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Top Candidates February

posted by Lindsey Hobson 19/02/2020 0 comments

The right people in your business can be the difference between achieving your goals or not.

We get it!

That’s why each month we hand pick Melbourne’s best of the best for our Top Candidates. So who do we have for you this month?


Beneath Megan’s bright and bubbly personality is a driven and focused professional with years of Customer Service, Sales and Events experience.

During her time working in one of the UK’s most renowned 5-star hotels, Megan developed a high attention to detail, ability to plan and sell effectively, as well as a high level of customer service.

Now, Megan is looking to use her skills in an Admin or Reception Temp position within a fast-paced environment and she is available to start immediately.

Call 03 9500 2797 or email to find out more about Megan.



As an Executive Assistant, Sandra understood the mental and physical well-being of her Directors was just as important as ensuring they were professionally on track.

Sandra has successfully proven to assist in the day-to-day coordination, financial tracking, and management of business operational activities to ensure a smooth delivery over her 12 years of experience.

Call 03 9500 2797 or email to find out more about Sandra. 



With over 5 years’ experience in face-to-face customer service roles, Stephanie has established deep values in positively reflecting company image through her exceptional customer service.

A strong passion to contribute, support and make a difference, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Stephanie is eagerly seeking a long-term role in the Corporate world.

Call 03 9500 2797 or email to find out more about Stephanie.


#PlacedByBrook: Illustrious Executive Assistant at CVS Lane Capital Partners

posted by Lindsey Hobson 28/01/2020 0 comments

Great things are sometimes born over a simple cup of coffee.

At least this was the case for Hayley Fisher.

In 2016, Hayley met with Vanessa from Brook Recruitment over coffee to discuss the possibilities of her future career move. Vanessa took the time to really understand Hayley’s long term goals and desires for her next role and worked to find the perfect opportunity.

CVS Lane Capital Partners was referred to Brook Recruitment from another happy client who had loved their new team member that we placed there previously. So when they got in touch with Vanessa, she instantly thought of Hayley.

Almost four years on, CVS Lane and Hayley couldn’t be happier!

But don’t take our word for it… Hayley has shared her success story just for you below.

Hayley, tell us a little bit about CVS Lane. 
CVS Lane supports a national network of property developers by providing tailor made funding solutions across the entire capital structure. We support this through an extensive network of private investors through offering high quality property finance and investment opportunities, all supported by thorough and comprehensive due diligence.

What’s it like behind the scenes as an Executive Assistant?
Being an Executive Assistant is all about being one step ahead of your executive, so I see my role as being the support person to the founders of CVS Lane and making their day run as smoothly as possible. I aim to provide peace of mind to my executives, so that tasks will be carried out to their expectations while also being on hand to change focus, as priorities change which can be multiple times a day. 

What’s been the highlight so far during your time with CVS Lane?
One thing that I truly enjoy about working at CVS Lane, is the inclusiveness that I feel being in the team. There is a lot of transparency throughout the company and I always feel included and able to share my opinion or thoughts with management and team members. 

In addition, I enjoy the fast pace and constantly changing environment. CVS Lane has had a growth period in the past three years and it’s been exciting to have been a part of that. This growth means there is a constant workflow that is extremely varied and allows me to participate in projects throughout the entire business.

What about you? What lights you up?
I am passionate about helping other people and seeing the impact that, that can have on the greater goal. 

So Hayley, tell us about your experience being #PlacedByBrook!
I recall reaching out to Vanessa when I had decided it was time to move on from my prior role and upon meeting over coffee, I knew that she understood what I wanted my next move to be. I felt Vanessa was thoughtful in the roles she provided to me and had listened to what was important in my next role and that was culture and longevity.

The experience of being placed in a role through Brook Recruitment was really positive. Throughout the process I felt informed and was able to give honest feedback directly to Vanessa throughout my job hunt. Having now been in my role for over 3 years, Vanessa still reaches out to check in and pops by the office. This regular contact is very thoughtful and doesn’t go unnoticed, this is the detail that I am looking for in a recruitment service.

