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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 20 March 2017

how to cut through the recruitment marketing jargon when looking for a new job

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

We've all been there. You find a job description that's perfect for you. It says there is fantastic career progression. It says the company is world-class and cares about its employees. It sounds like a dream, so you apply. The first interview ... 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

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

how to increase your visibility on LinkedIn

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

Now that you have a stellar profile (be sure to read our LinkedIn Profile Tips post first, if you haven’t already) you are ready to actively increase your visibility and engage. Consider the strategies and techniques below to help find ... read more

Thursday, 28 April 2016

CV writing: 5 steps to success

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search, resume, work in New Zealand

As recruiters, we’ve seen our share of resume mistakes. You know, the It professional whose hobbies include “Mushroom hunting”; the project coordinator whose language skills include “Speak English and Spinach”; the ... read more

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

7 tips to turn a good LinkedIn profile into a great one

Tags: CV, finding a job, job search, resume, work in New Zealand

Let's start with some edits and “fixes” to help you go from good to great. 1. customize your url Why? It makes you look professional, gives you a clean url to direct people to and helps you come up in Google searches. ... read more

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

engaged or just dating? the fear of commitment at work

Tags: finding a job, job satisfaction, job search

We talk a lot about employee engagement and what employers can do to ensure optimal production through optimal engagement. That repetition, by the way, is not accidental. The only thing wrong with that approach is it assumes employee engagement is a ... 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