Category Archives: March 2012

Gasolina-Broadsheet, 29th March 2012

gasPhotography: Josie Withers

The Tables are Pumping at Gasolina

A new cafe for the business folk of Bayside.

Tucked beneath a newly renovated office building in Gladstone Street, South Melbourne sits Gasolina, a new cafe that has been feeding and caffeinating business folk and locals for the past couple of weeks.

Built with old-fashioned gas stations in mind (there’s a tonne of car dealerships in the neighbourhood), the cafe is decked-out with all the appropriate trimmings, from the vintage petrol pump in the corner and stools made from old drums of Mansion Wax Polish to the refurbished ceiling lamps made from those once used to peer under car hoods. There’s even a mini Michelin man to top things off.

Owner Rob Maisano (Snow Pony Mt Buller, Sabre Cafe) started Gasolina to service the local clientele in an industrial-style setting that was still comfortable and not too contrived.

The menu is simple yet thoughtful and offers breakfast and lunch fare to devour alongside juice or coffee (Five Senses). Choose from eggs with soldiers, ricotta pancakes with fruit labne and mascarpone, or a trio of arancini with napoli and parmesan. Good luck trying to leave without a piece of homemade slice or a lolly bag.

Gasolina-Broadsheet, 29th March 2012

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Touché Hombre-Broadsheet, 22nd March 2012

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A Salute to the Three Amigoes – Touché Hombre!

Sip tequila with some amigos at this new Mexican hangout.

Just like it’s tongue-in-cheek moniker, everything about Touché Hombre echoes an ironically cool, laidback vibe. Heavily inspired by the Latino street art culture of Los Angeles, the restaurant and bar on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Tattersalls Lane in the city arrives with a wave of other Mexican-inspired eateries in Melbourne (think Senoritas, Fonda and Paco’s Tacos). But it’s a concept that is constantly evolving; at Touché Hombre, DJ’s work the decks, the bar and tables are built using reclaimed timber from Princes Pier and a neon Ghostbusters display greets you upon arrival.

Created by the Maison Davis team – including owner Davis Yu (formerly of the Millswyn) and creative director Simon Madden – every aspect of the eatery, from interior design to branding, was conceived in-house and the passion for the project is palpable.

The food features favourite Mexican street fare such as tostaditos, grilled corn, fresh ceviche and a special ‘secret’ taco. The real hero here however is the tequila, served up by reigning margarita champ Johnnie Kai. Yes you can still get beer and wine, but if you’re after hard liquor, it’s all about the Mexican staple, with 45 variations available (and more to come).

For bookings you can reserve the ‘wrestling ring’ table and sample the Rainbow of Death – a bottle of Tromba tequila served with Jarritos sodas in all the colours of the rainbow plus all the usual trimmings.

Touché Hombre-Broadsheet, 22nd March 2012

Hide and Seek: finding ‘hidden’ jobs-GXY Search, 19th March 2012

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Hide and Seek: finding ‘hidden’ jobs

In tough economic times, it can seem almost impossible to ‘reboot’ your career. You can’t help but wonder whether Nepotism is rife when primo roles don’t even make it to the classifieds.

From the moment we are old enough to seek work, we have preconceived ideas about how to go about it. When you’re old enough to babysit you do a letterbox drop to your neighbours. When you hit 18 you drop your CV at bars you like, hoping for some weekend shifts to fund those nights out (when you probably should be home studying…) Once you reach the pointy end of uni you start getting all serious: applying for internships and apprenticeships, signing up for job-seeking sites (SEEK, The Loop, MumbrellaPedestrian.TV) and pestering you tutors. The arduous task of self-promotion and networking has begun.

And yes, as we’ve mentioned here before, these are all really important steps. However, the truly savvy jobseekers on the road to great careers don’t rely on conventional approaches – they seek out the HIDDEN job market.

The hidden market is not an in-your-face Dolly-Parton’s-cans kind of job market, but rather a more subtle, or even non-existent Fabio’s-brains kind of job market. Often, these jobs don’t even exist until you, the jobseeker, plant the seed in the mind of a potential employer that they simply can’t carry on without you.

Tapping into the hidden job market involves reaching out to anyone and everyone. Go beyond friends of friends, friends of parents and work associates. After you’ve got the part time job in that bar/shop/café you’ll probably get some regular customers. Have a chat with them as you serve them their morning caffeine hit – you’ll be amazed not only by what you discover, but the ways in which people are willing to help you with your career.

