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6 mistakes to avoid making when looking for a new job

The job market is shifting, and we have seen it move multiple times in 2020 already. In any job market, whether it is rich in job opportunities or not, there are mistakes job seekers make that 95% of the time will cost them an initial interview or even the job offer. We und...

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What is a cover letter 

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself and your skills to a recruiter or employer. This introduction should get them engaged enough to want to read on and explore your resume and skills further. A cover letter also gives the reader an indication of who you are as ...

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Tips to improve your LinkedIn profile 

Recruit & Consult recently held a successful webinar with our client base to help them rock their LinkedIn profiles. With so many great ideas shared, we decided to re-cap on everything we learned. We have put together a 9 point plan to help you get your LinkedIn profile looki...

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Being the new person at work

With everything that is going on in the world regarding employment and the impending new financial year, this generally means other new things like a new job or even career change. The excitement of a new opportunity can sometimes be entirely overshadowed by that daunting fee...

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How to stand out from other applicants

Job market shift and change constantly and that can be the result of market disruptors, technology or policy changes or even economic factors. Some times there is a plethora of jobs and not enough talent to meet the demand and other times it swings in the complete opposite direct...

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Preparing for a video interview 

Video interviews have swiftly become the new norm, for anyone who hasn't interviewed before via video it is highly likely that is about to change. Video interviews are likely to be held in the early stages of the recruitment process, so there is a strong chance you will still ...

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What is a code of conduct and why do I need one

A code of conduct is a set of rules, values, ethics and the vision for your business. Having a code of conduct in the workplace, provides staff with clear guide on what the standards and expectations are of them, when doing their job and representing the business. It's ...

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Make the change in 2020 – join the real estate industry

Is real estate for me? If you are obsessed with houses, farms, commercial properties, Grand Designs or The Block – the Australian real estate industry wants you. If you've ever thought - I think I want to work in real estate – do it – NOW. If you love ...

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Explaining resignations, CV gaps, and being fired

It’s highly likely that throughout all of our working lives we will hit a career glitch that requires explanation. These glitches are often in the form of a redundancy, being fired, gaps in your CV or a resignation. Conversations and explanations handled truthfully, and delicat...

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Listen Up!

Productivity, creativity, crime and business, who doesn’t love a good podcast to listen to. We have reflected on our favorite podcasts and put together a top 6 list of what we loved listening to in 2019 and continue to have on constant play. No Filter by Mia Freedman ...

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How to prepare for an interview

You’ve landed a job interview and don’t know what to do next? We have the tips for you to help you best prepare so you can put your nerves at ease and confidently step into that interview, equipped with everything you will need to nail it! Research: The compan...

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I want a career in Real Estate, where do I Start?

The Real Estate and Property industry in my opinion would have to be one of the most challenging and rewarding when it comes to having a career. The roles on offer and the skills gained along with the earning potential compared to many other industries is incomparable. Real Estat...

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Social media for business

The most powerful marketing and promotional tool in today’s market is social media. Without even realising it people will think they know you based on your online profile, and will make up their mind about doing business or connecting with you before they actually get to meet y...

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Knowing when you have found the right candidate

When you don’t recruit on a regular basis or if you have had a bad experience with a hire, it can be hard to know if a candidate you have met is too good to be true, or actually the person you should be hiring. As recruiters we meet hundreds of people every year, from all walks...

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Managing the recruitment process

Recruiting with or without the assistance of a recruiter can be a full time job in itself, it becomes all-consuming and overwhelming. The process of hiring and how it’s managed plays a really important part in the success of getting the hire right. Your process and the actions ...

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Handling workplace gossip

We all love a good chat about the weekend and what we have been up to in our teams, and often have a laugh about the little slip ups that happen in any workplace. It’s important to recognise the difference between general chat and banter compared to gossip. It may seem like har...

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How to write a Job Description

An effective job description provides enough information to determine whether someone is suitable for the position you are looking to fill. All businesses have different staffing needs so it’s important to create a job description that suits your business instead of copying som...

