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

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, 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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

when to start looking for a new job

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

The Randstad Workmonitor report for March 2017 revealed that only 8% of New Zealanders changed jobs in the last six months; while just 6% New Zealanders were actively looking for a job. While this may seem like a negative, jobseekers can actually ... read more

Friday, 7 April 2017

how to write an awesome cover letter

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search

In some instances a cover letter can be more important than your CV. It might be the first time an employer learns anything about you and the reason they decide whether or not to look at your CV at all or consider your for the role.  the ... read more

Monday, 27 March 2017

want to change careers but don't know where to start?

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

Feeling it's time for a big change in 2017? This year is a great year to make a big change. New Zealand’s job market is booming, with a 16.4% increase in the number of jobs on TradeMe reported in January this year and the need for skilled ... read more