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Candidate behaviour under the spotlight.

Candidate behaviour under the spotlight. All too often we hear stories about employers behaving badly during the recruitment process, including poor timeline management and inadequate communication to candidates. However, disruption to a recruitment processes is not always the employer’s fault particularly when poor candidate behaviour comes into play. In a recent discussion with an employer […]

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Sportspeople Recruitment

Anyone watching the jobs come and go through the Sportspeople Jobs Market may have noticed the Sportspeople Recruitment activity at an all-time high with 19 retained recruitment assignments over the past weeks across the full spectrum of community based organisations, state and national peak bodies, government and other industry associations and a far afield as […]

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New Talent A Key To Future Success

Sportspeople Recruitment is well established as the leading recruiter across the sport, leisure, fitness, events, coaching and aquatic sector in Australia and New Zealand. When you take a look at our client list you’ll see it’s the breadth of experience that really stands us apart from other recruitment agencies operating in the sector. And for […]

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He’s gay – does it matter? Equality in the recruitment process

The amount of editorial given to Jason Collins, the NBA player who recently announced he was gay, demonstrates to me at least not how far we have come in accepting an individual’s sexuality, but how far we really have to go in this regard. In Australia Ian Roberts (Rugby League), Matthew Mitcham (Diving) and Daniel […]

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Thinking about moving to Australia or New Zealand?

Job seekers often ask Sportspeople for tips on finding work when relocating to Australia or New Zealand. When posting a role with Sportspeople the employer has the option of selecting the “… legally entitled to work in Australia / New Zealand” footnote. This is open for some interpretation as a person with a Work Visa […]

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Recruiting to a timeline

Recruitment delays can be disappointing and costly. We recently heard from a candidate involved in an interview process lamenting the lack of response following a recent interview. They had applied for a job, been selected and attended a shortlist interview, provided their referee details and then… silence. After three weeks of following up with the […]

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CEO of the Household

Over the Christmas – New Year break my wife and I had the opportunity to spend two wonderful weeks with our children and grandchildren. Included in this cohort was our daughter, her husband and four young children (newborn, 14 month old twins and 3 year old). A fun time was had by all (I have […]

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We all want to be liked.

Wanting to be liked is a basic human trait and conversely, we usually don’t enjoy the experience of rejection. At Sportspeople Recruitment we understand the emotional investment every candidate makes when they decide to apply for a role and how important the job will be to their future. That’s why we spend a lot of […]

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Awareness of inequality is not enough.

So, there I was reading Helen Razer’s piece, “Species of Stupidity” in the latest copy of The Big Issue (No 470 24 Oct-6 Nov, 2014) in which she proposed that in the context of the mental health debate at least, “awareness and talk” alone was “cheap”; when it struck me the premise was equally relevant […]

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Jobs of the Future

Members of the Sportspeople Recruitment team are fortunate to be regular invitees to speak at conferences, seminars and career workshops. One of the common questions, particularly when speaking with an undergraduate group, is our take on the where the jobs will be in the future. That’s a bit of an open ended question so it […]

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A month is a long time in sport.

Many years ago I recall attending a function where The Hon. George Souris was announced as NSW Minister for Finance and Assistant Treasurer. George had been the NSW Minister for Sport and I’d had the pleasure of working very closely with him, his staff and the Premier’s Office over the period where NSW successfully bid, […]

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Where is the sport management voice?

The strength of the Australian sport management talent pool has been widely recognised for many years, with the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games a notable catalyst establishing the profession as world leaders. Over the past 20 years there has also been an exodus of this talent overseas, pursuing coaching, high performance and management roles with national […]

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Satisfaction in the Workplace Translated

A few years ago news emerged of Virgin Boss, Richard Branson’s plan to eliminate restrictions on the amount of holidays his employees in the US & UK can take each year. Under this arrangement, employees will be allowed to take time off without prior warning so long as their work is kept up to date. […]

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The Order Of Candidates In Shortlist Interviews; Does It Have An Impact?

