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, 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

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

top transferable skills & how to develop them

Tags: career progression, finding a job

Regardless of your industry there are three skills you need to develop to stand out as a top candidate. But what’s most interesting about these skills, is that they can be the most difficult to find in an employee and yet the most ... 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

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

the top 3 mistakes jobseekers make on CVs

Tags: CV, resume

Looking for a new job can be exciting, and sometimes you can get some early wins that make the time spent on your search seem worthwhile. But it can sometimes be a long, drawn-out process that can get frustrating and difficult, with endless ... 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

Friday, 28 April 2017

a video guide to preparing for an interview

Tags: interview tips, job interview

At Randstad, we understand that every interview can be very different, but we do know that all of them require a considered approach and great preparation.  It can seem a little daunting at first, but by preparing for your interview well in ... read more

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

how to build your social media brand

Tags: career progression, finding a job

Social media is officially part of your job profile and personal brand. It’s a key part of our modern existence and it’s difficult to escape not having a presence.  It’s true that many people avoid it altogether to avoid ... 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

Friday, 21 April 2017

how to become a standout candidate

Tags: finding a job, interview tips, job interview

The interview stage is one of the most daunting stages in the application process. But the first thing to remember is once you’ve made it to the interview stage you’ve done really well to get this far – you’re halfway ... read more

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

interview tips part 2: at the interview

Tags: interview tips, job interview

It’s the day of your big interview and you want everything to run smoothly. Get a refresh on your interview technique by reading these all-important “on the day” tips.  There are some important things to remember on the day ... read more

Saturday, 15 April 2017

how to win at Skype interviews

Tags: interview tips, job interview

As technology develops there are new obstacles to face, and embracing the “Skype interview” is one of those challenges. Skype is one of the major platforms, among other video conferencing tools, that recruiters and employers now use to ... read more

Friday, 14 April 2017

interview tips part 1: the preparation

Tags: interview tips, job interview

When you reach the interview stage of an application process it means you are just a conversation away from securing that job. Getting the job now depends on how well the interview goes, so there’s no pressure! With the right preparation ... 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

Monday, 10 April 2017

the recruiters guide to your CV and cover letter

Tags: CV, resume

As expert recruiters we see thousands of CVs every day. Jobseekers are always asking us if their CV is good enough or if they have the right skills to land their dream role. To really get to the bottom of this issue we have created a one-stop ... 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