The Job Hunting Podcast

40. How to find a job during the COVID-19 pandemic - with global recruitment expert Geoff Morgan AM.

July 27, 2020

Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 


If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.


In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run free live career coaching sessions, the Job Hunting Made Simple online course, and the coaching I do with my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.


Episode Show Notes 

My guest, friend, and mentor, Geoff Morgan AM, is not only one of the most successful HR businessmen of our generation, but also a great entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. His life and career are so aligned with understanding the developments of recruitment and selection globally, and his businesses have always been at the forefront of change in the sector. So of course I thought a chat with Geoff at this time would be invaluable for you, the podcast listeners.


Geoff fulfilled his childhood dream of living in the Australian Bush when he became a wool classer following his completion of Rural Studies. After five years of working in the country, Geoff spent several years in the shipping industry. Geoff traveled overseas on a working holiday and secured a job in the recruitment industry in London. The experience in London has been a great source of reference for the rest of his career in the recruitment industry.


Geoff’s great love has always been working with and learning from people. His other great passions include Australian Indigenous Affairs, motor racing, cycling, travel, and most importantly his family.


Geoff was a co-founder of Morgan & Banks in 1985 and grew the company to become a dominant global recruitment force. Morgan & Banks was publicly listed in 1995 and sales grew to over $700 million prior to its acquisition by TMP/ in 1999. Talent2 was then established in 2003 and grown to be a global business that was acquired by Allegis Group – the largest private talent management firm in the world.


People are a passion for Geoff and for over 35 years he has immersed himself in the work environment and employment industry globally and has helped many thousands of people with their careers and lives. Geoff has also been a great mentor to many people, particularly in the Indigenous Community, and more latterly around the areas of refugees and asylum seekers.


Geoff sits on several Boards including McTavish Surf International Pty Ltd, The World Scout Foundation, and The World Scout Committee and is the immediate past Chairman of LiveHire Ltd, an HR Tech public company. 

Geoff has co-authored four books on recruiting and interestingly authored a cookbook of family favorite recipes. In 2004 Geoff was the recipient of the Ernst & Young “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” Award given for sustained success in business. Geoff became a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his service to the Scouting Movement and to the community through executive roles in business, Indigenous education, and sporting organizations.


There have been significant changes in recruitment and selection in this time of COVID pandemic. With extensive and significant layoffs, sectors under stress, and tectonic shifts in the job market, hearing from someone with such foresight and experience is a great opportunity. And to boot, Geoff is, as always, full of enthusiasm, positivity, and energy.


Timestamps to guide your listening:

  • 06:54 - It's a family affair: How Geoff got into the recruitment business.
  • 12:40 - Geoff was ahead of the game: fighting for diversity and inclusion since 1976.
  • 17:54 - Geoff's take on the future of job hunting and recruitment -  at least for the remaining months of 2020!
  • 25:22 - How remote work and working from home arrangements will affect recruitment and selection?
  • 27:48 - Geoff's a tech HR wizard but he's not that keen on tech. 
  • 34:10 - Is there anyone still doing a reference check?     
  • 37:20 - Thoughts on the future of employment.
  • 42:34 - Geoff's personal goals: what helped him succeed in business.
  • 46:38 - On being a mentor. 
  • 54:25 - Final words of wisdom


Remember you can always reach out to me if it’s time to start investing in your career progression. Check my website - there’s a link below - and find out more about my services, as well as free resources I have created just for you.


I hope you enjoy this chat with Geoff.


Ciao for now!





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