About Us

Local Team. Winning Combination.

Alison Gygax

An Accredited Recruitment Professional and RSCA member with a strong background in contract catering, facilities management and the hospitality sector. Alison holds a BA Degree in Hotel Management from Robert Gordons Aberdeen UK. Following a successful career in the UK in management roles with well known brands including Aramark, Compass Services and Sodexo; 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’s wealth of knowledge about the unique challenges facing employers due to the seasonal nature of the tourism and visitor industry has already proved invaluable as a recruitment specialist for our hospitality clients both in NZ & Australia.

Karen Forsman

MYNEWJOB Managing Director, Karen Forsman, has worked in various sectors throughout her career including insurance, import/export, banking, tourism & hospitality.

Karen is an Accredited Recruitment Professional and RSCA member with recruitment & project management expertise. She works closely with a diverse range of small & medium businesses both in in NZ & Australia, providing an affordable and effective recruitment service across all job categories.

Marcel Smith

Recruitment and Talent Search Consultant, Marcel provides an invaluable service for our job seekers locally and internationally. In the current candidate short job market, much of Marcel’s role includes talent search and sourcing, so that MYNEWJOB can present the best quality candidates to our clients.

With a keen eye for detail, Marcel is also a member of RCSA and delivers a professional CV review and feedback service for jobseekers as well as working on her own recruitment campaigns.

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)