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  • Life Insurance – The Everchanging Powerhouses

    Posted on : 15 Aug 2018

    Since beginning my recruitment journey a year ago, there has been an eye-opening amount of change that I have and will continue to witness within Life Insurance. Whether it be the purchasing of one company by another, the introduction of LIF Reforms, Code of Practice, changes in regulatory and compliance guidelines and the ever-revolving door that is people moving from company to company! Right...

  • 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 ...

  • Working Mothers – an untapped Workforce!

    Posted on : 11 Jul 2018

    Thousands of highly talented, motivated individuals are unemployed. They have built hugely successful careers, and then one day, they stopped. Why? Because they are Mothers. 43% of highly accomplished women stop their careers at some point to have children. The average time they take off is two years. More and more, businesses are no longer seeing mothers as a liability, and instead they are...

  • Marketing Training 2018 – Key Takeaways

    Posted on : 29 Jun 2018

    As part of Parity Consulting’s Parity Plus offering, we recently held our Marketing Training where we held 2 separate sessions which focused on the ways Marketing teams can work together and more effectively with their IT / Digital and UX teams. Click through below to read our takeaways from the day! Session 1: Crossing the divide between Marketing and IT / Digital, presented by Alex Cro...

  • 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...

  • Taking the Leap – My Career Change

    Posted on : 25 May 2018

    For most people, jumping into the unknown goes against everything we believe in and can be absolutely terrifying. Moving away from our comfort zone, away from what we know and away from what feels best, simply contradicts our human nature. BUT it is these opportunities in our life, these defining moments and decisions that can be the most rewarding in the long run. 10 months ago, I was presente...

  • Story to Success 2018 Key Takeaways – Deirdre Boyle

    Posted on : 11 Apr 2018

    Story to Success The path to success as a Marketing professional with Deirdre Boyle As part of Parity Consulting’s Parity Plus offering, we recently held our first “Story to Success” event in Melbourne featuring leading Marketing professional, Deirdre Boyle, Head of Marketing and Digital at AIA Australia. Deirdre was recently recognised for her extensive knowledge and experience in the...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Long days getting you down? Work Smarter!

    Posted on : 26 Mar 2018

    With budgets constantly tightening, less resources and a significant increase in workloads, are those 12-hour days really paying off? The move to longer work days can often come from higher up - however studies suggest that our brains can only take so much overworking before long term side effects such as decline in memory and thinking skills are triggered. Although there are the obvious exc...

  • 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...

  • Workplace Engagement – Building a Happy and Productive Workforce

    Posted on : 2 Nov 2017

    We all know disengaged employees experience more absences, lower retention rates and decreased productivity.  Today, more than ever, business leaders need a competitive advantage to ensure their teams are motivated and happy. Your employees are an important piece in the customer experience puzzle.  Happy and engaged employees who feel valued will result in more satisfied customers, productivi...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • Career Strategy Day 2017 – Key Takeaways

    Posted on : 7 Sep 2017

    As part of our Parity Plus value-add offering to our clients and candidates, it was our great pleasure to host Parity’s annual Career Strategy Day on the 30th of August. With leading Career Specialists Lucy Singleton, Margot Andersen and Victoria Butt leading the seminars, the feedback from the day has been very positive and once again this event has proved to be one of our most successful and...

  • 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...

  • The Science of Achievement & Confidence – Greta Thomas

    Posted on : 22 Aug 2017

    Last Wednesday I was fortunate enough to attend to an event held by Full Potential Labs where Greta Thomas spoke about “The Science of Achievement & Confidence” as part of Female Entrepreneurs Week. Greta Thomas is a professional ballet dancer (one of the original cast members of CATS), Company Director, Speaker, Leader and Marketing Guru. Greta is passionate about encouraging others to...

  • 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...

  • Managing your Personal Brand

    Posted on : 4 Jul 2017

    When an individual makes a decision to start looking at new job opportunities, generally the first thing they do is review their resume to ensure it is up to date  with their latest role, experience and skills, followed by reviewing and updating their LinkedIn profiles. As a recruitment consultant, we often use LinkedIn as a tool when head hunting for roles or searching for potential candidate...

