There are now more available jobs advertised in Australia than we have seen since November 2008, but while opportunities for employment are on the rise, it’s also worth considering that employer needs have changed post-COVID.

“Traditional work skills will always be valued and in high demand, however, post-COVID employers are also looking for employees who can bring soft skills, meaning traits like resilience, agility, and emotional intelligence to the workplace,” Asquith Workforce managing director Jillian Asquith said.

With that in mind, here are the top-five in-demand skills recruiters are looking for right now and how to demonstrate your abilities.


  1. Resilience

If COVID demanded anything of us it was the ability to be resilient. So, what does it mean to be resilient in the workplace? Put simply, it means having the ability to embrace change without experiencing any detrimental impacts to your mental health and wellbeing.

You can showcase your resilience in an interview by discussing ways you have managed change in your life, either work-related, personal or whatever you are comfortable with sharing.


  1. Proactivity

COVID called for both innovative and proactive thinking from business owners and leaders. Post-COVID, companies are continuing to look for new ways to future-protect their businesses and ensure they can survive and even thrive through drastically changed circumstances. It makes sense they would value the same forward-thinking ability in their employees.

You can showcase your ability to be proactive by providing examples of any times you have gone above and beyond in your role, times you have thought outside the square to problem-solve or even mentioning any constructive activities you did throughout COVID if you were not able to attend or carry out your job.


  1. Emotional Intelligence

While your demonstrated resilience and proactive nature will rate high with potential employers, they also know that not all their staff can harness these traits. If you can also show your potential employer that emotional intelligence is something that you are equipped with, it will go a long way in demonstrating your ability to communicate and interact with other employees. In times of change or challenge your ability to step up and assist others with empathy, understanding and patience will be a well-value trait.

You can demonstrate your emotional intelligence throughout your interview by talking through ways you have overcome workplace challenges in the past, what skills you used to overcome them, and what you took away from the experience.


  1. Enthusiasm for upskilling

COVID also taught us, among other things, that change can come about in what feels like an instant. Having multiple skills under your belt is a valuable asset not just to a potential employer but also for yourself. Most people have a certain career skillset, but we learned during COVID that sometimes specific skills can be rendered unusable when circumstances change. By voluntarily learning new skills that either complement or may even be completely different from the role you do now, can show that you are a forward-thinking, enthusiastic to learn, and open to new things.

You can show your enthusiasm for personal and career growth to a potential employer by talking about any course or experience you have proactively sought to increase your skills and abilities.


  1. Embracing digital technology

Despite changes brought about by COVID which saw many workers carry out their duties from home, not all jobs can be done digitally. That said, the recruitment process has also changed with many interviews now being carried out online. So even if your work is carried out on a job site, outdoors, or on the road, showing you understand basic digital technology like Zoom, email, text, and other digital communication platforms will go a long way in helping you put your best foot forward.

You can showcase your digital skills by taking the time to embrace and understand basic digital communications so when your potential online interview is set up you can nail it like a pro.



Places of work are usually made up of numerous personalities, all suited to different roles within the business, so it’s no surprise that different personality types don’t always see eye to eye. But there are several ways to create a conflict-free workplace and to provide a healthy, positive, and productive place for your employees.

“Given the amount of time we spend at work, our workplaces can often feel like being part of a big family and you only have to think about what often happens at family get-togethers to know conflict can arise,” says Asquith Workforce Managing Director Jillian Asquith.

“The main thing to remember when creating a conflict-free workplace is that families can resolve their issues because emotions like care and compassion are never far from the surface, even in the heat of the moment. Nurturing those same qualities in your employee interactions is also the key to creating a conflict-free workplace.”


Strategies to help create a conflict-free workplace

  1. Assess the situation calmly

When two people are not seeing eye to eye the best thing you can do is to remain neutral, even when the situation tries your own patience. By assessing the situation with calm and compassionate communication you can diffuse the situation and keep a clear head which will allow you to better assess the situation and understand the problem.


  1. Maintain established protocols

Hard and fast rules and protocols that all employees understand can help create a sense of fairness when conflict resolution is required. When everyone understands the frameworks that are in place for behaviour and workplace expectations it can not only limit conflict but also lead to a speedy resolution.


