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UPDATED – You need a targeted strategy to get the best talent – new article. What does this mean for employers of women and how do women stand out and grasp recognition?

New findings from a global study by Employer Brand International confirm that if you want the best people for your business, you need to focus on who they are, and what they want then trust a general recruitment drive to lure them in. And if you’re after women, you really need to target

The findings show that across 15 different industries and positions, gender matters as a recruitment and job style factor. So how do you attract the best women, and how can you become one of those women being targeted?

This research discovered that two factors women really cared about were flexible working opportunities and a friendly working environment.  For the complete article click here.

My thoughts? A friendly working environment is an umbrella term for a healthy culture, robust communication processes and standards, rewarding tasks and opportunities, equitable pay and equal access to advancement and fair and objective performance reviews. There is a lot there to work on for employers, and I’ve found in my consulting that each company has different needs and obstacles to overcome.

For women, as you move up the ranks the recruitment process becomes very professional or very informal. Especially in that beginning stage of identifying targets to approach for a new role. Job offers and recommendations come from headhunters or colleagues and friends. Getting recognition for the work you do is crucial, make sure your employers are aware of the work you do, and what you bring to the team. And network network network.


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2 months ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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