  • The importance of deep listening and how to identify the 4 types of poor listening styles

    Posted on : 28 Jun 2017

    With our busy lifestyles, we often find that we have a million and one thoughts running through our minds. How many times have you found yourself in a meeting where you felt your staff were not giving you their full attention, or finding yourself walking away from a meeting where you have not been able to pin point any learnings from it and perhaps even seen it as precious time lost? Deep liste...

  • AIA Vitality 4490 Summit Sydney 2017

    Posted on : 23 Jun 2017

    The AIA brand and vision is something the team at Parity Consulting has always admired and shared a belief in. Over the years, Parity Consulting has formed a great working relationship with AIA Australia, where we have really come to understand the talent and excellence that AIA look for in an employee, which has in turn assisted us in successfully recruiting for their teams in both the Product an...

  • 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...

  • Marketing Training 2017 – Key Takeaways

    Posted on : 7 Jun 2017

    As part of our Parity Plus value-add offering to our clients and candidates, it was our great pleasure to host Parity’s 2017 Marketing Training on the 31st of May. Parity partnered with two Marketing and Communication experts, John Joyce and Debbie O’Connor, who brought with them a wealth of knowledge and hands-on marketing experience to lead 2 of our most successful interactive seminars ye...

  • 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 info@parityconsulting.com.au 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...

  • Be Noticed on LinkedIn!

    Posted on : 27 Apr 2017

    Whether you’re in the market for a job move or not, wouldn’t it be great to hear about the very best opportunities in the market? Often, we get so caught up in our own busyness that we forget that the grass may be greener elsewhere. Moreover, a number of professional development opportunities may be presented to you which have nothing to do with changing jobs.  I was once asked to part...

  • Brainmates Product Training 2017 – Key Takeaways

    Posted on : 11 Apr 2017

    Product Training Workshop – April 2017 Session 1: Addressing the challenges of product road mapping What is a product road map? Common road map features include: Time line Prioritised activities Milestones, marketing goals and a launch. A road map is a tool for thinking and assisting with direction and this is often why a road map with no timelines can be difficult and i...

  • 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...

  • Why I joined Parity – Ai Iwami

    Posted on : 16 Mar 2017

    Ai joined Parity Consulting last year as our Office Administrator, working alongside our Office Manager to help support the Parity team and to ensure our day to day operations run smoothly. Find out more about Ai below! ...

  • 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...

  • 5 great tips for job seekers to keep in mind for the new year

    Posted on : 25 Jan 2017

    The start of the year is a time when people start afresh with a renewed focus and mission. It's a great time to be looking at your priorities and setting new goals. In this article I will be sharing the Top 5 things job seekers should keep in mind at the start of the year to ensure they are prepared for a successful job search. 1.Find a good recruiter that you trust who specialises in your area...

  • Why I joined Parity – Alex Macpherson

    Posted on : 17 Feb 2017

    Alex Macpherson joined Parity Consulting recently as a Specialist Consultant, recruiting for Product Managers and Product Developers in Asset and Wealth Management. Find out more about Alex below!   ...

  • 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...

  • Leading the Product 2016 – Conference Highlights

    Posted on : 28 Nov 2016

    Parity Consulting had the pleasure of being primary sponsor for Sydney's 1st ever Product Management Conference - Leading The Product!  This conference, as well as LTP Melbourne, brought Product professionals together from around Australia to network, share ideas and listen to thought leaders from home and abroad. Whether you were fortunate enough to join the Product communities of Sydney and Me...

  • Career Strategy Day 2016 – Key Takeaways

    Posted on : 23 Sep 2016

    As part of our Parity Plus value-add offering to our clients and candidates, it was our great pleasure to host Parity's annual Career Strategy Day at the end of August.  With leading Career Specialists Lucy Singleton, Margot Andersen and Victoria Butt leading the seminars, the day was a huge success, with lots of leading market content and group interaction - the feedback has been fantastic! A...

  • 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...

