Nicole Underwood's Blog (37)

How to deal with job-hunting rejection

Last week my article “3 ways to nail a job interview” was published by Women’s Agenda.

24 hours later I received an email from a frustrated job seeker who after being made…


Added by Nicole Underwood on February 24, 2014 at 15:07 — No Comments

Are you ignoring staff issues? 4 ways to get your head out of the sand

This week a friend of mine told me he quit his job after being head hunted for a new opportunity (closer to home, more money, leading a bigger team and better long-term career prospects). I was pleased for him and wondered why he didn’t seem that excited.  “What’s wrong?” I asked. “My current boss hasn’t spoken to me for over a week since I resigned”. Sorry? Your boss is ignoring…


Added by Nicole Underwood on December 6, 2013 at 8:11 — No Comments

Offer rejected? 8 ways to increase your acceptance rate

Recruiting successfully is not easy.  It can be time consuming, expensive, emotional, distracting from core business activities and ultimately hard work.  So imagine after weeks and weeks of searching, screening, calls, correspondence, interviews, follow-ups and difficult decision making, you finally decide to offer your preferred candidate.  You’re excited and relieved.  A…


Added by Nicole Underwood on October 17, 2013 at 10:36 — No Comments

Giddy up ... it’s appraisal time! 3 questions to avoid the annual whipping

Performance reviews….is it that time of year again…..already? Why is it that something that should be an effective tool to motivate your team often turns into that annoying form that you have to fill out once a year?

Last week I conducted a workshop with a leadership team of a global pharmaceutical company on how to conduct an…


Added by Nicole Underwood on April 8, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Winning respect – 10 ways to give up wanting to be liked

I recently read about the upcoming release of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”. As the COO of Facebook, she talks about Mark Zuckerberg (her boss) and the advice he gave re her desire to be liked by everyone and his belief that it would hold her back in her…


Added by Nicole Underwood on February 20, 2013 at 6:17 — No Comments

Is the business suit dead? What to wear to a job interview

Since when is it okay to wear blue jeans to a job interview?

This was the question posed by a client this week as he shook his head in disbelief that a candidate could think that this was in some way acceptable attire for a first job interview. Especially for a senior role paying in the vicinity of $150K….I had to agree.

I’ve come a long way from working at…


Added by Nicole Underwood on January 18, 2013 at 7:59 — 1 Comment

Too busy to be the tooth fairy...a lesson in prioritisation

Today I got a reality check when my daughter came into the bedroom crying that the tooth fairy hadn’t visited her in the night. This was a BIG deal and I felt terrible.  I had forgotten. No excuses.

How do important things get lost in the haze of …


Added by Nicole Underwood on December 14, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

5 ways to crack the job market when “you don’t have industry experience”

One of the biggest bugbears by job seekers is not winning an interview because they don’t have the industry experience for the role they have applied for.  It seems that every job ad wants ‘industry experience’ – you must have worked in the wine industry or have banking or financial services experience.  This criteria and restriction make it pretty hard for you to join new…


Added by Nicole Underwood on October 25, 2012 at 8:53 — No Comments

Someone not playing by the rules? How consistency governs success

In my blog post “People leave leaders – the uncomfortable truth” I discussed how changing business culture and my leadership style were two contributing factors to increased business results and overall success.  In this journey, there was…


Added by Nicole Underwood on October 19, 2012 at 14:27 — No Comments

6 Lessons to Introduce Flexibility in Your Workforce

I have recently returned from speaking at the International Recruitment Conference in Fiji where the theme was “Recruitment at the Speed of Tomorrow”.  It was an inspiring couple of days learning about innovative ideas that are driving companies forward.…


Added by Nicole Underwood on September 19, 2012 at 10:21 — No Comments

Do your interviews stink? 10 ways to turn pro

This week I met with a promising new client. They have a handful of vacancies, one position that has been vacant for 3 months and another that they have interviewed 30 candidates for (yes, face to face) and still haven’t found the right candidate. Hmmmm…. Houston we have a problem!

The managers are pulling their hair out as it…


Added by Nicole Underwood on July 31, 2012 at 10:54 — 1 Comment

10 ways to get your CV noticed

Over the past few months I have been giving advice on executive CV’s and how to improve them. What I’ve learnt is that just because you earn a six-figure salary shouldn’t assume you have a great resume – in fact in some cases, these have been the worst!

The resume is a sales tool – it is a preview document with…


Added by Nicole Underwood on July 8, 2012 at 22:49 — No Comments

Does your job description answer the question "what's in it for me"?

When was the last time you read a job description that was fresh, dynamic, exciting and evoked an emotional response? Even better – it really made you want the job? Probably never is my guess. That’s because job descriptions are usually old, boring, outdated and too long. They are costing you candidates! In today’s market, the highest quality candidates – the talent that companies are finding so hard to attract, recruit and retain – have estimated drop off rates as high as…


Added by Nicole Underwood on June 28, 2012 at 10:16 — No Comments

Swamped by your workload? 5 ways to get out of the mess!

This week I met up with a client who had over 150 emails in their inbox waiting for their attention. Just the thought made me squirm with discomfort!  How can you possibly respond, action, remember or even read that many emails? How can you honestly be productive with that much content staring you in the face?

This situation reminded me of a common problem I would…


Added by Nicole Underwood on June 13, 2012 at 10:29 — 2 Comments

Let's connect - the new way to network

Last week I spoke at the UNSW (The University of New South Wales) AGSM (Australian Graduate School of Management) MBA networking evening “Let’s Connect” on the importance of networking.  I don’t know about you… but surely this topic has been done to death? We all know how to work a room and meet new people…


Added by Nicole Underwood on June 4, 2012 at 12:12 — No Comments

How to reduce staff turnover with a flexible culture

Staff turnover is an ongoing headache for most businesses.  Even booming industries like mining & resources are experiencing their fair share of hurt with with 18% of workers leaving within the first 12 months and with total turnover costing over $140 million per…


Added by Nicole Underwood on May 28, 2012 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Beauty vs brains......does it have to be a competition?

The Adelaide Advertiser ran an article on Saturday titled “The Ugly Side of Being Beautiful”.  It revealed research stating that 47% of US Recruiters believe women can be penalised for ‘being too good looking’ and attractive women…


Added by Nicole Underwood on May 15, 2012 at 12:33 — No Comments

Are you busy or just ineffective? 5 ways to create more hours in your week

I need more time with no extra hours,” a friend recently told me. She consistently feels anxious going to work, gets to the end of the day and feels like she hasn’t stopped to take a breath. Her regular rants include “I don’t have enough time”! She feels scattered, unfocussed and disorganised.  The stress is building as she runs around reacting to what is happening around…


Added by Nicole Underwood on May 2, 2012 at 10:04 — No Comments


At the end of last term, it was my daughter’s turn to be the VIP for the week in her reception class.  This is a confidence building strategy which involves the girls being interviewed by the Principal at the front of the class being asked about her family, favorite things, hobbies etc. Parents are invited along, the session is completely documented and then a full wall…


Added by Nicole Underwood on April 25, 2012 at 21:49 — No Comments

"You can accomplish nothing unless you can communicate effectively".....ensuring you are heard as a leader

This week I got a bill from my Accountant – who I’ve had a long term relationship with (nearly 15 years) that got me rather annoyed and frustrated. I had been charged extra for “email advice” on a “range of issues”.  Did that make my blood boil!  Not because I had been charged – I understand they make money from their knowledge and expertise – but history had told me that…


Added by Nicole Underwood on April 11, 2012 at 12:24 — No Comments

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