I was reading an article online recently in the Sydney Morning Herald by journalist Jill Stark talking about the paradox of choice. It was about Netflix having too many choices, and that it can lead to anxiety about making a decision, building to a crippling sense of buyer’s remorse on choosing the wrong program to … Read more

mexec memo September 2019

mexec memo Welcome to our quarterly newsletter with a new name and a new look! We’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest jobs, interesting articles and what’s happening in the industry. You may have received newsletters in the past from Marilyn Careers, but as we’re now known as mexec careers don’t forget to add our … Read more

Why not me?

What does Google, PwC, PayPal and Pickled Egg Records have in common with me? We all started in 1998. As I like to say, it’s when I started in ‘my career in the careers of others’. Since then, I have remained fascinated by what people do for work. I can’t help myself when I meet … Read more

Stone Throwing

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will harm you. For one week I collated the emails addressed to me: Marylyn, Marylin, Merrilyn, Mariilyn, Merilyn, Sir/Madam, many with nothing at all. And the winner is Marylyn. It was used more than 15 times. My favourite was ‘Dear Sir’. Yes, I am a ‘Sir’. … Read more

Recruiters Behaving Badly

Recently, I heard more bad recruiter stories from candidates searching for new roles. When recruiters behave badly it damages all recruiter brands, the company brand (including yours, if you’re hiring) and the candidate brand (you, if you’re job searching). You may like to think that everyone is ethical and there to help you. Alas, that … Read more

To cover or not to cover…

I am often asked if a cover letter is still important for applications. Some employers no longer ask for them however I always do, as do most of the companies I work with. I particularly like them for a number of reasons: It shows you have taken the time to look at the role and … Read more

Too much or too little..

In Australia we use the words CV and resume interchangeably but there are some differences between the two, writes experienced recruiter Marilyn Jones. In my last blog I talked about what not to do in your CV or resume. But do you know the difference between the two? In Australia we use the words CV … Read more

No, not that way.. this way..

Over the many years of my career in recruitment, and now in my own company, I have regularly presented seminars for groups on how to write a CV and undertake job searches in today’s market. A candidate’s recent feedback to me was, ‘it was nice to hear about what ‘not to do’ as there seemS … Read more

How do you take a no?

So, you get to interview for a great role. You are really excited about this opportunity. You think you are the perfect match! The hiring manager then calls me, and I have to tell you that unfortunately you were not successful in progressing to the next step, or getting the role. How do you react? … Read more