news by Victoria Butt

  • Returning to the Workplace Insights – May 2020

    Posted on : 21 May 2020

    Returning to the Workplace – Keeping your employees safe, engaged & productive! These insights are suitable for HR/Talent, WH&S and business crisis teams who are taking the lead to ensure that their organisations are building appropriate plans to have their employees return to the workplace in a safe manner. This will not only include looking at the physical aspect of distancing, how ma...

  • Effective Digital Networking

    Posted on : 20 May 2020

    During the month of May, Microsoft 365 offered a month of innovative online events showcasing amazing presenters across Australia and New Zealand, featuring local idea and innovation. Parity's very own Managing Director and Founder, Victoria Butt, was one of these fabulous speakers, guiding us through the daunting world of digital networking and how to do it effectively!   From the 3 netwo...

  • Onboarding & Engagement Insights – April 2020

    Posted on : 17 Apr 2020

    These insights are suitable for HR/Talent professionals who are taking the lead  during the COVID-19 Pandemic to hire, retain and engage their awesome Product, Marketing, Communications & Digital teams.  We have run a series of round tables, webinars and one-to-one feedback sessions with over 50 Australian-based businesses with a view to provide organisations current best practice and insig...

  • Mental Resilience in Times of Disruptive Change – Webinar Takeaways

    Posted on : 8 Apr 2020

    Our topical Parity Plus webinar featured keynote speaker, Graeme Cowan – Board Director R U OK? And Dianne McCabe – Director of the happy path and hosted by Victoria Butt.  We looked at tools to help us develop stronger Mental Resilience during the COVID-19 crisis, how to create good working from home strategies and how to cope with social isolation. Graeme Cowan, Board Director – R U OK? ...

  • Effective recruitment strategies for an imperfect job market – March 2020

    Posted on : 31 Mar 2020

    Regardless of your work situation, we expect your anxiety levels to be on the super high side at the moment.  This is an understandable reaction to unprecedented market conditions. At Parity, we believe it’s important to use this time for career strategising and recruitment housekeeping until things stabilise. With over 30 years of experience collectively within Recruitment across 5 countr...

  • Building a Mentally Resilient Workforce – Event Takeaways

    Posted on : 20 Feb 2020

    Our first Parity Plus event of the year - “A guide for future ready leaders: Building a mentally resilient workforce” featured keynote speaker, Graeme Cowan – Board Director R U OK? And a panel of 3 mental health experts, Dianne McCabe – Director the happy path, Jay Spence – CEO Uprise, Fleur Heazlewood – Managing Director The Blueberry Institute and 130 leaders passionate about ensuri...

  • Can’t wait to get back to work?!! Some people want it more than anything…

    Posted on : 7 Jan 2020

    Most people dread returning to work after the Christmas break, especially after the pressure 2019 brought post the Royal Commission! But there are others who are desperate to have a role over this Christmas break, or very keen to get back to work to understand the fate of their role post an organisation restructure. For most of these people, the Christmas period is not relaxing and can evoke a sig...

  • Where to next? Career direction for Product Managers

    Posted on : 27 Aug 2019

    It’s always quite daunting when I sit in front of a professional who opens with “I want your advice as to where I can take my career next”.  Even as a career expert, I still feel the weight of this responsibility after 15 years in the game!  A lack of clarity in your career can be similarly uncomfortable as the lack of clarity in a significant relationship! It can cause some real anxiety a...

  • Liza Agresta – How to best influence your stakeholders for the right outcome

    Posted on : 22 Jul 2019

    Liza Agresta is the Director of Consumer Credit Product at Visa, an industry expert who has worked with product, CX and technology teams to develop customer focused solutions that deliver commercial outcomes, and one of our speakers at Product Lab 2019!  Liza believes in the power of consumer insights throughout the product design process to ensure delivery of viable solutions - with experience a...

  • Laura Cardinal – How to align Product with Sales & Marketing to win the customers heart, mind and loyalty

    Posted on : 15 Jul 2019

    Laura is the ex-General Manager of Global Product Marketing at Xero, co-founder of Product Women Sydney as well as a Product Mentor and Leadership Coach. Laura believes that amazing things happen when you align different types of people to a common purpose. She wants to live in a world where vulnerability is celebrated and is passionate about building cultures and environments that encourage every...