  • 10 “Get Ready” Tips for an Interview

    Posted on : 9 Jun 2016

    Job seekers often focus on ensuring that their CV is well presented and will make an impact - but how often is personal marketing or personal branding considered? According to Elise Mah Chut, Brand Marketing specialist, "you have less than 3 seconds to make a positive first impression". With only 3 seconds to make a positive, lasting impression, how can you ensure you maximise this opportunity? ...

  • Introducing Parity Consulting Commerce!

    Posted on : 8 Jun 2016

    New Division Launch – Parity Consulting Commerce   The team at Parity are pleased to announce a new growth phase for Parity with the launch of Parity Consulting Commerce (PCC).  Parity is already a leading provider of Product, Marketing and Communications recruitment in the financial services industry and over the last year or two we have seen growth coming from clients outside this ...

  • 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...

  • The 3 Big Things to Work on if You are Thinking about a Change in 2016

    Posted on : 10 May 2016

    We are often asked for help and advice around resumes and LinkedIn profiles from job seekers. It’s hard to write about yourself and even harder to know how to edit your work history in the best way. It’s critical to present yourself well to maximise your chances of success and that’s why we have recently partnered with “Your Spark” - a specialist service that assists Professionals with t...

  • 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...

  • Marketing Training 2016 – Key Takeaways

    Posted on : 3 Sep 2016

    As part of our Parity Plus value-add offering to our clients and candidates, it was our great pleasure to host Parity's 1st round of Marketing Training Seminars.  3 interactive seminars, led by market leaders - Kelly Slessor, Dr. Emily Verstege and Debbie O'Connor. As promised, below are the links to the key takeaways from each workshop.  It would be great to hear your feedback on the trainin...

  • Top 8 Interview Tips for Marketing / Communications Professionals

    Posted on : 15 Feb 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 are 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 to...

  • 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...

  • Questions to Ask in an Interview

    Posted on : 15 Jan 2016

    Questions to ask in an Interview The importance of formulating your own questions for an interview cannot be emphasised enough. They are a key tool to help you better understand the organisation, the role in question and the priorities of the hiring manager in relation to the role. The right questions will help you get better perspective on the suitability of the role and engage your interviewees...

  • Competency Based Interview Questions

    Posted on : 13 Jan 2016

    Competency Based Interview Questions Competency based or behavioural job interview questions are based on the premise that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour, and that is why they are so often asked by employers during a job interview. The golden rule when you’re answering competency based interview questions is to always talk around 3 things: Context, Action, Resu...

  • Preparation and Knowledge Gathering for an Interview

    Posted on : 13 Jan 2016

    Preparation and Knowledge Gathering for an Interview Interview preparation is one of the key contributors to your success when interviewing for a new role.  It provides you with a strong level of understanding about the organisation you are interviewing with as well as the actual role and the interviewers. At Parity, we believe that you should put at least 3 hours of preparation into any inte...

  • Parity Consulting – BRW Fast Starter 2015

    Posted on : 23 Nov 2015

    Parity Consulting are proud to announce we have been included as one of BRW’s 2015 Fast Starters.  The list is compiled from Australia’s 100 fastest growing startup businesses, ranked according to growth rate in revenue in the previous financial year.  We have experienced a strong period of business growth in Australia, as the team continues to deliver excellent results for our clients. THA...

  • 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...

  • Leading the Product 2015 – Conference Highlights

    Posted on : 20 Nov 2015

    Parity Consulting were primary sponsors of Australia's first ever Product Management conference, hosted and held by Brainmates in Melbourne in October 2015.   Victoria Butt and Nicole Kazamias from Parity attended the conference, with speakers from some leading Australian and international businesses including: Michael Bromley - IAG Andrew Bassat - Seek Bo Ren - Instagram Barrie ...

  • What it’s like to work at Parity – Nicole Kazamias

    Posted on : 27 May 2015

    Working at Parity How long have you been at Parity? Just over 6 months. What role were you in before you joined Parity? Audit Senior at W.W. Vick & Co. (a) What were your main responsibilities in this role? Audit of various organisations (not for profit entities, companies limited by guarantee, and other medium sized entities) Assessing control environments and compl...

  • 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...