Career Tips

Get creative, get innovative! 6 Tips to shake up your work life

You know the saying: “We can do it the hard way, or we can do it the easy way...” Chances are, you’d prefer to do things the easy way. That’s smart and it’s common sense too.  So when it comes to your work life, do you want to drudge through laboriously or do you want to make life easier for yourself, be more productive, and have much more fun in…
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11 career learnings in your 20’s that set you up for life

Like most things in life, the more you stick with them, the better the rewards. And this is certainly true with your career. When you’re in your 20’s there are essential things that everyone has to learn that fine-tune your focus for a fine career ahead. In a very real way, your 20’s are like the professional training ground for your future career. Here're 11 things that you learn as…
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Applying for a job? Get creative and stand out from the crowd!

Want to know how to impress people? Don’t think about yourself; think about them. It’s that simple. So if you’re applying for a job, think about what would impress the interviewer. Yes, include all your relevant skills and qualifications, but what else can you do to stand out from the crowd? Put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. They may be wading – possibly swimming - through hundreds of job applications…
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7 ways to look seriously smart in meetings – even when you’re not listening

Meetings. Just like going to the dentist and paying taxes, some things in life can’t be avoided. But given that meetings are a part of work life, you’re far better off learning how to shine like a bright, sparkling star rather than sitting there, looking bored. Here are seven fun, tongue-in-cheek tips guaranteed to get jaws dropping in awe of your supreme intelligence. Step outside for a call Before the…
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The “sickie” dilemma: when to work and when to call in sick?

“Don’t worry, I promise I won’t give my germs to you!” This is cold comfort when delivered by a co-worker that’s coughing all over you. But when should people be staying home and when is it okay to soldier on? Let’s first think of this phrase: always treat others the way you want to be treated. This is good advice that many of us were encouraged to heed as young…
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Employment tips for graduates: planning your first job

After years of sacrifice, study, two-minute noodles, essays and exams, it’s an epically brilliant feeling to graduate. Whether it be from a training institute, college or university, it’s understandable that you’d want your first job to reflect your newfound qualification. However, if you haven’t had much experience in the workforce, you may not be the ideal choice for employers yet – and this is something you’ll have to accept. Good…
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Email etiquette: Emojis and emoticons – in the workplace?

How did this happen? Only a few years ago emojis were considered acceptable for social activity, but even then, many considered them a poor replacement for good communication skills. They were never considered acceptable for professional communications. How times have changed! And the email etiquette rules seem to have changed too. Today, emojis and emoticons are everywhere, and people love them. Even so, appropriate usage still depends on your situation,…
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Volunteering – Boosting your career prospects with voluntary work

Can’t get a job? Feel like you lack experience? Well, maybe the solution to your problems is volunteering. Yep, you don’t get paid, but volunteer work ticks an impressive amount of career and personal development boxes that could open doors you’d never dreamt of. Volunteering says a lot about you. For example, it says: I have energy, enthusiasm and drive Money isn’t the only thing that matters I’m proactive I’m…
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Essential interview tips – what not to do

Got a job interview coming up? The Internet is awash with great tips on what to do to make an impression in your interview. But what about what not to do? Here are five clinchers guaranteed to make your chances of employment far more difficult. Let’s (not) do this. 1. Freeze up Even if you're the nervous type, you need to remember that freezing up and retreating in to a tight…
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How to get closer to your dream job (Hint: it’s a lot easier than you think)

Some people seem to have a knack for managing their careers, while the rest of us flail behind, scratching our heads. Sometimes it comes down to luck, sometimes it’s connections, but more often than not, it’s just a matter of putting a little thought and effort into achieving what you want and mapping out your future. Here are some great tips to getting closer to your dream job. Regularly work…
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There’s no ‘I’ in team! How to be a great team player.

