26 Jun 2024

Bounce Back Stronger

Have you found yourself in the unfortunate position of being made redundant? Was your employer struggling like many other businesses and had to make some hard decisions? Are you wondering where to go next? If you answered yes to the above, then keep reading!


As a Recruitment Partner for Everest People, I have the privilege of meeting with people just like yourself who find themselves in a ‘holding pattern’. They’ve been made redundant or started to see the writing on the wall and decided it was time to move on. Right now, I’m speaking with people every day who need extra support with their job search process. They’re applying for job opportunities and can’t even get a look in. The job search process can be slow and frustrating, I know.


I’m here to offer practical advice to give you confidence, tools and a game-plan moving forward.


So, how do you stand out from the rest? How do you make yourself employable? What are the important techniques you should be applying through your job search process?


  1. Back yourself. An employer is going to find it difficult to see your value if you don’t see it yourself. Tall Poppy Syndrome is unfortunately alive and well in Aotearoa – don’t fall into this mindset. Job searching is the time to be loud and proud about what you can offer a business.


  1. Put a face to the name. With the number of people looking for work now, submitting your CV, (hopefully) a cover letter and then just waiting for the phone to ring is not going to cut the mustard. You must stand out. Give your CV life. Hiring Managers and Recruiters love to build relationships; find the contact details of the person hiring and give them a ring to discuss the opportunity. Note down your questions prior so you’re prepared and don’t miss anything.


  1. Put the time into CV development. 2-4 pages in length, clear and concise bullet pointed information, add your achievements to the bottom of each role, get rid of the ‘fluff’, ditch the columns, grids & graphics. This is your selling document – why should an employer hire you?


  1. It’s a small place. New Zealand is small, the Waikato is smaller. Be gracious in all interactions even if you don’t get your desired outcome for a role. If it’s not one employer, it will be another. If you are unsuccessful, thank them for the opportunity and move on. Do not talk badly about people and keep it positive! People remember, always.


  1. Build your network. I always say, “it’s all about who you know”. Create genuine connections, show interest, ask people about them (authentically). The more relationships you build, the more credible you become. Word of mouth is going to be your best friend when you’re working in a small business community. Reach out to Recruitment Consultants, networking groups, and Business Advisors. The above is also wonderful when you’re going through a challenging time, you’ll always have someone to lean on.


  1. Keep your brand strong. Everything is accessible within seconds – make sure your social presence is one you wouldn’t mind sharing with a future employer.



Rachel Knox │ Recruitment Partner