I am going to be shameless and ask you all for money to donate towards the Kokoda Challenge that myself and 3 team mates are doing on 14th/15th July. It is a non stop 96km hike through the Gold Coast Hinterland that will both mentally and physically challenge us. Any donation will be gratefully received - proceeds go to supporting youth programs around Australia (and we need to raise $1600 as a team) Please go to https://kokodachallenge.com/donate-online . You will be asked which team you would like to donate to - we are called Mummy Time. All donations above $2 are tax deductible. The lengths we will go to get some peace and quiet! Thank you!

Our lovely friend Lisa Spencer from Laser Clinics Australia at Runaway Bay has pledged to donate an extra $5, $10 or $15 depending on numbers for anyone who gets a laser hair removal treatment before May 30th. Just mention the Kokoda Challenge - they have some great offers on so go and see LCA today!

Due to the feedback from businesses and job seekers alike we have decided to close the office from Tuesday 3rd April and will reopen on Monday 16th April.

During this time we will still be available on our mobiles for urgent matters and it will still be business as usual for all our temps and contractors. If you have any urgent issues please call us on -

Fiona  -  0415 656064

David  -  0405 156654

For anything non-urgent we will be checking our emails.

If we are not available for any urgent temp issues - timesheets, late payments etc, please call our payroll people on 02 9233 2200

If you are lucky enough to have tickets for some of the events, enjoy the Games!!

The Festive Season is fast approaching.  You will be aware there are upcoming public holidays on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th December and Monday 1st January.

Please be informed that there are changes to payments and timesheets submission dates as per below table.

Week ending Public holidays Timesheet submission cut-off date Payroll processing date
Sunday, 24 Dec 2017 None 5 pm, Friday, 22 Dec 2017 Thursday, 28 Dec 2017
Sunday, 31 Dec 2017 Monday, 25 Dec 2017

Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017

5 pm, Thursday, 28 Dec 2017 Thursday, 4 Jan 2018

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

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

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/


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!

Check out the drone video that our friends at Twenty8 Business Solutions have made to show the location of our shared offices - Thanks Peter!


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

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!)

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 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

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