Who We Are
In an industry with a reputation likened to a car sales industry, we seized the opportunity to launch one of the most recognized and respected training industry brands, Recruitment Academy. We are an organization that constantly innovates within an entire industry and have absolutely no hesitation to bring to life and to the market first, well overdue initiatives such as Recruitment Academy, and Australia’s first exclusive career site for recruiters, Recruit Me Now.
From day one, Recruitment Academy has sought to improve the service delivery and performance standards of new consultants, to enhance the industry’s reputation and to build a stronger sense of professionalism from within. As a result of our high profile, branding, marketing and our solid reputation, Recruitment Academy has organically become a leading training specialist within the recruitment industry. With a constantly changing market, it is always a challenge to stay ahead, and strong, highly skilled recruitment consultants are the cornerstone in any strategic advancement.
The bedrock of Recruitment Academy is our team of expert recruitment and training professionals and our diverse range of industry products and services. Our in-depth knowledge of the industry is of a calibre that can only be obtained from on-the-ground experience in recruitment. We have identified a breach in the recruitment industry: exceedingly high attrition rates are bleeding recruitment consultants from the ground and there is a lack of skilled, industry savvy professionals to step into their place.
Our aim is to give candidates and recruitment consultants an extensive and grounded source of knowledge and programs that empower them to not only succeed in the recruitment industry but to thrive in it. We believe clients today expect their recruitment consultants to implicitly understand business, to be trained in all types of interviewing methodology, and to be knowledgeable about many industry types. That type of background is difficult to build on the job, and meanwhile, clients are paying the price for their consultants’ inexperience.
Recruitment Academy offers the industry a way to attack any skills shortage head on. Through us, recruitment agencies have access to select job-ready (via our job board Recruit Me Now), pre inducted “Academy Graduates”. Our pool of graduates is constantly growing, Recruitment Academy has become recognised as a leading induction and training service available to recruitment consultants entering the industry.
We have trained hundreds of candidates from all industry backgrounds, including retail, travel, IT, real estate, banking and finance, accounting, hospitality, trade, industrial, call centre, executive, sales and marketing, recruitment and human resources as well as generalist candidates.
We offer professional, market leading induction and training services that are adaptable to your organisation’s needs. We can take newly appointed recruits off your hands, training them at our dedicated induction courses or, if you find yourself with limited resources or congested staff intake, Recruitment Academy is ready to facilitate an in-house induction course, tailored specifically to your organization, nationally.
Our goal is to:
- Make the recruitment industry a better place for employees to work;
- Increase the standard of candidates entering the industry;
- Minimise attrition within the Recruitment Industry;
- Help in-house HR improve return from recruitment investment;
- Offer recruitment agencies access to a reputable range of recruitment training products, the best line up of industry leaders and the facility to showcase pre-inducted, industry-savvy consultants who are productive from day one.
Michael Dimopoulos - Founder & Managing Director
As the founder and managing director Michael has successfully positioned Recruitment Academy as the first Induction, Training and Placement institution of it’s kind in Australia. This places Recruitment Academy in a distinctive position within the market place offering a unique service to the recruitment industry and creating recruitment success stories.
Michael’s extensive experience in strategic development, innovation, passion and an extraordinary vision has been the foundation of his success.
With over 15 years industry experience in Australia, Asia & the UK, his career is more than a mere success story; it is a testament to his dedication and commitment to the industry – a dedication he is driven to pass on.
Michael identified yet another gap within the recruitment industry and is also the founder of Recruit Me Now, an exclusive career site for HR, Recruitment and Sales Professional’s. Recruit Me Now also boasts the only industry contractor board where candidates can post their profile ad on the site and employers apply directly (looking for contractor talent). This engagement is then facilitated by a professional services organisation, which can then be charged on an hourly or daily basis.
Recruit Me Now provides the industry with access to a mixture of jobs, a pool of experienced recruitment industry talent and “desk ready” entry-level recruitment trained candidates, interested in entering the recruitment industry.
This innovation is not only an industry first but is far more cost effective than current industry sourcing processes and poses less risk to both the candidates and clients. Apart from increasing the quality of candidates within the recruitment industry, recruitment agencies will have the choice to elect candidates directly from Recruit Me Now’s contractor board at a fraction of the costs of current industry sourcing arrangements.
Maria Borg - Principal Facilitator
Maria has been a facilitator with Recruitment Academy since we opened our doors in 2006.
She has nearly 20 years experience within the Recruitment Industry and is a recruitment & Sales trainer.
As a seasoned recruiter and manager, trainer and mentor, Maria has been responsible for induction and on-going training of recruitment consultants and internal recruiters throughout Australia/ NZ and UK, across a multitude of industries and specialisations.
Through her drive, determination and absolute dedication to her clients, Maria inspires passion, enthusiasm and commitment in all those with whom she comes into contact.
Maria is a speaker at conferences and seminars, a certified Practitioner of NLP and is a career coach.
Lynda Petrovski - Principal Facilitator
Lynda Petrovski has approximately 20 years experience in executive search and selection and over 10 years combined experience in organisational psychology. She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science double major Psychology & Sociology. Member Australian Psychological Society abbreviated as B.B.Sc; MAPS.
She is accredited in over 20 different assessment, profiling and leadership tools. Throughout her career she has advised a number of organisations on how to identify the best people in the marketplace coupled with providing contemporary human resource methodologies. Lynda has also participated in specific executive management workshops for clients particularly within Financial Services.
Lynda focuses on pursuing her work as an executive search consultant by assisting companies to realise their greater potential when partnering in executive search assignments and psychological services for recruitment and development.
Lynda has placed managing directors, divisional heads, and senior executives with hybrid skills, specialising in general management, marketing, investments, operations, finance, sales/business development and HR. Lynda has worked on a number of key mandates for the Big 4 banking groups, global investment managers, insurance, and other major corporations.
Previously Lynda was aligned with a boutique search firm as a Senior Associate working alongside three other partners for several years and prior to that she held a state management position for five years with an Australian based company offering HR, recruitment and training services. She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and is a Registered Psychologist.