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  1. How to be a more mindful leader Jessica Hamilton 19-Jun-2019
  2. Reflections of a CFO: The highs, the lows and what’s next? Jessica Hamilton 22-May-2019
  3. The Australian economy: where are we headed, what impact will the Federal Budget have and what can we expect with the property market? Jessica Hamilton 16-Apr-2019
  4. Accounting jobs in Australia 2019: The impact of technology Carolyn Loton 09-Apr-2019
  5. Transforming from numbers to leadership: your career success starts with you Jessica Hamilton 11-Mar-2019

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How to be a more mindful leader

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

As human beings, we all have the gift of being present and in the moment, it’s whether we choose to use it that makes the difference. That is real mindfulness.

Speaking at our most recent event, “Mindful Leadership in a Fast-Paced World,” Simon Rountree, CEO of Change Ready, said that we can all train and rewire our brain to be more mindful, and there are simple practices we, as leaders and human beings, can use in everyday life that will enable us to be more present, connected and engaged in our lives and at work, in order to make more meaningful and thoughtful decisions.  

“A mindful leader is consciously present in what they are doing, while they are doing it, by cultivating four fundamental skills: Focus, Curiosity, Noticing and Clarity,” says Simon.

FOCUS

On average, each day, we lose focus 47% of the time, says Simon. When we lose this focus, it derails us from where we are and what we need to do. The impact of this is that we're not connected or engaged with what we are doing. We operate on autopilot - absentmindedly. This could be as simple as typing emails at your desk, vaguely nodding in agreement while a colleague or staff member is trying to talk to you. 

So, what are some simple things you can do to regain your focus in the workplace and be a more mindful leader?  

  • Practice mindfulness – this is really just about taking a moment to close your eyes, focus on your breathing, disconnecting from the noise around you and being in the moment. It only needs to be a few minutes in a day, but by doing so, it helps you to better put things in perspective and gain more emotional control over your actions.  According to Simon, this awareness enables you to skilfully respond to situations/people rather than react automatically or impulsively.

  • Reset your brain – unless you train your brain to have focus, it will just follow random thought paths that are easy and take you off on a tangent, says Simon. Rejig your brain by taking a moment after a stressful meeting to pause, take a deep breath and calm your mind, before jumping into your next task. Acknowledge your thoughts and then let them go. This prevents you from taking those stresses with you to your next meeting and focus on what’s important.  

CURIOSITY

In order to be present as a leader, you actually have to be curious, says Simon. It’s about wanting to learn and being open to new ideas. It’s about wanting to be challenged and taken out of your comfort zone. It’s about having a genuine curiosity and thirst for knowledge from those around you.

A great technique to help you do this, says Simon, is RAAS:

  • Receive: pay attention to what someone is saying to you. Really listen. Look them in the eye.
  • Appreciate: show that you are listening. Nod, smile.
  • Ask: ask questions. Show a genuine interest in what they have to say.
  • Summarise: recap what they said to you, to show you’ve listened and understood.  


NOTICING

When we are not noticing what’s around us, we miss things and that’s where mistakes happen. It leads to poor communication and a misunderstanding of intentions.

According to Simon, the job of any good leader is to notice how your staff think and act, and whether they are ‘above-the-line thinkers’ (positive, optimistic, courageous, accountable, with a growth mindset) or ‘below-the-line thinkers’ (place blame, find problems not solutions, ignore or block others).

When you truly understand this, you know how to work with them and can support and guide them from being a ‘below-the-line’ thinker to an ‘above-the-line thinker’ so they can perform at their best.

“A great leader should always be an above-the-line thinker. They are authentic, optimistic, accountable, have the courage to take action, back themselves and their teams, and open to giving and receiving feedback,” says Simon.  

A few other things you can do to take more notice, and support better decision making, says Simon, are:

  • Only do task at a time. The more you multitask the more addictive it gets, and it becomes unproductive.
  • Implement the “5 Second Rule.” If you’ve been putting off or delaying a task, you’re wasting more time and energy on these thoughts, that just doing it. Countdown to yourself: 5,4,3,2,1 and then just do it. No excuses.  
  • Slow down to speed up – effective leaders reflect to make the best decisions and actions.
  • Get a distraction pad – write things down that may distract you from your task. This frees them from your mind and helps you to get back to what matters.

