career advice blog

Are you looking for career advice on how to land your next dream job? Randstad's career advice blog is an information hub containing helpful tips and excellent career advice on topics such as: searching and applying for jobs, the latest job search tools, how to network, top interview hints & tips, how to write a resume and cover letters, how to build and maintain your personal brand on social media and general career advice. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

how to choose the right references

Tags: career progression, finding a job, job interview, work in New Zealand

Your choice of references can sometimes really make or break your chances of employment, so it’s important that you choose them carefully. In some instances, such as if you are new to the job market, you may not have many options when it ... read more

Monday, 19 June 2017

should you add your work colleagues on Facebook?

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

This is a tricky one. Of course, there are some colleagues you might consider to be more like real friends than work colleagues, but how do you distinguish whether or not you should be virtual “friends” on Facebook? There are a few ... read more

Thursday, 15 June 2017

5 ways to stay positive on your job search

Tags: finding a job, job search

Looking for a job can be a long and arduous process. It can seem like you are hitting your head against a brick wall the longer your search goes on, and it’s easy to become disengaged and even depressed. But the last thing you should do is be ... read more

Monday, 12 June 2017

10 reasons why you didn't get the job

Tags: career progression, job search

Whether you have just started to look for a job or you have been searching for months – it’s always hard to hear that sadly you have been "unsuccessful" this time. The thing is, there might be a number of reasons why you did not get ... read more

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

company culture: how to tell if an organisation is right for you

Tags: job satisfaction, job search

You may have heard the phrase “company culture” used when you apply for a job. But what does it really mean for you? When you think about company culture does it affect or sway your decision-making when it comes to looking for and ... read more

Friday, 2 June 2017

work-life balance: achieving the ultimate work goal

Tags: job satisfaction

In what feels like a sudden shift, the results are in and this year New Zealanders’ priorities are changing. The 2017 Randstad Employer Brand Research revealed a drop in priority for job location, from 31% in 2016 to 26% in 2017, and ... read more

Friday, 2 June 2017

why it’s important to be a passive jobseeker

Tags: career progression, job search, recruitment agencies

Are you happy in your job? Would you consider yourself settled? There are a large number of New Zealanders who are classified as passive jobseekers, those who are not actively looking for a new job but would be interested in a new job opportunity if ... read more

Monday, 29 May 2017

how to ask for a pay rise: the FAQs

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction, salary

If you were inspired by our article “how to negotiate salary”, why not keep up the momentum and brush up on your pay rise technique, with these pay rise FAQs to really find out if, how and when you should ask for a pay ... read more

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

7 tips for mature job seekers

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction, job search

Don’t be discouraged from changing careers or looking for a new job if you are over 45, or even over 65. It’s important to remember that there are a number of advantages you have over younger employees, and there are ways you can use ... read more

Monday, 22 May 2017

10 ways to get your next job

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

There can be a number of reasons why you didn’t get the job. It might even be that you ticked all of the boxes, but you just didn’t quite “fit” in with the team. It can sometimes be down to your experience level, you might ... read more

Thursday, 18 May 2017

how to negotiate salary

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

It can be a scary prospect to negotiate salary. Whether you have just been offered a new job and now it’s time to negotiate your salary, or (as in most cases) you have been in a job for a while now, and feel like you deserve a pay ... read more

Monday, 15 May 2017

the biggest career regrets of mid-career professionals

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

When you start to approach the middle of your career it’s often a time for reflection. And when it comes to this time of your career, most professionals will admit to a regret or two about decisions they made throughout their career so far, ... read more

Friday, 12 May 2017

3 bad habits that can ruin your career

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

You are basically a pretty good employee. You show up to work every day and work as hard as you can at the task in hand. In fact, you worked hard to get this job, but something isn’t quite right about you… You might be a decent ... read more

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

top transferable skills & how to develop them

Tags: career progression, finding a job

Regardless of your industry there are three skills you need to develop to stand out as a top candidate. But what’s most interesting about these skills, is that they can be the most difficult to find in an employee and yet the most ... read more

Monday, 8 May 2017

how to manage holidays and work relationships

Tags: annual leave, job satisfaction

Taking holidays are a vital part of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, but they can also seem like a stressful time. Work can build up just before and colleagues often find it difficult to manage without you.  But don’t let this ... read more

Thursday, 4 May 2017

5 essential skills you will need in the workplace of the future

Tags: career progression, finding a job, job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

The workplace is changing. Today, we are more tech savvy than ever and the workplace is becoming a true reflection of how technology is transforming our lives. Not only are we communicating instantly with each other via Hangouts, Live Chat and ... read more

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

the top 3 mistakes jobseekers make on CVs

Tags: CV, resume

Looking for a new job can be exciting, and sometimes you can get some early wins that make the time spent on your search seem worthwhile. But it can sometimes be a long, drawn-out process that can get frustrating and difficult, with endless ... read more

Monday, 1 May 2017

how to get noticed by a recruitment agency

Tags: job interview, job search, recruitment agencies, work in New Zealand

It can be tough to get recognised when you start looking for jobs. However, it's important to know job agencies can miss your application for a number of reasons that are entirely within your control.  As recruitment specialists, we look for ... read more

Friday, 28 April 2017

a video guide to preparing for an interview

Tags: interview tips, job interview

At Randstad, we understand that every interview can be very different, but we do know that all of them require a considered approach and great preparation.  It can seem a little daunting at first, but by preparing for your interview well in ... read more

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

how to build your social media brand

Tags: career progression, finding a job

Social media is officially part of your job profile and personal brand. It’s a key part of our modern existence and it’s difficult to escape not having a presence.  It’s true that many people avoid it altogether to avoid ... read more