New Year's career resolutions

BY: Tracey Mesken31/12/2015

​Like many of you, we're heading off to a New Year's Eve celebration today, armed with a six-pack, a handful of sparklers and an answer to that frequently asked question of the evening, "what's your New Year's resolution"?Now is the time to start thinking about what you want 2016 to look like and what you want to achieve.The most common commitments for the new year are often career related - "I want to move forward in my career, transition into a new industry, upskill in my current role, secure stable employment, find a new, exciting job that challenges me, get the pay rise I know I deserve"!We've created a list of 10 career resolutions to inspire you on your job journey this year. Tip: Write down your goal and the steps you need to take to reach that goal. Make it your screen saver on your phone. Seeing the non-negotiable steps you must action to kick your goals on a daily basis is a great way to stay on track in 2016. 10 career resolutions to inspire you:1.  Start developing the skills I need for my next career move.2. Take the first step towards completing a professional qualification.3. Join a professional association related to my field in order to expand my knowledge and contacts.4. Initiate a problem-solving discussion instead of stewing in silence when I am upset.5. Master new technologies related to my work.6.  Stop griping about how much I hate my job and create a plan for career change.7. Research resume-preparation techniques and rewrite my resume.8. Subscribe to the WorkPac blog and use the online resources to help develop my job-search skills.9. Have a discussion with my boss about my career goals.10. Start contributing to my retirement plan to help secure my future. 


The office Christmas party: A survival guide

BY: Tracey Mesken21/12/2015

​It's Christmas party season. That time of year when *some* of us over-indulge at the workplace Christmas party, flushing our self-respect and career prospects down the drain. It’s a tricky social occasion to navigate. You want to have fun, let your hair down and celebrate a year of hard work with your colleagues. Fair enough.We've put together a survival guide for the office Christmas party so you can enjoy yourself while making sure you still have a job the morning after.Make sure you #sleigh at the Christmas party this year by keeping these dos and don’ts top of mind.​Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href=''><img src='' alt='Managing Workplace Stress' width='540px' border='0' /></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href=''>The Work Christmas Party</a></p><br /><br /><p>


Managing workplace stress

BY: Tracey Mesken02/12/2015

​Emotions are contagious and workplace stress impacts your professional interactions, your family and your health. Managing work-related stress is critical to your wellbeing and to the people around you.​According to the Victorian State Government, workplace stress is the second most commonly compensated illness/injury in Australia, after musculoskeletal disorders.Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href=""><img src="" alt="Managing Workplace Stress" width="540px" border="0" /></p><p></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href="">Managing Workplace Stress</a></p><br /><br />Quick stress relieving techniques you can do at your desk or onsiteTake a deep breath: Breathing counteracts stress by slowing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure. Sit up straight, close your eyes and focus on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.Have an avo! High potassium foods fight fatigue and stress.Stretch. Sit up tall in your chair, or stand up. Stretch your arms overhead and interlock your fingers. It's a great way to release tension instantly.Crank up the tunes. Music has a powerful effect on our physiological functions. 


36 pieces of career advice no one will actually tell you

BY: Tracey Mesken25/11/2015

​Want honest, straight-up career advice from CEOs, authors, recruiters and career coaches? The stuff that no one tells you? BuzzFeed compiled 36 pieces of career advice no one will actually tell you. Get ahead with this list of candid career advice.​Learn hard truths on what really gets you hired, what questions you should be asking plus valuable insights on how to create your dream job.And if in doubt, don't WWDDD (What Would Don Draper Do). Contact your local WorkPac centre for sincere career advice that will steer you in the right direction.See the Buzzfeed listicle on career advice no one tells you here.WorkPac’s Head of Marketing, Tracey Mesken, comes in with number 37 - enthusiasm. "Be enthusiastic about what you do and how you interact with your workmates. Engaged workers look confident and professional. A positive and excited attitude is a key indicator of success".