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, 9 November 2016

why happiness is good for your career

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

In a world where business is driven by competitive advantage, power and wealth, it is easy for happiness to take a back seat. But we know that the ultimate goal of happiness has the power to bring not just well-being, but also career ... read more

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Be the boss about boss conversations

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

When initiating a career conversation with your boss, ensure you're well prepared for the discussion. Career discussions usually only arise once or twice a year during the performance review period. As they are few and far between, make it your ... read more

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

personal branding: 7 ways to build yours & use it to score your next job

Tags: career progression, finding a job, job search, recruitment agencies, resume, work in New Zealand

Not just a buzz-word used by marketing professionals to wow their target audience, ‘branding’ – and in particular your own ‘personal brand’, is the perfect way to differentiate yourself when you are up against other job ... read more

Monday, 13 June 2016

5 tips for networking yourself into a new job

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

Although it can often be considered a shallow tactic for anyone trying to market themselves and land a new role, networking, both online and offline, is pretty much essential for any personal branding strategy. In her perceptive review of the ... read more

Thursday, 9 June 2016

preparing for a job interview - how to have a great answer for any question

Tags: career progression, finding a job, interview tips, job interview, job search, recruitment agencies, resume

At last! All your networking, job searching and tireless application writing has paid off and you’ve managed to land an interview for your dream role. However, the hard work doesn’t stop here, and although the interview process ... read more

Friday, 27 May 2016

5 questions job seekers should ask during an interview

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

You've qualified for an interview, good going! If you've gotten far enough into the recruiting process that you're sitting down in front of a hiring manager, this is your shot to put the job in the bag. The pressure is on, you're in the hot ... read more

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

how to increase your visibility on LinkedIn

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search, recruitment agencies, resume, work in New Zealand

Now that you have a stellar profile (be sure to read our LinkedIn Profile Tips post first, if you haven’t already) you are ready to actively increase your visibility and engage. Consider the strategies and techniques below to help find ... read more

Thursday, 28 April 2016

CV writing: 5 steps to success

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search, resume, work in New Zealand

As recruiters, we’ve seen our share of resume mistakes. You know, the It professional whose hobbies include “Mushroom hunting”; the project coordinator whose language skills include “Speak English and Spinach”; the ... read more

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

7 tips to turn a good LinkedIn profile into a great one

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search, resume, work in New Zealand

Let's start with some edits and “fixes” to help you go from good to great. 1. customize your url Why? It makes you look professional, gives you a clean url to direct people to and helps you come up in Google searches. ... read more

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

engaged or just dating? the fear of commitment at work

Tags: finding a job, job satisfaction, job search

We talk a lot about employee engagement and what employers can do to ensure optimal production through optimal engagement. That repetition, by the way, is not accidental. The only thing wrong with that approach is it assumes employee engagement is a ... read more

Monday, 14 March 2016

the do’s and don’ts of asking for a payrise in 8 easy steps

Tags: career progression, interview tips, job satisfaction, salary

Asking for a pay increase is never as easy. Some people do find it’s an easy conversation to have with their manager because they feel confident in what they have to ask for and have the evidence to back it up. Others might need ... read more

Thursday, 24 December 2015

how to progress your career in 2016

Tags: accounting, banking & finance, call centre, career progression, construction, contact centre, education, engineering, finding a job, IT, job search, technologies, work in New Zealand

The New Year is a great time to think about your career and where you'd like your career to be in the future. But how do you decide what your path should be? If you are looking to make a career change in the upcoming year, there's ... read more

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

top 10 reasons why you didn't get the job

Tags: finding a job, job search, recruitment agencies

Regardless of whether you’ve been searching for a job for months, or only just begun your search for a new employer, it always hurts when you finish up the interviews process only to find out that you’ve been unsuccessful in your ... read more

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

7 ways to stand out from the job hunting crowd

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search, resume

In today's tough job market, where the number of jobseekers exceed the number of roles on offer, it's never been more important than now to make sure you stand out from the crowd during the interview process.  Here are our 7 top tips on how ... read more

Monday, 20 July 2015

application tips for IT jobs

Tags: CV, interview tips, IT, job interview, job search, technologies

IT professionals develop systems and provide diagnostic analysis for technical processes and procedures. It is an educated position that requires candidates to come equipped with a solid academic background along with a proven skill base of being ... read more

Thursday, 16 July 2015

how to succeed at interview

Tags: CV, interview tips, job interview, job search, resume

Basics and Essentials Know your CV The employer is likely to have your CV in front of them. As part of their research they will have read through your CV and potentially marked questions or areas where they want more information and would like ... read more

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

newly qualified accountant career advice

Tags: accounting, career progression, finding a job, job search

People looking for newly qualified accountant jobs who have recently qualified after years of training, swotting and exams may be tempted to sit back and take it easy, perhaps believing that all they have to do now is gain a little more ... read more

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

is a call centre job the right choice for me?

Tags: call centre, contact centre, finding a job, job search

One of the most commonly asked questions surrounding call centre jobs is indeed whether or not it is the right choice for a candidate. There is a lot of negativity surrounding the profession. The hours can be long, the work is often hard, ... read more

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

how to use technology to land your dream job

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search, resume

Your dream job is out there, somewhere; you’ve just got to find it. Figuring out how to separate the wheat from the chaff in the job market can seem like a task of biblical proportions for your average job seeker, but for those willing to ... read more

Friday, 16 January 2015

5 mistakes to avoid in your job search

Tags: finding a job, job search

Have you been looking for work and finding it tough? A constant adage we hear murmured is that “the job market is really tough at the moment,” by people who have consistently been looking for something new but to no avail. The reality ... read more