Blog

Mastering Your First Behavioural Interview: A Comprehensive Guide

Mastering Your First Behavioural Interview: A Comprehensive Guide

Facing your first behavioural interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the format. However, with the right preparation and mindset, you can approach it confidently and showcase your skills and experiences effectively. In this guide, we’ll explore what a behavioural interview entails, how to prepare for it, and provide tips to […]

Read Article
How Starting a Professional Networking Group in Your Area Can Create Occupational Opportunities and Community Relationships.

How Starting a Professional Networking Group in Your Area Can Create Occupational Opportunities and Community Relationships.

Starting a professional networking group in your area can be a rewarding endeavour, providing opportunities for career advancement, knowledge sharing, and relationship building within your industry or community. Here are some tips and tricks to for starting a professional networking group, along with insights from Australian academic articles: Identify the Purpose and Audience: Clarify the […]

Read Article
Navigating Complexity: Human Resources as a Rewarding Career Choice in Australia

Navigating Complexity: Human Resources as a Rewarding Career Choice in Australia

Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of Australian Industrial Relations (IR), a career in Human Resources (HR) stands out as a resilient and rewarding choice. Despite the challenges posed by the intricate web of regulations and reforms, HR professionals play a vital role in shaping organisational culture, fostering employee well-being, and driving strategic initiatives. In this article, […]

Read Article
Exploring Alternative Recruitment and Selection Tools in Australia

Exploring Alternative Recruitment and Selection Tools in Australia

Innovations in recruitment and selection processes have prompted Australian companies to explore alternative methods beyond traditional interviews. These alternatives offer diverse ways to assess candidates’ skills, abilities, and fit for the role. From psychometric assessments to gamified simulations, Australian companies are adopting a range of tools to streamline their hiring processes and identify the best […]

Read Article
Selecting External Training Providers: A Strategic Approach for Businesses

Selecting External Training Providers: A Strategic Approach for Businesses

Investing in training and development programs is crucial for fostering employee growth, enhancing skills, and driving organisational success. However, choosing the right external training provider can be a daunting task, especially with the multitude of options available. In this article, we’ll explore a strategic approach to finding and selecting external training providers tailored to your […]

Read Article
Crafting a Winning Response to “Tell Us About Yourself” in Interviews

Crafting a Winning Response to “Tell Us About Yourself” in Interviews

Among the myriad of questions asked during job interviews, “Tell us about yourself” often stands out as both the most common and the most challenging. This seemingly simple prompt can catch job seekers off guard, leading to rambling responses or missed opportunities to make a strong impression. However, with careful preparation and strategic planning, you […]

Read Article
Becoming Invaluable: Key Strategies to Excel in Your Organisation

Becoming Invaluable: Key Strategies to Excel in Your Organisation

In today’s dynamic and competitive workplace environment, the desire to stand out and make a meaningful impact within your organisation is something many of us strive for. Whether you’re aiming for career advancement, recognition, or simply striving to excel in your current role, becoming invaluable to your organisation is a worthwhile pursuit. Drawing insights from […]

Read Article
Could working with an external leadership coach elevate your influencing skills?

Could working with an external leadership coach elevate your influencing skills?

Working with an external leadership coach can significantly elevate your influencing skills and presence by providing tailored guidance, feedback, and strategies to enhance your effectiveness in various professional contexts. Let’s delve into how such coaching can benefit you. Personalised Feedback and Development Plans: An external leadership coach can conduct assessments and provide personalised feedback tailored […]

Read Article
Creating a Strategy for Re-engaging “Boomerang Employees”.

Creating a Strategy for Re-engaging “Boomerang Employees”.

