Career after COVID-19
Season 2 opener: New Year’s resolution ideas for a great career in 2021

Season 2 opener: New Year’s resolution ideas for a great career in 2021

January 15, 2021

Season 2, Episode 1: Prepare for your best career year ever in 2021

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the New Year’s resolutions you want to fulfil in 2021?

Today on the Career after COVID Podcast, Kym and I will give you our top tips on how to plan for the year ahead so that you can stay calm, achieve success and happiness, and reach a realistic set of career goals.

You'll learn

  • The 7 questions to ask yourself at the beginning of every year
  • How you can avoid procrastination when starting on your resolutions
  • Why getting started, even if you fail at first, is better than aiming for perfection

Career resources

The Amazon best-selling career guide, Career after COVID-19 is available now as a paperback and e-book. 

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Summary of this career advice episode

  • Ideas for New Year's resolutions
  • How to achieve your New Year's resolutions
  • How to set annual goals
Career after COVID-19 Career Guide becomes best-selling career guide on Day One

Career after COVID-19 Career Guide becomes best-selling career guide on Day One

December 30, 2020

Fleur and Kym launched their Career Guide for 2021: Career after COVID-19 and the e-book was a best-seller in the Career Guide category of Amazon.com.au within hours of its release. Hear the journey the women took from laid off in March 2020 to becoming number one bestselling authors by December 2020.

The book is available on all major online booksellers or at the Career after COVID-19 career guide page. The audiobook will be available in early 2021.

Resources

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Avoiding overwhelm and stress when you lose your job

Avoiding overwhelm and stress when you lose your job

November 17, 2020

Episode 22: Avoiding overwhelm when you lose your job

The first 28 days after losing your job can be unsettling and chaotic, but rest assured we are here to guide you through the challenges and obstacles that come with finding your next employment opportunity.

In this episode, Fleur and Kym share their personal stories of when the pandemic hit and how their jobs were no longer secure. They discuss the importance of self-care routines, connecting with family, and accepting help from those who are offering it.

Whatever your situation is, this episode will help you cope with the overwhelm of unemployment and lead you to regain control in this pandemic-era life that is increasingly becoming the new normal. Tune in to listen to their tips for virtual networking, getting organized, and finding online communities to engage with.

You’ll Learn

  • How to get through the first month after losing your job
  • How to regain control of your career path
  • Accepting help from others is encouraged
  • How to generate a professional persona
  • Which online communities, recruitment services, forums, and virtual networking events are best suited for you?
  • How the recruitment process has changed – even prior to the pandemic
  • How can we optimise our success with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)?

Resources

Download our free 28-day calendar to provide structure to your first month of unemployment and avoid overwhelm: https://careeraftercovid.com/daybyday. 

The Career after COVID-19 career advice guide in paperback is $5 off during pre-release. 

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Search Engine Optimisation Topics

  • I lost my job as a result of Covid-19
  • What should I do after losing my job
  • How to find employment opportunities
  • How to connect with recruiters online

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How to write a compelling CV that leads to a job interview during the COVID-19 recession

How to write a compelling CV that leads to a job interview during the COVID-19 recession

October 22, 2020
  • Have you lost your job or looking to change your job during COVID?
  • Wondering how the shutdown and recession have changed the way organisations hire staff?

On this episode of the Career After COVID podcast, Fleur and Kym discuss their tips for crafting the right CV for each job you are applying for during and after COVID. Both hosts have been job seekers and hiring managers, so they share their perspectives from both sides of the interview table and explain to listeners that the right CV is about making a personal connection with the interviewer and the organisation and communicating your value as a potential employee.

