Event Wrap Up: AIOP

Jane_BlogPaul_BlogEach quarter the Business Support team here at AccountAbility aim to host or attend networking events to ensure we’re giving back to our clients and candidates, from both a service and career growth perspective.

We are now sponsors of The Australian Institute of Office Professionals – AIOP, which is a networking group for senior office professionals.

The AIOP recently invited us to a Professional Development evening with Jane Jackson at the Mercure Central Hotel. We were among 40 senior office professionals thoroughly engaged by the CV formatting and LinkedIn advice shared by Jane.

Jane Jackson is a Career Management Coach, Author of #1 Amazon Australia bestseller, Navigating Career Crossroads, qualified Image Consultant and host of Jane Jackson Careers, an iTunes podcast providing careers advice and interviews with inspiring professionals who have made fascinating career changes.

Over the past 15 years, Jane has coached more than 1,000 professionals across Asia, Australia and New Zealand to find and follow their true career passion and direction. She is a regular blogger on the Huffington Post and her work has been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Women’s Weekly, CareerOne, The Courier Mail and Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as numerous local newspapers.

Jane’s  event focus centred around the question, “why do we go to work?” It’s definitely an important consideration when on average, 75% of our time is spent in the workplace. If you don’t feel excited, passionate and genuinely enjoy your job, then why do you spend more time in your role than you do with family and friends?

It’s not surprising that the common themes in answer to this question were about passion, having a sense of purpose, money-driven, being a return to work mum and even keeping us sane!

Jane developed on this theme bu discussing how we can best present our key accomplishments, both on your CV and in an interview situation. The biggest takeaway here was her advice on using the STAR technique:

Situation

Task

Action

Result

This technique also has an important part to play when answering behavioural-based questions which employers often use in interviews.  

LinkedIn was another key focus during the presentation and Jane stressed the importance of keeping an up-to-date profile. Not only is the platform a great tool for networking, it also makes it very easy to connect and follow future employers. It’s a way of maintaining and publicising your professional brand and a fantastic tool to get your foot in the door. As if we needed proof of that, she shared the statistic that 93% of recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates.

As mentioned previously, Jane provides podcasts and AccountAbility we will be taking part in her next one. Jane will be interviewing the team her at Accountability, including myself, so we’ll keep you posted once it’s been released!

If networking is something you’d like to know more about, please connect via LinkedIn with Melissa Macri, President at The Australian Institute of Office Professionals, or view the website for information on how to join.

If you’re interested in finding out more about any of the subjects Jane discussed at the event, please have a look at her website. Additionally, if you’re keen to hear more on upcoming events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to Jane, Melissa and all involved with the AIOP.

Carly joined AccountAbility in June 2013 to work as a Temporary Consultant in the Sydney Business Support Team. She brings with her more than 14 years’ sales experience including recruiting within the legal and teaching industries.

Carly prides herself on building and maintaining strong relationships with both her candidates and clients alike.

Carly Mowat
Senior Consultant – Business Support, Accounting Support
Telephone:(02) 8296 5326
E-mail Address: Carly.Mowat@accountability.com.au
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