February 11 Newsletter
Welcome to our Newsletter!
It is the beginning of February and 2011 is well and truly under way for us here at Beaumont Consulting and as usual we have many exciting things to report to you about our business, our people and more importantly what is happening with the market when it comes to finding and hiring top talent.
Internally, we have had some sad news with the departure of Pauline Carr who was part of the Beaumont family and worked within our Banking and Finance Division. Pauline has decided that she would like to see the world and is busy planning a big trip to Europe so rather than continue to commit to a permanent role she is now working with one of our clients in a temporary contract. We even place our old employees into work!!
As for good news we have exciting things to report about myself and other members of the Beaumont family. Three “Beaumont Babies” are due in 2011, a baby girl for me and baby boys for Katie our CBD Resourcer and Georgia our Chatswood Temporary Division Consultant. As for the management of the City office, I will be working right through until the end of April and returning at the end of November. In the meantime the fabulous Nikki Beaumont is jumping in to cover my role City Branch Manager.
Myself and Nikki Beaumont have attended service reviews with our clients over the last few weeks and the results have been fantastic. We have discovered that we have some extremely happy clients who have reported excellent levels of service from their consultants. We have also walked away with lots of new ideas from our clients about how we can do things better and even ideas for new client events. Look out for calls from us over the coming months to discuss meeting for a service review, it’s your chance to tell us what you really think.
We have a new starter in our IT Division. Sheweta Dhall, an experienced consultant is starting with us on Monday 14th February and will be in touch with you regarding any hiring requirements that you may have in the IT area. We also welcomed Rebecca Green to the CBD Branch who joined the Business Services Division in January.
January has been a rather interesting month for us. It was a fairly slow start to the month but the momentum has built and we are now seeing a much larger quantity of requirements coming through from our clients across the board. Our Property and Construction Division is the busiest they have been in six months which itself is a positive sign for the economy.
Have a wonderful month and a message for all our readers…don’t forget Valentines Day on the 14th February!
City Branch Manager
Unemployment drops but long-term jobless still struggling to find work
Australia’s unemployment rate has dropped from 5.2% to 5% – with 11.417m people now working, the latest labour force figures reveal. But separate Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the proportion of long-term unemployed is on the up. The labour force figures show the employment rise in December was driven by more full-time and part-time jobs – up 1,700 to 8.034m and 600 to 3.383m respectively.
The number of unemployed people dropped 25,400 to 598,700, while the participation rate declined slightly to 65.8% from a record 66% high in November. Meanwhile, the bureau’s job search experience study for July 2010 showed the long-term jobless were still finding it difficult to find work and were accounting for a growing proportion of unemployment statistics. Of the 578,700 Australians unemployed in July 2010, 18% had been unemployed for at least one year.
That was up on 2009’s 16% figure. ABS identified the main difficulties in finding work for the long-term unemployed as: too many applicants; too far to travel/transport problems and ill-health or disability.
By Workforce on January 22, 2011
The Do’s And Don’ts of Summer Office Wear
Your work image projects not just how you approach your job, but can reflect your ambition. So when the sun starts to shine, there are still stylish and work appropriate ways to keep cool.
