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Earlier this week the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) released its Reference Checking & Information Sharing Protocol stating “To help banks employ only competent and ethical financial advisers, the banking industry has today announced a new, improved way of hiring financial advisers”. ABA Executive Director – Retail Policy; Diane Tate was quoted in the accompanying press release: “… the banking…

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It was a highly embarrassing day for Myer this past Tuesday. After announcing the previous Thursday that ‘Andrew Flanagan, has been ­appointed group general manager for strategy and business development’, Myer confirmed on Tuesday that Flanagan had been fired after it was revealed that he was not, as reported, “formerly managing director and Asia-Pacific vice-president…

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One of the topics I frequently return to is the risk assessment aspect of a recruiter’s job, or the ‘defensive’ recruitment skills, such as background and reference checking, that are a necessary part of doing a complete job as a recruiter. Unfortunately, there is still an undesirable tendency for these skills to be deemed an…

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Yes, I am pleased to confirm that the Australian recruitment agency sector, after a near-death experience in late 2008 and early 2009, is alive and well. Reports of the industry’s irrelevance were proven to be well off the mark as growth and profitability rebounded strongly in 2010.   That doesn’t mean it was a year…

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