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3 ways Australian businesses are returning to the office

posted by Lindsey Hobson 15/04/2021 0 comments

Working remotely has become the new norm over the past 12 months, adding another consideration for both Australian businesses and individuals who are reviewing their employment options.

Now with many businesses endeavouring to return to the office this year, it raises the question of how the team will be using their office space.

Here are 3 common ways we are seeing Australian businesses making the shift back into the office!

1. Flexible working arrangements
There are a large number of Australian businesses that are offering flexible working days. Whether that’s a set number of days in the office or a rotating roster between departments. This is a great mutually beneficial option because it allows for personal flexibility without losing the team bonding and results that are naturally created when the team are working in the same space.

The feedback we are hearing from our clients who have chosen this option it’s important to foster a sense of personal responsibility in the team and ensure the same expectations are applied to all.

2. Outcome-based agreements
While we aren’t seeing many of our clients choose this option, it is definitely out there. In this situation, hours and the location become less relevant. As long as each member of the team is achieving the agreed outcomes, meeting targets, are available during office hours and representing the company to a high standard at all times, then they can come and go from the office as need be.

The benefit of this is the sense of ownership each individual takes over their own results and role within the team, while the downside is many Australian companies are not yet ready on an operational level for this. 

3. A transition period
The majority of our clients have initiated a transition period with flexible working arrangements for a period of time before the whole team is required to return to work. This has created a split between employees with some excited to return to the office and others longing to stay remote, which in turn is making businesses revisit their space and the environment they create in the office.

We’ve even heard instances where companies are incentivising teams with team lunches, free coffee from the local cafe and fresh-new working spaces – but we’ll be talking more about this in a future interview.

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Top Candidate – Experienced Marketing Manager

posted by Lindsey Hobson 30/03/2021 0 comments

This week’s Top Candidate is Experienced Marketing Manager, Dave.

A one-person creative and marketing agency, Dave is ideal for a role where results are just as important as visuals.

Already in 2021, he has achieved results such as increasing website visits to specific pages by over 300% and reduce overall website bounce rates by 50% – just to name a few!

Watch the video below to find out more about Dave and how he can bring his passion and dedication to drive sales in your business.

Tell us about yourself, Dave.

Hi, my name is Dave and If you want a one-person creative and marketing agency then I am the right person for you. I am originally from the UK and moved to Australia just over 5 years ago. I bring a wealth and depth of experience to any role I undertake. I am keen to learn and really enjoy adding value to the company I am working with as I grow their brand/market share. 

I am a passionate, creative and adaptive person looking to join or lead a team where I can grow personally and professionally as I help those around me to ensure the company achieves their objectives and aspirations. 

I have a BA (Hons) in Marketing and I have developed my skills as I have gained experience and the face of marketing has changed to a digital focus and back again.  

I am a keen graphic designer and social media/digital strategist. I have a wealth of experience across all the acronyms associated with marketing – I thrive on new challenges and finding creative solutions. 

What’s your experience like, Dave?

I am a marketer with a capital M. I have been a marketer for over a decade, across a wide variety of industries and I have specifically chosen not to specialise in one particular marketing discipline as I love variety and learning new things. I have worked closely with marketing specialists and absorbed elements across all the acronyms which often seem to plague my chosen vocation. Some key achievements already in 2021 include using dedicated digital channels to increase website visits to specific pages by over 300% and reduce overall website bounce rates by 50%. 

I aim to take the nonsense and buzz words out of the process and connect with the experts I work with to gain a deeper understanding of the sector. There is no greater professional feeling than helping a company or a person to share their passion in a way that resonates with their target customers and drive engagement.  

What would your dream company and role be like?  

My dream role is with a company that embraces change, new ideas and well-being. I am a logical creative and I like to challenge the standard way of thinking and contribute to group projects to really embed myself in the business.   

Why will your dream company love having you on their team? 

I have a wide range of skillsets across all marketing disciplines – I bring passion and dedication to every role I undertake, for me it is a matter of personal pride to ensure budgets come in under allocations, projects are undertaken to the highest standards to drive sales – that is why I am your dream candidate.  

Dave is available for an immediate start. To find out more contact Reese on 03 9500 2797 or reese@brookrecruitment.com.au.

