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Recruitment process power shift

Well, to say that 2020 has been a strange year would be the understatement of the century! I would say that it’s been unprecedented, however, along with the term, “you’re on mute” I think I’ve heard that enough times already. Working in recruitment for almost a decade has prepared for a lot of situations and

Retaining your staff in 2021

In a tight economy, employee retention is one of many (if not the most critical) issues employers are facing. The costs of employee turnover is a lot higher than just their salary. Team productivity, engagement, culture, hiring costs and many other “soft costs” need to be considered when losing an employee. What can employers do

have you asked for a salary rise?

Have you asked for your pay rise?

One of the most effective and easiest ways to earn more money is to ask for it, right? Easier said than done. Asking for a pay rise can feel uncomfortable, unnatural and just plain awkward. However, it doesn’t need to be. Keep reading for some easy hints and tips to successfully ask for a pay

Career Advice Needs To Be Relevant To You

Career advice needs to be relevant to you.

Having spoken with many thousands of people about their careers over the last few decades, we at Optimum Consulting can say with confidence that your career choices and ambitions are always highly unique.  Think for a moment about your own mix of skills, experience, education and decision-making. Now consider things like your personal ambitions and

Adapting it is human nature

Adapting – it is just human nature!

7 insights into how Covid has influenced the employee life cycle: Adapting – it is just human nature! So, if 2020 has taught us anything it is that we must adapt to change in a VUCA environment. I am lucky enough to be part of an organisation where we deal with a wide variety of

A Sense of Humour is a Sense of Proportion

This is probably my favourite life mantra. It’s so simple yet so powerfully significant and applicable to one’s personal and importantly,  (now more than ever) professional life. The ability to choose a happier disposition, finding the humour in even the most trying of circumstances and the classic “Every cloud has a…. “ Well, you get

Employment Update (Australia)

October 2020 – Working in the recruitment and staffing industry, I’m regularly asked about employment trends and market information, so here’s my blog to answer that question for the here and now.  My opinions are based on my day-to-day recruitment activities which includes regular meetings with senior executives to discuss their staffing plans and budgets,

Six of the top lessons I learnt about life from my Grandad

Next month would have been my Grandad’s 95th Birthday. It is safe to say he was an incredible man. I knew him for 32 years and I was fortunate enough to spend most days with him for the last few months before he passed. Our chats were endless (even if some of them were over

career coach advice for the class of 2020

Career Coach Advice for the Class of 2020

Leaving formal education is hard enough under ‘normal’ economic circumstances let alone through a pandemic and without a career coach to guide you. Graduating means leaving so much of what you’ve known for the past few years behind.  It means moving away from the bubble you’ve been living in. It means going it alone for