Diary of a Pommie in Western Australia

If you are keen to make the move from UK to Oz or just cross the ditch. The enclosed shows how the reality sometimes differs from initial expectations.
It really made us laugh when sent in and certainly worth a post from feedback received so far. Read More...

Social Networking - facebook, twitter et al

Some evidence round usage of social networking in recruiting with a look at how it is used and its affect on selection.
Big implications for recruitment and perhaps where things will also go for the NZ market. Read More...

Differences between the UK and New Zealand

A look at NZ compared to the UK. The Rugby world cup is on and my son has become an “Oxygen Eater” in swimming... Read More...

What actually is Talent - is it obvious?

For HR and Recruiters. Thoughts on the whole debate about how do you go about getting talent for your organisation. Can a trip to the circus throw some light on how to improve your recruiting performance. Read More...

Migration figs - update

An update to the previous post of 24/7/10 exactly one month ago. Further drop in migrant numbers + market comment on the Australian labour market Read More...

Migration – what is going on?

This post looks at migration issues. What is going on with the migration numbers (there are a fair few statistics for those so inclined by way of supporting evidence) and how might migration factors indicate issues/opportunities in the NZ job market? Read More...

The War for Talent – the battle is turning the candidates way…

However what is happening with the war now? Who is winning? In discussions with businesses in New Zealand and overseas, both large and small, we are hearing that many are now finding it much harder to get good candidates. Read More...

Statistics and the Rugby World Cup

As a Scotsman I get a fair few enquiries from people back in the old homeland about possibly coming over for the world cup. However point of this post is statistics and in a broader sense reporting and measures in general. It is illustrated by a look at the Rugby World Cup website and the information contained in their world rankings. If you are Scottish it provides some crumbs of comfort...
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Personality Tests and Narcissism

This post discussed one particular personality trait - Narcissism. It is quite a topical one having been mentioned on blogs, news etc. However we also look at the wider application of tests and whether they are useful or not within recruitment. Read More...

Interviewing

Interviewing - how effective is it and can it be in delivering the best or close to best candidate? We look at some of the more outlandish interview questions and consider if they are appropriate and if so how could they be used. We also look at the limitations of the process and some advice on doing it better. Read More...

Revolutionary product from Google for your Android Phone

It is not every day that a revolutionary technology gets launched. But this really is one of those days.
Google Translate for animals lunched on 1st April. Read More...

Does the world looks a scary place...?

Our observations over the last couple of weeks on talking to candidates and others round their careers suggests that in this time of much bad news round the world and also at home that people are polarising into two camps in how they regard their careers. Both have implications for candidates and employers alike. Will this polarisation also persist longer term... Read More...

Future for Stock Exchanges

Been a big week for stock exchanges with merger news. What does it all mean and what about our comments and prediction in October blog entry about the Austrian/Singapore merger. Was it too rash Read More...

Social Networking - lessons for Candidates / future job hunters

Social networking is getting lots of airplay in NZ currently. We use an example to illustrate how online posts can result can affect your career and from it suggest 3 lessons for candidates in how they use social media as well as inviting thought for employers and recruiters. We plan to tackle the legislative aspects of this in a future post. Read More...