sensible email should consist of your name. Same examples of email addresses I have seen include mcbooby@, spiritualguide@, freakyfred@, fightermary@

Be professional from beginning to end.

3. Resumes with no contact details

How is a recruiter meant to contact you. No email, address or phone number – no interview!! This shows a lack of attention to detail.

4. No dates next to your roles

If I can not see how long you were in a job for I assume it was not for very long and you are trying to hide that you move around a lot. Put dates on your resume and if you have had a lot of jobs in a number of years put in the reason. Left due to promotion, was made redundant, resigned to have children. Paint the true and correct picture don’t let the recruiter create their own picture.

5. Crazy fonts and colours

These distract from the credible part of your resume – your skills and experience. If the font and colour are too distracting I won’t continue reading your resume. Use a standard font such as Arial or Calibri and ensure it is readable size 11 or 12. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to make your resume stand out by using multiple colours or unreadable fonts.

6. Personal details

It is illegal for employers to ask if you are married or have children. They don’t need to know this. Often people give this away in their interest area by saying enjoy spending time with family etc. Unless your interest relates to the job or will be seen as a benefit don’t include this. If you are applying for an accounting role with a mining company they don’t need to know you enjoy paddle boarding with your friends.

7. Attention to Detail

Spelling errors or misspelling of computer programs when you say you have experience is a no no. Make sure you get a friend to review your resume so they can find any errors you have missed. This may seem picky but if the job requires attention to detail or data entry for example, why would you give the job to someone who is already showing they can not produce accurate work.

A resume is generally your first point of contact with the company – make sure you make a good impression.

Why do Career Counsellors use Assessment Tools?

Why do Career Counsellors use Assessment Tools?

Assessment tools are used to help find a career that is your best match, which is dependent on four key attributes:

  • Values
  • Interests
  • Personality traits
  • Skills.

How do you identify what your four key attributes consist of?

A career counsellor is qualified to conduct assessment tools which help identify your four key attributes.

Assessment tools can open up a window to potential opportunities by helping you to uncover the tasks, experience, education and training needed for your next career move. These tests can be effective in giving you ideas of potential careers that may be a match for your interests. These assessments get you thinking about potential career options.

Two assessment tools I generally like to use when clients need to identify their interests are:

  1. The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment – it is one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It has helped both academic and business organisations develop the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals—from high school and university students to mid-career workers seeking a change—in their search for a rich and fulfilling career.

View a sample report for a high school student.

View a sample report for an adult.

The Strong assessment tool looks at six general occupation themes and lists them in order showing the most interest and least interest you have in each area.

The occupational themes are:

  • Realistic – interested in action rather than thought
  • Investigative – strongly scientific and inquiring in orientation
  • Artistic – Value aesthetic qualities and self-expression
  • Social – Interested in working with people, enjoying working in groups, sharing responsibilities and being at the centre of things.
  • Enterprising – verbally skilled in selling, managing and persuading. Tend to seek positions of leadership and power.
  • Conventional – likes accounting, organising and processing data – interested in activities which require attention to detail.

2. The Knowdell™ Career Values Card Sort is a simple tool that allows you to prioritise your values in as little as five minutes. Fifty-four variables of work satisfaction-such as time freedom, precision work, power, technical competence and public contact-are listed and described. This is an effective tool for job seekers, those fine-tuning their present jobs and career changers at all ages and stages.

Both assessment tools are user friendly and easy to complete.

The assessments provide you with the information needed to make better career decisions, and avoid spending money on the wrong training or choosing a career that will not interest you.

Working in a fulfilling career can dramatically increase happiness, self confidence, and work / life balance.