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, 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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

10 tips to nail that promotion in 2017

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

Are ready for a promotion but aren’t quite sure how to achieve it? Stop thinking about it and start taking action. This year is your year - it’s time to make your career a priority and reach that promotion. To help you achieve that ... read more

Monday, 3 April 2017

so you want a new career, now what?

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

The process of taking a new direction in your career can be very exciting. Anticipating new responsibilities, renewed energy, and a fresh perspective can be thrilling, but figuring out what you want to do next can also be overwhelming. If you're at ... read more

Friday, 31 March 2017

5 ways to steer your career conversations

Tags: career progression, finding a job

The phrase ‘career conversation’ doesn’t always inspire enthusiasm in everyone. In fact, it often inspires a collective groan. They may not sound fun, but career conversations are an integral and ongoing part of your career. They ... read more

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

how to be an exceptional team player

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

While your individual skills, technical talent and experience are all important, how can you make yourself invaluable in your (new) organization by being an exceptional team player? If you can fit seamlessly into an existing team and work in ... 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