Category Archives: Personal Branding

How to handle your big mistake at work

“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes” – Confucius

Even the best and most meticulous professionals have experienced that panicky heart beat after identifying an error.  That heart beat rapidly worsens once you discover it’s your fault and the mistake was caused by you or someone you’re responsible for. You repeatedly think;

  • How does this affect production and/or service?
  • What’s the worst that could happen?
  • Could I lose my job over this?

The best solution in this situation is undoubtedly to tell the truth. Own up to your slip-up, brainstorm solutions and/or alternatives, offer a sincere apology, and promise yourself to use this as an opportunity to learn.

Take the 2 500 year old advice of Confucius:

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.

This could be a blessing in disguise too because erring on the job produces a platform that enables you to leave a lasting impression of yourself upon your superiors. Handling the situation effectively and with a mature attitude reflects positively on your character – especially if you’re trying to build a long term career.

On the other hand, throwing mini tantrums, shifting the blame, and arrogant excuses negatively affects the overall perception your manager will have of you – and try to remember that you may require her reference if you ever want to find other employment.  How you handle an error says less about your work competency and more about your professionalism, both of which is important if you plan to excel in your career. Recover Gracefully.

Strong people make as many mistakes as weak people. Difference is that strong people admit their mistakes, laugh at them, learn from them. That is how they become strong.

Create great first impressions by preparing an impressive CV

Jobhunting has revolutionalised over the past few years to align itself with the ever changing job market. As new professions arisen, individuals no longer feel spell bound to have a “nine to five” due to the rapid uptake of new technologies. But the fact remains that people will always be searching for jobs, which is we’ve collated the following impressive CV tips to share with you this week:

Creating an impressive CV

  • CV Length: Most CVs are at least two pages long, and often much longer. A résumé should be a two page summary with skills, experience and education, while a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a more detailed synopsis about your academic background, detailed skills and experience combined with a portfolio of evidence (awards, presentations, achievements).
  • Font and Size: Do not use ornate fonts that are difficult to read; Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or a similar font is best. Your font size should be between 10 and 12 points, although your name and the section headings can be a little larger and/or bolded.
  • Format: However you decide to organise the sections of your CV, be sure to keep each section uniform. For example, if you put the name of one organisation in italics, every organisation name must be in italics. It should look neat and professional. Use bullets wherever subsections are required and do not use too many variants of font sizes and styles.
  • Accuracy: Be sure to edit your CV before sending it. Check spelling, grammar, tenses, names of companies and people.
  • Contact details: At the top of your CV, include your name and contact information (address, phone number, email address). Most CVs start with these but take care to avoid superfluous details, such as religious affiliation, children’s names or your pets’ names.
  • Achievements: If you have achieved any title in your career or academic span, feel free to flaunt it here in detail (title, year, cause, and provider’s details). Even small achievements, titles and awards earned can be mentioned. Be sure to mention achievements listed against each role.

Marie says first impressions are the ones that matter, therefore pay extra special attention to ensure your CV or résumé is flawless!

For more tips on how to create a top notch CV visit Career Point.

How to Boost Your Online Reputation in 2015

Can you believe we’re almost two months into the New Year?! We hope you’ve settled into the office with new hopes, new expectations and new plans to grow even more than before.

We’ve got the perfect tools to make sure your year is headed in the right path thus far. Update your company’s Who’s Who page and diarise special events you’d like to attend.

Whether you’ve starting a new job or returned to the familiar, your Who’s Who profile should already be filled with all of your accomplishments thus far. Remember to flaunt all of 2014’s projects by creating your personal portfolio.

If you’re on the hunt for a senior level position, we’re here to connect you with just the right job opportunities. Simply sign up for our free notification service and have great opportunities automatically mailed to you.

Stay up to date with all our exciting new features on Facebook and Twitter because we’ve got a whole lot planned for you this year.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson