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Explaining A Career Break In Your CV

Posted by on March 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Explaining A Career Break In Your CV

If you are returning to work after a break, explaining a gap in your CV can be difficult.  Employers or recruitment agencies could view you as out of touch with industry developments and current trends, or worry that you are no longer accustomed to the discipline of a 9 to 5 routine.  It is therefore essential that you make the right impression in your cover letter to secure you a place on the recruiter’s shortlist.  Read on for some helpful advice on how best to use your covering letter to explain a career break in your CV. Why do you want to return to work? It’s very important that you explain clearly why you have not worked for a long period of time.  Your reasons could include the following: you took time off to start and raise a family you had a gap year following completion of further education and broadened your horizons by travelling you took a sabbatical to undertake voluntary work or pursue a personal ambition As well as explaining why you haven’t worked, it’s important to tell the recruiter why you want to resume work.  Make sure that you sound enthusiastic and committed in your desire to return to a long-term position. New skills that you learned during your break No matter what you were doing during your career break, you’re bound to have gained some valuable new skills.  For example, as a parent you’re now an expert in forward planning, time management and budgeting.  If you were travelling or volunteering abroad, you may have learned a new language or gained experience in communicating with people from diverse cultures. Your ambitions for the future Now that you’ve explained why you want to get back to work and pitched your valuable new skills, you need to put across what goals and ambitions you have for the future.  This will demonstrate to the recruiter that you are really committed to a long-term role and that you don’t intend to have any further career breaks in the future.  Try to look beyond the position that you are applying for by asking about opportunities for career progression. Highlight your ability to start immediately One big advantage that you will have over your competitors is that you will not have to work a notice period before you are able to take on a new role.  Remember to point this out in your covering letter and also mention any flexibility you can offer, for example your willingness to work unsocial hours or weekends. In conclusion A cleverly-worded covering letter can really make your career break sound like an advantage, as well as presenting you as the perfect candidate by turning a potential negative into a...

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How New US Laws Make Same-Sex Relationship Immigration Possible for Australians with American Partners

Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How New US Laws Make Same-Sex Relationship Immigration Possible for Australians with American Partners

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States legalised same sex marriage. If you are an Australian in a same sex relationship with an American, this ruling is good news for you in terms of immigration possibilities. Now, for perhaps the first time, you can now migrate to America with your partner. Here’s what you need to know first: 1. You have to get married Under American law, if a same sex couple gets married, the partner from another country can apply for a green card. The green card allows this individual to live and work in the country, and after a couple years, the immigrant’s status is changed to legal permanent resident, meaning you can stay in the country even after a divorce. However, you have to be married. In Australia, you can work through immigration based on having a de facto relationship. However, for the purposes of American immigration, you have to get married. You will need to visit America for the wedding or get married in any other country that recognises same sex marriage. 2. You need a fiance visa However, you cannot just fly to the United States and get married. When you enter the country as an Australian citizen, you will be asked why you are visiting. If you declare that you are entering the country with the intention of marrying an American, you may be turned away at the border, and technically, you are not supposed to get married while on a tourist visa. Instead, you need to take the steps to enter the United States on a fiance visa. Migration consultants like Fisa Pty Ltd can help you apply for this visa while you are in Australia. Once you have it, then you can travel to the United States, get married and move through the rest of the process. 3. You need to earn a certain amount of money Unfortunately, whether you are a same or opposite sex couple, love is not enough to seal the immigration process. In order to get approved for your American marriage visa, your partner has to earn a certain amount of money. Essentially, your future spouse is going to sponsor you, and if he or she doesn’t earn enough money, you will need to find another American to be your financial sponsor. They don’t have to actually give you cash, they simply have to vouch for you and assure the government that you will not be applying for financial assistance. If all of your shared assets are tied up in Australia and you don’t have any American income to show, you can work with a migration consultant in Australia who will show you and your American partner how to create the records you need to prove financial independence to the American immigration...