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Top Candidate – Development Manager

posted by Lindsey Hobson 16/03/2021 0 comments

This week’s Top Candidate is Development Manager, Mat. After running his own business for eight years, Mat has not only sharpened his skills in Operations, Marketing, and Sales but also understands the true meaning of ownership.

“When you run a business, the entire buck stops with you,” Mat told us “There are many experiences where I have been completely out of my depth and have had to figure out a way to get through.”

Mat would be an ideal addition to a results-driven team where it’s imperative each individual takes ownership of their own results and where passion for the business is a must. 

But don’t take our word for it! Read Mat’s full interview below and learn more.

Tell us about yourself, Mat.
I am 32 and I am seeking an opportunity to develop my career. I have previously ran my own business for the past 8 years which has specialized in the sales, design, and construction of residential homes. I love learning about different cultures, from the food and music to learning a new language! I also love sport – it is my passion, and to keep as active as possible.

What’s your experience like?
Most recently I have been running my business – RMS Homes. We have proudly constructed over 300 homes since our inception in 2013. Predominantly assisting first home buyers in Greenfield land markets, we have helped many clients achieve their dream of home ownership by literally walking them through the entire process. From sourcing land via estate agents, qualifying and sourcing finance, to selecting designs, quoting and estimating right through to construction and handover. 

We also completed various other projects as our business grew – from dual occupancy projects in Box Hill South and Highett, all of which involved managing the entire drafting and town planning/planning permit process, to custom home designs with build contract values in excess of $800,000. 

What is your dream company be like?
A company that is willing to give me an opportunity to grow my skill sets and learn as much as possible from people who are more senior and who have more experience. Having run my business there are many experiences I have been fortunate to have, however I understand it’s a small snapshot of the bigger industry and I am hopeful of a business and a role that will challenge me into learning more and being better. 

And what will your dream company love about you?
I think I am approachable and easy to get along with. I am also diligent and hard working. I know these are clichés, but they do help describe the type of person that I am. Most importantly, I think I am adaptable. When you run a business, the entire buck stops with you – the ultimate problem solver is the boss! There are many experiences where I have been completely out of my depth and have had to figure out a way to get through. Nothing is too hard or intimidating – you just have to find a way! I pride myself on being able to find the way. 

Mat is available for an immediate start. To find out more contact Richard on 03 9500 2797 or richard@brookrecruitment.com.au.

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Interview with Founder and Managing Director of a Leading Retail Property Group

posted by Lindsey Hobson 02/03/2021 0 comments

Retail, both in its ownership and trading profile, has experienced significant evolution over the last fifteen years – particularly in the last twelve months.

It’s Comac Retail Property Group’s aim to be the leading independent retail specialist setting the standard that more hierarchical and rigid organisations cannot replicate.

With such an ambitious nature and innovative approach to business, we interviewed Comac’s Founder and Managing Director, Michael Haddrick, to learn how he is using 2020 to slingshot his team to even greater heights of success.

Watch the video below to find out more.

For more information on employing the right people for your Property business, call 03 9500 2797 or email connect@brookrecruitment.com.au

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Top Candidate – Customer Service Professional

posted by Lindsey Hobson 02/03/2021 0 comments

This week’s Top Candidate is Alexandra – an educated, worldly, and experienced professional looking to settle back into Melbourne after being abroad for many years.

We took the time to really understand Alexandra and discovered just how valuable her time as a Cabin Crew member for Emirates really has been, and could be for your business!

Alexandra, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born and raised in Melbourne, I have recently moved back to Australia after living and working in Dubai. After spending my past 6 years travelling the world as a Cabin Crew member for Emirates Airline, my feet are firmly planted back in Melbourne and I am ready for a new and exciting opportunity to work with an incredible company. 

I come from primarily a customer service background however I also have experience in office administration and I am open to exploring new opportunities.

What sort of experience do you have?

Being a part of Emirates meant maintaining the highest of standards, while providing exceptional customer service. 

Over the past 6 years I had the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, learning to keep an open mind to cultural differences while being culturally aware when dealing with customers and other crew members. 

One key thing I learnt very quickly is to never underestimate a warm and friendly first impression, it has helped me a number of times in difficult situations.

Along with my extensive experience in customer service, I’ve also worked in an office administration position.

