What People Are Saying

Right for You 30 minute free service

We offer a 30 minute free meeting either in person or over Zoom so you get the right service. This is where you outline what your dilemma is and we discuss our service options with you.

Border Mail

I liked the small classes, friendly & easy to learn. Jo was great.

This has encouraged me to keep at it in learning more about connecting.

Presenter and assisting staff were most helpful and patient

Great event, well presented. Thanks for the chance to attend

The presenter was very good. Also having extra people on hand to give individual help was a great idea.

Attendees of Tech Workshop

Team Development

Expand Careers Services have provided tools and insights for staff to better understand personal relational and operational styles. This has better enhanced relationships within the organisation and will allow the team to further develop in appreciation and awareness of the unique qualities within the group and help mould future personal and organisational development.

In an organisation that is required to be agile and progressive, greater awareness of team dynamics is essential. The insights and feedback provided by Expand Careers has allowed strategies to be developed to overcome the everyday hurdles that accompany working within a changing world. It is important to Thurgoona Community Centre that within our capacity, we maximise the difference we make. This can be achieved by excelling at work relationships, self-awareness and robust personal interactions that are mutually beneficial to both the individual and the workplace. People are the most important resource of any organisation and Thurgoona Community Centre is only as healthy as the people within it.

Sherylyne

Coordinator , Thurgoona Community Centre

Workshop – Making Savvy Career Decisions

The quality of life within the context of work is making retaining good employees more challenging. In an era where it is reported that Gen Z see purpose as the core to work, Gen Y seek meaningful work and Gen X seek to leave a legacy, it is prudent that organisations equip their employees with tools to align themselves purposefully with their work.

Jo Pilon of Expand Careers delivered a very engaging and meaningful workshop at Thurgoona Community Centre. She provided tools for participants to step out of the day-to-day mechanics of work and take a bird’s eye view at the “why” behind their efforts. The tools she provides allow the attendees to identify important personal values and aspirations to be translated into plans for future progress and development. These are also helpful for the preparation to inform workplace appraisal processes and help employees to align themselves within the work environment and their aspirations for development.

Sherylyne

Coordinator, Thurgoona Community Centre

One of the things I found really helpful was realising how important my values are for my happiness at work – Susan

I didn’t realise how my current work skills can transfer to other jobs – Pete

The part that was most relevant to me was learning about my transferrable skills – Brad

I really liked the activities as they helped me start thinking about ways to get out of the rut I am in. – Kim

Career Strategies Workshop Attendees

I had been teaching on and off for the past 40 years, and I really didn’t want to end my working life as a teacher. I needed to do something else. I had always had a burning passion to make art and wanted to branch into that. To be honest, I didn’t really know how I was going to do it.

After Several sessions with Jo, I was able to define where I wanted to take my art. I wanted to draw images of rural Australia and have them printed on linen tea towels- this was to give rural Australia a visual voice.

It was those sessions with Jo that enabled me to identify my strengths and weaknesses (and work on both). As well as this, she helped me plot out a business plan, and define my goals.

Most of all she gave me the confidence to take my work and creative life into another direction – one that was more in sync with me now.

Her sessions with me helped develop clarity of thought that gave me the confidence to pursue another path and my dreams.

Jo W

Teacher

I have really appreciated everything you’ve done to help me in coming to a decision around my next career/study move.

Fiona, 31

I never realised how much I had achieved within my previous role and what I am capable of. Thank you for allowing me to see that Jo

Kurt -

Resume and cover letter - leadership roles

I found your service really helpful, talking to you and doing The Strong Interest career assessment made it so much easier to decide what I should do next.

Sophie

VET Teacher

I never realised how much I had achieved within my previous role and what I am capable of. Thank you for allowing me to see that Jo

Kurt -

Resume and cover letter - leadership roles

“Initially a school leaver when I contacted Jo Pilon. I have secured a two year Business Administration Traineeship position with Roads & Maritime Services in Parkes, NSW.

I am currently acting in a Business Administrative role in Newcastle while actively seeking full time employment still within RMS in the Newcastle region.

I had heard so many positive things about Jo’s ability to write great job applications. As I was fresh out of school with little knowledge on how to create an application, I knew I needed Jo’s skills and experience to produce a well written cohesive job application that would significantly increase my chance of being selected for the job

I could not be happier with where I am now, I am in both the position and location I work with the best bunch of people who make work enjoyable everyday. Without engaging Jo to write my job application I know for a fact I would not be where I am now.”

Katie -

School Leaver

“I have worked in agriculture since I was a young bloke and have a lot of experience but no qualifications.

A job came up in the organisation that I worked for that I knew I could do, but I was not confident that I would get a look in due to my not having the required formal qualifications.

Kate Pilon helped me by asking a lot of questions that made me realise how much I had achieved and could offer, she then wrote me a CV based on our chat.

Even though I did not have the qualifications mentioned in the job advertisement, I made it to final round interviews based on my resume and how it communicated that I had releva

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Paul

New Plymouth, New Zealand

I would like to take the opportunity to say how much I enjoy working with you and observing how your run your business. Everything is done with such grace and professionalism that I would really like to emulate when developing my own business. I have been impressed with so many aspects of the way you conduct your business, from simple things such as your voice mail message on the phone, how professionally you have terms and conditions all prepared and well structured and even your website which I really like and have been inspired by. I appreciate how complete tasks in a timely manner and to a very high standard.

Anne -

New Solopreneur

I love how you have told my story. You have lifted my applications to a new level.

The resume is brilliant

Brendan -

Job application - manager roles

Really appreciate your help & suggestions.

Ruth

Thanks for saving me, those suggestions are gold – thanks!!

The interview went well – I felt prepared. Your questions were so good in getting me prepared – thank you!

Brendan -

Interview Skills - Manager Role

Having had a baby a year before I booked an appointment with Kate, I was feeling very out of touch and like I didn’t have anything to offer in the workforce. My previous job had not been supportive of me during or after my pregnancy and I was feeling very irrelevant.

Talking with Kate made me recognise skills that I could use towards a new career and also made me aware that I had a lot to offer.

The program that Kate and I hashed out together kept me on track and I have now changed career paths and am working in a job that makes me feel more fulfilled than the work I did previously.

Belinda, 31

A mother of three young adults. I live on a farm and have worked in VET Education for 34 years in Central Western NSW.

My main concern was finding someone to prepare a professional and polished application so Katie could make it to the interview stage of the recruitment process, because I knew that the job she wanted for her gap year was going to be very competitive.

I would recommend Jo’s expertise to anyone of any age who really wants an edge to their application.

I was very happy and told Jo she is worth more money!

Robyn -

Mother of school leaver Katie