CLARITY

The final tool to help you be a more mindful leader, is to operate with clarity, not ambiguity, says Simon. This is about setting and stating intentions before meetings or big projects and asking yourself and others, three important questions:

  • Why are we doing this?
  • What is our intention?
  • What is the outcome/why does it matter?

“High performers constantly seek clarity. They work hard to shift out distractions, so they focus on what is important,” says Simon.

For more great tips and insights from Simon, you can head to www.changeready.com.au

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Reflections of a CFO: The highs, the lows and what’s next?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We all go through highs and lows in our careers. But, despite the challenges we face, at every turn, there’s always an opportunity to learn something new – about ourselves and others, what we’re capable of, what drives us, and what we’re passionate about.  Arming ourselves with this knowledge, is key to having the career that we want to have.

Speaking at our recent emerging leaders event, Louise Higgins, a well respected and renowned CFO, who has had an impressive 20-year career-to-date – which has included executive roles at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Nova Entertainment and Macquarie Bank – shared the five key lessons that she has learnt in her career and how this will help her approach the next 20 years of her career.

Keep taking risks


In your career (and in life), the best reward often comes when you’re out of your comfort zone, believes Louise. At two points in her career, she found herself leaving a job without having another job to go to, and while there is always that fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of finding yourself in that situation, for Louise, it led her to her next opportunity. Her top tips?

  • Extend yourself – whether it’s taking on new projects that may appear to be difficult, or doing something you haven’t done before, it will equip you with new skills you may not even knew you had and could set you up for your next opportunity.
  • Have courage of your convictions – back yourself.
  • So much can come from taking on challenges – even if it doesn’t succeed. We can all learn from our failures, as well as our successes. Don't be afraid to try.  
  • Don’t stay in a job because it’s comfortable. If that job is no longer getting the best out of you and you’re disengaged, that’s a sign that it may be time to leave.  

It’s only a job


While this may seem like an obvious statement, so many of us forget this, says Louise, and we get so caught up in what’s happening at work, that we lose sight of what’s important. Her advice?

  • Don’t let your job define you and your identity. Don’t derive all your personal value and worth from your work – it’s only one part of your life.
  • It’s important to be fulfilled by your job, love it, be passionate about it, but realise at the end of the day, it’s not everything.
  • Be clear about what matters to you outside of work.
  • If you’re not happy in your job, reflect about what you’re putting in versus what you’re getting out of it. Are they aligned?
  • Work is getting harder and more complex – think about what’s important to you and what you need to feel fulfilled.

Relationships are important  

Never underestimate the value and the importance of your relationships, says Louise. 

When you get to the CFO level, it’s all about relationships and stakeholder engagement – the ability to influence and build successful partnerships with people.

“Your relationships with people bring a diversity of thought,” says Louise. 

We all have our own unconscious bias about ourselves, our skills and what we bring to the table. Having a wide network of people you can call on to give you different perspectives, is really important if you want to succeed in your career, believes Louise.

Keep finding yourself


In life, and in our careers, we never stop learning and growing. Every day, we are changing and learning something new about ourselves.

“You will never truly know everything there is to know about yourself,” says Louise.

Over her career, through the highs and lows, Louise learnt a lot about herself, what she is capable of, her likes and dislikes, what drives her, what she is passionate about versus what she’s good at, and believes that arming yourself with this information, is key to having the kind of career that you really want. So, what helped her?

  • Having a growth mindset – think of challenges as opportunities.
  • Figure out not just what you’re good at, but what drives you. What’s your passion?
  • Just because you’re good at something, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you or that you enjoy it.
  • Reflect on your weaknesses – what is your limiting behaviour? Working this out, will help you gain more clarity about what may be getting in the way for you and then be prepared to do the work to develop.
  • Recognise that your strengths, when overused, can be your greatest weaknesses and always strive to maintain balance.   

