2019 RCSA Industry Award finalists named

The popularity and prestige of the RCSA Industry Awards continues to grow with a staggering 80 finalists named across Australia and New Zealand for this year’s awards. RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said the quality of competition for each of the categories has never been higher, with an overwhelming number of applications being received this year. “Every year we continue to be thrilled by not just the number, but also the quality of the applications we receive for these awards,” RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said. “There are some incredible people and companies within our industry doing some really amazing and ground-breaking work to better service the communities, candidates and clients they work for

Gooroo joins RCSA to deliver PEARL program

We are excited to announce that business and tech transformation platform Gooroo has partnered with RCSA to help deliver our PEARL mentoring program through 2019. The PEARL (Professional, Emerging & Aspiring Recruitment Leaders) programs allows the seasoned professional of our sector to mentor, encourage, teach and empower the next generation of leaders or aspiring leaders. Gooroo has developed a business of helping people and organisations create stronger and more trusted experiences, engagement and collaboration through its technology and science. “Gooroo employs a unique measure of a person's thinking preferences mapped to the Gooroo ColourGrid™, this insight helps facilitate the creation

SaaS - a flexible solution for recruitment business growth

The recruitment sector in Australia is changing rapidly. Growth in the recruitment sector, supported by the growing Gig economy, is driven by the need for flexibility and modular solutions, backed by state-of-the-art technology. In Australia, casual workers represent a fifth of Australia's workforce[1] and recruiters need to react to take advantage. Jordan Betteridge (pictured left), Director - Australia and New Zealand, Volcanic, explores what this means for today’s recruitment businesses. Innovation to support entrepreneurs Website providers must drive innovation in the sector, by making products accessible for a small and growing business, as well as delivering the flexibility to accommo

Three years on: Interview with RCSA CEO, Charles Cameron

To celebrate his three year anniversary in the role of CEO with RCSA, Charles Cameron sits down for a chat with Ross Clennett (FRCSA) to talk about what he has achieved and what his aspirations for the organisation are. Ross: Thanks for accepting the invitation to discuss the past three years as CEO of the RCSA, Charles. Congratulations on making it this far; how are you enjoying the combined challenges of Australia’s political turmoil, a recruitment industry boom and a rec tech explosion? Charles: Hey Ross, thanks for the invitation to share my thoughts once again! Quite simply, I love the cut and thrust of this important role and I especially like the challenge of having to get the balanc

Forget Human Resources, we need to become human radicals

I have a love-hate relationship with the term HR. I love the “human” side, where I’m in an industry that is focused on real, living people, but I hate the word “resource” which inadvertently defines those same humans as something to be used. The term Human Resources was first coined in 1893 and became popular in the 1900s as HR departments were formed to “address the misunderstandings between the employee and employer”. So much has changed in our workplaces since 1893 and while we have attempted to move away from the Human Resources term with phrases like “people and culture”, we are still stuck in an industry primarily defined as HR. Looking ahead, our workforces are no longer just employee

Alcohol in the recruitment industry – the language we use and the impact on company culture

When I started selling software to the recruitment industry, it was 2012 and I was four years out of university. I’d had success in my sales career so far and had learnt that real relationships were built networking. Networking was synonymous with drinking, as were trade shows, conferences, client lunches and end of quarter celebrations. At 25, I didn’t really think about my alcohol consumption; I was climbing the career ladder and I was having fun while doing it. By the time I hit 30, three years into my career in the recruitment tech industry in Sydney, the end of quarter drinks were now end of month drinks and the networking was weekly rather than monthly. My alcohol consumption had crept

Passion plays a powerful role

With a colourful career background that took her to roles in Africa and with the UN, Beryl Rowan has seen and done a lot. But her core value regarding work remains the same. When Beryl Rowan (pictured) was first offered a job in recruitment she was pretty confident she was in the right place at the right time in her life. “I was so thrilled,” she remembers, after applying for a position through a recruitment agency that snapped her up. “I thought this will be great because I’ll be able to find my ideal job working here. But I guess recruitment was my ideal job without me knowing it initially.” For a woman whose work history until that point had been, well, let’s say colourful, Beryl never ex

Reference Checks: Are you in favour of them and conduct them regularly or are they a thing of the pa

Checking the work references of candidates used to be second nature as part of what we do in recruitment, but in some circles it has been suggested it’s a thing of the past. We ask four experts their thoughts on reference checking, and their opinions are as varied as the answers you may receive when you call a referee. Checking references has been a traditional cornerstone of what recruiters do, as we seek to confirm the information candidates are offering and to investigate what kind of an employee they are. However, in the rush to secure talent during the current widespread skills shortages, some recruiters and clients are happy to skip the reference checks and move straight to a job offer

Weploy named winner of The Next Big Innovation

RiverPitch , a TV series designed to track down Australia’s latest and best tech developments, has named Melbourne-based, Weploy , the winner of the The Next Big Innovation. In a strong field of 24 entrepreneurs Weploy, an online platform connecting businesses with pre- screened staff, was named the winner for its advanced and easy-to-use design. The RiverPitch series, aired on the Your Money Channel, is inspired by River City Labs’ quarterly event joining pre-screened start-ups and investors. The winner received a $20,000 cash prize and the opportunity to attend London Tech Week. “Winning RiverPitch means so much more than just a prize,” Weploy CEO Tony Wu said. “Being able to attend London

Why the little things matter for diversity and inclusion

Tech workplaces which practice a culture of inclusion and actively encourage people to be and express themselves are more likely to attract talent from a diverse range of backgrounds than those who don’t. And surprisingly, it is not big statements about inclusion and diversity which have the most impact, it is the small gestures which can matter most, according to a new book (cover pictured below) launched yesterday by Talent International. Human: Global perspectives on diversity in tech includes 25 first-hand accounts from people from different cultures, education attainments, socio-economic and religious backgrounds and those with disability sharing their insights on the reality of diversi

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