Please join us for YIPs VIC Following the Leaders event, where we will hear from a panel of three leaders in the insurance industry who will share their paths to success, give valuable advice and insight and offer tips on how we as YIPs can advance our careers in the industry.
John French (Chubb, Country President, Australia & New Zealand)
Chris Colahan (Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance, Australasian President)
Fiona Phillips (IAG, Executive General Manager, Business Services, Australian Business Division)
Click here to view our Leaders’ biographies
Moderator: Sampath Soysa (Principal, Gilchrist Connell)
Date: Thursday 8th September 2016
Time: 4:30pm registration, for a 5:00pm start. Please join us for networking drinks and canapés from 6:30pm onwards to meet our Leaders and connect with your fellow YIPs.
Location: Chubb Insurance (entry via concourse) Level 12, 720 Bourke Street, Docklands VIC 3000.
Click here for a map to the venue.
After the conclusion of drinks and canapés at Chubb, all are welcome for casual drinks at The Savoy Tavern (677 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000) where there will be space reserved for YIPs event attendees.
Cost: $20 members / $45 non-members
Places are limited so grab your ticket fast!
Sign up to login as a member to access your discount cover via our website www.yips.org.au.
Participation in the panel discussion entitles you to 1 NIBA CPD point or 1.5 ANZIIF CIP point
Do you have any burning questions for our Leaders? If so, please submit these questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tweet any questions on the night to #yipsanzseminar
How do I get the Members Discount?
All attendees registering should be YIPS members in order to obtain the Members Discount. You will need to enter a promotional code under "promotional code" when purchasing your tickets.
The promotional code is available to registered members only (either from the original email invitation sent to Victorian members, the members only section of the yips.org.au website or by emailing email@example.com)
You will need to register as a YIPs member via www.yips.org.au prior to emailing us for the code.
How can I pay for my tickets?
Payment is by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX).
Can you issue a receipt/tax invoice?
Your ticket is your invoice - please retain a copy for your records as these will be collected on the night. Note that YIPS Australia and New Zealand INC is not registered for GST therefore no GST is included in your ticket price.
Can I purchase tickets on the night?
Unfortunately, all tickets MUST be purchased online prior to the event.
NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
How many tickets are available?
There are a limited number of tickets (due to size of venue, catering etc) only so get in early to avoid disappointment. Note maximum tickets per order is five (5).
We can issue invoices for bulk orders of 6 or more people, subject to there being sufficient numbers of tickets remaining.
Should the event sell out you will be able to register your name on the waitlist - if tickets become available, you will receive an email advising you of ticket availability (best not to rely on this - we are VERY popular!)
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your ticket or download the Eventbrite app for Android & iPhone. Your ticket is your entry to this event.
What is the refund policy?
Refund on tickets purchased are available prior to 7 September 2016 via the Eventbrite website. After this date, no refunds will be available on tickets purchased.
ALL TICKETS PURCHASED ARE GOVERNED BY THE YIPS EVENT CODE OF CONDUCT - PLEASE READ PRIOR TO PURCHASING YOUR TICKET BY CLICKING HERE
The Valerie Baker Memorial Award is an award that recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance intermediary sector. It includes an unmatched educational experience in the global hub of insurance, London.
Applications will close on the 20th December 2015.
YIPs are happy to put out the call for you to consider if you – or one of your colleagues – might be the high achiever who might qualify for the award in in 2016. Both previous winners have called the prize “life changing” and certainly that’s the intention. YIPs want you to put the industry’s best into the limelight and give you a learning experience second to none – and to give your career a boost it may not be achieve otherwise.
More information about Valerie Baker and her her contributions to the industry is available here.
If you are interested in nominating a person for the Award or in applying, please go to the link on the Gold Seal website and follow the steps as outlined.
Any nominees feeling a little daunted are cordially invited to give Sheila Baker from Gold Seal a call, and she will help all comers through the application process.
Please note, although YIPs supports this initiative and encourages any qualifiying members to apply, the award is entirely run externally to YIPs.
Social media is playing an ever-increasing part in securing that dream role.
