All Posts by Bec

About the Author

Bec McFarland is an experienced HR practitioner, manager, career coach and the creator of Pop Your Career. She delights in sharing practical, straight to the point career advice, spending time with her family and eating Mexican food.

What Are Hard Skills and How Can They Help Your Career?

By Bec | Changing Your Job or Career Path , Confidence, Mindset and Behaviour , Improving Your Current Career

When you are looking to undergo a career change, the word on everybody's lips is always skills. And when we are on the lookout for relevant skills in certain career types, the term “hard skills” comes up very rarely. While most people are aware of the importance of soft skills, hard skills are another thing entirely. But what are these from and how can they help your career?

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Hitting the Ground Running_ Getting Ready for Your New Job

Getting Ready for Your New Job – Hit the Ground Running

By Bec | Changing Your Job or Career Path , Confidence, Mindset and Behaviour

Searching for jobs online can feel like a very difficult task. But before you know it, you hit the motherlode, and you have a starting date lined up in a really great job. The end is finally in sight, right? But why we've been working hard at getting your ideal job, now is where you have to step up to the plate. There are many concerns, such as making a good first impression but also making sure that you are emotionally prepared for your first day. What are the things that you need to consider?

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That Covid-Prompted Career Change Might Be Just What You Need

By Bec | Changing Your Job or Career Path

To say that 2020 is a year that has bred uncertainty is quite the understatement. Economies have suffered and a lot of people have either lost their jobs or been left in a position of extreme uncertainty. But, as the old saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. Amidst all this gloom and uncertainty, there are career opportunities like almost never before.

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5 Tools You Need to Be a Successful Remote Worker

By Bec | Changing Your Job or Career Path , Confidence, Mindset and Behaviour , Improving Your Current Career

Without a doubt, the internet has been crucial to us finding amazing jobs. From helping individuals find new opportunities to offering fulfilling careers that one can pursue as a remote worker, the positive impacts that the internet has had on the workforce is almost limitless. These days, with current circumstances forcing most, if not all businesses to shift into the digital space, the undeniable link between the internet and jobs is stronger than ever.

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Using the internet to boost your career opportunities

Using the Internet to Boost Your Career Opportunities

By Bec | Changing Your Job or Career Path , Improving Your Current Career

Whether you’re looking for a pay rise or climbing the corporate ladder, the internet is a powerful tool when it comes to looking for career opportunities. With the right online activity, you can enhance your employability and secure the role of your dreams. So, why wait? Take a look at 4 ways the internet can boost your career opportunities. Start moving forwards now.

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How to Request a Professional Reference

By Bec | Changing Your Job or Career Path , Improving Your Current Career

Requesting a recommendation letter might seem like a straightforward task, but it’s common for job seekers to feel intimated or awkward about it. A professional reference letter is usually non-negotiable whether you’re finding a new gig after a layoff, making a career change, or entering the workforce for the first time. Thankfully, there are easy steps to take that will make requesting references easy every time. 

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Don't let the new year ruin your career ~ Pop Your Career

Don’t let the new year ruin your career

By Bec | Changing Your Job or Career Path , Confidence, Mindset and Behaviour

At the beginning of every new year, a few common themes become apparent with my clients and the people I encounter in general. Themes that tend to change our way of thinking and trigger actions that can sometimes be quite counter-productive in terms of career development. In this post, I am sharing the three most common themes that I see at this time of the year and what you can do to make sure the new year doesn’t ruin your career!

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