Hello IIQers,

seven-deadly-sins-of-job-interviewsWe have a very special offer for anyone who is looking to change jobs this year.

We’re giving away a fantastic, FREE and freakishly-fast-to-read ebook: The 7 Deadly Sins To Avoid At A Job Interview. CLICK HERE >>> to find out more.

(I know, I know – too many “F’s” in the one sentence, but I can live with that)

The book is by Interview IQ’s favourite interview coach, the lovely Deborah Barit.

Deb is Founder of Impressive Interviews.

She has more than 10 year’s experience training people to succeed in interview (some who have thought they’d never succeed in getting a job).

To get the book, simply click on this link and answer 4 simple questions about your job search.

This research will help us help you in the coming months. So go crazy with the detail.

I’ve tested the form several times and I don’t think you can break it with too much information.

Hope you enjoy it.




reflectionsA new year brings a fresh wave of optimism about what to look forward to in the coming months.

As the challenges of last year are left behind, it’s time for new beginnings and adopting alternative outlooks.

It’s common to explore your career options as you enter into a new year.

It can be powerful to evaluate how happy you feel in your current role and career path.

Are you caught in a role just to pay the bills?

Do you constantly long for the weekend?

Do you feel a sense of depression or anxiety at the start of the working week?

Checking in with how you feel on a Monday morning is a big truth teller.

‘Mondayitis’ may seem to be normal, especially as you face the reality of returning back to a full week of work. On the flip side, however, I would like to invite you to really question the assumption that you must force yourself through the working week.

Is it is possible for you to experience an increased level of freedom and excitement about your working life?

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melbourne officeKaralyn here.

Hello and Happy New Year.

I don’t generally talk about myself on this blog, because that’s not what this is about.

However I assume you will read this as you’d like to make some change to your job search or career.

So, I’d like to share a few things about my experience with change that might help you make a move.

2014 was a time of big change for me.

I rented out my place in Sydney, after being unhappy there for 5 years.

I gave all of my house stuff to charity and friends and I moved to Melbourne to be closer to my family.

I ended significant friendships that were fundamentally dishonest.

I started restructuring my business to become more mobile and online (It’s partly working. The pic is the view from my favourite working spot on Melbourne). This restructure has seen me work late into the night over many nights – sometimes wondering if there is any point to continuing when the whole world seemed to be out having wonderful weekends. 

In 2014 I have learned many things about change. [click to continue…]


speak-with-an-australian-accent-on-a-telephone-interviewDo telephone interviews make you nervous?

Is it because you have an accent that gets in the way of people understanding you?

One thing that scares the living daylights out of many of my clients from overseas, is the dreaded Australian telephone interview.

You can have researched the role, scrutinized the company and tailored your CV to the finest degree.

However the truth is, that when someone picks up the telephone to interview you, you’re pretty much back to square one.

You need to sell yourself, all over again.

So I’d like to introduce you to someone who can help with reducing your accent, sounding like an Australian and mastering the telephone interview.

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handsToday I am super excited to bring you a special podcast from one of my all-time favourite clients, Steve Bastian.

Steve is a Senior Manager at Adelaide based Accountants, Freer Parker. I helped Steve with his LinkedIn profile a few years ago now and since then he has powered along.

Writing it was relatively easy as Steve understands what makes him tick, and is passionate about his work. (If you’re wondering what to put in your profile, reflecting on what you love to do is a very good place to start.)

Many people think that their professional profile is limited to the town in which they operate. However Steve disproves this.

I often use his profile in my workshops as an example of what you can achieve on LinkedIn if you can identify the value you are to others.

Listen to the podcast to find out how Steve has:

- built up his national network
- stayed very visible on LinkedIn
- driven traffic to his profile
- turned connections into business opportunities
- searched for staff on LinkedIn.

Click here to find out more.

If you have any special secrets with what you do on LinkedIn, I’d love to hear about them.

Please leave a comment below.


alienOne of the things I am still constantly asked to justify is why I have put myself “out there” in social media – career wise.

Sometimes that questioning is not overt.

It often comes in the form of “expert commentary” about the lack of benefits of being on LinkedIn, from people who have not filled out their profile, or who have less than 500 connections.

Sometimes it comes with a little bit of a cynical raised eyebrow.

If you’re from the UK or Australia you’ll know how this goes.

You’ll hear a loaded statement something like this.

“You seem to be all over LinkedIn, KB – every time I look, you’ve put another article up.”

OK, so maybe I am being a little paranoid about this.

But it does frustrate me that I still need to have this conversation with people.

So for anyone who is remotely curious, here are some of the benefits, (anticipated or otherwise) I have found over the last four years of putting myself out there in social land.

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