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Wellness Matters

Real-life blogs written by different #HOBANites, professional wellness tips, and easy, delicious healthy recipes.

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Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

What not to say in an interview? Are you saying things that could be making it difficult for you to get into your next role? Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to spoil your chances in a job interview. They may seem like simple things, but to hirers, they could be a deal-breaker. To get you…

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Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly job vacancy figures are no surprise to hiring managers

It is no surprise hiring managers, business and industry leaders are feeling the pressure, with the recently released Job Vacancy report issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Vacant roles cause stress and pressure points across entire organisations. They may lead to staff discord, resignations, budgetary blowouts associated with overtime costs, and a myriad of…

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How to Write a Winning Resume – Resume Tips Part 2

Is your resume doing an excellent job of selling you to potential employers? Is it strong enough to be able to stand out from your competition? You may have the skills and experience, but if it is not communicated well in your resume, you may be missing out.  In our recent blog, we covered the…

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“Priority” hiring program paying off for HOBAN

This article has been reproduced with permission of Shortlist.net.au Hoban Recruitment’s award-winning priority hiring program is beating the talent crunch and delivering fair, barrier-free recruitment, says CEO Alison Watts. The company set up its pathways to employment program to ensure the team was recruiting from the whole of the community, “and that our procedures are…

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What questions should you never ask in a job interview?

If you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to know what can be discussed in an interview situation. From inquiries that sound discriminatory, to questions that are too closed to get a deep enough answer, you must be able to get the most from the short time you have in an interview….

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Important Questions to Ask Employers in an Interview

To identify if the workplace you are interviewing for will be the right for you, it is essential to ask hirers key questions. Often you will only have 30-60 minutes to decide if this will be the right job for you. At the end of any interview, you will have the chance to ask your…

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How to optimise your LinkedIn profile for 2022

With over 12 million registered users in Australia*, LinkedIn has become increasingly ubiquitous in recent years, no matter what industry you are in. LinkedIn is no longer just the destination for the top end of town, wannabe CEOs and IT Gurus. There is now a trend for everyone from tradies to chefs, and entry-level employees,…

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The interview questions employers need to ask.

You have a pool of great candidates to interview, now how do you make sure you are choosing the one with the experience you need? Gut feeling can get you only so far, but how do you know for sure that the person sitting across from you will be the right person for the job?…

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Writing a Resume that Opens Doors – Resume Tips Part 1

To get your foot into the door of any job, a quality resume (sometimes referred to as a curriculum vitae or CV) is a must. There are some must-haves on any resume, to ensure you not only win the job, but also set yourself up for the best salary and conditions possible. We have laid…

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Continuing to Support Local Businesses

Over the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to support our local businesses. Some might have been forced to close or reduce hours. We’ve put together some tips on how we can all support local. If we each do our part, we might be able to help some struggling businesses come out the…

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Staying Healthy During Ramadan

Ramadan starts this week, so we caught up with Clicks IT Recruitment Practice Manager, Fatema, to discuss the 30 days of fasting ahead and some of the best ways to keep healthy throughout this challenging period. Can you let us know a bit about your history with Ramadan? Being born into a Muslim family, I…

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5 Healthy Hobbies That Help Your Career

“So what do you do for fun outside of work?” It’s a pretty stock standard question that you’re likely to get in a job interview. Interviewers ask you this question because they want to know about you as a person and how you’ll fit in culturally. Your hobbies say a lot about you, and can…

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Running Tips

Running is a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive form of exercise. It’s a great way to get outside and get fit. Benefits include improved mood and sleep, along with increased cardio health and vitamin D exposure. Running offers flexibility and suits most people. You can choose to make it a solo or social activity. You…

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A Beginners Guide to Composting

The 6th of March marked Clean Up Australia Day, our country is doing their part to move towards a greener future. To help reduce the volume of waste produced by your household, you can start a compost pile! Compost is a soil-like mixture of organic matter and a lively set of microbes that help the…

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Simplifying Your Next Grocery Shop – Decoding Food labels

What are Health Star Ratings? The Health Star Rating system is a labelling system designed to quickly and easily compare the nutritional value of similar products, based on a rating from a half star to five stars – the more stars, the healthier. Keep in mind, the system is designed to help compare similar products…

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Finding a Balance With Social Media

If you’re anything like me, social media has been a bit of an escape for you over the last couple of years. Getting a fix was the last thing I would do before I went to sleep and the first thing I did when I woke up. Whenever I had a moment not filled with…

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Brain Power Foods to Eat Before a Busy Day

Deadlines creeping up? Some days, there’s no room for a slow brain or anything less than peak performance. Luckily, there are ways to increase cognitive functioning. In this week’s Wellness Matters, we’ve gathered a list of great food options to give your brain the boost it needs. Fatty Fish We’ve spoken before about omega-3 fatty…

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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee…How Much is, Too Much?

