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, 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

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

3 areas in your CV you need to customise

Tags: career progression, CV

not all CVs are considered equal The online world has brought a seemingly infinite number of ways to publish your CV. But while posting one CV for multiple jobs might seem like a great way to get your name out, it’s not as good of an idea ... read more

Friday, 17 March 2017

how to perfect your networking skills

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

You may not realize it, but almost every day you are involved in some sort of networking activity. Whether it’s socializing with friends at the weekend or chatting with colleagues over lunch. Every conversation you have is valuable and has the ... read more

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

why happiness is good for your career

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

In a world where business is driven by competitive advantage, power and wealth, it is easy for happiness to take a back seat. But we know that the ultimate goal of happiness has the power to bring not just well-being, but also career ... read more

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Be the boss about boss conversations

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

When initiating a career conversation with your boss, ensure you're well prepared for the discussion. Career discussions usually only arise once or twice a year during the performance review period. As they are few and far between, make it your ... read more

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

personal branding: 7 ways to build yours & use it to score your next job

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

Not just a buzz-word used by marketing professionals to wow their target audience, ‘branding’ – and in particular your own ‘personal brand’, is the perfect way to differentiate yourself when you are up against other job ... read more

Monday, 13 June 2016

5 tips for networking yourself into a new job

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

Although it can often be considered a shallow tactic for anyone trying to market themselves and land a new role, networking, both online and offline, is pretty much essential for any personal branding strategy. In her perceptive review of the ... read more

Thursday, 9 June 2016

preparing for a job interview - how to have a great answer for any question

Tags: career progression, finding a job, interview tips, job interview, job search, recruitment agencies, resume

At last! All your networking, job searching and tireless application writing has paid off and you’ve managed to land an interview for your dream role. However, the hard work doesn’t stop here, and although the interview process ... read more

Friday, 27 May 2016

5 questions job seekers should ask during an interview

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

You've qualified for an interview, good going! If you've gotten far enough into the recruiting process that you're sitting down in front of a hiring manager, this is your shot to put the job in the bag. The pressure is on, you're in the hot ... read more

Monday, 14 March 2016

the do’s and don’ts of asking for a payrise in 8 easy steps

Tags: career progression, interview tips, job satisfaction, salary

Asking for a pay increase is never as easy. Some people do find it’s an easy conversation to have with their manager because they feel confident in what they have to ask for and have the evidence to back it up. Others might need ... read more

Thursday, 24 December 2015

how to progress your career in 2016

Tags: accounting, banking & finance, call centre, career progression, construction, contact centre, education, engineering, finding a job, IT, job search, technologies, work in New Zealand

The New Year is a great time to think about your career and where you'd like your career to be in the future. But how do you decide what your path should be? If you are looking to make a career change in the upcoming year, there's ... read more

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

newly qualified accountant career advice

Tags: accounting, career progression, finding a job, job search

People looking for newly qualified accountant jobs who have recently qualified after years of training, swotting and exams may be tempted to sit back and take it easy, perhaps believing that all they have to do now is gain a little more ... read more

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

developing and growing your leadership skills

Tags: career progression, job satisfaction

“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow” – Woodrow Wilson As the leader of a small, but growing and dedicated team, I find that in order to effectively manage the goals and expectations of others, I must draw ... read more

Friday, 21 March 2014

resigning & your reputation: part 1

Tags: career progression, finding a job, interview tips, job interview, job satisfaction, job search

It can’t be the year of the career without a few changes. Of these changes, the inevitable resignation is one of the most difficult career challenges to navigate. It requires a certain amount of sensitivity and awareness that may not come ... read more