Mistakes That Put Candidates Off

Attracting top talent is always the priority for any SME. However, there are some common mistakes that employers make that can put candidates off. During such a tight candidate market, it’s even more important to be mindful of these errors to avoid losing talent to the competition. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – Australia’s affordable recruitment agency:

A Lengthy Recruitment Process

One of the most off-putting things to candidates are the length of recruitment processes that drag out over several weeks. Especially with more than 2 interviews (excluding recruitment agency pre-screen). If you have a lengthy and tedious recruitment process, it might be time to make some changes. Chances are, you will miss out on candidates to someone else who moves more quickly and efficiently.

Harsh Interview Style

If a candidate feels they are more being interrogated than interviewed, you will miss out on the opportunity to find out what they are really like, as they will cage up. In addition to this, you will put them off your business and potentially create a bad reputation. Whilst you have questions you need to go through and potentially a tight schedule to stick to, it is important you set a positive tone in your interviews. Candidates will feel more comfortable being themselves. As such, you will get a better read on them and if they would be suitable for the role or not.

Lack of Communication

If you fail to maintain communication with the candidates during the hiring process, they won’t stick around for long. It is important to maintain regular communication. So candidates are not kept in the dark. This goes for when you are working with a Recruitment Agency as well. Be sure to get back to them so they can keep the candidate warm for you to avoid losing them to the competition.

Are you an SME looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 0800 587 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.

Top 3 Tips To Improve Interview Performance

No one is born with great interview skills. Highly effective interviewees develop their skills through practice and preparation. One of the keys to success is to know what things to prepare before the interview. Failure to know what to focus on before the interview often leads to people preparing the wrong things. This can actually harm your performance. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency:

Interview Tips #1 –  Preparing Your Answers

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers will want to know about you. Such as:

  • Do you have the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job?
  • Are you the sort of person they can work with? In other words, what sort of person are you like at work?
  • What are your motivation levels like? What are your motivators and de-motivators?

Preparing answers to these questions means that you will be able to answer virtually any question put to you! No more having to wade through hundreds of practice questions. Rehearse your answers aloud before the interview – it’s one thing to know what to say quite another to say it fluently. Remember: how you say things at an interview is just as important as what you say.

Interview Tips #2 – Research Preparation

Do not just focus on the specific skills that relate to the job you’re going for. You must also prepare answers to the generic competencies. These include planning and organising skills, communication skills, customer service skills, teamwork, coping with change and conflict resolution skills.

By researching the organisation, you are interviewing with, you can relate your prior experience to their business. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. Prepare specific examples of what you’ve achieved and how you’ve achieved it. Do the same when you’re preparing answers about your personal attributes and motivators and de-motivators.

Interview Tip #3 – Ask Questions

Prepare some questions to ask in the interview but avoid asking too many questions at the end of the interview. Interviewers generally appreciate inciteful relevant questions.

It’s very handy to have a short summary statement highlighting your strengths up your sleeve. You can use this at the end of an interview as a final flourish – good endings at interviews are extremely important.

For more tips and career advice head to our ‘job seeker help centre’. Also to view all our current job listings, check out our ‘jobs board’. The Recruitment Alternative provides low-cost recruitment services to small businesses and operates throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Tips for Employers When Working with a Recruitment Agency

Sourcing quality candidates can be a challenge when you don’t have the right industry connections. That’s why engaging with a recruitment agency can be extremely beneficial. They can help you save time and money, but how can you work with an agency effectively? Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative for you to consider:

Read Reviews

When looking into which recruitment agency to choose, it is best practice to read their testimonials. Those who have used their services before are best qualified to comment on their effectiveness and customer service standards. You may also want to review their Google page, Glassdoor, etc. for further insight.

Compare Recruitment Fees

Most agencies charge a percentage based on the annual salary of the candidate. However, there are agencies such as The Recruitment Alternative, who offer affordable flat rates. Click here to view our current low-cost fees. It’s important to compare prices between agencies before making a decision. Affordability doesn’t mean you will be compromising on quality, just saving money for an equally if not more, effective service.

Be Realistic About the Job Market

Discuss the status of the current employment market with the recruitment agency you intend to engage with. This can help set realistic expectations when it comes to candidate submissions from the agency. Reviewing benefits such as RDOs, bonuses, hybrid working conditions, etc. can help keep you competitive in a difficult job market.

Being Responsive

When you engage with an agency, it’s important that they provide you with a high standard of customer service. When they reach out to you for updates or when they submit candidates to you for review, it’s important to be as responsive as possible. This helps maintain a positive relationship with the consultant, ensures feedback can be actioned, you avoid missing out on potentially suitable applicants to the competition, etc.

Are you a small business looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 0800 587 546or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.

The Recruitment Alternative: affordable, budget recruitment services to small and medium-size businesses.

