How to get your Dream Job

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Explore the possibilities

One of the most valuable exercises in planning a career is to explore the wide range of occupations that exists. A great way to conduct some research is to talk to everyone you know about their jobs. What is their position? What is the industry like? What does a day in their job look like? What was their pathway into the role? What training is generally required? What are the best (and worst) elements of the job. Also consider using free career exploration sites such as and which will provide a wealth of valuable information.


Incorporate your strengths into your career planning 

What are the three to five characteristics that most define you? Research suggests that using these signature strengths on a daily basis leads to great health and well-being outcomes, including greater job satisfaction. Of course there’s an added benefit in that you are likely to be good at your job if it draws on your strengths The free Via Character Strengths Assessment is a great tool for uncovering your strengths:

Spend some time thinking about what you would do if money didn’t matter

What activities in life energise you or result in you losing track of time because you are so engaged? What jobs might create an opportunity for you to perform these activities or create the underlying factors that engage you?

Once you have an idea what type of occupation you are interested in, develop a career action plan to detail the skills and personal attributes required to be ready for the role. Look at job advertisements for the role, or talk to others, to find out what is needed and determine how they can be achieved (eg. training courses, volunteering, on the job training). Also identify the timeframes in which you would like to develop them.

Plan and Action a Job Search Process

As you become job ready, plan and action a job search process that incorporates a range of strategies such as using LinkedIn, contacting those in your network, directly contacting people in the organisations employing these roles and regularly look at job boards.


Want some help with doing this? BOOK in for a Career Hub session with one of our HR Professionals


Free Development Network Session – BOUNDLESS HEALTH with Anne Noonan

Join us this Saturday 2nd June, friends and family are welcome ! 


We are delighted to welcome Anne Noonan as our guest speaker on the topic of Boundless Health!

Anne Noonan, Health Coach and Yoga instructor will share a few tips on diet myths - what works what doesn’t to maintain a healthy weight, feel good all the time and have boundless energy.  She’ll also get you up and moving. You’ll learn a few easy moves to de-stress, release tension and improve sleep so wear something comfortable.



Where: Suited to Success. 47 Anderson St, Fortitude Valley

When: Saturday 2nd June

10:15 - 10:30 am:  Morning Tea and Networking

10:30 am - 12 pm: Development Network - Interactive guest speaker presentation

Please RSVP to   Or Register Online

It should be an amazing session so we look forward to seeing you all there ! 



3 tips when returning to work after a career break - From Career Coach Scotia Lockwood


Scotia has been supporting us for over two years now, providing practical advice to not only our clients but also to our team. She has run resume and interview workshops for numerous client groups and conducted many presentations for us. She is a great champion of our work and always willing to support our clients.

Here are Scotia's Tips

Be honest explaining any gaps on your resume / LinkedIn. There is no point trying to hide or skip over your career gaps and there really isn’t any need to. Your best approach is to list your gap period, and just state Career Break. If you have gained any experience or qualifications (or had any amazing stories) mention them.

Re-assess your work wardrobe in line with your changing lifestyle and / or career goals. Your professional image reflects on your personal brand so you want it to be on-point when you head into the job market

Create an action plan and stick to it. Set yourself job search goals and make activities each week to take you towards your goals. Stick to it and don’t give up! It can take time to find the right opportunity for you, but it will happen, so stay strong and keep on keeping on!

Scotia Lockwood has over 10 years experience working in Human Resources Management where she has reviewed 1000’s of resumes and interviewed 100’s of candidates. Scotia has also career coached 100’s of people looking for work or looking for a career change through her own career coaching business.

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Styling Tips on the simple Shirt from The Little Black Dress Shop

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The Little Black Dress Shop have been supporters of Suited to Success for some time. They have kindly provided us with some really practical advice on the simple Shirt.

Read their full article here



Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

Top Tips from Brigid Leishman, our guest speaker at the Conflict Resolution Development Network session for clients! 

