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Finding the right candidate

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News created: 24 Oct 2011

Swaab Attorneys is a multi-award winning, commercial law firm based in the Sydney CBD. Swaab act for a range of clients in a variety of industries including IT, property, retailing, manufacturing, transport, education, health and professional services.

As well as offering their clients a full range of commercial law solutions, they also have a highly regarded private client practice. 

With business thriving and a key staff member preparing to take maternity leave, Amber Burgess (Business Development and Marketing Manager) was given the task of recruiting a new team member to assist her.

Why turn to Macquarie?

As a former Macquarie University student, Amber decided to turn to the Faculty of Business and Economics for help. Working in conjunction with the Faculty participation team, there were many benefits for Swaab Attorneys if they decided to hire a student intern. These included:

  • giving a university graduate valuable work experience
  • a cost effective resourcing solution for the business
  • receiving assistance in all areas of the recruitment process from the Faculty and saving the company valuable resources.

Having undertaken an internship during her university time, Amber knew the practical experience she could now offer a student would be invaluable in terms of their career progression.

The first step

Supported by the Faculty participation team, the characteristics of the candidate she was looking for were developed. Amber was looking for a student completing a marketing major, yet also undertaking law related subjects who had a keen interest in putting their theoretical knowledge into practice.

With this, the first step of the recruitment process was complete and the wheels were then set into motion to find the right candidate from the strong pool of current business students.

Making the shortlist

The Faculty participation team promoted this opportunity to the target students through social media and online noticeboards before selecting a short list of candidates to present to Amber and her team for interviews.

Among the shortlist, Jennifer Gorian's resume emerged. Amber invited Jennifer to meet the team and was thrilled with her level of enthusiasm and professionalism. "I felt she would be the perfect fit!"

Amber was thrilled to offer Jennifer the internship role, and she begins in the next few weeks.

"I will definitely consider recruiting a student intern in the future," Amber mentions, "as I was so happy with the ease of it all, and the wonderful level of support I received from the faculty staff."

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