Get used to uncertainty


“Get used to uncertainty, stare it in the face, get comfortable with it, because it’s not going away,” says Louise.

There will always be an element of uncertainty in our lives and our careers, so the key is to understand that, be aware of it and embrace the fact that we won’t always have the answers.  

Her one piece of advice? Do the best you can, and the rest will take care of itself.

If you’re looking to take that next step in your career, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us today –  (02) 9262 4836.

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The Australian economy: where are we headed, what impact will the Federal Budget have and what can we expect with the property market?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Australian economy is in good shape and we should be quietly optimistic for the year ahead, so long as we don’t let the noise and distractions of the global economy affect us.

That was the sentiment from Shane Oliver, Chief Economist & Head of Investment Strategy at AMP, speaking at our most recent Moir Group economic event in North Ryde.

With the event held on the same day that our next Federal Election was announced and a week after the Federal Budget dropped, Shane shared his thoughts on what impact this would have, where the property market is forecast to head and what’s happening in the global economy that we should be aware of.

The Federal Budget


Some of the proposed measures announced by the Federal Government that we should be aware of, according to Shane, included:

  • A $21 per week “tax cut” for low-middle income earners (which is double what last year’s budget was)
  • The introduction of one-off payments to 3.9 million welfare recipients.
  • Expanded and increased small business instant asset write-offs.
  • Earlier tax cuts for small and medium businesses from 2022.
  • An extra $25 billion in infrastructure spending over the next decade.
  • Measures to make it easier for 65- and 66-year olds to make voluntary super contributions.

Based on the above, the Federal Government forecasts a return to surplus in 2019-20.

It is unclear at that stage, what impact, if any, these proposed measures will have on the Australian economy, especially in light of the upcoming election. Shane believes it will be a ‘wait and see’ approach.


The Australian property market

There are several factors in play at the moment, that are creating a perfect storm for downward pressure on Australian property prices. These factors include:

  • Poor affordability – wages growth has been low, meaning buyers don’t have the income to buy, which has lead to an oversupply of housing and further downward pressure on housing prices.
  • Tighter loan conditions it is becoming harder for people to get a loan.
  • Record unit supply more units are now available then ever before, however there is an increasing number of units that are vacant, due to a drop in consumer spending. 
  • Switch from interest only to principle and interest loans affordability is impacted.
  • FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) to FONGO (Fear Of Not Getting Out) the market is jittering and so people are holding onto their property longer than expected or taking a price that is lower than what its worth.
  • Uncertainty regarding negative gearing and capital gains tax this is due to the likelihood of a change in government.

All of these factors combined have led to a reduction in investment into the economy and a drop in consumer spending. Spending is down and growth has slowed, but the situation is not as dire as we may be led to believe. 

Global economic outlook

So, what’s happening globally, that will (and has been) impacting the Australian economy? Shane pointed to a few factors:

  • Global growth is slowing, however, Shane indicated that we should be safe from a recession, both locally and globally.
  • Inflation is around target in the US and the Fed is likely to pause its rate hikes for six months. This bodes well for the rest of the world – we have not seen a recession in the past when these conditions are in play.
  • Shane believes that the RBA will cut the cash rate to 1% and we will see the Australian dollar weaken further.

As always there are risks. The key risks that he sees, that we should be aware of in the months to come (and watch closely), are:

  • The trade war between China and the US – there is growing uncertainty around the imposition of further trade restrictions. An increase in prices may reduce demand, which could flow on to a reduced demand from the Chinese for our resources.
  • A slowdown in the Chinese economy – this could have ramifications for our economy and lead to a reduction in demand for our resources, not only coal and iron ore, but services such as education and tourism.
  • President Trump – he is seeking re-election next year and has turned to trade to boost his popularity. This could have a flow-on effect for our economy.
  • The Australian property market – falling property prices could lead to reduction in construction, thereby not aiding employment. It also leads to consumers to tighten their spending, and put further pressure on interest rates.

While it is clear that there will be tough times ahead, our economy still remains stable and there is cautious optimism for the remainder of the year. 

