Candidate Etiquette

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Kaitlin sat down to discuss candidate etiquette during recruitment processes. Check out a few of her tips!

Getting creative when applying for jobs

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According to the ABS, only 60% of jobs in Australia are advertised online. That leaves 40% of roles that are being filled without advertising online. This gives you the opportunity to get creative!

Contact companies you’re genuinely interested in working with. Think outside the box. Make a lasting impression. You never know what jobs are available or coming up, so give it a crack!

Before I even thought about moving to Wagga, I had followed Huntsman Recruiting on Instagram. After months of interacting with them on Instagram, seeing how the business worked and getting to know their culture through Instagram stories and posts, it was easy to see that they aligned with my ideals in the industry that I was passionate about.

When my Fiance and I first started talking about moving to Wagga, I knew I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else. I shot Rhyley a message to see if he’d be open to the idea of me coming on board… Now it was just that easy, a couple of months later I moved to Wagga!

Simple things like this can work for you no matter what the industry is. One small step, a five-minute phone call, an Instagram message… can change your world and theirs!

It’s never a bad thing to build relationships with people in your industry anyways… Especially in smaller cities like Wagga and Albury Wodonga. In one way or another, you’ll connect with them later down the track and making a lasting impression will help your future self out…

So, what are you waiting for? You’re ready to contact businesses you’re truly interested in… Get to building those relationships!

Let me know if this is something you’ve done before and how it worked for you. I’d also love to know if this has prompted you to contact any businesses you’re interested in working with!

Why you should steer clear of Recruiters

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You’ve been playing with the idea of looking for a new position in Wagga Wagga or Albury Wodonga for a while now. You’ve finally decided that now is the time to start the process of the dreaded and exciting search for a new position.

Updating your resume is just the first step. As your to-do list grows, your excitement rapidly drops. So… to ease some fears, here’s why you NEED a Recruiter in your life…

Sometimes you need a bit of tough love. The truth is a good Recruiter isn’t going to represent you for a job they don’t think you’re suitable for. The plus side of this is you’re not being slotted into anything and everything; only roles you can truly excel in. This will help you understand what can push you forward and even polish your independent job search.

Interviews can be rough for some and can give you the sweats, the shakes and who knows what else… Tooting your own horn isn’t the easiest the thing to do… for some. A good Recruiter will have a great understanding of the client and company you’re interviewing with and will be able to guide you on how to best present yourself during your interviews. Making a good first impression is key but having the inside scoop will make this easier and will be the best thing to put your mind at ease.

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As a candidate, you owe us nothing but a collaborative and honest partnership. Have a chat and save some dollars. You may even get a free tea or coffee on us!

There are obviously a few other reasons why having a relationship with a good Recruiter can help you. There are plenty of amazing candidates who can back us up on this!

We love working with locals around Wagga and Albury Wodonga but if you’re looking to make a move to the Riverina-Murray region, give us a call!

I hope you’re not too upset with me for using a bit of click-bait… If you’re not, check us out on our website, Instagram and LinkedIn to see what we get up to!

Why I moved from Canberra to Wagga Wagga

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I’ve recently relocated from Canberra to Wagga and in the lead up to moving and even now, I get a deafening “why?!”

The culture in Wagga is something different from anything I’ve ever been around. I’ve moved a lot in my life, across Australia, the US and the UK and nothing quite compares to Wagga. If you’re looking to live, work and play in one of the friendliest cities in the world… You’ve come to the right spot.

Aside from having an amazing work-life balance, strong job market, affordable housing and great schools; Wagga has some incredible restaurants and cafes.

It’s disappointing to see so many city slickers with a negative view of Regional Australia because it’s truly amazing…


Now, if you love food then there are so many great restaurants, cafes, pubs, cocktail and wine bars (some of them award-winning including  Thaigga and Coffee Niche) to choose from you’ll never go hungry!


If Wagga isn’t sounding appealing enough yet, take a look at the median house price. $322,818. Are you kidding me? That’s $430K less than the average price to buy a house in our Nation’s Capital, Canberra… Talk about saving some dollars.


Maybe you’re looking to further your education? There are some great educational facilities in Wagga; CSU, UNSW, Notre Dame and TAFE just to name a few…

Do you have kids and are looking to enrol them into an awesome school? Wagga High School is awesome – with a fully working agriculture plot. All things sheep, calf’s, crops and more! Not to mention they have Wagga’s best Hospitality Teacher!

There are that many other great schools too; Kildare, TRAC, Kooringal High School (Rhyley’s alma mater…) and so many others that you might just have to enrol each child into a different school… 😉


Wagga and the surrounds also host some awesome events including, the annual Gears and Beers festival, Food and Wine festival, Cork and Fork festival and a huge hit, the Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras.

Wagga is scenic, spacious and quiet. Only two and a half hours away from Canberra (if you’re ever missing the PM…) and four-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne and Sydney if you’re looking for a weekend away. There is so much happening in Wagga, check out Visit Wagga’s website to see what you’re missing out on!

The beautiful people around Wagga are so warm and friendly, you will feel right at home wherever you are. The endless employment opportunities with some really great companies will mean you never have to leave!

