7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

7 Ways to brighten someone's day

7 ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

Mental Health Awareness Week 21 – 27 Sept 2020

Every year in Aotearoa, we focus on Mental Health Awareness . There is no escaping that 2020 has created some huge challenges for us all, right across our daily lives.

This year’s theme, “Reimagine Wellbeing Together” He Tirohanga Anamata, encourages us to reflect on the big and small actions we’ve taken to take care of each other this year.

Sometimes it’s hard to reimagine what wellbeing looks like.  We all have mental wellbeing.  It can mean different things for us all. It’s a timely reminder to embrace the simple things we can do each day to really help strengthen our wellbeing. This can then can help us through the tough times.

There is a new theme each day – beginning with “Recharge with others” – Whiria te muka tangata.

Check out the Mentemia website where they have lots of daily activities, talks and tips for the week of Mental Health Awareness.  Want to help others and invite more joy into your life? Doing kind things for others floods your body with feel-good hormones – just like the ones you get from runner’s high.  Read their blog on 7 ways to Brighten Someone’s Day which include tiny yet thoughtful gestures that make the world a better place.  They will not only brighten your day but someone else’s.

Should I include my references in my CV?

Should I include my references in my CV?

 

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Should I include my references in my CV?

We get asked this a lot!  The short answer is no!

We do not recommend listing references on your CV. And here’s why…

In the early stages of an application process, recruiters and hiring managers are simply looking to get a high level understanding of your work experience.  You may be tempted to include your referee details within your CV to show some transparency or show these people can back up “I’m as great as I’m saying I am!”  

That’s understandable, however, there are some good reasons not to include them:

Protecting your

referees’ privacy 

There is personal information about that person sitting on your CV that could be distributed online. It could be uploaded to websites or job matching sites. They may not want their contact information shared with “the world.”

Respect for your

referees’ time

It protects your referees from any unsolicited calls. It also prevents people calling them before you have decided to progress any further with the application.

 

Controlling

the process

Not including them allows you to have more control over who you nominate as your referees for a particular role. It gives you time to speak to them first. You can let them know who will be calling and you can brief them on the key points of the role.

 

Instead use the phrase “References available upon request”

  This line may sound like you are stating the obvious, but using it shows you are prepared.

Already gathered some great references and would like to show them off?

 

Create a Separate

Document

Create a reference list in a separate document. Then when you are asked by a recruiter or potential employer for references, you can send them across quickly in a clear document. Do check for permission from anyone you plan to include! 

 Use Linked In

   Make sure your Linked In profile is up to date and ask for recommendations.  Recruiters and hiring managers will be checking out your profile, having up to date testimonials is another way to showcase your experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Form

Requirement

Occasionally application forms will specifically ask for this information, which is fine and you should include it. Otherwise referees’ contact info should be on a “need to know” basis.

You want to make use of the space in your CV and make every word count.

Rule of thumb….. unless you are asked, don’t put references in your CV.