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It’s rarely simple

Joseph Merz

I’ve decided one of the best ways to demonstrate the kind of business I am running and the core principles I work ...

Head on with self-reflection

Tom Atherton

A new year comes with new ambitions and resolutions, promises we make to achieve personal progression. These promi ...

Are you safe?

Paul Egan

Again this week we see the headlines containing the death of a worker. In this case it is an apprentice that has be ...

Asking for a raise

Sam Elderfield

I'm joined by break-through strategist Kirsty Carr. Together we discuss the awkward feelings we all get when we ask ...

How to be a data scientist

Nakul Pednekar

I thought it’d be a good idea to revisit a blog I wrote in December 2016. Even though it’s been a crazy two yea ...

First month in recruitment!

Tom Atherton

Hi everyone, my name’s Tom and I’m in my first month of being a Recruitment Consultant at Sterning! My very fir ...

Happy birthday to me

Joseph Merz

It was my 30th birthday almost two weeks ago now. It was wonderful, I spent the day tucked up in the mountains and ...

Want to be a data scientist?

Nakul Pednekar

The answer seems to be everyone! I’m writing this article to differentiate between the different areas of data sc ...

Relief effort for drought affected families

Joseph Merz

Literally thousands of farming families in Australia are facing starvation with no money to buy supplies due to the ...

Back yourself in

Nakul Pednekar

It's been just over a year since I went out on my own and it has been a massive learning curve! From the excitement ...

Culture that empowers growth

Sam Elderfield

Last week I was fortunate enough to catch up with a dear friend of mine Jason Fischer, Head of Development at Bambo ...

Himalayan holiday to Dry July

Nakul Pednekar

The last time I sat down to write one of these I’d just returned from an extended holiday and was refreshed and r ...

Safety first

Paul Egan

The motto “Think Safe Work Safe Home Safe[i]” applies to our working (and private) lives.  There are multiple ...

Does networking make your stomach churn?

Emma Egan

I love meeting new people. I love hearing their stories and learning about what motivates them. Some call it networ ...

Work safe – home safe

Paul Egan

“Albury paper mill gas leak kills two Norske Skog workers, third in critical condition” courtesy of ABC News. ...

Embrace who you are

Joseph Merz

Have you ever wondered what your best asset is? I always thought mine was my height. Well, it’s not my height. It ...

I absolutely love this stuff!

Joseph Merz

I love seeing client and candidate feedback about our team. Emma's been exceptional from day one (and long before d ...

Link between talent and value

Paul Egan

Do you know where the best people in your company are to gain maximum value and growth for your business? Getting t ...

1998 called, they want your CV skills back

Sam Elderfield

Resume tip for software engineers: 1998 called they want your CV skills back! It's not a good idea to just list buz ...

Good luck, bad luck – who knows?

Paul Egan

Good news bad news – this is not my original story and has been around for some time. I am not sure who first pe ...

Sterning rolls up its sleeves

Joseph Merz

16 April 2018: The Sterning Group Australia today announced that it’s flexing its muscles and expanding its reach ...

A candidate you need to know about

Emma Egan

A little unorthodox I know, but I have this really great candidate you need to know about... I've been working wit ...

Reflect, plan, take action

Emma Egan

In our team meeting yesterday - one of our esteemed colleagues piped up and proclaimed “optimism + positive actio ...

Thought of the week

Paul Egan

Every day we face a challenge – some small some big. For some it’s going to work – for others it’s finding ...

An open leave policy

Pete Wildman

A few friends and I took our young daughters camping this weekend. Chatting with another dad over a beer, conversat ...

Avoid the ‘What the?!? Why did they leave?’

Emma Egan

I have never worked with an organisation that has not wanted to attract the next high achiever. They want someone t ...

Holidaying near the Himalayas

Nakul Pednekar

I’m still saying “Happy New Year” & “How was your summer?” which might seem a bit odd, but I’ll exp ...

Scared of innovation?

Emma Egan

Throwback to a blog I wrote in 2014 - 3 years on - do you think things are moving in the right direction? I would l ...

5 minutes with Rebecca Doyle

Emma Egan

This week I sat down with Rebecca Doyle - the Head of People and Culture for the National Rugby League. With a rich ...

5 minutes with Che Lewer

Emma Egan

Che Lewer is the Head of Human Resources for Heinemann Australia. She is a commercial, friendly HR professional wit ...

Counter offers aren’t (inherently) bad

Pete Wildman

Recruiters generally advise against accepting a counter offer. LinkedIn’s full of similar advice. Stats thrown ar ...

Requesting flexible working

Emma Egan

With many employees seeking a more balanced, family-friendly working environment, the employers of choice are those ...

A little piece of advice…

Emma Egan

...Is to "know where you are going". We have had a couple of instances recently where we have been working with ca ...