Make yourself memorable in any way possible – you want to get stuck in their minds so you’re the first person they think of when an opportunity arises. Being super helpful is an obvious way to achieve this.

Also, remember that networking is not just about selling yourself – it’s about LISTENING. One of the best ways to reboot your career is to get the inside track on how you can make a move. When you strike up a conversation with someone in the field you’re interested in, make sure you get the scoop on what’s happening in the industry. This information can be very useful in helping you position your skills when you next talk to a potential employer.

Hide and Seek: finding ‘hidden’ jobs-GXY Search, 19th March 2012

The Peoples Market-Broadsheet, 15th March 2012

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A Flea Market at The Docklands?

Will good coffee, fresh fruit and veg, music and tarot card readings entice weekend wanderers to the Docklands?

Created by brother and sister duo Niki and Stephen Filipovic, the People’s Market & Flea, aims to offer a little something for the curious weekend wanderer.

Upon entering the market, situated in an abandoned parking lot at the western end of New Quay, you are instantly greeted by a buzz of activity. Coffee is served by the team at Padre and in the afternoon, artists work on shipping container walls, while DJ’s spin some tunes. Flea attendees dine on wooden crates as they tuck into Phat Brats (a sausage venture soon to open permanently in Fitzroy), paella or Korean twist potatoes.

Once you make your way past the hubbub, it’s time to check out the rows of goods on offer at the stalls themselves. You can buy clothes, jewellery, wooden flowers, Moroccan oil, goat’s milk soap or even have your tarot cards read. As with most flea markets, “unique” can often be a flattering way to describe what might otherwise be termed “junk”, but those prepared to do a bit of rummaging could stumble across some real gems.

The best part of the Flea, though, is undoubtedly the farmer’s produce. Robust pumpkins mingle with plump avocados, while local farmers selling meat and homemade caramel are stationed alongside relish made from vine-ripened tomatoes.

While the People’s Market & Flea got off to a seemingly slow start, we wonder if this concept is enticing enough to get the crowds down there on Saturday.

Note: If you’re taking public transport, catch the 86 tram from Spencer Street Station, as it’s a serious schlep on foot!

The Peoples Market-Broadsheet, 15th March 2012

Recruitment and Interviews in Melbourne and Sydney – Get your body language right and make the right first impression!-GXY Search, 18th March 2012

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Recruitment and Interviews in Melbourne and Sydney – Get your body language right and make the right first impression!

Here on the GXY Search blog we’ve discussed a whole lotta things regarding job hunting.  We’ve talked building your brand, social media (including pinterest-are you on there yet? Cos if you’re not you are missing out!!), salary, dress codes…the list goes on and on.

While we have mentioned many aspects of personal presentation, one thing we are yet to touch on is your physical mannerisms, in particular when fronting up to an interview.

A recent article on cbsnews.com notes “Much of the information that we communicate happens non-verbally via subtle signals we put out with our posture, gestures and attitude. It’s no surprise, then, that your success in a job interview depends quite a bit on almost everything except what you actually say.”

Let’s say you are looking at fashion jobs.  No one in the Melbourne fashion industry (or any fashion industry for that matter) will take too kindly to a slouching, scowling applicant.  First impressions are so important so take a little pride in how you present yourself.

Often your first gesture upon entering an interview room is the classic handshake.  It’s critical you nail this bad boy.  Don’t squeeze too hard, but don’t go limp ether.  A firm grip suggests you are confident but not over aggressive.  If nerves have got to you, make sure you dry your sweaty palms beforehand…

Once you’ve sat down be aware of what you are doing with your hands.  Don’t fiddle.  Don’t touch your face.  Even though we often do this self-consciously, touching your nose or mouth will freak out any germophobes.  It can also be read as a sign of dishonesty, and while you can always stretch the truth a tad, flat-out lying wont lead to anything good.

Keeping your hands on the table or in your lap will also help with another body language no-no.  Crossing your arms.  Probably the most obvious sign of defensiveness or passive aggression.  Seriously, we get the whole Gen X Y, tortured youth thang but surly misdemeanours are sooooo out right now.

You will also convey confidence and interest by making eye contact.  However, don’t overdo it-staring makes other people super uncomfortable.  Be wary of treading that fine line-there’s nothing worse than making natural eye contact then realising you are making eye contact then being suddenly darting your eyes away-you WILL look shifty, and shifty people are not high on a would-be employers list.  Similarly don’t let your eyes wander round the room too much-you’ll come off bored and/or flaky.

