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Interviewing 101: Techniques To Help You Bag Your Next Executive Role

It’s always a good idea to go to an interview fully prepared. While some people have great interview skills, others may need to practise prior to meeting their potential employer to avoid common mistakes.

Having said that, regardless of where you sit on the interviewee spectrum, you could be making mistakes you weren’t even aware of. So I’ve come up with good interview techniques for candidates to help you bag your next executive…

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Added by Richard Triggs on March 18, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Employer Brand vs. EVP: What's the Difference?

Kurt Vonnegut once said, in response to the question of why one should write books when senators and generals and other important people won’t read them, “you catch people before they become generals and presidents.” As it is with the lessons of literature, so too is it with employer branding. More than 70% of candidates will take a business’ employer…

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Added by Damian Samoila on March 15, 2019 at 17:28 — No Comments

Gender Equality: How to Create a Win-Win in the Workplace

It can seem unbelievable that gender inequality persists in Australian workplaces in 2019. As well as the obvious human rights issues, some employers and managers fail to comprehend that a lack of gender equality can have measurable negative consequences for the organisation as a whole. 

Let's examine some of the alarming statistics around the situation for women in the workplace, the benefits of championing gender…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 13, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

A break from banter: FWC upholds dismissals from workplace with “robust environment”

Workplace culture can dramatically vary from workplace to workplace.

It is becoming increasingly challenging for employers and employees to understand where  the line is between a relaxed, open and friendly workplace culture, a robust workplace culture and what is a workplace with a bullying or harassment issue?

In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) was tasked with unpacking these difficult issues (Pridham and Rose v Viterra Operations Pty Ltd T/A…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 11, 2019 at 9:57 — No Comments

Interview Techniques For Employers – How To Find The Right Talent

Interview techniques for employers are often overlooked yet having the right skills as the interviewer is just as important as it is for the candidate to have good skills as an interviewee. 



The majority of people are not good at interviewing because it’s not part of their core skill set. They might excel as an engineer, banker or property developer and end up being promoted to leadership roles. With that comes the new…

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Added by Richard Triggs on March 12, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

You’ve got email: WCC finds addressing email issues with worker not reasonable action

Under workers compensation legislation, the “reasonable action” defence is one often relied upon by insurers against claims of work-related psychological injury.

The parameters of the “reasonable action” defence differ to some extent across the Australian states and territories. In some states, such as Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, the definition of “reasonable action” is quite broad and can encompass a wide range of actions by the employer. However, in other…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 11, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Case Study: How EATON Reached More Technical Job Candidates

As almost everyone reading this right now can probably attest, the current global talent market can make things extremely difficult for recruiters. There’s a shortage of skilled labor in many industries, and businesses are constantly competing to establish themselves as the employer of choice through employer branding efforts that tend to be costly, complex, and time-consuming. This can be especially troubling for large, global businesses, who might have incredibly varied…

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Added by Damian Samoila on March 8, 2019 at 18:53 — No Comments

How To Be Headhunted: The Dos And The Don’ts

I talk a lot about the dos and the don’ts of recruitment and hunting for work, but what are the rules of being headhunted?

In this episode, Brett Jarman, (the founder and CEO of Experts On Air, the producers of the podcast) joins me again to decipher the tricky subject.

Listen to us discuss this…

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Added by Richard Triggs on March 8, 2019 at 9:46 — No Comments

Signed Statements vs Affidavits in Workplace Investigations

When conducting a workplace investigation, it is important that supporting evidence is collected in order to ensure that any decisions can be backed up, particularly in the event of legal proceedings.

We examine the merits of recording evidence in a signed statement versus an affidavit.

WHAT IS A SIGNED STATEMENT?  …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 6, 2019 at 16:24 — No Comments

Care and control: negligent host employer ordered to pay damages to injured labour-hire worker

A recent decision from the District Court of New South Wales has highlighted the importance of a host employer’s duty of care to any labour-hire worker it engages where the work directions and conditions are within the host employer’s knowledge and control.