  1. Listen

One thing that infuriates many people both at work and out of work is when they don’t feel heard. Sometimes simply listening and responding in a way that lets someone know they are being heard can diffuse much of the tension in a conflict-based situation. By listening to the problem and when the employee has finished, simply repeating your interpretation of the issue the person knows without a doubt that you have heard what they have to say. Even if the issue cannot be immediately resolved, the sense of being heard and valued will go a long way toward placating your upset employee/s.


  1. Provide mediation

When individuals or teams cannot see eye to eye providing a safe and inclusive space with a third-party mediator can be a good way to resolve conflict. If you can provide a neutral mediator to facilitate a calm and constructive conversation, as a company leader you can simply sit in and get a broad understanding of what needs to be resolved without becoming emotionally or directly involved in the dispute.

  1. Lead by Example

It will be hard for you to resolve conflict using the company’s existing protocols if you do not adhere to them yourself. Employees who respect their company leaders are more likely to compromise or be open to resolving conflict if they are in the presence of someone who they do not believe would behave or react with anger or high emotion.


When we think about the risk of injury occurring on worksites it’s natural to imagine physical accidents, but that is not the only kind of workplace injury that can affect your workers.

According to Safe Work Australia, psychological hazards in the workplace can include anything in the design or management of work that causes stress to an employee.

On a worksite, these risks can include things like exposure to bullying, aggression, discrimination, lack of support, proximity to high emotional distress from other workers, and/or sudden and drastic change within the workplace.

According to Asquith Workforce Managing Director Jillian Asquith, industries like construction often have the highest rates of depression and anxiety within their workforce and so it is imperative that employers take steps to ensure the mental wellbeing of their teams.

“We work closely with community organisations like Lifeline, as well as our clients, to ensure workshops like Mind Your Mates and other mental health initiatives are accessible to workers, but mental health and wellbeing is an important topic that should be regularly addressed in the workplace,” she said.

“Ensuring your workforce is happy in their job and experiencing emotional wellbeing is the number one priority when it comes to workplace mental health, but the mental stability of your workforce is also directly related to things like employee retention and return on investment.

“Taking steps to support the mental wellbeing of your workforce is important, and when done successfully, provides a win-win situation for everyone.”

Safe Work Australia has a Four-Step Preventative Process to help company leaders manage psychological wellbeing, intervene early, and take action to prevent workers from becoming ill or sustaining a psychological injury.


­Step One: Identify

Identify psychological hazards and risks by:

  • Talking and listening to your workers
  • Inspecting your workplace
  • Taking note of how your workers interact
  • Reviewing reports and workers
  • Using a survey to gather information from staff


Step Two: Assess

Consider what could happen if workers are exposed to the identified hazards and risks. Many hazards and risks. Many hazards and their associated risks are well-known but some may need to be identified through a formal assessment process.


Step Three: Control

Where possible, eliminate the risk. This is always the safest option, but if it isn’t possible, minimize the risk as much as possible through planning and prevention.


Step 4: Review

Maintain, monitor, and review control measures when necessary. It is important to regularly review control measures to ensure they remain effective.


Asquith Workforce is a no-judgment, culturally diverse recruitment agency with a commitment to placing the right person in the right role, regardless of ethnicity or gender.

For all your recruitment and labour-hire needs contact us at or call 1300 737 751.



Everyone who has ever taken a deep breath and sat down at a job interview has considered stretching the truth if it means potentially landing the job, but….

 We don’t want to hear things that make you ‘sound’ like the perfect candidate.

Inevitably, providing false or embellished experience doesn’t do you or the employer any good once you’re expected to carry out the role based on the information you provided during the interview.

But if you’re still thinking about talking it up just a smidge, here’s the Top 5 Lies we definitely don’t want to hear during your interview – and we’ll know because that’s just how we are…


#1. I have my own reliable transport

Please do not say this if the truth is that you really plan to rely on public transport, share the car with your partner, borrow your parent’s old Mazda that’s in need of a new clutch, brake, or spark plugs, use your housemate’s car on the day he or she isn’t working, or ANY of these types of scenarios. If having your own reliable transport is part of the deal, then it is for a reason and while employers understand that sometimes a car can break down, having no transport on a regular basis is not okay.