  • The individualised nature of remote working

    Posted on : 15 Jul 2019

    When my business started making higher revenue with less people and more part time staff, I realised I stumbled onto a good thing. That was 3 years ago now. I also had my first child at the time and realised firsthand the value of remote working and flexibility in general. I recently put out a survey asking for some data on the pros and cons of remote working with the aim of publishing a white...

  • Jayson Bricknell – Solving real customer problems

    Posted on : 8 Jul 2019

    Jayson Bricknell is the Director of Product and Service Development at Westpac and one of our speakers at Product Lab 2019, where he will share his insights on solving real customer problems. Jayson has always loved solving problems, starting back in high school when his love of all things mathematical began! Today we will share with you a snippet of Jayson’s customer problem solving insights - ...

  • How to introduce a professional colleague effectively!

    Posted on : 20 May 2019

    Have you been asked to make an introduction to someone and unsure how to approach it which will set them both up for success? Too busy to spend too long thinking about it? What is the appropriate tone? Do I call first?    The important aspect to get right is highlighting the benefit of the introduction for both parties. Therefore, whenever I am asked to introduce someone, I will question...

  • Fitting in is exhausting!

    Posted on : 5 Apr 2019

    I’ve never really struggled fitting into groups or businesses in the past and have certainly never been excluded - until quite recently.  As an executive recruiter, I am an expert in identifying and placing professionals into team environments – teams in which they will experience the best mutual ‘fit’.  When I selected a new leadership group to join recently, I was very confident with m...

  • Enhance your mentor relationship by being a great mentee!

    Posted on : 19 Feb 2019

    The mentor/mentee relationship code of conduct is still unknown to many and misunderstood by most. As a career recruiter, I have been asked countless times about how to position oneself as a mentee, what to do and what not to do when engaging in a mentor relationship.... I need a mentor; how do I get one? After the first initial mentor meeting, I got what I needed so do I need to go back? ...

  • Why your self-worth can no longer be tied to your success at work

    Posted on : 31 Jan 2019

    High confidence and believing in oneself is proven to improve success at work, however what happens when your professional career takes a sudden turn?  Can failure at work effect your self-worth and confidence outside of work? A recent article published by Forbes stated “Current research is conclusive that self-esteem is linked to our sense of competence in the areas that are important to us...

  • How to avoid self-esteem decimation when you lose your job at Christmas time

    Posted on : 11 Jan 2019

    To a large extent, most professionals’ self-esteem is tied up in their success at work so how do you recover when you suddenly find yourself without a job? Especially at such a critical time of year? A strong, confident, self-assured client of mine who heads up a global product and marketing team called me yesterday and told me he was made redundant (yes, 2 weeks before Christmas!) and asked ...

  • How the Japanese can teach us a thing or 2 about Networking!

    Posted on : 19 Nov 2018

    Networking is my trade - it’s my skill, yet the Japanese gave me some serious food for thought on a recent trip to Tokyo and since returning, I am a changed networker. I visited Tokyo on study tour and conducted a series of business meetings with some awesome Japanese professionals from many walks of life, and I cannot help but admire how they go about doing business.   The meaning of ‘lo...

  • Leading the Product 2018 – Conference Highlights

    Posted on : 1 Nov 2018

    Leading the Product 2018 Leading the Product is the largest product management conference in the Southern Hemisphere and is facilitated by the amazing team over at Brainmates – passionate product professionals who deliver product management consulting, training, interactive workshops and product management resources. Gold Sponsors for LTP Sydney, the product team from Parity Consulting atten...

  • Why Career Blockers are Impacting your Salary

    Posted on : 30 Oct 2018

    If you feel frustrated that your career has not advanced as quickly, or in the direction you had anticipated, the chances are career blockers are inhibiting your progression. Career blockers can have a negative and lasting impact on your career, and as an executive recruiter who has been in the industry for over 15 years, I have seen many careers negatively impacted by career blockers.   ...