In Castillo v Premist Framework Contractors Pty Ltd [2019] NSWC DC 6, a labour-hire worker successfully established that a host employer’s negligence caused him to sustain an injury to his left knee.

The labour-hire…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 28, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

5 ways to build better teams

If you’re determined to build a better culture for your team, think again. Instead, aim to build a better culture with your team. When it comes to exercising empathy for employees, walking the walk starts with five simple steps.

  1. Get greater context

Whilst you may not have the capacity to ‘walk a mile’ in your team’s shoes, make sure you spend significant time right alongside them. Inhabit the actual space and systems with which your teams…

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Added by Karina Smith on March 6, 2019 at 16:29 — No Comments

Increasing our workplace resolution wisdom

I feel like the temperature in our workplaces is continually heating up. Maybe it's just a reflection of our current fiery western culture where we appear to be less tolerant of disagreement and less open to alternatives to working through that agreement. So, I’ve been doing some…

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Added by Tony Fell on March 6, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

No Ordinary Job – Employer fails to demonstrate that redundancies were due to the ordinary and customary turnover of labour

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provides a minimum entitlement to redundancy pay in situations where an employee’s position is genuinely made redundant. There are exceptions, however, to when this entitlement will be paid, one of which is when the employer no longer requires the job to be done due to the “ordinary and customary turnover of labour”.

What this phrase actually means was recently considered by the Federal Court of Australia in the…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 28, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Who’s the Boss? Employee loses redundancy pay after refusing other acceptable employment

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has reduced an employee’s entitlement to redundancy pay to nil after an employer successfully argued that it obtained ‘other acceptable employment’ for the employee, which the employee had refused.



Under section 120 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), the FWC has the discretion to reduce an employee’s entitlement to redundancy pay in either of the following circumstances:



(i) the employer obtains other acceptable employment for the…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 28, 2019 at 13:57 — No Comments

How Robotic Process Automation Can Aid Recruiters

Let’s say you’re a recruitment marketer trying to reach passive job candidates on various niche platforms across the web. You know that active job seekers make up only 20% of candidates. You know that in order to reach the other 80% (many of whom would gladly switch jobs for the right company) you have to go where they are, and you’ve endeavored to do so, rolling out a recruitment…

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Added by Damian Samoila on February 28, 2019 at 22:10 — No Comments

Bringing an Employee Back from Suspension

It can seem as though the difficult part of a workplace investigation is dealt with by undergoing the investigative process, and making a decision as to how to deal with the employee. But the aftermath of an investigation, for example bringing an employee back into the workplace fold after a suspension, can be equally difficult. 

We examine what an employer should know, and do, in such a situation.…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 27, 2019 at 10:09 — No Comments

Office “Chill” Zones Are a Must in 2019

Even though a lot of people talk about a healthy work-life balance, not a lot of them are in a position to actually practice it. That is unless the employer that they’re working for decides to do something about it. We’re, of course, referring to the concept known as office chill zone. Now, this phrase could stand for a number of different ideas and approaches, which is why we’ll try to cover as many different concepts as we can. With that in mind and without…

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Added by Emily Wilson on February 26, 2019 at 21:08 — No Comments

How SMEs can make workplace wellbeing a priority without a big budget

While on the surface investing in employee wellbeing may seem extravagant in terms of the priorities many SME owners face, the reality is, a focus on workplace wellbeing can dramatically improve productivity and staff churn.

 However, you don’t need the resources of Google to foster a culture of wellbeing in the office. Here are some clever ways to promote wellness in the workplace that won’t necessarily require a big budget.

  1. Swap sugary snacks to healthier…
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Added by Belinda Lyone on February 26, 2019 at 10:38 — No Comments

When to Suspend an Employee During an Investigation

One of the most difficult aspects of a workplace investigation is the moment when the investigator or employer realises the immediate suspension of an employee is required. 

We examine the warning signs that a suspension might be necessary, as well as the best way to handle this complex eventuality.

THE WHAT AND WHY OF SUSPENSION

Most investigations…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 20, 2019 at 8:30 — No Comments

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