Higher Education Relief Package

Australians will use their time social distancing to develop skills for new jobs in National Priority areas such as nursing, teaching, health, IT and science under a plan from the Morrison Government.

The cost to study short, online courses from our world-class universities and private providers will be slashed to help Australians retrain. The courses will start at the beginning of May and initially will run for six months.According to a Media Release on April 12by Dan TehanMinister for Education

You can read this media release at https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tehan/higher-education-relief-package

How to Move Your Career Forward Amid Coronavirus

Working from home doesn’t have to mean putting professional growth on hold. Use this time to strategically plan your next move.

With coronavirus cases increasing by the day, it is understandable to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and isolated. But just because these are scary times, that doesn’t mean your career needs to grind to a halt. In fact, with the slowdown, this could be the perfect moment to reevaluate your professional trajectory and consider a new direction. Instead of spending the entire day glued to your TV awaiting the latest coronavirus updates, channel that nervous energy into formulating a career strategy. Here are some productive ways to manage the current situation and still move your career forward.

You can read this article at  https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2020/03/20/how-to-move-your-career-forward-amid-coronavirus/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=career&cid=5cbf27861802c8c524ac6284#38978a4f65d0

How to Reframe Your Resume and Get a New Job During Coronavirus

This is a stressful time to be an employee. Many of us are losing our jobs, getting our hours cut, and living with the fear of having our livelihoods stripped away at any moment.

As grueling of an experience as this is, there are a number of things you can—and should …. On the career front, that includes updating your resume. Immediately. 

Even if you’re gainfully employed, “You need to plan ahead,” “Jobs can be lost very quickly,and when you’re in a state of panic you can’t be as effective.

You can read more at https://money.com/update-resume-new-job-coronavirus/

10 Ways To Launch A Successful Job Search Amid Coronavirus

Forbes shares some career and job search advice as we try to navigate this difficult time.

The key to making it through and achieving your career goals is to use this time wisely now to set yourself up for quick success later, once the economy starts to rebound. Here's a list of 10 things you can do now to boost results:You can read more at https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthellmann/2020/04/01/10-ways-to-launch-a-successful-job-search-amid-coronavirus/#2f1a144a51b6

At-Home Networking Strategies

...seven actions you can take to stay market ready while in the safety of your own home.  With growing anxiety and isolation spreading across the globe, COVID-19 affects all aspects of our lives. The job market is no exception. While networking remains the top way to find and secure your career of choice, it’s typically practiced in person. As we begin rethinking our day-to-day work, the way we find new work deserves another look, too. The plan below outlines actions to take over the next month to keep you market ready while in the safety of your own home...  You can read this article at https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/03/23/how-network-while-you-are-social-distancing-home-opinion

Create An Inspiring Home Office During Lockdown

the work-from-home situation is not the new normal. It is an intensified version of their everyday schedules, where the option to step out for overpriced designer coffee is not longer an option. It takes a certain type of discipline to be able to to get out of bed or peel away from current Netflix series to get productive. This is most especially true when the line between work and rest is a mere five feet away or less

You can read this article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/biancasalonga/2020/03/24/create-an-inspiring-home-office-during-lockdown/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=career&cid=5cbf27861802c8c524ac6284#385f4f3c3063

I’ve Read 1000+ Cover Letters, and THIS Is What Will Get You the Interview

…Cover letters are a chance to fill in the “why” behind the resume, especially if the industry, type of company, or role you are applying for isn’t consistent with previous experience. It answers the question: Why the choice to move from the Entertainment to Tech industry? Why go from a massive company to a start up? Why apply for a Marketing position when your previous role was in Sales? Answers to these questions reveal that one is being very deliberate about their career path. The cover letter should show that you match what the company is looking for, and the company matches what you want in an employer…

You can read this article at https://thriveglobal.com/stories/cover-letters-trick-to-get-you-interview-tips/

Soft skills increasingly important in today's world

it’s the interpersonal skills – communication, reasoning, team coordination, customer service, business and sales development – that are hard to find… According to LinkedIn research, employers across 100 major U.S. cities reported the number one skill missing among workers is interpersonal or soft skills.…Like much else, these interpersonal skills can be found on new websites cropping up dedicated to teaching these soft skills. Jobseekers would be smart to begin cultivating such skills themselves as they hunt for new opportunities.  You can read this article at https://theworldlink.com/community/bandon/opinion/soft-skills-increasingly-important-in-today-s-world/article_950723f6-c19d-5c8d-a97e-39d93a22fe73.html

What should a resume look like in 2020

Jobs have changed so much in recent years. If you’re not up on the latest programs/apps in your field(SEO ability) (you might not get where you want to go.

Have resumes, too, taken on a new identity? We spoke with two hiring experts to find out what yours should look like now, what not to include, and what traditional advice is still relevant and effective today

You can read this article at  https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/what-should-a-resume-look-like-in-2020

Do You Have What It Takes? Five Soft Skills That You Need In 2020

Did you know that there are at least 50,000 professional skills in the world? According to Linkedin, there are 50,000 things you can learn and add to your hard/ soft skill set to stand out. With the ever-changing nature of the business world, it is absolutely essential to be malleable enough to adapt to the professional conditions around you. While January, at the beginning of the year, is always a good time to start, February is not so bad either. Here are the most prevalent soft skills you need to learn this year, according to LinkedIn:

You can read this article at https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346683

How To Let Recruiters Know You’re Open To A New Job Using LinkedIn

…you could turn on a feature that would allow recruiters to find you and know that you are open to new job opportunities .. Although it’s not a brand-new feature, you don’t want to miss out on having this tool turned on. 

If you are open to a new job, you are going to want to use this so recruiters can find you. It’s a signal that goes out only to recruiters, so you don’t have to worry about your boss or any employees from your company finding out that you’re looking for a job. This is great because, for some of you, it’s risky to state on LinkedIn (like in the About summary section) that you’re looking for a job… You can read more at https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinryan/2020/02/24/how-to-let-recruiters-know-youre-open-to-a-new-job-using-linkedin/#3de2611a521b

How To Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ In A Job Interview

There’s one question that’s guaranteed to be asked in every job interview - ‘tell me about yourself. This question isn’t quite as straightforward as it may seem, as it’s not really so much about who you are, but about how you work. What’s really being asked is ‘why are you the right person for us to hire?’….  

You can read more at https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2020/02/22/how-to-answer-tell-me-about-yourself-in-a-job-interview/#7047abdc62bf

The only 3 things you should include in a cover letter

… Searching for a new job is a time-consuming endeavor. By some estimates, the typical worker takes about six weeks to apply for, interview and finally land a new job offer. And across any industry and level of work, there’s one step to the process that’s bound to slow down even the most qualified and enthusiastic candidate: the cover letter … You can read more at https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/26/the-3-only-things-you-should-include-in-a-cover-letter.html

The Secret Sauce When Choosing A Second Act Career

in your second act you’ll have more latitude to think about what creates purpose in your work. If you’re more intentional about that, you’ll tend to do better. So, get clear on what matters to you both personally and professionally.

Sit back and identify past experiences at work that brought you the greatest sense of meaning and impact. What were the outcomes and the activities that made your work meaningful? You’ll want to focus on roles that build on that expertise and support those values

You can read this article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2019/10/02/secret-sauce-second-act/#45fc37ce3d78

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