Creating a strategy for reengaging “boomerang employees” involves several key steps aimed at fostering positive relationships and maximising the potential of returning talent. Boomerang employees are individuals who leave an organisation but later return to work for the same employer. In Australia, several companies have successfully implemented strategies to reengage boomerang employees, contributing to their […]

Read Article
Breaking Boundaries: Innovative Performance Management Techniques

Breaking Boundaries: Innovative Performance Management Techniques

In the dynamic landscape of Australian businesses, traditional performance management methods are being reimagined to adapt to the evolving needs of organisations and their employees. Australian companies are pioneering innovative approaches to assess, develop, and maximise employee performance, driving productivity and engagement to unprecedented levels. Let’s explore some of the groundbreaking performance management techniques being […]

Read Article
Gracefully Declining a Job Offer: Maintaining Professionalism and Respect

Gracefully Declining a Job Offer: Maintaining Professionalism and Respect

Receiving a job offer is undoubtedly an exciting milestone in a career journey. However, there may be instances where the offered position isn’t the perfect fit, or other opportunities align more closely with your goals and aspirations. While declining a job offer can be a delicate task, handling it with professionalism and respect is paramount […]

Read Article
The Evolving Landscape: Financial Services Recruitment Trends in 2024

The Evolving Landscape: Financial Services Recruitment Trends in 2024

In the fast-paced world of Financial Services, recruitment and talent acquisition strategies are continuously evolving to meet the demand of an ever-changing market landscape. As 2024 progresses, Australian financial institutions are adapting to emerging trends, harnessing innovative approaches to attract and retain top talent. Let’s delve into the key market trends shaping financial services recruitment […]

Read Article
Navigating the Job Market: Key Work Skills in Demand in Australia in 2024

Navigating the Job Market: Key Work Skills in Demand in Australia in 2024

In an ever-evolving job market landscape, staying ahead of the curve requires a keen understanding of the skills most sought after by employers. As the second month of 2024 draws to a close, the Australian job market continues to place a premium on certain key competencies that transcend industries and sectors. Whether you’re a seasoned […]

Read Article
Discover the Allure of Orange, NSW: A Prime Location to grow your career

Discover the Allure of Orange, NSW: A Prime Location to grow your career

If you have been thinking of a move to the country, Oxygen can assist you to understand what regional career opportunities may be suitable for you. With more affordable housing, there are plenty of benefits to relocating regionally. Oxygen have an office located in Bathurst, very close to Orange. Read our latest blog post for more detail on why moving regionally can be great for your career.

Read Article
August 2023 Employment Market Update

August 2023 Employment Market Update

As we roll in to the 2nd month of the 2023/2024 financial year, we are seeing economic and employment conditions are fixed in what could possibly be described as a bit of a “holding pattern”. Jobs data for June 2023 saw an increase in jobs created, but SEEK figures for the same month definitely show […]

Read Article
Nailing the interview: Essential Tips for Senior Leaders

Nailing the interview: Essential Tips for Senior Leaders

Introduction: Interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences, regardless of your level of expertise or experience. As a senior leader, the stakes are even higher, as the outcome can have a significant impact on your career trajectory and the success of the organisation you are interviewing with. To help you navigate the interview process with confidence and […]

Read Article
Hybrid Working. Is it working?

Hybrid Working. Is it working?

Does Hybrid Working still work? Is it effective? I recently attended a webinar on whether Hybrid work is effective. In this blog post, I will explain the benefits surrounding Hybrid Working, and why most companies are still offering it post pandemic.

Read Article
The Smart Choice: Why your business needs skilled contractors now

The Smart Choice: Why your business needs skilled contractors now

In this article I discuss the benefits of taking on highly skilled contractors in the current market. If you have transformation projects on hold due to permanent recruitment head count freezes then read on to see how we can help you get your business improvements over the line.  The state of the recruitment market for […]

Read Article
Why working for a non bank lender can be a great career move

Why working for a non bank lender can be a great career move

Non-bank lenders differ from major banks in a variety of ways. In this article, I will discuss why your next finance role could be with a non-bank lender, and if you are currently working for a bank, why you might want to consider making the change today. What is a non-bank lender? In brief, a […]

