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

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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, 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

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

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

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

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, 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