Like many people, coffee holds a special and essential place in my morning routine. A nice warm cup of coffee is the perfect bribe to get me out of bed. While two cups per day will usually be enough for me, working from home has meant that I tend to indulge in an extra one…

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Five Tips to Help You Achieve Minimalism

The past few years have given rise to the practice of compulsive online shopping. Many of our homes are now filled with a range of items purchased from a place of boredom. One counter to a lifestyle of excess is minimalism. “A minimalist intentionally focuses on what really matters” Minimalism is a movement gaining popularity…

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Track Your Wellness Progress With These Awesome Apps

Keeping track of your progress is one of the most important steps when starting your wellness journey, because if you’re not sure where you’ve started, how will you know how far you’ve come? I know just how hard it can be, as the last thing I wanted to do was weigh myself when I started…

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How I Regained a Passion for Reading

Many of us today find we spend too much time using technology. With phones, laptops, Netflix and consoles constantly within reach, a break certainly wouldn’t go amiss. I loved reading when I was a kid. I finished all the Harry Potter, Eragon and Hunger Games books, yet somewhere along the way I lost this passion…

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Smashing Your 2022 Goals Out of the Park!

The silver lining from 2021 is that it provided us all with the opportunity to pause and reflect on what is really important. It also allowed us to discover (or rediscover) our passions and interests. Whether it’s maintaining your healthy eating habits, investing more time for self-care, running, reading more books or resetting your career…

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HOBAN Recruitment Giving Hope to Those in Need This Christmas

HOBAN Recruitment is proud to continue supporting the great work The Salvation Army does for the thirteenth year running The Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614 Lighthouse Café provides wraparound services to vulnerable members of the community HOBAN Recruitment is proud to contribute to the ongoing operations of The Salvation Army to support its efforts in…

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Summer Getaway Ideas

No matter what kind of year you’ve had, getting away is always a good idea! Don’t worry if you don’t know where to go. We have some great stay-at-home, and slightly further-away-from-home holiday ideas for you and the family, that won’t cost you an arm or a leg. Whether you prefer to kick back on…

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Building Mental Resilience

The last couple of years have been among the most difficult in recent times. Collectively, we’ve experienced changes to our daily way of life, the way we interact with others, and how we work. For some, the isolation of working from home and living alone has been hardest. Others have lost their job and the…

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How You Can Recharge Ahead of the Silly Season

It’s that time of year again. Heading into the silly season, our social commitments are rapidly increasing and the things we need to do before the year is over start to become more urgent. With this in mind, it’s important to recharge so we’ve got the energy to see out the rest of the year…

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10 Tips For Your Next Camping Adventure

As we head into Australia’s warmer months, a camping getaway is on many of our minds. Time in nature away from our busy lives, technology and the city is a great way to relax and recharge.   Whether you are just starting out and want to get a taste of the outdoors, or have been…

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HOBAN Recruitment Sponsor MSCWA’s 40th Anniversary

Investing in local organisations that invest in local people: HOBAN Recruitment sponsors MSCWA 40th Anniversary HOBAN Recruitment is a ‘Silver Sponsor’ of MSCWA’s 40th Anniversary MSCWA provides support to diverse community groups across Western Australia HOBAN Recruitment is proud to be supporting the Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia (MSCWA) for its upcoming 40th anniversary….

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Getting Back To Nature

Many of us have spent the last year largely disconnected from nature, locked down and unable to travel – this is coming to an end. In this edition of Wellness Matters, I’ll share some of the benefits of getting back into nature for your physical and mental health. Happiness and Mental Health Spending time in…

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Labour Force Snapshot – October 2021

HOBAN Recruitment’s National Sales Manager Andrew Green reviews the state of the labour market for October. The unemployment rate increased to a six-month high to 5.2% Thousands re-enter the labour market looking for work as lockdowns ease  Victoria had almost 50,000 job losses in September October was the month for records, good and bad. Whether…

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The First Swim of Summer

As the summer months arrive, you’re probably waiting for your first swim of the warm months. Or maybe you aren’t lucky enough to – we can’t all live in Bondi or Brighton!  Either way, we’ve compiled a great list of our favourite outdoor pools, aquatic centres and swimming holes that are close enough to the…

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Morning Rituals

Have you noticed your morning routine slipping away recently? While I am definitely not a morning person, I do normally take pride in being productive and organised. I find the snooze button is getting a lot more action lately! And when that happens, usually I find that I end up having a less-considered breakfast and…

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Summer Park Games

Summer is approaching and what better way to spend it than in the park with family and friends. Basking in the sunshine on a warm summer’s day has many benefits provided it’s done safely. I’ll share some fun park games from around the world that will help create great summer memories. Croquet Hailing from France,…

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How Great Are Pets?