Job Seeking? Get onto LinkedIn

In this day and age, you are only damaging your job-seeking efforts if you’re not on LinkedIn. Almost every person regardless of their industry should try and set up a LinkedIn profile. Why? Because you get to speak to recruiters directly and also be tapped on the shoulder when a position becomes available matching your skills and experience.

Features to help jobseekers

On LinkedIn, you are able to turn on (in settings) that you are open to work and put a ‘badge’ on your profile picture to indicate you are open to work too. This lets recruiters and employers know you are willing to be approached about a new career opportunity. It also increases your chances of finding a suitable position in a short space of time.

Things to remember

It’s important that your profile is up to date and contains as much relevant information as possible to avoid providing the wrong details to a potential employer. Keywords throughout your profile are used to help recruiters find you, so be sure you have completed the ‘skills’ section on your profile. It is also worth mentioning that the profile picture you choose should be clear (not pixilated) and professional in appearance.

Something else to consider is building your network. Connect with recruiters, past and or current colleagues, potential future employers, etc. You are also able to follow pages to receive regular updates and job ad listings.

Recommendations and endorsements

A recommendation from those who have worked with you highlights your strengths and shows that you were a valued employee. You can obtain these by reaching out to your past managers and work colleagues to gain recommendations from them. Endorsements are also a great way to highlight specific skill sets you have. An effective way to gather up some of your own is by going through your trusted connections and endorsing them for skills. More often than not they will return the favour.

If you would like to keep updated with our job postings and connect with our ‘LinkedIn page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Hybrid Work Environment

After the impact of Covid-19 and having to adapt working conditions to cater operating from home, a hybrid work environment seems to be the way of the future. Meaning that employers are offering a combination of in-office and work from home days as part of the standard working week. This level of workplace flexibility is extremely appealing to most and according to Seek research, 56% of job seekers want new employers to offer a hybrid work environment with a strong emphasis on working from home.

Why does this new style of flexibility matter?

A hybrid work environment typically refers to the ability to work from home and in a physical office. However, workplace flexibility can cover many things. Such as start and finish times, how many days per week, random days off (RDO), etc. But why does flexibility matter?

  • It offers a work life balance for employees which many believe is more important than a pay rise
  • Employers can save on overheads
  • Attracts top talent who are more likely to stay for the long haul
  • Employees are more engaged and productive which can boost business
  • Builds a strong culture and brand for your business

Ideas on how to help your team work remotely

There is a lot of technology out there now that can help you stay connected to employers when working remotely. You can do this through task management apps such as Asana, chat apps such as Microsoft Teams or Slack, video calling or meetings through Zoom or other platforms, file sharing via the Cloud, screen recordings to show employees step by step instructions on how to complete certain tasks, phone conference sessions, and much more! If you want to offer a remote work environment there is something out there that can meet your needs while providing you ease of mind.

A clear structure is vital

Offering a hybrid work model sounds good on paper, but in practice can be complex if there is no clear structure. Without structure, you risk the whole idea collapsing and looking unprofessional. Here are some things you should consider:

  • Staying connected – employees will need to feel connected to the organisation to maintain productivity and purpose. This is where assistive technology and regular engagement with your team is vital
  • Feedback – creative an open environment for feedback, it’s worth asking employees how they feel they can maintain regular check-ins and communication, especially if what you have in place is not really working
  • Clear operating systems – Keeping track of employees individually and as a team can feel like a task of its own. Having a defined system in place on how to do this for your work from home staff and in-office staff is vital. Have everyone on the same technology and not have it split up, this will make communication much easier.

Hybrid work environments are increasingly sought after by all talent. You risk being left behind if your workplace doesn’t offer some level of flexibility to your employees. Are you a small business looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 0800 587 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.

The Recruitment Alternative: affordable, budget recruitment services to small and medium-size businesses.

Starting A New Career From Scratch

You may have thought about a fresh start in your career but may not know where to begin. Starting over can feel daunting and can be a big step. Research completed by Seek shows that more than 1 in 3 people switch industries at some point in their lives. With 93% of them being happy that made that decision. What motivates people change career?

Why do people change careers?

There are many reasons why people choose to change careers and start from scratch. Some reasons could be:

  • To obtain a better work/life balance
  • High salary and or benefits
  • Further challenging themselves
  • No longer interested in the field they are in
  • To try something new
  • To feel more fulfilled in their employment
  • And more!

How to start from scratch?