Excessive nodding will also make you come across a little cuckoo.  You are not one of those bobble-headed ornaments found on a car dashboard.  Nodding too much makes you appear like you are sucking up or that you are simply nodding for the sake of it, attempting to disguise that you have no frickin clue what’s going on!  Nod when required and when appropriate-it will prove you have your own opinions and are paying attention.

So next time you go for the job of your dreams stand up straight, smile and follow these golden rules-your confidence and effort will be truly appreciated.

Recruitment and Interviews in Melbourne and Sydney – Get your body language right and make the right first impression!-GXY Search, 18th March 2012

Sweet Crumble-Broadsheet, 13th March 2012

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Saccharine Goodness Abounds at Sweet Crumble

Glenferrie Road gains a new French-style patisserie.

Upon entering new cafe and patisserie Sweet Crumble on Malvern’s Glenferrie Road, one can’t help but melt at the sight of the cosy, provincial-style setting bedecked with plush couches, antique bird cages and glass-enclosed cake stands displaying their sugary wares.

Offering classic recipes tinged with unique flavours, owner and chef Timna Fried founded Sweet Crumble to showcase her creativity and baking panache and further explore the family tradition of cooking.

Every inch of the café has been carefully designed and cultivated, from the fresh bouquets in ceramic milk bottle-style vases (available for purchase alongside other cute artisan finds), to the pillow-soft, homemade marshmallows. Even the pistachio-green take-home cupcake boxes are adorable.

With over 30 gourmet cupcakes to choose from (think ‘red velvet’ and ‘smores’), chocolate ‘petite pops’ and French macarons all baked daily on-site and available to eat in or takeaway, anyone with a penchant for sweetness will not be disappointed. Sweet Crumble is also a great venue for a catch-up over a Kenyan blend coffee, house-brewed chai latte or fresh organic juice.

Just like famed Parisian patisserie Ladurée, Sweet Crumble is sure to become a local institution as the ultimate setting for a cake, a coffee and some good conversation.

Sweet Crumble-Broadsheet, 13th March 2012

Fashion Recruitment in Melbourne and Sydney – Motivation and Commitment in Career Transition-GXY Reboot, 13th March 2012

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Fashion Recruitment in Melbourne and Sydney – Motivation and committment in Career Transition

Often when you are in the midst of a career transition you will discover that motivation can fall by the wayside.  When your initial gung-ho mentality takes a beating it can be very easy to chuck in the towel and take the easiest way out.  It’s easy to forget the whole reason you had a crack at a career reboot in the first place.

For those of you who think you’ll get a guarantee that things wont turn pear-shaped, you need to ask yourself “Are you havin’ a laugh!?”  The reality is, in the big bad job world there are simply NO guarantees.  At a certain point you just have to go with gut, reboot yourself, make like Roxette and listen to your heart.

However few guarantees there may be in life is no excuse not to commit.  When you find yourself on a new career path, it is important that you envision your end goal and stick to it.  And we’re not talking the kind of goals performed by the great Gary Ablett (Junior or Senior-take your pick), but the invisible kind that you strive for, the kind that may seem to elude you in the beginning but are there waiting for you reach them.

Once you have established the end goal you need to create a few mini-goals, small tasks or action steps that will make your career transition a whole lot easier.  Try and do at least one task a day.  Maybe one day you brush up your CV.  The next you could meet with someone you admire for their advice.  Another could be spent researching universty courses to further improve your skills.

No need to work on the weekends though gang you’ve still got to have a life, so make like any other Gen X or Y and head to the pub for a few ales-hell you deserve it after all your mini-goal achievements!

Be prepared that along the way you will hit a few speed bumps that could make it difficult to stay committed to the dream.  Of all the obstacles you will face along the way (and at GXY Reboot we have seen them ALL!), the greatest will undoubtedly be yourself.  We’ve all got that little voice in our heads that tells us to “pack it in”, “it’s all too hard”, or “go back to what you know”.  Not only is this counter-productive but it’s not true!!  You will get there in the end you’ve just got to ignore that nagging voice and get on with it!!

Don’t forget to celebrate this decision too!  It’s big and it’s scary and its crazy and it’s friggin awesome all at the same time!  And it may seem like you’ll never get there but trust us you will and once you reap those rewards and reboot your career the endless slog will seem so damn sweet.

Fashion Recruitment in Melbourne and Sydney – Motivation and commitment in Career Transition-GXY Search, 13th March 2012