RCSA award applications close tomorrow – have you got your application in?

There is just one more day to get entries in for this year’s RCSA Industry Awards and to assist we have compiled feedback from some of our judges to help with the final touches on your submissions. This year we have a stellar line up of judges from within our industry including current industry participants, RCSA life members and representatives from key organisations such as Christchurch Airport, Queensland Rugby League, La Trobe University, Transurban and Westpac. So what are our judges looking for in a successful application? Cathy Riach, Recruitment & Resourcing Manager at BAE Systems Australia said for her stand-out applications would address the criteria and be of a high quality. “Qual

“ALP, don’t let facts get in the way of a good story,” CEO of peak industry body says

RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said he was surprised and exasperated by the recent launch of an Australian Labour Party website, which he claims is “no more than an extension of the ACTU’s baseless multi-million dollar anti-labour hire campaign.” “At best, the website highlights a surprising lack of understanding about the labour hire sector,” Cameron said. “At worse, it demonstrates a complete disregard for facts in the claims and case studies it uses to push its agenda.” Charles said not only did the website make the type of sweeping statements not supported in evidence, seen recently in the ACTU’s campaign, but the case study it used to highlight an example of “unfair labour hire” is something

Need workplace law advice? Phone WIL

It’s 4pm on a Thursday and you have a meeting with an important client early the next morning. Your presentation is just about finished but you are not 100 per cent sure about the award classification of the jobs you will be discussing and absolutely must have all your numbers in a row. What do you do? Phone WIL on 1300 988 685 (AUS) or 0800 7272 69 (NZ). WIL is the Workplace Information Line, a telephone advisory service manned by staff from workplace relations law firmsFCB Group (AUS) and Adelhelm and Associates (NZ), taking your questions about employment relations legislation. In Australia WIL is available to all RCSA Corporate Members between 9am and 5pm AEST, Monday to Friday with FCB

RCSA Industry Awards Host – Dave Hughes

From working as a brickie to selling milkshakes, Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes has had his fair share of employment stories. Hughesy chats to The Brief ahead of the RCSA Industry Awards where he will be the MC of the Australian event in June. Dave Hughes knows what rejection looks and feels like; he reckons he has been sacked from more jobs than he cares to count. Despite this, the popular Australian comedian has been able to find enough self-belief to keep forging ahead to establish a career many would be envious of. Today Hughes, who is commonly known as “Hughesy”, is a leading comedic media personality with a drive-time radio show now on the HIT Network, and has a new television show as well as s

5 Minutes with Lachlan Baird, CEO of Prime Super

You are known as an adrenalin junkie, tell us what are some of your wildest adventures and why? The wildest adventure we had was when we trekked coast to coast across Costa Rica. We had a few hair-raising experiences like the time we were cycling along the Pan American Highway. We were nearly taken out about three times by massive trucks. On the same trip, we trekked through the jungle and our guide go t lost. We had to use machetes to hack our way down to the river bed, to try and find the campsite. This detour took around two hours and we had already been hiking for four days. It was a lot of fun. Another adventure was when I took the family – my wife and three children with the youngest a

How technology is putting candidates in the driver’s seat

NOTE: As a futurist I was recently invited to present at an upcoming recruitment conference. After meeting with the organising committee to discuss what I might talk about, I was uninvited as they felt my presentation was too confronting. This is what I wanted to say. When the first employment agency was created in the late 1670s, an entrepreneur wanted the British Government to embrace the concept. When it didn’t, he opened it himself – for a short while. By the start of the 20th century however, the idea that specialist agencies could help employers find staff was well established in most developed countries and is now worth perhaps $11billion in Australia. Until the 1980s the Australian