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    Leading the Product Sydney – 23rd October 2018

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    Leading the Product Melbourne – 18th October 2018

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  • Story to Success 2018 Key Takeaways – Joanne Thrift

    Posted on : 15 Aug 2018

    Story to Success with Joanne Thrift, Group CMO of Pepper Financial Services Last Wednesday the Parity team set up the office ready for the very first Story to Success event in Sydney. We had locked in the amazing Joanne Thrift, Group Chief Marketing Officer of Pepper Financial Services to speak. With a compelling line-up of questions for Joanne, a response rate to the event one of the best we ...

  • Are you boring your interviewee?

    Posted on : 21 Jun 2018

    Tired of the traditional, conventional and often yawn-inducing interview questions of yesteryear?   An interview situation can be an unnatural process for a candidate and sometimes the best interviewees get the best roles! Multi-dimensional interview tactics can help interviewers select the best candidate rather than the best interviewee. Left field questions Why not ask them some out of...

  • Salary Surveys 2018 – Product Management, Marketing & Communications

    Posted on : 12 Dec 2017

    As recruitment experts in the Australian Product, Marketing, Communications and Digital market, Parity Consulting is committed to providing accurate statistical information to both our clients and applicants. Salary surveys within the Product Management market have rarely been conducted to date and as a solution to the queries Parity receive in this regard, we felt it was important to collate a...

  • Story to Success 2018 Key Takeaways – Maria Crocker

    Posted on : 5 Apr 2018

    Story to Success The secrets to success for a career in Product Management with Maria Crocker Parity Consulting together with Women in Product Melbourne hosted a complimentary breakfast event as part of their “Story to Success” series featuring leading Product professional, Maria Crocker, Head of Product at Bank Australia. She spoke about the secrets to her success in Product Management,...

  • Product Manager Training 2018 – Key Takeaways

    Posted on : 5 Apr 2018

    As part of Parity Consulting's Parity Plus offering, we recently held our much anticipated Product Manager Training where we held 3 separate sessions throughout the day which focused on the tools and insights to elevate your knowledge and career in Product Management. Due to the overwhelming response to this training workshop, we will be looking at holding more throughout the year so keep an eye o...

  • How an Interview is Like a First Date

    Posted on : 26 Mar 2018

    I’ve often reflected that there are strong similarities between interviewing someone and going on a first date! Regardless of which side of the table you are on, interviewing is a game of fit, chemistry and alignment. You dress accordingly, present the best version of yourself, and you desperately try to find common ground and alignment. Do we not all do this when we date someone? What le...

  • 5 Interview Tips for Time Poor Professionals

    Posted on : 13 Feb 2018

    The person that interviews the best will get the job - FACT! It’s interesting to note that some of the best candidates I have met over the years are quite frankly terrible at interviewing. They spend most of their professional careers exceeding expectations of those around them but when they are then asked to sell themselves, or list their achievements, they simply comment that it was about ‘...

  • HR Roundtable 2017 Key Takeaways – Diversity of Thought

    Posted on : 13 Nov 2017

    For our last Parity Plus event of the year, Parity Consulting hosted its HR Roundtable event on the 9th November.  This year on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion, we welcomed our speaker for the day Heather Geary, Oceania Diversity & Inclusiveness Leader from EY. Heather has over 10 years’ experience as a D&I practitioner and her key areas of expertise include gender and LGBTI equali...

  • Leading the Product 2017 – Conference Highlights

    Posted on : 8 Nov 2017

    Into its third year, Leading the Product is a single day conference for Product Managers, run by Product Managers. Victoria Butt and Alex Macpherson from Parity Consulting attended the Sydney conference held on the 24th of October, where they heard from 11 speakers on various topics such as the Evolution of Product Management in Silicon Valley, Artificial Intelligence and the Psychology for Produc...

  • Taking Control of Your Career – A guide by Parity Consulting

    Posted on : 27 Oct 2017

    As part of our Parity Plus value-add offering to our clients and candidates, we hold an annual Career Strategy Day - partnering with leading Career Specialists including: Lucy Singleton - Personal Branding Specialist of Your Spark Margot Andersen - Owner and Director of talentinsight Victoria Butt - Managing Director of Parity Consulting   Our Career Strategy Days involv...

