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, 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

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

work-life balance: achieving the ultimate work goal

Tags: job satisfaction

In what feels like a sudden shift, the results are in and this year New Zealanders’ priorities are changing. The 2017 Randstad Employer Brand Research revealed a drop in priority for job location, from 31% in 2016 to 26% in 2017, and ... 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

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

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, 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

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

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

7 ways to stay motivated at work

Tags: job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

Congratulations, you've got the job. Now, you need to prove yourself in the role, which means staying motivated and on-task. Randstad’s 2016 Employer Branding Research found that New Zealanders are willing to work less and even earn less in ... read more

Monday, 13 March 2017

5 questions to ask yourself before you start looking for a new job

Tags: job satisfaction, work in New Zealand

Making a career move can be a big decision, and there are many things to consider before pursuing a new job. Before you do, ask yourself these five questions to determine why you're considering a change and if now is the right time. 1. are you ... 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, 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