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, 16 August 2017

is it time to re-brand yourself for the future workplace?

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

Have you ever thought about what your CV might look like in five years’ time? If not, maybe it’s time you did. Jobs are evolving so rapidly that some experts are saying there might not be job titles on CVs in the future… While ... read more

Thursday, 10 August 2017

culture fit: what is it and where do you fit in?

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

You may have heard the phrase “culture fit” used throughout your job search. It might have appeared in job descriptions, applications, during an interview and even as part of a rejection from a job. But what does it really mean? The ... read more

Monday, 7 August 2017

working in New Zealand city profile: why Wellington?

Tags: banking & finance, finding a job, government, job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

Wellington: you can’t beat it on a good day! If you are new to New Zealand then you may not know much about Wellington, the coolest little capital in NZ and one of the best cities in the world to live and work.  Wellington has a ... read more

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

4 ways to get your first job

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

Whether you have just graduated or have recently decided to take the leap and find a job you love, landing your first job is an exciting and a scary prospect. Not everyone knows what they want to do with their career, or what jobs they would ... read more

Monday, 31 July 2017

how to apply for jobs after being made redundant

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

Whatever your age or career stage, being made redundant can be one of the most discouraging experiences you will face in your career. It feels unfair and is often an unexpected change in your career projection – after all who chooses to be ... read more

Friday, 28 July 2017

6 tips for dealing with customer complaints

Tags: call centre, contact centre, job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

Whether you work in a shop, an office or even from home, the chances are your job will involve dealing with an upset or unsatisfied customer or client at some point or another. The challenge is how you handle a complaint. Your goal is to not only ... read more

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