Written by Kelly Patti

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Accounting jobs in Australia 2019: The impact of technology

Tuesday, April 09, 2019


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Want to understand more about the impacts of AI and learn what you can you do to upskill and position yourself for success? Learn how you can embrace the AI revolution in finance and accounting.

If you would like support with your career journey, get in contact with us today on (02) 9262 4836. 



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Transforming from numbers to leadership: your career success starts with you

Monday, March 11, 2019


“Self-reflection has been a big part of my career. I’ve been through many highs and lows, which have included: being made redundant 3 times through takeovers; experienced two ‘career deaths’ and have taken time out from being burnt out.”

That was one of the many insights shared by the inspiring David Grbin, CFO for W.H. Soul Pattinson at our most recent emerging leaders’ event.

Sharing his knowledge and wisdom about his career journey, he spoke about what it takes to make that leap from a technical, numbers-driven finance professional into a transformational leadership role like a CFO; but in the context of knowing yourself and your worth, being aware of those around you and having the courage and the knowledge to know that you can’t go it alone.

The journey to self-discovery – what’s holding you back?

“We all move through three stages in life (and work) constantly: order, disorder, reorder… my main piece of advice would be to read your life backwards, so that you can move forward,” says David.

The purpose of this is to self-reflect, understand what your core offering is to future employers and take control, rather than reacting to the challenges you are presented with.

It’s also about being able to take a step back and look at the impact you have, as a leader, on those around you. Often in our careers, and life, we’re so focused on our own tasks and responsibilities, that we’re not paying attention to what’s going on around us.

“In a job, even after you’ve gone, the decisions you made will have lasting impact,” says David.

His advice? 

  • Take time out to stop and reflect – what impact do you want to have?
  • Let go of what people are telling you about life.
  • Listen to your own inner voice.
  • Harness the power of your imagination – we are all unique. Figure out what your value is.
  • Don’t be so reactive all the time and pushed to think or act a certain way.
  • Listen and learn from others – collect advice, ideas, insights and use them to help you move forward.

How to take that next step and move forward in your career

So, what do you do when you find yourself at a point in your career where you’re in unchartered territory? According to David, there are a few things that helped him to go from surviving to thriving.

“I stopped being a ‘firefighting CFO’ to a calm, collected and self-assured CFO who knew what he was doing and where he was going,” says David.

  • Don’t try to go it alone: no one person is an island. Reach out to others, bring them in to what you’re doing. You can’t change your mindset by yourself – let others help you and show you what areas you need to work on.
  • Find a coach: someone who is objective, knows business, and people.
  • Network: the real value of networking is making a genuine connection with someone, building trust and being able to support them on their journey. Don’t just think about what they can do for you, but what you can do for them.
  • Learn from those ahead of you: talk to people who have been there before you, you never know what nuggets of gold they may have to share.
  • Give back: help others, not for your own personal reward, but just to support someone on their own journey.   

The key to being a great leader

“I spent much of my late 20s to 30s accumulating technical skills in my career. But, then, one day you get to a point where they are no longer enough. You walk into the unknown and you have to evolve in order to move forward,” says David. 

When you get to the CFO level, it’s no longer just about your technical expertise, says David, but your ability to understand and build relationships with people, get to know the whole business and bring people along on the journey.

The role of the CFO is many things – but the most important things to remember, that it’s not just about the numbers, but the people. A truly successful leader will:

  • Focus on giving back and developing others – without expecting anything in return.
  • Know where they have the most impact and can drive positive change.
  • Work to their strengths and not try to be everything to everyone.
  • Know how to tell a story and take everyone along on the journey – and it can’t be all about the numbers. 
  • Be a trusted advisor to the CEO (which can take some time to establish, it doesn’t happen overnight).
  • Know that it’s okay to show vulnerability, as it helps you to be a better leader. We’re all human at the end of the day. 

If you would like support with your career journey, get in contact with us today on (02) 9262 4836. 

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Navigating rougher seas – what’s in store for the Australian economy this year?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Global economic growth is slowing and there will be a period of “navigating rougher seas” this year, but the Australian economy remains stable and we can be cautiously optimistic for the year ahead. That was the sentiment from Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist for HSBC at Moir Group’s recent economic event.