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Everyday performance management

Leading and managing a team is something that must be carried out every day. From the moment you step foot in the door you need to be switched on and be leading by example. You should be observing behavior, output and attitude each and every day not just in your 1 on 1 catch ups....

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The what and why of staff inductions

A staff induction is where you welcome a new employee into the business and formally introduce them to their new role. It’s a good idea to be prepared when it comes to inducting new staff as they can often feel overwhelmed when starting a new job. Many companies fail to do an i...

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Phone interviews and how to prepare

More common than ever, a phone interview will generally be the first port of call post your application submission. A little stressful as you need to think on your feet answering questions and selling yourself with little to no warning that the phone call was coming. The best way...

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Why you didn’t get the job

Calling a candidate to let them know they were unsuccessful at an interview is one of the not so great parts about being a recruiter. It can be hard news to deliver but even harder to receive, and quiet often that feedback can lead to self-doubt and frustration with your job sear...

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When You’re Sick Don’t Come In!

Being the person that came in whilst unwell and ended up infecting the office with the flu or a bug is not the person to be! No matter how big your workload is, or how quickly that deadline is creeping up on you, coming to work when you’re sick isn’t fair on the rest of the t...

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When you're let go from a job

It’s a dreadful feeling when your role is terminated and most of the time it will come as a shock. The termination of employment can be the result of many factors and doesn’t always have to be for negative reasons. It’s really important to focus on your next steps in order ...

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Unprofessional emails and voicemails

Laugh if you might at this article but let me assure you the little things we are about to reveal can have a profound impact on your credibility when looking for a new job. Your first communication with a potential employer or recruiter is highly likely to be via phone or email, ...

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Promoting staff

If you’re a business owner or team leader that has a strong belief on nurturing the career goals of those around you to retain them, then promoting them is likely going to be something you will do. Having a plan in place for promoting staff so you can make sure timing is righ...

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Clocking off in 2019

As 2019 starts to come to an end the mad rush to get everything in, ticked off, and completed for the year is well and truly happening. The phones seem to be ringing hot at Recruit & Consult HQ along with a steady stream of clients looking to activate recruitment plans for 20...

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How do I dress for an interview?

Knowing what to wear for an interview can be stressful, the way in which you present yourself has an influence on your success rate in an interview. Dressing professionally so you kook smart but so you are also comfortable is important. Your attire should mirror the company you a...

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Trusting your recruiter as a client

Deciding to work with a recruiter when you commence your staff search for some clients can be a confronting option; you need guidance and advice to help you with you find the very best fit in the market place and there is no harm in working with a recruiter provided they are trus...

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Questions to ask an employer in an interview

Getting an interview for a job you really want can be exciting, preparing for that interview so you can nail it is key. A part of that preparation should be around the questions you as the candidate can as your interviewer. Asking questions can do two things, the first it can sho...

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9 tips to sharpen your resume

It is an opportune time to sharpen your resume so you are putting your absolute best foot forward when applying for a job now or in the future. Your resume is your first impression and as the old saying goes “first impressions last”. There is a process of elimination when re...

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Post interview thank you email

Sharing how grateful you are for the opportunity to interview for a role is a great thing to do. It can help increase your chances of being selected and it can also help cement how eager you are about the opportunity to take on this role. Knowing what to say in that thank you ema...

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Post interview follow up

If you are working with a recruiter or dealing directly with a company that is hiring, your post interview follow up is important. Not knowing what to say or who to say it to can leave some candidates confused. Below are some easy to follow steps to help you navigate follow up af...

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Fresh interview questions

A fresh approach to interviewing and the way you ask questions can change the dynamic of the meeting and the quality of information you receive. Candidates are expecting to be asked about strengths and weaknesses, along with where they want to be in 5 years’ time. Those traditi...

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Bouncing back

Recruiting for the property industry means that our days are just as turbulent as those of our clients, we ride the wave of low stock, lending changes along with record prices and low days on market. When our clients are up so are we and when they are down we generally go down to...

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Being productive on your commute to work

The trip into work for some can be lengthy and boring and for others it can be quick and relatively stress free. Commute time is commonly seen as dead time but it can be utilised in many ways to help make you more productive for the day ahead or even for the next day. I have put ...