My role was varied and I worked in a number of areas within the company including accounts receivable, marketing, data input and basic office organisation and support. I also dealt with customer enquiries and was often the first point of contact when a new or existing customer would call the company with a query.

Tell us about your dream career.

I set a very high standard for myself and I would love to work for a company that appreciates this and gives me the opportunity to evolve in a role professionally. My dream role will be focused on people and building relationships with clients and customers in order to give them the best experience possible and, by extension, assist with company growth. 

Why will any business be lucky to have you?

My unique experience as an international Cabin Crew member has prepared me for anything and there are not many positions that cover the same training that we have. After working in the unpredictable industry of aviation, I have learnt to adapt and be prepared to make quick decisions, no matter the situation. Onboard the aircraft I would have to build relationships in a very short amount of time, a skill I have refined over the years. 

I am educated, worldly, experienced and I know I am the right fit for your company if you are looking for a team member who cares about the finer details, who knows how to organise their time effectively and who works to a high personal standard.

Alexandra is available for an immediate start. To find out more contact Olivia on 03 9500 2797 or olivia@brookrecruitment.com.au.

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Now Hiring Property Managers

posted by Lindsey Hobson 18/02/2021 0 comments

We have some incredible opportunities for a range of Property Management roles, from entry-level temp roles right the way through to senior level Property Management.

Watch the video below to find out more.

If you are in Melbourne and are:

  • Wanting to start your career in Property Management
  • Looking for a Property Management role that has exciting career progression opportunities
  • Ready to step up into a more Senior Property Management role with more responsibility

Then we want to hear from you!

Call Olivia for a confidential discussion on 03 9500 2797 or email your resume and cover letter to olivia@brookrecruitment.com.au.

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#PlacedByBrook: The Experienced People and Culture Manager at Samma Property Group

posted by Lindsey Hobson 16/02/2021 0 comments

Working with a family-run business that’s been passed through the generations is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Each employee feels like part of the family and takes next-level ownership for the success of the company. When everyone cares so strongly, it’s important that the People and Culture Manager is empathetic and a strong leader.

When it was time for the team at the family-run Samma Property Group to find someone for this position, we were delighted to introduce them to the experienced Adam Mckay.

Six years on, Adam works with the team at Brook Recruitment to grow the various departments within Samma Property Group – even during a world pandemic.

We sat down with Adam during Stage 3 restrictions and found out what it’s been like working for one of Melbourne’s most renown Property Development groups during these interesting times.

Adam, tell us what a normal day is like working within the Samma Property Group office. What do you love most about working there?

It’s always hard to define a normal day in the dynamic world of property.  Typically, in our open-plan offices, you will see plenty of activity with our teams working together on development projects, sales, finance and property management.  What I love most about Samma is our people.

What’s on the horizon for Samma Property Group?

The future is looking exciting for Samma Property Group, as we strive to fulfil our Strategic Plan.  Despite current challenges in the market, caused by the pandemic, the business is set up for growth across all divisions including; Development, Project Sales and Property Management.

You’ve been both placed by Brook Recruitment and worked with us to recruit for your team. What’s it like being both a candidate and client with us?

As both a candidate and client, I find the team at Brook Recruitment very easy to work with.  Even after all these years, I am in regular contact with Vanessa who personally placed me at Samma Property Group back in 2014.  Not only helping to fill roles for our business, I have also referred candidates to Brook knowing they will receive a personalised service.

What’s the one thing that you love about working with us and think other Melbourne businesses would love too?

The team are fantastic. Recruitment is all about people and I cannot speak highly enough of the team at Brook and the quality of candidates they put forward.

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Constructing Future Employment With Hacer

posted by Lindsey Hobson 10/12/2020 0 comments

Over the past 20 years, Hacer has proudly constructed landmark buildings for some of Australia’s best-known corporations and enterprises.

4 years ago, they decided it was time to employ HR as a function within the business, and Claire Wall, HR Manager for Hacer Group took on the opportunity with great pleasure!

We sat down with her to hear a little about her experience and what it has been like in 2020. 

Tell us about yourself, Claire.
I’m (nearly 8 years) married and have two boys, Ralph 5 and Harvey 2, who both keep us on our toes. We live in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and love riding and running the amazing trails along the Yarra flats. When we’re not in Melbourne, you’ll find us on the Mornington Peninsula or Queensland’s stunning Sunshine Coast.