I would and have, recommended Brook Recruitment for others seeking a job. I think Brook and Vanessa have a great offering of jobs and their approach to finding the best fit works for both the candidate and the employer. 


Behind the Scenes with Property Advisor, Greville Pabst

posted by Lindsey Hobson 16/01/2020 0 comments

Leading property expert, Greville Pabst, believes all Australians should be equipped to make informed decisions when it comes to buying and selling property.

After founding one of Australia’s largest property valuation companies and staring as the long-standing Auctioneer on the popular channel nine show, The Block, Greville begun Greville Pabst Property Advisory.

Success has come from clever navigation of this dynamic industry, and Greville hasn’t always enjoyed smooth sailing.

Watch the video by clicking the play button above.

You can learn more about Greville by clicking here:

This month, he sits down with Brook Recruitment CEO, Vanessa Fajnkind. Watch the interview to find out how Greville built his success and the powerful property insights that only an experienced industry professional could glimpse.

For more information on employing the right people in your property industry, call 03 9500 2797 or email


Exciting Opportunity To Work With Us!

posted by Lindsey Hobson 19/11/2019 0 comments

As CEO Vanessa Fajnkind celebrates another birthday, Brook Recruitment is also celebrating a milestone – we’re growing! We’re excited to be searching for two more Talent Acquisition Specialists to join our fast-paced and vibrant business.

Could one of these positions be your dream job? Watch the video below to find out more.

Click here to watch on Youtube.

To apply please send your resume to or call 9500-2797!

More information about the roles.

Brook Recruitment is growing and we are now looking for two new team members to join our fast-paced vibrant business. Both positions are for warm desks with jobs currently on, while building on current relationships; one focusing on business support, and one focusing on property and construction.

You will join a supportive team that is driven by looking after our clients and candidates. Our vision is to provide the best service in the Melbourne Market in the Property Construction and Financial Services sector ensuring people are our highest priority. You will be given the guidance and support to help you succeed in this great industry!

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Screening and interviewing candidates
  • Building a strong network in your industry sector by attending events, utilising Linked In/Social media 
  • Liaising with clients through the entire recruitment process 
  • Building strong client and candidates relationship’s 
  • Building the Brook and your own personal branding  
  • Conducting Talent Searches 
  • Attending and running client meetings 
  • Utilising our CRM – Bullhorn 
  • General administration

Skills and experience:

  • Excellent relationship building skills 
  • Energy and passion to succeed 
  • Business Development or sales skills 
  • Excellent organisational skills 

Benefits and Perks: 

  • Supportive Training and induction program 
  • Car parking Included 
  • Team Lunches & Events 
  • Linked In Recruit usage 

To apply please send your resume to or call 9500-2797!


3 Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask in Your Job Interview

posted by Suzi Sarkis 18/11/2019 0 comments

Looking for a job? Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget that they are there to find out more information about the role too.

 Asking the right questions at an interview is important for two reasons:

    1. It’s an opportunity to show a deeper understand and interest in the company and role.
    2. You can learn a lot more about the realities of the position, in particular, those area’s that you might consider deal-breakers.

At the end of the interview you want to have achieved 2 things:

1.    You want to have demonstrated your aptitude for the role.

2.    You want to have a clearer sense of whether the employer is the right fit for you.

There are an infinite number of questions you could ask during a job interview, but if you stay focused on those 2 goals, the questions should come easily to you.

 Here are some suggestions:

What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state exactly what the employer is looking for. If the interviewer mentions something you didn’t cover yet, now is your chance. (Forbes)

Have I answered all your questions? Before you begin asking your questions, find out if there’s anything they’d like you to elaborate on. Not only will they appreciate the offer, but it may be a good chance for you to gauge how well you’re doing.

What have you enjoyed most about working here? This question allows the interviewer to connect with you on a more personal level, sharing his or her feelings. The answer will also give you unique insight into how satisfied people are with their jobs there. If the interviewer is pained to come up with an answer to your question, it’s a big red flag. (Forbes)

Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills you see as fundamental to the role?

Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its culture and its values. You can read more about the 3 soft skills you need to master here.  