Not only do pets make us happy and give us something to look forward to, they can also help to promote stability, provide companionship and reduce stress. In this edition of Wellness Matters we decided to pay attention to our furry friends, and explore the mental health benefits our pets afford us every day. Pets…

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Labour Force Snapshot – September 2021

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the country in sight Andrew Green, HOBAN Recruitment’s National Sales Manager reviews, the latest trends in the Australian labour market. Unemployment rate increases for the first time in almost 12 months to 4.6% NSW recovery drives national job growth  The number of people looking for work continues to…

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Harnessing the Power of Positive Messages

Marie Kondo will not be impressed but my house is strewn with post-it notes containing positive messages. It started after I texted a friend when I was having a particularly bad day and had run out of ice-cream. She responded with a photo of a note that read “No feeling is final”. She’d placed the…

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Exercise For The Mind

The benefits of physical activity on your mind and body One of the best ways to improve your mental health is by building a routine of regular exercise. It’s helped me greatly during some of the more stressful points in my life, and I believe staying fit is equally important for both body and mind….

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HOBAN Recruitment’s Jane Rose appointed to RCSA Western Australia Regional Council

HOBAN Recruitment is delighted to announce that Strategic Account Manager, Jan Rose has recently been elected to the RCSA Western Australia regional council.   The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA) is the peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry in Australia and New Zealand. The body sets the benchmark…

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Making the Most of Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings is polarising. For some, this is a divisor with our loved ones: many loving the extra-long sunny days, with others groaning about the shorter winter days and disruption of circadian rhythms. Let alone what it allegedly does to the curtains in Queensland and Western Australia… Staring down the barrel of a clock change…

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The 5 Amazing Benefits of Keeping Houseplants in Your Home

We all know someone that has a few too many houseplants in their home, it can sometimes feel like walking into a tropical rainforest. There are actually several positive benefits of keeping houseplants in your home directly backed by science. These benefits can include improved sleep, purified air, improved productivity and even reduced allergies. Maybe…

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Labour Force Snapshot – August 2021

HOBAN Recruitment’s National Sales Manager looks at the latest trends in the labour market. Unemployment falls again to 13-year record low of 4.5 per cent Applications per job declined compared to last month  ABS sees a reduction on the labour participation rate Unemployment rate Decreased to 4.5% Employment Decreased to 13,022,600 Participation rate Decreased to…

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Fun Activities for the School Holidays!

School holidays have arrived and for many, it’s earlier than planned. Whether you have 10 minutes or a few hours, there are plenty of exciting and even educational activities for the kids.

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R U Really OK?

R U OK? Day is a celebrated day which reminds us to empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them. This year’s key message is to double check – are they really ok?

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Why Being Kind is Good for You

Studies have shown the positive effects of being kind include improved mood, increased happiness and calmness as well as many positive health benefits.

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Labour Force Snapshot – July 2021

HOBAN’s National Sales Manager, Andrew Green, reviews the state of the national labour force for July 2021. Australia’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in June 2021, reports ABS The lowest unemployment figure in almost 13 years More people giving up on finding work due to ‘economic reasons’ It’s that time of the month again where…

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One Simple Step You Can Take To Significantly Improve Your Mood

Whether you are feeling upset, angry, sluggish or down – getting outside and going for a walk is an easy and effective way to lift your mood!

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Ditching the Digital to Get Hands-On

It has been quite easy to slip into a lazy spiral of gaming and binge watching movies and TV shows while we’re mostly stuck indoors. Sometimes we need to pull ourselves away from the digital and try something different, stimulate our brains and try something hands-on.

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How to Be at Home like a Boss

There’s a lot of uncertainty floating around at the moment, so we thought it would be useful to focus on some helpful tips and tricks to make the most out of staying at home! If you’re like me and enjoy the outdoors, adventuring or simply taking in the sights, staying home might seem a little…

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Some Light Reading

More and more organisations are implementing strategies to ensure they are providing a happy, healthy place to work for their employees. Despite this emphasis on wellness, many still neglect one of the most important – and easily accessible – tools for vitality: sunlight.

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