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Building a sales team

Sales Agents are the most in demand no matter what condition the market is in. Often when speaking with my clients they will start or end the call with “if you come across any good agents, let me know.” Building a sales team doesn’t have to be difficult, there are ways you ...

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Creating a winning team culture

If you’re looking to retain good staff and avoid a revolving door through you’re office then you need a winning team culture. Everyone has their own idea of what that looks like and each office and team can differ in what sets their culture apart. Here are some key things you...

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Common interview questions and answers

Some interview questions are easier to navigate then others and some interviews can leave you mind blank after being asked the simplest question. We have complied thee of the most common interview questions and answers to help you prepare for your next interview.   ...

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Common resume mistakes

Often great candidates miss out on incredible job opportunities due to a poorly executed resume. This document is the first critical step in the work search process and getting the basics right can help land your resume in the interview pile. Don’t let the following 5 mistakes ...

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Retention and recruitment planning through Covid-19

Right now across Australia I am seeing huge numbers of unemployment and business doing a 180 on how they operate. I am having a lot of conversations with business owners who are unsure of what to do when it comes to retention and hiring. Covid-19 aside, recruitment is a high prio...

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Trusting your recruiter as a Candidate

Deciding to work with a recruiter when you commence your work search for some candidates can be a confronting option. You need guidance and advice to help you with your search, but equally you are worried your boss might find out or the recruiter might have a hidden agenda and ju...

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What to do when a staff member resigns

The gut wrenching email or call from an employee “can we talk” always seems to conjure up all kinds of thoughts but generally the strongest one is that of an impending resignation. Not all resignations are a surprise and not all are bad news. However it’s important to be in...

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What not to include in your resume

As a recruiters we see 100’s of resumes each week, and they are all vastly different. Your resume is your first impression and generally first point of contact with a recruiter or hiring manager. There is plenty you should put into this document to really highlight your experie...

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Workplace wellness

Wellness and self-care along with balance all seem to be the trending words in work and personal life these days. We are spending more and more time connected to our work place and clients through technology and consumer expectations. This time can start to create burn out or wor...

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Why is my office a revolving door?

Staff turnover affects even the most successful businesses. A high turnover rate is a warning sign you shouldn’t ignore. If you notice this trend within your business appropriate measures and actions should be taken. Collaboration, communication, action and transparency are imp...

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I want to work for a million-dollar agent

When I meet with candidates one of the things, we discuss is the type of agent and agency they want to work for and why. A lot drop some big names that write big fees and in turn they perform at the top of their game. They want to learn from those agents but aren’t always sure ...

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Up-skilling and keeping busy

It is highly likely you have been spending time at the moment looking for things to keep you busy. You may also be pondering ways to diversify your skills and how you acquire fresh knowledge and qualifications outside of traditional learning environments. If this sounds like you ...

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Why do I need references?

Referees are incredibly crucial in today’s jobs market and the decision making process when hiring a candidate. Testimonials and online reviews are great for showing the skills and service but they aren’t a true indication of a candidate’s ability to carry out a job and whe...

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Up-skilling and how to do it best

Stay relevant in your industry and up to speed on legislative or technology changes is critical to continued career success and personal growth. In a world where everything seems to move at lightning speed and can become overwhelming of where to start and what to do to keep ahead...

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How to give constructive feedback

Feedback is essential to the progression of anyone’s career and as a manager, it’s your responsibility to develop talent within your team by providing feedback. Providing constructive feedback should be done regularly and not after a single incident. The purpose of providing ...

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Searching for a job in the current market

With jobs being made redundant and people being stood down for an indefinite time in mass numbers, the search for a new job can seem incredibly overwhelming. Searching for a job no matter what market we are in, is something that requires a well thought out approach over a pot luc...

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Job searching and working remotely through Covid-19

Uncharted waters are exactly what we are in with the current pandemic. Everywhere you turn there is opinion and news on the matter and quiet frankly it’s over whelming and confusing. We don’t know what the coming days, weeks or months may hold, and the vast majority of my cl...

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