Throwback Thursday: Re-energize Your Career Goals

January 11, 2005

We show you how by conducting a personal stocktake, deciding where you want to be, making a plan and staying on track with that plan you can increase your career success.

Conduct a personal stocktake
Assess where you are and what have you achieved in the past 12 months. Make a list and consider: What were the highs? What were the lows? What did you enjoy the most? What did you achieve career-wise? Have you achieved a good work/life balance?

Where would you like to be?
Now that you have assessed your progress, start to think about where you would like to be in your career and personal life. Be completely open and honest with yourself by listing all of your dreams and goals. Even list the things that may be out of your reach.

Set about making a plan
Now that you have assessed what you have achieved in the past and what you want to achieve in the future, start to make a plan of how you can get to where you really want to be. Consider what steps you have to take from where you are today in order to get to where you ultimately want to be.

Work out what you have to do to get to the position you desire in your career and life. Then think about how long it will take to get there. Plan out what you have to achieve in the year and then break it down to what you have to do each month, and even each week.

How to stay on track with your plan
We all know from experience that it is one thing to have a great plan but a whole other thing to actually stick to the plan.

The following are some tips to keep you focused on your plan and ultimately achieve your objectives:

  • Make it fun – As Ita Buttrose once said: “If you love your job, then you never have to work another day in your life.” Use this concept when setting goals find fun ways to achieve the things you want to achieve
  • Get a coach – Hire a professional coach to keep you on track. If you can’t afford a coach right now then get a friend to help, someone who is creative and motivating, and someone who will keep you on track and help you to enjoy the process
  • Set achievable goals – Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are too high. Start by setting small goals and reward yourself each time that you achieve one of the goals
  • Remember it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you remember this then it will help you to get through those tough days
  • Self-analyse – Each day analyse your progress, what did you do well what could you have done better. Be kind but thorough in your self analysis
  • Visualise success – Imagine yourself having achieved the goal or objective. Think about how you will feel
  • Assess your progress throughout the year

This article was written by Lisa O’Brien from Careerscoach, which specialises in career coaching, interview training, corporate coaching, life coaching and job seeker applications

March 12, 2015

Second interview Style – Part 2

Second Interviews Part two

Question time

Asking questions shows initiative, enthusiasm and that you are interested in the position. Some that you might ask include:

What am I expected to accomplish in my first six months?

How would you define your company culture?

What support will I receive for my professional development?

Also prepare some questions that relate directly to information you were given at the first interview. For example, “When I met Mr X last week, he mentioned such-and-such-a project – what would my team’s involvement be in that area?”

This not only shows enthusiasm but shows that you’re capable of listening.

Use the second interview to clarify any of your doubts about the organisation including its training program, salary or location.

And use the second visit to work out if you like the people you may be working with. Remember this is a two way process. They may like you, but what’s your opinion of them?

Use this opportunity to meet individuals, view facilities, review company philosophies and ask any additional questions. Do the employees seem happy, bored, overworked?

These are people you will have to spend much of your time with so it is best to find out now.

Second interviews are often occasions for you to be introduced to other potential colleagues as well as the manager – and just as much as it’s their mission to find out if they really like you, it’s yours to determine if you can happily share an office or desk with them.

If you are lucky enough to be introduced to people who would effectively be your peer group, don’t be afraid to ask them what it’s like to work there.

You could ask what the office atmosphere is like, how social they are (if this is an important consideration), even certain aspects of what it’s like to work in that area if appropriate – is there a nearby gym, decent shops, good transport links and so on.


After the second interview, remember to give immediate feedback to your recruitment consultant, who will be waiting to find out how you got on.

This needs to include any areas you felt you may have fallen down on – perhaps you have a nagging doubt about a specific answer you gave, or forgot to press home a certain point about a special skill or experience you have.

Your consultant can cover this for you in his or her call to the employer.

If you’ve been interviewed directly, send a thank you note. Expressing enthusiasm and a keenness to join a company immediately and directly to the person who interviewed you can be a deciding factor as to whether you are offered the job.

There is a possibility you will be offered the job at the end of the interview. If an offer is made and you are unsure about it, be confident enough to ask for time to think the offer over. It is normal practice, however, is to find out several days later.

Second interviews can be daunting – but if you put in the preparation, you’re halfway there.

Good luck.

Story by Kate Southam, editor of CareerOne. Go to for more career related articles. Job hunting and workplace questions can be directed to CareerOne by emailing:

March 4, 2003