Meet a Recruiter - a new initiative changing lives

What: Meet a Recruiter

  • When: Thursday, August 30

  • Time: 4pm-7pm

  • Where: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Auckland

  • Bookings essential and can be made here

In what is shaping up to be an extraordinary event throughout Australia and New Zealand, more than 80 recruitment consultants will volunteer their time for a few hours on August 30 to help jobseekers with complimentary sessions helping them identify where they can improve their chances of securing work.

Meet a Recruiter is an initiative of RCSA Victoria Council members James Witcombe (SMAART Recruitment) and Matthew Sampson (Aspect Personnel), the free consultations will be held in seven Australian cities - Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane - with a session also held in Auckland on the same afternoon.

On the day, consultants will offer 20 minute complimentary advice session for jobseekers who have pre-registered for the event.

“We were trying to find a way to help promote the RCSA brand, show the value recruitment consultants provide and also find a way which is genuinely giving to the community,” James, the Director at SMAART Recruitment explained.

“We started with our first session in Melbourne in March and held another one in Sydney in June and they were very well attended. We have decided to make the event bigger so we can help more people. Actions speak louder than words and this is one way for us to really help jobseekers.”

As it stands, there are currently 80 consultants throughout Australia and New Zealand who will volunteer between 4pm and 7pm on the day. These consultants are drawn from 20 different recruitment agencies and all will be working together to help jobseekers.

In each state, one agency will host the event and will be joined by specialists from other recruitment firms at their offices in what is an exceptional display of co-operation and goodwill from the sector.

Greg McAllister, General Manager NZ (OCG) is helping to coordinate the Auckland event and said he is excited to be part of something which could help to deliver free advice for jobseekers.

“We think it is hugely important to support an event like Meet a Recruiter,” Greg said. “In our role as recruiters, we often see people who are inadequately prepared for the process of finding a job. They may lack the job search and interview skills necessary to succeed in a competitive process and often because their career has developed in such a way, they have never had to learn or practice.

“This event provides us with a great opportunity to give something to those candidates who want help.”

On August 30, OCG and Chandler Macleod will have six recruitment consultants at the Meet a Recruiter event in Auckland with Greg saying this includes “at least one who works specifically in the area of career transition assistance” with a total of 10-12 consultants all up expected at the Auckland event.

The Auckland Meet a Recruiter event will be held in the OCG/Chandler Macleod offices at Level 8, AMP Centre Auckland CBD between 4pm and 7pm.

Greg said it would be a good opportunity for jobseekers who are hungry to find work to discover what they can do to improve their chances and change their luck.

“Job hunting is a ‘self’ sales process and knowing how to highlight the relevant bits about you at every step requires thought,” Greg explained.

“Surprisingly people seem to simply miss the essence of advertised jobs or consider if it is really a role for them. Often it starts with being sure about what they want in their next career step.

“It then becomes essential that their cover letters and CVs/resumes are free of mistakes and clearly link them and their relevant background and experience to a role. You would be surprised how many people copy and paste cover letters from one job application to the next and on occasion even referencing the wrong job or company in an application.

“Those simple mistakes really suggest poor planning and can turn a hiring manager or recruiter off at gate one.”

Greg said they expected a broad range of jobseekers with diverse employment backgrounds to register for the free consultations. He said the advice they are after could be as simple as where to start looking for work, how to prepare for a phone interview, the most important things to cover off on a cover letter and interview tips.

Jobseekers can register for the event at the website. RCSA members wanting to know more about Meet a Recruiter events should contact James Witcombe at james@smaart.com.au or +61 413 212 421.

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