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So you’ve decided that running a business isn’t for you and maybe a job is the way to go. After weeks, maybe even months of sending out applications and follow ups, you’ve secured a job interview. Fantastic! Stage one complete.

Now you’re worried about what kind of impression you’re going to make at the interview. To help your preparation for an upcoming interview, you may want to keep these tips in mind:

Get advice

If you’re still studying or recently finished, it is worthwhile having a consultation with a team member at the careers office of your learning institution. New-age education providers such as Evocca College are likely to dedicate more time to specialised guidance. In many career consulting meetings, there will be an opportunity for some interviewing technique practice. Tutors at colleges like Evocca are quite flexible too, so you’ll be able to approach them when preparing.

Stand Out

You need to stand out, in a good way, from your fellow candidates. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately for an interview, in a manner that mirrors the company and the people that work there. Even if you’re interviewing at a start-up company that takes pride in being casual (there are plenty of these now), dress neatly. Show a genuine interest in the position you’re applying for as well as the company. Let your determination shine through.

Prepare for Anything

Candidates that leave an unforgettable impression are usually the ones that can answer any question easily and think on the spot. As part of your preparation for the interview, memorise the details in your resume. Have a folio containing your best work, if that applies. Research the company and people you may ultimately work with. Be prepared to answer any questions they may have, as they’re likely to check if you really know about their company services and what they stand for.

Ask Questions

You’ll make an even better impression if you ask thoughtful questions. Ask questions specific to their company and the things they do. And to show them that you’re willing to work hard to be one of their best employees, try something like “What do your employees have to do to be considered the best?” or “What do you hope the person you select will achieve in this position?” Asking smart questions will impress the recruiters and put you ahead of those candidates who don’t do this.

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Present a project

This one will really set you far apart from other candidates. Try creating some sort of proposal for a project relevant to the job you’re applying for. For example –if you’re applying for a position in an advertising firm, you can present a pitch for a client that the company already works for. Present something in their style, so they know you’re capable of thinking like them.

An interview is always a nerve-racking situation, no matter how many you’ve experienced. You can start to ease the anxiety by following these few tips –it’s all about making yourself shine amongst the other candidates. Try to loosen up, as being tense will show and recruiters may see it as an “I’m not confident” indicator.

Remember, they wanted to interview you because something in your application stood out. Good luck!

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By Alli Price

Great Google Hangout on getting your kids organised for when they are starting school and kinder for the new year with Denise Childs of Systems for Order.

Points include:

  1. Routine: Responsibility for belongings
  2. Routines: Coming in the Door/Getting out the door/Leaving School
  3. Managing Desk space and homework
  4. Lunches & Witching Hour
  5. Handling all the paperwork that comes home

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If you’re someone who loves facts and figures, pursuing a field that lets you use your analytical side is probably where you’ll find the most long term job satisfaction.

While many people forge careers working in the financial sector or accounting teams of large corporations, there may be some jobs that are perfect for you beyond typical finance jobs.

Below you’ll find five potential careers to consider:

1. Human Resources Analyst

Human Resources is as much about numbers as it is about people, particularly when it comes to identifying ways that an organisation can maximise profit and efficiency. Human Resources Analysts are vital to organisations like Chandler Macleod who go beyond recruitment and labour hire to offer services like Payroll & HR Technology, Managed Workforces and a full range of consultancy services.

2. Stockbroker

If you want to work in the financial sector without necessarily staying in accounting jobs, you may love being a stockbroker. Working with investments and securities can be an exhilarating career path where no two days at work are ever the same.

Stockbrokers typically handle buying and selling stocks, bonds and other securities and investments for personal and business clients. An understanding of the financial sector, excellent judgement and sound business knowledge will help you succeed in this type of role.

3. Insurance Underwriter

Have you ever wondered how insurance companies set their premiums and excesses? Underwriters are the ones who assess risks and make recommendations to insurance companies. In this role you may be asked to make judgement calls on whether insurance should be offered to individuals and corporations based on your analysis of the potential risk.

 4. Astronomer

From the stars and planets in our own solar system to those in other galaxies, astronomy uses science, physics and mathematics to research and understand the entire universe. It’s a highly competitive but fascinating field to find work in and one that continues to evolve with the advent of new technology. Most astronomers will specialise in a particular field and will have to spend many years studying; a PhD in astronomy or physics is the minimum education that most employed astronomers have.

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5. Surveyor

If the idea of spending your working life indoors fills you with dread, you may be suited to a field based technical role like surveying. It’s a great way to ensure that there is still a sense of adventure and being outside in your day to day life. From determining property boundaries to mining exploration and as a member of the team on big construction projects, surveying is another diverse field for you to consider forging a career in.