“Whatever your job and no matter how far up the career ladder you’ve climbed, your working wardrobe needs to project an image that spells professionalism….when it comes to a pay rise your boss will be checking out your image” – ‘Working Girl’, ASOS Magazine
Along with the essential ‘Dos’ come absolute ‘Don’ts’, follow these rules in the office, no matter how high the temperature climbs outside. The number one reason people are not hired for a job is their appearance, clothing sends messages. Attention to detail does make a difference, whatever the season
• Wear strappy vest tops or boob tubes in the office – the less skin the better in the office, leave these for the beach, garden or your casual look
• Be tempted to dive for the flips flops on a hot day for work – great alternatives are some gorgeous metallic flats or even pumps if you’re looking for the comfort factor
• Reveal too much cleavage – this is neither the time nor place and it will do nothing for your credibility and ability as a woman
• Go for ultra minis or short skirt lengths in the office – appropriate skirt length is knee-length and will still keep you cool when the temperatures rise
• No matter what, both men and women should resist the urge to dress down for summer. Save the strappy sandals for evening
• Peep toes are super stylish and a key trend this summer, so book yourself in for a pedicure before peeping those toes! Think of your nail polish as an accessory and the finishing touches to your outfit
• If you’re baring your legs this summer, opt for a spot of fake tan or one of the fantastic gradual tans on the market, which include an added moisturiser to avoid streaking
• If bare legs are not your thing, try a 10 denier natural tan coloured tight for a softer summer look
• What’s underneath your outfit also is crucial to your being dressed for success, so ensure your underwear is well fitting and suitable under a specific item. There is nothing less professional than an unsuitable foundation piece. Common sense goes a long way and you really do not want an occasion in the workplace when your co-workers can discern anything about your underwear
• Accessorising should be a key part of your work look whatever the season – a great scarf, necklace, beads, slouchy bag or some great shoes can bring your outfit to life and is a great way bring through your personality
• What you wear to the office in the summer should always be one step removed from what you wear to an after-work event, cocktail party or bar. This could be translated through your style by adding some fantastic accessories or shoes or a piece you can remove, like a stylish cardigan or jacket
FREE WEBINAR - Secrets of a Great Career Revealed!
International Speaker, Trainer and Coach Kim Seeling Smith will spill the beans on the lessons she learned from working with over 5,000 people during her 15 years as a recruiter. She learned why some capable and talented people easily reach their career goals and other, equally capable and talented people fall short by either plateauing or worse, senselessly sliding backwards as their near their goals. It turns out that it's not ability, training, education, personality, political astuteness or even luck that makes the difference. You will probably be surprised (Kim certainly was when she worked it out). She has now taught these concepts to 100's of people.
In this webinar Kim will reveal as many of these secrets as an hour will allow.
You will learn how to:
- Set a 3 - 5 year plan that excites you and helps you reach your goals
- Figure out what your "Special Sauce" is and how you can add that to create an exciting career and life long opportunities for yourself
- Determine what skills you need to master to reach your goals
- Learn how to overcome any setbacks - personal or professional
Join her here! Thursday, February 10, 12PM.
Managers, this is a great webinar for your staff as well. Recent stats say that career development / management is the number 1 thing employees want to stay with a company. And you'll LOVE step 2 in Kim's 4 step process, which is all about reigniting your professional passion and realising that the grass is NOT always greener elsewhere.
Kim Seeling Smith is an international speaker, trainer and coach on Staff Retention and Career Management issues after having spent 15 years as a recruiter in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, studying the differences between:
- Those capable and talented people who successfully reach their career goals and those equally capable and talented people who plateau or senselessly slide backwards as they near them.
- And those companies that are extremely successful in keeping their critical people and those that consistently battle staff turnover.
Kim is a co-author in the soon to be released book, "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career" due out in the US in early 2011. Look for it on Amazon.
community Our bit for the Community
Seven of our Beaumont team will be running the half marathon in May. The team consists of
Nikki Beaumont – Managing Director
Michelle Maye – Not For Profit Consultant
Janine Runaghan – Not To Profit Consultant
Kelly Craddock – Business Services Consultant
Julie Cowap – Accounts Consultant
Joe Hendry – Construction Consultant
Sam Thorma – Business Services consultant
We’re so impressed with their training efforts with Can Too and are 100% behind them in helping them raise their target of $8750 in aid of Cure Cancer.
So, in support of this we’re going to be holding sausage sizzles at Bunnings on a few dates leading up to the marathon.
The next date is Saturday 19th February and will be at Bunnings in Narrabean. If you’re in the area don’t forget to pop by and we’ll sizzle you up a delicious sausage!
If you would like to sponsor any of the team individually you just need to go to this link and type in the name of the person you want to sponsor.
If you would also like to join Can Too on their training for any upcoming charity events just go to their website.
Temp of the month
This month our $100 Temp of the Month prize goes to ….. Shannyn Skan
Shannyn is currently on assignment for one of our clients in a customer service position.
This is what the client had to say:
Shannyn is very flexible in her work and always puts in 100%. Her work is always up to scratch and there are never any issues with it.