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Posted by: Rachelle Sifnield  Date: October 2020

Transferable Skills – Now More Important than Ever!

This year has certainly turned things on its’ head and the job market is certainly no different! We have seen so many changes to         Description of photo here
workplaces (most notably working from home), job duties and of course demand. We have seen an increase in demand for
staff in industries where traditionally they would be in their ‘quiet period’ and for others downturns where they would normally be in peak periods.
Some of this has been due to the obvious and forced closures however some not so predictable.

This has resulted in being able to keep certain sectors of our workforce in ongoing employment; and sadly, others with not so much.

On the upside It has been so rewarding working with candidates to look at areas where they can transfer their skills and have seen some real win/wins as a result! 

Here are some useful ways to ensure you are identifying and utilising your transferable skills:

Look at your previous work history, study or training and identify those skillsthat are currently required in the job market
this could be certain pc skills, communication and/or negotiation skills, project management or creative/written abilities.

Look at the parallels you may have from previous workplaces – you may have partnered with industries previously that now have a demand giving you insight into their industry

Highlight on your CV these transferable skills even giving examples in your cover letters as to how this would translate in their roles

List your previous awards and recognitions as this gives insights into your strengths

Mention your willingness to learn and your interest in their sector – motivation and a genuine keenness to learn is often highly sought afterWe would love to work with you to help position you and your skill set – ensuring you are putting your best foot forward in this unpredictable work environment we find ourselves in!    


Posted by:  Helen Rhodes  Date:  February 2020  

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Congratulations to the wonderful Lisa on being awarded DCL Temp of the Quarter!

Lisa has an impressive customer service background and as a temp easily picks up new systems and finds ways of streamlining to the delight of the client.  

She has proven to be super reliable and conscientious, a bright and cheery team player that we consistently receive above average feedback on her work and personality.

Well done Lisa we appreciate all your great work, your positive manner and constant 'can do' attitude!

Thanks from the DCL Team!


Posted by:  Helen Rhodes  Date:  January 2020  
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Happy New Year from the team at DCL Recruitment 

Looking forward to working together in 2020


Christmas 2019 
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The DCL Team have been out and about since the beginning of December visiting all our wonderful DCL Temps with a Christmas gift of thanks!

Let us take this time to say a word of appreciation for all the great work you have all done in 2019, you are our ambassadors and we value your contribution immensely!

We wish you and your loved ones a safe festive season full of much merryment and good cheer and look forward to working with you in 2020!

Merry Christmas
Thanks and all the very best from the DCL Team !


5 quick ways to know what someone is thinking.

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Helen Rhodes  Date: October 2019

Sourced from: LinkedIn Top Voices
Published on October 29, 2019 by Mental Toughness Partners, Paul Lyons - Managing Partner

It is often helpful to be able to quickly understand someone’s current disposition and likely behaviour and a review of their body 
and face can provide some insightful clues. However, I’m upfront with a spoiler alert because although useful  these techniques
will not apply to all people, all of the time. Nevertheless, here are five quick ways that you would probably use to form a collective impression;

Assess their dress

People generally will dress in line with their attitudes and values to feel comfortable and be stylish. The way they dress, particularly within the context of the situation, can give you some valuable clues. Are they dressed formally or informally and do they appear comfortable or less so? Are they making statements through colour, style or accessories?

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Temp of the Quarter 2019
Posted By:Helen Rhodes     Date: September 2019

A big shout out to one of our amazingly talented temp Alana Mellers!

Alana has been working with DCL since September 2017  

She has proven to be a super reliable and felxible temp covering a variety of assignments 
and some at very short notice. 

She has covered roles from marketing support, general administration and reception
and has become a favourite amoungst clients, being repetedly asked back where she
is now considered part of their team.

Well done Alana we appreciate all your great work, your positive manner and constant smile!

Thanks from the DCL Team

How Much is Too Much?
Posted By: Fiona Hearn Date: September 2019
We are often asked, and are witness to, candidates divulging too much information at an interview – not entirely sure on how much information to give away.
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This can be a ‘grey’ area where being honest and open possibly blurs into over             
answering questions/giving too much non relevant information away.   

It is definitely imperative to be honest however delving into personal specifics of either
your background or those of former colleagues may not be appropriate on a first meet at interview.      