As a recruiter, I've seen candidates potentially scupper their chances of landing an interview due to inconsistent or unprofessional behaviour on social media.
If you think hiring managers dont "Google" you or check your Facebook before inviting you for an interview, think again!
With more and more recruiters and hiring managers checking your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles, its crucial that you present yourself professionally and consistently online.
Here are out Top 10 Social Media Tips for job seekers to ensure you have everything you need to know to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons:
We've all heard stories of candidates who looked great on paper but who were absolute disasters in person. With fewer and fewer interview opportunities available in this competitive market, it's essential to make the best possible first impression. You can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the top 10 worst interview bloopers.
1. Poor Handshake
The three-second handshake that starts the interview is you first opportunity to create a great impression,. But all too often an interview is blown right from the start by an ineffective handshake. Once you've delivered a poor handshake, it's nearly impossible to recover your efforts to build rapport.
Here are some examples:
The Limp Hand (or "dead fish"): Gives the impression of disinterest or weakness
The Tips of the Fingers: Shows lack of ability to engage.
The Arm Pump: Sincerity is questionable, much like an overly aggressive salesman. Even if you're a seasoned professional, don't assume you have avoided these pitfalls. Your handshake may be telling more about you than you know. Ask for honest critiques from several friends who aren't afraid to tell you the truth.
2. Talking too much
Most interviewers loathe over-talkative candidates. Over-talking takes a couple of forms:
- Taking too long to answer direct questions.
The impression: this candidate just can't get to the point.
- Nervous talkers.
The impression: this candidate is covering up something or is outright lying.
To avoid either of these forms of over-talking, practice answering questions in a direct manner. Avoid nervous talking by preparing for your interview with role-play
3. Talking negatively about current or past employers/managers
The fastest way to talk yourself out of a new job is to say negative things. Even if your last boss was Attila the Hun, never, never state your ill feelings about him/her. No matter how reasonable your complaints, you will come out the loser if you show that you disrespect you boss because the interviewer will assume that you would similarly trash him or her. When faced with the challenge or talking about former employers, make sure you are prepared with a positive spin on your experiences.
4. Showing up late or too early
One of the first lessons in job-search etiquette is to show up on time for interviews. Many job-seekers don't realise, however, that showing up too early often creates a poor first impression as well. Arriving more than 10 minutes early for an interview is a dead giveaway that the job seeker has too much time on his or her hands, much like the last one picked for the football team. Don't diminish your candidate desirability by appearing desperate. Act as of your time were as valuable as the interviewer's. Always arrive on time, but no more than 10 minutes early.
5. Treating the receptionist rudely
Since the first person you meet on an interview is usually a receptionist, this encounter represents the first impression you'll make. Often that receptionist's job is to usher you into your interview. The receptionist has the power to pave your way positively or negatively before you even set eyes on the interviewer. The interviewer may also solicit the receptionist's opinion of you after you leave.
6. Asking about benefits, vacation time or salary
What if a car salesman asked to see your credit report before allowing you to test drive the cars? That would be ridiculous, and you'd walk away with disgust. The effect is about the same when a job-seeker asks about benefits or other employee perks during the first interview. Wait until you've won the employer over before beginning that discussion.
7. Not preparing for the interview
Nothing communicates disinterest like a candidate who hasn't bothered to do pre-interview research. On the flip side, the quickest way to a good impression is to demonstrate your interest with a few well thought out questions that reflect your knowledge of their organisation.
8. Always accept the offer of a drink
An ill-at-ease candidate seldom makes a good impression. The first signs of nervousness are verbal ticks. We all have them from time to time -- "umm", "like", "you know". Ignore the butterflies in your stomach and put up a front of calm confidence by avoiding verbal ticks. You can also sometimes avoid verbal ticks by buying yourself some time to answer questions by sipping on a glass of water before each answer.
Not enough/too much eye contact
Either situation can create a negative effect. Avoid eye contact, and you'll wear the interviewer out. If you sometimes have trouble with eye-contact balance, work this issue out ahead of time in an interview practice session with a friend.
10. Failure to match communication styles
It's almost impossible to make a good first impression if you can't communicate effectively with an interviewer. But you can easily change that situation by mirroring the way the interviewed treats you. For instance: If the interviewer seems all business, don't attempt to loosen him/her up with a joke or story. Be succinct and businesslike.