Pomeroy Pacific’s Success – Behind the Scenes

posted by Lindsey Hobson 10/10/2019 0 comments

This month, we go behind the scenes at one of Australia’s leading Development and Project Management companies, Pomeroy Pacific.

With Pomeroy Pacific’s passion for precision and quality in mind, we hand-picked Chloe Davidson and placed her as the company’s Marketing Coordinator earlier in the year.

Click to watch the video above, or click here to go to Youtube

Today Brook Recruitment CEO, Vanessa Fajnkind, caught up with the lovely Chloe as well as Pomeroy Pacific CEO, Mark Pomeroy, and found out more about the difference the right team member made to the overall success of their business. 

Watch the video and see what they have to say.


Compliance Industry Expert: Changing Safety Standards

posted by Lindsey Hobson 09/09/2019 0 comments

This month, glimpse behind the scenes with Compliance Industry Expert, Hazel Smirlis.

Hazel and her team work with some of the Construction and Property industries most renown companies to produce bespoke management systems within the disciplines of quality, safety, and environmental compliance.

Click to watch the video above, or click here to go to Youtube

And as an ever-evolving field of work, the team at Compliance Lab ensure they the first to know about changes to International standards that impact the way our Australian businesses work. For more information, visit

Watch the video to find out what’s replacing some of the Australian Standards for Safety, and how that may impact your business.


How to power through work this winter

posted by Christinap 23/07/2019 0 comments

When you live in Melbourne, you learn to love having every season in one day. And while every hour is different, we do experience an overarching biorhythm to the year that’s brought on by the changing seasons.

In summer, we love getting out and making the most of the warm weather. Great friends, fun activities, and bright summer beats.

But in winter, our energy levels lower and we begin to look forward to a night on the couch under a blanket with our loved ones.

The daylight hours are shorter, and before you know it the winter blues can easily creep in and bring us down. And with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD’s) impacting over one in three hundred Australians each year, it’s imperative we take care of ourselves in winter.

And since we spend such a large portion of our total waking hours at work, or motivational levels can easily wane and the hours can begin to drag.

Keeping your motivation levels high at work can be tricky. But rest assured! With a healthy mind and body, you can power through this winter. Here’s what we recommend.

    1. Start your morning with meditation
      Start every morning with a short 5–10-minute meditation. Some of the team at Brook have been using an app called Beditations. Meditation helps you visualize what you want, and the things you’re most grateful for and brings a sense of calm to the body.
    2. Get more sleep
      The scientific benefits of sleep are innumerable. Studies suggest that for the most health benefits, you should get at least 7 to 7½ hours of sleep a night. ( More sleep equates to more happiness, better health and improved decision-making. Not to mention that it detoxes the brain. In order to do your best work, it’s critical to constantly recharge your batteries.
    3. Fresh Air and Podcasting
      One of the best practices to reset your mindset on the go is to go out, get some fresh air, and listen to a podcast. This helps to stimulate and rest your brain. But for best results listen to something non-business-related! Try a little health or mindfulness, such as Bulletproof Radio and Buddhist Geeks. (Matt Wilson, Under30Experiences)
    4. Get A Plant
      Studies have found that plants in offices increase happiness and productivity (the guardian). The study found they can increase productivity by 15% and by bringing the outdoors in, you can get a little closer to nature and freshen your mood.
    5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
      Each day brings a new set of hurdles to overcome. Instead of getting frustrated by these, learn to enjoy the ride and take thingstake as they come. One way to do this is to practice being present and living in the moment, rather than getting caught up in the stresses of the past or future. Being present allows you to focus on problem solving rather than the problem itself. (Forbes)
    6. Learn Something New
      Feeling a little uninspired at work? Challenge yourself to learn new skills. Talk to your manager to find ways that you can get involved in other areas of the business. Take a short course or even listed to a TED talk. Taking the time to learn new skills and take on new tasks at work can improve feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

By implementing these simple tricks this season, you can flip the switch on your winter experience and make this winter at your work place your best one yet!


