December Infrastructure Update

Summer 2015 arrives with sunshine, optimism and excitement for the national infrastructure construction sector. Congratulations to the recent CCF Earth Award recipients with many exceptional entrants from around Australia. Activity in the infrastructure sector is really starting to heat up with many states having major projects under construction and in planning/bid stage including;

  • Victoria: Level crossing removal program, $10bn+ Melbourne Metro Tunnel, $1.2bn Tulla Widening, $1bn + CD9 project and the $4bn + Western Distributor.
  • South Australia: $450m Darlington, $185m+ O-Bahn and EOI currently for the $985m Northern Connector.
  • Tasmania: TasWater & TasRail now starting to spend. $120m Tasmanian Freight Line Upgrade.
  • NSW: West Connex, North West Rail Upgrade and a huge investment in rail & road projects with too many to list!
  • QLD: QGC further $1.7bn investment in LNG, $650m Kingsford Smith Drive, $1.6bn Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) and $1.13bn Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway.

Talent Associates recently attended the AusRail Conference & Exhibition held in Melbourne, which was the largest gathering of rail organisations and decision makers ever assembled in Australasia with over 400 exhibitors, 90 technical forums and in excess of 1,000 delegates. The rail industry in Australia is looking very exciting over the next 10 years.

Talent Associates are seeing a huge increase in demand for high quality staff, with many of our clients having strong work books and predicting big things in 2016. Project Managers continue to be in very high demand as are high quality forepersons/supervisors.


June Infrastructure Update

June has been an interesting month for the Civil Construction industry with major projects now awarded in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in the past 8 weeks. These projects are going to be major sources of work for many companies including subcontractors and suppliers. Companies are now mobilising delivery teams, so the employment marketplace is becoming more fluid.

Talent Associates is witnessing a major upswing in activity in hiring intentions amongst employers, with companies now willing to engage staff quicker then has been for the last 2 years and we have also experienced a large increase in people looking for alternative roles. This increase in active/passive candidates in the marketplace has been across most skill levels, with many looking to return to their states of upbringing or former residence.

Please see below for some updated industry news and attached some profiles of candidates whom Talent Associates are currently working with;

Industry News & Projects:

  • New underground railway station at Barangaroo as part of Sydney Metro
  • More than $16 billion for transport upgrades in NSW 2015-16 Budget
  • Leighton Contractors named as preferred contractor for level crossing removals in Blackburn, Mitcham and St Albans
  • NSW Budget provides $1bn for ‘simpler planning and better infrastructure’
  • Industry briefing held for Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project
  • $1.162b D&C contract awarded to Lend Lease for Gateway Upgrade North project in Brisbane
  • Contract officially awarded to Pacific Complete Consortium for $4.3bn Pacific Highway upgrade project

May Infrastructure Update

We are witnessing a project transition in the national Civil Construction industry, as most states now have major projects under way or close to commencing. Talent has been readily available over the last few years but we are witnessing an industry shift to scarcity, particularly with companies continuing to beef up their management roles (PM and above).

Project Managers seem to be the hot commodity in the marketplace at the moment. Not those people who have done a bit here and there but those proven performers who can hit the ground running, have managed self-performed works and have a proven track record of project profitability.

Salaries have maintained their positions but as more and more projects start to be awarded/come out of the ground, then we envisage that there will be significant increases across the industry.

Talent Associates remain committed to working with the Australian Civil Construction industry in partnership to deliver high value recruitment and HR Services.


28 May – AV Jennings acquire $350m infill project in Vic –
25 May – First Civil Project for tender for West Sydney Airport –
22 May – Help for Vic Infrastructure Planning –
20 May – Women in Engineering – Award Nominations Open –
13 May – CCF Release 2015 Budget Response –
11 May – Infrastructure Victoria Established –
1 May – Preferred Delivery Partner for $4.3bn Pacific Hwy upgrade –

Projects Awarded

25 May – $2.44m, Sneydes Road, Vic – RECivil
19 May – $524m, 4 Level Crossing Removals, Vic – John Holland
8 May – $777k, Waverley Road, Vic – Bitu-Mill (Civil)
8 May – $1.33m, Sunbury Riddells Creek Road, Vic – Patten Pavement Services
4 May – $570m, Tulla Sydney Citylink Widening – Leighton Contractors

29 April – $896m – Torrens to Torrens, SA – Leighton Contractors & York Civil JV

The 50 Most Common Interview Questions.

Interviews can be stressful; but just like any test or evaluation, you can prepare yourself for success or fly by the seat of your pants. The employment marketplace is very tight in Australia at the moment, so Talent Associates suggest that you make every effort to fully prepare for an interview by thoroughly researching the business, and interviewers and what questions they might ask you at an interview.

When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview determines your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to potential interview questions so you can adequately plan your responses. Remember you only get one chance to make a first impression!

Most Common Interview Questions

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for us?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. Why was there a gap in your employment history?
  7. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. Are you willing to travel?
  11. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  12. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  13. What is your dream job?
  14. How did you hear about this position?
  15. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  16. Discuss your resume.
  17. Discuss your educational background.
  18. Describe yourself.
  19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  20. Why should we hire you?
  21. Why are you looking for a new job?
  22. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  23. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  24. What are your salary requirements?
  25. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  26. Who are our competitors?
  27. What was your biggest failure?
  28. What motivates you?
  29. What’s your availability?
  30. Who’s your mentor?
  31. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  32. How do you handle pressure?
  33. What is the name of our CEO?
  34. What are your career goals?
  35. What gets you up in the morning?
  36. What would your direct reports say about you?
  37. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  38. If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
  39. Are you a leader or a follower?
  40. What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
  41. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  42. What are your hobbies?
  43. What is your favorite website?
  44. What makes you uncomfortable?
  45. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  46. How would you fire someone?
  47. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  48. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  50. What questions do you have for me?