Fleur and Kym recommend that you keep the following things in mind as you are putting together your resume and cover letter:

  • Understand who is making the decision – Look up the hiring manager or recruiter on LinkedIn and take note of mutual interests
  • Use specific keywords in your CV – Echo keywords in the job advertisement, but don’t overdo it
  • Show enthusiasm for the organisation – Talk about the solutions you are hoping to bring to their current problems as well as willingness to learn
  • Use data to demonstrate your experience – Include any meaningful reviews or feedback you have received
  • Proof-read, proof-read, proof-read – Have another human read through your resume and cover letter because technology can lead you wrong
  • Consider your short-term and long-term goals – While your short-term goal may be to get this job, keep in touch with people you have met throughout your career because you never know when one of those connections will lead to a future opportunity

To go deeper into this topic and to pre-order the ebook, visit our website - https://careeraftercovid.com

You’ll Learn

  • Pivoting back to the job hunt
  • Tips for writing your CV
  • How to get the attention of recruiters
  • Putting yourself in the recruiters’ shoes 

Resources

https://careeraftercovid.com

https://facebook.com/careeraftercovid

https://twitter.com/careerrockstars

https://pinterest.com/careeraftercovid

http://instagram.com/careeraftercovid

 

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How to grow your business during the COVID-19 pandemic

How to grow your business during the COVID-19 pandemic

October 19, 2020

Is growing your business the furthest thing from your mind right now? Maybe it shouldn’t be. On this episode, Fleur and Kym discuss why now is a good time to pursue growth. If you are ready to grow your business, but just aren’t sure where to start, this episode is for you. You will be sure to walk away with a list of practical next steps, as well as the encouragement and motivation needed to pursue business growth.

Don’t let the circumstances of COVID keep you paralysed from trying to grow your business. Instead, use this time as an opportunity for growth. You won’t regret listening to this episode full of practical advice. It will be good for you, and your business.

You’ll Learn

  • Why Now is an Important Time to Grow Your Business
  • Practical Ways to Grow Your Business
  • How to Treat Your Customers During this Time
  • Which Platforms and Strategies May Be Most Effective for You in Growing Your Business
  • What to Avoid As You Try to Grow Your Business

Resources

https://careeraftercovid.com/

https://facebook.com/careeraftercovid

https://twitter.com/careerpostcovid

https://pinterest.com/careeraftercovid

http://instagram.com/careeraftercovid

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Why the COVID pandemic is a great time to launch a business

Why the COVID pandemic is a great time to launch a business

September 26, 2020

Have you spent lots of time on your business plan but just can’t seem to get to the point of launching? Or are you nearing launch and afraid you may forget something? You want to be sure to listen to this episode, as Fleur and Kym talk through the different aspects of launching your business. Their conversation will help you gain an understanding of how important your first one hundred days in business are, as well as give you a robust list of elements you want to have in place and pitfalls you need to avoid.

Taking time to listen to this episode will prove worth it, as you walk away with more confidence and clarity about what you need to do for your launch to be successful. After listening, you will be that much closer to successfully launching your business.

You’ll Learn

  • Why COVID-19 Presents New Opportunities to Launch a Business
  • The Importance of the First 100 Days of Your Business
  • Practical ways to Launch Successfully
  • The Necessity of a Budget When Launching
  • Which Elements to Focus on With Your Website and Customer Service
  • Mistakes to Avoid When Launching
  • Legal Aspects to Consider Before You Launch

Resources

https://careeraftercovid.com/

https://facebook.com/careeraftercovid

https://twitter.com/careerpostcovid

http://instagram.com/careeraftercovid

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Top tips to prepare to launch your business during COVID

Top tips to prepare to launch your business during COVID

September 16, 2020

Episode 18: Preparing and Planning for Business Launch

Have you made up your mind to start a business? Are you left wondering how to take your business from an idea to an actual business? On this episode, Fleur and Kym discuss just that, how to prepare and plan for launching your business. Whether you’ve developed and launched a business before, or this is your first time, you will want to be sure to tune in as they discuss everything from the importance of a business plan, to the best tools to use when planning your business.

This episode will encourage you to remember and consider all the important aspects necessary to plan and launch your business. After listening, you will be eager to get to work on planning your business, considering every angle, and addressing all the necessities.

You’ll Learn

  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What You Need to Accomplish Leading Up to Launch
  • How to Choose and Prioritise Where to Put Your Focus
  • How to Utilise Multiple Business Planning Tools
  • What to Be Cautious of As You Plan Your Business

Resources

https://careeraftercovid.com/

https://facebook.com/careeraftercovid

https://twitter.com/careerrockstars

https://pinterest.com/careeraftercovid

http://instagram.com/careeraftercovid

 

Search Engine Optimisation Topics

  • How to Plan Your Business
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • How do I start my business?
  • When should I start my business?
  • Starting a Business

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Is self-employment and business ownership the right fit for you during COVID?