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Tips for Skype Interviews:
Posted By: Fiona Hearn Date: August 2019

As Skype interviews grow in popularity, how can candidates put their best foot forward?

Traditionally, clients and agencies have had the sole responsibility for providing a conductive environment for face to face interviews.   Description of photo here
This is easily achieved in most businesses that have board rooms or offices that are set up for such purposes but takes a bit more thought for candidates who may not have a business space set up in their homes. Hence, candidates need to now consider what impression they are making in a less controlled environment.  Here are some tips to remember in order to make the best impression possible.

It's a good idea to make sure that where you set yourself up for interview is appropriate and that you'll be interuption free! Are you technically prepared? Ensure your screen is adjusted correctly and it's a good idea to do a practice run through first.

Your personal appearance is still essential. It may be tempting to be more relaxed since you are interviewing in an informal setting but first impressions still count and dressing appropriately for an interview shows professionalism. Try and communicate as you would in a face to face interview by keeping engaged and maintaining eye contact etc. The interview will normally follow the same structure and time frame so ensure you are comfortable and happy in the space. 

We have seen skype interviews allow for a speedier recruitment process; with final decision makers being overseas, candidates relocating and many other geographical or time hurdles in the way.  


Description of photo hereBig Shout Out of 'Thanks' to the Amazing DCL Temp Team!
Posted By: Helen Rhodes Date: July 2019 
With EOFY behind us we would like to say a big 'Thank You' to our  temps for all your great work!   
You are our ambassadors and consistently do a great job and often at short notice!  
We look forward to seeing you all soon to say 'Hi' in person.

Big Shout Out to Rachelle - 22 Years at DCL Recruitment!!!
Posted By: Helen Rhodes Date: June 2019 
Description of photo hereThe Changing Face of Recruitment

We’ve witnessed many changes to our industry over the years particularly in the technology space and how we source our candidates and communicate. The advertising of jobs moved from print to digital allowing the instant access to job boards and social platforms we use today - no waiting for Monday mornings to take ad response!
Technology has allowed us to interview remotely via skype – opening pathways for quicker decision making for Global organisations.

With candidate shortages over the last decade we’ve seen a shift from candidates having to show off their talent but now we see a more even playing field – Employers are competing for top talent and focussing on what they have to offer. Candidates are able to enjoy some flexibility in the workplace too with the emergence of working from home and hot-desking.
We’ve seen an increase in contracting and project work with the constant changing face of organisations to remain competitive. It’s not unusual to have several career changes and for career succession to happen in shorter time frames now.
The emergence of SME’s on the Northern Beaches has been exciting adding accelerated career paths for many candidates.

However as we know ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’ and very much so in the Recruitment Industry. The importance of long term relationships with people means technology will never be a substitute for speaking to people face to face and forging relationships via trust and knowledge.
We’re looking forward to the exciting times ahead in the Recruitment industry as well as more of what we all love so much about our industry!


Happy Easter 2019 from the Team at DCL Recruitment!
Description of photo herePosted By: Helen Rhodes Date: April 2019  

We have been out and about this week delivering yummy Easter Treats to all our Temp Team members!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter Break with your family and friends!

From the Team at DCL Recruitment 


Culture of the Company just as important….

Posted By: Rachelle Sinfield Date: March 2019

This seems to be one of the most important, if not the highest priority, for our candidates – to find the right team fit.
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we’re finding, the need to be amongst likeminded people in a friendly environment!
Research suggests that if core values align a partnership is more likely to succeed.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – the interview is the time to make sure this is the right place for you too. Questions around career paths offered, social activities, longevity of staff and even as simple as where would I be sitting? All expand on the specific job details at hand.
Apart from looking at potential employers’ website take a look at their social media presence – this is fluid and often a less formal insight into the company and their culture. 
Does the person/people interviewing you seem engaged, motivated, pleased to be there!
Observing how employees interact with each other; even out in the reception area can often give you a glimpse of a happy work place. Do you know anyone who has worked with this organisation – ask around, the Northern Beaches is well networked!
I am a firm believer that you get a good ‘feel’ for a place by paying attention to your surroundings.

Trekking for Sight!!! 