  1. Research roles and the industry you would like to go into to find out more about what is really required. You may have an idea of something and think it’s what you want, then get started and realise it is something totally different. Research is key! Speaking with others in the field is also a great way to find out what it is really like. This can lead to networking which will benefit you when you’re ready to make the change.
  2. Look into furthering your education. When thinking about starting a new career you may need to consider completing a long or short course in order to become qualified and gain employment.
  3. If you’re not sure what career you want to move into but know you need a change, try a self-assessment as your first step. What are my strengths? If money was no object, what would I do? What gets me out of bed in the morning? What makes me happy and feel fulfilled? Who do I want to work with? There are some online personality and or career quizzes you can take too for some inspiration.
  4. Consider saving some money first. Sometimes with a career change, you may have to start from the bottom and work your way up. This could mean a change in income. You should try and set some savings aside for a financial buffer.
  5. Create a plan! Once you have decided what you want to do, write an action plan so that you can follow through on your goals.

Be Prepared As You Change Career

It’s important to be prepared for challenges to come along. Including self-sabotage! You may talk yourself out of your dream job due to fear of failure or because you feel like you’re not ready yet. You may be more ready than you think. Review your current skills and check how they may be transferrable to a new career. You can start by refreshing your resume and cover letter in order to highlight these skills.

For more tips and career advice head to our ‘job seeker help centre’. Also to view all our current job listings, check out our ‘jobs board’. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

5 Recruitment Strategies Tips

Recruiting top talent takes a combination of creativity, diligence, consistency and communication. Here are a few recruitment strategies tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you attract job seekers, create a great first impression of your company and hire top talent.

1. Treat Candidates Like Customers

Whether it is a phone screen or an in-person interview, a candidate’s first impression of your company is critical. It’s important you make them feel you’re as excited about getting to know them. As they are about being considered for the role. Mutual respect is key. One of the easiest techniques is to treat candidates the same way you treat customers. For example:

  • Be respectful of their time – No matter the interview method, always be sure to show up on time. If you’re running late, let the candidate know as far in advance as possible.
  • Be hospitable – When a candidate arrives for an in-person interview, help them to feel comfortable. You could try asking them if they would like something to drink. Help them feel as welcome as possible as this will assist them in relaxing during the interview so you can get a more accurate read on who they are as a potential employee.
  • Make yourself available – Provide candidates with your contact information or a nominated contact person, so they’re able to reach out with questions and concerns throughout the process.

2. Social Media

This is a fantastic recruiting tool as we have seen in recent trends. Social recruiting allows you to share job posting with your entire network and encourages a two-way conversation. Even if the people you reach aren’t interested in the role for which you’re hiring, it’s likely they may know someone who is a good fit and may refer the job on. Also, by sharing photos and videos from company events or day-to-day office life, you give potential applicants a glimpse into your company culture.

3. Craft Compelling Job Descriptions

Writing an attention-grabbing and thorough job description is crucial to engaging with qualified candidates. Make it clear, precise and accurate to avoid confusion of responsibilities. You may want to consider the following recruitment strategies:

  • Specific job titles – The more accurate your title, the more effective you will be in piquing the interest of the most qualified and interested job seekers.
  • Opening summary – Provide an overview that gets job seekers excited about the role and the company.
  • Don’t forget the essentials – Include core responsibilities, hard and soft skills, day-to-day activities, and explain how the position fits into the organisation.
  • Keep descriptions to the point – Job descriptions between 700 and 2,000 characters receive up to 30% more applications, according to Indeed Data.

4. Consider Past Candidates

Often when you hire for a position, there are a few talented candidates that end up not making the cut due to timing or other external factors. When you’re recruiting for a similar position, consider re-visiting the resumes of past applicants. You could end up placing a candidate in record time!

5. Include Current Employees in the Interview Process

Your employees can add valuable insight into a potential new hire. Especially if they work in the same department that you are recruiting for. Current employees can give an accurate description of day-to-day experiences and help candidates better understand what they can expect if hired.

Are you a small business looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 0800 587 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs using all these recruitment strategies and more.

Job Search Trends For The New Year 2022

As of late the job market has felt less than normal. As we progress into 2022, the career landscape is predicted to be tricky to navigate for both job seekers and employers. Here are some job search trends to be aware of for the New Year in 2022.

Some Industries Will Thrive, While Others Will Struggle

As we saw over the bulk of the pandemic some industries struggled and others thrived or continued as normal, this trend is will continue into 2022. For example, hospitality, tourism and the fitness are industries that are still recovering. Unfortunately, labour shortages are set to linger.

There are plenty of jobs out there at the moment, so when starting your own job search taking time to review all your options is going to make the world of difference. Consider if the industry you are seeking to get into is struggling or not rehiring at the same level as it used to. You may even contemplate a career change and draw upon transferrable skills.

Lots of Perks Available – But is This a Good Thing?

As employers report a shortage of workers, you may have seen they are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at new hires to attract talent. On a recent news story from Melbourne, Victoria one restaurant owner went as far as offering one year’s paid rent as a perk for a new Restaurant Manager.

