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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 24 April 2017

5 ways to find out what the organisation you are applying to is really like

Tags: job satisfaction, job search

It’s time to make a change and look for a new job. You’ve set up your job accounts, refreshed your CV and have started to look at potential employers. But the question is - which employers should you apply to? As soon as it’s ... read more