Renovations Completed

We’ve just completed the renovation of our Mount Waverley offices. Thanks to our staff for their patience & having an open mind to change, and to our landlord for funding the reno. 

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Australia Wide’s 40th Birthday

Celebrating Australia Wide’s 40th birthday last Friday with the people who make it happen – our staff and our families.

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Indian Film Festival Melbourne

Australia Wide Engineering Recruitment has a long history of recruiting engineers for Australian companies involved in the Indian Film industry. Great to see Shah Rukh Khan as the Chief guest at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on Thursday 8th August 2019. See more here


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Recruitment – an inside perspective by Rob Solic, Recruitment Manager – Engineering & Operations

I am often asked, “how did you end up in recruitment”. Ironically, it is not something that I ever seriously contemplated during my working career, nor is it something that I aspired to do whilst in the midst of my studies. The simple answer is that the timing was right to give something new a go!

I entered the workforce in the mid 80’s as an Apprentice Fitter & Turner, and every role between here and there was a calculated process of consistent growth and self-development, with the ultimate aim of one day being at the helm of a manufacturing facility. Once in this position, it became very apparent that the next logical moves were going to be left or right as I found myself standing at the top of the ladder. I then received a serendipitous phone call asking if recruitment was something that I would perhaps consider.

It occurred to me that dealing with recruiters was always a frustrating experience; both as a client and as a candidate. My overall opinion was that I had unqualified people making a judgement call on me as a candidate or on the staff that I sought as a client, and ultimately not delivering on their promises. I saw this as an opportunity to enter the recruitment industry and to right their wrongs. I have close to 35 years of manufacturing knowledge and experience, and the timing was perfect to give something back to clients and candidates.

It is now a couple of years on, and I can honestly put my hand up and suggest that I love recruiting. Placing a candidate into a new role, or helping a client fill a position that they have otherwise struggled to do on their own has been an extremely satisfying experience. And while A.I. is the big talking point, I still prefer doing things the old fashioned way. I have been quoted as saying “there is as much information to be gained from the silence between sentences as there is in the words which are spoken”. I am not sure that A.I. will ever tick either of those boxes!

Ultimately, nobody ever plans to work in recruitment. You either fall into it by accident, or you find yourself in it by coincidence. Like any other job, it has its up’s and down’s, however, the positives far outweigh the negatives. What I would like to suggest is that in order to do well by your client and your candidate, you should ideally have industry knowledge, experience and expertise. This industry expertise is what will differentiate you from other recruiters!

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Tips for Job Seekers

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Respect

RESPECT – it’s why we’re still a growing company after 40 years.

I genuinely believe that one of the main reasons Australia Wide is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year is our culture which revolves around respect – respect in our dealings with our colleagues, candidates & clients. I can’t hand on heart say we’ve got this right every time however I can say that it’s definitely something we continually aspire to.

Respect is so important to our culture that we have a Respect Policy – essentially treating your colleagues, candidates & clients the way you’d like to be treated. And each quarter we have a Respect Award where our employees vote for the staff member who has best lived by our Respect Policy. That staff member then nominates a charity of their choice to receive a $500 donation.

I hope that the many thousands of colleagues, candidates & clients we’ve had the honour of dealing with over the years have had an experience with Australia Wide which they’d consider to be respectful.

Cheers

Stephen Noble
Managing Director
The Australia Wide Personnel Group

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Engineering Recruitment – Market Commentary – July 2019

The engineering recruitment market has been giving mixed messages. Business conditions did rebound post the election and the implementation of the first of two recent interest rate cuts resulted in real improvements in the recent employment conditions. The NAB business conditions index for June improved in excess of 3 points with the employment component being the most favourable part. However, the AIG Performance of Manufacturing Index fell 3 points which highlighted the first mild reduction in manufacturing conditions and the lowest benchmark in three years. With these mixed indicators, we note that we remain extremely busy and continue to seek our own internal improvements and process efficiencies which we can thereby share with our clients and candidates. We are steadfast in continuing our mission to deliver high level candidates to premium clients right across Australia. We are proud to reflect that during the last quarter we estimate we achieved our 40,000th placement and our next one remains to us as important as our very first one. Hope you enjoy the following pieces from our consultants in their specific targeted segments.

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Moon Landing

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and we thought that we would share some of our memories (yes, we have some staff who were alive) and thoughts. 

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Lean Recruitment

Many of the engineering recruitment team at Australia Wide Engineering Recruitment have a background in engineering. Our staff consists of mechanical engineers, project managers, operations managers and software engineers. Most of them have heard and used “lean” engineering techniques. This paper outlines how lean principles can be used in recruitment.

What is the purpose of the recruitment process? In the areas we work in, it is about creating knowledge. And the faster we do that, the faster we get a placement and, further, a placement that is correct for the hiring organisation.

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318

318 –  the combined number of years of recruitment experience amongst the fantastic team at the Australia Wide Personnel Group (Australia Wide Engineering Recruitment, Australia Wide Labour Hire, Australia Wide Office Staffing).

On top of that, the vast majority of our recruiting team join us with prior experience in the industries they recruit for – they’re engineers, tradespeople, HR practitioners, operations managers.

What does this experience & expertise mean for our clients & candidates? High Quality Recruitment Outcomes.


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