#2. I haven’t applied for any other roles at the moment

We get that you might not want to put all your eggs in one basket, but just be honest. As a recruitment agency, we put a lot of work into finding the right candidate and if that turns out to be you, it’s not cool if you then turn down the job. And agencies remember things like that, so long-term you’re really only hurting yourself and any future possibility of us finding you a role.


#3. I resigned or decided to leave my last role

If that decision was actually made for you, please don’t be creative with the reason you left. A recruitment agency or direct employer will check and then you’ll be found out. If there was a reason you lost your last role, just be upfront. We know that not all workplaces have great cultures and by being honest you’re showing that you are also trustworthy, and that’s a big thing.


#4. My last role was working alongside the Prime Minister.

If it was, kudos to you, but if what you really mean is that you were a civil labourer working on a construction site somewhere in the vicinity of Parliament House and once caught a glimpse of ScoMo cruising by, then just go with that. Employers want to know what your last role was so they can either help you back into that industry or work with you to find a new career path that will bring you more job satisfaction.


#5. I’m an experienced labourer, excavator, tree surgeon, acrobat, sharpshooter, and astronaut.

We don’t ever want to hear about experience, licenses, or tickets that you don’t really have. It’s a time-waster for the employer, and for yourself, and in worst-case scenarios it can be dangerous. If a role requires specific tickets, licenses, or accreditations we’ll need to see them, and ‘winging’ it in regard to experience on a worksite can be very dangerous for you and your colleagues. So please just be honest about your current capabilities, and about what we can help you gain experience in going forward.


As a recruitment agency experienced in placing candidates in various roles from labour-hire to executive positions, trust us when we say we’ve heard it all. In addition to your experience, a positive attitude and honesty are also highly regarded attributes that employers are looking for, so at your next interview by all means put your best foot forward but also be yourself. Why? Because that’s who we’re hiring.

The perception many people have of working in recruitment is that it’s a glamourous career in a sometimes-cut-throat world of sales and bottom lines. But according to Asquith Workforce Managing Director Jillian Asquith this isn’t always the case.

When Jillian made the decision to go out on her own, she was determined to break all the stereotypes and create a new culture in recruitment, one that would better reflect her own vision for what the industry could, and should, be all about.

“After spending 20+ years in various recruitment agencies, believe me when I say I’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, and the worse,” she said.

“When I founded Asquith Workforce it was with the aim of redesigning the culture of recruitment and teaching the next generation of consultants to have a very different view of what this job is all about.”

While recruitment can be a sales-based career, according to Jillian it also about changing people’s lives – and sometimes your own in the process.

“For me, recruitment is about the people. It’s about understanding them, listening to them, and ultimately helping them to improve their circumstances which can often result in changing their lives.

“The funny thing is, by doing that you can sometimes change your own life as well. Through work, I have met some of the most important people in my life. My work has also meant starting a business which also changed my life dramatically.”

“For me, recruitment is about the people. It’s about understanding them, listening to them, and ultimately helping them to improve their circumstances which can often result in changing their lives ” – Jillian Asquith

A career in recruitment can be extremely rewarding, and lucrative for those who go the extra mile, but for Jillian, the reward has always been the ability to help people.

“If you approach this job with compassion there is so much reward in it,” she said.

“When you speak to a candidate you never know what they’ve been through before picking up the phone, how many rejections they’ve had, or what being successful in getting a job might mean for them.

“This kind of career really gives you the opportunity to make a difference and create a great future for yourself as well. That’s what I’m trying to instill in the current team we have at Asquith Workforce, and inevitably the next generation of recruitment specialists we welcome into the company.”

As a recruitment agency with a strong foothold in labour-hire, we see a high-percentage of construction roles filled by male candidates. But that doesn’t always have to be the case.

A recent survey carried out by employment website SEEK showed that in the Australian construction industry only 12 per cent of the workforce was made up by female employees, meaning a whopping 88 per cent of construction roles are filled by men.

We get that a career in construction isn’t for all women, but those who choose to pursue this line of work can find it extremely rewarding.

Asquith Workforce Managing Director Jillian Asquith said that throughout her 20+ years of experience in recruitment she has helped several women successfully build construction-based careers.

“I’ve been in recruitment for a long time and have had the opportunity to place several women in construction-based roles both around the Hunter and across wider NSW,” she said.