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  • Preparing for an Interview – A Guide by Parity Consulting

    Posted on : 5 Oct 2017

    As part of our Parity Plus value-add offering to our clients and candidates, we have put together a comprehensive Interview Guide to assist those who may have an interview coming up, want to brush up on their skills or to understand how to deal with a counter offer. We have put this into a flipbook for some light reading for those looking to start preparing themselves for a change in 2018! Cl...

  • The Demise of the Elevator Pitch?

    Posted on : 13 Sep 2017

    As part of our most recent Parity Plus event – our annual Career Strategy Day, I ran a seminar on how to network purposefully. Together with 17 product, marketing and communications professionals, we discussed the challenges and anxieties which can arise when networking, along with the preparation you can undertake to ensure you get the most value out of your network. To network effectively, ...

  • Marketing Breakfast 2017 Key Takeaways – Getting a Seat at the Table

    Posted on : 31 Aug 2017

    As part of our Parity Plus value-add offering, we held our annual Marketing breakfast seminar on 22nd August.  Our seminar hosted a panel of industry leaders who spoke about the importance of marketing within a business and how marketing professionals can “get a seat at the table” and be included on advisory or executive leadership teams within the business structure.  The industry panel inc...

  • Smart Women Connect breakfast – “Resilience”

    Posted on : 15 Aug 2017

    On Thursday morning at the offices of law firm Lander & Rogers, I settled into my seat for what was to be my first Smart Women Connect breakfast. The session was based around “resilience”, with Olympian boxer Shelley Watts presenting and speaking. I have found resilience to be a highly topical subject at the moment and I felt it was a great opportunity to hear from such an impressive, youn...

  • TEDxSydney 2017 – “Unconventional”

    Posted on : 21 Jun 2017

    TEDxSydney 2017 - Friday 16th June – “Unconventional” Attending a TEDx event had been at the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Having watched over a hundred TED talks online and now mentally ticking it off my bucket list while walking into the International Convention Centre on the morning of Friday the 16th, I still did not know what to expect from the day ahead. With...

  • Parity CV Templates

    Posted on : 13 Jun 2017

    Are you starting to look for new opportunities? Perhaps you are in need of assistance or direction in terms of how to format your CV. Have a look at our CV template examples for Product and Marketing. CV Template Product CV Template Marketing For further information, please contact us to speak to one of our specialist consultants. Contact us on or +61 2 8016 ...

  • Salary Surveys 2017 – Product Management, Marketing & Communications

    Posted on : 8 May 2017

    As part of our Parity Plus offering we are delighted to announce that the 2017 Product Management, Marketing and Communications Salary Survey has been released!  We believe specialist, market wide information is critical to allow you to attract and retain high quality talent for your organisation. As a specialist recruitment consultancy in the Australian Product, Marketing and Communications m...

  • ANZIIF – Rising Stars in Insurance

    Posted on : 21 Mar 2017

    "Building long term career success requires individuals to consider themselves as an entrepreneur and their careers as a start-up" - Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn. I had the opportunity last week to attend the ANZIIF Rising Stars in Insurance seminar in Sydney, where the topics revolved around: Career ownership Developing strong interpersonal skills Leadership Networking Resi...

  • The importance of Self Awareness

    Posted on : 10 Mar 2017

    Even with 15 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, I find I’m still learning. The COO of a large insurance company recently gave me a piece of advice which really got me thinking - “Hire based on the candidate’s self-awareness as opposed to skills”.  Adding to this, he noted that his best employees came to their performance appraisals with performance review notes which ...

  • Simon Sinek at the “Start with Why”​ Leadership Forum

    Posted on : 9 Mar 2017

    On the 7th of March, Simon Sinek headlined the “Start with Why” Leadership Forum in Sydney, supported by Peter Docker and presented by The Growth Faculty and sponsors The Australian Institute of Management. The MC for this event was Christine Kininmonth, interviewer for The Growth Faculty and Director of Fertile Mind. Being a huge fan of Simon’s, you could imagine my excitement as I w...

