I felt at a loss as to what I would do for work. My self-esteem was non-existent. I felt my work skills and knowledge were out-dated. I attended a women’s network event and life introduces me to Marina Pitisano, she spoke of her business – Jump Start your Career Program- it was an answer to a prayer. I enrolled to attend the following week. From the very first lesson, I felt a change within me. A spark, a sprinkle of self-esteem, Marina is nothing short of wonderful. I left the first session on a high – realising that I have many employable skills and abilities. In addition, the vocational possibilities were limitless. Marina tailors her training according to the students’ needs, so it feels more like one- on-one training. I loved it so much I could not stop talking about Marina and the course.
The course overall covered everything I needed to understand the work force today. To name a few course topics Styles of communication, networking, resume and letters, job-hunting, interview techniques and most importantly to work through and understand what it is I want as a career / job.
I recommend this program to anyone who has been out of the work force for some time. All mothers who have taken leave to raise a family, or jetsetters who now want to settle down, just in general if you are out of work or want to change your career… this course is for you.
Thank you so much Marina, you are a gift. I now have the tools and confidence to find or create the job of my dreams.”
At our initial complimentary consultation I was immediately impressed with Marinas professionalism. She put me at ease with her personable nature; she was attentive as I discussed the frustrations of my situation to her. Marina was able to provide a prescriptive approach and outlined a tailored solution that would assist me in entering this new job market. She helped me understand what employers looked for in Melbourne and how I can make my CV stand out from the rest.
With Marina’s positive attitude, weekly ‘assignments’ and timeline of where we should be at each of our sessions, we progressively kept working towards my goal of obtaining a job. We first worked on revising my CV and cover letter and through many modifications we came up with the first two building blocks and had a solid foundation to confidently send out to potential employers. We would customize the documents for each job that I applied to. Throughout this process, Marina was available when I had questions, via text, email and phone and would keep in touch with me a few days before each of our next sessions to see how I was progressing.
I was granted an interview with a temp agency within about a month where I was immediately offered a permanent temporary position at a well know company. I’m beyond grateful for the patience, work and unequivocal positive direction that Marina showed during this whole process. I would recommend her services without hesitation.” Eleni P
I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for work, thinking about a career change or just unsure about what other opportunities could be out there.” Brenton
For the first time in my life I was unemployed after choosing to take a redundancy. What I found was there were no real resources to help someone who is already skilled, but never having been in the position of having to find employment. Many of the obvious online options were not having an impact.
When a valued business contact referred me to Marina, I realised I needed direction and support. Initially Marina was able to provide valuable insight from her experience to streamline my resume and focus on highlighting my skills within my given industry and potentially others. She provided hands on interviewing training, direction and feedback. Marina was invaluable in assisting with utilising linkedin and other social media to re-establish my business and networking contacts. With Marina’s help I have now gained quality employment and looking forward to a successful career.
Marina is knowledgeable, helpful, attentive and supportive. She brings many years of experience in job placement at all levels, and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her to anyone seeking employment or to advance their career.
Marina, thank you. Everyone else, please call her. NOW.” Chris P
After incorporating Marina’s recommendations, my resume is succinct and focussed on measurable outcomes. Thanks Marina.” Sue D
One word I did pick up on and used to my advantage in the Interviews was “Integrity”. On the maturity part I never disclosed my age  and reinforced I would still be around and working with the company in ten years [if accepted] when the question was asked were I saw myself in ten years.
Today I was called for a second interview as the owner of the company was in Bendigo and he offered me the position as Show Home Consultant. And of course I accepted as this company has great values and there are the opportunities to grow in the sales field. Again I can not thank you enough for reinstalling my confidence and belief in myself. It was very empowering and on the drive to the interview I kept your words in my head and repeating them over and over.
I have already spoken to my employment case manager [she is so excited ] and highly recommended you and I will certainly recommend you when I know some one is struggling like I was. This position was advertised on Seek.com.au and not through an agency or the news papers.” Vella
I loved working with Marina. She’s gentle yet firm. And she brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and integrity to her work, making your job applications shine. She starts with the basics. Marina looks at your CV and works with you to make your CV a tool that you can proudly send out to prospective employees.
When you get a job interview, she’s with you every step of the way. Marina will help you understand what they mean when they ask certain questions because she knows what employers are looking for. Marina has had many years of experience as a senior Human Resources (HR) manager in the cut-throat world of corporate banking. And it shows. She’s astute, and she knows just what your next employer is looking for. And how you will convince them that you’re the one.
I hope you’ll enjoy working with her as much as I did.” Kristyna
Marina was very astute at honing in on what really mattered. Marina helped me identify my transferable skills and most importantly for me coached me through how to communicate what I had to offer. Marina didn’t always tell me what I wanted to hear, instead she was genuine and constructive in her feedback and advice, and her insight into the job market and application process was spot on!
Having Marina’s support gave me the confidence and skills I needed to achieve my goals. I am delighted at how it all worked out. Marina helped me stand out amongst the pack and secure my job. I’m back! You’re the best Marina! Michelle P
Interview techniques is apparently another building block in getting to the next stage. Marina made me reassess my skills and strengths so that I felt confident in answering any questions that were asked. She not only gave me confidence she also talked me through what would be in my best interests in my job search, she advised on areas that would complement my degree which were not necessarily one of my keywords in my job search. I cannot praise her enough, I felt ready to take on the world once I had my session with her and immediately went for an interview with a big corporation that had had hundreds of applicants. I breezed through my interview and was shortlisted for the position, however as I will be travelling overseas for a couple of months, the timing was not right. I highly recommend her to anybody looking to get back to work, or to make a career change, or generally anybody that is so overwhelmed by the whole recruitment drama.” Bianca
I also wanted to thank you for your belief that I had this job in the bag but that I still needed to be 100 percent prepared for anything they would throw at me during the interview and giving me all those potential questions to prepare answers for…..this really helped me feel well prepared and heaps calmer at the actual interview.
I could not have done it without you – BIG Thank you!” Donna Preston
Marinas patience, extensive and expansive industry knowledge and understanding of the competition I was facing was paramount when it came to the personal growth I gained, and of course the successful appointment to a new and exciting role.
To put simply, Marina knows her stuff. She was there throughout he entire journey and I cannot thank her enough for her support and guidance. From setting plans, to dealing with my previous employer, to understanding my worth in the workplace, to assessing career options, to helping me become an interview guru, all the way to helping me decide between numerous job offers I was presented in the end. Marina is a true professional and I highly recommend her service.” Mark
Marina kindly provided her time to meet up regularly after hours as well as being available on the phone. Marina has helped guide me through some of the challenges of being both a new HR manager and new people manager with advice from her vast experience. It was great to have support and guidance from someone objective outside my organisation. Thanks to both Marina and AHRI – I would definitely look to take part in the program again in future. Mel
Her dedication in helping me to find a job was second to none, I found a job two months after my redundancy and I must admit I took a month off to spend time with my dad who was visiting from overseas. I highly recommend Marina’s services, best money I have ever invested.” Ivonne
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