Newsletter October 2020

Newsletter October 2020

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Life’s Short so Surround yourself with the Right People

Welcome to our October 2020 edition!  It’s great to finally be back in Level 1 here in Auckland to join the rest of NZ.  Getting out to enjoy daylight savings and with summer just around the corner, we are feeling hopeful as we head towards the end of what has been an eventful year for us all!

Hasn’t it been an adjustment through the levels?!  Flexibility is the key word for 2020.

We’ve been working with some career coaching clients lately whose roles were disestablished due to Covid. While it’s been a difficult time for those involved, the businesses they worked for have without hesitation, courageously supported their people by investing in outplacement support.

That’s where Fraser People stepped in to offer career coaching to assist them as they transition back into the job market. Providing encouragement and the tools to put their best selves forward for a new role, we have been thrilled to see them being offered great new roles.

In our last Newsletter issue, we offered free CV reviews – and you responded!  We really enjoyed being able to give back in some way. With a crowded job market  it’s key to have a CV that stands out!

Is the job market on the mend?  We are seeing encouraging signs nationally, and heartened by discussing new roles with our clients.   Watch this space.

Have a great weekend and go the All Blacks!

Carol Fraser

We were so looking forward to an evening of wine tasting hosted by Sir John Kirwan (JK).  It was our first big outing post the first lockdown and what an uplifting evening it was (and not because of the food & wine which was great!) His generosity and warmth captured our hearts.

His stories were so inspiring, he really made a genuine connection with us al!  Check out our smiles, don’t we look happy with ourselves!

Fraser People with Sir John Kirwin

7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

Every year in Aotearoa, we focus on Mental Health Awareness . There is no escaping that 2020 has created some huge challenges for us all, right across our daily lives.

This year’s theme, “Reimagine Wellbeing Together” – He Tirohanga Anamata, encourages us to reflect on the big and small actions we’ve taken to take care of each other this year.

Sometimes it’s hard to reimagine what wellbeing looks like.  We all have mental wellbeing and it can mean different things for us all. It’s a timely reminder to embrace the simple things we can do each day to really help strengthen our wellbeing, that can help us through the tough times.

There was a new theme each day – beginning with “Recharge with others” – Whiria te muka tangata.

Check out the Mentemia website where they have lots of daily activities, talks and tips for the week of Mental Health Awareness.  Tiny yet thoughtful gestures that make the world a better place.


7 Ways to brighten someone's day

A positive, ethical work culture where we can thrive is what we all want – right? How do we assess this when interviewing for a role?  Read the article here


6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Here’s a throwback to a time before lockdowns, bubbles and hand sanitiser, and it was only February this year! We were proud to support C U Later Yachting in their epic adventure in the 2020 Round North Island yacht race. 

The Boys sent us some drone footage taken approximately 100 nautical miles off the West Coast of Aotearoa, the calm before the storm during leg 2 to Wellington.

It looks so tranquil, but it’s such an isolated location for one of the smallest and more extreme boats in the fleet. Inspiring stuff indeed. 

Check it out if you want a little mindfulness break today.

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This was our first opportunity to escape Auckland after both lockdowns.  A much needed break to reflect, reconnect, relax and plan together. It certainly left us feeling re-energised and refocused for the rest of the year.

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6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Are you looking for a new job? Do you want to know if the company you have an interview with next week has a healthy, positive, and ethical work culture? What are the 6 signs to look for in a positive company culture?


We had fun collaborating with Walk Ethical who chatted to Carol Fraser to discover some of the signs to watch out for that can help through this process.

Follow these 6 signs

to assess the culture of your next, potential employer

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

What are the 6 signs of a positive company culture? Recession, changing industry hiring patterns and adjustments to the way we work are some of the harsh realities faced by thousands of job seekers around the world, amid the Covid-19 crisis. It may seem like a demotivating and frustrating journey with no end in sight. Due to circumstances, stress, and anxiety, you may feel like picking up any role that comes your way.

However, it is important to hold on and remember being in the wrong job and working for a company that does not suit your personality, can lead to further stress, and have a detrimental effect on your health and wellbeing.

We spend 8 hours of our day in a professional environment. We put a lot of our time and energy towards achieving goals and building relationships at work. So, it is equally important to consider the right company culture for you, when weighing up a new role or while preparing for a new job interview.

Based on our experiences we have outlined six signs to watch out for, that can help you determine whether a company follows ethical practices and has a healthy, positive work environment:



First Impressions Last

The first step in determining a company culture starts with the pre-interview process. Observe your interaction with the team, or the interviewer from the very first email or call. Note how the interviewer speaks to you or the way they sign off an email. This can tell you a lot about the company, its culture, and the general feeling among the team. 

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Suffice to say, just because someone signs off an email with “Sincerely” does not mean that the company has a formal culture. However, if this gives you a pause, then look for signs of flexibility. Did the interviewer give you multiple dates as an option for the interview? Did they let you lead the conversation during the phone call?

Social Media to the Rescue

After you have had your initial contact with the company, you can start with the easiest form of research – social media channels. By following conversations on the company’s various platforms, it should be straight-forward for you to determine their culture.