“While there are still some challenges that come with being a woman in a male-dominated workforce, for the right candidate there are also a lot of benefits.”

So, if you are a female jobseeker who may be considering this kind of career we’ve put together our top list of benefits that come with working in construction…


1.Leadership Opportunities

A shortage of female leaders in the construction industry means more opportunities for women to step up and take the lead.


  1. Higher Income Potential

On average, a career in construction can provide an earning potential up to 30 per cent higher than incomes generated by traditional female roles such as administration.


  1. Practical Skills

No longer will you need to ask for help to carry out basic repairs around the house. A career in construction provides women with a plethora of hands-on practical skills that office-based careers do not.


  1. Fitness

Sitting at a desk all day can be detrimental for your health – and waistline if you don’t spend time exercising outside of work. A career in construction combines the two and keeps you active a lot of the day.


  1. Sense of achievement

Yeah, the girls! Working in construction and holding your own can create a wonderful sense of personal empowerment and achievement.


If you would like to learn more about our current career opportunities in construction give us a call today on 1300 737 751 or email

Recent studies show that job security, which was ranked fourth by respondents in 2012, is now the second greatest driver of attraction (13.2%) for construction candidates. According to SEEK, a national downturn in the resources sector may have contributed to this change with more respondents now valuing job security over career development opportunities, which has slipped from second to fourth place.

With that in mind, here are our Top 5 Tips for making yourself indispensable in the workplace and increasing your chances of improving job security over the long-term.

  1. Raise the bar

Put simply – do your best. Don’t cut corners or approach your job with a ‘that will do attitude’. This doesn’t mean you have to be the first to throw your hand up for extra hours or missing out on personal commitments to work weekends. It just means doing everything to the best of your ability and lending a hand whenever you can to make your co-workers lives a little easier. Be the person others can depend on. Lead by example and do your best.

  1. Be adaptable

Roll with the punches. By this we don’t mean that you should take crap from your colleagues. We just mean keep your attitude open and work with what you’ve got. Sometimes things can change quickly on site, and when they do, being resistant to doing things differently doesn’t help anyone – including you.

  1. Treat others as you would like to be treated

While everyone has a different role in your workplace, it’s important to communicate respectfully to everyone from managers to labourers and everyone in between. Usually there will be people you report to, and others who may report to you, so in all your communications be sure to treat others as you would like them to treat you.


Asquith Workforce are experts when it comes to labour hire. If you’re looking for your next role in construction contact us today and we’ll find the right role for you!


Nationwide, construction employs approximately 1.1 million people and accounts for around $134 billion to the annual economy, making it one of the largest job creators in the country.

While the construction industry provides a plethora of different roles, there is always a high demand for construction labourers and other blue-collar roles across a variety of locations.

Managing Director of Asquith Workforce Jillian Asquith said due to the ever-growing need for quality construction candidates, finding the right mix of labourers for large-scale construction projects can be a daunting task for companies.

“Recruiting the right candidate can be an extremely time-consuming and expensive process if you choose to go it alone,” she said.

“By choosing to partner with an agency like Asquith Workforce we can make finding the right candidate a simple process because, for us, that’s what we do for a living. We put the right candidate in the right role and take care of all the requirements to make it a seamless and hassle-free experience for companies.”

By partnering with a recruitment and/or labour-hire company, you can avoid the hassle of:

  • Running recruitment campaigns
  • Reviewing applications
  • Interviewing potential candidates
  • Organising Medical and Health Screening
  • Provision of PPE
  • Ongoing communication requirements
  • Managing Payroll
  • Replacing the person should they need to leave before the project is complete
  • Managing seasonal workload fluctuations from project to project

In fact, here are the top 3 reasons a Labour Hire company like Asquith Workforce can help take the pain out of finding the right crew members for large-scale projects:

#1: We have a pool of experienced candidates

Here’s the scenario: You need a HC driver with truck & dog experience, a couple of skilled labourers, and a forklift driver – right now. If like most project managers you are short on time and have 1,000 other things to do, the idea of starting three recruitment campaigns might be less than inviting. The good news is that labour hire and recruitment companies like Asquith Workforce can take the stress out of short-turnaround recruitment because we have an existing pool of candidates we can go to. Our candidates have already been through the recruitment process. They’ve been screened and, in many cases, we’ve placed them on previous projects and work sites, so we know if they’re the right fit for you.