Brigid's talked about these key areas in relation to Conflict in the Workplace:

1. Five key reasons conflict arises

2. Manage, don't avoid

3. Conflict can be healthy

4. First principle. You are always in control of your own behaviour

Brigid's Tip # 1

You are not always in control of every situation, however you are always
in control of your own behaviour. 100%

Brigid's Tip # 2

As the famous philosopher Kenny Rogers says, "You gotta know when to

hold 'em, know when to fold 'em". Pick your battles

Brigid's Tip # 3

Focus on the issue not the person. Everyone is operating from their own

view of what is right

Thank you Brigid for your wonderful insight.

Want to get more tips? Attend our next Development Network Session - check out our events page or contact us E:

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About Brigid

Brigid is an experienced senior executive who has lived and worked in four countries. She has managed, worked with, and coached people at all levels and from many different backgrounds. She is known for her direct style and likes to bring humour to her presentations/which assists in embedding learning. She has raised four children as a working mother, so is well versed with conflict inside and outside of the workplace!

Follow this link to learn more about Brigid:


Styling Tips

In our styling boutique one of the starting points that we work on with our client is to pick your base colour. Base colours are the key pieces in your wardrobe, items like – suits, dresses, skirts and pants. 

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You will find that you naturally wear a particular base colour.

Base colours are typically

  • Black
  • Navy Blue
  • Dark Grey
  • Dark Brown

Can you have more than one base colour? yes however try and stick to the same base colour for 2 piece outfits, particularly if you are on a budget. Example a black pants and a black jacket. A navy skirt and navy jacket and so on.

Are you unemployed and want to book a styling session? Phone us now on 3216 1969 or book on-line.

Interview Skills Know the Interviewers Name

If you have an interview booked one very important thing to ensure is that you get the interviewers name correct.


When you are nervous it is often easy to forget someones name. Addressing someone and using their name shows that you are professional and that you have been listening. 

A tip is prior to the interview ask the organiser the name of the person conducting the interview. They usually are able to provide you with the names and their titles. Once you know the interviewers name write them at the top of your notes that you take into the interview. It is easy to open up your notes and see their names during the interview if you forget.

Want more interview tips? come to one of our interview workshops.

Interview Skills Know About The Company

Handling the Interview

As part of your preparation for the interview it is a good idea to know about the company or organisation. Knowing information about the employer will show your interest and commitment to getting the job. Start by looking at the company’s website. Some good topics to research:

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  • What kind of services and products are produced by the organisation?
  • When was the organisation established?
  • Who are the organisation’s main customers?
  • Which products or services are the most profitable or have the greatest potential?
  • Who are the major shareholders (if the company is listed on the stock market)?
  • What kind of publicity is the organisation getting? Are they in the news at the moment?

After your research think about questions you might want to ask during or after the interview based on what you have learned. You can also think about questions regarding the position you are applying for. It’s always a good idea to have a few prepared in case they ask if you have any questions for them.

Need some interview tips? attend one of our interview workshops 

Easy Resume Tips

There are different resume formats that you can choose. Try to make a resume between 2-3 pages. It must be concise and easy to read. Most resumes will have certain sections such as:

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Personal Details:

Include name


Contact numbers and email address

You do not have to include your birth date, marital status, gender, religion or parental status.

Employment History:

This should include your previous roles, organisations you worked for and the years that you were there. You start with the most recent job position.

You will also need to briefly describe your duties and some achievements. You could do this by using bullet points.


Include relevant certificates, licences and tickets and school, Tafe and Tertiary degrees. You start with the most recent courses.

You will need to state the certificate, the institution and the years you studied the course.

Summary of Skills and Attributes:

Summary of general professional skills and attributes. Some examples will be specific to the job. Some examples might be generic like you can work independently and in a team environment, good communicator, able to build rapport quickly with others etc.



Community or Volunteer Work:

You do not need to put interests and hobbies in a resume. However, you could include any community/volunteer work that you have been involved in.

You will need to include the years, role and organisation.


You will need to include at least two referees. Some jobs may ask for three referees.

You will have to include their details such as name, role, organisation and contact number and email address.



Want more help with your Resume? Book a Career Hub Session with one of our HR staff Here