It’s time we started treating candidates with more respect

Auckland-based recruitment specialist Fiona Hewitt says it’s time the industry took a long, hard look at how it treats candidates after a survey revealed a list of horror stories. I’m a recruiter with over 20 years on the clock. I’ve worked in agencies, in-house, freelance and contract. I’ve worked with the best and sometimes the worst of recruiters. Google the words “recruiters are” and you’ll see that they’ve had a pretty bad rep over the years – not unusual for a service industry. You’ll always have poor service called out and recruitment gets its share of that, which tarnishes the really good work some of them do. There are also businesses that have never managed the recruitment process

Five minutes with Carol Keller, Prime Super Member Solutions Manager

Q: Tell us about Carol Keller away from work. There are just two of us in the household: myself and my husband, Keith. To relax, we love to go travelling overseas or bushwalking in Australia’s spectacular National Parks. I also love photography, cooking, attending rock concerts and eating out with friends. We live in bayside Melbourne, so on a typical weekend, you will find me walking along the beach, coffee in hand and chatting to local passers-by. Yes, I admit it - I definitely have a coffee addiction! Q: Tell us about your professional career to date. How did you get into the superannuation game? I started my career in psychology because I have always had a desire to help people. But it e

What happens to recruitment after COVID-19?

At 11.59pm on the 25th March, 2020, New Zealand was placed in lockdown under Alert Level 4. The situation was unprecedented and the effects on businesses were felt almost immediately. Those who had fallen behind on the digital maturity scale were exposed straight away and dragged kicking and screaming to come up with a digital play to survive. Some businesses simply couldn’t react quickly enough and haven’t survived. Some managed it … just. Then there were those who placed digital and technology investment at the centre of their strategy that fared way better. Not unscathed, but better! The knock-on effect on New Zealand business post-COVID-19 has been profound - from those businesses who ac

How AI is making life easier for recruiters

Daxtra Technologies is one of the most innovative RecTech companies in the marketplace. Founded in 2002 as a spinout from the University of Edinburgh, it has been at the forefront of the AI revolution in the staffing industry, providing recruiters with a suite of automation and productivity-enhancing tools that deliver immediate ROIs. Today, co-founder Sergei Makhmodov, discusses what he sees as some of the recruitment industry’s most pressing topics. Q. AI and machine learning capabilities are at the forefront of many industries. How is Daxtra applying these technologies to the recruitment sector? Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have benefited the recruitment

NZ Young Guns: Alana’s inspiration comes from very close to her heart

Alana Tyrell doesn’t have to look far to find inspiration. The HR/Project Manager at Alignz Recruitment Waikato has followed her Samoan parents into the family-owned business and says their passion for helping Pasifika people is at the core of what she sets out to achieve every day. Pasifika refers to people of the Pacific islands and Alana’s mum Meta and dad Lesa launched Alignz Recruitment in 2000, with a plan to help them find meaningful employment, uplift the standard of living and create better lifestyles and opportunities for them and their families. Their approach is holistic and focuses on building trust and relationships with candidates and clients, upskilling and training candidate

Future proofing yourself to survive the New Industrial Revolution

Before COVID-19 forced recruiters to look differently at how we operate, Alex Wadelton was an advocate of thinking outside the circle to achieve results. In this article, written before the pandemic took hold, the author of The Right-brain Workout talks about creativity and its place in the recruitment industry. According to a CSIRO study in 2016, 44% of jobs today are likely to be consigned to the scrapheap over the coming decade. International predictive data on work, released by the UK’s NESTA, recently revealed creative jobs are likely to see a growth rate of 87% by 2030, contrasted with a sharp decline across more traditional industries. These are scary figures to read if you are in a jo