#2: We can save you money as well as time

Recruitment campaigns require advertising costs, recruitment hours, payroll hours, and on it goes… But we can do all that for you, providing all the benefits of having the right person in the right role – without any of the hard work.

#3: We can provide candidates in-line with your indigenous employment strategy

Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APiC) is a NSW Government policy designed to encourage the construction industry to create opportunities for Aboriginal people, Aboriginal-owned businesses and Aboriginal communities. APiC applies to most construction contracts over $1 million. The key requirement of APiC is that a minimum of 1.5% of the total contract value, minus exclusions, is directed to Aboriginal employment, training and goods and services. While we focus on providing the right candidate for the right role regardless of ethnicity, as an Aboriginal owned and operated company certified by leading Indigenous Industry Body Supply Nation, Asquith Workforce is the go-to Labour Hire company for Aboriginal candidates.

Jillian Asquith leading by exampleThroughout the first week of March, we celebrate the diverse contributions of women from all walks of life – including those we know best. With that in mind, we thought it was a great time to celebrate our very own Asquith Managing, Director Jillian Asquith whose strength, warmth, and confidence has allowed her to create an agency that is slowly changing the face of the recruitment and labour hire industry, a little more each day.

Since founding Asquith Workforce, a 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and operated labour hire and recruitment company, Jillian Asquith has shown outstanding commitment and leadership within the recruitment and staffing industry on several levels.

Having been a recruitment specialist for more than 15 years, in 2015 Jillian made the decision to leave a large corporate recruitment agency with aim of seeing her own vision for the industry she loves come to fruition.

With the goal of re-defining both the wider perception of the industry and the experience of those who choose recruitment as a career, Jillian has spent the past five years committed to changing the face of recruitment through visionary leadership, community engagement, staff mentoring, and closing the gap within indigenous business opportunities and perceptions.

As an indigenous woman, Jillian is dedicated to ensuring both Aboriginal start-ups and candidates are given every opportunity to succeed.

An example of this is when Asquith Workforce, under Jillian’s leadership, was able to answer the call of Aboriginal civil earthmoving company Yunaga Civil & Earth as part of RSCA’s #LoveYourWork campaign. By partnering with existing client Daracon, as well as Westrac and SME aggregator ServeGate, Jillian and her Asquith Workforce team were able to play a major role in demonstrating the value agencies can provide through contributing to communities, business, and economies. The success of the 2020 Yunaga project has been well documented and is a perfect example of Jillian’s leadership and commitment to showcasing how agency recruitment services can contribute to the economic landscape, and can potentially play a role in determining the outcome of business start-ups.

Further to this, Jillian is dedicated to taking a leadership role in the area of Aboriginal employment and is passionate about her company’s dedicated indigenous division.

Within this space, throughout her career Jillian has shown outstanding commitment and leadership in the area of pre-employment and indigenous participation in the workforce. Part of this important body of work includes leading disadvantaged youth programs around pre-employment and soft skills, as well as providing strategic direction around how to begin a job search and gaining the skills required to be employable.

Jillian’s commitment to Aboriginal equal opportunity is a reflection of her dedication to the wider community and ensuring recruitment agencies not only assist in connecting employers with staff, but also contribute to broader outcomes in the area of mental health and wellbeing.

An example of this is a recent collaborative program held in conjunction with non-profit organisation Lifeline. The Mind Your Mates breakfast workshop, led by Jillian and her team, was held as a result of a blue-collar client’s concerns over a spike in mental health issues due to the impacts of COVID-19. In response, Jillian and her team expertly addressed the client’s staff on the importance of mental health, suicide prevention, and best practice around recognising the signs of mental health issues in colleagues.

Jillian’s dedication to the Aboriginal and broader community is also reflected in her leadership style within the Asquith Workforce office. As Managing Director, she is dedicated to changing the face of recruitment the only way she knows how – though leading by example.

Jillian says it best when she describes her vision for the future of recruitment:

‘My dream was to create an organisation that would not only provide me and my family with opportunities, but also change the lives of everyone we come into contact with, whether that’s through being able to provide positions for recruitment staff which offer job satisfaction and opportunities for professional growth or by providing candidates with the right role and as a result giving them financial and emotional opportunities they wouldn’t have had otherwise.’

