Meet my Aunt.

A self-funded retiree, she is now well into her eighties and owns a $1.5 Million dollar house in an inner Melbourne suburb. From the outside her house looks only slightly messier than the other neat federation terraces in her street.

Inside, however, it’s a completely different story.

The house is dark and smells musty. The roof has leaks. Paint peels off the walls in every room. The lights have been out in the hall and her bedroom for years. She has no hot water, never fixing her heating unit, which broke down about 20 years ago.

The half-polished floor boards have long disappeared into semi-chaotic piles of invoices, newspaper clippings, direct mailers, ancient magazines, brochures and unidentifiable notes.

Photo by Jorge Lopez on Unsplash

My Aunt will tell anyone who’ll listen that she’s not like other Australians.

She insists she’s not a house proud like an “Australian housewife.”

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Christmas brings an opportunity to slow down and reflect upon the real purpose of our life and work. The festive season reminds us that there is profound underpinning to our daily existence. That we are in fact part of a broader mystery that calls for us to explore the rich dimensions of our being.

As a career counsellor, I reflect on what it means to change careers. Is it to find a quick solution to secure another source of income that pays the bills? Or is it to slow down and ponder the deeper questions in life. [click to continue…]


Not many people know this, but many moons ago I did a degree in Land Surveying.

I was one of only 2 women in my final year.

I studied Surveying not because I wanted to break stereotypes, but because it never occurred to me that I could not do it.

What strikes me about writing this now, is that more than 20 years have passed. Yet things have not changed much, if at all.

While in Australia the number of women graduating from university has increased, and women now outnumber men as graduates, we are still severely under-represented in disciplines such as IT, architecture and engineering. [click to continue…]

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It could become all about how big your bot is.

I had a massive dilemma about what to call this post because technology and artificial intelligence and the techniques that some smarter recruiters are now using have moved a long way online since I first wrote this article for the Australian 7 years ago.

I thought about calling my post “how to get my AI bot talking to your AI bot” and went into a big fantasy thinking about how if recruiters are using bots to proactively search people across the web, match them to roles, and/or eliminate them, then why couldn’t someone looking for a job do the same thing?

Why not use your own bot to crawl the web and chat up recruiter’s bot?


Two paragraphs into this post and I am already on a tangent, so here’s where we’ll head now.

First I’ll give you insight into how people used to recruit (and many still do).

Then I’ll talk about what smarter recruiters are doing now. And how you can make the most of these trends to get yourself headhunted. [click to continue…]

Last week I was super excited to spend a day in what I can only describe as deep “nerdsville” –  the Sourcing Summit in Sydney.

For a number of years I have been banging on to people searching for jobs about how important it is to have a professional online presence that extends beyond LinkedIn, that showcases your broader talents and interests.

Coming away from the summit I am even more convinced about how important this is.

I named the summit “nerdsville” because it is all around how employers and recruiters are using the latest technology, tools and thinking to source hidden talent, and to do so faster.

If you’re reading this blog, you’re that talent – right?

Now imagine if you were aware of how people are looking for you AND you took the opportunity to help you be found.

Helping people find you could cut hours (or even days) off your job search.

Using some of the technology I discovered could help you cut even more.

I am officially excited, so stay tuned.



Psst…. do you want to give your social media activities a boost, but need some inspiration and/or motivation?

Perhaps you’d like some feedback from other professionals about the content you’d like to put out?

I am a big believer that momentum creates motivation, not the other way around.

So I am running a social media mojo booster #SoMojo as part of my Meetup group – Career IQ  so we can all accelerate our impact social media.


I have set up this Meetup group to meet like minded professionals who are in the coaching and professional development space – whether that be career development, executive coaching, interview coaching, resume writing and so on.

So I invite you to come join me Friday June 23 at the State Library in Melbourne, from 10 am to 12 pm for some #SoMojo.

Or if you wish, join us via skype.

Click here to find out more.

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