Meet Team IQ

Meet Karalyn Brown – “Australia’s Most Connected Career Blogger”

Karalyn Brown is the Founder of InterviewIQ.

Photo: Karalyn Brown – Licensed under Creative Commons

She is a social media influencer, engaging people on topics around careers, people, HR and management. She has written for the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, CareerOne, Management Today, Recruiter Daily, Recruitment Extra and HR Leader. Karalyn has featured on Sky News in The Daily Telegraph, The Age,  Anthill Online,Voyeur Magazine, and Latte Magazine. She has also co-authored a book: “What do employers really want?” and regularly talks jobs and how to find one on abc radio with Tony Delroy.

Karalyn has headed up recruitment practices in the private sector and the managed the recruiting team for a large NSW government utility. She’s also sat on private and public sector interview panels as an independent and assessed as an expert in several assessment centres.

Over the past six years, as Founder of InterviewIQ, Karalyn has helped hundreds of people find jobs. Her clients are from all over the world and have come from the senior levels of all professions.

With over 27,000 first degree connections Karalyn is one of Australia’s most connected woman on Linkedin. For the past eight year’s she’s pioneered the use of social media as an innovative and online branding tool and was the first person in Australia to offer a Linkedin profile writing option as a professional marketing service.

Born in Melbourne, in the seaside suburb of Sandringham, Karalyn commenced her career graduating with distinction with a degree in Land Surveying (of all things!) and was one of only two women in her year to graduate.

After working for two years in Albury/Wodonga she decided she preferred talking to people rather than trees and decided to travel abroad and embarked on a process of experimentation and change frequently through writing (see articles published in the Australian here) that saw her transform her career into recruitment, human resources and career coaching.

Meet Deborah Barit – “Interview Coach Extraordinaire”

Deborah Barit is a Sydney based trainer consultant author, and Director of Impressive Interviews. She specialises in preparing CV’s, application letters selection criteria and trains individuals and groups for job interviews. Her clients range from new graduates, professionals, managers and school leavers through to specialist areas such as medical, legal and technical professions.

Her career has included selection and recruitment for public, private and community sectors here and in the UK. Deborah has also worked in the areas of labour market research, evaluating government-funded community programs, Operations Manager of the Australian Government Health Service (HSA) and advised and monitored Commonwealth funded disability employment services.

She holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations form UTS.

Deborah is a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, an Associate of The Australian Employers Network and was a Board Member of TEAM NSW a community based organisation that provided skills training for people who are long term unemployed.

Meet “Intern” Richard

Richard is a trainer in the community education sector working on a voluntary basis with migrants, refugees and the educationally disadvantaged.  This includes literacy and numeracy learning with TAFE Queensland drug and alcohol rehabilitation program clients.

He has previously worked as a workplace trainer, a recruitment consultant and spent 6 years in Human Resources with the University of Sydney.

He holds a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from the University of Technology and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Cambridge.

Richard is responsible for some of the wisdom and wit on this blog.

The likes of Nelson, Kim, Julia, Barack, Elizabeth and Snookie can now all sleep soundly knowing that Richard can answer all of their career questions, and a few more!