Speaking at the event, Paul shared his insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the global and local economy for 2019.    

He noted that the global growth rate has been gradually slowing over the last few years (3.0% in 2017 and 2.9% in 2018), and he predicts it will slow even further to 2.6% this year and 2.4% by 2020.

So, why has global growth been slowing over the last few years what flow-on effect does this have for the Australian economy? According to Paul, this has been driven by three key areas:

  1. We should always expect that global growth will slow at some point, especially after intense periods of growth. 

  2. The actions of global policy makers.

  3. Global trade policy tensions. 

What does this mean for Australia?

As always, the Australian economy is impacted by global movements, especially from China. Paul noted that while China’s growth has been slowing, this hasn’t reverberated through to the Australian economy and our economy has remained stable, for a few reasons: 

China’s focus on environmental targets is driving an increase in Australia’s commodity prices: China has been cutting back on the production of domestic low-grade iron ore and coal in favour of purchasing Australia’s high-grade iron ore and coal, which has pushed up our commodity prices.

The large pipeline of infrastructure projects underway/planned in Australia: there is no doubt there has been a construction boom in Australia in recent years. According to Paul, this boom has, and will continue to, support local economic growth. 

So, what is happening locally? 

So what else is happening in the Australian economy that is driving this confidence? Paul spoke of a few factors:

  • Consumer behaviour and sentiment is driven by the labour market. Early indicators are that they are good at the moment.
  • Job vacancies are at a record high, in proportion to the size of the workforce.
  • Wages growth is sluggish and picking up at a glacial pace, but it IS lifting.   
  • The housing market has slowed and prices are falling, which has made housing more affordable for people. However, the process for applying for a loan is becoming much more stringent.

By Karen Ryan, Director, Interim Executive Search, Moir Group.

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What’s a career plan and why do you need one?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

When you hear the words “career plan,” it may not immediately elicit a great deal of excitement for you, but it’s a valuable thing to have, especially when you’re considering your next career move. So, what is it, how will it help and what should you consider when developing your career plan?

What is a career plan?

A career plan is a roadmap to develop your career. It’s a living document that can help you focus on the key sequence and actions you need to take to successfully move forward in your career.

Why is it so important?

Taking control of your career is the key to success. Leaving things to chance may work to some extent, but having a plan that identifies the specific steps towards your desired career is ultimately more effective.

Why? Because it gives you focus and energy in the right direction. It gives you a clearer idea of what you want out of your career, where you want to go and what you’re going to do to get there. As a result, you end up taking jobs that are the right fit for you and contribute in a positive way towards your overall career goal, rather than allowing yourself to be side-tracked.   

What questions do you need to consider when developing your career plan?

Career plans are essentially based on three key questions:

  • Where am I now?
  • Where do I want to be in the future?
  • How am I going to get there?

If we break that down, so that you can be more specific and targeted about what you want to achieve, have a think about the following:

What do you want from a job?

This is a great time to do a bit of personal reflection. Think about what you want out of your career? What is important to you? What types of roles will give you the most satisfaction and purpose? What aspects of your current role do you love and what aspects don’t you enjoy?

What is happening in the work landscape in your sector?

Is your industry being affected by technological disruption? What does this mean for the future of your current work? Will this mean you may need to upskill to get to where you want to go? Are your current capabilities and skills aligned to what the job requires and the future of the workplace?

How will you develop yourself and your skills?

When you’re thinking about your next career move and what you want to achieve, think about how you might get there – is it making a lateral move into another sector or organisation? Do you want to develop a specialisation in a particular area?

If you’re looking to move upwards, do you have the required skills to do so? If not, how will you go about getting them? What type of organisation do you think you will do your best work in or will give you the experience you need to get you one step closer to your overall career goal? For instance, will working in a multi-national organisation give you the exposure you need and the stakeholder engagement skills required to propel you into your next senior role?

What makes you excellent?

Finally, think about what you can bring to an organisation, focusing specifically on 3-4 key skills that make you unique. This will not only help you to hone in on the types of roles that will help you to achieve your career goal, but also best position yourself for success during the interview process to win that role!  

