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» Getting Fired - Is this closer than you think? : 18 Oct 2012
» This Valentines Day Why Not Romance Your Job? : 14 Feb 2013
» Don't Blow your Chances Before the Interview, A FILEX Tip, Business Panel Alert : 01 Apr 2013
» Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness - Panel session : 15 Jul 2013
» Insurance and Recognition for Industry Professionals via FITREC : 25 Apr 2015


Getting Fired - Is this closer than you think? : 18 Oct 2012

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Noah Kagan was employer number 30 for Facebook
. When Facebook was listed on the US stock exchange, he would have been $100 million dollars richer. Unfortunately he was fired before this happened.

In his own words, Noah took "more than a year to get over the depression." He now sees that Facebook was right to fire him and has two key insights into employment that are transferable to any industry.

Firstly, he recognises that he was putting himself before the company. He considered himself above the protocols that were introduced as the company expanded. He operated in a way that he thought best rather than confirming with others what was best for the business.

Secondly, he failed to advance his skills to keep step with the business. Noah was great at his job when hired, but companies grow, change, adapt, etc. If you're not adapting and improving your skills, you may find your job outgrows you! If you constantly ask yourself how can I make the company more valuable, you will (almost) never get fired.

If you do get fired from a job, there are three things to keep in mind...

1. It's going to sting you WAY more than the business. It's easy to feel that a company is going to miss your input/style/ideas/direction/whatever, but the reality is, the business will just keep going on with business. More often than not, most businesses get better.

2. EVERYONE is replaceable. You might be pretty flash, but there is guaranteed to be someone better than you ready to take your role to the next level. So set the bar higher. Make the next person in your role work harder!

3. If you know it's time to move on, make the call. When you feel you have outgrown a role, before you become complacent and make the next guy look good (see above), resign. Go out on a high, don't wait for the manager to call you on your failing attitude/work ethic/tardiness/whatever. Step off while your networks are singing your praise, while your successes are current and your confidence is high.

Sometimes circumstances change before we have a chance to act. As Noah discovered, getting fired might come at you from out of the blue. If this happens to you, like it or not, you are at a point where you can either rise or fall. It’s going to be the learning from the experience, rather than the outcome, that really counts.

It's not likely that you (or many other people on the planet) are likely to miss a $100 Million windfall as a result of being fired, but it is likely that the way you leave a job can have a big impact on future opportunities. Your career progression is as much about your supporters as it is about your skills.

Have a great week,

Regards, Dennis Hosking
Check out Noah's article 'Why I got Fired From Facebook' here.

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This Valentines Day Why Not Romance Your Job? : 14 Feb 2013

If you're professionally single, now is definitely time to be looking. We have a range of potential matches for you all over Australia, at all levels. Even if you're happy in your current working relationship, get on and update your profile. Who knows who might come a courting?

Enjoy the article...


Your job is one of the major relationships in your life. After all, we spend about a third of our time there, so why not take a moment to rekindle the romance.


This Valentines Day, let's do something for the job. It's always been there for us.

Here are 12 ways to fuel the fire...

1. Get motivated to face the day
On the way to your workplace, think of how the work you have allows you to have your life outside of it, such as a great social life. A positive attitude will make the day more pleasant and productive.

2. Keep your work in perspective
You can only do the best you can in each situation. Look beyond yourself and your work, and consider the bigger picture. Stop and 'smell the roses' both within and outside the work environment.

3. You are more than your work
Do not have your identity too strongly tied to the job you do. Give up the notion that your working life “should” be a certain way. Such expectations of what you were supposed to be, as set by your parents and teachers, can stop you from enjoying what you currently do.

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4. Plan your time and create a to-do list
In this list, include long term projects as well as the more imminent things that need doing. Estimate how long each task will take and then assess whether what you hope to get done is realistic. Prioritise your to-do list ? do the most important things first. When performing any task, ask yourself ? is this the best use of my time?

5. Concentrate on the task at hand
Do not let yourself be distracted by worrying about all the other things to be done or losing energy over the undesirable situation you find yourself in. Stay in the moment. Be ruthless and stay on a task before it becomes a procrastination item. In Getting Things Done, David Allen advocates a 'Do, Delegate, Defer' approach. View flow-chart here.

6. Be clear about what’s expected of you
Clarify immediately, any time you are not sure or where you are faced with conflicting demands. The more clear and upfront you are with your manager and the other people you work with, the better it will be for you in the long term.