How a change of state resulted in a change of careers for Suzie

When Suzie Celotti’s husband Adrian accepted a job in Queensland’s Surat Basin working on a coal seam gas project, the Corporate HR specialist would never have guessed it would be the start of a new career path for herself. Suzie and Adrian relocated from Melbourne to Chinchilla, and with grand plans of being a dedicated stay-at-home mum, Suzie was quite unprepared for the new life in recruitment that awaited her. “I was caring full-time for our daughters who were aged two and one at the time and I suppose you could say I had a bit of cabin fever, or itchy feet,” Suzie explained. “I’m the kind of person who always needs to have something – or many things – on the go. “I realised that even wi

How a Google search has our industry reflecting

A couple of months ago, a Sydney recruiter started typing into Google “recruiters are...”. It would be fair to say the list of autocompletes Google offered up to end this sentence were far from flattering for the recruitment industry and led them to ask: does our industry need a make-over? We put the question to four professionals and the answer seems to be “yes, a little bit” with calls for a focus on improving the way we communicate with candidates (notably those who were unsuccessful) and improved self-regulation. James Purtell, Managing Director of Cox Purtell has had more than 20 years’ experience in the sector and believes the industry could only benefit from all agencies being members

Entering the RCSA Awards Part I: Top advice from our judges

The advice offered by some of the judges of this year’s RCSA Industry Awards varies greatly from be brave and confident to use the opportunity to reflect on your own journey. Applications for this year’s RCSA Industry Awards close on April 23 for both the Australian and New Zealand awards. And all of our judges shared one piece of advice: “back yourself.” “First of all, don't think about it too long, do it,” Greg Savage from Savage Truth said. “Secondly, don't enter and ‘have a go’. Approach it with intent and bring all your resources to submit your best possible work. And finally be creative, be you, and be bold.” Chair of RCSA’s Professional Practice Council, Ross Fisher said it was import

Entering the RCSA Awards part II: What makes for a stand-out submission?

With entries for the RCSA Industry Awards closing on April 23, we spoke to some of the judges for this year’s awards about what they wanted to see in applications and their advice for your submissions. From wanting to see clean applications from consultants and agencies which answer the questions, clearly demonstrate professional achievements, passion and a willingness to adapt their thinking as required to embrace change, the judges are all looking for different things with one commonality – excellence. Below are some of their comments “Nominations that stand out will be specific on measurable differences, achievements and a focus on enterprise wide commitment to candidate or client service

Impressive line-up of judges named for RCSA Industry Awards

The RCSA’s Industry Awards nights for Australia and New Zealand are drawing closer and we hope nominations are being prepared around both countries to help us highlight, reward and recognise those who are outstanding in our sector. This year we have an impressive line-up of judges, including some outstanding judges from within and outside our industry who will assess the merits of each application. RCSA CEO Charles Cameron will lead the panel of judges as they examine, consider and weigh up the nominations for the 10 categories at this year’s awards. Joining Charles will be industry leaders such as: General Manager of People, Culture & Safety at Christchurch International Airport, Caroline H

New violence and abuse reporting tools for Victorian healthcare workers

“Everyone has the right to be safe at work, including healthcare workers” – Pam Dew, RCSA and ANRA representative on Victoria’s Health Services Working Group says. An alarming 95 per cent of Victoria’s healthcare workers report they have experienced physical or verbal abuse on the job. To help tackle this issue, the Health Services Working Group coordinated by WorkSafe Victoria has developed the Occupational Violence and Aggression (OVA) Incident Investigation Tool. RCSA and ANRA (Association of Nursing Recruitment Agency) are represented on the working group by Pam Dew, who also holds the position of International Manager with Austra Health. “The incidents of OVA in healthcare are somewhat

Seven top tips for award applications

Putting your name forward for an industry award is a lot like applying for a job. The effort you put in to it shows and the same principles apply – address the criteria, don’t have any spelling mistakes and make sure you are telling a good story. With a view to helping those of you who are considering whether they should enter this year’s RCSA Awards, we have put together our top seven tips for how to complete and submit your awards application. 1. Make sure you qualify Have a close look at the selection criteria before you start your application. Do you actually meet ALL the criteria set down to be eligible for a particular award? Aspirational applications may be good for your self-esteem,

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