If the interviewer is personable, try discussing his/her interest. Often the items on display in the office can offer a clue.
If asked a direct question, answer directly. Then follow up by asking if more information is needed.
Allowing the interviewer to set the tone of the conversation can vastly improve your chances of making a favourable impression. You can put the interviewer at ease and make yourself seem more like him or her by mirroring his or her communication style.
Just as a strong resume wins you an opportunity to interview, strong interview skills will win you consideration for the job. You already know that you won't earn an interview unless your resume sets you apart as a candidate of choice. Similarly, you should know that polishing your interview skills can mean the difference between getting the job offer- and being a runner-up.
Start your job search with a resume that creates a stellar first impression, then back those facts up with your extraordinary interview skills. You will have made yourself a better candidate by avoiding these ten interview pitfalls. And no one will have to talk about you as the candidate who "almost" got the job.
Asking for a pay rise is always a contentious issue and not an easy subject to raise with your boss!
Just because you turn up on time every day and hold a 100% attendance record for the year doesn’t necessarily entitle you to a pay rise. However, if you believe you’ve gone beyond the call of duty for your role, or perhaps taken on some extra responsibilities without the financial recognition you deserve, you could be in a favourable position when pitching to the boss.
If you feel you don’t have rapport with your manager this can be an extremely awkward conversation to have and in some cases people ‘wimp’ out and resign before they raise the issue.
Hold your horses people……..before doing anything drastic the best way to approach it would be to arm yourself with some good evidence and reasons as to why you deserve a raise.
1. Research the market
You need to know the market rate for someone with your experience. You can research this in many ways by searching for your role on job boards, asking recruiters, online salary surveys even searching if your own company are recruiting for that role online or internally. Salary levels are largely dictated by market forces (notably the cost of replacing the employee).
2. Approach your HR team
If after researching the market you still feel you’re not being paid your worth, approach your HR team and raise the issue. They will more than likely handle it directly with your manager on your behalf.
3. If it’s still a No
There are usually very good reasons why this is not possible, it might be because of the economy, it might be because you’re at the top of the salary scale for your role. What you need to do is increase your worth; you can do this by agreeing to take on wider responsibilities and opportunities to contribute further.
Focus on developing your own value to the employer and the market-place, rather than simply trying to achieve higher reward for what you are already doing.
So, You’ve been offered a fantastic new job that offers you everything, career development, better benefits and more money to boot. After much deliberation you decide to accept the offer.
You compose yourself and pluck up the courage to ask your boss for a ‘chat’ and tender your resignation. But it doesn’t go well, your boss is upset about losing their star performer that they’ve invested so heavily in and presents you with a counteroffer to stay.
Tempting? Absolutely! You’ve been with the company for a while now, you’ve made a lot of new mates, you can recite your email password in your sleep, you support the same footy team as your boss……..everything is familiar to you.
But wait, Don’t let familiarity cloud your judgment. Ask yourself whether the new position is a positive step toward advancing your career. Will it be better for you than your current position? If the answer is yes, then proceed with pursuing the new job. Familiarity will follow!
Here’s why we shouldn’t accept counter offers:
1. Those who accept counter offers will generally leave
or be let go within 6-12 months.
2. You deserve better then working for a company
who only offers what you are worth at the threat of
3. Have you considered where this increase in salary
is coming from? The majority of businesses have strict
policies and guidelines on budgets. Increase in salary is
usually your next raise early.
4. Your employer is now aware that you are unhappy and
looking elsewhere. Your loyalty and commitment will now
5. Once co-workers hear of your position, you will lose
peer-group acceptance and your relationships will change.
6. The same circumstances that have prompted you to look
elsewhere, will almost ALWAYS repeat themselves within
7. Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence,
and will diminish your personal pride knowing that you can
be bought at the last minute.
8. When promotion / salary raise time comes around, your
employer will consider your loyalty to the business.
9. Your company may start looking for your replacement
10. Consider why your issues have not been addressed
previously. The culture of the business and communication
channels is not going to change.