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About Us

Overview

OnTalent is a boutique people and organisational performance focused business that specialises in executive recruitment, development, transition, and outplacement throughout Australia. We believe that when you Connect People with Purpose, results for both the individual and organisation will follow.

To help organisations to meet the dynamic needs of a changing workforce, we’re committed to providing exceptional advice and talent, every time, by thinking differently. 

Of course, we are nothing without our talented team of professionals which, collectively, has over 125 years of experience. Every day they deliver amazing outcomes, collaboratively – with quality and consistency of standards as their hallmark. When you work with us you benefit from the collective experience of our team.

Although we are proudly located in Brisbane, we work nationally and undertake global assignments on request and on occasion.

Background

OnTalent was established in 2010 by Varina Nissen and Natasha Olsson-Seeto to deliver a high-touch, high-service recruitment solution in response to a market that had become largely transactional and job-fill-focused during the Queensland mining boom – a long way from the fully engaged category-of-one model that they felt both employers and talent deserved.

In response to client demand, OnTalent transitioned from an executive and specialist professional recruitment business into a full lifecycle careers focused business, by expanding our service model to cover the complete careers spectrum. In advent of these changes, we established OnTalent Career Management Services and recruited the exceptionally talented Deborah Wilson to lead it. Deborah has over 20 years in Executive Leadership positions, and over 12 years in the careers and leadership development sector. As a Strategic Career Partner and Executive Coach, Deborah is incredibly passionate about connecting people with purpose. 

Our Services

Recruitment

  • Full Service Executive Search – Domestic and International
  • Permanent Recruitment
  • Interim & Contract Management

Partnership Services

  • Market Mapping
  • Response Management
  • Interviewing, Shortlisting and Talent Assessment
  • Panel Interview Advice, Facilitation and Participation
  • Psychometric Assessment
  • Reference and Background Checking

Career Management Services

  • Career Transition and Outplacement 
  • Coaching and Mentoring 
  • Leadership Development
  • Thriving Teams Workshops and Programs
  • HR Consulting

We live by our values

  • Insight – We know our stuff but never claim to know it all. We build deep relationships based on shared knowledge and experience.
  • Commitment – If we say it, we do it. We never, ever give up.
  • Bold – We think outside the box and challenge the norm, we’re not afraid to ask the hard questions.
  • Keep it Real – What you see is what you get. We’re authentic individuals with a common purpose.
  • Integrity – We are true to ourselves and our company values. We act with deep ethics, transparency and equity.
  • Teamwork – We’re in this together, we push each other and support each other. We have fun and celebrate.

Employer delivery benchmarks

Rather than merely talk about our ability to successfully complete assignments, we measure it – because, after all, the only true predictor of future success is past performance:

  • Average advertised/selection assignment (print or digital) with database and network search delivered to shortlist within 15 working days
  • Talent mapping 5 working days
  • Targeted Search 20 working days to shortlist
  • Contractor – average 5 hours

But the one we are proudest of?
We have successfully completed 100% of retained role assignments since opening our doors.

Professional memberships

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WHAT THE MARKET IS SAYING ABOUT US

Chairman

NGO

"Natasha had a brilliant understanding of what we needed to achieve to appoint a new CEO. Specifically the points of excellence were; 1) The shortlist was outstanding, all candidates could have performed the role, 2) The insight and advice provided by Natasha throughout the process, led to us involving her in the Board deliberations, where her advice was first rate. Also, most importantly for our brand and for OnTalent, she immediately and diplomatically managed all candidate discussions and feedback when they had not secured the role. I will be recommending OnTalent for further executive-level work with service standards like this."

Human Resources Department

Professional Services Firm

"The team at OnTalent – particularly Natasha – was integral in recently securing two new staff members. They grasped our company values and ethos easily and within two working days, they put forward some strong candidates of suitable cultural alignment. Natasha and the team are a real pleasure to deal with – they are professional and accessible recruitment managers, with a comprehensive follow up process. We really appreciated the high-level service provided by OnTalent for staff recruitment."

Managing Director

Professional Services Firm

“Peter is one of the most efficient, hardworking and honest recruiters I have ever met. In the 16 years I have known him he has never failed to deliver a first class service on some very complex assignments.”

Human Resources Manager

Fast growth STEM organisation

"Peter has assisted me to find Engineers with rare backgrounds in Engineering. I moved to a new role and contacted Peter when he moved to OnTalent and he again found rare Engineers for the business. I find Peter to be one of the most dedicated and talented recruiters I have ever met in my 22 years in HR Management. He is detail minded, has amazing networks, keeps up to date on movements within the business community, particularly Engineers and always keeps his clients updated on the progress of roles. He is personable, reliable and has never let me down. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is searching for the best candidates in the market."

Bill Delves CEO

South Bank Corporation

"Natasha is the consummate professional. She and her team at OnTalent have served me both as a client and as a candidate, being seamless from both perspectives. She brings a broad and pervasive network, a deep understanding of human behaviour and potential, and a strong ability to match skills and aspirations with opportunities. I would unreservedly recommend her."

Organisational Development Manager

Multi-National Industrial Services Client

"For the second year running we have used Deb Wilson from OnTalent for our 12-month Leadership Development Program (LDP). Deb managed the psychometric assessments, executive coaching relationships, and facilitated a number of the LDP workshops on Managing your Career, Customer Centricity and Strategic Leadership. Deb has a way of understanding and integrating into the company, and resonating with the leaders as though she works for us. Deb was able to the tailor the program and each workshop specifically to our needs, even making last minute changes was not an issue. Deb’s flexibility and ability to adapt to any situation given to her makes working with her such a pleasure, and the process a lot less stressful!"

Executive General Manager

Utilities

"In a very short period of time we had an outstanding candidate for a role that other agencies had failed to fill."

Chief Executive Officer

Not for Profit

"OnTalent massively exceeded my expectations in listening to what we needed and converting that into not only a great brief but also a great ad."

Chief Operating Officer

Peak Body

"OnTalent exceeded my expectations in listening to what we needed and converted that into a fantastic outcome. Natasha came up with refreshing and innovative ideas that really sets her apart from the rest. Thanks to her vivid approach, we now have an outstanding candidate for a role that was challenging to fill."

Participant

OnTalent Career Transition Program

"The support offered by the OnTalent team has been priceless. They’re always available and full of up-to-date knowledge. I don’t think I would have the same confidence without going through their program. I got the job I wanted after turning a few down. Usually I would have taken the first offer – but they gave me the confidence to set my own direction."

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