By considering these questions, you are basing your next move on a thorough and well-thought out career strategy and, ultimately, the career you want.

Moir Group offer tailored learning services to help you take control of your career, including career planning.  If you would like help to develop your career plan, please get in contact with our Learning & Development Manager, Ola-Dabbagh Roberts on (02) 9262 4836.

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Is this job right for me? 8 questions to ask yourself

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Interviewing for a new job can be an exciting, yet daunting process. 

Nerves are running high, the anticipation is building and your brain is going into overdrive at all the things you need to remember to say.

Leading up to - and during - the interview, you do everything you can to increase your chances at success. You research the company, prepare a few short answers to showcase your skills, dress to impress, show up on time, smile, be polite, confident, and make eye contact.  

You come away from the interview thinking: “I hope I impressed them. Did I say all the right things?”

But somewhere along the way, you end up forgetting about the other person in the process: you.

As candidates, we spend so much time and energy trying to impress an employer, that we often don’t stop to think about whether the job and the company are the right fit for us.

When you think about it, getting a new job is like starting a new relationship – you both need to be equally invested for it to work.

So, what are some of the questions you should be asking yourself before and after a job interview to make sure you come away from it knowing whether it’s the right opportunity and fit for you?

Before the interview


This is a perfect time to figure out what it is you really want from your next job. Have a think about the following:

Will this role get me to where I want to go in my career?

Think about what your ultimate career goal is and whether this role is a stepping stone to get you there, or if it will side-track you from that goal.

Can I do this job and will it challenge me?

These are two very different things. First, you need to have the right skills to do the job well. Second, the role should challenge you and give you the opportunity to learn new skills, so that you can continue on your ultimate career path, otherwise you may become disengaged very quickly.  

What sort of company do I want to work for?

Company culture can have a major impact on job satisfaction. Ask yourself what a 'good company culture' looks like to you? Is it working for a company where everyone is passionate about what they do?  Is it a company that has a strong vision and purpose? Is it the team camaraderie and social aspect of work? Is hierarchy important to you? Do you work better in a flat organisation? Make sure it's a company that you can be passionate about.

What is my ideal working environment?

What kind of a worker are you? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, busy work environment where everyone bounces ideas off each other; or do you prefer to work autonomously? Figure out what your work style is and what environment will contribute to your success. Don't be afraid to ask these questions in the interview!

After the interview


Once you've met with a potential employer, do your own personal assessment of them. Are they offering what you're looking for? Did they impress you? Have a think about the following:   

How well did they handle the interview process?

Did they put you at ease and make you feel comfortable, or did you find it difficult to get along with them? Building up a good rapport with a potential employer during an interview is important as it is a good indication of what it will be like to work with them. 

Are you excited about working for them or do you have doubts?

Trust your gut. If you walk away from an interview with more questions than answers, it could be a sign that it’s not the right company or role for you.

Did they inspire confidence in the company and the role?

Just as you would prepare for an interview, a great employer will do the same. It shows that they have put thought into the role to set that person up for success. Do they have a clear direction of where they are going as a company and how your role will fit into that? Did they give you enough information about the job for you to make a fair assessment?

Does the culture and working environment match what you’re looking for?

Think about what type of company culture is important to you and then compare it to what they said in the interview. Does it match? Are you confident that it will be an environment where you can thrive and do your best work?

Happiness and compatibility in a job cannot be overstated. We spend so much of our lives at work, that it has to be the right fit – for you and the employer.

For more useful career tips, check out our candidate resources page. Or, if you'd like to have a confidential discussion with one of our consultants about your next career move, give us a call on (02) 9262 4836.

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Will I stay, or will I go? Reflect and Plan

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


The end of one year and the beginning of another is often a time when we reflect on all the things in our lives and take stock of what we’ve achieved. Our career often features high on this list! 

We may make resolutions, scan LinkedIn for new opportunities and reach out to people we believe can help us get the clarity we need to soldier on, elevate or change tact in our professional lives. So, whether it’s a new challenge in your current role that you are seeking, or you want to take that next step in your career with a new opportunity, here are some things to think about to ensure that you have the clarity you need to make that next move. 