Posted By: Helen Rhodes  Date: March 2019     
 DCL Recruitment is a proud supporter of the Fred Hollows Foundation & Coastrek donating money  each year to raise awareness for this worthy cause.       Description of photo here

Sydney Coastrek 2019 

Helen from our office once again put one foot in front of the other with her team the 'Vintage Belles' last Friday 15th March 2019 trekking 30 kms from Rushcutters Bay to Manly, helping to raise much needed funds to give sight back to those in the greatest need!  Smiling all the way through wind, rain & 47,920 footsteps!

Awesome day & great cause!


 Temp of the Quarter 

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Posted By: Helen Rhodes  Date: March 2019                               

We are thrilled to announce our 'Temp Of The Quarter' award being awarded to Graham Alcock.

Graham has been temping with us since early 2015 and has been in his current assignment since November 2015!  The client feedback we consistently receive about him is always outstanding. Thank you Graham for all your hard work and being an amazing team player!


Description of photo hereCareer Goals You'll Be Able to Keep for 2019

Posted By: Rachelle Sinfield  Date: February 2019Problems arise when goals are too generic or impossible to measure. This year, look at your career and set some firm, measurable goals that you can actually track and achieve.                                                                              
Stay healthier at work
Everyone is concerned about health and list health as one of their top areas for improvement for the New Year. We spend a lot of time at work, so it makes sense to consider what you can do for your health while you’re there. Some simple steps to stay healthier - Pack a healthy lunch, take the stairs, get up and stretch every hour, test out a standing desk or maybe swap your office chair for an exercise ball.
Learn a new skill
No matter what field you are in, there are hundreds of new skills you can learn that could benefit your career. Set it as one of your work goals for the year and get it done. It can enhance your current work as well as set you up for that new job!  
Read one career-related or motivational book
No matter your job, there is a book out there that
can improve your performance, your outlook, or your personal habits. Even if you think you already know what you need to know, reading a professional career related motivational book can give you a new perspective.
Update your resume
When is the last time you gave your resume a thorough look-through? Is the style still current? Is the information correct? Even if you don’t plan on applying for a new job but keeping it updated periodically you ensure you don’t lose track of relevant information.
Add to your professional network
We’re meeting people all the time so take this opportunity to listen to their story, grab their business card, and connect with them? Try to find at least one person per month to add to your LinkedIn connections and watch your network grow!
Follow a relevant blog
There is a world of free information, insider tips, and great motivational writers online. Find a blog that you enjoy, whether it’s specific to your industry or just something that sparks your interest? Don’t know where to find one? Ask around the office or your friends. Often if you find one your co-workers like it can also become a great topic for conversation!


The Right Team Fit  - Top 7 Qualities of a Successful Team

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(Sourced from: https://theundercoverrecruiter.com/qualities-successful-work-team/
strong team are the foundation of high-performing business and a good team ethic can be held largely accountable for the success and smooth running of the organisation. If employees do not gel and work well together, problems can arise, such as poor organisation, missed deadlines and conflict within the workplace. So what can teams do to ensure that they are collectively productive and drive the company forward? Here are a few qualities that a successful team possess
  Written by: Sophie Dearing @ Link Humans)
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Important Task to do this Summer Holiday 

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The thought of adding one more thing to your already hectic December schedule, may sound crazy but hear me out. If you are thinking about a new role in the New Year, now is the time to get your resume up to date. 

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    Losing the right candidate in the hiring process?

Description of photo herePosted By: Rachelle Sinfield Date: September 2017

We’re often hearing clients’ frustrations when searching for that hard to find talent only to lose them in the recruitment process. This of course can come down to many factors and often on the candidate side – not the right role possibly, location too far, too many job options (particularly for the more sought after people in the market) the list goes on.

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    Should I leave without another role?

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This is a conversation we frequently have with candidates confused as to whether they put time and energy into being able to interview and search for work without having to juggle this with the demands of their current job? There is sometimes guilt associated with looking for other work when often the reason for leaving is not a reflection on their current employer. Whatever the reason may be there are several things to be considered.

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    Temp of the Quarter

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Posted By: Amanda Thomas Date: April 2017

We are excited to announce our Temp for this Quarter and introduce you to Saskia van Schie.

