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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How to find a job in Australia with no local experienceI get a lot of emails from people are new to Australia with job search dilemmas.

I struggle to answer all these individually as I receive so many.

This is one reason I have teamed up with Naishadh Gadani who is running the free webinar for job search hacks for skilled migrants, this coming Wednesday 3/9 at 8pm.

Naishadh is the only career marketing expert in Australia who has been a skilled migrant himself. That’s why he’s been able to develop such a successful training program, which we’ll tell you about shortly.

Click here to register and find out more about the webinar.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

- find Australian jobs with “no local experience”
- set up your resume to pass the 10 seconds scan test by Australian recruiters
- build up a strong local network to help you find HIDDEN jobs that are not advertised
- market yourself  better on LinkedIn and online in social media in a powerful and genuine way to help jobs come to you

We give you practical examples you can immediately apply to your own individual situation.

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fearMaking changes in your career is one of the scariest things you can do.

It’s been my experience that most people will only act out of fear. So they’ll come to me for help when changing jobs is, or seems like their only option.

I think that makes the process of change a whole lot more painful, but that’s a complete other story.

Today I’d like to re-introduce you to a good friend and colleague of mine Steven Solodky.

Steve runs a counselling business, www.careerontheroad.com 

I always enjoy talking to Steve, as I operate in the realm of the practical and sometimes neglect what else is going on. Steve makes it OK for me to be uncertain and not have to fix things immediately.

If you’re worried that you can’t change a job, because things are likely to get emotionally messy, and you just don’t deal with that well, I suggest you read on.

Over to you Steve…..

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koalaWe had such an unprecedented response to our free webinar on finding a job without local experience.

So I thought it was worthwhile spelling a few things out about what might be getting in the way for you if you have recently arrived here.

These are things that many employers and recruiters will not tell you. They are generally just focused on filling the job at hand.

Although some may do so to help you, their role is generally not to give career advice.

Read this and think about whether some of what I say below might also be going on here for you.

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