In addition to questions commonly asked during a job interview, many unexpected and downright bizarre questions may also be asked, so best be prepared.

February 2015 – Infrastructure Update

Activity in Australia’s Civil Construction continues to strengthen across markets, but is being impacted heavily by change of governments in Vic/Qld and the upcoming NSW state Election (28 March 2015). The industry is seeing a strong pipeline of future projects but continues to cry out for consistency/commitment to projects as evidenced by the continual discussions around the East West Link in Melbourne.

Talent Associates are seeing continual increases for demand for Project Managers, Project Engineers and Foreman, with NSW becoming a hot spot and Victoria’s 2nd to 4th tier contractors beginning to get a lot busier. We haven’t seen too much salary pressure as yet but expect this to occur in the second half of 2015 as demand rises across states to secure talented individuals. We are also having a lot of companies engaging us to undertake search assignments for difficult to fill roles, succession planning activities and strategic hires.

Please find below a summary of some news that you may find interesting and some contracts that have been awarded in February.

If you are interested in any of the profiles attached or have any requirements you would like to discuss with us further, please don’t hesitate to give Talent Associates a call.

* 6 Feb – (Vic) Stockland to commence construction on $4.6bn development (
* 7 Feb – (Qld) Government approves $3.8bn Brisbane Airport plan (
* 9 Feb – (NSW) Sydney’s South West Rail Link Opened (
* 16 Feb – (Vic) Melbourne Metro Rail Authority established (
* 17 Feb – (Vic) $30m committed to Stage 1 of Murray Basin Rail Project (
* 18 Feb – (Vic) $100m announcement for Flinders Street Station (
* 20 Feb – (Vic) $24m Rural Roads Funding announcement (
* 25 Feb – (Vic) EOI’s closed for West Gate Distributor Northern Section (

* 2 Feb – (NSW) $2.6bn, Lend Lease, NorthConnex – nine kilometre twin tunnel link, M1 to M2
* 2 Feb – (Vic) $1m, SMB Civil, Road Safety Barrier Installation Works Morwell
* 5 Feb – (Vic) $1.73m, Services South East, Road Safety Improvement Works Murray Valley Highway
* 6 Feb – (Vic) $1.3m, Bitu-Mill (civil), Pavement rehabilitation/stabilisation McIvor Highway
* 11 Feb – (Vic) $1.67m, Enoch Civil, Traffic Signal Installation Princes Highway Dennington
* 11 Feb – (Vic) $3.88m, Services South East, Pavement rehabilitation on South Gippsland Highway
* 12 Feb – (NSW) $100m, BMD, Stage 1, Bringelly Road upgrade project
* 16 Feb – (QLD) $110m, Seymour Whyte, 5.7km duplication of Warrego Highway near Toowoomba 17 Feb – (Vic) $6.3m, Negri Contractors, Transport Network Improvements East Werribee
* 18 Feb – (Vic) $1.89m, ReCivil, Pavement Rehabilitation Calder Highway and Heathcote-Rochester Rd
* 18 Feb – (Vic) $1.5m, Newnham Earthmoving, Pavement rehabilitation/stabilisation, Nth Region
* 26 Feb – (Vic) $1.9m, Downer Edi Works, Pavement Rehabilitation Henty Highway

Talent Associates Launch Executive & Technical Resume Service.

With today’s competitive job marketplace, your resume is now a sales document which can make or break your success of gaining a new position as soon as a recipient opens the document. Things such as wording, layout, size, colour and length are all key impact factors.

With in excess of 15 years working with organisations of all size/shape within both the private and public sector in Australia, Talent Associates are uniquely positioned to assist you in refining, developing or enhancing your resume.

We have developed a three tier system to cater for most professional jobseekers.

  •  Resume Check (Basic) – A review of your current resume, suggesting areas for improvement and providing an evaluation checklist of your resume. Cost $150 including GST
  • Resume Refine (Intermediate) – After conducting a thorough evaluation of your resume, Talent Associates will refine and improve your resume in full consultation with you. Cost $300 including GST
  • Resume Rebuild (Advanced) – A complete rebuild from the ground-up of your resume. Particularly targeted at those individuals who have had little need for putting together a resume in the past or who are really struggling gaining interviews. Cost $500 including GST.

If any of these services are of interest to you, please contact us directly and Talent Associates can help enhance your employment prospects.

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September Infrastructure Update

September was a huge month for infrastructure!

In Victoria, we had a $5.5bn contract for the East-West Link signed and NSW has seen the release of RMS’s forward work plan for 2014 – 2019, with the program including $2.8 billion for 2014 – 2015 but this is also supported by NSW Government’s record $7.8 billion infrastructure investment. In SA, the Southern Expressway is now fully operational (in both directions) and the $400m+ Torrens Road to River Torrens is currently out to tender.

In addition to this major investment into roads, we are saw huge investment into rail in both NSW and Victoria. Major projects are online in both states and others are very close to award, including; road/rail grade separations, light rail, rail tunnels and track infrastructure services.

We are expecting to see the climate really heat up in regards to demand for Engineers, Supervisors and Project Managers in particular over the next couple of months as projects start to ramp up. This is great news for all candidates seeking new opportunities in the infrastructure industry and also for employers who over the past 2 years have experienced some very challenging industry conditions.