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  • 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...

  • Working with recruiters effectively – 7 Top Tips

    Posted on : 3 Jun 2019

    Job hunting can be daunting, from finding the right roles that are worth applying for (hiding among hundreds of others), researching and doing your due diligence on the company and interviewer, through to salary negotiations. The good news is that working with a specialist recruiter within your chosen industry, can reduce a great deal of this stress by representing and supporting you through th...

  • 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...

  • Upon reflection, change IS good – 5 years on and what I’ve learnt!

    Posted on : 20 May 2019

    So, you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone and applied for a role you don’t think you’ll get, after all you don’t meet all the required skills listed; you’ve worked for the same company for over 15 years, albeit in various roles; and the idea of changing industries seems more trouble than it’s worth. Whilst some might find this situation exciting and view it as an opportunity not to ...

  • 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...

  • The Counter Offer Conundrum!

    Posted on : 28 Mar 2019

    So, you’ve just been offered a brand new opportunity at a new employer. You obviously went through the thought process of deciding why the current role you’re in ISN’T working out, so you’ve bit the bullet, contacted your favourite recruiter, interviewed, loved the sound of a new job/company/opportunity, received an offer, handed in your notice and now you’re faced with your current empl...

  • 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...

  • Securing top Digital talent

    Posted on : 29 Jan 2019

    Having lived all over the world and worked in the recruitment industry in a number of locations, including Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and New York; I can confirm that finding and securing good talent is a global problem. Why is it so hard to secure good talent? Good candidates generally already have good jobs; and in most cases, they have set progression journeys internally. More often tha...

  • 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 ...

  • Why you aren’t using your LinkedIn profile to its full potential!

    Posted on : 17 Dec 2018

    Christmas break 2018 is fast approaching and our minds are already in holiday-mode, daydreaming about what we will do during our well-earned break when the offices are closed and cocktail glasses and swimmers are out. For those who fear that they’ll get bored during this time, fear no more. This time of the year is great for reflecting on last year’s career achievements and getting a career...

  • 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...

  • 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.   ...

  • Product Management: What is happening around us?

    Posted on : 23 Oct 2018

    So what exactly did the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry uncover? For those wanting the full run down, the Commissioner, the Honourable Kenneth Madison Hayne AC QC submitted an interim report on the 28th of September 2018 which can be found here. The post Royal Commission Review landscape for financial services product managers has...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...