Perks are great and all but let’s not forget about the other things that tend to matter to us in the long run. Such as:

  • company culture
  • work-life balance
  • career progression
  • professional development opportunities
  • employee recognition
  • flexibility – working from home, part time school hours, etc.

Freelancing & Less Experienced Workers

Those who choose to freelance are finding more opportunities due to the “great resignation” forcing more companies to pay high premiums for more experienced employees. This has also opened a door for those who are either less experience or lack experience entirely. Employers are now considering candidates who they may have never in the past. Choosing training above the salary inflation we are seeing. This is a great opportunity for job seekers to try a new field or apply for a more senior role to take on more responsibility.

Faster Recruitment Process

It is likely that we will see a much faster recruitment process in an effort to secure talent in a tight market. Hiring speed now gives companies an edge over their competition. This means it’s important for job seekers to know what they want, to save time and avoid missing out on a perfect opportunity. For more job search trends click here.

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’ or ‘Employer Information’ section on our website. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Christmas Recruitment Tips

Christmas is quickly approaching. We are all starting to wind down and look forward to some rest and relaxation after all the Covid drama. However, before you pack up for the year there are some recruitment tips you should consider. Christmas recruitment is beneficial for many businesses, especially to have your team trained and ready to go in 2022. Here are some Christmas recruitment tips from The Recruitment Alternative.

Start Early

Santa may have a seasonal business, but many small to medium sized business owners in Australia and New Zealand do not. Planning for next year starts now. Know what new hires you need to make before the New Year so that you can decide if they should start now or next year. If recruiting this year is in your plans, it’s better to start early then waiting to late December.

Look Beyond Experience

It is a competitive candidate market out there. There is a lot of demand but not enough supply so don’t limit your search to candidates with similar work histories. Use scenario-based questions to determine whether they can do what’s needed. Candidates could have transferrable skills sets that with a little training could make them the perfect fit for your business. Just because they haven’t done this exact role before, doesn’t mean they won’t be good at it. You can always train those would an excellent work ethic and attitude.

Review Your Culture

Santa’s elves want to work for him because he is jolly and approachable and there is a positive work environment. The elves never fail to deliver the presents on time for Santa to give to all the children. If your company culture has taken a hit, it may be time to consider the following:

  • Building stronger employee relationships
  • Connect your team with a purpose
  • Have frequent employee recognition
  • Be more transparent and open with your team
  • Allow more autonomy or flexible working arrangements for balance
  • Check in with your team one on one

When you’re interviewing candidates for new roles, they will pick up on the company culture and vibe.

Leave Nothing To Chance

Use The Recruitment Alternative to take all of the hassle out of the recruitment process for you. Our expert team of Recruitment Consultants can find the right candidate for your business at an affordable price. Contact us today on 1300 548 546 (AU) or 0800 587 546 (NZ). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

How to Avoid Burnout at Work

Every organisation deals with employee burnout. Burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that can zap the joy out of your career, friendships, and family interactions. Burnout isn’t always easy to spot. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to avoid burnout at work.

What Is Burnout?

There are several types of burnout that can happen to employees. Two interesting definitions of burnout are quoted below:

“A state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.” – Ayala Pines and Elliot Aronson.

“A state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward.” – Herbert J. Freudenberger.

Anyone can become exhausted. What is so important about burnout, is that it mainly strikes people who are highly committed to their work.

The Warning Signs

Some warning signs to look out for in yourself and even those around you are:

  • Having a negative and critical attitude at work and dread going
  • Having trouble sleeping and having feelings of emptiness
  • Experiencing physical complaints such as headaches or illness
  • Being easily irritated by team members or clients
  • Feeling that your work and contribution goes unrecognized
  • Having low energy, and little interest at work
  • Blaming others for your mistakes
  • You’re thinking of quitting or changing roles

How to Avoid Burnout

When feelings of burnout start to occur, it is important not to ignore them. Many people focus on short-term solutions such as taking a holiday or a long weekend. While this can help, the relief is often only temporary. Here are some ideas on how to change strategies to avoid burnout where possible:

  • Work with purpose – Do you feel that your career has a purpose, other than just earning a paycheck? Rediscover your purpose and refocus your priorities
  • Job analysis – Stop or delegate unnecessary work
  • Take control – Actively manage your time and use technology such as Asana to help keep you on track
  • Recognise the signs – Learn how to manage your own stress. We all respond to stress differently. When you start to feel this coming on you could, take a short walk, practise deep breathing, ask for help from a supervisor, speak with a counsellor, re-organise, etc.
  • Create realistic goals – Goal setting is important it can help you grow in your career as well as manage burnout
  • Get enough sleep – It may feel worth it to watch one more episode on Netflix but a restful night’s sleep can make the world of difference in preventing burnout

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’ or ‘Employer Information’ section on our website. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.