Is self-employment and business ownership the right fit for you during COVID?

September 9, 2020

Career after COVID-19 Podcast Episode 17: Is self employment right for me?

  1. Shout out to our Victorian friends and family members, who have gone back into lockdown, to healthcare and frontline workers, as well as those doing it tough because they're in a disadvantaged or unhealthy living situation
  2. What's in this episode
    1. Deciding if running your own business is the right decision for you
    2. This is not about assessing a business idea, that is in following episodes
  3. Why is it important to consider self-employment at a time like this?
    1. Unemployment and underemployment levels are at all-time highs in most parts of the developed world, meaning many more applicants for each job available
    2. This crisis could turn into an opportunity to turn hardship into career and business success
    3. You may never have this much time and space in your life to truly explore business opportunities
  4. How to determine if self-employment is right for you?
    1. Use the range of self-assessment tools we discussed in previous episodes to see if you have the relevant traits. There's also a link in the show notes.
    2. Do you have relevant experience in the industry you’re considering entering?
    3. Do you thrive on challenges?
    4. Do you have the discipline and motivation to keep going when times are tough?
    5. Do you enjoy making and being responsible for your own decisions?
    6. Are you prepared to work long hours including weekends?
    7. Do you have sufficient personal savings or an alternative income to live off during the early stages of your business?
    8. If you have a family, do they understand that there may be less income and time available to spend with them while you are starting your business? Do they support this?
    9. Are you prepared to develop your skills and knowledge in areas that you will need to effectively run your business?
    10. Are you prepared to seek assistance from professional business advisers?
    11. Are you prepared to take the risk of not succeeding and losing all the money you have invested?
  5. Do you have the requisite skills?
    1. Financial management, marketing, sales customer service, communication and negotiation, leadership, project management and planning, delegation and time management, problem solving, networking.
  6. Pitfalls to avoid when assessing readiness for self-employment
  7. Summary and next steps
    1. Follow us on Twitter
    2. Visit our website: careeraftercovid.com
    3. Pre-order the Career after COVID Book
16: Communication in times of crisis

16: Communication in times of crisis

August 21, 2020
  1. Shout out to our Victorian friends and family members, who are in lockdown, to healthcare and frontline workers, as well as those doing it tough because they're in a disadvantaged or unhealthy living situation
  2. What's in this episode
    1. Special Guest: Sarah Allchurch, Principal of Allchurch Communications, which she founded in Perth in 2006, as a boutique investor relations and crisis comms company
    2. We'll be discussing how the corporate landscape has changed during COVID, hear about Sarah's personal journey as a leader in times of crisis and get some expert insights on the ways individuals can manage change and stress
  3. Let's hear a little from Sarah about her background
    1. Training and education
    2. Career path - from employee to business owner
    3. What drove that change?
      Challenges setting up the business, quick wins?
      1. How did your background assist in setting up the business?
      2. What personal challenges did COVID throw your way?
  4. Observations of changes in corporate landscape pre-pandemic and now, in the midst of COVID
    1. What did your day-to-day look like in the weeks after COVID became real in Australia
    2. Observations of individuals' behaviours and coping strategies
    3. Resilience of large vs small firms
    4. Observations of start-up behaviour? Are laid off employees starting their own businesses?
    5. Any advice to aspiring PR professionals or generally for business owners from your experience and knowledge?
    6. How can listeners get in touch with you and your services? 
  5. Summary and next steps
    1. Website is now live - www.careeraftercovid.com
    2. Book is available for pre-sale at https://careeraftercovid.com/book 
    3. Podcasting again next week
15: Doing work with purpose and leaving a legacy: how to choose your mission

15: Doing work with purpose and leaving a legacy: how to choose your mission

August 1, 2020

In this episode, Fleur and Kym discuss how to find work that is meaningful and contributes something beyond yourself. 

Join the Career after COVID facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/149147196521571) or follow us on Twitter @careerpostcovid for more updates.

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