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It doesn’t take a comedian to know how important confidence is

Dave Hughes believes that anyone who has made it to the interview stage when applying for jobs is already a winner by virtue of the fact they made it that far.

It is the same philosophy Dave, who is one of Australia’s brightest comedic talents, adopts every time he delivers a performance; regardless of how the show goes, he has the confidence to believe in himself.

Dave 'Hughsey' Hughes

It’s an interesting perspective and gives pause for thought. As an industry, do we treat those who make it to interviews as if they are success stories, even if they don’t get the job? Do we instil that confidence in the candidates we see each day in our jobs as recruitment consultants?

“The third time on stage went really well for me and that just ignited me,” Dave, who is better known as Hughesy, explained. “I realised then that I was a winner for being in that position at all.

“Confidence is so important and that is something which really gets challenged when you are looking for work. It can be hard to feel worthwhile when you are facing rejection a lot. I know because I have been there.”

Hughesy will be the MC at this year’s prestigious RCSA (Australia) Industry Awards at a gala ceremony to be held at Melbourne’s Peninsula on June 14.

Nominations are now being taken for the Australian and New Zealand RCSA Annual Awards.

The categories for the 2018 RCSA Industry Awards are:

Individual Awards

  • Recruiter of the Year

  • RCSA Rising Star

Individual & organization

  • CSR Excellence Award

  • Excellence in Safety & Risk Management

  • Client Service Award

  • Candidate Care Award


  • Operational Excellence Award

  • Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Tech Innovation of the Year

RCSA Award (not nominated for)

  • RCSA’s Outstanding Contribution

Applications for all categories close April 23. For more information on the awards criteria or to make a nomination, visit here.

If you would like reserve your tickets for the RCSA Industry Awards Night visit here.

Our full interview with Dave Hughes can be found in the latest copy of RCSA’s new glossy publication, which will be out in April.

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