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The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 6, 2010. NT NEWS. 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-NGE:403LO-R: C-M Y-K + ntnew5.com.au ll lll lll ll ll lll lll lll ll ll lll lll ll lllll lll 111 1111 111 111 111 11 11 111 111 1111111 111 111 1111 111 111 111 11 11 111 111 1111111 111 111 11 11 111 111 111 11 11 111 111 11 111 11 111 III IIII III III III ICAREERONE.COM.AU + + Howto build a killer career BALANCING home and work lives does not have to be over a supervisors dead body, writes FRAN METCALF THERE'S a panic-stricken baby-boomer facing a redundancy and an ambitious Gen V-er who wi ll stop at nothing to get ahead. A working mother is striving to up-skill whi le juggling home and work responsibilities. A Gen X-er is in the throes of a mid-life crisis and is unhappy about where his career is heading. One of them killed the boss, but which one? Three Brisbane authors have taken the everyday trials and tribulations of 2010 workers and woven them through a fictional murder mystery in a bid to help readers navigate their way through career issues and paths. "Many people learn through story-tell ing," said co-author Helen Burton, Queensland executive general manager of Lee Hecht Harrison career consultants. "We wanted to have an engaging story that would make the reader want to turn the page while also providing characters who have very similar career challenges to those which prevail in society," The tale, How To Get Ahead Without Murdering Your Boss, is both a humorous whodunnit as well as an informative how-to guide on taking control of your career. Burton said more than 90 per cent of people feel they lack (ontrol over their careers and only 5 per cent feel able to do anything about it. "I think a lot of people see their boss as the enemy," she said. "They really f eel their boss is in control of their work lives and that doesn't need to be the case. "There are things you can do to improve your job satisfaction and employability. That's the whole concept of the book. "The overwhelming message is, you can take control and responsibi lity for your own career without having to murder to boss.~ The book advocates the six-step SEEFAR program, created by co-aut hor and Uniting Care's Vicki Webster. " They really feel their boss is in control of their work lives and that doesn't need to be the case ing different issues, work through the method, Burton said. "We have a baby-boom er reaching potentially the end of his full-time working life and finding he's not gett ing the respect he was used to at work and is facing a redundancy," she said. "We have a Gen-V who is very ambitious and wants everything to happen more quickly. "We have a Gen-X whose wife is having a baby. "He has been in a demanding corporate job and on a promotional path and is close to the top job, but is questioning if that's what he really wants. "Each character has a reason for wanting to do away with the boss ." Having spent the past 20 years consulting individuals and businesses about careers, Burton is confident the book nails the big issues. "I have career-coached people on a daily basis and have worked with allleveis, from those on the factory floor to CEOs and feel very conf ident these characteristics reflect the career cha llenges people face every day," she sa id. Many of the common issues - lifesty le balance, career advancement business growth, redundancy and skills development have evolved from the changing employment market landscape. "Baby boomers still want to believe you can join a company and stay there for 20 years but it just doesn't work that way any more," Burton said. "We have mergers and acquisitions and takeovers more frequently. "The technology and pace of work is so quick that companies which may have been stable 20 years ago are unusual in today's workplace. NO BLOOD ON THE FLOOR: Queensland co-author Helen Burton and executive general manager of lee Hecht Harisson career consultants says you can have job satisfaction without having to pull the trigger It covers self-understanding and identity, external image, environment finan cial objectives, action and reflection and, finally, results. The characters in the book, each fac "Gen Y is comfortable with the fast pace. They don't want to stay in one job. But a large percentage of Gen-X and baby boomers love their jobs and want to stay. That's getting harder for them." HAYS Recruiting experts in Accountancy & Finance FINANCE OFFICER IMPLEMENT & COMMUNICATE An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Finance Officer to join this diverse team based in Berrimah. Reporting to the Senior Accounts Administrator, you'll be responsible for all aspects of the management and maintenance of financial reporting, accountability, budgeting and managing the accounts team. You'll be tertiary Qualified in commerce or finance wit h the proven ability to manage a team. Attention to detail and strong communication skills will be essential to your success. Contact Rebecca Milliken at rebecca.milliken@hays.com.au or 08 8943 6000. hays.com.au HAYS Recruiting experts in Resources & Mining MECHANICAL DESIGN DRAFTER DELIVER PROJECTS This company delivers design services on numerous heavy industrial capital projects. Their range of projects provides a real challenge. As part of their recent growth in projects they require an experienced Mechanical Drafter to work autonomously on a variety of materia ls handling, structural and processing based design projects. You'll be an AutoCAD expert and have a substant ial track record of detailed design success. As the designer, you'll be requi red to deliver your own projects, offer advice and provide expert ise. Contact John Robertson at john.robertson@hays.com.au or 08 8943 6000. hays.com.au HAYS Recruiting experts in Engineering CIVIL / STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS BUILD YOUR FUTURE Ongoing investment in the NT's infrastructure and several major projects on the horizon have led to increased demand for tertia ry-qualified Engineers. We have several exceptional opportunities available for engineers that can demonstrate previous experience in civil, structural, water and/or mining infrastructure projects. Knowledge of Australian Standards and famil iarity with the NT industry are all highly regarded. Positions range from Entry-level Engineers to Project Managers and offer great salaries and benefits. Contact Simon Lance at simon.lance@hays.com.au or 08 8943 6000. hays.com.au +

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