Women in Digital Awards entries opening soon

The 2020 Women in Digital Awards is a celebration of leadership, innovation and excellence. Now in their third year, the awards are held by Women in Digital, a global community dedicated to connecting, educating and empowering women in digital. The annual awards are built on the idea that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and showcase both career-driven women in the digital space and organisations that champion diversity and inclusion. Nominations will open in late July and categories include: Founder of the Year Diversity Employer of the Year Executive Leader of the Year Innovator of the Year Rising Star of the Year Technical Leader of the Year Digital Marketer of the Year Last year’s winne

Covid Collabs bringing people together during tough times

Kelly Common MRCSA, RCSA NZ Council Chair, gives an insight into the Covid Collabs program she facilitates. Q: When did the Covid Collab sessions start and how do they work? Rebecca Clarke and I were having a conversation around what we could be doing in New Zealand for our members due to the global pandemic that is COVID-19. We wanted to have an open forum and a chance for our members to connect and to talk about anything that was happening. And so, CovidCollab was created. We kicked off the Collabs on April 9 with a half-hour Zoom meeting but soon realised this was not long enough, and it was changed to an hour. We always start by asking how everyone is and often this is how our sessions e

Solid working relationship key to award win for Lynx and Spaceworks

The Outstanding Client Award was one of the most sought-after at the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards and today Peter Stewart, Managing Director of Lynx Recruitment, explains how the agency’s work with Spaceworks Design Group paid dividends. Spaceworks Design Group was referred to Lynx from another client that we had a successful relationship with. Spaceworks had previously been working with a much larger, more established recruitment firm, however the experience had been frustrating and the candidates being delivered were not of the high calibre one would expect to be associated with the Spaceworks brand. After gaining an understanding of what types of candidates were required to fit the business

Recruitment Leader of the Year, Kymberly Tupai, never stops trying to improve herself

Kymberly Tupai, Manager of NZ Northern Region with Stellar Recruitment, explains why she believes she won the coveted Recruitment Leader of the Year award at the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards. I think the “secret” to my success is that I never stop developing, both personally and professionally. Over the years I have always sought out ways in which I can continue to develop. These have ranged from RCSA facilitated courses, leadership courses, mentorship with an organisational psychologist, maintaining connectivity with other recruitment leaders and, in general, consistently looking for new ways to challenge myself personally and professionally, through setting goals that completely take me outsi

MAYDAY Recruitment celebrates double win in 2020 RCSA Industry Awards

Lynne Johnston, Managing Director of MAYDAY Recruitment, analyses why her team won two categories in the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards. Wow, what a year it’s been! Off the back of an excellent three quarters, and then a sucker punch to the stomach in March which was COVID, winning two RSCA awards was an absolutely brilliant end to our financial year and a massive morale boost to the entire team. It’s been tough few months for us, as it has been for many, so to have the recognition that we are doing the right thing, means the world to us. So I’ve been asked “what’s the secret to your success?”. I think it really boils down to having a really competent team who support each other through good time

COVID-19 Hero helping her community in tough times

Susie Ninevski, Managing Director of A.I.R. Recruitment, explains what being named the COVID-19 Hero at the 2020 RCSA Industry Awards means to her. The afternoon of Friday June 26 saw me sitting in front of the computer at home, like many others in the industry, as the 2020 RSCA Awards began in a way none of us expected when nominating - online! No fancy dress or new shoes this year - although I did dress for the occasion and had a glass of champagne in my hand! I was honoured to be recognised as a finalist in the 2020 Rising Star Award category and was certainly excited as the awards started. Mary Savova was announced as the Rising Star winner midway through the ceremony (congratulations!)

Huge response to Accidental Counsellor webinar

The Accidental Counsellor webinar delivered for RCSA members this month was a sell-out and has proven so popular that another has now been scheduled for October. Today, Lifeline’s Cutty Felton gives an overview of what’s involved and why members who missed the first webinar should make sure they are ready for the second. We’re living in stressful times. Change and uncertainty is everywhere and circumstances can become overwhelming. Many recruitment professionals, consultants and members of diverse teams may be experiencing a high level of stress and uncertainty about the best way to respond on a human level, particularly when dealing with highly distressed people whose circumstances create v

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