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    Wellness Matters

    Real-life blogs written by different #HOBANites, professional wellness tips, and easy, delicious healthy recipes.

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    The latest market intelligence, hiring insights, and how to optimise your relationship with your recruiter.

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    Job Seekers

    Advice, tips and guidance on how to make sure you are the preferred candidate with every job application.

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    Case Studies

    Learn how HOBAN have helped Australian organisations enhance their workforces through innovative recruitment solutions.

    The Importance Of Communication Skills Throughout The Recruitment Journey.

    In the vibrant landscape of recruitment, effective communication is a foundation for success. From the moment a job is posted to the commencement of employment and beyond, the way we communicate can deeply impact the experience and the overall outcome of the hiring process. Let’s explore some essential communication skills that can iron out some…

    Filed under Candidate, Client, Employers, Job Seekers, Wellness Matters

    Elevating Your LinkedIn Profile

    With over 12 million Australian users and growing, LinkedIn is a crucial platform for professionals to network, find job opportunities, and stay updated on industry trends. As so many opportunities are being generated on the platform, what prospects could you be missing out on from having an outdated profile? Your LinkedIn profile is a digital…

    Filed under Candidate, Job Seekers

    Writing a Resume that Opens Doors – Tips from HOBAN Recruitment

    When looking for your next great opportunity, a well-crafted resume (also known as a curriculum vitae or CV) is key to opening potential opportunities. It helps to secure a job interview and positions you in a better negotiating position. HOBAN has compiled essential tips to ensure you seize that next career opportunity. At the end,…

    Filed under Candidate, Job Seekers

    Healthcare Recruitment Success: Disability Support Services Case Study

    A leading disability support services provider faced significant challenges securing and retaining qualified healthcare staff, seriously impacting service delivery and operational costs. The provider came to HOBAN Recruitment with their difficulties in maintaining legislated staffing ratios, including for Registered Nurses (RN), Assistants in Nursing (AIN), and Disability Support Workers (DSO). The organisation faced critical issues,…

    Filed under Case Studies, Client, Employers

    RPO Case Study: Successful Recruiting 750 top-notch Candidates!  

    Our client, a prominent Government regulatory agency, faced the challenge of recruiting a substantial number of candidates across Australia while ensuring strict compliance, due to the sensitive nature of the organisation’s work.   HOBAN Recruitment was tasked with providing a comprehensive solution to address this need and helped the organisation implement innovative recruitment processes!   HOBAN’s approach…

    Filed under Case Studies, Client, Employers

    How to write a Position Description.

    HOBAN understands the importance of a well-crafted position description in the recruitment process. It is a fundamental tool for attracting the right candidates and setting everyone up for success. In this blog post, we will walk you through the essential steps to create an outstanding position description and person specification to help find the perfect…

    Filed under Client, Employers

    Australian 2023 Business Trends

    In a recent report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the nation’s economic landscape for July showed signs of mixed fortunes. Out of the 13 selected industries, seven experienced a decline in business turnover, while the remaining six proved resilience in the face of various challenges. These statistics provide valuable insights into the…

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    Elevate Your Workforce with HOBAN’s Cleanroom Upskilling & Training

    In today’s competitive market, finding skilled and job-ready candidates remains challenging, especially for pharmaceutical, manufacturing and production recruitment. At HOBAN, we recognise the significance of having a well-prepared workforce adaptable to the demands of modern work environments. That’s why HOBAN introduced Cleanroom Upskilling and Training, an innovative approach to training and readiness. The HOBAN Recruitment…

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    Mentorship: Finding Inspiration and Purpose.

    Many of us wake up each day with the hope of becoming the best version of ourselves, but what does that really entail? As children, we often dream of being superheroes, politicians, or astronauts, but as we grow older, our aspirations evolve, and we begin to seek a more defined sense of purpose. Finding the…

    Filed under Candidate, Client, Employers

    Unlocking Success: Mastering Adaptability in the Recruitment Process

    In today’s dynamic job market, adaptability isn’t just a skill; it’s a huge differentiator. Whether you’re navigating the recruitment process through an agency or directly with an employer, your ability to flex and flow can set you apart. Here’s why adaptability matters and some tips to ensure your follow-up stays engaging, and not annoying. Benefits…

    Filed under Candidate, Client, Employers, Job Seekers, Wellness, Wellness Matters

    Why Attitude Matters: Six Key Reasons to Make it a Hiring Priority.

    When you’re in the process of hiring, it’s easy to get caught up in the technical skills and qualifications of candidates. While there are qualifications, tickets and experiences are often essential, it is important to remember that skills can be taught, and a person’s attitude and fit within your workplace are invaluable assets that cannot…

    Filed under Candidate, Client, Employers

    How to Prepare for a Candidate Interview

    Are you prepared for your next interview? If you haven’t prepared properly, you may find yourself off the candidate’s shortlist! An interview is as much about attracting great talent as it is to ensure they are right for the role, so leaving a good impression on interviewees is essential.   Here are 12 essential tips…

    Filed under Client, Employers

    The Distribution Development Centre Graduation

    In 2019, HOBAN saw a problem and turned it into an opportunity, creating the Distribution Development Centre concept. Since opening in 2021, the Distribution Development Centre has provided 478 graduates with customised, hands-on, forklift, warehouse and logistics training and are working in the Sydney community. On the 9th of February, 2023, HOBAN celebrated the graduation…

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    How to Write a Cover Letter

    Why Write a Cover Letter? A cover letter provides a brief synopsis of your overall capabilities and experience. It allows you to address any gaps in your resume, demonstrate your enthusiasm and interest in the position, and highlight your written communication skills. We know all too well how a well-written cover letter can help you…

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    How to optimise your LinkedIn profile.

