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Coronavirus Reveals the Risks of Working in the Gig Economy

Uber, Deliveroo, Airtasker . . . what do these companies have in common? They all involve gig workers who are engaged on a pay-per-task basis for a range of activities from driving to food delivery and furniture construction. And they have another…
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The Gig Economy: Who is the Real Winner?

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal about the #ChangingWorkplace provoked a flurry of posts and comments on LinkedIn. The upshot of the article was that, today, workers in the US are working more for less. In 2016, 26% of Americans reported…
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How to resign from your job! Tips and Template

How exciting, you have just been offered and accepted a new Job YAY!  Congratulations!!! Then you remember you now must resign from your current job ugh yuk…. At Optimal Recruitment we believe how you conduct yourself at this stage is…
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10 Ways to Promote Your Health and Wellness at Work

Are long working hours getting you down? It’s more than likely. New research by the Australian National University (ANU) has found that people who work more than 39 hours a week are endangering their health. Around two out of three Australians…
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Is Your Whistleblower Policy Ready?

Starting on 1 January 2020, public companies, large proprietary companies and trustees of registrable superannuation entities will be required to have a whistle-blower policy in place. This is part of a move to ensure greater protections for…
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How to Get the Pay Rise You Deserve

You’ve been in your job for a couple of years and you’re thriving. You’re smashing all your targets, and ticking all the boxes in your performance appraisals, but your success is not reflected in your pay package. Rather than threatening…
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Dress for Success - Tips from the Optimal Recruitment Team

We have all heard the expression, ‘First Impressions last’ well this is very true especially at interview stage. You have made it this far through the recruitment process so don’t throw away your chance on poor outfit choice! It can…
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10 Great Questions to Ask Candidates at Interview

You’ve screened the resumes and come up with a shortlist of applicants who can all do the job…on paper at least. So, how do you decide which candidate is ‘the one’? Interviews can provide employers with valuable information about an…
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Will Your Gap Year Leave a Gaping Hole in Your Career Path?

Gap years have become an increasingly popular option among high school leavers in Australia. According to research by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, around 20% of students who complete high school opt to take a gap year…
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How to be an effective mentor in the workplace

Mentors have existed since time immemorial. Many claim that the word derives from the name of a character in The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem that was probably composed around 700BC. The elderly Mentor was a great friend of Odysseus and…