  • Staying motivated with your job search

    Posted on : 14 Dec 2016

    Looking for work can be a frustrating experience for many and with the end of the year fast approaching, it can be a stressful few weeks before ultimately landing your next role. The stress of finding a job can sometimes bring out the worst in people – you may find yourself pressing send on an unusually direct email; voicing your frustrations in emails; behaving erratically, declining motiva...

  • HR Roundtable 2016 Key Takeaways – The Future of Psychometric Profiling

    Posted on : 28 Nov 2016

    As part of the Parity Plus offerings, Parity held it's annual HR Roundtable event last week with the topic focusing on the future of psychometric profiling. Presenting at the event we had Daniel Yee, a Senior Consulting Psychologist to speak to us about the highly innovative profiling tool Hogan X – the future of psychometric profiling.   Parity Plus 2016 Annual HR Roundtable - The F...

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  • How To Deal With Counter Offers

    Posted on : 21 Jun 2016

    How To Deal With Counter Offers Description Counter offers are common in today’s market where talented applicants are becoming scarce. In many cases, companies suffer a “knowledge gap” when people leave and it is costly for them to hire and train new employees. You will need to make a difficult decision, particularly as there can be ties which make it harder to leave a familiar environme...

  • What is Marketing?

    Posted on : 3 Jun 2016

    “THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY TO PACKAGE INFORMATION THAT, UNDER THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES, CAN MAKE IT IRRESISTABLE. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FIND IT” – MALCOLM GLADWELL As a Marketing professional, you will be future focused – looking to unlock the potential of ideas, future possibilities and realising their value for the business, its customers and the market. Marketing professionals can be either...

  • HR Roundtable 2015 Key Takeaways – Bridging the Gender Pay Gap

    Posted on : 3 Jun 2016

    Annual HR Breakfast 2015 Facts & Figures: Based on May 2015 statistics gathered by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), the current gender pay gap is 17.9% nationally (full time employment): This means that women need to work an additional 65 days to earn the same amount as men (referred to as Equal Pay Day – this year it falls on September 4th – 65 days after the beginn...

  • What is Product Management?

    Posted on : 3 Jun 2016

    As a Product Manager, you will work with cross-functional teams to manage products and services that meet customer needs and business goals. Responsibilities include enhancing the customer experience, increasing the profitability of existing products and developing new products for the company. You will develop new ideas based on your industry experience and your contact with customers and prospec...

  • Salary Surveys 2016 – Product, Marketing & Communications

    Posted on : 1 May 2016

    As part of our Parity Plus offering we are delighted to announce that the 2016 Product Management, Marketing and Communications Salary Survey has been released!  We believe specialist, market wide information is critical to allow you to attract and retain high quality talent for your organisation. As a specialist recruitment consultancy in the Australian Product, Marketing and Communications m...

  • Top 8 Tips to prepare for an interview in Product Management

    Posted on : 18 Jan 2016

    Expectations are at an all-time high, whether it’s in your current role or a potential new role.  This also translates to the interview process and your preparation for these meetings is paramount. The connection you have with the interviewer remains a significant part of a successful result.  But with these increased expectations, you have to do so much more to demonstrate your ability t...

  • Marketing Seminar 2015 Key Takeaways – Building Powerful Brands

    Posted on : 20 Nov 2015

    Parity Consulting were proud to present their first ever Annual Marketing Seminar in October 2015 - "Building Powerful Brands from the 'Inside Out'", presented by Antony Wilson - Head of Brand at TAL Life. Fantastic presentation and discussion – here are the key highlights from the morning: Marketing Seminar Building Powerful Brands from the ‘Inside Out’ Presented by Antony Wilso...

  • When is the best time to look for a new role in 2015?

    Posted on : 29 Apr 2015

    I am often asked about the best time of year to look for a new job. Is it after Australia day? After FYE? After the top 4 banks pay their bonuses? The reality is that the financial climate has improved and recruitment volumes are steadily increasing, therefore it is less about when the market is ready and more about when YOU are ready. Your emotional state and professional status is the only th...