September AIOP Event Wrap Up

This month, AccountAbility were invited to present at the quarterly AIOP networking event on the topic of “Top Recruiter Tips for Office Professionals”.

Two of our experienced team members, Gemma Burke and Jennifer Frankland, delivered a presentation revealing some top tips and secret insights to how an agency works.


On top of providing a current market update for senior office professionals, Gemma and Jennifer also explained how best to partner with agencies; how to create a killer CV; and even tips for nailing the interview and the next steps.

An interesting fact stated that – there are around 150 applicants for every role – so it’s important that you stand out from the crowd. This means both your CV and cover letter need to contain key search words as well as being factual and concise.

If the job advert requests that you need to have a certain amount of experience within a certain industry and you have it, then include it. If it mentions you need to have certain system knowledge and you have it, then add that too.

These tips will massively enhance the chances of the recruiter finding your application among all the others. Additionally, you should always tailor your CV for the individual role, as discussed in great detail by the fantastic Jane Jackson, in her last event with us. If you need help with this please look at her website.

Once you’ve reached the interview stage, check with the recruiter on the format of the interview. If it’s behavioural based, you’re encouraged to use the highly-effective CAR technique:

C – Circumstance

A – Action

R – Result

Ensure you prepare for the interview with a few strong examples on the common topics of ‘Time Management’, ‘Prioritising’ and ‘Working Autonomously’.

Another presentation on the night saw the wonderful Ian McKay speak about a great charity, Noble Endeavours. They are a home-grown charity with a passion to improve the lives of people living in some of the poorest communities in the Philippines.


Noble Endeavours provides education and development at all levels of the community and improves health and wellbeing with clean water, nutrition advice, health clinics and health education. Just an $80 donation can put a child through school for a year!

You can partner in growing sustainable communities by donating funds, volunteering your skills, or inviting Ian McKay to speak on the work of Noble Endeavours. If you’re an individual, family, or represent a business, why not consider partnering with Noble Endeavours?

At the end of the presentations, everyone had the opportunity to network and ask any questions. From our early feedback, attendees found the event informative and a great refresher on how to best place themselves during the job search process.

Don’t forget if you would like more information on this popular topic, please book face-to-face meetings with an AccountAbility consultant.

If you’re interested in networking events within the office professional space, I can highly recommend the AIOP.
Carly joined AccountAbility in June 2013 to work as a Temporary Consultant in the Sydney Business Support Team. She brings with her more than 14 years’ sales experience including recruiting within the legal and teaching industries.

Carly prides herself on building and maintaining strong relationships with both her candidates and clients alike.

Carly Mowat
Senior Consultant – Business Support, Accounting Support
Telephone:(02) 8296 5326
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Doreen De'Athe October 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

It was a great event. Thank you very much to AccountAbility for your tips and insights. Really enjoyed the presentation.


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