Marilyn's Musings

Evidence, your Honour

It’s tough times at the moment and our thoughts are with you all and in particularly if you are out of work. COVID has presented difficulties for many sectors and for many recruiters there has been a downturn in jobs and letting go of staff as well. Fortunately, I am personally starting to see a

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Infer or not to infer…

With the end of the year in sight, we would like to share a few key things to think about over the coming weeks that might be inferring things about you to potential employers and preventing you from achieving your dream job. You are unemployed or looking for a new job. Your life revolves around

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Overwhelmed

I was reading an article online recently in the Sydney Morning Herald by journalist Jill Stark talking about the paradox of choice. It was about Netflix having too many choices, and that it can lead to anxiety about making a decision, building to a crippling sense of buyer’s remorse on choosing the wrong program to

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In the olden days ….. and what’s happening today

Do you often not get a reply from employers or companies when applying for a role? Are you applying to so many jobs that you have lost track of the role and the company? Do you find there are so many places to look it’s overwhelming? Maybe you can’t find the jobs that suit you,

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Why not me?

What does Google, PwC, PayPal and Pickled Egg Records have in common with me? We all started in 1998. As I like to say, it’s when I started in ‘my career in the careers of others’. Since then, I have remained fascinated by what people do for work. I can’t help myself when I meet

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Stone Throwing

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will harm you. For one week I collated the emails addressed to me: Marylyn, Marylin, Merrilyn, Mariilyn, Merilyn, Sir/Madam, many with nothing at all. And the winner is Marylyn. It was used more than 15 times. My favourite was ‘Dear Sir’. Yes, I am a ‘Sir’.

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Recruiters Behaving Badly

Recently, I heard more bad recruiter stories from candidates searching for new roles. When recruiters behave badly it damages all recruiter brands, the company brand (including yours, if you’re hiring) and the candidate brand (you, if you’re job searching). You may like to think that everyone is ethical and there to help you. Alas, that

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To cover or not to cover…

I am often asked if a cover letter is still important for applications. Some employers no longer ask for them however I always do, as do most of the companies I work with. I particularly like them for a number of reasons: It shows you have taken the time to look at the role and

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Too much or too little..

In Australia we use the words CV and resume interchangeably but there are some differences between the two, writes experienced recruiter Marilyn Jones. In my last musing I talked about what not to do in your CV or resume. But do you know the difference between the two? In Australia we use the words CV

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No, not that way.. this way..

Over the many years of my career in recruitment, and now in my own company, I have regularly presented seminars for groups on how to write a CV and undertake job searches in today’s market. A candidate’s recent feedback to me was, ‘it was nice to hear about what ‘not to do’ as there seemS

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How do you take a no?

So, you get to interview for a great role. You are really excited about this opportunity. You think you are the perfect match! The hiring manager then calls me, and I have to tell you that unfortunately you were not successful in progressing to the next step, or getting the role. How do you react?

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2 not 20

The best way to meet people is through other people. At least that is what I believe. Last time we talked on the importance of networking and that you are actually interviewing and being interviewed all the time. Networking can lead to many long-term meaningful friendships, mentors and support, that are also beneficial to develop

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