If you’re considering your options or ready to make the move to Wagga, let’s talk. 02 6921 4488.

Why Accountants are jumping ship

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We have seen a huge increase in accountants getting out of public practice and stepping into company or management accounting..

The main reasons are culture, salary, lack of training or the archaic structure of how the public practice system operates which in-turn impacts the culture.

What is the answer?

Does the public practice accounting industry need a complete shake up??

Ive witnessed the roll out of the fixed pricing model in the legal industry and for the firms that have taken this approach, their ability to attract and retain staff has gone through the roof.

The best thing about fixed price billing is the fact that the client knows upfront what the services will cost. I hear you say, but this is crazy, we wont even know how much time this will take.

It doesn’t come down to time but the value that you are delivering.

The impact this has on your staff would be huge. The pressure comes off a little and they can ensure they are doing the best thing for their client. It gives your culture that little bit of flexibility too, instead of counting minutes your staff can still interact with each other whilst getting the job done.

Although accounting is about numbers, it is primarily a people business so leadership is critical and a firm will never outperform its leadership team.

What we hear from people is there is a lack of mentoring on offer to them, they are promised a lot and then receive minimal training and are thrown in the deep-end and within the blink of an eye, three years have passed, they get stale and then look at opportunities with more variety.

I think firms should take a much more pro-active approach to training and mentoring which will increase their retention rates. You shouldn’t underestimate the impact the leadership teams behaviour has on their people.

Nearly every firm we have spoken with over the past few years are all having huge problems recruiting and retaining Accountants.

The biggest issue however, is salary.. How are CPA qualified accountants with 2-3 years experience still only earning $60,000 per year??

Company Accountants are earning a minimum of $80,000 straight off the bat with bonuses and annual pay rises. This is what you are competing with.

Im not saying i have all or any of the answers to this, it is simply an observation over the past five years from speaking with many accountants who have left that side of the industry.

Let me know your thoughts.

Comparing Coffee With Culture

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After a few too many cups this week, I’ve got the coffeel’s.  Anyone that knows me would tell you this can lead to a variety of conversations on any given topic.. Today, however my mind is focussed on workplace culture.. Well, I’ve come across a few styles in my time and much the same with coffee, sometimes you are left with a bitter taste in your mouth and other times it’s exactly the pick me up you need.

Let’s start with a burnt Cappuccino, a real crowd pleaser.

A beautiful creamy froth, much like your first twelve months in a new role. The people are great and there is loads of potential. However, once you get past the first couples of spoonful’s of froth and chocolate sprinkling ( the first couple of years) you realise there isn’t much depth to the company and your role. You begin thinking, am I still going to be in the same position in another two years’ time? Am I learning and developing? You love the people, however you can see they all lack motivation and have been stuck in the same role for the past ten years. You’ve now figured out the cliques of the business and the people who you try to avoid on a daily basis, it’s only a matter of time before you order another coffee at new cafe (a new Employer).

An Espresso. An acquired taste and not overly popular.

The definition of an espresso is;
“Shooting boiling water under high pressure through finely grounded coffee beans”. We all know where I’m heading with this small delight. It’s safe to say we have all been here at least once. You are working under a Manager that possesses limited people skills that has been promoted into a role above their skillset. Most of the time, only means one thing – Micromanagement. Just like shooting boiling water, you are constantly feeling the whip lash effects from your Managers moods. Work can be fun, especially when playing ‘Pick the personality’ with the team. An espresso is something you tend to try once and after you have it, you realise why you don’t go back – similar to that anxious feeling you get before you walk through those doors each morning. Depresso.

The classic go-to, a Flat White.

What makes a flat white different to most other coffees is the way it is prepared and poured. This creamy and consistent approach is what employee’s thrive on. Milk is the hidden ingredient here aka your culture and it is important that you have a clear direction. When Milk (your culture) is steamed and frothed correctly this creates a genuinely unique experience. Yes, more work goes into making a ridiculously good flat white, however your taste buds will always know the difference between the good and the bad. People want work within a team that plays on their strengths and ensures they are constantly learning and developing.

It is so important for Employers to have the right tools in order to retain employees and ensure they enjoy their roles and the culture. Like ratios between coffee and milk, this ultimately comes down to two things -Leadership and Culture. Your staff are your biggest asset and your culture is your brand, it’s a window into your soul, or in this case – cup. How are you ensuring your staff are happy in their roles?

Well, there’s my two bobs worth, I am always keen to chat about all things recruitment in Wagga Wagga and Albury Wodonga. Get in touch and we can discuss over a coffee, my shout!

Mindset & Staff Training

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We were lucky enough to be mentioned on the shortlist website which is a subscription service that keeps recruitment agencies and talent acquisition professionals informed about crucial developments in the sector.

Read the article below:

Huntsman Recruiting founder Rhyley Hunter has seen similar strong growth from training consultants with no prior industry experience.

Although hiring recruiters with strong networks is also important, he says inexperienced consultants have a clean slate, without any preconceived ideas about what the industry is like or other “bad habits”.