    LinkedIn is a networking platform that is valuable for building your professional identity, finding new job opportunities, connecting with others in your field, and staying up-to-date with industry news and trends. Creating a LinkedIn profile showcases your skills, experience, and achievements to a broad audience of professionals, helping to advance your career. Everyday, employers, recruiters…

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    What is the STAR interview method?

    The importance of being a “STAR” in an interview. Many super-qualified people have missed out on landing great jobs because they weren’t prepared for the STAR method of interviewing. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, and Response/Result, a format for behavioural interviewing that is the standard across many industries, including many government organisations…

    Filed under Candidate, Job Seekers

    Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

    What not to say in an interview? Are you saying things that could be making it difficult for you to get into your next role? Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to spoil your chances in a job interview. They may seem like simple things, but to hirers, they could be a deal-breaker. To get you…

    Filed under Candidate, Job Seekers

    Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly job vacancy figures are no surprise to hiring managers

    It is no surprise hiring managers, business and industry leaders are feeling the pressure, with the recently released Job Vacancy report issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Vacant roles cause stress and pressure points across entire organisations. They may lead to staff discord, resignations, budgetary blowouts associated with overtime costs, and a myriad of…

    Filed under Client, Employers

    How to Write a Winning Resume – Resume Tips Part 2

    Is your resume doing an excellent job of selling you to potential employers? Is it strong enough to be able to stand out from your competition? You may have the skills and experience, but if it is not communicated well in your resume, you may be missing out.  In our recent blog, we covered the…

    Filed under Candidate, Job Seekers

    “Priority” hiring program paying off for HOBAN

    This article has been reproduced with permission of Shortlist.net.au Hoban Recruitment’s award-winning priority hiring program is beating the talent crunch and delivering fair, barrier-free recruitment, says CEO Alison Watts. The company set up its pathways to employment program to ensure the team was recruiting from the whole of the community, “and that our procedures are…

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    What questions should you never ask in a job interview?

    If you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to know what can be discussed in an interview situation. From inquiries that sound discriminatory, to questions that are too closed to get a deep enough answer, you must be able to get the most from the short time you have in an interview….

    Filed under Candidate, Employers

    Important Questions to Ask Employers in an Interview

    To identify if the workplace you are interviewing for will be the right for you, it is essential to ask hirers key questions. Often you will only have 30-60 minutes to decide if this will be the right job for you. At the end of any interview, you will have the chance to ask your…

    Filed under Candidate

    How to optimise your LinkedIn profile for 2022.

    With over 12 million registered users in Australia*, LinkedIn has become increasingly ubiquitous in recent years, no matter what industry you are in. LinkedIn is no longer just the destination for the top end of town, wannabe CEOs and IT Gurus. There is now a trend for everyone from tradies to chefs, and entry-level employees,…

    Filed under Job Seekers

    The interview questions employers need to ask.

    You have a pool of great candidates to interview, now how do you make sure you are choosing the one with the experience you need? Gut feeling can get you only so far, but how do you know for sure that the person sitting across from you will be the right person for the job?…

    Filed under Client, Employers

    Writing a Resume that Opens Doors – Resume Tips Part 1

    To get your foot into the door of any job, a quality resume (sometimes referred to as a curriculum vitae or CV) is a must. There are some must-haves on any resume, to ensure you not only win the job, but also set yourself up for the best salary and conditions possible. We have laid…

    Filed under Candidate, Job Seekers

    5 Healthy Hobbies That Help Your Career

    “So what do you do for fun outside of work?” It’s a pretty stock standard question that you’re likely to get in a job interview. Interviewers ask you this question because they want to know about you as a person and how you’ll fit in culturally. Your hobbies say a lot about you, and can…

    Filed under Wellness, Wellness Matters

    Running Tips

    Running is a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive form of exercise. It’s a great way to get outside and get fit. Benefits include improved mood and sleep, along with increased cardio health and vitamin D exposure. Running offers flexibility and suits most people. You can choose to make it a solo or social activity. You…

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    Simplifying Your Next Grocery Shop – Decoding Food labels

    What are Health Star Ratings? The Health Star Rating system is a labelling system designed to quickly and easily compare the nutritional value of similar products, based on a rating from a half star to five stars – the more stars, the healthier. Keep in mind, the system is designed to help compare similar products…

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    Coffee, Coffee, Coffee…How Much is, Too Much?