You can look for whether they showcase their employees on social media or do they applaud their suppliers and clients on their success. These posts or conversations, will give you an insight into whether the company has a culture of recognition and appreciation.

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Tone of Conversation at the Top

It is said, “people tend to leave bosses not organisations.” Bosses are one of the most commonly stated reasons for employee exits. Creating a “healthy culture” flows from the top and you can spot this by reading the company’s external communications – press releases, company blogs and news. 

Analyse the tone of these blogs – are there any words or phrases or values that are against your own? 

If the director of a company talks about “hustle” in one of the blogs, compare that with your priorities and see if it is the right fit for you when you are looking to raise your young family.

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Get an Insider’s Perspective into the Company

It is important to research not only the company but also the manager that you will be working with. You can find more information about the manager on their LinkedIn page, or sometimes on the company website. If you are part of the creative industry, you can also look through their portfolio and see if their work resonates with you.

However, one of the best sources of research is your own network. The world is now relatively a small place, where everyone knows everyone. Talk to your network, former employees to gain an insider’s view into the company. This combined with your other observations should give you a great insight into the company culture.

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Conversation During the Interview

During the interview process, make a note of the small things.

While most of us do not recall the exact conversation during an interview, it is important to take a note of your gut feeling. Learning to trust your gut is something we as humans learn through trial and error, however, keep an eye on any signs of unsettled feelings. 

Did you feel uncomfortable when the interviewer asked you if you have kids? Or did you think the atmosphere around the office was too relaxed for a non-Friday? Making a note of these signs will help you determine if the company environment is right for you.

6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Ask Questions 

We all know the importance of asking the right questions during interviews. It not only helps you know more about the company, but also gives the interviewer insights into things that are important to you.  

Questions such as “Do you have a structured or unstructured environment?” or “What would success look like for this role?” will help you assess whether you will fit into the company.


6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

One of the recommendations from Carol Fraser, Founder and Director of Fraser People was to ask, “what qualities do their most successful team members tend to have?” According to her, “You could get a standard response but how they answer will give some insight into who you will be working with”.

Working in a positive, healthy and ethical atmosphere can have a big impact on your overall job satisfaction and results. When it comes to assessing company culture, there’s no one-size-fits-all metric.

Know what your basic needs are, learn to trust your instincts and ask the right questions – this will help you make a fully informed decision about your next step. 

Good luck!

4 Steps to finding your career passion and working out what you really, really want

4 Steps to finding your career passion and working out what you really, really want

Career Passion

After a year like no other, I’ve had many conversations with people lately who have been reflecting on their career paths.  The world has changed and Covid has seen to that!  Some have experienced a change that was out of their control, others are feeling stuck and want a career change. They want to find their passion but have no idea how to go about it.  

1.     So how do you find out what’s “in” you?

You don’t find your passion, you ignite it from the inside out. It’s not a quick fix, it does take energy, self-reflection, courage, and a willingness to see things differently. 

To get started, get to know yourself a little more.

How would you answer these questions?

  • What are you doing when you get “lost” and time just flies?
  • If you were asked to teach somebody something, what would you choose?
  • What activity would you love to spend all day doing?
  • What were the things you really enjoyed, and what were the things that dragged you down about your current/past work?
  • What kind of people do you like working with?
  • What are your deal breakers, your values that you will not compromise on? 

These are just a sample of the questions that start to uncover what you love in life, what you don’t like, and what you care about.

Career Passion

Some of the buzzwords for 2020 have been to “pivot” in your career and utilise your “transferrable skills” to change roles or industries.

Do you have a good grasp on your “transferrable skills?”

Things like problem solving, communication, planning, or leadership?

2.     The important part

Write a complete list of all your skills, ask your friends if you like.  Which of these skills do you enjoy utilising? Which ones are OK? Which skills do you not enjoy using?

This is important to review, as you may be good at doing something, but you’ve burned yourself out doing it.

I'm Possible

3.    Now What?

Once you start to see a pattern, start looking at job ads. Don’t apply for any but save those that pique your interest – it doesn’t matter if you have no experience. Be playful – visualise yourself in that role.  Keep adding to the list.  Then go back and see what the common theme is to those roles.  What is standing out for you?

Start thinking about the “why” behind these desired jobs that stand out for you.

Think you’ve found your “jam?” Before you look too far ahead, start with one step to move forward – something that lights you up. Start with something that will allow your passion to grow from the inside.  Take an online class, attend a workshop, read books. There are so many options to begin to make that change that could lead to your next career move.

4.    Everything is scary until you do it

We are all afraid of trying something new for fear of failure. But finding your jam can give you a renewed sense of purpose, strengthen your career and ensure you maintain your focus.

You’ve invested a lot of time in your current career but taking the time for self-reflection could also reveal the elements you could preserve that would make you happy. 

Career Passion

Carol has over 15 years helping people with their career journeys as a coach and advisor.  She has held leadership roles within the banking and HR consulting sectors and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business – Human Resources Management from the University of Auckland.