The company, which recently rebranded from Wagga Wagga Recruitment and Albury Wodonga Recruitment, also works with a business/mindset coach on a weekly basis “who keeps us accountable in both our personal and business life”, he says.

“This is a fair expense; however we see this as a massive investment in ourselves, and the success we have had from this has been phenomenal.”

The white-collar regional specialist has just had a record quarter, on top of exponential increases in revenue in the years to March 2017 and March 2018 (up 276% and 225% respectively), and plans to expand into five or six locations, Hunter says.

How To Ace Your Next Job Interview

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Looking to ace your next interview? I bet you never thought that you could learn a thing or two from the movie ‘Step Brothers’.

There’s no need to study the movie, check out the snippet below for a good laugh with a few examples of what not to do…

Check it out here

In this scene, Brennen and Dale have been told by their parents that they need to get jobs, even though they’re very musically talented…  

They’ve been offered a couple of interviews and it wouldn’t be a funny movie if it went smoothly, now would it?  

Examples of what not to do:

Learn how to pronounce the names of the people you’re meeting with. This is obviously exaggerated in the movie because I’m not sure how many people would struggle with the name Pam.

Don’t ask personal or inappropriate questions. The step brothers ask the interview to rank his wife against celebrities in terms of attractiveness and how much he makes per annum. This is obviously a big NO!

Provide credible references. Brennen provides his stepbrother and Jesus as his references on his resume. Be a bit more selective and provide references that will be able to attest to your professional history.

Always add a positive spin when asked about your weaknesses. In the movie, the step brothers discuss their inability to work after 11am, they’re slow learners and they’re not good listeners. Instead of just listing things like this, be sure to discuss how you plan to overcome this, for example, “I have learnt to take notes during meetings to remain present and to ensure I remember the important topics.”

Don’t talk over the interviewer! This seems like a no brainer but take your time with answering and let the interview get out what they need to. In the movie, the step brothers are verbally abusive to Pam and talk over her for most of the interview. Take a step back, be present but respectful.

Here’s a few extra tips from the team at Huntsman Recruiting:

Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer. This might be relating to the role, the company, the culture etc. Anything you’re wondering about before you jump into the role to settle any of your concerns.

Befriend the Receptionist. The Receptionist will be your best friend! Making a lasting impression with the Receptionist will be extremely helpful – they’re the face of the business and often have a lot of input in first impressions of candidates.

Always be thankful. Being respectful and appreciative of the panel’s time, shows how you would act if you were selected. Sending a follow up email after you finish your interview thanking the panel for their time will go a LONG way!

Let us know what you think of our tips from Step Brothers and if there are any other interviews in movies you want us to check out!

Message us on LinkedIn or Instagram @huntsmanrecruiting

Wagga Recruitment and Albury Wodonga Recruitment Re-Brand

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In February 2019 Wagga Recruitment & Albury Wodonga Recruitment re-branded to Huntsman Recruiting.

The reasoning behind the re-brand is to ensure we are consistent with our approach and communication as we grow and expand our service offerings and locations.

We are also working on some impressive projects that will benefit your business in 2019 so keep an eye out for these.

Letting the cat out of the bag…

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Okay, so I’m trying not to come across too negatively here , but I see it on a daily basis so I think it’s about time I let the cat out of the bag on why you aren’t getting your foot in the door or possibly even a rejection email from Employers in Wagga Wagga & Albury Wodonga.

It’s all about the approach. Okay, so you go through the usual steps of sending a generic CV and Cover Letter to an employer and then sit around for a couple of weeks, then a few weeks more wondering what the hell is going on, or for some maybe not even wondering at all.

Make your approach personalised. Email the hiring manager directly with an email that won’t put them to sleep, be genuine and unique and show them that you really do want to make that little bit of an extra effort to form the foundations of a successful relationship.

Time and time again we see the candidates that have the best initial approach end up gaining the position. The little things count.

This doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out email, maybe just a brief introduction showing your excitement in applying for the role followed by a few dot points confirming that your skill set, experience and ambitions are in line with the role they’re trying to fill.

Follow up with a phone call, I dare you ha!

I’d say maybe one in ten applicants would call to have a quick chat over the phone and build a little bit of rapport, this works wonders in gaining an interview. You don’t want to bombard the hiring manager with stupid questions that have already been answered in the advert but make a list of intelligent questions that start a conversation on the role, if you’re up for it even follow up after that with an email thanking them for their time. This really sets you up for a positive first impression.

Don’t get me wrong, I do come across some awesome applications and follow up calls/emails so there is some hope.

Get back to the basics, use your manners, have patience, always follow up in the right way and you’ll nearly be certain to at least get in front of that particular hiring manager.

If you want to sit down and have a chat about your approach to gaining a role and how we can help, then get in touch with us today.

On the other hand, if you need staff then give one of our recruiters a buzz, we have the candidates with the right approach up our sleeves.

I’m sure it may be totally different in the metro markets with the sheer number of applicants per role and availability of positions so this is limited to what I’ve seen here locally in Wagga Wagga & Albury Wodonga.

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