As the year draws to a close today we would like to reflect on the year that has been 2012. For both clients and candidates we have seen a positive shift for the Gold Coast in terms of jobs and growth this year and already have placements and job orders lined up for January to kick off the new year. If we are recruiting, we see it as a good thing.
There have been a lot of things written and said in the media regarding the economy – one moment it’s fine, next thing we’re on the verge of another collapse. Looking at the Gold Coast from a recruitment perspective, it has been the busiest year that we have experienced since 2008, with a good shift occurring in March this year including a large number of new clients. It is the first year since 2008 that we have worked alongside current and new clients without any of them closing their doors for good due to a downturn in business. Whilst we are not all in the clear just yet, it’s good to see some positive things happening locally.
Speaking with clients (new and current), we found that most job orders were for new roles that had been created due to growth of individual businesses rather than just filling roles due to turnover of staff.
Candidate and resume services
Whilst we have personally experienced a positive outlook for jobs on the Gold Coast, we can report that we have seen a slight increase in candidates coming our way seeking work. This has been especially true for those from the Government sector, where redundancies have hit hard. Having said that, we have seen a good jump in administrative, sales and IT-related roles that have come our way this year and expect even more in 2013.
Our resume and application services have been very busy this year with a regular flow of jobseekers requesting assistance in re-creating or constructing a new resume to present themselves more professionally in the market. What we have found is that most jobseekers have a resume and it presents well but doesn’t work for them in today’s competitive market.
2013 – what will it bring?
We already have orders for January as well as projected orders for the first quarter from current clients to start the year off well. It looks like it could be a good year ahead for those looking for work.
For New Point Recruitment, we are continuing with a regular Blog with a new twist, there is a new office on the horizon including new staff on board before the second quarter, and we will be expanding further into the Brisbane market. We have some new and exciting products that will come online for both candidates and clients that will enhance your user experience of our services and we have also partnered with Fresh HR Insights to offer a complete HR and payroll service to our clients.
Again we would like to thank all of those that support us in our network and also to those that use our recruitment and candidate services. We wish you all the best for the New Year and may 2013 be the best year yet for all of us!