    Like many people, coffee holds a special and essential place in my morning routine. A nice warm cup of coffee is the perfect bribe to get me out of bed. While two cups per day will usually be enough for me, working from home has meant that I tend to indulge in an extra one…

    Filed under Wellness, Wellness Matters

    Smashing Your 2022 Goals Out of the Park!

    The silver lining from 2021 is that it provided us all with the opportunity to pause and reflect on what is really important. It also allowed us to discover (or rediscover) our passions and interests. Whether it’s maintaining your healthy eating habits, investing more time for self-care, running, reading more books or resetting your career…

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    Summer Getaway Ideas

    No matter what kind of year you’ve had, getting away is always a good idea! Don’t worry if you don’t know where to go. We have some great stay-at-home, and slightly further-away-from-home holiday ideas for you and the family, that won’t cost you an arm or a leg. Whether you prefer to kick back on…

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    Building Mental Resilience

    The last couple of years have been among the most difficult in recent times. Collectively, we’ve experienced changes to our daily way of life, the way we interact with others, and how we work. For some, the isolation of working from home and living alone has been hardest. Others have lost their job and the…

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    HOBAN Recruitment Sponsor MSCWA’s 40th Anniversary

    Investing in local organisations that invest in local people: HOBAN Recruitment sponsors MSCWA 40th Anniversary HOBAN Recruitment is a ‘Silver Sponsor’ of MSCWA’s 40th Anniversary MSCWA provides support to diverse community groups across Western Australia HOBAN Recruitment is proud to be supporting the Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia (MSCWA) for its upcoming 40th anniversary….

    Filed under Client, News

    Labour Force Snapshot

    HOBAN Recruitment’s National Sales Manager Andrew Green reviews the state of the labour market for October. October was the month for records, good and bad. Whether it’s Melbourne ending a world-leading number of days in lockdown, or it being the record-shattering number of job vacancies posted on SEEK in its 23+ year history. A lot…

    Filed under Client, Employers, Job Seekers

    The First Swim of Summer

    As the summer months arrive, you’re probably waiting for your first swim of the warm months. Or maybe you aren’t lucky enough to – we can’t all live in Bondi or Brighton!  Either way, we’ve compiled a great list of our favourite outdoor pools, aquatic centres and swimming holes that are close enough to the…

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    Labour Force Snapshot.

    With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the country in sight Andrew Green, HOBAN Recruitment’s National Sales Manager reviews, the latest trends in the Australian labour market. As Australia’s largest states rapidly approach various vaccine thresholds to unlock more freedom and the opening up of business and industry, we are expecting to see a change…

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    Harnessing the Power of Positive Messages

    Marie Kondo will not be impressed but my house is strewn with post-it notes containing positive messages. It started after I texted a friend when I was having a particularly bad day and had run out of ice-cream. She responded with a photo of a note that read “No feeling is final”. She’d placed the…

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    Exercise For The Mind

    The benefits of physical activity on your mind and body One of the best ways to improve your mental health is by building a routine of regular exercise. It’s helped me greatly during some of the more stressful points in my life, and I believe staying fit is equally important for both body and mind….

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    HOBAN Recruitment’s Jane Rose appointed to RCSA Western Australia Regional Council

    HOBAN Recruitment is delighted to announce that Strategic Account Manager, Jan Rose has recently been elected to the RCSA Western Australia regional council.   The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA) is the peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry in Australia and New Zealand. The body sets the benchmark…

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    The 5 Amazing Benefits of Keeping Houseplants in Your Home

    We all know someone that has a few too many houseplants in their home, it can sometimes feel like walking into a tropical rainforest. There are actually several positive benefits of keeping houseplants in your home directly backed by science. These benefits can include improved sleep, purified air, improved productivity and even reduced allergies. Maybe…

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    R U Really OK?

    R U OK? Day is a celebrated day which reminds us to empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them. This year’s key message is to double check – are they really ok?

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    Why Being Kind is Good for You

    Studies have shown the positive effects of being kind include improved mood, increased happiness and calmness as well as many positive health benefits.

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    One Simple Step You Can Take To Significantly Improve Your Mood

    Whether you are feeling upset, angry, sluggish or down – getting outside and going for a walk is an easy and effective way to lift your mood!

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    Ditching the Digital to Get Hands-On

    It has been quite easy to slip into a lazy spiral of gaming and binge watching movies and TV shows while we’re mostly stuck indoors. Sometimes we need to pull ourselves away from the digital and try something different, stimulate our brains and try something hands-on.

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    How to Be at Home like a Boss

    There’s a lot of uncertainty floating around at the moment, so we thought it would be useful to focus on some helpful tips and tricks to make the most out of staying at home! If you’re like me and enjoy the outdoors, adventuring or simply taking in the sights, staying home might seem a little…

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    Some Light Reading

    More and more organisations are implementing strategies to ensure they are providing a happy, healthy place to work for their employees. Despite this emphasis on wellness, many still neglect one of the most important – and easily accessible – tools for vitality: sunlight.

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    How To Beat The Cold

    We are well and truly into winter – almost halfway through in fact! This also means the season of coughs and colds (pandemic notwithstanding). So how do you boost your immunity to avoid the bugs, or what’s the best way to get rid of them if you have already succumbed?

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