What’s something unique about you that not many people know?
I still see my younger self pop up in Boost Juice stores across the world.  This year I came up behind Boris Johnson. It was 15 years ago that I took part in a fun photoshoot filled with melons, bananas, pineapples and fellow colleagues (I was working in a support HR role for Boost Juice at the time).

You are an experienced HR Professional with a background across multiple industries. Tell us a little bit about that and what it was like transitioning into the Construction industry. 
HR is an amazing career, providing you like dealing with people! It doesn’t matter what industry or sector you’re in, people are always the focal point of the role and for me, that’s what makes coming to work every day, so rewarding.

No matter your particular focus, HR is all about balancing the interests of employee and employer – serving and protecting both groups as fairly and equally as possible. Often these interests align but on occasion, they directly oppose each other. Anyone for a game of ‘piggy in the middle’?

I’ve enjoyed working in both Retail and Construction – both of which come with their own perks and pressures. It’s about embracing it all as you go. The biggest change I found in moving from Retail to Construction was the gender split; shifting from 90% female, to 90% male! Despite the vast differences brought about by this split, humans are humans, and all come with their intricacies, no matter the gender. However, one assumption of mine before making the move was that women tend to gossip more than men. Ha, let me tell you …

What’s it like working at Hacer? What do you love about it?
I couldn’t recommend it enough. I love the people, the size of the business, the diversity of the projects and how open our Directors are to change. It’s an amazing team to be a part of. 

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on all businesses. How has Hacer adapted and supported the team during this time?
Like all builders in Victoria this year, rapid adaptation has been our way of life. The ever-changing restrictions, rules, and regulations COVID has thrown us have certainly made for a challenging year. Equally, however, 2020 has brought this industry closer together – I’ve never seen employers, member associations and industry bodies collaborating so regularly, respectfully, and transparently, all in the interest of keeping our sites safe and open.  

In addition to compliance changes made, at the onset of Lockdown 2.0, we instigated a weekly theme to keep the team connected and motivated. We covered a diverse range of topics from resilience and creativity, to movement and cooking. Particularly highlights included weeks where we collaborated internally to develop company-wide touchpoints such as our Hacer Spotify Playlist, and a Hacer Cookbook of Family Favourites.   

Of course, outside these group-wide initiatives, communicating regularly across the organisation about the importance of checking in with each other, and really leveraging the support and expertise offered by our EAP provider, have been paramount.

What’s something you are personally really looking forward to?
Christmas with family, and getting out of Melbourne and Victoria! 

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Top Candidate – Senior Marketing Professional

posted by Lindsey Hobson 24/11/2020 0 comments

This week’s Top Candidate is Kate – a highly experienced Marketing Professional who is looking for her next role in an energetic and forward-thinking organisation.

With a background in Tier 1 FMCG, including the disciplines that come with it, Kate’s ability to interpret data and implement strategy has been refined over many years.

Watch Kate’s video below to discover more.

Based in Sydney, Kate is on the hunt for a company with heart and bravery. She yearns to contribute to the progression of an organisation that gives back to its people through the realisation of its goals.

Recently, Kate has mastered data and digital channels in both long and short customer journeys and has been an Executive Producer for award-winning branded content.

Honest and practical, Kate won’t confuse you with technical Marketing mumbo-jumbo. She is too driven by results and team comradery for that.   She prides herself on maintaining great cross discipline relationships.

For more information on Kate, please contact us on 03 9500 2797 or email connect@brookrecruitment.com.au

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What’s Next For Commercial Property Leasing

posted by Lindsey Hobson 10/11/2020 0 comments

It’s been an interesting year for Australians, especially in the Property sector!

We jumped online with trail-blazer, Tamara Gross, who is a Commercial Leasing Expert, one of the 500 Women in Property, and Head of Leasing at Gross Waddell.

Not only did Tamara share her tales from COVID and how she found ways to inspire and uplift others during that time, but Tamara also explored what she sees upcoming for the Australian Property sector in Commercial Leasing.

Click the play button below to listen to Tamara’s insights!

For more information, call 03 9500 2797 or email connect@brookrecruitment.com.au

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