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Our top career advice of 2020

2020 wasn’t the year any of us expected – or hoped for – and we know that for some in our community 2020 was incredibly challenging.

Off the back of January 2020’s devastating bush fires, the global COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the way we live and work. It has led to unemployment, underemployment, a recession, and ongoing uncertainty.

Despite all of this, Australia weathered 2020 better than most places, and there’s still thousands of ethical jobs on the site to apply for.

So if you’re looking to make a change or applying for your first ethical job, here’s a list of our ten most popular articles of 2020 for some inspiration and advice.

Click through to check them out:

1. 10 tips to help you find work or keep your career on track during the COVID-19 pandemic

With so much you can’t control and an increasingly tight employment market, it is more important than ever to look after yourself, be informed, develop your skills, and know your value to an ethical employer.

So here are 10 tips to help you find a new job, plan for a career change, or use your time to place yourself strategically to be ready and competitive when the crisis eases.

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2. Thinking of re-skilling but not sure what to do? Check out these top 5 emerging careers for some ideas

The future is ethical!

That’s the good news from the National Skills Commission (NSC) – a new government body that’s working to develop intelligence on Australia’s labour market, workforce changes and current and emerging skills needs.

So if you’re thinking of re-skilling, it’s great that there are so many ethical options. Click through to explore five of the most ethical options on the list.

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3. How to take care of yourself and others in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Whether you’re currently employed or looking for work, the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtably creating huge uncertainty – for almost every part of your life.

With this in mind, we wanted to say: Take care of yourself. And take care of those around you – in your community, your family, your workplace. Here are some tips and links to help you do just that.

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4. How to use the STAR method in your next interview

Most organisations try to use ‘structured’ interview questions – these are questions that allow them to assess an interviewee’s prior experience or capabilities, and then compare that easily with other candidates.

So in your next job interview, what’s the best way to approach these questions that ask you to reflect on your past experience? Here’s one simple but powerful technique.

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5. 11 questions to ask yourself to get the post-pandemic bounce-back

As restrictions ease, we’re starting to hear about a ‘new normal’ — it’s about to emerge, and we’d all like to think that it’ll somehow be better than what we had before.

But how can you shape your ‘new normal’?

Asking yourself these 11 questions will start to build the inner resources you need to bounce-back after this pandemic and create a ‘new normal’ that you really want.

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6. The inside story: how to get a job at OzHarvest

OzHarvest collects quality surplus food from more than 3,500 food businesses across the country. Because of their efforts, every week over 180 tonnes of food is diverted from landfill and delivered to 1,300+ charities supporting people in need around Australia.

In this article Erin McAuley, People and Culture Advisor at OzHarvest, shares what the team looks for when recruiting for Australia’s leading food rescue organisation and how you can create an application that really stands out. 

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7. Six tips for managing back-to-work anxiety

With many workplaces reopening their doors amidst the easing of coronavirus restrictions, this has the potential to be a stressful time for people that are returning to their usual workspaces.

There are a number of reasons that you may be feeling on edge about returning to work. Here are some examples of these issues and some tips to help you manage your anxiety. 

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8. Why do we find it so hard to write about ourselves? Here’s 3 tips to unblock your way to a great cover letter

A great cover letter can make all the difference in helping you stand out in a competitive group of candidates. But if you’ve ever tried to write one, at some point you’ve probably found yourself face-to-face with a blank computer screen unsure how to pen that one short masterpiece.

We’re the experts on ourselves, right? So why can it be so tricky? There is some science behind our autobiographical writer’s block, but there are also three simple tips that can help you overcome it.

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9. How to train your brain to cope with stress

Let’s face it: We’re all under stress right now. The uncertainty and constant health threats surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have upended our lives.

We may need two vaccines: one to protect us from the coronavirus and another from the toxic effects of too much stress.

What if we could train our brains to prevent this stress from becoming lodged in our brains, so we can bounce back faster from stress – and even collect a kernel of wisdom from the experience? 

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10. Four ways successful people manage their careers

How much thought do you put into your career – where you want to go with your working life, long term?

If you’re trying to work out what you want your career to look like, here are four strategic elements you should probably consider.

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