Carol is passionate about supporting others’ career journeys, mentoring in the “Future Leaders Programme” at YMCA Auckland and with First Foundation, a trust founded to assist academically talented New Zealand students worthy of support to achieve their potential through tertiary education and to prepare them to positively influence and benefit their communities.

Always willing to help, Carol is available for practical one on one coaching.

7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

7 Ways to brighten someone's day

7 ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

Mental Health Awareness Week 21 – 27 Sept 2020

Every year in Aotearoa, we focus on Mental Health Awareness . There is no escaping that 2020 has created some huge challenges for us all, right across our daily lives.

This year’s theme, “Reimagine Wellbeing Together” He Tirohanga Anamata, encourages us to reflect on the big and small actions we’ve taken to take care of each other this year.

Sometimes it’s hard to reimagine what wellbeing looks like.  We all have mental wellbeing.  It can mean different things for us all. It’s a timely reminder to embrace the simple things we can do each day to really help strengthen our wellbeing. This can then can help us through the tough times.

There is a new theme each day – beginning with “Recharge with others” – Whiria te muka tangata.

Check out the Mentemia website where they have lots of daily activities, talks and tips for the week of Mental Health Awareness.  Want to help others and invite more joy into your life? Doing kind things for others floods your body with feel-good hormones – just like the ones you get from runner’s high.  Read their blog on 7 ways to Brighten Someone’s Day which include tiny yet thoughtful gestures that make the world a better place.  They will not only brighten your day but someone else’s.

Newsletter June 2020

Newsletter June 2020

Newsletter June 2020

Life’s Short so Surround Yourself with the right People

We hope you are doing well as life starts to gets back to some sort of “normality” after lockdown.  We are back together! It’s so great to have my sister’s smiling face back in the office – Izzy thinks so too!

After seven weeks apart it’s great to be back on track. We nailed the remote working challenge and going forward will continue to include this flexibility. The catch phrase “I think you are on mute” and “can you see my screen” will continue!  More importantly, the physical connection is so good for our mental health, especially when we all need motivation and support in these uncertain times.

We are relieved to have some of our roles back on and being able to offer something positive to discuss with our candidates, many who lost their jobs since NZ went into lockdown. Something that has resonated with me from these conversations is the amazing outlook people have – many have said it helps that they don’t feel alone in this. Inspiring stuff indeed! 

If you or someone you know is currently looking for work, as a show of support we would like to pay it forward and offer a CV review to assist you in your search.

Have a great weekend and enjoy all the sport on offer!

Carol Fraser | Fraser People Newsletter June 2020

Fraser People Carol and Leila back together in office
2020 Finalist RCSA Industry Awards

What a huge day for Fraser People. Absolutely delighted, proud and humbled to share we are a finalist in the RCSA Australia and New Zealand Industry awards for 2020 – for “Excellence in Candidate Care.”  To be acknowledged again this year as a small business is still sinking in and a real boost in these times. Candidate care is a topic very close to our hearts and something we are passionate about – it is very special to be acknowledged in this category.

To all our amazing candidates, clients and partners we get to work with – you inspire us – it’s all about you after all!  Congratulations to all the finalists, it’s a little different this year with virtual awards – look forward to celebrating on the 26th June.

Fraser People cupcake
Carol, Russell and Leila

Cupcakes are also back in level 1! 🧁 So great being able to get out to see the team at NZ Rockshop and celebrate Russell’s first week as Financial Controller.
A recruitment process we started as we went into lock down, all of us adapting as we moved through the levels to get this great result.  Congratulations Russell Wakeling– great working with you – exciting times ahead.

It’s been a challenging time for us all. We are excited to get out to see all you good people doing good things – not to mention that much needed social interaction. Let’s get out there and support all our amazing local businesses.

Work from Home scrabble board

Once we got to level 2 the inevitable conversations started happening for many about transitioning back to the office. Working remotely or flexibly has been a hot topic for some time – from our experience it is one that is raised more often than not during the recruitment process.

Will the results of this enforced WFH change the way we work in future? Many organisations were already embracing flexibility – how can the positive elements change the conversation for the others?

There were some surprising and positive benefits reported when AskYourTeam surveyed 20,000 New Zealanders working from home during lockdown. They included:

  • Better communication from management and teammates despite working remotely
  • Feeling more trusted to work at home and get on with it
  • Managers recognising everyone’s personal situation is different and being flexible in how they manage their work and family commitments

How is your business approaching a return to the office? Many clients I’ve spoken to are continuing to #WFH where they can for now, others have a staggered approach. Are you straight back into the office – will you continue to work remotely at all – what is your preference?

Have you got some work from home team mates of the four legged variety? Mine seem to have great timing and feature regularly in my video calls.  We caught them today trying to sneak off early ……

Water dropping into puddle

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.  Why did you spill the coffee?

“Because someone bumped into me!!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea. Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out.
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled.   So we have to ask ourselves… “what’s in my cup?”
When life gets tough, what spills over? Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?
Anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions? Life provides the cup, YOU choose how to fill it.
Today let’s work towards filling our cups with gratitude, joy, kindness and love for others.

Joke re office