5 Ways To Reinvigorate Your Team This Winter

posted by Lindsey Hobson 16/07/2019 0 comments

T​here are many great things about winter.

Warm winter drinks by the fire, hearty meals, snuggling up under a blanket to Netflix and chill, commuting too and from work in the dark… Well, maybe not that last one.

W​inter is a time for rest, and respite. For recuperating from the action-packed summer months. And while everyone handles winter differently, most people may feel additionally tired, melancholy, and hungry for carbohydrates.

For one in three hundred Aussies, however, it’s a little more serious – with a type if depression called SAD’s (seasonal affective disorder) creeping in every year.

Unfortunately for businesses, this doesn’t align with smashing company goals and a highly engaged team.

T​hat’s why it’s incredibly important to support your team to break out of the winter blues and reinvigorate their summer mentality at work. Here’s our top tips to reinvigorating your teams productivity this winter.

1. R​e-new with training opportunities
Learning is a powerful tool, which sparks creativity and outside-of-the-box thinking. Not to mention the benefits when applied within your business! Find out what new and exciting skills the individuals of your teams would like to hone in alignment with your company direction, and find training opportunities that match.

2. R​e-focus personal development goals
We enter the year with bright eyes and bushy tails, ready to achieve new personal heights. But by the time mid-year roles around and the winter blues kick in, we’ve lost sight of what we once wanted. Bring in a motivational speaker to reignite your team’s passions, and follow it through with regular celebrations and acknowledgment of your team’s achievements.

3. Re-engage with social events
Never underestimate the power of conversation in combating the winter blues. If you have a break out space, stock it with interactive games and quizzes for your team to kick back and refresh their mind. Keep a calendar of interesting activities that encourage interaction like Friday drinks, hire a coffee cart, run an office trivia night, or mix it up and take it out of the office with lawn bowls, mystery dinners, or treasure hunts.

4. R​e-vitalise with exercise goals
Sitting still is a killer, especially in winter. Get the blood pumping with office walk-n-talks, gym membership discounts, stretch time, or even evoke healthy competition with step counters like fitbits. Incentervise with weekly or monthly prizes for those who complete the most challenges.

5. Refresh your office space
A change is as good as a holiday, so why not freshen up your work space? Simple touches like office plants, bright colours, and comfortable lighting can boost morale. Alternatively, bring forward your annual spring clean, and file, sort and toss your way to a cleaner, lighter office space.

O​ur businesses work because of the people in them, so by supporting your team to break free of the winter blues, you’re created a thriving culture with an engaged team who propell you towards your company goals.



posted by Christinap 25/06/2019 0 comments


Reception – Two Page Resume

Administration – One Page Resume

Property Sales – Two Page Resume

When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? How many pages should it be?

Well, search no more: We’ve compiled all the resume advice you need into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job.

#1 Keep it relevant

Think of your resume as a marketing flyer selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each job that you apply for, you want to highlight your key accomplishments that are relative to that position.

#2 Ditch the cover letter

This includes an objective statement. You want to put the best stuff on the first page. You want the recruiter and employer to see your best experience and accomplishments on the top third of the page.

#3 Keep it succinct

Your resume should be maximum 2 pages. You want the information to be as concise as possible. Trying to keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to showcase on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. Otherwise keep it short and sweet.

#4 Formatting, spelling and grammar

You might be thinking, ‘duh!’ but you’d be amazed at the amount of CVs we see with inconsistent font, captilisation of sentences and line spacing. Take care in how you present your resume. Spelling and grammar mistakes on your resume immediately tells the reader that you’re sloppy and careless. It’s a sure fire way not to get an interview.  

#5 Bullet points are key

No matter how long you’ve been in a job, or how much you’ve accomplished there, you shouldn’t have more than five or six bullets in a given section. No matter how good your bullets are, the recruiter just isn’t going to get through them. (the muse)

#7 Cut the fluff

Vague terms like, ‘team player’ and ‘hard worker’ have no substance. Think about more impactful ways to describe yourself and your achievements, e.g. actively contributed to the success of XYZ campaign which attributed a 5% lift in profits for that quarter.

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