With these goals in mind, Jillian leads by example at every opportunity, including being the only Aboriginal person to be elected as an RCSA Council member NSW/ACT, and participating in Portfolio of Pathways to Professionalism, and Networking and Collaboration.

Under her leadership, Asquith Workforce has experienced exponential growth since 2015 and has expanded to include the Hunter-based head office in Newcastle, as well as Sydney-based office located at Barangaroo.

In the past four years, Asquith Workforce has been nominated as a Finalist for “Excellence in Small Business” Hunter Business Awards in 2017, 2019, and 2020, as well as NSW Training Award 2020 – Hunter Region Finalist Trainee of the Year.

Each and every day Jillian works to change the perception of recruitment and the experience of her staff by actively ensuring they communicate with passion, patience, and understanding. As Managing Director, Jillian’s vision for both her company and the industry is to build long-lasting relationships rather than to fall back on a poorly executed quick and flick culture that provides little value for clients, candidates or internal staff.


Looking for a new job is never an easy process. But for some, the idea of learning how to shine in a job interview via Zoom or some other online platform can feel more than a little daunting.

The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt far and wide, across a number of industries, and left many facing the unexpected task of having to find new employment. For others, the process of moving from project to project is familiar – but meeting a potential employer for the first time online, maybe a whole new world.

So, whether you’re new to the idea of finding work or an old hand at landing new contracts, if the idea of attending an online job interview makes you feel more than a little apprehensive – you’re not alone.

Managing Director of Asquith Workforce, Jillian Asquith says that while it’s understandable change can bring about some feelings of unease, the fundamental purpose of a job interview remains the same – to put the right person in the right role.

“We understand that interviewing for a role online may be an entirely new concept for some candidates and that it can cause some apprehension,” she said.

“But the most important thing to remember is that if you’re honest, up-front, and clear about what you’re looking for and what you have to offer, it really doesn’t matter whether the interviewer is on-screen or sitting at a desk in front of you.  All they are looking for is the right person for the role.”

If the idea of being interviewed online for a role online has got you feeling the jitters, here’s five tips to help make sure you put your best foot forward:

  1. Give your technology the once over before the scheduled interview time

Make sure you are familiar with the video platform you’ll be using and that all the interview links work. Also check that your internet is working, and your power cord is plugged in.  It sounds simple, but don’t just hope for the best. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so be sure it’s your face the interviewer sees, and not your shoulder as you reach for the power cord. And lastly, while we’re on the subject of faces, be sure to do all you can to avoid accidentally activating filters that make you look like a funny cat or any other creature. It’s pretty hard to take you seriously with whiskers.

  1. Have some notes ready

This is one of the benefits of video interviews. It gives you the chance to have some notes beside you. While we’re not suggesting you read from a script, because that would be weird, you can refer back to your notes for any questions you want to ask, key dates they may require, or anything else you might forget once the interview begins.

  1. Wear pants

We get that online interviews and meetings mean the interviewer only sees you from the waist up, but that doesn’t mean wearing your jammie bottoms covered with pictures of monkeys with basketballs is a great idea. Here’s why… In an interview you want to come across as confident, professional, and up to the task. To do that, you need to feel confident, professional, and up to the task. If you’re wearing pyjama bottoms, your fav trackies, or dare we say it, your undies, how professional are you really going to feel? So, go all out and put on some nice pants!

 Do some research

If you’re applying for a role through a recruitment agency, you may not always know ahead of time who their client is, which makes it hard to do your research. But if you can, it’s always a good idea to know a few things about the company you are applying to work for – even if it is about the recruitment agency itself. There’s a decent chance you might be faced with the good old – ‘what do you know about… insert company name?’ question, so it’s in your best interest to have a least one or two things to say that shows you made an effort to be prepared.

  1. Close the door

We’ve all seen the funny clips online of kids running into the room mid-interview, of dogs barking, partners walking by in various stages of undress, and everything else. While this may be entertaining for viewers, it probably won’t go a long way in helping you come across as professional and serious about landing the role. So just to be safe, if there’s other people home during your scheduled interview time


Looking for a new role? Contact Asquith Workforce on 1300 737 751