7. Delegate wherever appropriate
Decide if there is anything that can be delegated, or that more fairly belongs to someone else’s work load. Again ? do it, dump it or delegate it ? never handle a piece of paper (or an email) twice.

8. Have regular breaks
If you're in an admin role, get away from your normal workplace even if only for five minutes. Try taking a break from the laptop, emails and do leave the mobile behind. Make sure that you do have that lunch break ? it is not just for food but also for fresh air and a mental break.

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9. Learn to relax
No matter how challenging the work gets or how demanding your bosses become, at the end of the day it is only a job and you are much more than that. In years to come, you will look back and wonder what the fuss was. This book looks like a cool way to change your focus.

10. Make your workplace more pleasant
Contribute towards creating a pleasant work environment. Do not gossip in the office as it just creates negativity all around. Do not listen to any gossip either. Laugh more and stress less. Keep in mind the phrase 'This too shall pass'.

11. Review your day before you leave for home
Look at what worked well, and what could be improved the next day. If you feel satisfied with the day’s work, then why not reward yourself later that day. You deserve it.

12. Switch off once you leave work
You are already at work a third of your time, so do not continue to keep it buzzing in your head during your supposed free time. Mentally say good bye to your work space and enjoy the time at home.

Your relationship with your job is as involved as any other. And like all relationships, small efforts can deliver big rewards.

Which reminds me, don't forget to acknowledge your (other) loved one(s).

Have a great week.

Regards,

Dennis Hosking

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Don't Blow your Chances Before the Interview, A FILEX Tip, Business Panel Alert : 01 Apr 2013

There can't be too many industries that foster the type of passion I see in leaders in the fitness industry. I was reminded of this when meeting with Michelle Devereux, lecturer at NMIT just yesterday. We'd never met before but we ended up talking shop for 30 minutes (easily) before we even touched on the reason for my visit. Her enthusiasm for making the world a fitter place is infectious. If you're heading to FILEX in April, do check out Michelle's lecture on 'Duty of care: exercise bulimia and body dysmorphia' (Sunday morning). 

Speaking of presentations, here's some exciting news, Natasha Holmes of Advance Fitness Marketing, Carl Ziebell of Adrenalin Health and myself are slated for a panel discussion on 'The Three R's in Fitness: Recruitment, Reach and Revenue' as part of the Small Business Festival in Victoria. Session will be on a Friday afternoon in August at Fed Square. It'll be an interesting and entertaining session for small and large businesses, so get on board. If you'd like to be sent more details, email me.

Don't wait until August to rub shoulders with industry peeps - have you got your RSVP to Becky for our 'touchbase' networking afternoon on Friday 12th April? Call me Big Kev, because I'm excited.

Have yourself a safe and happy Easter break.
Enjoy today's article...


Too many candidates risk setting the wrong tone, or even blowing their chances at a job altogether, before the interview has even started (or been offered).

It should be no surprise that the way you respond to initial inquiries from an employer can set the tone and influence impressions before you've had a chance to meet.

Are you potentially sabotaging your interview before it starts? If any of these points sound familiar, you may now know why you didn't get the job:

You didn't follow instructions.
Many job ads request specific information or actions to be completed as part of the application process. Are you paying attention to these cues? If not, it's likely you've already told the employer you can't follow instructions and you're not attentive to details, no matter what you claim on your resume.

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You're slow to respond.
If you include an email address on your resume, employers assume it is a good way to reach you. If you don't typically monitor your email inbox, and you end up responding to an invitation to an interview a week after you received it, the employer probably figured you were not interested and moved on to other candidates. If email is not a part of your typical daily routine, when you're in job search mode, keep an eye on your messages at least once a day.

You're enthusiasm is underwhelming.
When an employer calls to schedule a time to meet, any suggestion that you are anything but enthusiastic, while it may not cancel your chances entirely, can set a tone you'll need to overcome when you meet in person. Even if you think there is another job in the bag, give every application 100%. You don't want to find out too late that the job you were only half interested in turns out to be the perfect opportunity. You can't go back and change your approach.


You use bad judgment about when to answer your phone
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We all have mobile phones, but that doesn't mean we need to answer them every time they ring. When you're in job search mode, if an unfamiliar number pops up on your phone when you're at work, out with friends or in a loud environment, don't answer it. If it's an employer trying to ask you some questions or an assistant calling to schedule an interview, you won't be able to respond professionally. It's better to let it go to voice mail and respond at the earliest opportunity you have to be in a quiet place, have your 'game face' on, can take out your diary and/or take some key notes.