Saskia has been temping with DCL for many years and we constantly receive positive feedback on her work, ability to fit with the team and her overall reliability and consistency. She is a star temp and we are so happy to have her a part of our team!

Thanks Saskia for being such a lovely person and this award is so well deserved! Enjoy your Westfield Shopping voucher 

    Resume Tips

Description of photo herePosted By: Amanda Thomas Date: March 2017

What to include on a resume is always an interesting discussion, as there will always be personal preferences, but after 13 years in the industry, I have a few basic tips to help get your resume in the ‘yes’ pile from a recruiters perspective

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Tips for Career Success

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Posted By: Fiona Behan Date: January 2017

Life is too short to be wishing you were doing something different. Before embarking on a new career put some thought into it. Consider your values, personality and passions and whether they align with your potential career choice. Find out what to expect in the day in the life of… and imagine if you would enjoy this path. For instance, if you are outgoing and social perhaps you wouldn’t be happy in a role with minimal people contact.   

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    Temps of the Quarter

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Posted By: Helen Rhodes Date: November 2016

A big thank you to our wonderful temp team at Ricoh.  We have 4 amazing long term temps who we have consistently received positive feedback not only on their work but on their team fit and tenacity on getting the job done.  Thanks for all your hard work and happy shopping at Westfields with your vouchers!!!

    Bouncing Back after Rejection

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Posted By: Rachelle Sinfield Date: October 2016

No one likes to be rejected and particularly after bearing your ‘work’ soul in the often gruelling job search process. You get so close only to hear after the 3rd interview round that someone was a closer fit for the role and you are back to the drawing board. We know it’s often competitive out there with many people vying for the same job. Here are a few tips on how to overcome rejection and stay on top of it:

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    The Best Questions to ask at the end of the interview

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Posted By: Hillary Burrows Date: September 2016
The interview is wrapping up and now the tables have turned and it is your chance to ask the questions.  It is best to have a few questions in the back of your mind before you go in for an interview.  It shows the perspective Employer that you prepared for the interview and you have a real interest in the role and company.  Here are some great examples of questions you can ask the Interviewer: 

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    Cover Letters - Making them count

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Posted By: Amanda Thomas  Date: August 2016
We are often asked about cover letters and if they are needed when applying for jobs. For me personally, I don’t need to see an official cover letter especially if an application is coming in via email. A well written, informative email can serve just as well (if not better) than an official uninformative attachment titled ‘cover letter’. But don't forget, if an application has asked for a cover letter, be sure to include it! 

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    Temp of the Quarter

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Posted By: Amanda Thomas  Date: August 2016
We are thrilled to announce 2 'Temp Of The Quarter' awards to Stephanie Du Plessis & Jasmina Savic.  

Stephanie is one of our A++ temps who has been temping with us for around 6 years. The client feedback we receive about her is always outstanding. They comment on how Stephanie goes the extra mile, takes on extra tasks, has exceptional organisational skills and how she is a delight to work with. Thank for you Stephanie for all your hard work!  

Jasmina is another one of our star candidates who has been temping with us on and off for 4 years. Jasmina is very accomodationg and always happy to help even at short notice. She is multi skilled, which mean placing her a breeze and our clients talk of her warm and friendly nature. Thanks you Jasmina a pleasure to work with, keep up the good work! 

Thank you very much for being outstanding ambassadors for DCL Recruitment. Happy Shopping!

    Are quick moves on resumes perceived negatively?

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Posted By: Fiona Behan  Date: July 2016
Many quick moves on your resume can make potential employers who are looking for longevity in their next recruit nervous.

Perceptions of hiring managers can be affected by their own length of service, particularly if they are in a stable industry less affected by market changes. They may feel that moving one or two jobs in the last 3 years is a warning you will lack commitment. But is it?