I’m often asked whether there’s any particular science behind the order of candidates when conducting shortlist interviews. Having participated in close to 600+ shortlist interviews I’m a firm believer other factors have a much greater bearing on the outcome. Firstly, an interview is just one of the selection tools generally available to the employer. Background […]

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Happiness At Work

A worldwide survey by recruitment firm Robert Half Finance and Accounting shows that, rather than money, a good relationship with co-workers and bosses is the most important motivating factor in the office for middle managers. Four out of ten people who took part in the research rated good interpersonal relationships as their gateway to work […]

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A good appointment needs a good shortlist

The issue of how many candidates should be shortlisted for final interview is often raised early in our recruitment work. Many clients have a set idea that they want to meet say 4 or 5 candidates while others are open to simply meeting the candidate group that best meets the job profile and selection criteria. […]

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Does Parenthood Disadvantage your Career?

One of the great privileges of doing what we do at Sportspeople Recruitment is getting to know our candidates before we refer them for a role. Given the importance of “work” and “career” in the lives of these candidates, the screening and interview process allows them to openly share their experiences, talk about their personal […]

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Finding Balance in Your Career

For those of you who can actually find the time to sit back and read the newspapers, not just the Sports and Employment Section, you might have read Daniel’s Petre’s Father Time (Macmillan – 1998). Petre’s theme is simple and one which rings true in the sport context. “Take a successful senior male executive with […]

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Work/Life Balance

Whenever I read about an “unexpected resignation” of a profile public figure, it is a timely reminder of the pressures of high office and the impact not only on the individual, but in particular the family unit. I recall writing an article on finding balance in your career way back in 1999. At the time […]

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Graduates need hard office skills to prepare them for their first job

In the past and as a representative of the sport sector I have attended the UTS Business School review of its specialist Management programs, including the undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Enhancing employment potential was identified as a key driver in the design and content of all courses, ensuring UTS can continue to develop graduates who can meet […]

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Are Double Degrees Better In This Economic Climate?

With an oversupply of candidates and a relatively small supply of jobs, the sport, fitness and aquatic sector is a tough nut to crack. One of the best tracking sources for graduate destinations and salary trends is found at the Graduate Careers Council of Australia website. The Graduate Careers Council of Australia places sport, fitness […]

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Is the number of applications a valid measure of success?

We are often asked by our clients during our recruitment briefing meetings what are our expectations regarding the likely number of applications for a particular role. The catalyst for this question is the misconception a high number of applications is a measure of a successful recruitment strategy. In our experience and mindful of the recruitment […]

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Is One University Better Than Another?

Sportspeople Recruitment was recently contacted by a job seeker interested in undertaking a University course in sports management. Specifically he was asking whether the University at which he completes the Degree will have any bearing on his job prospects. He went on to ask whether employers look at the Degree conferred and whether they might […]

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Moving from Talk to Action – How Your Business Culture Can Engage and Retain Great Employees

Culture within a sport organisation is not purely a set of boundaries that provide a picture of what is acceptable behaviour for employees and what defines ideal behaviour. It exists as those underlying channels by which organisational values are built from strategy, evolved out of debate and conflict, measured against failure and success and embraced […]

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If Men Are From Mars And Women Are From Venus, Get Set For Gen Y To Rule The Universe

With the first batch of GenY fast approaching their 40th birthday, we are finally starting to see the influence of this generation on the workplace. The most famous GenY of all, Mark Zuckerberg, has already made a significant and lasting impression on the way people connect and share information. GenY have lived through the age […]

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Succession planning – a great idea that is in need of a re-think

There has been a long held myth that unless you are working in a large commercialised sport the opportunities for succession planning are reasonably limited. While smaller resourced organisations certainly operate lean and reasonably flat, in isolation this should not eliminate opportunities for succession planning. However, we need to shift our thinking on succession planning […]

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The Importance of Honest References

Reference checking a candidate’s experiences and credentials is regarded as a fundamental part of any job process. However the success of these checks depends entirely on the propensity of the referee to be honest in their assessment of the candidate and trust the recruiter or employer in keeping their responses confidential. If you have ever […]

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Media fails the public interest test in naming names

I’m always intrigued by the amount of speculation surrounding high level appointments in sport. While I understand the nature of water cooler discussions and the fact casual gossip in the workplace is commonplace; publicly naming candidates has the potential to harm or even ruin careers. And the sad thing is, based on my experiences at […]

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