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How we can support you through COVID-19

posted by Lindsey Hobson 19/03/2020 0 comments
Good Afternoon,

I sat down with the team at Brook Recruitment earlier this week and reflected on current circumstances in relation to COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation very carefully and for now, our office will remain open with flexible work arrangements available for the team.

With that said, they arrive at the office with smiling faces each day, ready to help you. Their resilience and commitment to all of our clients and candidates has blown me away.

While there are some big questions in the world right now with very few answers, this constant flux is bringing around a new norm for the foreseeable future.  This means businesses like yours and mine are looking for new strategies to support one another during this time.

Here are a number of different ways we can immediately support you, your team and your business:
Virtual TEMP support in alignment with your flexible work arrangements
We are running virtual interviews and offering virtual support where required. If this works for us and so many Australian businesses then it could work for you too. Ask us how we can help you set up virtual support in your business, in alignment with your flexible work arrangements.

 Flexible start dates
If your business has the need for a new team member but you aren’t sure when the dust will settle, we will continue our search for the right person who has flexibility around the start date, while the situation continues to evolve and unfold. 

 In-house TEMP and casual staff
Maybe your office is staying open but you are short-staffed during these uncertain times? We have qualified, professional, and hard-working pool of temporary and casual staff who are ready to jump into your business, on-site, exactly where it’s needed.

 Specialist online discussion groups 
We are looking to facilitate virtual round tables with up to 10 business owners and people in authoritative positions in each – all 100% relevant to each other so we can problem solve how to overcome the challenges we face as individual businesses, together. The first is to be held on Wednesday the 25th of March in the morning. Exact time to be confirmed. Please email Lindsey if you are interested in joining.

 Career coaching
We recognise this time is difficult for everyone. With over 30 years’ combined career and recruitment experience, and a qualified coach amongst the ranks, we are making ourselves available for anyone who is in need of reliable, third-party support and advice during this time. For your confidential chat, call 03 9500 2797.

 Support for team leaders, managers, and candidates
Amongst it all, we feel it’s valuable that you know you have a reliable and safe place to get help with your team, recruiting and HR requirements. At any time you can pick up the phone and call me personally on 0413 886 239. 
As each day brings new changes, we will continue to evolve to ensure we provide the best support to you during this time. 

Best Regards,
Vanessa Fajnkind
CEO Brook Recruitment
0413 886 239 | 03 9500 2797

3 tips to keep your business healthy!

posted by Lindsey Hobson 18/03/2020 0 comments

We’re living in uncertain times with the recent COVID-19 global outbreak.

With over 95% of all Australian businesses comprises of small business, it’s important we all keep moving forward as much as possible. So here are our 3 tips to keep your business healthy during this time.

1. Encourage unwell team members to stay home

It is recommended that individuals with symptoms of illness stay home from work and consider social-distancing. Ensure you have policies and procedures in place to allow employees who are unwell to take adequate leave for rest and recovery.

2. Implement flexible working arrangments

For team members who are feeling more cautious about the times at hand, implement flexible working arrangements. This allows your team to have control over their circumstances and environment, while ensuring business can continue as much as possible.

3. Keep it clean

Encourage a clean and tidy workplace to help reduce the survival and spread of cold and flu viruses. Used tissues should be placed directly into a bin and not left on desks. Supply cleaning products or have cleaning staff to ensure that frequently touched surfaces are wiped down using either detergent or an alcohol wipe on a regular basis.

Above all else, remember your mental health during this time.

Your mind dictates so much in your life, and it’s one of the first things we forget to keep healthy when crisis hits.

Limit your exposure to the media, spend time with people who make you feel uplifted, and take time to spend with yourself. We’re all in this together and it’s important we support each other during this time.


Building a Team in the Construction Industry

posted by Lindsey Hobson 12/03/2020 0 comments

We love working with our clients in Construction.

After all, Melbourne is an ever-evolving city and to be able to find the right people to work in the companies that are literally building, is something incredibly special. Insitu Group is part of that vision.

Today we sat down with Ray Tesoriero, the Financial Controller of Insitu Group. We’ve been working with Ray for the past 5 years, helping him to build his dream team.

Watch the video for a behind the scenes glimpse into the world of Melbourne Construction and to find out first hand what it’s like to build a team with our help.

For more information on employing the right people for your construction business, call 03 9500 2797 or email


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.

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