People often assume that accounting, banking and bookkeeping are the best jobs for people who are mathematically minded. While these are all potentially fulfilling career paths for you to consider, you don’t need to limit yourself to the financial sector unless that’s where your passion lies.

Do you use maths and numbers in your job? What do you do?

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No one person can be all things in a business and few businesses have the funds or manpower to handle all areas of the corporate world themselves. If you’re a small business looking to free up some brainpower or you’re a large company hoping to streamline the work process, here are four things your business can outsource for better productivity.

Legals

Regardless of the type of business you have, at some point you are going to have to delve into the dark and murky world of understanding the law as it applies to your business. Comprehending and meeting your legal obligations is no job for the amateur.

Lawyers have dedicated a good portion of their lives learning and updating their knowledge of the law, so if you need legal advice call in an expert and save the hassle and risk of trying to comprehend legal documents yourself. It might be rare that you need a lawyer, but when you do, a professional lawyer is worth their weight in gold, saving your business time, hassle, risk and even expenditure.

Accounting

A business owner or manager should be just that, utilising their skill-set to forward the enterprise rather than tying themselves up with the rigmarole of meeting tax obligations, filing financial information and counting the beans.

Outsourcing to a professional accountant saves time wasted coming to grips with constantly changing taxation and accounting requirements, and also minimises the risk of error. A good external accountant can also assist those in business to focus on the all-important big-picture bottom line rather than focusing on the nitty gritty of day-to-day bills.

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Printing

Too often businesses make the mistake of thinking just because they can print their own documents using a photocopier or printer.

From training manuals to letterheads and business cards, professional print shops ensure a quality finish for your product. Printers, such as The Print Group, can also save hours in time spent on design and layout and a whole lot of money when it comes to printing documents, both large and small, in bulk.

Social media

Social media is a complex and constantly evolving field. From handling the initial image you wish to send out to managing the day-to-day message you hope to convey, social media companies are the experts in ensuring your business presents well in the digital realm.

These days modern businesses can be made or broken in the space of 24 hours on the internet, so having a savvy social media team at your disposal, rather than muddling through on your own, is a huge asset for any business.

The smartest entrepreneurs will tell you their success lies in luck, a good idea and listening to the right people. So when it comes to ensuring the productivity of your workplace, it pays to outsource to the experts when the need arises.

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Offices, like all shared spaces, can be breeding grounds for germs that can cause illness if
not properly managed. Staff battling illness aren’t going to be as efficient or on-the-ball as those in good health, so it’s vitally important that businesses take the necessary steps to ensure the health of their employees. Here are just a few ways to keep germs out of the office.

1. Cleaning Services

One really reliable way to battle germs in the office is to hire a professional, commercial cleaning company to come in daily, after hours, and give the whole place a thorough going-over. Look for companies like AMC Commercial Cleaning that will go the extra mile, without breaking the budget, to ensure your staff can come to work in a safe, allergen- and germ-free office.

2. Promote hygiene

Of course, making sure you get a reliable cleaner is only half the battle. Your staff should also be asked to observe good hygiene habits in the office. Keep hand sanitiser handy, provide wipes to keep keyboards and mice – noted collectors of germs and debris – free of grime.

Shared spaces like the kitchen and bathrooms should be kept in good order throughout the day with plenty of extra hand soap and toilet rolls in the unlikely event that your cleaning company does not provide them.

3. Enforce sick days

Staff shouldn’t be at work if they’re sick. That’s just a fact. For one thing, if they’re not feeling their best then they aren’t going to be at their best performance-wise. For another, they’re putting their co-workers at risk of illness just by being there.

If your staff are indispensable and their not being at work, even when ill, may be detrimental to the business, then consider finding ways to help them to work at home until they fully recover. Ideally though, there should be processes in place so that the successful operation of a business is not dependent on one employee.

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4. Know what you’re dealing with

Do your research on the sort of illnesses that are most common in office environments and how to prevent them. This will allow you to take the necessary steps to shut down any especially nasty viruses before they get a chance to take hold. All it takes is for one airborne illness to get into the air-conditioning and suddenly everyone’s got it. Prevention, as they say, is better than cure and it’s up to you to put those preventative measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of your staff.

These are just a handful of ways you can help keep germs well and truly out of your office environment. All that’s really required is the ability to form habits of healthy behaviour; making sure hands are washed after using the bathroom, keeping workstations clear and tissues handy.

What are your favourite methods of keeping the office clean and hygienic for everyone who has to work there? What has and hasn’t worked in the past? Share your thoughts and answers in the comments section below.

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