If you’re struggling to find quality staff and looking for some fresh innovation and ideas, there’s an event coming up in Sydney I suggest you attend.

It’s Australia’s only summit dedicated to the art and science of sourcing hidden talent.
Featuring real life case studies and expert speakers from around the world, it covers topics such as talent acquisition strategy, social media sourcing, technology and proven pipeline building tactics.

It’s on August 4 in Sydney’s CBD.

At $495 plus GST per ticket it represents exceptional value.

Here’s a link to the website.

Click here to find out more and register.

Just to whet your appetite for what’s going to be on offer, over the next week I am podcast interviewing 3 of the speakers:

Maureen Sharib from TechTrak on the fine art of telephone research and sourcing
Laura Stoker from AIRS, on the latest recruitment sourcing technology
Troy Hammond from Talent Army on talent pipeline development techniques you may have never considered before


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photo (91)I’ve read so much about the benefits of mindfulness and being present lately. But disappointingly much of the discussion seems to be about the benefit for the individual.

Those benefits are all around slowing down and reducing stress.

But what would happen if we practiced that act of mindfulness with someone else?

So when they started to talk, we stilled our minds, and focused on nothing else but trying to understand them.

No interruptions.

No finishing sentences.

No judgments.

No thinking of how we’re going to respond.

We simply shut up and let the other person express themselves in whatever way they needed to, until they needed to finish. [click to continue…]


photo (90)I’ve been running a theme on this blog for the past few months about the importance of wellbeing at work.

As someone who used to get up only once from her seat during the day, and who now bounds out of bed into the pool, I speak like an annoying ex-smoker.

I used to do all sorts of things to trick my mind into getting me into the pool, like telling myself I could get out after 10 or so laps.

Then after I was in the pool, I would tell myself “well now that I’m in the water, I might as well continue.”

Now I don’t need to that stuff.

Having started the dunking habit, I find if I don’t do it, I miss it.

The trick really was, just to get started.

If you’re feeling stressed and think you need a break from work to kick start a positive habit, then I urge you to check out my colleague, Michael Norton’s event Tree Change. [click to continue…]


photo (89)I have a confession to make.

I am in the last few days of my 30 day blog challenge and I missed posting.

I missed posting as I went on the 3 lost children bush walk with a bunch of happy hikers, from a Meet-Up group.

Check out more about this walk here on this award winning blog about bush walking.

Then I came home with a massive energy high, ate 3 bowls of pasta and fell asleep on the couch.

So instead of talking about careers, I thought I’d share a few of the sights I spotted along the way.  [click to continue…]


meet-upWhen you’re looking for a job it’s easy to lose yourself in the stress of it all.

When you’re stressed I think you lose the creative part of your brain, that helps you think of new ideas that might help you with your predicament.

Which is why I’m here…to rescue you.

Actually I’m not here to rescue you.

I can’t make anything happen for you.

I can however, give you ideas that can help.

I have been doing a few Meet-Ups lately, both for business and fun.  I love them, as you can find a Meet-Up for any sort of hobby you may have.

I’ve met some really inspiring and vibrant people, particularly the organizers of the groups. They’re the type of people who have an interest and draw people around them who have similar interests. [click to continue…]


photo (83)This weekend if the weather forces me indoors (and even if it doesn’t) I’m planning on setting up a meet up group specifically for people who support people through career change.

I find that my clients often need a lot more help than a simple CV or resume. They also often come to me for advice or help that extends far beyond my level of expertise.

So I’m setting up a group to connect up with people who do the following:

  • offer psychological counselling services around job loss or transition
  • support people to make changes in their live, for example professional development/life coaches
  • provide career counselling services
  • resume and LinkedIn profile writing services
  • offer interview training
  • help seasoned professionals get started in consulting
  • train people on public speaking
  • provide training courses on searching for a job
  • find or place people into jobs

I think the work we do is under rated for how challenging it actually is.

I also see how hard it is for people to make positive changes in their lives.

The aim of this group will be to share ideas and support best practice in helping people make the most of themselves and their careers. [click to continue…]