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. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

how to develop a growth mindset – guest blog by James Dickie

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

James Dickie, Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Hurricanes and Wellington Lions, tells us why developing a “growth mindset” is crucial to achieving results on and off the field. As a coach for New Zealand’s rugby talent at ... read more

Friday, 21 July 2017

start a blog to get your dream job

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

Want to start offering more on your job applications? Want to stand out from the crowd with your online profile? Then, blogging could be the answer! The great news is that blogging is free and easy to do – all you need is motivation, ... read more

Monday, 17 July 2017

when to walk away from a job offer

Tags: job interview, job satisfaction, job search, work in New Zealand

You have applied for dozens of jobs, and after all of your efforts, you have finally been offered a role. Congratulations! That's great news! But now it's up to you - how do you know when a job is perfect for you and when you should walk away? Of ... read more

Friday, 14 July 2017

the job application: when to apply for a job

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

We have given lots of advice about creating the right job seeking tools, but what about when it comes down to the crunch and are ready to apply for the job? How do you know when you are truly ready to press send?  There are few things you ... read more

Monday, 10 July 2017

what are the opportunities for me in terms of the gig economy?

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction, job search

We have already established what the gig economy is and how it will affect the workplace, but how will it actually affect you? The 2017 Randstad Workmonitor revealed, 71% of New Zealanders think that a “job-for-life” is extinct, and ... read more

Friday, 7 July 2017

real candidate career advice

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

When it comes to finding your dream job, it’s a good idea to listen to the experts, in this case – the candidates who’ve been there and done that. We asked experienced candidates to impart their knowledge and tell us the career ... read more

Monday, 3 July 2017

how to make your first week a success in a new job

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

It can be daunting starting a new job, and the first week on the job is usually the first time you meet your future colleagues and see your future workplace.  You’ll be feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement to get stuck into your ... read more

Friday, 30 June 2017

8 ways to get that “mythical” job experience

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

Job experience is one of those things you need but more often than not, do not have. Jobs ask that you have everything – over five years of experience, great qualifications and the skills to do the job. But what if you have the qualifications ... read more

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

what exactly is the gig economy?

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

You may have heard the phrase “gig economy” in your job search – or even in your work environment – but do you know what it actually means? It has become one of those buzz phrases that techs and startups love to use, but ... read more

Monday, 26 June 2017

how to write a resignation letter

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

It’s never easy to write a resignation letter. You have to ensure you cover all of the essential points, as well as consider the point of view of your current employer. Remember, that despite your reasons for leaving the job you may still need ... read more

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