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  • Keep calm and go ‘Exclusive’!
    Keep calm and go ‘Exclusive’!
    A valued client recently asked me if I would ‘share’ a job with another recruiter.  At first, I was slightly offended until I realised that this client really didn’t understand the value they gained from working with only one recruiter. ...
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  • Top tips for writing the perfect cover letter
    Top tips for writing the perfect cover letter
    In my line of work, I see a lot of cover letters.  In fact, I use cover letters as a way of shortlisting candidates very quickly. Every one of our company adverts will ask an applicant to provide a cover...
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  • Show me the Money!                                                                                                                           ..... how to ask for that pay rise
    Show me the Money! ….. how to ask for that pay rise
    “I sucked in a shaky breath, feeling my throat constrict. Panic rose like bile in my body. I suddenly didn’t know how to speak. Or walk. I just stood blankly, staring up at the terror before me. My palms were...
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  • Horrible Bosses
    Horrible Bosses
    Throughout our career we will be exposed to so many different personalities, from colleagues to clients to bosses.  And no doubt a few of us will have a few ‘horrible boss’ stories tucked away for that dinner party reveal after...
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  • To Contract or Not
    To Contract or Not
    To Contract or Not? Contracting is one of the fastest growing employment arrangements in Australia and around the world according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics; independent contractors along with temporary and casual workers account for over 28% of the...
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  • Quality.  The best kind of advertising.
    Quality. The best kind of advertising.
    One of my favourite bloggers is Seth Godin.  I receive his blogs on a daily basis and always enjoy what he writes as, for the majority of the time, what he has to say is relevant to me; and most...
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  • The technical specialist you need for your business advantage.
    The technical specialist you need for your business advantage.
    Deloitte says ‘Use an executive recruiter’ Yes they do. Really! Talent has always been important to business success but now it needs to become an inseparable part of business strategy, on par with technology and finance. The global demographic shift,...
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  • Will your resume pass the seven second test?
    Will your resume pass the seven second test?
    Imagine this, it’s late at night and a HR Manager or Recruiter has 120 resumes to get through and a shortlist of no more than ten to compile for interviews.  Now think of the resume that you are going to...
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  • How to negotiate your way to that perfect job
    How to negotiate your way to that perfect job
    I often get asked when is the right time to discuss salary during the interview process.  As a recruiter, I make it a priority to cover this during my very first discussion with a candidate and it’s something we refer back...
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  • Once upon a time
    Once upon a time
    “Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” – Seth Godin I recently attended an event for small business, and one of the main points was about connecting with your target audience. ...
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  • Retaining those top employees
    Retaining those top employees
    I know I have touched on this subject before, but now more than ever, at the beginning of the year employers need to keep those key employees.  It’s the time of the year where New Year resolutions are in place...
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  • ‘Tis the season!
    ‘Tis the season!
    Oh Christmas, here you are again, highlighting that we are at the end of yet another year.  Another year older, wiser and busier (we hope!).  As we will all be inundated with Christmas blogs, many about office parties, I decided...
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  • Hiring top talent - how to save time and money and do it right from the beginning
    Hiring top talent – how to save time and money and do it right from the beginning
    “The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.” – Steve Jobs Hiring the best people start at the beginning – The Interview process. Interviewing is an art,...
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  • How urgent is that hire?
    How urgent is that hire?
    One of a recruiter’s greatest challenges is when a client calls about an ‘urgent’ role that they need filled.  They need resumes yesterday and the candidates must tick all the boxes.  The recruiter then scrambles to search, advertise, interview and...
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  • Do you have a recruitment strategy?
    Do you have a recruitment strategy?
    There are a number of questions I ask my clients, especially when we are meeting for the first time.  One question is “How do you recruit new people into your business?” and “What recruitment challenges do you have?”  I find...
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  • How to build an effective relationship with a recruiter
    How to build an effective relationship with a recruiter
    The title “Recruiter” tends to have both positive and negative connotations depending on whom you are speaking with.  Some people would consider recruiters unhelpful whilst others swear by them.   As a recruiter I come across both of these attitudes when...
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  • How to stand out from the crowd
    How to stand out from the crowd
    I am sure today’s job seekers are fed up hearing that they need to ‘stand out’.  Many have no idea what that means or where to even start.  It’s a complex world right now and job hunting can be hard...
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  • SME owners: When did you have your last holiday?
    SME owners: When did you have your last holiday?
    “Work to live, don’t live to work’ The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that there are over two million small businesses in Australia, that is businesses with less than 15 staff.  I don’t know about you, but I find that...
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  • Work/Life Balance – what does it really mean?
    Work/Life Balance – what does it really mean?
    When interviewing a potential candidate one of the most important things I need to know, as a Recruiter, is what their motivator is.  Is it salary, challenge, career advancement, location, work/life balance or whatever is at the core of an...
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  • "Unfortunately, that day has come": What to do when an Employee resigns
    “Unfortunately, that day has come”: What to do when an Employee resigns
    We’ve all been there. You have an employee who’s attitude suddenly ‘changes’, they don’t seem to care about their work, take long lunch breaks and have gone ‘cold’. Then one day they approach your office looking nervous, clutching an envelope,...
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  • Job hunting is a sport: practice hard and play by the rules
    Job hunting is a sport: practice hard and play by the rules
    Although Australia is not officially in a recession, we haven’t exactly been going through a boom period either. Clearly there is an economic downturn in areas such as mining and construction which has impacted unemployment, share prices and housing values,...