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What New Home Owners Should Know about Stage Construction Building Inspections

Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a new home owner, you may be building the home from the ground up. You already know that you will need to have building inspections on the property and have likely spoken with a professional about your inspection options. One of the options that may have been mentioned are stage construction building inspections. Here are a few key points you should know about this type of inspection and how it will benefit your new home. Stages of Inspection The concept of a stage construction building inspection is to have inspections conducted at major stages during the building process. This is to ensure that you don’t finish the constriction only to find that the inspection fails with the foundation or with an earlier stage of the building construction. If you have stage or phase inspections conducted they will start with the pre-pour stage. This stage is the step after the foundation has been planned, but just before the concrete for the foundation is poured. The inspections will proceed to the framing and mechanical phase, sheet rock placement, roofing, and finished home inspection. Inspection Points Depending on the building inspection company that you use, the inspection points for a stage inspection may be more detailed than those offered during an overall inspection. For example, instead of seeing the foundation inspection listed as one item on the checklist you may see it broken down into specific parts including the angle of the floor and that the materials used on the building foundation meet quality standards. You may also see where the insulation is broken down into material used, rating of the material, and if it is recyled material instead of just having a checkpoint for insulation that meets current building standards.  Benefit Considerations A key point to consider about this type of building inspection is the benefit it can bring to your home construction. When you have a building inspection conducted on a complete building you run the risk of an inspection issue with the foundation or with an interior wall or roofing area. This means you may have to have repair work completed to meet that inspection prior to moving into the home. If you choose to have phase or stage inspections completed then you can stop construction, fix the issue, and move onto the next stage of construction which will likely cost less in the long run. This means when the final inspection is completed you will likely have no issues and can move into the home as soon as possible. In essence, a stage inspection option will help you avoid huge delays in the home construction process by alerting you to issues as soon as possible. If you want to discuss this option for your new home construction, contact a local building inspector or building consulting company. For more information, check out companies such as Jeffrey Hills and...

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Considerations To Make When Deciding If Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer Is Worth It

Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are a variety of cases where you can get compensation as a result of personal injury, such as dog bite, car accident or medical malpractice. In each case, there are advantages to hiring a personal injury lawyer, but there are also scenarios where hiring one is an unnecessary cost. By learning what considerations must be made when deciding if hiring a personal injury lawyer is a good idea, you can make an informed decision in your case. With that thought in mind, here are the top considerations that must be made when deciding if you should hire a personal injury lawyer. When A Personal Injury Lawyer Is Not Required In the event that you have already been offered the maximum amount of money that the insurance of the other party has to offer, then there is no point in getting a personal injury lawyer. That’s because they will not be able to increase the amount of money you are going to receive, and it will just be a worthless cost. Another scenario where you don’t need a personal injury lawyer is if there is no question that you are not at fault for the injury. If that’s the case, then there is a very high chance of you receiving a payout. Minor Injuries When people have a small injury, they feel that there is no point to hiring a personal injury lawyer, because they feel the payout is probably going to be small, and therefore might not even cover the fees of the lawyer. However, this is an incorrect line of thinking because a minor injury can be made into a bigger one by a skilled personal injury lawyer, and therefore your payout could increase substantially. Perhaps, a free consultation with a personal injury layer is a good idea to see what they feel your case can fetch in terms of a compensation payout.  Insurance Companies If you and the other party have insurance policies that have the coverage for the related relevant injury, then you might feel that there is no need to hire a personal injury lawyer. However, insurance companies are not always there to look out for you, whereas if you hire a personal injury lawyer, you can be sure to have someone in your corner. For example, a lawyer can help get more compensation for you, but an insurance company is interested in limiting the amount that they have to pay out. For more information, contact a business such as J. Jovanovic &...

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What Are Some of the Most Important Items to Check When You’re Buying a Home?

Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re buying an apartment or house you need to be able to assess its structure and make sure you are protected against costly maintenance issues in the future. Nothing beats employing a professional building inspector to do this, as most people lack the knowledge or experience in order to detect potential problems. However, having a checklist of things to look for can help you initially. Here’s an example of some of the areas you should be looking at. Inspecting the Doors Check to see if each door opens and shuts without any obstruction around the door frame. Check also to see if the door panel itself has been shaved down or planed so that it fits the frame. An insider tip is to have a look at the striker plate and see if it’s been repositioned at any time. Any of the aforementioned issues will indicate that adjustments have been made and further inspection is needed. Potential Window Issues Moving to the windows, open and close each one to make sure that they do so smoothly. Look for evidence of any condensation or damp. If you suspect that the window frames have recently been painted have a close inspection to see if you can detect whether any fibreglass or putty has been used as filler. This may indicate a deeper problem. Looking at the Walls and Ceilings Stand in the doorway of each room and have a look at an angle of 90° along the wall on either side. This will allow you to see if there’s any buckling or any inconsistency. Check the walls to see if there are any areas that have been freshly painted in specific areas rather than as a whole. This could indicate that there may be damp issues, leading to mould accumulation. Some more insider tips – check the mould and dampness along the floor level in particular. Also, shine a torch light at a narrow angle towards each wall and along the ceiling. This may reveal evidence of any patchy repairs or recent paint application, and may be a hasty attempt to cover things up. In the Kitchen When you move to the kitchen, take a good look underneath the sink. Any staining or marks can indicate there have been bigger problems with leakage in the past. Look for evidence of dampness between the sink itself and the splash backing. If the home in question is not fitted with an exhaust system above the cooker allowing heat and fumes to vent to the outside, then check the cupboard space above the cooker. If there is evidence of staining or even cooking fat, this indicates that venting needs to be installed, and the cupboards need to be replaced. These are just a few tips in relation to some of the rooms in your home and part of a more comprehensive building inspection necessary before you purchase. For more information, check out companies such as Buy...

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Child Psychology: Social and Emotional Milestones and Red Flags in 2 Year Olds

Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are social and emotional milestones that parents should expect their children to reach as they grow up and take many years to develop. Social and emotional skills involve the ability to interact with other people and to understand and control one’s emotions. Developing healthy social and emotional skills is crucial for learning how to communicate effectively and efficiently. By making mental notes of when your child has reached important social and emotional milestones and if they show any red flags, you can nip development problems in the bud.  Social and Emotional Milestones to Expect By the time children have reached 2 years of age, they should have been exposed to situations where they have been required to spend a significant amount of time socializing with a wide range of different people. As a result, by the age of 2, most children will have developed a sense of self-awareness. You should expect your children to initiate play activities with other children. You should be regularly taking your children on playdates at this time or to the playground where they can interact with other children. This is also a good time to enrol your children in daycare centers. become more independent. While your children may have clung onto you in the past, expect them to begin to venture out on their own. They should become more independent at this stage of their life, especially when it comes to playtime. This is a sign that your children are becoming more independent and self-aware of their own actions. At the same time, your children will also become more self-assertive. express negative emotions, including anger and frustration. The terrible twos is a not a misnomer and is actually something to be expected. At this age, your children should begin to throw temper tantrums or show signs of anger and frustration.  recognize their reflection in the mirror. This is a sign of self-awareness. start trying to help out. This may include completing chores or helping others. Your children should flourish under a sense of accomplishment.  Red Flags to Look Out For By keeping a close look out on your child, you will be able to easily pick out red flags that there are developmental problems present. Speak with a child psychologist if you notice any of the following red flags with your children:  an inability to initiate play with other children, and act extremely passive in general. a lack of desire in imitating adult activities. inability to stay focused. This is especially a problem if your children have an inability to stay focused on one activity only and tend to move from one activity to another. being extremely rigid about their own schedules, and have very little tolerance for any unexpected changes. Tips for Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Growth Just like all skills, emotional and social skills need to be developed and nourished. As a parent, you can help encourage the acquisition of these skills in your children by being responsive and consistent. It is important that your children trust you and depend on you. Stay consistent and always be responsive to their needs. Make sure to provide consistent rules and disciplines. making sure that your children are exposed to social interactions with other children of all age groups. encouraging your children to express their...

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