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    New Year, New Job 

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Posted By: Rachelle Sinfield Date: February 2016
We know it can be tiring and challenging to say the least when you are out there searching and interviewing like mad to find that New Job! From where we sit, we are privy to the pit falls and frustrations that may occur from time to time from a candidate and clients perspective in the often complex recruitment and job hunting process. Here are 3 of the top frustrations we see and how to avoid them.
1.Be clear on your expectations and plans. There is nothing worse than being offered a job only to turn it down because you can’t work the specified hours or you have a 6 week holiday planned in the next 2 months! Yes this really happens. Equally to be told by a client once you have accepted a role that you will be expected to travel or work on weekends without prior knowledge can be a real deal breaker.
2. Be sure to ask questions in the interview. We’re often asked by candidates just what are they are allowed to ask a potential employer at interview.  There are no hard and fast rules here, however we do believe this is your time to interview your potential employer so to speak. We spend so much time at work so we understand how important it is to make sure it is the right working environment, culture, your values are aligned – the list may go on. So please don’t feel you can’t express and enquire about what you find important. And it is never a problem to show them you are keen on the job! Often this can be the differentiator on who gets the job if candidates are equal on all other grounds.
3. Stay positive and focussed. As we mentioned earlier, job searching is hard work. It can take many interviews, phone calls, and lots of searching to find that right role. However, staying positive is key. A frustrated or negative tone isn’t how you want to be perceived so go in with your A game and remember you could have exactly what they’re after! And if at all possible, try to remain in your job until you find another suitable one as the job interview process can be a waiting game! Try not to take it personally in an often competitive market, the right role is out there!
Good Luck!!! 
    Interviewing with the Client
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Posted By: Rachelle Sinfield  Date: October 2015
We are often asked “How do I prepare for my interview with the client?”
Its great news when you secure an interview with the client, but that’s just the start, now for the preparation to ensure you put your best foot forward. Below are our top tips to achieve this! 
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    Temp of the Quarter - Faramarz Safari

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Posted By: Helen Rhodes  Date: June 2015
We awarded Faramarz with a voucher from Westfield for his exceptional efforts!!
Faramarz Safari has been temping with DCL since November 2013 we have consistently received excellent feedback on his performance from his manager
“Faramarz is working in our Kanban area, the majority of his work is in inventory check and supply of parts to the assembly section.  He has been taught to run the inventory cycle count program which he is running very successfully” his efforts have not gone unnoticed and he is an asset to the team.
Thank your Faramarz for all your hard work!!!


    Temp of the Quarter - Sandeep Dhiman

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Posted By: Helen Rhodes  Date: June 2015

We awarded Sandeep with a voucher from Westfield for his outstanding efforts!!
Sandeep Dhiman has been temping with DCL since February 2015 and the feedback we have received from his manager has been outstanding.
“Sandeep shows tremendous interest in learning and taking on extra responsibilities.  He was taught how to operate one of the Hinge Assembly Automated machines and he quickly and successfully mastered this process.  He actively gives a hand to Team Leader in setting up lines and other daily tasks.”  He is an asset to the team.
Thank your Sandeep for all your hard work!!!



    Helens Coastrek 2015

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Posted By: Helen Rhodes  Date: April 2015

When friends called to see if I was interested in joining their Coastrek team raising funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation I thought what a great idea…   55kms was just a number…right!!!  What an amazing experience I let myself into.
The event is run in March each year and this was September of the year before.  Each team needs four participants and the Coastrek is organised by ‘Wild Women On Top’.  In the months preceding the trek we did many training walks one of the last being 35kms on a 38 degree day… I knew then that I was now not just physically but mentally ready.  This training walk was a killer.
I added to my wardrobe poles, head lamp and gaiters.  These items which initially I though looked pretty silly proved to be invaluable on the trek. 
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    What to Expect when you interview at DCL Recruitment

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Posted By: Amanda Thomas  Date: March 2015


We are often asked about the processes involved in registering with our agency and “what do I need to bring”. I thought I would give a general overview of the processes to make things easier for all our new candidates.
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Description of photo here    Temp of the Quarter - Anita Ovenell
Posted By: Helen Rhodes   Date: December 2014

We awarded Anita with a voucher from Westfield for her outstanding efforts!!
Anita Ovenell has been temping with DCL since May 2013, the majority of this time has been with the same client and we have heard nothing but praise for her efforts. 
The feedback we have received is that ‘Anita is BRILLIANT!!!”……  “She has been an absolutely amazing addition to our team and we could not do without her, she has taken on extra responsibility and is a pleasure to work with”. 

Thank you Anita for all your hard work!


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