Reflect

There is value in reflecting before you do anything. Take the time to think about the reasons why you may be looking to move, or how you can leverage your existing role and look for opportunities to develop your skillset further. Often, it's restless energy that comes with the end of one year and the start of a new one, that influences your decision. This, in itself, is perhaps not a great reason to leave a role that is offering satisfaction and fulfilment.  Ask yourself the following:

  • What are the elements of your role that you find rewarding?

  • What are the parts of your role that you feel frustrate or stifle you?

  • Do you have confidence these things can or will change?

  • Are you in a role that genuinely plays to your strengths or are your valuable skills lying dormant?

  • Do the values of the organisation align with yours?

Once you have asked yourself these questions, you will then have a clearer idea of where you want to go next.

Plan

Now that you have a bit more clarity about where you would like to go in your career, it’s time to plan. That is, plan to set yourself up for continued success in your existing role, or plan to make a valid move.

Staying …

  • Make a plan to engage more fully, or in a different way, with your work.

  • Seek out a mentor to help you identify pathways and opportunities within the organisation.

  • Identify learning opportunities that will help re-energise your thinking and skills.

  • Look for an opportunity that will enable you to spend time in a different role within your company or a secondment to a different location.

Leaving …

If, after your reflection, you have decided to leave your role and find a new one, there are a few simple, yet effective steps that you can take to ensure you are setting yourself up for success:

  • Refresh and fine tune your CV – what makes you a great catch? Highlight your key skills in your CV, and back them up with solid examples of your achievements.

  • Update your LinkedIn profile – this is a great starting point for all initial approaches that may be made.

  • Reach out to your network and look for opportunities to extend it.

  • Engage with people who care about and will support your career progression.

These things, in combination, provide the foundations for a thorough search and will position you well to attract a great role.  Whatever you decide, having taken the time to reflect will give you the confidence and the clarity that you need to ensure you are on the right path.

Written by Ola Dabbagh-Roberts, Learning and Development Manager, Moir Group

If you would like help to make your next career move, call us on (02) 9262 4836 or browse our latest jobs.

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Things you need to know when negotiating your salary

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


December is generally considered to be the wind-down period of the working year. It's a time to reflect on achievements of the past 12 months and look forward to the Christmas break and year ahead.

It is also a time of the, often dreaded, annual performance review. This is a stressful time for many people who are hoping to receive a salary increase.

In this article, we will discuss when you should justifiably ask for a pay rise; the benefits of non-monetary rewards; and the ‘5 C’s’ for successful outcomes during tough salary negotiations.


Are you well placed for a pay rise?

Wage growth across Australia remains low at a rate of around 2.1% for the current year, a trend we are seeing across industries and sectors. Connected to this is a decrease in the frequency of pay increases and also in the number of people receiving a salary increase higher than 4%.

Considering the current climate in Australia, where wage increases are not coming close to the expensive cost of living, it’s a challenging time for employees, particularly if they feel that their current salary is considerably out of step with the remuneration they feel they deserve.

If you feel that your current salary does not match your contribution, it’s vital to consider your company’s culture and leadership. Most organisations that have a good culture and are well-led want to treat their employees fairly and pay them fairly.

As Stephen Moir puts it, “You don’t want to be focussed purely on the salary. You’ve got to have the right culture and inspiring leadership at the top of your priority list. Getting good remuneration will come from these factors. Business cultures where people are chasing the money will eventually implode as they lose sight of their purpose. This is what we have seen happen in the banking sector”.

If there are any red flags for you when it comes to these areas, you may consider alternative opportunities in other organisations BUT it’s important to not make any knee-jerk reactions here. The single most important thing to consider initially when seeking a salary increase is the value exchange between yourself and your employer.


A value exchange

Companies look after people who are good at their job and have the right attitude. Being good at your job offers security as your company will not want to lose you.

But what does ‘being good’ mean. According to Stephen Moir, a big part of it is putting your hand up to take on new responsibilities and having a positive attitude.