Who are the Docceroos?

Pete Wildman

Sunday morning was great fun. I got to lace up my boots for the Australian Doctors football team, the affectionate ...

5 minutes with Kate Tones

Emma Egan

Another one of my favourite Human Resources leaders - oh how I love my job! I get to talk to the best people. Kate ...

RU OK?

Pete Wildman

I’m embarrassed to write this blog, but it’s overdue. Today is RUOK? Day - a great initiative highlighting the ...

Agency recruitment is dying

Nakul Pednekar

This was one of the many interesting topics that were discussed at Sterning's first meetup last week. Needless to s ...

Building our own solutions

Joseph Merz

I've never been a fan of simply shelling out funds to a third party provider to solve a problem for me with their o ...

5 minutes with Sarah Sammut

Emma Egan

I am privileged to talk to some of Australia's leading HR professionals. These people are inspiring and I want to b ...

Spring clean your job search

Emma Egan

Okay – it’s time to come out of hibernation and put the spring back into your job search. 1. First things firs ...

2: What data & analytics managers want to see in your resume

Nakul Pednekar

If you missed Part One, you can find it here. Part Two of this blog will go into more detail about how to best hig ...

What a healthy workplace looks like

Emma Egan

We spend plenty of time there, and the healthier our workplaces are, the healthier we are likely to be. So what doe ...

Meet with triumph and disaster

Joseph Merz

Imagine being able to face both success and failure and neither alters the course that you have set yourself. You t ...

1: What data & analytics managers want to see in your resume

Nakul Pednekar

If you’re looking to cash-in on the crazy Data Science & Analytics market, the first thing to do is update yo ...

The Gender Pay Gap

Emma Egan

Yep, we are still writing about it and will keep doing so until things start to change! This post was put together ...

What are you known for?

Emma Egan

Last week I shared with you some tips to brand yourself fabulous, as published on Womens Agenda where they shared ...

My food bank in Sydney

Joseph Merz

Like most Sydneysiders, I’m used to being approached for money when travelling through the streets. I’m used to ...

Work experience in high school

Lillian Haney

When learning about the work experience program at my school, I was initially not so sure about. Considering there ...

Your human resources recruiter – Emma Egan

Emma Egan

“There will always be someone that will try and bring you down, be true to yourself, trust your instincts and bel ...

My first real lesson in business

Joseph Merz

In a world where the title 'entrepreneur' is taken by almost anyone with an idea, I never thought too much about b ...

‘State of Origin’ in your workplace

Emma Egan

We love sharing insights from our HR community. This week Athena Chintis gives us some lessons that can be learnt f ...

Parental job satisfaction and bullying

Emma Egan

I wanted to share this podcast by Simon Sinek as he covers my favourite topic of how parents job satisfaction drive ...

Stop doing these things!

Emma Egan

Your selection process is too lengthy Great candidates usually have a few irons in the fire - don’t get caught up ...

Physios – ready for your own private practice?

Pete Wildman

If you’re thinking of running your own clinic, there may be more choices than you think. Have you considered the ...

An open letter on climate change

Joseph Merz

I'm writing this letter to you, an individual who has the power to impact upon those around you. What I'm about to ...

Why smart companies are choosing grads

Sam Elderfield

As senior developers race to upskill in emerging technologies, smart employers are hiring graduate talent and produ ...

Candidate shortages for Sydney sales jobs

Chris Hunter

A high number of vacancies is changing the way sales jobs are recruited – with big implications for employers and ...

Trends in engineering and construction jobs

Ben Lyons

In the last 5 years, technology has sparked big changes in construction and engineering. What does this mean for co ...

What to do about the Gender Pay Gap

Emma Egan

Not much has changed in the last 20 years. And it will stay the same for the next 20 if organisations and society d ...

Protect against defamation

Pete Wildman

Picture this: it’s recently come to your attention that an anonymous disgruntled somebody is spreading rumours ab ...

An important lesson from a sad passing

Joseph Merz

“Oh. And if you're reading this while sitting in some darkened studio or edit suite agonizing over whether housew ...

The early bird catches the top IT talent

Sam Elderfield

How long does it take to hire the perfect IT professional? More and more hiring managers are realising that when it ...

Aged care salaries back in the spotlight

Pete Wildman

With our aging population, for how long can we afford to undervalue those caring for our elderly generation? Aged ...

Would you hire a woman?

Janet Hillis

In this day and age, you wouldn’t expect to hear those words. But as anyone who’s worked in recruitment will kn ...

Using a specialist recruiter

Emma Egan

Having worked in recruitment for more than 15 years (eek!), I’ve seen big changes as the industry has evolved. Al ...

Invest in human resources

Emma Egan

A well-designed Human Resources strategy should be one of the first priorities for any employer. It’s not just ab ...