What’s the fuss about being a team player anyway, you might ask? I’m working with people all the time, so doesn’t that make me a good team player? Well, the simple answer is, not always. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves why our behaviour and teamwork skills are important to the success of the team – and the business overall. In addition, when a team doesn’t function well, the results…
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Making change your friend: Managing your career in a changing world

We all know that the pace of change in this world is fast, especially in the workplace. But how are you going to cope with these changes? Will you hide in the corner or will you reach out and embrace change – or even lead it? Here are 9 tips, mostly based on technology guru Scott Steinberg’s book, “Make Change Work For You”, where he teaches you how to future-proof…
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Your job interview: understanding organisational culture & fit

It makes sense that all companies and potential employers want to hire people who are interested in the company and enthusiastic about the prospect of working there. Everyone wants to have staff that are committed and passionate about their work and the success of organisation. Hopefully, if you are applying for a position somewhere, these sentiments will be genuine. To be enthusiastic and interested in the company, though, you do…
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SMS Etiquette: Text messaging tips for business!

Following on from our earlier blog post on email etiquette, we now bring you the next instalment of this need to know business information, SMS etiquette! The requirement for SMS etiquette speaks volumes about how fast the world is changing. What was once a tool for occasional social communication has now firmly worked its way into the business world. But how do we know what’s okay to text at work…
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Sell yourself at your job interview: what you need to know!

Performing well in a job interview requires planning ahead. Not only must you put thought into your appearance on the day (see our earlier blog on “Presenting yourself at an interview”), body language and do your homework on the company in question, you need to think about the interview itself. Your ability to “sell” your skills and experience, and respond to questions in a way that shows you in the…
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Email etiquette: the only resource guide you’ll ever need!

Somewhere along the line, our means of communication have become increasingly casual. With the astronomical volume of business emails and text messages circulating every minute, an assumption seems to have crept in: that correct punctuation, grammar and spelling are no longer required. Added to the mix are phonetic spelling, abbreviations and acronyms, LOLs, BOLs, smiley faces, and a lack of salutations or sign-offs, and the lines of communication become increasingly…
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Workplace bullying: what it is & how to take action

Let’s make this clear: the good news about bullying is that you don’t have to take it. In Australia, there are rules against bullying and support available for those on the receiving end. Bullying is unfair and can have dire consequences for the recipient; this is why there are rules to protect people. Even minor, insidious cases of bullying can have extremely unpleasant consequences. Let’s look at workplace bullying actually…
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REINVENT YOUR CAREER EXPO

REINVENT YOUR CAREER EXPO (MELB) Thinking about a career change? This is THE event not to be missed, so make sure you pop this one in your calendar! Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Date: Saturday 21st June – Sunday 22nd June Stand number: C7 Who will be there? Our career agents and career advisors will be there to discuss our Certificate and Diploma courses in Massage, Child Care, Fitness an Aged Care with potential students…
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Presenting yourself at an interview: an invaluable checklist for first timers

Like it or lump it, the way we appear to others in professional situations has an effect - and in an interview that effect is either going to be positive or negative, it may even become the deciding factor between you or a competing candidate securing the role. At Sage, we provide all our students with branded polo shirts. Why? Because they look smart, professional and clean, befitting of a…
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10 Fantastic Tips to Succeed At Every Interview!

So you have an exciting interview pencilled in your diary, but A: it’s been a while since your last interview, or quite possibly, B: you’ve never had to go to one before! Either way, we highly recommend you brush up on your interview skills. Here are our top ten tips to help you sail through that interview and impress the panel! Preparation is everything. If you fail to prepare, then…
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How To Write A Great Resume – 11 Tips You Need To Know!

When writing a resume, it’s important to put your best foot forward. For most of us though, writing resumes is hardly something we do every day, so how do we know what’s important and what’s not? Here are 11 tips to make sure you put your best foot forward! You must target your resume Unfortunately, you can’t just write one resume and hand it out to anyone offering a job.…
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Tip For Success – How To Write a Winning Application Letter

Writing an application letter is a technical process and it’s important to pay attention to the details required in order to appear professional. Let’s go through the steps now… There are several important issues you’ll need to address to make sure your application letter is received positively. Keep in mind that every job application is different, so you must read the instructions very carefully before you start. You could be…
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