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How first aid can improve your job prospects

When applying for a position, you always try to put your best foot forward and highlight the advantages you offer to the prospective employer above the other applicants.  Sometimes just having the right experience isn’t enough and they are looking for something more.

In situations like these, having extra qualifications and skills that compliment your role and give the interviewer an extra incentive to hire you, can be the difference between getting a call back or a ‘Thank you for applying’ email.

Completing a registered First Aid course with a qualified training company is an excellent skill that you can very easily add to your resume.  The benefit of completing a First Aid course is that you are showing a potential employer initiative that you are willing and able to look after yourself and those around you.

There is also the extra advantage that you can use your First Aid skills both inside and outside of the office if need be.

First Aid Accident and Emergency at Varsity Lakes provide free CPR courses as well as fully registered First Aid courses including specific skill sets for specific industries and trades.

Here at Fiona Watson Recruitment, we work closely with our applicants and our clients to ensure that the experience, personality and skill-set works for both parties.   We want to give everyone the best opportunity to succeed and upskilling is a productive way to make your application stand out from the crowd.

If you are interested in attending a First Aid course with First Aid Accident and Emergency, contact their head office for more information: https://www.firstaidae.com.au/contact/


The future is here – video cover letters

Youtube, Snapchat, Facetime, Skype, Zoom, Instagram stories – it’s clear that video is transforming the way we express ourselves and communicate with friends and colleagues.

Video is now routine and has started taking hold in the job application process as well. Why? Because you’re hiring a real person. Soft skills, such as communication and character are a lot harder to gauge via CV, even for experienced recruiters and hiring managers.

Fiona Watson Recruitment, along with our amazing database JobAdder now have video cover letter capability. What better way to sell yourself and get that foot in the door to your next career move?

How to create an effective cover letter?

Think of your video cover letter as a “movie trailer”, and your career as a movie. Make it exciting, memorable and give just enough information to really interest the recruiter or hiring manager.

Here are some tips to help you create an effective video cover letter:

  1. Keep it short, video cover letters shouldn’t’ exceed 60 seconds.
  2. Start with a quick intro of your name and the position you’re applying for.
  3. Show your personality (while keeping things professional) – try to emulate how you would speak to someone in person.
  4. Be mindful of your filming environment – relatively quiet spaces with good lighting help to convey the right message (whilst a dark room can convey the opposite!).
  5. List a few key reasons for why you’re interested in the role/company.
  6. Highlight your top skills, background and education relevant to the role.
  7. Finish strong by thanking the recruiter or hiring manager for taking the time to review your application.

All of our job adverts on the FWR website, SEEK, Indeed and JobRapido will now be video cover letter enabled. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you soon!

FWR turns 3!!

Another successful year has rolled by in the blink of an eye – as they say ‘time flies when your having fun’



We would like to thank all of our clients who believe in supporting a small, local boutique agency and to all of the candidates who we have assisted over the last three years. We aim to continue to provide superior recruitment services to all of you for a long time to come!!


Thanks! Fiona and Dave

We are moving!

Due to the continued growth of FWR we will be moving into bigger offices from Monday 27th February


Our new address is 3/32 The Esplanade, Paradise Point, QLD 4216


We look forward to continuing to assist with your recruitment needs (whilst having a lovely view of the Broadwater!)

FWR adds to the team – Welcome Brendon!

Happy new year to you all and I hope 2017 is a very successful year for your company and your career. We are delighted to welcome Brendon McAlpine to the FWR team as our Sales and Marketing Specialist.

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Brendon has over 20 years experience within sales and marketing on the Gold Coast. He has worked in small local businesses managing teams of up to 25 staff and successfully managing a regional territory for a multinational pharmaceutical company. Brendon takes a genuine approach to everything that he does and is looking forward to building on his already solid reputation by providing superior recruitment services to candidates and clients alike.

Merry Christmas from FWR!

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from Fiona Watson Recruitment!

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Thank you to all our clients and candidates. It has been a pleasure working with you this year and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Our office will be closed from 21st December and reopen on 3rd January

Christmas Temp Timesheet Update

Due to the upcoming public holidays during the festive season, please be informed that there are changes to payment and timesheet submission dates.

Please see below payroll processing schedule:

Week ending Public holidays Timesheet submission cut-off date Payroll processing date
Sunday, 25 Dec 2016 None 5 pm, Friday, 23 Dec 2016 Thursday, 29 Dec 2016
Sunday, 01 Jan 2017 Monday, 26 Dec 2016

Tuesday, 27 Dec 2016

Friday 30 Dec 2016 Thursday, 5 Jan 2017

Please ensure that approved timesheets are sent before the cut off period to give us time to settle queries if it arise.

Timesheets submitted after the cut off period will be processed in the succeeding week’s pay run. Otherwise, please let us know if no work is done during these periods by sending an email or entering ZERO days/hours in the portal.

Kindly note that due to the festive season there will be a delay with the bank transactions. Payment may be credited the following day.

There are 166,000 job vacancies in Australia right now…..

This is a great article from the Business Insider about the increase in the number of jobs around Australia. Importantly for us, the Gold Coast has shown an increase of more than 8% in job vacancies in the last year.

If you’re looking for a job in Australia, we have some good news for you. Job vacancies are rising.

The government’s Internet Vacancy Index (IVI), a report published by the Department of Employment, rose by 2.8% to 165,578 in April after seasonal adjustments, leaving the level of vacancies up 6.0% from 12 months earlier.

Adding to optimistic headline figure, the increase in vacancies was broad-based, whether measured by state and territory or industry.

Aside from the Northern Territory which saw vacancies drop 0.5%, all other states and territories recorded an increase in positions advertised, led by an enormous 8.8% gain in Tasmania.

From a year earlier, and reflective of the divergent economic performance across the nation, the largest increases came from the ACT and New South Wales which rose by more than 13% apiece. Tasmania, courtesy of the enormous gain in April, took out third spot with vacancies increasing 9.5%.

At the other end of the spectrum, Western Australia and the Northern Territory — those regions most exposed to the fortunes of the mining sector — recorded annual declines of 12.8% and 1.8% respectively.

Bettering on the geographic performance, vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups in April, led by a 7.1% jump in available sales positions. Openings for clerical and administrative workers, machinery operators and drivers, and labourers also saw increases of more than 5%.

Compared to a year earlier, vacancies rose in all groups aside from those in community and personal services.

The table below, supplied by the Department of Employment, breaks down the change in vacancy levels by industry and location.

And for those who prefer to look at colourful infographics, this nifty map reveals where vacancies have increased, and where they’ve fallen, over the past 12 months.

The IVI survey is based on a count of online job advertisements newly lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch during the month, with duplicate advertisements removed to ensure greater accuracy.

Though the vast majority of job postings are now placed online, the survey does not capture all available vacancies nationwide that originate from sources such as employer websites, word of mouth and newspapers. The department also stresses that it does not take account multiple positions being advertised for a single job vacancy.

FWR is 2!!

Today, Fiona Watson Recruitment turns 2! It has been an exciting journey with amazing support from companies and jobseekers alike – we couldn’t have done it without you – Thank you! We look forward to assisting you long in to the future.


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We have moved!

We have finally moved into our new offices!

Our new address is Suite 7/64 Frank Street, Labrador, 4215   (in the LJHooker building)

We look forward to seeing you there