Read Article
How to write a good Resume

How to write a good Resume

Regardless of your work experience and career length, a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ resume can impact whether you’re likely to land even just a phonecall from a potential employer. Because of this, it’s important to show off your skills, experience and work history in the best possible way from the get-go. Here are our best tips […]

Read Article
Key in Demand Skills in Financial Services Right Now

Key in Demand Skills in Financial Services Right Now

In this article I discuss the skills that my non-bank lending clients are looking for right now. If you are a financial services professional considering changing roles, read on to discover the transferrable skills you should be highlighting to a prospective employer. In recent years, there has been enormous growth in the non-bank lending sector […]

Read Article
Key Factors to Consider when Dealing with a Counteroffer

Key Factors to Consider when Dealing with a Counteroffer

In this article I discuss the prevalence of the counteroffer in the financial services market. Being given a counteroffer might be flattering, but should you take it? In my many years as a specialist financial services recruiter, I spend a lot of time matching job seekers with career building opportunities. I have also witnessed many […]

Read Article
5 ways to entice Risk and Compliance Professionals to your business

5 ways to entice Risk and Compliance Professionals to your business

In this article, I discuss how businesses can attract talented risk and compliance professionals to their financial services or fintech business in 2022. This skill set has seen steady demand over recent years. Whilst this has come off slightly, risk and compliance professionals still have many roles to choose from, so it pays to be […]

Read Article
Why is the demand for Treasury staff so strong in 2022?

Why is the demand for Treasury staff so strong in 2022?

The market for Treasury vacancies is busy busy busy at the moment. 2022 has seen an unprecedented level of growth in this area of the banking and finance sector. Why is this occurring? The residential mortgages and asset finance areas (cars, trucks and equipment) are strong asset classes in Australia and New Zealand. This is […]

Read Article
5 tips to ace your video job interview

5 tips to ace your video job interview

As we roll into another year of “working differently” due to Covid 19 restrictions in the workplace, video interviews and meetings have become part of the way we all do business. In fact, they are not really something we do differently now……more often than not Oxygen’s clients are choosing to conduct interviews with job applicants […]

Read Article
What’s happening in Financial Services Recruitment in 2022 and beyond?

What’s happening in Financial Services Recruitment in 2022 and beyond?

As we continue to navigate the pandemic and replace lockdowns with high levels of vaccination in our community, the financial services sector continues to evolve. Consumers are cautiously optimistic with one eye on what is happening overseas, and the economy preparing itself to shift back into a higher gear towards recovery and beyond in 2022. […]

Read Article
Financial Services sector resilience in the face of pandemic times (Coming out of lockdowns, Border Restrictions and a host of Variants!)

Financial Services sector resilience in the face of pandemic times (Coming out of lockdowns, Border Restrictions and a host of Variants!)

In this article we discuss the resilience of the financial services sector as lockdowns end, and border restrictions start to ease. The strength of the market demonstrated by high profits, lending and transaction settlement records and business appetite for growth is a positive signal in unusual times. Australia has been living in pandemic times for […]

Read Article
Market Recovery Leads to Shortage of Professional Candidates

Market Recovery Leads to Shortage of Professional Candidates

In this article, we discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Australian financial services and fintech industries, and its subsequent effect on recruitment. Discover why now is a great time to be considering a new role particularly due to an overall shortage of professional candidates in the market. Australia’s quick recession and relatively […]

Read Article
Career Development in a time of upheaval

Career Development in a time of upheaval

The world is a different place than it was a month ago! Covid 19 has brought with it change in every aspect of our lives, including economic prospects, the way we work, how we interact with our friends, how our young people are educated……..……it can feel like everything’s changed! The UN’s International Labour Organisation estimates […]

Read Article

Submit your CV

.pdf, .doc, .docx
reCAPTCHA is required.

Sign Up Today

Stay up-to-date with everything Oxygen Recruitment & HR - sign up to our newsletter or drop us a copy of your CV

Subscribe to Newsletter