About Us

Local Team. Winning Combination.

Karen Forsman

MYNEWJOB General Manager, Karen Forsman, has worked in various sectors throughout her career including agriculture, forestry, import/export, insurance, banking, tourism.

Karen has recruitment & project management expertise. She works with a range of businesses, in NZ & Australia, providing an affordable and effective recruitment service across all job categories.

Karen is an Associate of the NZ Institute of Management & Leadership, a member of The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA). She has a strong business network locally through her involvement with the Buller Branch of Hospitality NZ and is currently the Accommodation Chair for the region.

A passionate advocate for creating employment opportunities in the region, Karen and her team work with a small portfolio of clients on the West Coast delivering recruitment, administration and project management support.

Marcel Smith

Marcel provides a CV & Cover letter writing service for jobseekers locally, nationwide and also across the ditch in Australia! She has an eye for detail and can quickly help jobseekers turn their CV into a highly polished and professional looking document to help them stand out from the crowd.

A critical part of the team, Marcel tirelessly delivers a high level executive assistant function to ensure the myriad of day-to-day tasks for the business and clients run smoothly.

Marcel also assists with local recruitment and keeps her finger on the pulse to ensure client expectations and deadlines can be met.

Alison Gygax

Alison is an experienced Recruitment Consultant with a strong background in contract catering, facilities management and the hospitality sector. Following a successful career in the UK in management roles with well known brands including Aramark, Compass Services and Sodexho; Alison and her husband immigrated to New Zealand where they founded and ran the exclusive Birds Ferry Lodge, Charleston, West Coast for 17 years.

Alison joined the MYNEWJOB team in January 2021; Her wealth of knowledge about the unique challenges of the West Coast, including staffing due to the seasonal nature of the West Coast tourism and visitor industry has already proved invaluable as a local recruitment specialist and supporting various projects.

We are delighted to have Alison on board to tap into her expertise and insight to support our local clients.

The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA) is the peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry in Australia and New Zealand.

RCSA’s purpose is to Lead in the World of Work and we firmly believe that through leadership, and empowerment of our members, we will improve lives, communities and the economy. RCSA drives professional practice, promotes & protects the industry, enables better business for members and provides opportunities for networking and the celebration of success.

RCSA sets the benchmark for professionalism through standard setting, education, research and business advisory support to our member firms and accredited professionals. All of our members are bound by the RCSA Code for Professional Conduct which is underpinned by a comprehensive disciplinary and dispute resolution procedure.

RCSA is a proud member of the World Employment Confederation, the voice of the recruitment and staffing industry across 50 countries, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s largest and most representative business network and BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business network.

We take customer service very seriously. If you’re happy we’re happy!


“The Recruitment Alternative has over the years been fortunate to have many wonderful consultants and staff. Undoubtedly, one of our outstanding performers has been Karen Forsman. Against all our important KPIs including effective recruitment, sales & marketing and customer service Karen has consistently performed at the elite level. She is smart, resilient, never complains and produces great results. We’re lucky to have her!”
Michael Spiropoulos, Director , The Recruitment Alternative

“Excellent service. Pointed out the deficiencies with my original CV. I was informed of the CV writing process throughout and I had an opportunity to be involved in the creation of my new CV. Marcel, my CV writer, gave me options for consideration. I highly recommend the service provided by mynewcv.shop”
Russell Kane (Sept2020)

“Everest Group has worked with Karen for a number of years and has watched her grow within the Company. Karen is a talented, dedicated, committed part of IVS and their success, particularly in relation to the development of business systems and structure, can be contributed to Karen. We believe Karen has huge potential and is a rising star.”
Senga Allen, Director , Everest People

Friendly yet professional resume and cover letter writing service, I’m extremely happy with the end result and highly recommend this service to any job seekers. ps.Thanks very much for the information about the job market in the South Island.”
Tom Jacobs, NZ Job Seeker (Aug2020)

“Karen has commissioned many complex technical solutions for IVS through WebSpring (a NetValue company). She has helped drive these to success by providing clear, concise technical requirements and working collaboratively to bring projects to completion. She has a great understanding of the online medium, and also recognises the opportunity and value for staff/customers in providing online solutions that improve processes or address common business issues.”
Nick Kemp, Key Account Manager , Webspring

“Amazing professional service, I highly recommend mynewcv.shop They helped me to revamp my CV which made it clear and smart looking. Especially helpful as I have had a complex work history after I left my home country (Japan) and wasn’t sure how to summarise my work experience clearly. I am a graphic designer and I have found that the service provided by mynewcv.shop has helped me sort out my design portfolio as well. I am very happy with the result and feel confident and ready to apply for future job vacancies. Thank you very much!!”
Hiroe Kerr (Nov2020)