“Employers like people with a can-do, positive attitude, who approach their work with energy and passion. They are resilient when they come up against challenges and find solutions. If you can say you’re doing all these things, you’re perfectly justified in putting your hand up for a pay rise”.

Ultimately, if your company can see that you’re stepping up for new challenges, they will reward you for it. As Stephen continues, “It’s a value exchange at the end of the day. If you’re plodding along, doing the minimal and asking for a pay rise you’re looking at it the wrong way. You have to do your job well, go the extra yard and then you should expect your company to look after you”.


Taking a long-term view

Whilst wage growth remains flat, conversely, unemployment is down so there are lots of opportunities in the jobs market. If you have been with an organisation for a long time and have moved around internally, pay increases tend to be lower compared to those who have moved between companies. It may be tempting for people to make an external move in order to get a pay increase, however, it’s important to be wary of making too many external moves.

Says Stephen Moir, “Something we are increasingly seeing is junior to mid-level people getting other offers whilst in their current role, often with the chance of a large pay increase. It may be okay to do this every so often in your career but if it’s not wise to consistently move as potential employers will question your loyalty and motivations”.

As an employee you need to have a reasonably long-term view of your career path. To help build your case for more substantial salary increases as your role develops, it’s important to raise your profile internally and be visible as you take on new challenges. You then have a clear context within which to frame your request.


The 5 C's of requesting a pay rise

Have Confidence: If you are doing a good job, it’s important to back yourself. All too often, people question whether they are doing enough to warrant a pay rise. However, remember that it’s not about significantly over-performing in your role, it’s about doing what is expected of you and doing it well.

Show Courage: Starting a conversation with your boss about salary can be daunting but it’s vital to push yourself beyond the fear barrier. Do it in a positive, non-threatening way and definitely make the request face to face and with your direct boss, rather than someone from Human Resources.

Be Constructive: Planning and research is vital. Think about what you are doing that impacts the business in a positive way and have a list of specific achievements in mind. Leaving behind a one-pager as a summary is a great way to strengthen your case.

Be Clear: Keep in mind that your salary is ultimately a fair exchange of what you offer with what you receive. Don’t over complicate things, instead clearly and simply state your case. Using the word ‘fair’ in your summary can be compelling. And make sure you get your boss to agree on a clear response time, don’t let things drift once you have done the hard part.

Take Control: It’s important to remember that you are in the driving seat of your career. You need to control the conversation about salary and drive it. If you leave it to other people, you may end up frustrated and dissatisfied.  

When a pay rise is not possible

If the outcome is not as you hoped, don’t despair. Keep in mind the long-term goal and ask if you can set a time-frame for the next review, perhaps 6 months rather than a year, and the targets you need to meet in order to be successful. You need to be clear with your boss that you want to keep progressing in your career.

Sometimes good companies are just not able to offer you a meaningful pay rise, even if they would like to. In this situation, you may want to think outside the box about other things you could negotiate as ‘added-value’.

This could be a short-term bonus for completing a specific project within a time-frame; flexible working arrangements, where you negotiate an extra week of holiday or the opportunity to work shorter hours. You may even ask your boss if the company could cover the cost of educational courses or, for more senior employees, support you with additional time off to sit on a board. Consider what’s important to you and what would add to your feeling of satisfaction within your job.

If you’re doing well at your job and have taken a constructive approach in asking for an increase but are still not getting fairly remunerated, it’s perhaps then the time to consider other opportunities. The key here is to take your time, be considered and do your research when looking at any new opportunities. It’s important to be mindful that you’re moving towards a new opportunity, rather than running away from your current situation.

As Stephen Moir says, “If you’re making a move based on money alone, you’re making a bad decision. Remuneration should be the happy outcome of a good decision and, as we have said, great leadership and culture will hold you in good stead for a satisfying job and a fulfilling life”.


Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS); Analysis of wage growth, Australian Government Treasury 2017


Curious about the going rates in your sector? Better understand your place in the jobs market with our 2018/19 salary snapshot. This covers annual salary packages for finance and accounting professionals as well as average hourly rates for contractors. 


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