Before running my own business I was caught out by bad judgement. It's hard to give a good account of yourself over the phone when you're in amongst the directors!

NOTE: Double check your voicemail is as professional as it should be.

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You over share.
You've been waiting forever to hear from this employer, and you're so nervous when they ask to schedule an interview, you can't stop talking. It may be charming if you express excitement about the opportunity to interview, but you'll start to lose points quickly by over-sharing. If you want the job, keep it professional and don't offer any opinions about the process, for example. In fact, opinions on anything are best left out all together. Even if your asked for one.

Don't schedule anything before you consult your calendar.
Having to call a potential employer back to try to reschedule because you made a mistake with your availability is not a great look. Confirm dates and do what you can to get things right the first time.

I'm still getting caught out on 'next' Thusday, for example - Am I the only one that thinks this refers to the next occurrence of Thursday? What do you mean 'this' Thursday vs 'next' Thursday? And yes Ryan, I was ready for the meeting today!

First impressions last?make sure your target employer's first impressions of you are positive so you won't have any ground to make up when you actually interview for the job.

Have a great week and don't forget to RSVP for touchbase.

Kind regards,

Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one.

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Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness - Panel session : 15 Jul 2013

On Friday August 9th I'll be a part of a panel discussion with Carl Ziebell (Adrenalin Health) and Natasha Holmes (Advance Fitness Clubs/Advance Fitness Marketing).

It's called 'Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness' and it's a part of Victoria's Small Business Festival.

We'll be talking about key challenges and solution strategies for fitness business managers. Details as follows:

Where: Fed Square, Melbourne CBD
When: Friday 9th August from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
Tickets: $25 and space is limited.
To book: Contact Carl on 0411 636 666 or our office on (03) 9038 8616.

 

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Insurance and Recognition for Industry Professionals via FITREC : 25 Apr 2015


At HealthyPeople we’re focused on providing the best possible employment and recruitment services for industry professionals.

To this end, we've created a new FITREC recognition and insurance program. 

Among the services provided via FITREC are…

INSURANCE FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

This is an increasing requirement among Personal Trainers. More and more facilities are operating with a rental / contract model and therefore require Trainers that have their own insurance. There are already a variety of places that professionals can secure insurance beyond governing bodies and so it was no great leap for us to provide the same service (albeit with a whopping $20M Public Liability - Suitable for any council parkland).

FITREC RECOGNITION

Did you know that employers spend, on average, as little as six seconds scanning each CV. If what they’re looking for is not present, they’ll move on to the next one. With a FITREC badge you can grab the employers attention immediately. It represents, after all, a respected third party endorsement.

RECOGNITION OF ALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

As our program is employment focused, we’re approaching course recognition from a different angle - from the perspective of ‘value to an employer’. In addition, instead of allocating CEC or PDP style recognition, courses will be assigned a level of A, B, or C - where (loosely) LEVEL A represents significant learning and assessment, LEVEL B consolidates existing skills/knowledge and LEVEL C represents less formal professional development opportunities. Registration will require one LEVEL A or two LEVEL B within a 12 month period.

DIFFERENTIATION

With close to 65,000 professionals in our system, hundreds of which are applying for jobs and promoting themselves to employers every day, it can be hard to be heard above the noise. A key benefit of our FITREC program is the ability to position yourself as a professional that is committed to industry development.

CV TUNE UP

Applying for jobs is not intuitive. We’ve seen too many great candidates hide the details that matter among irrelevant information. If you want to increase your chance of getting the job you want, get some professional help - A CV tune up is part of our FITREC program.

UNLIMITED PROMOTION TO EMPLOYERS

Applying for jobs is not the only way to get ahead. Many employers are regularly connecting with professionals that we are promoting BEFORE they decide to advertise a job (if they ever do). As a FITREC candidate, you’ll be promoted to employers whenever required. You can set this up yourself or simply email a request for us to activate it on your behalf.

If you have a desire to see your time, professional development and referrals in industry recognised, if you want your passion and commitment recognised, then FITREC is for you.

If you’re already registered with HealthyPeople and want to include FITREC recognition, you can do so  via your ‘Update Registration’ page.

If you’re not already registered with HealthyPeople, you can join our community here.

I look forward to being of assistance. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please include them in the comments.

Regards,

Picture 15  Dennis Hosking,
  Managing Director,
  HealthyPeople.com.au
  @dennishosking

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