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  • It’s all about your attitude
    It’s all about your attitude
    Welcome to a bright, shiny, new 2016! Isn’t it amazing how people change when a New Year starts? I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately because really it’s just another day, but we live by a calendar that dictates...
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  • Look to the future but learn from the past: the first year of Elite Executive
    Look to the future but learn from the past: the first year of Elite Executive
    Elite Executive is one year old in January and although I have run my own business for nearly four years now, Elite is my baby, my responsibility 100%, and my dream. As I look back on 2015 I realize that...
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  • Christmas is a time for reflection
    Christmas is a time for reflection
    Christmas is a time for reflection on what we want for our life and what we are most passionate about doing every day. My family and friends always encouraged me to start my own business and do what I enjoy...
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  • How to resign gracefully
    How to resign gracefully
    Almost everybody who has ever worked has had the experience of resigning. It’s one of the shared experiences of the working population of every country. There are a myriad of different ways to resign, both good and not so good....
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  • To Friend or Unfriend
    To Friend or Unfriend
    The Fair Work Commission recent decision has certainly encouraged a great deal of discussion with people and making people think before they accept any future friend requests on Facebook. It has always been my philosophy not to friend work colleagues...
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  • Are you thinking of changing industries?
    Are you thinking of changing industries?
    In an ever fluctuating economy, I am speaking to more and more people interested in changing industries. It is always a question I ask candidates with a history in one industry ‘Are you open to changing industries?’; if they are,...
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  • Succession planning - are you ready?
    Succession planning – are you ready?
    Succession planning, in the past, was reserved for the executive suite in businesses, it was treated as a contingency plan for the worst case scenarios. However, over the years we have seen a vast shift in succession planning best practices....
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  • How to Manage Performance Appraisals
    How to Manage Performance Appraisals
    Businesses today are still using the traditional annual performance appraisal process to  discuss a potential salary increase, identify performance and/or behavioural issues and evaluate the overall competency of an employee. Performance Appraisals come in many different forms and are very...
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  • Professionalism - What is it exactly?
    Professionalism – What is it exactly?
    Professionalism. The Oxford English Dictionary says it means “The competence or skill expected of a professional: the key to quality and efficiency is professionalism” but what exactly is ‘expected’ in this context? I once made the mistake of ‘assuming’ a...
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  • Your beliefs create your world
    Your beliefs create your world
    “Every decision in your life is controlled by your beliefs and values. You may not realize it, but you have the power to choose what you believe about your life, people, money and health. You can either choose beliefs that...
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  • People Management - Are you a leader or an Ostrich?
    People Management – Are you a leader or an Ostrich?
    “Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” Anne M....
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  • Drinking with U2: How my interview initiative paid off
    Drinking with U2: How my interview initiative paid off
    This blog title is probably a bit of a no-brainer to 99% of us, but in my line of work the amount of times I speak with a candidate after they have had a job interview and hear how they...
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  • How to hang onto those top performers
    How to hang onto those top performers
    In a day and age where there are many highly qualified people on the job market, I have noticed some clients becoming complacent. The cost of turnover is often way underestimated. The obvious costs are recruiting and training costs but...
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  • What are you worth?
    What are you worth?
    I am finding more and more candidates underselling themselves. Be it due to desperation or not knowing their market worth. Why is this happening? Why do some candidates undervalue and underprice their worth? Are interviewers bulldozing candidates into accepting less?...
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  • Relocating: the issues to consider before you take the plunge
    Relocating: the issues to consider before you take the plunge
    In an era of fluctuating job opportunities, lean companies and redundancies it’s easy to say ‘Yes, I’ll relocate for a job’. I am finding more and more candidates saying that they are willing to move cities, states or even countries...
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  • Taking a break? Don't!
    Taking a break? Don’t!
    You’ve left your job, you need a break, but don’t take your eye off the job market! This is how. In speaking with a number of candidates lately, I’ve noticed a pattern. They have either resigned or been made redundant...
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  • How to attract leaders to your business
    How to attract leaders to your business
    ‘Having a personality of caring about people is important. You can’t be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.’ Richard Branson It may be a ‘candidate strong’ market right...
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  • Are you a leader that engages his or her staff?
    Are you a leader that engages his or her staff?
    I read recently that engagement is more like a plant than it is like a solid structure. It grows, you don’t build it. The best way to help it grow is to create an environment where growth can happen. This...
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  • The top 10 most common resume / CV Mistakes
    The top 10 most common resume / CV Mistakes
    Resume readers tend to have very little patience, and will sooner reject your application than consider calling you for answers. Here’s a list of the most common resume writing and CV mistakes found on many applications. Resume is too long...
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  • The Only Resume Advice You'll Ever Need"
    The Only Resume Advice You’ll Ever Need”
    If you have ever been looking for a job I’m sure asked yourself: “What can I do to make my resume stand out and get an employer to seriously consider me for a job”? If you Googled the term “resume”,...
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  • Preparing for an interview
    Preparing for an interview
    Step 1 – Do Your Research   Step 2 – Preparation   Step 3 – The Interview   Step 4 – After the Interview...
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  • 15 tips to ensure your resume stands out
    15 tips to ensure your resume stands out
    1. Get focused on the objective of your resume The objective of your resume is to win you an interview. It’s that simple. It’s not the life and times of your role. Keep it stylish, professional and succinct. Make it...
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