Posts Tagged ‘behaviour/communication’

The Expert: Making visible what’s invisible

In broadcasting any sporting event via radio or television, most media networks will have two commentators on air at one time. One commentator (the ball-by-ball or action commentator) describes the play as it is occurring and the other commentator (the expert commentator) will provide an analysis and opinion of the tactics or overall trends of…

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How hiring mistakes are made

For those of us who follow the AFL version of football in this country, you couldn’t help but know that last week, perennial bad boy Brendan Fevola was in trouble, yet again. Fevola is alleged to have exposed himself to a Brisbane mother at a Club Family Day.   Fevola’s club, the Brisbane Lions, responding…

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Are you leaking candidates?

It was the middle of week four in my new job. I was the third consultant on a three person temp accounting desk team. My Manager Bronwyn, and Michelle, the Senior Consultant, were finishing their weekly working temp calls.     Bronwyn smiles at Michelle and says, ‘Time to call the sleepers!’     I…

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The Perfect Employee … The Perfect Employer?*

So what do employers really want in an employee? Well the government thinks they have the answer and amazingly, I believe they’ve got it pretty right! How do I know? In my recent research I found this great publication, Australian Jobs 2008, which is prepared by the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations. Page 26…

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The power of saying ‘No’

One of the many memorable (and valuable) conversations I had in my recruitment life, occurred when my recruitment career was a bare 2 months old.     I was a very ‘green’ 22 year old, living away from home for the first time, trying to make a go of working life in London. I was…

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The things recruiters really want to say

Recruitment is a challenging job. No doubt about it.     It’s an emotional business, dealing with people as both your client and your product. Then right next to you are your colleagues who are in the trenches fighting the same battles as you. Our tolerance, patience and politeness are tested – frequently.    …

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How to help your clients avoid failed new hires

This article originally appeared in Issue 66 of InSight published 28th January 2009     I have failed in a job. No surprise, really because many people fail in jobs, every day.   Having worked in recruitment since 1989, I have interviewed many candidates who have failed in jobs, witnessed colleagues fail in jobs and…

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Are you Opportunity-Minded?

This article originally appeared in Issue 65 of InSight published 21st January 2009       After his elevation from semi-retirement to the Tasmanian Parliament in June last year, I wrote about my Uncle Ross (Butler) in InSight 37 as an example of the new career possibilities available to Australia’s seniors.   This New Year’s…

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